Category Archives: Analysis

“Friendship is Magic, Part 1” and Howard Tayler’s three* levels of worldbuilding

Previously, I observed that “Friendship is Magic, Part 1” packs a ton of exposition into a 22-minute episode.  This raises an obvious question: how does it do this without becoming boring? To address that, let’s turn to the Writing Excuses … Continue reading

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Cadance and Shining’s foal is a [redacted] — and I’m actually happy about that

WARNING: spoilers ahead!  If you haven’t seen the recent sneak-peak and want to go into Season 6 completely blind, turn back now. That said, this is the kind of spoiler that makes me more excited for the episode, rather than … Continue reading

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The great exposition of “Friendship is Magic, Part 1”, and why “Equestria Girls” still struggles

As divisive as Equestria Girls is, most people agree that the series has improved over time.  And while I believe that’s true, even the otherwise-excellent Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games have moments that make me cringe: Principal Cinch: I know … Continue reading

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The biggest improvement from Season 4 to Season 5: Princess Twilight

I’ve written before about Twilight’s status as a princess, and how it was under-utilized for most of Season 4: …[I]n most episodes that weren’t specifically about her princesshood, there wasn’t much acknowledgement that anything had changed, beyond her new wings.  … Continue reading

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“Princess Spike” vs. “Party Pooped”: when is failure funny?

I would not call “Princess Spike” a “bad episode”, but I hated watching “Princess Spike”.  Apparently, I’m not alone in this. By conventional wisdom, this is not surprising; Spike episodes are frequently unpopular.  And “Princess Spike” typifies a common complaint … Continue reading

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“Slice of Life” was bad — and I want to see more episodes like it

Hoo, boy — that just happened. And…it wasn’t very good. In fact — it was just bad.

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Awkwardness is to humor as dissonance is to music: The Pie Sisters demonstrate

Apparently, when Natasha Levinger does fanservice, she doesn’t mess around.  Featuring Discord in an episode is enough to get Bronies excited, but she went all-out and brought in Maud as well. Levinger also seemed to be channeling Dave Polsky a … Continue reading

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