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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6220 on: September 10, 2019, 10:45:09 PM »
^According to the studios announcements on Twitter a few months back, production on Equestria Girls finished at around the same time as FiM did, suggesting that "Sunset's Backstage Pass" is the final hour-long special (though there's apparently a holiday special that has already aired in certain countries and will probably show in the US at some yet to be announced time later this year), even though there were already plans for a proper Season 2 finale special and even a Season 3 of shorts for next year. Believe me, there's plenty of fans who were upset to learn that Equestria Girls would apparently not get a proper finale like FiM is due to have (or already had, for those who watch the leaks).

Anyway, time for the next Equestria Girls short released on YouTube, and this "choose your own ending" short features a lost puppy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZhUN88RR88

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Twilight, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Spike are checking out the various food stands (weirded out by items like a "lasagna pop") when they encounter a lost fluffy puppy who's covered in mud.

Choose Rarity: The puppy starts chasing after Rarity, who desperately runs away to avoid getting covered in the mud it's been rolling around in. After a chase across the festival grounds (passing by several locations seen in the "Sunset's Backstage Pass" special), Rarity eventually stumbles into the tent used by Post-Crush (the band featured in the aforementioned special), where band member Su-Z is thrilled to find her lost puppy. She thanks Rarity by giving her one of her accessories, which a star-struck Rarity is pleased to receive.

Choose Fluttershy: Fluttershy uses her magical geode powers to simply ask the lost puppy where it came from. Upon getting the answer, she brings the puppy over to Su-Z, who is trilled to find said puppy. With the issue resolved so quickly, Spike decides they should just get back to checking out the food stands again.

Choose Spike: The puppy walks over to Spike, who awkwardly can't figure out how to respond, leading the girls to assume he's got a crush on that puppy. Spike and that puppy spend some time doing various puppy activities together, but are just about to start eating when Su-Z arrives and thanks Spike and girls for finding her puppy. Su-Z and her puppy leave, but not before the puppy thanks Spike with a lick.

This one thankfully has all three ending with the same result of Su-Z finding her lost puppy, so it's really a matter of how it was achieved. I would consider Rarity the best option, because it was the only one to keep in mind how filthy that puppy had gotten, was also the only one to take the time to point out that Su-Z is part of Post-Crush, and was also the only one where she identified her puppy by name (I can't remember what it was). Fluttershy was also a good one as she simply took the most practical solution they had. Spike was also a fine choice, but I'd consider it my least favorite as he spent most of that time having fun with that puppy rather than actually trying to find that puppy's owner.

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« Reply #6221 on: September 11, 2019, 08:56:45 PM »
Dang, it sucks to know that Equestria Girls will end with a whimper rather than a bang. Oh well. :/
I still really hope that there's still a lot of plot progression in those shorts that are being released on YouTube. I still need to watch them to find out, but I like I said I'm short on time, and the Season 9 episodes are kinda my priority at this point. I still didn't start on any new Season 9 episodes, so it'll be quite awhile before I make any progress.

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« Reply #6222 on: September 12, 2019, 05:12:31 AM »
Not even a year has passed since I started to watch this series, and it's possibly going to end very soon. That's sad.
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« Reply #6223 on: September 12, 2019, 03:03:33 PM »
^Dang. And I can't believe that I started watching the series in 2010, the same year of its release. Yet, here we are now with the series finale of MLP:FiM and the possibility of G5 being in the works as well.

It's sad indeed, Sneak. :/

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6224 on: September 15, 2019, 12:00:11 AM »
First off, it was recently officially announced that the series finale will be on Saturday, October 12, which will be the last three episodes together (the two-parter and the epilogue), and will begin at 8pm (primetime, rather than the usual 11:30am). And the day before that (October 11), there will be a behind-the-scenes special at 5pm, so that should be very interesting to watch. Of course, all of this implies that the previous week (episode 23, on October 5) will be the last time this show premieres a new episode at its usual time.

Next up, the latest Equestria Girls short to be released on YouTube, another "choose your own ending" type of short, featuring Applejack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8eDC2_TcZA

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Applejack is thrilled to be watching her favorite country singer, Dirk Thistleweed, performing live, but with everyone dancing to the music, her foot gets stomped on and broken, forcing her to leave the crowd. Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie help her limp to a safe distance, but they refuse to let her miss out on the show and both of them offer to do something for her (while Snips happens to be walking by on his own).

