Because I’m stretching what content I got to keep up with the daily posting. This one will not have the usual review bundled with it.
Just watched the fandom episode (#100). Huh. Wish it had been better. Had 2-3 (maybe 4-5) good moments, all of which could have easily been worked into proper episodes. The Babylon 5 ‘background guys’ episode with the engineers did this so much better. If I had the magic wand to change things, plus a time machine, I probably would have done a fairly standard monster of the week episode that ends with the wedding and then on their website or something release a lot of vignettes, each one focusing on what each set of background characters was doing. I very stronger prefer my references to be worked into the edges and background instead of hitting the viewer’s face like a sledgehammer.
Favorite part: When the monster was giving Pinkie Pie a noogie during the fight.
Liked Steven showing up again, even if his actual appearance was bleh. Octavia was cool. Loved the scene where the crowd is watching the mane six huddled together and the crowd is wondering if it’s a monster or a friendship problem, because the monster would be so distracting. That’s totally how I see Ponyville ponies. “Ugh, monster, guess I won’t go do errands today.” Derpy was cute as heck. I liked her voice, it was sweet. Bon Bon a secret agent was kind of cool, I guess. Mostly I loved her grappling hooking out the window to go find a crowd to blend in with. The find a crowd line was one I actually laughed out loud at. The royal sisters arguing about who was supposed to bring the present was neat.
Okay, just read someone talking about things behind the scenes of the episode. (Here is where I got it). Most of it pretty typical, but I think it’s a crime that this part was cut -After Luna and Celestia began fighting it was going to pan outside where some of Celestia’s guards and Luna’s bat guards would be doing impressions of them.- Quick, someone in the fandom make that animation!
Okay, I know they won’t because the episode is probably already finished, but I just thought of the greatest way to start episode #101. Have one of the mane six (I’d vote applejack) waking up at like a sleepover with all of the mane six and ask if anyone else dreamed about a bugbear last night. They say no, she shrugs and goes “huh. Weird” and then the episode moves on. Perfect way to put the entire fandom episode into a canon/not-canon state of flux. Because you could totally dream of the monster you just fought, but it would imply that the entire thing was a dream.