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Apr. 4th, 2015 | 11:11 pm

Good episodes, all in all, with the second being the stronger one of the two. Decent story, somewhere between SoL and the high drama that e.g. Tirek provided in terms of "grandness"; not the best ever, but it nicely tied together all the things that ponies are about. Sometimes it felt a bit like a 1950s cartoon extolling the virtues of American Capitalism™ while denouncing Soviet Communism™, but that was probably not intentional.

I liked Pinkie in particular in this episode; she was very much in line with how she was originally conceived, avoiding the over-the-top zaniness that later plagued her. Dash, OTOH, was a bit OOC — since when is she outright keen on meeting monsters? From an in-universe perspective they are an existential threat, so realistically she should be more concerned.

I was surprised that Twilight Sparkle could be overpowered so easily, but perhaps she was caught off-guard. And given how Starlight Glimmer's name mirrors Twilight's, I imagine that she's intended as a relatively major villain who we've not seen the last of and who is presumably fairly skilled with magic. (Still, Twilight is the very Element of Magic.)

Starlight Glimmer also looked a bit like Suri Polomare, didn't she? Must be a color scheme that's common for antagonists, somehow. :) (I think they also reused some of Twilight's facial expressions for her.) Night Glider, meanwhile, reminded me of Silverlay, and there was another pony that looked rather like Limestone (Blinkie) Pie.

And then there was Double Diamond, whose color scheme (white mane/tail/coat, blue eyes) was clearly a rip-off of mine. :P Even his special talent (assuming it was indeed skiing) was snow-related — could it be any more obvious? :P

The loudspeaker was a bit weird – does Equestria have electricity now, or was it powered by magic? The balloon binoculars were amusing, though, as was the balloon bridge.

All in all? Decent start for the season.

Elsewhere: discussion in broniesaremagic. Episode followup on EqD. Review by drhoz.

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Drhoz!

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from: drhoz
date: Apr. 6th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
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It's had electricity since the hydroelectric dam in Mysterious Mare-do-well. But it might as well be magical.

Purrdence described it as "The Mane Six Visit North Korea" right down to the government-mandated hairstyles. That village was CREEPY.

re: Starlight Glimmer, and Sunset Shimmer, and Twilight Sparkle, I have to wonder exactly how many potential weapons against Luna's return Celestia had on the boil - just as well ONE of them didn't go bad....

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 6th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
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That village was CREEPY.

It sure was. And yeah, might as well have been a dig at North Korea rather than the USSR — or the GDR, or in fact pretty much any communist dictatorship.

(Re: haircuts, BTW, at least one of those stories was apparently not true after all.)

I have to wonder exactly how many potential weapons against Luna's return Celestia had on the boil

Probably quite a few, over the years.

Edited at 2015-04-06 07:57 pm (UTC)

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ungulata

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from: ungulata
date: Apr. 6th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
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I saw it more as a religious cult type of creepy. I guess which type of collective you feel it reflects depends to some extent on which type of collective you feel is the most threatening.

Princess Celestia making multiple back-up plans... in which case I'd expect there to be Luna traps everywhere!

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 6th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Aye, or which one is most well-known for brainwashing its members.

Princess Celestia making multiple back-up plans... in which case I'd expect there to be Luna traps everywhere!

Well, when you're dealing with someone as powerful as Night Mare Moon, and only the Elements of Harmony can defeat her, and you need someone who can harness the magic of friendship to become the Element of Magic... yeah, you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket.

Heh, Luna traps.

Edited at 2015-04-06 07:57 pm (UTC)

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ungulata

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from: ungulata
date: Apr. 7th, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
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Luna traps

Now we know why she seems grumpy most of the time. She keeps bumping into another one of those darned traps!

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Apr. 7th, 2015 08:51 am (UTC)
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Could be. And we do know from Castle Mania that Luna's always been fond of traps — so who knows how many she installed in Canterlot Castle.

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ungulata

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from: ungulata
date: Apr. 7th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
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LOL! Good point!

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The Goddess of Smoo

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from: heathersmoo
date: Apr. 10th, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
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The trap love is fleshed out even more in the Journal of the Two Sisters book.

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