Choose Rainbow Dash: Rainbow mixes up a special lotion that she's used before to treat injuries. Applejack is unsure due to its odor, but it attracts Dirk, who's suffering from a sore throat. A starstruck Applejack agrees to let him use some of the lotion to regain his voice.

Choose Pinkie Pie: Pinkie is determined to make sure Applejack doesn't miss Dirk's performance by any means necessary. Pinkie tosses Applejack into a wheelbarrow and pushes her up to the top of a hill near the stage. Due to the hill's location off to the side of the stage, Pinkie then shoves Dirk to the very front of the stage so Applejack can see him, then is immediately tackled off the stage by security.

Choose Snips: Snips is confused why Applejack wants to hang out with him, to which she says he had seemed lonely without Snails around. Snips laments being abandoned by his friend (and seemingly doesn't notice Applejack's offer to be his friend), but Snails eventually arrives, along with Dirk who happens to be enjoying hanging out with Snails (mostly for his use of armpit noises). Upon finding out that Snips and Applejack happen to be friends with Snails, Dirk offers the three of them backstage seats to watch his performance (where Applejack again feels completely ignored by Snips and Snails).

For this one, I think Rainbow Dash was the best choice, because she offered something to help Applejack's broken foot, which also happened to be helpful for Dirk as well and left Applejack excited to actually meet him. Pinkie was fine, but being tackled off the stage by security was one of those rare moments where her antics came with real consequences. Snips was definitely one of those out-there options that I'm usually not fond of, not only because it meant Applejack passed on her closest friends, but also it left her seeing a rather unflattering side of Dirk.


Finally, here's this week's officially released new episode.
https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/09/season-9-episode-20-horse-shoe-in.html

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With the upcoming ascension of Twilight to ruler of Equestria upon the retirement of Celestia and Luna coming closer, Twilight officially declares Starlight the new head-mare of the School of Friendship. Starlight is understandably worried about how she'll handle the new responsibilities, especially with her friend Trixie complaining about the two of them not having much time to hang out. During that conversation, Trixie unintentionally gives Starlight the idea to hire a vice head-mare to help ease the burden of running the school. With Twilight approving of the idea, Starlight sets up a three-stage process to help her determine the best pony for the job, and the candidates who apply are Spoiled Rich, Doctor Hooves, Octavia, Big Mac, and Trixie (who confidently assumes that being Starlight's best friend means she's guaranteed to be given the job, and assumes the selection process is just a worthless formality).

Stage one of the selection process involves teaching a class. Big Mac, Octavia, and Doctor Hooves handle their tasks quite well, while Spoiled Rich's arrogance annoys the students and Trixie's laziness leaves the whole class asleep. Although removing Spoiled Rich is an easy choice, Starlight reluctantly decides to give Trixie another chance. Stage two involves a parent-teacher conference. Octavia does well with Ocellus's parents and Doctor Hooves does just as well with Yona's parents, but Big Mac's habit of not saying much leaves Silverstream's father confused, while Trixie's arrogance just infuriates Gallus's legal guardian. Big Mac agrees with Starlight's decision to let him go, but again Starlight reluctantly decides to give Trixie another chance. Stage three involves taking a class out on a fieldtrip. Octavia takes her students to a concert hall and impresses them by having DJ Pon-3 perform alongside her, Doctor Hooves takes his students to his laboratory and fails to impress them with his time-based inventions, while Trixie tries to stand out by "bringing the fieldtrip into the classroom" by teleporting part of a bog into the classroom which immediately goes wrong when a swarm of flash bees are accidentally released.

After Starlight saves the students and deals with the flash bees, she finally loses patience and tells off the still oblivious Trixie for everything she did wrong. Finally realizing that simply being friends with Starlight is not enough to get her a position in the school, Trixie leaves with hurt feelings. Also hurt by that confrontation, Starlight discusses the issue with Twilight and they agree that some friends just aren't fit for any task, with Starlight admitting she should've voiced her objections at the start rather than let it escalate too far. Starlight talks with Trixie and they settle the issue. While Trixie concedes she's not fit to be vice head-mare, Starlight points out that all the remaining candidates have dropped out due to personal reasons, so Trixie suggests another close friend who would be more qualified. Sunburst turns out to be excited to be given such a position, especially since his old duties of Royal Crystaler have grown diminished due to Flurry Heart getting older. In addition, after seeing more of Trixie's tendency to unintentionally provide helpful advice, Starlight decides to make Trixie the school's new guidance counselor.

