I want to address an idea that this show seems to be pushing a bit far beyond what I consider to be its actual limits, which is that differences are important in a friendship. I assert that friendships are built exclusively on similarities, and that while differences can exist in a friendship, they can only be ignored or removed (by one or both parties changing).Read more >
Let me give an example. I work with my friend managing a digital printing department. We first met by chance but quickly found that we had quite a bit in common in the way we process the world around us. When we converse, the topics that last the longest and are the most enjoyable to discuss are those we are both familiar with, or which lead to a mutual understanding. Of course, w…
Please be advised, this is not a favorable opinion of the episode. In fact I'd say it's quite unfavorable. But that shouldn't necessarily affect your opinion if you disagree. It's also very short; I don't go into too much detail because I've already done so in earlier posts and comments, but if there's something I bring up that isn't clear feel free to ask about it.
I, uh... I didn't like it. For me it was little more than a straightforward presentation of a fairly simple and predictable story, where the takeaways of each flashback were plainly and unnecessarily repeated by the Apple siblings immediately afterward. The writing took no risks and offered no surprises. The rushed pace made much of the dialogue feel artificial and as a result I…
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This is something I noticed about a year ago but didn’t really feel the need to bring it up until recently, largely because I’ve been listening more to my MLP playlist at work lately. There are a few songs in the series that have this quality to them, but the one I want to talk about is I’ll Fly from Tanks for the Memories.
To remind us of the context of the song, Rainbow Dash vows to sabotage the efforts of the other pegasi trying to bring winter to Ponyville so that her pet Tank won’t hibernate. The understanding is that Rainbow’s efforts are about as useless in changing a season as they might be in real life, but that the consequence of winter (losing her pet) is unacceptable to her. I made the connection between Don Quixote (or rather, …Read more >
I'd been planning to make one of these for a bit but avoided it because I didn't want any subconscious bias to influence my enjoyment of the show - as in, I didn't want to have an arbitrary pre-set expectation looming over me every time I sat down to watch an episode. I think at this point, however, I feel pretty comfortable and consistent about what I think of each one.
Just as a disclaimer: these aren’t necessarily ratings on quality. Since "quality" is often both complex and subjective, my rating scale is based only on the likelihood of me watching that specific episode when I sit down to watch one, all other things being equal. This means not everything is exactly “best to worst” as you’ll notice from some of my notes. That might be conf…Read more >
Welp, time to start writing about season six…
In my honest opinion, season six of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was pretty awful in comparison to the rest of the series. In many fields of work, such as voice acting, the difference between a professional and most other people is that the former has spent years learning about and practicing the many subtleties that make for a quality performance. The work of a professional is seamless in that the audience automatically attributes the voice to the character on-screen instead of to an actual person in a studio somewhere trying feebly to get into character, an image that amateur work usually brings to mind. I feel this is an apt analogy to how I felt about season six – not in the show’s ac…
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