Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait
The earth began to cool, the autotrophs began to drool
Neanderthals developed tools
We built a wall (we built the pyramids)
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries
That all started with the big bang! Hey!
—theme song to “The Big Bang Theory” by Barenaked Ladies
Technically, I’ve never watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory, but my brother likes it and I enjoyed from PMVs set to this theme. Anyway, Maud has been too busy to spend time with Pinkie because she has a boyfriend now. His name is Sheldon Mudbriar who is a proverbial “stick in the mud” just like his cutie mark in the way he speaks. Pinkie for the life of here cannot see what Maud sees in him. Maud likes rocks and Mudbriar likes sticks and speaking in a precise form—technically.
Things do get a bit tactless when it is revealed that Maud only enjoys Pinkie’s surprise parties because she was protected her feelings. Pinkie has an internal crisis that drives her to the rock farm and Limestone actually proves useful with a metaphor to get Pinkie to understand (eventually) what Maud sees in Mudbriar. Eventually, they have a surprise party with Maud viewing from a distance as she preferred just a small party with Mudbriar and Pinkie.
Technically, this wasn’t the best episode involving Maud (that was “Maud Pie”). There were some funny moments, especially with the dialogue. However, that sometimes led to tactlessness on the part both Maud and Mudbriar. At least the former should know about Pinkie’s sensitivities. I’m also not sure the “opposite day” visions around the head accomplished anything, either.
It’s not a terrible episode, technically, but I don’t believe it will be in the top half of Season Eight’s favorites.
Get on up, look around;
Can’t you feel the wind of change?
Get on up, taste the air;
Can’t you see the wind of change;
— “Wind of Change” by the Bee Gees
(CAUTION: This review includes SPOILERS of the episode which aired on Discovery Family on March 24th, 2018. If you do not to know the result this review, look away now.)
It took the show one minute into Season Eight to declare the events of the Movie canon. With so many creatures who may not know anything about friendship, Twilight decides to open a friendship school.
She has the full support of Princess Celestia, but needs the full support of the Equestria Education Association (EEA) for accreditation. The EEA’s Chancellor Neighsay implores Twilight to do things by the book. The rest of the Mane Six will be teachers (second jobs for all of our heroines) and Starlight is the guidance counselor. The school isn’t exclusive to ponies such as Sandbar, there’s also a griffon named Gallus, a dragon names Smolder, a yak named Yona, a changeling named Ocellus, and a hippogriff/seapony named Silverstream.
Each of the Mane Six has a way to teach that gets the students interested, but Twilight insists everything gets done by the book, which is quickly the reason things are going “by the book”. After the student six cut class go on a “mental health break”, Neighsay arrives for an inspection. Things go off the rails as Ocellus makes an ill-timed decision to change into a giant insect and Neighsay is appalled that Twilight even has non-pony students. Long story short, the school is shut down.
In part two, Starlight sets Twilight right by writing their own rules. The rest of the Mane Six and Spike buy in—now they have to find the students or there is going to be a war. The “Student” Six didn’t want to be away from each other, so they take refuge at the Castle of the Two Sisters. However, they are not alone as they are threatened by bushwoolies puckwedgies. The Mane Six make the rescue and reopen the school going rogue against Neighsay by declaring it a “Friendship School” and probably hinting at what’s to come in the Season Finale.
Class is now in session. In a way it makes sense because instead of having the Mane Six and Starlight travel all around Equestria (which they had been doing since Season Five) and beyond (read: The Movie) to spread the gospel of friendship, why not have everyone come to them in Ponyville? It also represents, not necessarily a change in direction for the show as the Mane Six are now officially teachers, it’s safe to say it has been heading that direction since Season Four. It’s just now official.
It also shows that the show has not run out of ideas and it is blending in the worldbuilding from the previous seven seasons and the movie to create more worldbuilding. The world has gotten larger and larger and now the show is adjusting accordingly. It is ready to take on a social issue such as racism. Well, it has been handled in a sense better in some episodes (i.e. Hearth’s Warming Eve) than others (i.e. Over A Barrel). We now have a chancellor (played brilliantly by “The Brain” himself, Maurice Lamarche) who is what passes for Equestria as a racist (maybe a fascist as well).
What’s promising is that we finally have an overarching premise for the first time since Season Five and a majority of fans have said that and Season Four are the two best seasons of the show. Both those seasons had overarching storylines.
The opening two-parter is back as a setup for the start of a new season. “Return of Harmony” remains the benchmark for season openers, but given the direction and quickly declaring the Movie canon, this Season Premiere belongs in the top half of Premiers by comparison by giving its main characters new purpose and keeping the show fresh even in its eighth season.
