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Season 4 Episode 6 Streaming/Discussion Thread The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 453783

This week's episode is titled Power Ponies and is written by Charlotte Fullerton, Betsy McGowen & Meghan McCarthy The synopsis is:
When Spike and the Mane 6 end up as superheroes in a comic book world, the only way to get back home is to defeat the super-villain, The Mane-iac.

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/

YouTube links will be added when available.

Starting topics
>Marvel or DC?
>what do you think their powers will be?
>Mane-iac
>why was flutter so late making this thread?

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Heavy Mole 453784

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What… the…

Anonymous 453938

oh boy, to get to good stuff (applejack), we have to go through a lame novelty ep.

Anonymous 453942

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>>453938
>Kinky spandex superhero costumes everywhere
Truly a painful burden.

454094

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So just finished watching the stream ..

The whole season so far has been all about addressing long-debated points in the fandom, and this episode is no exception. After they made Spike a dog in That Movie, the need to give the little guy a little love has been higher than ever. It's officially on paper now: Spike is part of the main team and definitely *not* useless. Rest assured.

Besides Flutterhulk, which may or may not spawn the worst porn the fandom has seen yet .. has anypony else noticed how significant the Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters has become?

Besides the rest of the episode, which was fun (but yes, a novelty episode), the importance of the castle is what's intriguing me now. Besides seeing it in PTS 1&2 (which made sense because flashbacks), I didn't think to notice it in Castle Mane-ia just because .. well, the episode needed a setting. But they included the castle again in this ep when they could have made the comic warp happen literally anywhere.

I guess it'll be an ongoing thing through the whole season, and it's interesting in particular because now we've got a plot point spanning across all these episodes. I wonder if they'll just continue visiting the castle as an aside, or if something else more significant will happen there before the end of the season ..

Does it have to do with The Box?

What's up with this castle!?

BMO 454095

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>>454094
That was interesting to me too.
I mean, this season has some really obvious over arching plots. Which is really nice, I think. I mean, right now, it feels like there are two "Galloping Gala" style big events coming up, but because there are two, they can switch arch it's in as needed per episode. And I like it that way, it makes all the episodes feel really important.

And yes, Spike deserved this episode. Seriously.

454096

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>>454095
By that I assume you mean the box and the castle
I'm .. assuming they're both related to a single, converging resolution, but I guess I'll wait and see? It would be wonderful if the last two episodes have some actual relevance to the rest of the season (which it seems guaranteed they will). I don't have anything against Cadance, but .. pic related
That whole story just came out of nowhere ..
But it's so apparent that the writers have been listening to the fandom now, what with the history lesson from the first two episodes (I loved that), then Scootaloo, now Spike, and the addition of some actual continuity. It's .. way more than I was expecting
People laud the first season as being the highest point for MLP, and when the original format was fresh, it was maybe easier for them to develop great episodes, for what MLP was then. People loved it for it's quality, the relevance of the lessons, and I think as a break from reality into a colorful, innocent world. But now, the series is maturing to include and address the older fans and give a lot more legitimacy to our interest in the show .. and it's a good thing. A very good thing.

BMO 454097

>>454096
Actually, I'm talking about the Equestria Games, hinted at almost every episode as well.
I figure it's gonna get it's own episode, Grand Galloping Gala style.
Yes, the box and the castle are important, but those seem to be tied to the same arch. But I like that there are these two archs, the Box and the Games.
And that two arch strategy, I think, is a good idea. It keeps every episode with an inkling of extra continuity that the fans can watch through. But that two arch strategy doesn't kick out the less related episodes, like Daring Don't, which is good too. I believe it works very well for making the world seem more alive, something that is making every episode this season pretty awesome.

454098

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>>454097
Oh .. yes, doyyy .. the games
Forgot about that for a minute there.
That format really does make the most sense though .. like Rarity making the dresses for the gala. It included that plot point in a way that wasn't intrusive, and left the whole episode to stand on it's own anyway.
I wonder what'll be significant about the games ..

BMO 454099

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>>454098
I personally hope it's more like the Gala, in which the plot wasn't too big of a deal. There was a party, they went, they made things bad by being dummys, then they learned a lesson about not thinking that everything is terrible, despite ruining the party.
I'd like to see it treated in the same way. There are games, somehow the ponies fuck it up, then the games happen and they all write about it in their diary.

Scootapuff!saU4Tsd4dU 454100

The only thing that concerns me about so much overarching plot going on is that they'll perhaps try a bit TOO hard to fit everything together and not just let the ponies "live their lives" so to speak. It's not a pressing concern, but something that kind of is bouncing around in the back of my mind.

