» The Many Roads of Betrayal

Today’s featured content comes from longtime forum member The Ghost of Ember!

There have been many posits about the about the theme of the Princess Twilight Sparkle duology. Predominate above them is that this is an episode about Twilight growing up and accepting her new responsibilities and the difficulties that comes with it. There is some of this, on the surface level, but it’s not the real theme of the story.

This is a story about betrayal. Read more to find out.

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» Much Ado About Foreshadowing

Much of what delights fans of My Little Pony are the strides taken by the animators and writers to craft a well written story. Even during the lulls of the series, clever plot devices are employed to keep the show afloat. One device in particular that seems to be utilized the most by MLP is foreshadowing. Below I will outline moments of foreshadowing that stood out for either positive or negative reasons.

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» The Pinkie Pie Principle: Humor From Characterization

Today’s featured content is from first time guest author, Metaright!

Works of fiction can find an audience in surprising places when the creators are determined to produce a quality product. This has led to the runaway popularity of Friendship is Magic, which owes the existence of its unexpected demographic of adults to its intelligent writing. Normally, two aspects of the writing that Friendship is Magic does particularly well—characterization and humor—go hand-in-hand, playing off each other as the humor is first produced from strong characterization, which in turn allows the characterization to grow.

However, the show is not foolproof in this regard. To demonstrate, I will be examining the hyperactive party pony herself, Pinkie Pie. Perhaps no other character is as divisive as Pinkie from a humor standpoint, and even the most loyal pony fans can have wildly different viewpoints about her. Why is Pinkie so special in this regard? Find out after the break.

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» TRS Round Table 014: Double Rainboom

Welcome back to another rousing edition of TRS Round Table! This edition puts a lens on Double Rainboom, the fan produced episode by Zachary Rich’s animation team. TRS Round Table is our group analysis and chat about the episode, and maybe you’ll learn something new or look at it in a different light. Joining the Round Table today are Wayoshi, ComradeCosmobot, drunkill, Headless Horse, BartonFink, and KefkaFloyd. Find out our thoughts beyond the cut.

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» The Long and Winding Road of Friendship

Today’s featured content is by a relatively new member, Kitty Kate!

On February 16th, 2013, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s third season ended with the airing of its thirteenth episode. Songs were sung, parties were thrown, and liquid pride was shed. Now, however, the finale has passed, and people have already begun speculating on where the show is headed. Before we get too caught up in arguing about the future, it might pay to slow down and take a more in-depth look at the past, especially in the wake of the last episode—”Magical Mystery Cure.”

“Magical Mystery Cure” is far from the standard that previous episodes have set. Even though a fourth season has already been confirmed, the episode still feels less like the show’s standard fare of episodic comedy and more like an ending. Complaints have been raised that the episode felt rushed, and opinions are divided on certain major changes to the show’s dynamic introduced by this episode. However, Magical Mystery Cure does more than end a season—it marks the end of a journey, a dawn of a new one, and a grand finale to everything we’ve seen before.

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» TRS Round Table 013: Magical Mystery Cure

Welcome back to another rousing edition of TRS Round Table! This edition examines “Magical Mystery Cure,” the episode of Friendship is Magic that first aired on February 16, 2013. TRS Round Table is our group analysis and chat about the episode, and maybe you’ll learn something new or look at it in a different light. Joining the Round Table today are Wayoshi, ComradeCosmobot, drunkill, Headless Horse, BartonFunk, and KefkaFloyd. Find out our thoughts beyond the cut.

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» TRS Round Table 012: Games Ponies Play

Welcome back to another rousing edition of TRS Round Table! This edition examines “Games Ponies Play,” the episode of Friendship is Magic that first aired on February 9, 2013. TRS Round Table is our group analysis and chat about the episode, and maybe you’ll learn something new or look at it in a different light. Joining the Round Table today are Wayoshi, ComradeCosmobot, drunkill, fenster, BartonFunk, and KefkaFloyd. Find out our thoughts beyond the cut.

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» I’m a Brony, and… I’m Sorry

As fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it’s easy to get caught up in the self-sustaining fun of it all—of being part of a cultural phenomenon that was more or less dropped, gift-wrapped, in our laps.

We’re nearly through three seasons’ worth of the crazy, breakneck development both of the show’s canon and the fandom’s vibrant extended world, and for many fans the heady days of the show’s first season, when we fought to justify to ourselves that we were watching a little girls’ cartoon and loving it, are dimly remembered artifacts of the past. By now the Pony show is a juggernaut: the engine of worldwide conventions and fan gatherings, of gape-mouthed media attention, of an underground fanwork economy, of dozens of Internet personalities emerging from obscurity to find their unique voices against a backdrop of colorful toy horses. Every day we wake up to new fanfictions, new PMVs, new revelations of fantastic developments in the canon of the show to come. It’s an exciting time to be a fan, as a show like this enters its phase of comfortable maturity and proves itself capable of sustaining its quality over the long term. We’ve got a lot to be thankful for, and a lot to look forward to.

But in the process of getting to this point it seems as though we’ve forgotten something. Something important. Something so important that I hesitate to hide it behind the cut.

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» TRS Round Table 011: Just for Sidekicks

Welcome back to another rousing edition of TRS Round Table! This edition examines “Just for Sidekicks,” the episode of Friendship is Magic that first aired on January 26, 2013. TRS Round Table is our group analysis and chat about the episode, and maybe you’ll learn something new or look at it in a different light. Joining the Round Table today are PictishBeast, Headless Horse, Wayoshi, ComradeCosmobot, drunkill, Redeye, and KefkaFloyd. Find out our thoughts beyond the cut.

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