Reviews, Commentary & Editorials

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They are coming as soon as I can find a way to capture screens. My main source is not consistant anymore so im working on finding a dependable video source.

Up on deck weve got Rarity Returns: The Phantom Storyarc also known as “Rarity Investigates”. A stunning look at crime and the exsistance of it in even the most happy of pony worlds. Not to mention a wonderful nod to noir.

After that a third Rarity episode with my favorite earth pony Applejack! We learn that shakesphere in the park is not dead in “Made in Manehatten” We also get to reunite with Coco (the only pony ive seen several people believe is a transgendered pony..which if they were would be landmark)

Rounding out the reviews will be “Equestria Girls: Friendship Games” which despite how happy happy go lucky the title sounds is a rather deep look at how the pursuit of knowledge can be dangerous and a quint way to lay pipe for a spin off series!

Ive already got notes for the episodes and after watching the movie again ill be working on it as well. Though it should be interesting as I have not done a full fledged movie review yet!

Stay tuned!
-Think Tank

Equestria Girls – Friendship Games Trailer Review and Food for Thought

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“Friendship is Competition! Wait …. what?”

So here we are followers…the first glimpse of “The Friendship Games”. The name is cute but it also makes me wonder if there’s a possibility of a Hunger Games fiction out there. I after all made The Clopping Dead and Equestrian City. One can only assume somewhere it’ll pop up or may have already.

That being said if you haven’t watched the trailer id suggest you check it out as its helpful in context to my comments.

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So first we notice that our setting is thankfully in the high school again and Celestia is talking about a competition (because that turned out so good last movie) with crystal prep who we can all but assume is their version of the Crystal Empire. The looks on the faces of the student body shows us that no one is quite thrilled about it. Given the last year I don’t blame them. A succubus and a set of sirens tends to drain a lot out of you in terms of any school spirit.

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“Oh good..another movie we don’t get much of a part in..”

The trailer fires quick and simple which one is bound to expect from a teaser we see lovely familiar faces like sunset shimmer who has thankfully to my best assumption has been given the lead in this series. Among new faces we see a whole set of new antagonists. Though unlike our last two adventures they don’t appear to be magical..just better at everything.

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“I’m thrilled to be working with you all again..do you suppose Vinyl will get to talk this time?”

The main highlight we come to is that this universe’s Twilight is in it. The only reference we’ve had so far is Pinkie Pies passing comment in the first movie and the lovely book end after the credits in the second movie. Affectionately called “Sci-Twi” this one is presented as a shy nerd of sorts who seems to be going to the prep school mentioned before.

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“After all those years of singing for you…I finally get my own show..and..here you are..AGAIN!”

This hopefully will show us where the parents are and more geographical information of this world. Little is given to us previous in fact the world stops just short of Canterlot high and Sugarcube Corners. I’m especially interested to learn about the social and civil system. The fact we had an explosion and a magical dance number and no real police came has me wondering indeed.

There’s a few hints about magic leaking into the world somehow and I assume that’s going to be a major point. There’s several new sets of antagonists and toylines are seen in the trailer, several have been vectored already which is impressive.

Sunset Shimmer being the main leader it seems is a plus for me personally, though I’d love to see if Lightning Dust is an exiled member of a team Rainbow Dash was on. Gilda being a thug would be nice too. They have so many places to go and I hope they ride this out as long as they can. This could be what Mass Effect was to those that didn’t like Dragon Age. Science vs. Fantasy. Ditching the Princess themes for a more modern approach is a surefire way to actually keep this franchise running.

On a personal note those of you who have read my teaser for Equestrian City may notice I used the portal as a catalyst for the massive injection of meta powers. I am now worried I’ll be accused of copying whatever the following screenshot is showing us πŸ˜› Maybe I should re-work things?

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“Sci-Twi divided by Zero!”

Now, stay tuned for Episode 103’s review in a few days! Remember I love hearing from all of you so leave a comment to let me know you’re there! My stats say I get alot of hits, don’t be shy! πŸ™‚

-Watchfire

Equestrian City – Concept Art – Heroes

Being a writer with little art skill, I look to others to draw what I see in my head. Here’s some samples for Equestrian City! Unfamiliar with the idea? Read this short intro, takes place near the end of Equestria Girls:Rainbow Rocksrd_colortest_final_2_by_darthmind-d8flh03

This was my first drawing of Rainbow Dash, her superhero name being “Shadow Strike”. Toying with the idea of having her lose her sight or at least some of it, I thought it would be more inspiring in a way she wouldn’t give up and keep fighting, compensating with tech and keeping her handicap a secret from most. A mixture of Batman, Daredevil, and Robin, she’s what I like to call a natural hero. No Flight, no super speed, just outmaneuvering and out fighting the enemy! πŸ™‚

