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MLP Review: The Mean 6

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.”
—To A Mouse, by Robert Burns

While the Mane Six and Starlight go on a retreat near the Tree of Harmony, Chrysalis plans to clone versions of the Mane Six to steal the Elements of Harmony—and get revenge on Starlight which she swore to do in the end of “To Where and Back Again”. Things go awry straight away when the clones are more in line from the Discorded Six we saw in “The Return of Harmony.” The Fake Twilight proves to be even more devious when she plans to betray Chrysalis once she and the other clones get the elements.

We go through the standard interactions between real and fake Mane 6 and before the Fake Six go after the Elements and the real Mane Six and Starlight make-up thinking that they were giving each other a hard time. However, the Fake Twilight betrays Chrysalis, but in a twist, the Tree of Harmony grabs the fakes and turns them back into the clumps of wood they were originally. In other words, the Tree knows fakes when it sees them, and Chrysalis flies off in disgust.

Note that the Mane Six and Starlight and Chrysalis do not meet each other (or at least realized it was Chrysalis in disguise at the beginning taking photos and hair samples). So the Mane Six have literally no idea that Chrysalis was around. Chrysalis simply did not think this plan through from not realizing that her clones would embody the opposite of the personalities of the ponies she is cloning. I do give the episode credit for giving the clone Twilight some depth as well. There’s already a meme that she is/was the most competent villain the show has had.

The only bad spot is that the interactions/mix-ups with the real and fake Mane Six get to be a bit tedious throughout the second act. I do like that Twilight stops her group’s bickering by admitting she got carried away with her schedule. It’s not the best of Season Eight, but it is in line with the more recent episodes of the season making that in the higher end of Season Eight.

GRADE: A-

So that is the first half of the season. If I were to rank this episode among the other Episode 13’s of previous seasons, here’s how it would go (I exclude Season Three since that was only 13 episodes):

1. The Perfect Pear (S7)
2. Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep (S5)
3. Stranger Than Fan Fiction (S6)
4. The Mean 6 (S8)
5. Simple Ways (S4)
6. Fall-Weather Friends (S1)
7. Baby Cakes (S2)

StatManDan

MLP Review: The Break Up Break Down

I cut to the chase and say that this was a good episode apart from one part being telegraphed and one part extraneous.

The telegraphed part is of course Big Mac thinking (mistakenly) that Sugar Belle is in Ponyville to break up with him. The extraneous part is the whole thing with the CMC and thinking Sweetie Belle may have a secret admirer after the postal mix-up. I guess there needed to be a B-plot in this story and something else for Big Mac to bounce off of.

Now let’s get to the good parts. Discord is actually making an effort to be helpful and cheer up Big Mac. The part with “Skelanor” was quite humorous. Spike was good in this one too to tie in with “guys’ night”.

Long story short, Sugar Belle is taking a part-time apprenticeship with Mrs. Cake while her cousin is running the bakery in Starlight’s old village on weekends (to be on his own for once apparently). Of course, Discord “stalled” Sugar Belle so that Big Mac can square things away with her.

So overall, a better effort from last week apart from the telegraphed mix-ups and the extraneous portion with the CMC.

GRADE: B+

StatManDan

MLP Review: Surf and/or Turf

The map is calling the Cutie Mark Crusaders to Mount Aris for a friendship problem. It is their first and the first time the map has called some pony creature to a place outside Equestria. It’s either been Ponyville, Canterlot, Manehattan, or where the Pony of Shadows hung out.

Twilight is coming along for an excuse to visit Mount Aris since the events of the movie research and to get Silverstream’s parents to sign a permission slip so she can go on field trips (shouldn’t that be Silverstream’s job?) They come across Silverstream’s brother Terramar who can’t decide between living on land as a hippogriff (like his father Sky Beak) or in the sea as a sea pony (like his mother Ocean Flow). This being Hasbro, they are not going to mention that the parents are separated/divorced. (Is it only Arthur who really goes that far?)

The CMC get a tour of Mount Aris and Seaquestria and Sweetie Belle is in love with Harmonizing Heights on Mount Aris while Scootaloo enjoys Seaquestria (while Sweetie Belle does not). That doesn’t help Terramar with his problem which he believes he needs to choose between the two. Actually, no hippogriff or pony told him to choose and Terramar’s parents realized that he shouldn’t be compelled to choose either and he can go back and forth.

