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Season 4 Episode 3 Streaming/Discussion Thread The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 27079

This week's episode is titled Castle-Mania and is written by Josh Haber The synopsis is:
Twilight and Spike are sent by Celestia to the ruins of her old castle for research, and unknown to each other, the rest of the ponies find their way there as well. Meanwhile, trap doors, secret passages and a dark presence known only as the Shadow Pony await them

Airing, streaming information and YouTube links
The episode will air Saturday at 10:30AM Eastern 7:30AM Pacific
Stream and chat is available at http://www.bronystate.net/theater/applejack/
The episode can be found at
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x17q21o_my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-season-4-episode-3-castle-mane-ia_shortfilms
Starting topics
>Adventure!
>This is Josh's first attempt at an episode. Do you think he'll be a good fit? (his only previous work is on Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters)
>I couldn't think of a third topic. Make up your own or something idk


Please remember to tag spoilers properly
You can utilize the "hide" function (ctrl+h or [ h ][ /h ] (without space) to hide large sections of spoiler to avoid big blacked out sections.

I'm aware this episode was leaked, so some of you have seen it.
It shouldn't need to be said but I will anyway: If you have seen the episode already please dont spoil it for those who haven't.
This post was edited by its author on .

27080

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Having watched the leak, I can honestly say that this episode was great.

PROS:

- I love the continuity that the team is keeping from the premiere. It really looks like they are dedicated to this whole season long arc business.

- Pretty much each of the Mane 6 was in good form in this episode, and their interactions were very well done. Twilight was her usual egghead self, practically flipping her shit when she saw all the ancient books in the library and generally being the voice of reason for Spike. Pinkie was surprisingly decent in this episode, having some genuinely funny moments this time around instead of the forced #SORANDUMB moments that we've been forced to endure for so long. Rarity and Fluttershy were easily the best pair in the episode, with Rarity practically stealing the show through a mix of hilarious dialogue and "That's so Rarity" actions. And it was nice to see the return of competitive Rainbow Dash and Applejack.

- The overall mood and atmosphere of the castle was very well done. I would hesitate to call it scary, but the dark tones and random traps really added to the setting overall.

- Each of the ponies learned a very valuable lesson in not letting one's imagination get away from them. Nice character development.

- I love the idea of personal diaries for each of the Mane 6 as a replacement for the letters to Celestia.

- The very end of the episode where the "real" Pony of Shadows shows up (while predictable as all hell) leaves a lot of questions to be answered.


CONS:

- The episode as a whole was pretty damn predictable. I knew Pinkie was the real Shadow Pony the minute I saw that the portrait's eye was baby blue (though I had my suspicions before that) and as I said above, I totally saw the very end of the episode coming. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

- The story was admittedly pretty thin, though I suppose that left much more room for the character interactions, which were the highlight of this episode.


Overall, this episode is an easy 8/10, and my favorite episode of the season thus far.

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27081

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Haven't seen the episode yet myself, I guess I'll try and avoid watching them beforehand if they happen to leak this season. So the following hidden part is basically just speculation and stuff based on the synopsis.

Not sure what to make of the synopsis. Sounds like this is one of Twilight's princess duties since the rest of the Mane 6 weren't sent there along with her. Wonder why they went exploring there. Maybe clues for the keys or some rumours about the ruins? Also Shadow Pony… Sombra, clearly~ Eh, seriously, though, I don't know. Here's hoping it's not some super strong villain or anything. Well, I guess we'll find out!
…"What is a pony?" pretty please? Or at least some reference in the background tracks? Vampire Killer, anyone? Or will this come later on in the season?

>Adventure!

Big adventure
Tons of fun!

Maybe? I'm a bit wary of adventure episodes, but maybe?
>This is Josh's first attempt at an episode. Do you think he'll be a good fit? (his only previous work is on Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters)
I'm not familiar with that show, so I have no idea how he might do. At least as far as I know it's not a show like SpongeBob so hopefully he doesn't have the same problems our dear Merriwether had/has. He might be great and I hope he is, too.
>I couldn't think of a third topic. Make up your own or something idk
Carrot Top is best Belmont.

Heavy Mole 27082

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Ah, "Castle-Mania", eh? The inevitable wrestling episode.

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27083

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>>27082
…and I hadn't even thought of that.

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 27084

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soon

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27085

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>>27084
I'm considering renaming that gif to tpwpf.gif

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 27086

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>>27085
I love it

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27087

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>>27086
I think I've noticed~

As for the episode… Kinda feeling "meh" about it at the moment. Some good, some bad. I guess I'll be rambling on a bit about it soon-ish, but… eh, no strong feelings about it, really.

Colshy!x04iLINER6 27088

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Well now that the episode has finally aired I'm gonna give it my 2 cents.

