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(Entertainment Weekly)   Switched cutie marks, 7 songs in 22 minutes, magic gone awry, and all of it is leading to a fanboy angering Princess Twilight Sparkle in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic season finale, 'Magical Mystery Cure', 10:30 AM on The Hub   (family-room.ew.com) divider line 214
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2013-02-16 10:59:11 AM  
...liquid pride?
 
2013-02-16 11:01:31 AM  
OK, that felt very rushed.
 
2013-02-16 11:02:00 AM  
Meh.
 
2013-02-16 11:02:49 AM  
...the luckiest pony in all Equestria?

Twilight Sparkle has ALS???
 
2013-02-16 11:02:50 AM  
The intended audience probably thought that was fricking awesome.  I foresee at least three new playsets outta that twenty minutes, including the cutie mark chariot.

I thought it was cute.

Now I'm going to go over and peek at some of the weirder fandom hangouts and watch them lose their farking minds.
 
2013-02-16 11:04:00 AM  
WOW okay now I can tell this was supposed to end the series, not just the season. I'm happy we're getting more episodes. I was fearing way worse.

Did anyone else notice star baby twilight a la 2001: A Space Odyssey?

I also loved that they had the Audible commercial with 50 shades of grey.

I'm a happy brony
 
2013-02-16 11:04:28 AM  

ravenlore: OK, that felt very rushed.


Should have been a two-part episode, at least.
 
2013-02-16 11:05:23 AM  

ZMugg: ...the luckiest pony in all Equestria?

Twilight Sparkle has ALS???


In Equestria, they call it Twilight Sparkle's Disease.
 
2013-02-16 11:05:32 AM  

ZMugg: ravenlore: OK, that felt very rushed.

Should have been a two-part episode, at least.


I agree.
 
2013-02-16 11:06:10 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: ...liquid pride?


i.imgur.com

Eeyup. We even had a beer commercial (Stay Pony, my friends) during the live broadcast.
 
2013-02-16 11:07:01 AM  

ravenlore: ZMugg: ravenlore: OK, that felt very rushed.

Should have been a two-part episode, at least.

I agree.


One of the writers said on Twitter that they consider this part one of a three-parter.
 
2013-02-16 11:08:43 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: ravenlore: ZMugg: ravenlore: OK, that felt very rushed.

Should have been a two-part episode, at least.

I agree.

One of the writers said on Twitter that they consider this part one of a three-parter.


Then it should have been a four-parter.  This ep just moved in a very forced, awkward, hurried way.
 
2013-02-16 11:11:51 AM  

ravenlore: OK, that felt very rushed.


I wonder if there was originally a plan for a 26-episode Season 3 and they had to get it all taken done in 13, leaving no room for a second two-parter (or a third, if you consider "Just for Sidekicks" and "Games Ponies Play" as a 2-parter.)

They certainly had enough music in those 22 minutes for a two-parter. Pretty catchy stuff too. I predict remixes, remixes everywhere.
 
2013-02-16 11:14:30 AM  

ravenlore: FirstNationalBastard: ravenlore: ZMugg: ravenlore: OK, that felt very rushed.

Should have been a two-part episode, at least.

I agree.

One of the writers said on Twitter that they consider this part one of a three-parter.

Then it should have been a four-parter.  This ep just moved in a very forced, awkward, hurried way.


The same could be said for the season.
 
2013-02-16 11:16:35 AM  

ravenlore: FirstNationalBastard: ravenlore: ZMugg: ravenlore: OK, that felt very rushed.

Should have been a two-part episode, at least.

I agree.

One of the writers said on Twitter that they consider this part one of a three-parter.

Then it should have been a four-parter.  This ep just moved in a very forced, awkward, hurried way.


Yeah... It was supposed to end the series and get the "65" episodes Hasbro needed to put MLP into syndication.

Thank god Hasbro wasn't bought by Disney and I think upper-management finally realizes the value of this show beyond selling toys and "creepy guys" [stereotype, not reality of bronies].
 
2013-02-16 11:16:37 AM  
Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...
 
2013-02-16 11:20:03 AM  

Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...


Yeah I got that vibe as well.

Before my hubby became a brony he'd argued that Equestria is a communist monarchy, lip service about "friendship" but Earth Ponies work, Pegasus = Army, and Unicorns = Rulers. It also works with Plato's republic and the "myth of metals".
 