While fans may not appreciate Hasbro possibly going end around with the parents living separately, they do establish that some of the hippogriffs got used to the sea while others returned to Mount Aris after the defeat of the Storm King. In the case of Terramar, it splits down his family. There does not seem to be any animosity between Sky Beam and Ocean Flow, and there are ways hippogriffs can go back and forth as the magic pearl has been split and distributed throughout the realm.

I guess Twilight has been forgiven for trying to steal the pearl in the movie as she is treated like a celebrity here. Of course, the bar is low for forgiving characters here.

Overall, this is a very good episode, though some may find some aspects a bit off. Terramar, Sky Beak, and Ocean Flow seem like nice characters and we get a decent bit of world building.

GRADE: A-

StatManDan

Muffin Theater: ReBoot – The Mutant Child Of Nostalgia

Such a dramatic title, like The End of the Creator-Drive Era in TV Animation that accidentally spawned…a culture.  But over the past decade we have witness the nostalgia train roll into various stations.  Just like Hollywood is a skipping and broken record of mediocrity, this has gone with the world of animation.  Let us start with Teen Titans Go, the show Cartoon Network likes to ram down everybody’s throats all day, every day, until the end of days.

While I am an animation fan, like many other things, I don’t get that deep, but do come to an understanding.  I understand Teen Titan Go, its always had the Japanese flare and ‘Go’ is something I have seen done in the world of anime a few times.  Much like my knowledge, I am not overly a big anime viewer, and in fact barely watch television in general.  My wife on the other hand floats in an ocean of it.  So I’ve witness several cutesy version of otherwise serious shows, like Attack on Titan: The Junior High years, which my wife only watched a few episodes, promptly when I told her my conclusion that it was the AoT version of TTG.

Powerpuff Girls.  Honestly beyond the initial hype up and several weeks afterwards I heard very little about the show, but during that time I heard and saw all sorts of crap about it.  No offense to the people behind the show, but the general vibe I got from it all was trying to be ‘too fresh, too hip’ with its meme faces and other over the top facial expressions to please the younger generation, while the older nostalgia folks wanted a faithful reboot.  Maybe if they had waited another decade, the gap between those two groups could have saved the show.

And now we’ve come to the reboot, of ReBoot, the cgi animated series that ran four seasons from 1994 to 2001.  Granted we should not judge a book by its cover, or a show by its trailer, and even more so my opinion is meaningless as the original show is one of those on my bucket list to watch front to back, but during its airing and somewhere in the mid-2000 I did catch a fair share of the show, especially the last season and what I remember was an epic finale.

On March 30th 2018 a “reimagined” version of ReBoot (The Guardian Code) will hit Netflix.  And from what I’ve seen, if you had fond memories of the original, abandon all hope before clicking on it.  If we were a real animation site, we’d probably have at this point a hookup with Netflix to see this stuff earlier, but as the underground hide of the crossed eyed gray mare, that would be a major nope.  So I’ve only seen the trailer which currently has 345,000 views, 3,424 comments, 1,000 thumbs up and what might as well be a middle finger, 12,000 thumbs down.

I had hoped they wouldn’t screw this one up.  Its actually part of the reason this site branched out beyond just colorful equine (and other fun shows like Gravity Falls, Star Vs, Wander), thus I was planning to poorly cover it like we do with the rest, but no.

The general comment echo is “Did these people even watch the f**king show?”.

As said above and ripped from Wikipedia, its a reimagined show that is mixing live action (real world) elements in a cgi world.  The preview shows the angsty teenage High Schoolers get roped in to being ‘Guardians’ for this world, against what looks like is Big Government folks after “The Guardian Code” who are using a hacker to reawaken Megabyte (the villain of the original series) in an epic computer world battle.

The other comment echo is comparing it with various live actions shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Tokusatsu, Code Lyoko, and other various shows of the complete and utter opposite of what the original ReBoot was.  Like someone took their childhood and held it head under the water for a little too long.

Will I give it a chance?  Hell no, I barely have time to watch anything let alone something that will probably waste time I’ll never recover.  No offense to the people behind it, either you knew nothing of the show or more likely the suits upstairs dictated to go in this direction, but its like how hard is it to hit the mark.  Just from the YouTube comments and 1k + vs 12k – we all know what its going to be…a pile.  I’m sure someone out there will find it entertaining, and it will be watched, but you could have also hit the bulls eye dead on and at least generated some money from this, even the suits should be aware of the nostalgia factor with people now a days and how they can now cash in on those once young who wanna relive happier times, before this wretched mud ball of planet turned into some timeline crossing dystonia (looking at you hadron collider).