Considering the synopsis of all the remaining episodes, it looks like this will probably be the last episode to feature Starlight Glimmer, the School of Friendship, and its students such as the Young Six. (If I'm wrong, no spoilers please! I'd like to find out on my own, give myself a chance to be surprised.) I liked how throughout the selection process there was one pony (besides Trixie) who was clearly not as good as the others at the task of each stage, leading us to ultimately assume Octavia would get the position, only to hear that she ended up dropping out for being uncertain about balancing those responsibilities with her typical life (at least it was nice to hear the voices of Octavia and Doctor Hooves for the first time since the special 100th episode back in Season 5). And of course, there's Trixie once again being too arrogant for her own good and being forced to learn her lesson the hard way. At least Trixie will be given Starlight's old job at the school, and it was especially nice to see Sunburst is presumably now capable of moving to Ponyville now that his duties in the Crystal Empire have apparently been reduced. Not to mention, this episode had plenty of funny moments involving Starlight talking to a plant she named "Phyllis". Overall, I liked this episode, perhaps not my most favorite of the season, but definitely up there among those I liked the most.
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« Reply #6225 on: September 15, 2019, 09:30:21 PM »
Time for the next Equestria Girls short, another "choose your own ending" type, featuring Twilight Sparkle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_c5JAjFLK0

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Twilight has written a schedule for her day at the Starswirl music festival, but she trips over a boom box and her phone is ruined by Bulk Biceps' sweaty chest, preventing her from accessing her schedule. At Spike's suggestion, she decides to to spend her day by following someone around.

Choose Celestia: Celestia is accompanied by Luna and Cranky Doodle, the three of them having attended every Starswirl music festival since the very first one some unspecified number of years ago. They let Twilight and Spike join them as they have fun old-school style (80s or 90s, by the looks of it). At the end, Celestia jokingly suggests Twilight write letters to her about what she learned (an obvious reference to one of the oldest themes from the pony series).

Choose Micro Chips: Twilight discovers Micro is apparently a fan of techno music performer MC Dex FX, and they end up disagreeing on some of the minor details, such as what the MC stands for or the identity of that person's gender. Twilight is ultimately proven wrong in her arguments when she sees Micro literally run on stage and put on the costume to perform as MC Dex FX.

Choose Fluttershy: Twilight waits for Fluttershy as she is getting changed. When she comes out, Twilight is shocked to see her dressed up as a fan of a death metal band called Skull Cruncher. Fluttershy admits she got interested in the genre after her talk with Vignette back when they visited the theme park (the Rollercoaster of Friendship special), and fears her friends will think she's weird, but Twilight is supportive enough that she decides to join her.

I think this is the very first "Chose your own ending" short where any of the Main 7 had only one of the options rather than two or all three. For this one, I think Celestia was the best choice, because Twilight was able to have a great time with her all day. Micro Chips was what I would call just interesting for revealing himself as the secret identity of one of Twilight's favorite music performers. Fluttershy (ironically, considering she's the only Main 7 choice) was definitely the out-there option (again, the kind I'm usually not fond of) for rather obvious reasons. Of note, based on the remaining shorts that have not yet released on YouTube, I can say that while this is not the last "choose your own ending" short, it is the last short based at the music festival, meaning that all the other remaining shorts will take place at the school and other usual places.
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« Reply #6226 on: September 17, 2019, 08:45:51 PM »
So it looks like now that all the shorts that take place at the music festival have been released, they're now finally starting to release the six parts of the "Sunset's Backstage Pass" special. Here's Part 1 to start it off:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVTwoNnwjVM

As with the previous specials, I've already posted my review of the entire thing back when it premiered on TV, so I'll just say a few thoughts on each part as they're released on YouTube.
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Nearly all of this part is spent on Sunset's first run through the day that will end up being repeated in a time loop, so we know that every little detail that would normally not be such a big deal (such as stepping into a mud puddle) will turn out to be crucial indicators later on that Sunset is experiencing the time loop. Not to mention, this being the first run through also means Sunset has no idea what kind of things there are that prevent her from seeing Post-Crush thanks to an easily distracted Pinkie Pie, and therefore is unable to anticipate any of those distractions.