2013-02-16 11:20:27 AM  
I may not be a fan of MLP, but I can appreciate a great Beatles reference when I see one.

/no hate
/Phineus and Ferb addict
 
2013-02-16 11:20:39 AM  
DERPY!!!!!!

/right before the ending musical number, hidden way, way waaaaaay in the background of the wide shot, with her Derpy eyes and all.

...and again right after the chariot zooms past everyone, before the shot cuts back to the front marching view.
 
2013-02-16 11:21:32 AM  

Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...


A far better system than moistened bints throwing swords around.



supreme executive power
 
2013-02-16 11:25:34 AM  

ZMugg: Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...

A far better system than moistened bints throwing swords around.

supreme executive power


Well, now that we've made it to 65, we've made it across the Bridge of Death and are safely into syndication.
 
2013-02-16 11:30:48 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: So when is "Community" going to do a MLP episode? Or is that dividing by zero?

 
2013-02-16 11:32:26 AM  

Twilight Farkle: ZMugg: Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...

A far better system than moistened bints throwing swords around.

supreme executive power

Well, now that we've made it to 65, we've made it across the Bridge of Death and are safely into syndication.


Still, the 'Reform of Discord' seemed really rushed (as did most of the season, as noted by other posts above).
 
2013-02-16 11:32:44 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

Alicorn party!

On second thought, let's stay here in Canterlot. It is a silly place.
 
2013-02-16 11:34:31 AM  

ZMugg: Twilight Farkle: ZMugg: Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...

A far better system than moistened bints throwing swords around.

supreme executive power

Well, now that we've made it to 65, we've made it across the Bridge of Death and are safely into syndication.

Still, the 'Reform of Discord' seemed really rushed (as did most of the season, as noted by other posts above).


The Discord ep possibly more than the rest of the season, but yeah.
 
2013-02-16 11:34:42 AM  

shortymac: Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...

Yeah I got that vibe as well.

Before my hubby became a brony he'd argued that Equestria is a communist monarchy, lip service about "friendship" but Earth Ponies work, Pegasus = Army, and Unicorns = Rulers. It also works with Plato's republic and the "myth of metals".


Well... the Crystal Empire apparently got annexed with the cunning use of flags... and Celestia installed Cadence as their ruler...

And now Twilight is a princess too... Celestia will probably have her take over Ponyville and will now become a small principality, known for being a tax-free haven, undermining Mayor Mare's authority... more importantly, they install a principality over what was once a Democracy.
 
2013-02-16 11:35:26 AM  
im ashamed at how much i know about this show by sheer dint of osmosis.  the kids love it.

/same is true for good luck charlie
//and dog with a blog
///and A.N.T. Farm
 
2013-02-16 11:36:39 AM  
Am I the only one not excited by a Princess Twilight? Or at least its a little too soon I think.

I like the whole idea of them finding themselves. Maybe its just that I don't think Twi is the best character. I'm kinda pissed she's an alicorn (sp?) now. Also the shows that are full of songs are usually never my faves. There's better character development without the songs. When the episode started, I thought the set up was great with them all switching sides. But then they sang through the pony "changes" - I thought that was a ripe set up for some good comedy.

The "Stay Pony, my friends" commercial was a riot. Made up for the episode in my opinion.
 
2013-02-16 11:46:48 AM  

ZMugg: Twilight Farkle: ZMugg: Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...

A far better system than moistened bints throwing swords around.

supreme executive power

Well, now that we've made it to 65, we've made it across the Bridge of Death and are safely into syndication.

Still, the 'Reform of Discord' seemed really rushed (as did most of the season, as noted by other posts above).


Hmm. Maybe a "Babylon 5" scenario, where JMS had to fit two seasons' worth of content into Season 4 because he was uncertain he'd get a Season 5. In this case, they started with 26 episodes worth of plot, and had to cram it in... umm... let me rephrase that.

This is all speculation on my part, but suppose you have 26 episodes' worth of story arc, and because of the timing on the existence of season 4 (possibly combined with a late decision on the length of season 3), you write/rewrite it so as to finish in 13 rather than risk leaving the story unfinished.

Twilight's question to Celestia today was consistent with her character, but might have been a nod to the mysterious book Luna was reading at the end of the S3 premiere (or the book was a red herring.) Sombra's horn vanished into fanon, but there's no official connection between it and Trixie's amulet. We also never found out precisely what Celestia needed Discord's help for a few weeks ago, but we did see Rarity wreaking spectacular havoc with the weather, and checkerboard motifs were among Discord's favorites.
 
