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“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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“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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“It’s magic, I ain’t gotta explain s**t (except when I do)”: *My Little Pony* and Sanderson’s Laws of Magics

No matter how much you like this show, it’s clear that FiM‘s magic system isn’t particularly robust.  There aren’t many clear rules as to how magic works in Equestria. At first glance, this seems like bad storytelling.  I know I’ve … Continue reading

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“We have met the enemy, and she is us”: why Starlight Glimmer is FiM’s most intriguing villain yet

After the Season 4 finale, I had a lot on my mind (as you might recall).  But I had one concern that I haven’t discussed on this blog: “How are they going to top this?” The fight with Tirek was … Continue reading

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The beginning of the collaborator-driven era in TV animation — and why *FiM* just might start it

WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers for Episode 100 of Friendship is Magic.  That said, if you even know the premise of Episode 100, you know everything I’m going to discuss. Most of us are aware that this whole weird … Continue reading

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Spike and the challenge of adolescent characters

Of all the main characters, Spike’s depiction has drawn the most criticism (with the possible exceptions of Rarity and Applejack).  Complaints about the little guy tend to assert that he’s either a) inconsistent, b) inept, c) a jerk, or d) … Continue reading

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Rest in peace, Golden Oaks Library (and please don’t come back): the importance of character death

The destruction of Golden Oaks library (understandably) caused a stir among the fandom.  A small-but-vocal minority decried the decision, characterizing it as a blatant attempt to sell toys at the expense of the show’s quality. Surprisingly, Digibrony himself was among … Continue reading

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