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Applejack took on a Batman like persona first, but then I passed that onto Dash. I thought about it for a while and realized she was practically a shoe in for the country girl turned super hero archetype. She just screams Smallville I think, after the event she’s forced to move into the city and help her Uncle Julius (Yes I’m keeping that name :P) Orange. A mixture of Superman and Ms. Marvel, her outfit was more inspiried by the latter. Flight, strength and a near impermeable skin gives her the name of “Impervia”

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The last one I’m talking about today is Twilight Sparkle. When designing her I had to keep in mind she was the only one completely out of place in the world and after the “event” that creates the world, she’s now trapped there seeminly forever. I didn’t picture her sitting around moping. I imagined she’d start to do what she always did: Read. After learning that world’s “magic” she became to incorporate inΒ  a way that could tap into her ability to use magic (elementals, sonic, ect) and channel it. The outfit from Power Ponies would have been more then likely Spike’s idea. Becoming a mixture of Tony Stark and Witchcraft from Champions, she takes the name of the “Masked Matter-horn” for real this time!

Thanks for reading, PLEASE give me some feedback if you get a moment, it’s hard to shape clay (write, think, hone) that is my story without SOME input. πŸ˜‰

-Watchfire

My Little Pony – Villains through the Seasons (Part 2)

So last post I did a quick review of the basic villains from the my little pony friendship is magic seasons. I stopped short of season five’s first villain, Starlight Glimmer.

A QUICK Warning - SPOILERS for Season 5 Opener and both Equestria Girl Movies 

As I touched base on before the writing team has either gotten better at their craft or has finally been given more rope to run with this season. Reason being this villain is a step in the right direction. Why you may ask? I’ll tell you why in a moment. First two more quick stops down memory lane.

I know not everyone enjoyed the Equestria Girl movies; but I did. Mainly due to the villains in each.

The first one had a very competent villain by the name of Sunset Shimmer, former pupil of Celestia until she turned to evil and murdered your father. Wait forget that last part.

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Sunset escaped to a dimension close to our own only technology seems to have rapidly evolved faster then that of Equestria and a persons color or their skin is thankfully not an issue. (Now if only we could get that right here). She successfully manipulated the mane six of that world (or five as it were) into hating each other all without anyone the wiser. A woman after my own heart.

Only after she tried to enslave that worlds population and return to conquer Equestria in classic “woman-scorned” clichΓ©ism did she falter. After a rather colorful beat-down she breaks down and cries..repents..and turns to the light.

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Everything was fine until that last part. MLP villains have this horrifically consistent trait that makes them all go straight at the end of the episode. Now I can understand the need for that to be for the kids who were originally intended to be watching this, but on the big screen you cant just build up a villain whose done far more damage then most of the ones in the show and then..just turn her into a bawling wimp. Sure the message is all bullies are just insecure on the inside but sometimes..and I know this may be a shock…they don’t turn over a new leaf.

Some people just want to watch the world burn.

That in mind, we moved to the second movie where Trixie serves as a nice secondary antagonist to a new set of girls called The Dazzlings.

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Based loosely on the concept of sirens (who if you don’t recall lured men to their death with alluring and often hypnotic songs) these girls were a giant step in the right direction that sunset opened the door to. Callous and calculating their leader successfully pulled off what sunset could not (even going so far as to gloat about it to sunset making the newly reformed member of the mane 7 even MORE insecure and unsure of herself) to a degree where they actually win.

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For a moment.

Sunset Shimmer having doubted herself through the entire movie finally understands the magic of friendship and sings about it. In doing so she unlocks her ultimate mode and joins the others in a clearly not highlighting a new leader in a spin off series moment. The Dazzlings power is destroyed and without their magic they cant manipulate or.sing well for that matter and they run off. Thankfully they don’t turn to the light side.

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In classic villain format they run!

Another step in the right direction.

Which brings me to our newest antagonist, Starlight Glimmer! Shes a crafty one alright. One can almost see the evolution of characters if you sit back and watch the seasons in order and the movies. Shes able to successfully convince everyone that without a cutie mark they’d be happy since they’d be equal…and equality is happiness..right?

I won’t go into the episode’s morale implications in this post but I will say I was happily surprised at how they turned equality on its head and made me believe something for a moment..that’s another post.