2013-02-16 11:47:21 AM  

Lollipop165: Am I the only one not excited by a Princess Twilight?


Join the club.

ravenlore: The Discord ep possibly more than the rest of the season, but yeah.


Yeah...

Maybe if they hadnt wasted 15 mins in songs, they woulda have had time to properly have a plot. 


Also, regarding Ubermensch/Ubermare -- It made me realize that Earth ponies and Pegasi will never be able to rule... they're apparently inferior. Only Unicorns can rule, even more so if they're really special and transcend and become Alicorns.
 
2013-02-16 11:54:35 AM  

Twilight Farkle: ZMugg: Twilight Farkle: ZMugg: Dinobot: Apparently, only those that reach Ubermensch (or Ubermare) have the right to govern other ponies...

A far better system than moistened bints throwing swords around.

supreme executive power

Well, now that we've made it to 65, we've made it across the Bridge of Death and are safely into syndication.

Still, the 'Reform of Discord' seemed really rushed (as did most of the season, as noted by other posts above).

Hmm. Maybe a "Babylon 5" scenario, where JMS had to fit two seasons' worth of content into Season 4 because he was uncertain he'd get a Season 5. In this case, they started with 26 episodes worth of plot, and had to cram it in... umm... let me rephrase that.

This is all speculation on my part, but suppose you have 26 episodes' worth of story arc, and because of the timing on the existence of season 4 (possibly combined with a late decision on the length of season 3), you write/rewrite it so as to finish in 13 rather than risk leaving the story unfinished.

Twilight's question to Celestia today was consistent with her character, but might have been a nod to the mysterious book Luna was reading at the end of the S3 premiere (or the book was a red herring.) Sombra's horn vanished into fanon, but there's no official connection between it and Trixie's amulet. We also never found out precisely what Celestia needed Discord's help for a few weeks ago, but we did see Rarity wreaking spectacular havoc with the weather, and checkerboard motifs were among Discord's favorites.


It seemed obvious to me that Luna's book was the spellbook Twilight was sent to finish.
 
2013-02-16 12:02:03 PM  

Twilight Farkle: We also never found out precisely what Celestia needed Discord's help for a few weeks ago,


To battle the return of King Sombra as a Palpatine like figure to lure Princess Twilight to the 'Dark Side'?

Sombra needs a better backstory, IMHO>
 
2013-02-16 12:05:18 PM  

Dinobot: Lollipop165: Am I the only one not excited by a Princess Twilight?

Join the club.


I'm with you, it made more sense as a series finale than a season finale. But just to play Discord's Advocate for a moment, Twi's still got plenty of personal development work to do, and there'll be opportunities for pratfalls aplenty along the way. We don't know how many years Cadance spent going from foalsitter to getting an Empire to rule over. Just watching her figuring out how to fly could present a full episode of comedy, plus a season's worth of running gags.

ArkPanda:
It seemed obvious to me that Luna's book was the spellbook Twilight was sent to finish.


D'oh. I'm clearly up way too early.

fc02.deviantart.net

I dashed away at the start of the stream to grab the popcorn (in ten seconds flat), only to get the headphones on just a little too late. First thing I caught was the theme music. That's still no excuse, because I saw that book multiple times elsewhere in the episode, staring me quite literally in the face, and still managed to completely miss it.
 
2013-02-16 12:21:28 PM  
It's a shame the season is ending. Will miss taunting the bronies
 
2013-02-16 12:35:55 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: It's a shame the season is ending. Will miss taunting the bronies


So...that means you have to get out of your moms basement too?
 
2013-02-16 12:36:18 PM  

ZMugg: Twilight Farkle: We also never found out precisely what Celestia needed Discord's help for a few weeks ago,

To battle the return of King Sombra as a Palpatine like figure to lure Princess Twilight to the 'Dark Side'?

Sombra needs a better backstory, IMHO


That would make an awesome Season 4 premiere and/or finale.
 
2013-02-16 12:46:01 PM  
I still don't get what's supposed to be so rage-inducing about Twilight Sparkle's character development.
 
2013-02-16 12:46:04 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Maybe with the season ending you bronies can become real men. Leave your mom's basement and live life. Who knows there might be a lady willing to talk to you.