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>>454099
And that's another thing .. the diary. We now have a single object .. a compilation of their lessons included in one book.
That's got to be significant someday
I mentioned in another thread I started that maybe they have to put something IN the box. The diary?
Okay probably not .. but .. I wonder what becomes of it

454102

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Scootapuff!saU4Tsd4dU 454105

>>454102
Yeah…so far five out of our six episodes have tied into the ongoing arcs in one way or the other. It's been good so far, but they've never really tried to do this many things at once, so it concerns me a bit as to if they can keep these arcs interesting over the course of a whole season.

454106

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>>454105
oh .. yes
I wonder that too, but they have been doing so well so far ..

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 454127

>>454100
next episode sounds like a slice of life one

454128

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>>454094
I think I realized this episode that Twilight will be inheriting the castle of the two sisters at some point, to be her princess castle.

Heavy Mole 454129

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"French Haute Couture, please."

BMO 454131

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>>454128
Woah… that thought is pretty awesome.

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 454146

>>454128
noooooo! I thought it was over. I thought we could go back to cute ponies doing cute things.

454147

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>>454128
this seems likely my good chum

454148

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>>454146
Oh, it's not over yet. And don't forget, it's the castle of the two sisters, so we have to wait for Twilight's sister to join the fun and become an alicorn too. What's that? She doesn't have a sister? She didn't have a brother once either…

>>454147
hello

454158

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>>454148
I think you're right, seriously
Twilight reunited the pony sisters. It's very apropriate

454168

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>>454158
Of course. They're the ones fixing it, after all, and it's within walking distance of Ponyville. There's also the chance it will become the Castle of the Six Friends or the Castle of Harmony or something, and they'll all get a piece of it. That'd be an interesting episode… Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Rarity, all trying to decorate the same new home.

Hulkbow!SMASH/3FWA 454230

Me last week: Cool old castle. Wonder why it was abandoned instead of being fixed up?
This week's episode: OK girls, let's get to fixing up this old castle!
Me this week: Duuuuuude.

>>454128
Meh. I suppose a fatal book-related accident is out of the question.

Scootapuff!saU4Tsd4dU 454231

>>454168
They can't have a castle if they aren't princesses…

THE BOX

Smokeydapon3!L9hT7oDU1E 454232

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Ok so has anyone made a picture of spike in humdrum attire slapping somebody while saying "my parents are deaddddd"?

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 454234

>>454232
AJ made me think of Batman(e) more.
Thought the lasso is more a wonder woman thing.

Spike was Robin

Smokeydapon3!L9hT7oDU1E 454235

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>>454234
i was hoping aj would be the worthless batman she usually is but they really tried to emphasize spikes uselessness.

spike definately took the dead parents trophy

Anonymous 454241

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>>454128
>>454146
>>454230
Cute ponies would be so much cuter if they brutalized the lead character or in some way suppressed her hard work and talent so that she never ever grew in significance.

The Person Who Posts As Fluttershy (Element of Self-descriptive Usernames) 454246

>>454241
That's not what I meant. I just want more slice of life episodes rather then episodes built around toy-sets.

Hulkbow!SMASH/3FWA 454593

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>>454241
Cute ponies were cuter before Hasbro's princess fetish. And nerds should never become managers.

Anonymous 454993

So how long until there's tentacle clop of the comic book villain?

455119

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>>454993
You haven't found any yet?

Anonymous 455203

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I didn't like it and let me tell you why.

Because the premise is bad. To imply that Spike is useless in the first place is simply wrong.

But the worst offense is how instead of letting the story speak for itself they had to mention the "message" every time they could. If they wanted to show that "Spike isn't useless" they should have remembered that he's a DRAGON that can swim in lava and chew diamonds for breakfast and use that in the story along with his common sense to REALLY drive the point home.

Instead, we got a shallow superhero parody where the entertainment value boils down to "look guys we made references".

The script talks down to the audience, the premise is stupid and it has one of the most forced story elements so far (enchanted comic book, really?). It just doesn't work for me.

Lavender!!llnUq8y2Ml 455297

>>455203
I didn't watch it because I thought it'd be like that. It seems Hub spun the Wheel O' Themes, and decided that week the shows should all be superhero themed. All the episodes ended up like in high school writing class where they assign a story theme to everyone. Let's hope The Hub doesn't do this again.

455298

Would have been better if Spike had an enchanted copy of Dota2

Sersys!CyQeb5KTDM 455299

>>453783
>dat pic
>trixie as the 7th element
>lolwut

LyraTheFlirt!!Ah2q8cdspr 456819

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>>455298
Oh god why did you bring up that game. WHY


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