About halfway through season 2 while I type this up. Specifically the episode with the FlimFlam brothers. Anyway, two main things that have jumped out at me. The first was from the Hearth’s Warming Eve episode. Lot of people’s reactions were that the Earth Ponies were the peasant/underclass/repressed. Just watched it and the Unicorns and Earth Ponies were basically wearing the same rags and had the same beaten down look. If you look at the crowds while the leaders argue, those two sides are pretty much identical except for one group has horns. The Pegasus ponies are the ones that are all clean and nicely dressed. Second, each time I watch the Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 3000 episode I become more convinced that the Apple family is actually the villain. They know they run out of cider, yet continue to allow the same ponies to get in line first and let ponies buy more than one mug (see Pinkie Pie in both instances) and their only real complaint about the machine is that it is a newfangled machine. I always figured the episode could be improved if they showed somepony (Pinkie Pie probably) drinking it and commenting how bland it is. That would give the Apple’s a leg to stand on with the ‘quality takes time’ argument. Turns out they did show somepony drinking it. Granny Smith has a taste and smiles at it, then looks embarrassed (as if she didn’t want to be seen enjoying it). So apparently it is at least pretty dang close to how tasty Apple family cider is. Which means the only flaw the brothers have is they are kinda shift salesponies, which I bet the Apples could have negotiated with down to something reasonable. Plus Applejack yanks a barrel of cider away from them that they made, with no real complaint except ‘made with the Apple family apples!’ which is kinda shallow.
- Celestia by Arad
- A Pony Named ‘You’ by Moowell & And His Sister, ‘Me’ by Moowell
- Eclipse by 8686
A pretty cool origin story for the royal sisters as well as an alternative version of the Hearth’s Warming Eve story. Plus it leaves a few tantalizing loose threads that are fun to ponder. Not to mention an interesting appearance of Discord that triggers everything. Which included a very nice fight scene involving Discord attacking someone.
A fun pair of stories. Very amusing if you enjoy language hijinks. I’ve read the first one before, but figured I should reread it before enjoying the sequel.
Pretty nifty. Had some nice Royal sister moments. The encounters in Tartarus were interesting individually, but there didn’t seem to be any thematic connection. I don’t know when exactly this was written, though the presence of Alicorn Twilight Sparkle puts some limit on it. But even without the bits we saw in the season four finale.. You know what, I have no idea where I was going with that. I think the author should have used some other mythical realm is all. Three semi random fantastical encounters with only one having any connection to a prison felt out of place.