Are you some kind of aspie or something? You keep trying to troll people who don't give a single flying fark what you, or any other hater, thinks of them.
 
2013-02-16 01:01:21 PM  
HOLY CRAP!

Why can't I can't hold all these feels about a silly kids show!?

/Liquid pride is everywhere on my keyboard.
//Yesterday, that would have sounded so dirty to me.
 
2013-02-16 01:02:10 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I still don't get what's supposed to be so rage-inducing about Twilight Sparkle's character development.


Me neither.

25.media.tumblr.com

Everything's gonna be just fine.

Aesthetically, the switch from "6 peers, 2 unicorns, 2 pegasi, 2 earth ponies" to "5 ponies and a demigod" breaks a few symmetries and feels a little weird, and from a pure storyline angle, it's a great way to end the series. Purely artistic considerations sometimes have to be sacrificed to business realities. It's still a good way to end the season and give the writers a clean slate for Season 4.
 
2013-02-16 01:02:33 PM  
I really should catch up so I can participate in these threads.  Oh well, will get it next season

/still on S3E5
 
2013-02-16 01:04:21 PM  

Shadow Blasko: HOLY CRAP!

Why can't I can't hold all these feels about a silly kids show!?

/Liquid pride is everywhere on my keyboard.
//Yesterday, that would have sounded so dirty to me.


Yesterday, Liquid Pride was something that the really weird Bronies wound up depositing in their Lyra plushies.
 
2013-02-16 01:06:46 PM  
What in the...

That episode was downright horrible. None of the things that make the new MLP good were present at all.

I'm not opposed to Twilight Sparkle's ascension to an alicorn princess, I'm just opposed to stories where a conflict is suddenly introduced out of nowhere and is easily resolved in the first half, and the rest of it is just everyone being all happy and stuff.

*sigh*

Been kind of underwhelmed by season 3 in general, but this episode clinches it. Let's hope they've got it out of their system for season 4.

/Okay, the thing where Pinkie Pie drank a glass of water to spit it out was pretty funny, I'll grant it that.
 
2013-02-16 01:11:56 PM  
Ok. I'll flat out admit it...

This show kicked my ass today.

Granted, I am already an emotional mess from becoming a grandfather this week, and dealing with multiple high-stress issues, and no sleep... but I absolutely lost it during this episode and bawled. I really did.

/Blame the wildlife rehabbers I work with. When Angel reminded Fluttershy of her destiny I just lost it, because it reminded me of all the animals I have helped and been close to over the last decade, especially our rehab resident raccoons and one wonderful 13 year old squirrel, who have been wonderful little friends over the last year... and knowing that I am not really going to see them much anymore as I am not working for the rehab anymore.

//I love this silly silly kids show. I really do. I hope it stays this much fun.

///I thought the songs were terrific.
 
2013-02-16 01:12:17 PM  
so is bronie-ism pedophilia without the abused children?  Or is it just what michael jackson fans have left?
 
2013-02-16 01:14:08 PM  
What the fark is wrong with you people.
 
2013-02-16 01:17:10 PM  
i.imgur.com
there are not enough drugs on the planet to make me understand this shiat
 
2013-02-16 01:18:36 PM  

rickythepenguin: im ashamed at how much i know about this show by sheer dint of osmosis.  the kids love it.

/same is true for good luck charlie
//and dog with a blog
///and A.N.T. Farm


you should, you know, ACTUALLY PLAY with your children, instead of sticking them in front of the television.
 
2013-02-16 01:24:18 PM  

Madbassist1: What the fark is wrong with you people.


I could ask you the same thing.
 
2013-02-16 01:25:18 PM  
Dear Princess Celestia,

Today I learned that after a massive reorganization that leaves everypony in jobs for which they're ill-suited and marginally competent at best, and downright miserable at worst, the correct course of action is to quit, start your own company (with blackjack, and hookers!), and then poach all of your former co-workers, because when the articles of incorporation are signed, you become a God!

Thank you so much for the loans from Canterlot Library's business section. You know how I love books! "The Mythical Mare-Month" is still pretty good, but if I catch anypony with a copy of "7 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies", "Who Hooved my cheese?" on their desks, I will end them.

P.S. What did Luna mean when she said "Blue Horseshoe loves Endiclop Steel?"

4.bp.blogspot.com

P.P.S. Spike, don't write that last one down. I think I figured it out.

Your avaricious student,
Twilight Farkle.
 
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