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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6227 on: September 21, 2019, 11:15:11 PM »
Kind of strange that the Equestria Girls shorts suddenly stopped their three-per-week release schedule right after only the first part of Sunset's Backstage Pass, and even stranger that the playlist says it was most recently updated only yesterday. I guess we'll have to wait a bit to see what's going on there.

Either way, at least we still have this week's new episode of the pony series (it should be noted this episode was the last one to be released early in China, so all the remaining episodes after this one are the ones that were actually leaked).
https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/09/season-9-episode-21-daring-doubt-stream_21.html

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Fluttershy has gotten interested in the Daring Do book series, and while meeting with Rainbow Dash, she claims to have read every book in the series, including an apparently new one that came out just a week earlier that Rainbow was unaware of. It turns out this latest book, which portrays Daring Do in a highly negative way, was written by a different author named "Martingale", who has written it from Caballeron's perspective. Rainbow and Fluttershy inform A. K. Yearling/Daring Do about it, then Rainbow and Fluttershy go to another book signing just across the street to confront Martingale, who's obviously Caballeron wearing a fake beard. But while Rainbow Dash immediately accuses Caballeron of making yet another attempt to take down Daring Do, Fluttershy makes the effort to actually listen to him. Caballeron claims that he and his crew had been taking artifacts with the intent of displaying them in a museum, but Daring Do kept taking them and putting those artifacts into her personal collection. Feeling sorry for him, Fluttershy accepts his offer to join him on his next expedition to retrieve a truth-telling talisman (which only a pegasus can reach), much to Rainbow's shock.

Rainbow warns Daring Do about Caballeron taking Fluttershy with him and they both immediately set out for the same temple. Meanwhile, as Caballeron and his crew journey towards the temple, they are astonished by the numerous small acts of kindness by Fluttershy to help them out along the way. When they finally reach the talisman, Fluttershy ends up in danger upon grabbing the artifact, so Caballeron and his crew work together to save her. Soon after, Rainbow and Daring arrive to confront them, but Fluttershy insists they're not really doing anything wrong. Now wearing the artifact and thus compelled to speak the truth, Caballeron admits he initially just wanted to take advantage of Fluttershy to take the artifact, but her acts of kindness along the way made him and his crew see things in a better light. But then Ahuizotl, who had followed Daring and Rainbow, catches up to the combined group and unleashes some traps against them.

Daring and Caballeron reluctantly agree to work together to escape, but after getting past a few obstacles, they end up trapped in a room with the only way out blocked by Ahuizotl. Much to everyone's shock, Fluttershy decides to simply talk to Ahuizotl and listen to his side of the story. It turns out his duty has been to protect the artifacts of the jungle, and through use of the truth-telling artifact, Daring admits she thought she was protecting those artifacts by taking them for herself, while Caballeron admits he was in it for the money of bringing those artifacts to museums. The three sides make a truce with Ahuizotl letting everyone go with Daring and Caballeron both promising to never take any more artifacts from his territory. Later, after how great things turned out from working together, "Yearling" and "Martingale" agree to co-write their next book, but are ultimately surprised by Ahuizotl writing his own book series.

All I can really say about this episode is that it's definitely the kind that deserves to be among the last few episodes of the entire series, because now that all sides have reached an understanding, there's unlikely to be anymore conflicts to provide interesting stories. I liked how Fluttershy was so willing to listen to all sides and bring understanding to the three-way conflict that had been going on for likely a very long time (perhaps Fluttershy should consider being a diplomat). But even though I'm okay with the point in the series this episode took place, I'm not quite willing to rank this one among my favorites.
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Re: The My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic Thread
« Reply #6228 on: September 22, 2019, 11:00:23 PM »
Despite the odd absence of a release last Friday, the Equestria Girls shorts are thankfully still being released on YouTube. Today, we have Part 2 of Sunset's Backstage Pass:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0CHdmGWIOA

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This part covers the second run and most of the third run through the time loop. In the second run, Sunset is understandably confused to see everything going almost exactly the same way as she remembered the first time around, but at least Twilight tagged along this time to help explain the concept of what she's experiencing. After the second run ends just as badly as the first one, Sunset is thrilled when she wakes up and discovers she's gotten a third chance, and thus spends the third run doing exactly what she said she would do if given such a do-over, and that is going completely solo to see Post-Crush (the consequences of which will be seen in the next part).