But thems the apples.  Another missed mark, another butt load of money wasted.  Happy Sailing ReBoot: The Guardian Code, them seas look quite (12,000) angry.

If you want to watch something fun and interesting, especially if you have never bothered to watch it.  Go find yourself a copy of the original ReBoot series.  Again, its been eons since I have watched it, but I know it was good enough to go revisit someday, and actually with the reboot of ReBoot coming this way, I’ll probably do just that.  The original series is completely immersive as it takes place inside a computer, features a Guardian named Bob with a pair of companions, and they protect the ‘City of’ Mainframe from viruses such as Megabyte and Hexadecimal.  And much like the Wikipedia article I’m reading from, it was also the world’s first ever half hour, completely CGI animated TV series, which is pretty much the norm now for, well everything animated.

We give it no muffins out of ten delicious muffins.

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Editorial: Please Be Discrete

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Pepperidge Farm remembers the last time there were leaks (as well as we had actual news). So this apparently happened. For the benefit of those who wish not to be spoiled and prefer to view future MLP and EqG content on proper linear and digital platforms, please do not spoil any leaks. You will be targeted and you will be subject to the scorn of many within the fandom.

The reality is that we do not know for sure when and if Friendship is Magic will end and when and if there will be a 5th generation of the toys. All we know is that the Equestria Girls shorts are running every Friday on YouTube and that an eighth season of FiM is coming up presumably in the Spring. Oh, and the comics are also running as well both with the main series and the “Legends of Magic” series.

We understand how these rumors spread like wildfire and we in the pony media struggle with the resources to quell these rumors. That said, we need to report the facts as they become available as there is nothing alternative to that. If you come across a leaked episode or future project related to MLP, please be discrete and don’t spoil it for everyone. We understand it is impossible to stop every single leak, but what we can control is how they are distributed.

As always, it is the policy of this website that no reviews of episodes of either MLP or Steven Universe will be done until the episode airs on TV. (NOTE: We would like it very much if you want to review Star vs. the Forces of Evil!) MLP has been a very fun ride and continues to be. We do not want to see that ruined by the behavior of miscreants or someone recklessly distributing leaked content that many people put in tons of hours of effort to make for a general audience. So if you don’t want to risk the scorn of the fandom, please be discrete when coming across what might be leaked material and do not spoil it for the rest of us. Thank you.

On a side, yes, there is a reboot of Littlest Pet Shop coming up and the previews from YouTube have been hit or miss (read: Will there really be more than Bev in this reboot?) The Equestria Girls shorts have been of a better quality and any changes to that franchise have been much more subtle than they were with Monster High to the point where you feel EqG have won this battle by default while Mattel somewhere thought Monster High fans had the memory of goldfish.

StatManDan

Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! – Circles

Source: MLP: FIM Marks and Recreation

Her passion is drawing circles.  Her cutie mark is in writing haikus.  These things are actually connected!

Kettle Corn’s circles resemble ensō, a form of Zen Buddhist calligraphy in Japan. Haiku is a form of poetry that originated with Buddhist monks in Japan.

I think this beautifully illustrates how our passions, our talents, and our destinies (as manifested in our cutie marks) are connected in ways that we can’t always see.  It gives a whole new dimension to the themes that the show has explored in post-cutie-mark Cutie Mark Crusaders episodes. Getting your flank tattoo doesn’t set you in stone for your entire life like Rumble thinks. In fact, you can have post cutie mark crises, (as exemplified by Apple Bloom, Diamond Tiara, and Bulk Biceps).  You can find whole other layers of meaning in what you do that weren’t necessarily apparent when you first got your mark!

Kettle Corn has a whole journey ahead of her.  Parts of her personality, and parts of her soul are going to become clearer to her as she explores these Zen-related interests, but she will not have the words to articulate their connection.  She will never know what Buddhism, or Japan is, even if her life’s journey is destined to be *weeaboo af.*

However, that doesn’t stop different elements of Japanese philosophy from making themselves manifest in her.

Think of the implications of that!

What if different life events, or passions that define who we are turn out to actually be connected in ways that we cannot see?  Just like this little girl will never fully be able to articulate that her personality is essentially a running gag, referential to a place she’ll never see or read about, our own lives may never fully be clear to us except in the vaguest of feelings and intuitions.

Simply put, we lack the perspective to “get the joke.”