The episode had a S1 vibe to it. No big monsters or epic adventures. Just the characters getting spooked (by each other) on a night in the ancient castle. I liked that changed in pacing that the show needed for a while now. I smile on many scenes and Rarity definitely stole the episode in her quest to "restore ancient works of art"

I was predictable though; I could see it was Pinkie Pie from a mile away and the snippet of he ringing the bell was taking her too far imo


Overall I enjoyed it and give it a 8/10

Edit: Hidden it for spoilery

The Nost♥lgia!fgXCRITIC. 27089

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I feel indifferent about this episode. There are parts I like, parts i dislike, and parts that where kinda just there. It wasn't a bad episode, but not one I would watch again anytime soon.

And they missed a perfect opportunity to make a Scooby Do reference. Which makes me sad.

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27090

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>>27089
You pretty much summed up my thoughts after the initial viewing. I'll let it rest for the night and see if I feel any different tomorrow. If I feel the same tomorrow I'm sure you'll remember the episode so I don't have to, right?~

Oh yeah, they could have made one. Aww…

The Nost♥lgia!fgXCRITIC. 27091

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>>27090
I just watched the episode myself, so I have to let it sink it. I must admit that they did make me like Rarity a little more threw this episode. But other then that no parts stick out to me. But yes, I will remember it so you don't have to.

They had it perfectly set up and everything! and just threw it away. Damn you Josh Haber!

Heavy Mole 27092

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*removes Pinkie costume*

"Just kidding! It was me playing the organ the whole time! Let's gather round and have some more juicy backstory."

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27093

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>>27092
…that would have been so much better!

Anonymous 27094

>>27089
the whole episode was a scooby doo reference, in a way

Heavy Mole 27095

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>>27094
People keep saying that, but I think it was more in the vein of Lil' Rascals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q9vFygSBcM

Compare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jt3nNbJeA0

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 27096

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Most fun episode in a long time I think.

Heavy Mole 27097

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>>27096
I agree.

Scootapuff!saU4Tsd4dU 27098

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>>27096
I've heard a few folks on this episodes case for not having any deep character moments or compelling plot developments. Personally, I thought the episode was a lot f fun despite lacking that sort of "substance". I certainly wouldn't want every episode to be like this one, but once in a while its nice to see the girls just having some genuine life moments together. This is one of the big things the show lost after S1 and it's nice to see it back.

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 27099

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>>27098
>I've heard a few folks on this episodes case for not having any deep character moments or compelling plot developments.
>I certainly wouldn't want every episode to be like this one, but once in a while its nice to see the girls just having some genuine life moments together.
damn right

Smokeydapon3!L9hT7oDU1E 27100

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>>27079
Love this episode, the writer did an amazing job making this episode very humorous.

The twist at the end was perfect glad they were able to get all the mane 6 in the episode

Very scooby dooby

Hulkbow!SMASH/3FWA 27101

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Once again, impressions after only one viewing: Started out promising, ended with a rather unsatisfying fizzle. Cory Powell made a more impressive debut IMO. And someone seems to have gotten comfortable with her new wings rather quickly. Still, I enjoyed seeing more of the old castle, though it leaves a bit of question why Celestia abandoned it in favor of building a whole new castle instead of restoring it. It's also nice to have a darker themed ep now and then. And though my initial viewings tend to be passively non-analytical and so I don't have anything specific to use for examples, the production value as a whole feels better than in S03 so far.

I think that was safely unspoilery.

Colshy!x04iLINER6 27102

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>>27092

For a moment I hoping it was going to be her…

>>27100

>The twist at the end was perfect glad they were able to get all the mane 6 in the episode


If you're referring to Pinkie Pie being the one who was pulling the strings then I disagree. Once you did the math it was easy to predict who was the one at the organs.

Even the fact that there's a real Shadow Pony was predictable. This the classic plot maneuver of characters getting spooked by an urban legend until they convince themselves that it doesn't exists when in fact it does exist.

The question is if we'll see more of the Shadow Pony and if maybe it'll be a prominent figure in the future.

Smokeydapon3!L9hT7oDU1E 27103

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>>27102
i wouldve been heated if they added a goddamn "shadow pony"

more useless characters and villians to be rainbow-blasted away by twilight and frends

made it a fun epi and not a serious one

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27104

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>>27103
But they did add the shadow pony at the end, you know. He wasn't the villain of the episode, but they added him still. …also they can't rainbow blast anymore, they don't have the Elements now.

Colshy!x04iLINER6 27105

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>>27103
>>27104

Plus, The shadow pony doesn't have to be a villain, he/she could be a supporting character that could aid the Mane6 find the keys later on.

Did anyone noticed the outline of a wizard's hat on that shadowy figure? Could the Shadow pony be…Starswhirl?

Rambling!Rose//pzOM 27106

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>>27105
Didn't notice that myself, I'll keep an eye on that when I eventualy rewatch. If iy was there, though… The Humble and Reformed Trixie?

Scootapuff!saU4Tsd4dU 27107

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>>27106
>image

Nice

Colshy!x04iLINER6 27108

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>>27106

Judge for yourself.

Anonymous 27109

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>Pinkie continues down her path to the Dark Side

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 27110

>>27109
until she grows a goatee I won't be worried


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