Starlight’s motivation is one of the things that I feel is the step in the right direction, namely, we don’t KNOW her motivation. It’s never entirely revealed. That’s the key to a proper villain in my opinion, you don’t dump explanations into the lap of the viewer immediately. You make them speculate, churn their mental butter, and then you slowly see what they like and don’t like as they speculate.

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The cult like village she rules over is practically perfect in terms of obedience, save a few inevitable day dreamers who think there MIGHT be something wrong with all this equality. The only thing we didn’t see was a plot with some poisoned apple cider everyone had to drink, it was flawless in execution.

The real clincher when it came to this villain being an evolution was as mentioned before, she doesn’t apologize and want to be friends with Twilight and company, she RUNS. Yes like any good villain when the hero(s) close in on you, you execute your escape plan, which in this case was a tunnel she had prepared we assume just in case this occurred. Despite her attempt to keep all the Mane 6’s cutie marks she ends up being foiled by her former subjects, who use their talents (which include the talent of..skiing? ) to foil her. The final attack which appeared to have the intent of being lethal to the closing masses is a nice bonus. All too often the bad guys are always pulling punches where this girl was about to vaporize the lot of them, only to be deflected by Twilight.

Her departure leaves this author hoping this isn’t the last we’ve seen of her as she runs off into the caverns, hopefully to plot her revenge. The entire execution of Starlight was only missing “I’ll get you next time, Gadget, NEXT TIME!” which keeps me from giving this new antagonist a perfect score, per say. The writing team still has some leeway to send us spiraling back into happy happy villain territory, a place I hope we don’t go back to.

Thanks for reading my first set of posts, I hope you like and spread my URL about. I’d honestly like to talk more on a deeper level about all elements of the universe.

I’ll also be retrofitting this blog for my two MLP series “The Clopping Dead” (Equestria and zombie ponies, a focus on the adjustment the world would require to such a rapid change in life) and “Equestrian City” (Super Heroes and Equestria Girls, a wonderful combo!)

Thanks again!

-Watchfire

My Little Pony – Villains through the Seasons (Part 1)

Well it’s the time of the year finally, time for a season premiere of MLP:FIM! The fifth season I might add, and this time, it’s quite a demonstration of the evolution of the series, namely it’s villains!

In the past MLP’s villains have been ho-hum. Our first real boss fight is in the pilot episode, where we meet Nightmare Moon, who after testing our newly introduced cast with various harmony scenarios, is defeated and returned to her normal self (she later returns to us as Luna, Princess of the Night)

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Following that we had the occasional mini-boss, Trixie, who shows us that talking in third perspective can be both silly and effective. Gilda, who is by far the worst possible representative of the Gryphon race (incidentally the only real one we’ve encountered, save backgrounders) and the such.

Our next real villain showed us Discord, voiced by the remarkable John de Lancie. Despite being an obvious homage to Q from Star Trek TNG, he was a step forward. He took the idea of chaos and made it both fun and lethal. I think the one thing that sticks out about Discord is his ability to turn each and everyone of our seemingly incorruptible girls (including Twilight) into the antithesis of what they are meant to represent. He does this all while making us still enjoy his antics, much like Q in that respect.

MLP_DiscordPlotting (heh) along with our villains, we got two hardly expanded upon characters. Queen Chrysalis and King Sombra. The former was more of a threat then the King (much akin to chess, if you want to look at it like that) and was almost able to overthrow the entire government (Where was Luna anyway?) and despite the fact they weren’t really expanded on (Yet) I think both have some level of improvement on Discord’s concept.

QueenSombraThe finale of the fourth season was very exciting, and showed us that the writers were at least trying to step it up. We had Tirek (voiced by Clancy Brown of Lex Luthor and the Kurgen fame) who was able to completely β€œeat” the magic and special features of..well..everyone! The final survivor was Twilight, infused with all the magic the other princesses hid in her. The inevitable confrontation was brilliant, close to DragonBallZ or superhero battle (including a fireball that would make Ryu jealous)

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Then we waited, half wondering if we’d all been had by Hasbro as the small glimpse of the new Super Pony forms was the final hurrah for the series. We waited over a year, and finally, we got our fifth season, a hour long (thank goodness, I hate waiting a week) episode that featured our newest villain: Starlight Glimmer!

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Next I’ll explore why she has been a vast improvement!

Thanks for reading the first of I hope many posts! Please, add feedback, can’t hone my posts without it! πŸ™‚

Opening Post!

Here it is, the first post! I’m new to wordpress so I’m kinda learning as I go, used to a different format πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for more from me, including my thoughts and discussion on pony related material. Alot of it will have to do with Equestria Girls, but I won’t neglect the MLP:FIM show that spawned it! πŸ™‚

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-Watchfire