When I posted this theory on Facebook, I got one cynical comment about our lives being “jokes.” I want to clarify. I don’t mean that we are literally fictional characters and that our lives are literally one big meaningless joke. I’m saying that perspective is everything!
We know ourselves better than anyone else does, and at the same time, only see ourselves from the inside. Those of us who are prone to guilt look at ourselves more harshly than we look at others. We don’t extend the same kind of forgiveness to ourselves that we extend to our friends in the same situations. Conversely, those who are defensive actually repaint their own actions in positive lights. They refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing in their own behaviors, even if they objectively view those behaviors as wrong in others. That’s part of what makes life so confusing. No matter what, we will always lack the perspective to examine ourselves truly objectively.

We can try, we can even come a little bit closer with every revelation, but at the end of the day, we are still viewing ourselves from the inside. There’s an old saying, “I don’t know who discovered water, but it wasn’t a fish.”

It is as tragic as it is humorous. I think there’s joy to be found in that. I also think there’s a greater understanding to be had by it. While there are some truly messed up and evil people in the world, for the most part, when folks do wrong, they are usually just doing the best they can with what they have. Simply put, we mess up because we’re human.

Once you recognize your own trappings, however – once you contemplate and appreciate just how difficult it is to try to make sense of your own life, you start to realize that everyone else is going through the exact same thing. We are all feeling around in the dark. We all lack the perspective to gain a fully objective picture of ourselves. We are all suffering because of it: our friends; our enemies; our ideological opponents. That existential question – that suffering – is at the core of all of our beings. It is the one thing we all have in common.

While we, like Kettle Corn, will never find the answers – will never fully be in on “the joke” – we can still look at one another and attempt to be compassionate, and to show compassion whenever we can, even to those whom we oppose. After all, we’re all in the same boat.
Or at the very least, maybe we, like Kettle Corn, should stop, and simply take joy in doing something we love every now and again, and do it for its own sake. Maybe that’s all the answer we need.

A girl loves circles
But is meant to write haikus.
They are the same thing.

-Sprocket

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Editorial: Let’s Go to the Movie!

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Sethisto at Equestria Daily already said it, so we’ll say it again. With the Movie two weeks away, this is an opportunity to re-energize the fandom as a whole and introduce MLP to a new set of fans and keep the brand worthy of is franchise status at Hasbro. Nerf may be the biggest brand, but MLP is arguably the second most popular right now behind Transformers.

Yes, viewership of the show is down, but it’s been down across the board for shows that have been around for more than a season and at least we still get to see the show on a weekly basis as opposed to the likes of Steven Universe and The Lion Guard to which Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, respectively, shows it when it gets around to it. Besides, most fans primarily see the show online whereas Discovery Family is still part of that extra package you have to spend extra on most cable systems while Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel are still part of the basic tier.

I’ve been saying for almost a year now that Hasbro has put a lot of effort into the Movie and it all culminates towards October 6th. Forget Rotten Tomato scores and neigh-sayers for the moment. Sia’s “Rainbow” song already has over two million views on here VEVO YouTube channel and has been met with mostly positive reviews. The third trailer has over 5.5 million hits on Hasbro’s channel. Oh, have I mentioned there’s Liev Schreiber, Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Taye Diggs, Michael Peña, Kristen Chenoweth, and Uzo Aduba in addition to the voice cast of Friendship is Magic that we all know and love.

If you indeed have read the junior novelization or the art book, that’s fine. However, there’s nothing that beats the actual experience of seeing the Movie itself in the movie theater. I recall when fans traveled miles on end to see the first Equestria Girls movie in theaters during special showings. Personally, I hope the same effort is made if the Movie is not showing at your nearest movie theater. As for pirate copies to YouTube, there is a time and a place for everything. With regards to the Movie, there is neither.

Naturally, there are things that we will not be able to control such as a bad review from a movie critic (who most likely will not have seen the show at all prior to reviewing it and/or dismiss it because it’s not Disney/Pixar) or a Rotten Tomatoes score that does not rival Zootopia. It would be nice if the Movie made as much money as Zootopia, but that’s unlikely. However, it would be nice if it made over $125 million domestically at the box office.

Above all else, let’s remind ourselves about what drew us into Friendship is Magic in the first place. I would like to think that most of us were drawn in because of its positive and bright message and the characters (flaws and all). Didn’t some of us hope for the day that the ponies—and not human versions thereof—would hit the big screen for a movie of their own? That day is two weeks away!

This is a chance to re-energize the fandom and to introduce us a new collection of fans to what those in the fandom have known for seven years now, that not only is this not your parents’ My Little Pony, but these ponies are awesome! Go watch the movie!

StatManDan