Ranking the Season Premieres:
1. The Return of Harmony
2. The Cutie Map
3. School Daze
4. Celestial Advice
5. Princess Twilight Sparkle
6. Friendship is Magic
7. The Crystal Empire
8. The Crystalling
For those of us who prefer not to have been spoiled by the leaks, here is the Season Eight preview. From the start, there is a new theme and the Mane Six are opening up a school for the creatures from Equestria and beyond. So here are eight simple rules for following this season:
1. NO SPOILERS! NO EXCEPTIONS!! – It remains the policy of DerpyNews to not officially review episodes of the show until after they have been seen on Discovery Family. So the first review will be sometime after Saturday’s two-parter.
2. We did “Explore Equestria” already, so let’s build a school!: “Explore Equestria” was so Season Five. With the world of MLP much expanded since then (including the Movie), it’s time to give the Mane Six a new challenge.
3. After learning for the better part of seven seasons, it’s time to become teachers for real: Many speculated that the Mane Six (and now Starlight Glimmer) would become teachers in due time in the series after Season Four. With the theme of the School of Friendship, it appears that the time has come.
4. The Movie is canon: It was hinted that there would be hippogriffs this season. Indeed, the synopsis for one of the episodes has Twilight and the CMC heading to Mount Aris.
5. It won’t be all about school: Remember when we thought all of Season Four would be about the keys? Most fans and Pepperidge Farm do, but there needs to be time away from the school and the third and fourth episodes sound pretty interesting!
6. Good things come in sixes: We have six new characters that will be part of the focus and the Mane Six remains front and center. There’s a good chance that the Six Pillars will make an appearance as well.
7. Twilight has always wanted to be a teacher: Although it is not explicitly stated in the show, you have gotten the feeling that Twilight would have dedicated herself to being a teacher. Clues are littered throughout the series on that one.
8. Season Eight is not the end: Season Eight is not the end of the road for the series. A ninth season is confirmed which will likely propel the series past the 200-episode mark. Season Eight will take the series episode tally to 195.
The eighth season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will commence on Saturday, March 24th, at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family. The channel released its highlights for the month of March and continuing with the tradition of all two-parters since “A Canterlot Wedding”, both parts will air on March 24th.
Without revealing too much, there will be many new characters, a certain pony’s parents, a new theme for the year, and introduction of elements first seen in the Movie.
Prior to the season premiere, There will be another “Pony Palooza” which will start at 6am ET/5am CT on March 17th and will continue with every episode right up until the Season Eight Premiere.
Below is the press release related to MLP. If you do not wish to be spoiled any further, look away now.
THE SCHOOL OF FRIENDSHIP IS OFFICIALLY OPEN! SEASON EIGHT OF MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC PREMIERES SATURDAY, MARCH 24 ON DISCOVERY FAMILY – Season Eight of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ” Picks Up Following the Events of “My Little Pony: The Movie” with New Characters and Songs Throughout 26 Magical Episodes Beginning Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a/10:30c –
(MIAMI, FL ) – Calling everypony (and creature) in Equestria Twilight Sparkle’s School of Friendship is in session! On Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a/10:30c , Discovery Family premieres the eighth season of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC with 26 half hour episodes complete with seven original songs, new characters and tons of friendship! New episodes of the Hasbro Studios’ produced animated series will also stream live and on demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app.
Following the events of “My Little Pony: The Movie,” in the back – to – back season premiere episodes titled “School Daze Part 1” and “School Daze Part 2,” the Mane 6 discovers that the Friendship Map has expanded to show the world outside Equestria. Through two exciting original songs, Twilight Sparkle learns that friendship needs to spread beyond the limits of the kingdom and decides to open her very own School of Friendship. But things come to a head when the new non – pony students ditch c lass on Friends and Family day, putting the entire school in jeopardy!
This season, viewers will witness major milestones featuring the introduction of Starlight Glimmer’s parents and Princess Celestia’s big acting debut . Additionally, the Mane 6’s Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are accompanied by six new creatures including Ocellus the Changeling , Silverstream the Hippogriff/Seapony , Smolder the Dragon, Gallus the Griffin , Yona the Yak and Sand bar the Pony , joining them on epic adventures throughout new and familiar lands such as Mount Aris, Everfree Forest , Las Pegasus and more . Fan – favorite characters Maud Pie , Spike, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Queen Chrysalis and Discord return with exciting storylines and a whole lot of magic!
Old news is old but if you haven’t heard the word, the ride continues on. Last Thursday, hardcore animation fan and former site operator to Littlest Pet Shop’s only direct dedicated news site, Chevistian, made mention over Twitter that Hasbro was pushing the news of an 8th Season of MLP, due out in the Spring of 2018, via the Las Vegas Licensing Expo 2017. Honestly its probably not a huge shock to anyone considering the amount of time and effort that Hasbro has been putting behind ponies. If only they had struck the iron when it was white hot, but as we have learned over the almost decade of the Pony Train, ye old toy company moves very very slowly.
As that really old grumpy fan sitting on his porch, I can’t help but reflect to those ancient days of 2010 when the most common thing the trolls in the 4chan threads would spout off about was the fact the show wouldn’t last long, and that what we were doing was a fad. Well, who is laughing now. Right…?