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  1. Along the usual Hollywood focus group ploys, another thing that I forgot to address is Tom and the whole “friendship” that’s gonna feel phoned in. Because what is his purpose here other than being a reactant to Sonic’s antics?

    Nothing really since there doesn’t seem to be any visible traits that make him an interesting or standout character so far. It’s like they are making James Marsden into the Eddie Valiant to Sonic’s Roger Rabbit. But it clearly doesn’t feel like its needed esp with Tom feeling like a blank slate. Not to mention Eddie has clear character that one can relate to. And there doesn’t seem to be any chemistry between the two even by the trailer. Heck it feels that Sonic was trying to hold up the scenes by himself whenever they’re on screen.

    Also none of this was in the games as well since one can try to relate to Sonic alone because at the very least he has character and even relatable on his own. And what is wrong with including obvious fan favorites like Tails and  his other friends who clearly have chemistry and relationships with? Not enough A or B list celebrity star power to bring more seats in the theater?


  2. Congrats movie. You went from horribly awful to woefully meh with only an improved Sonic design. The dialogue is still dreadful with weak writing and forced jokes. Jim Carrey is just hamming up as usual, feeling more like a discount Ace Ventura than Eggman. Feels like they blend Sonic, Hop and Alvin And the Chipmunks: the Road Chip in a blender.

    Again why the f&@k wasn’t this fully animated?


  3. A bit over a week late, but here it is.

    Now putting what I’ve said about the finale. S9 felt…off in a way. A mixed bag of story continuity and slice of life episodes, which resulted in the build up to the finale kinda lacking. Not to mention it felt like during production of S9 when S8 was airing that they gotten news that S9 was going to be the last and they had to rearrange/rewrite at the last minute. Like that S9 was going to be build up for a tenth season.

    Might as well discus my thoughts on the series overall. Ever since the beginning, I saw the show on a Grade B level than A/+ level since there were other cartoons during the time that I thought had better quality over this during the early 2010s, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, and some others. Overtime, that grade decreased, middling in C/D territory, which I’ll get into a bit later.

    Though I kept watching due out of obligation since I’ve watched it since it debuts back at the beginning of the decade. Kinda like with the Bleach anime with few things here and there that I liked but Bleach didn't annoy me as much (those little princess arcs were crap though). The fandom works were still interesting and entertaining as well, even surpassing the quality of the show.

    That said, I had plenty of gripes with much of the progression the series, mainly much of the changes and events that I didn’t like or had little to no interest in and had to bear it. And the list for that is long from Twilicorn to the gaudy crystal castle to reformed Discord to ugly changeling redesigns to the school gimmick. Of course, whenever an episode focused on that topic, I begin to feel numb while watching since it didn’t pertain to my interests in the show and rarely did change my mind as time progresses. And their execution had a lot to be desired. Hay, even the school gimmick was the focus for one season only to be pushed to the side in the next.

    In fact, the best way to describe the series would be wasted potential as there have been a ton of characters and concepts that could have been explored or developed even further such as Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon post reformation, the ponies of Our Town from S5 (Other than Sugar Belle), Zecora and zebras in general, The Pillars, etc. Again, so many missed opportunities such as adventures with The Pillars with Daring Do and Wonderbolt missions with RD and other members.

    I can chalk this up for many reasons including executive meddling, the multiple shifting on again/off again writers which contribute to some of the inconsistencies and plot holes, character derailments, and seasonal rot. Not to mention the whole improvisation of the story since Faust left the show who only laid down the foundation.

    Not saying that the series has been all around awful or terrible, but that it had a lot of promise in the beginning but been fumbling the ball with its writing/story, direction and characters throughout and a lot of missed opportunities were to be had with its shuffling of writers esp. in later seasons. At worst, its just average/meh and at its best, it’s merely okay. Doesn’t help that plenty of fanworks are higher quality as well. So it’s middle of the road for me.

    We could’ve gotten spinoffs/miniseries that catered to an older audience/fans or that have less restrictions than the main show, but unfortunately Equestria Girls took that spot for the longest time. And unfortunately, stuff like Best Gift Ever were few and far between.

    Will I still stick around for G5? Well, I’ll probably keep an eye on it, but with some of the leaks and decisions that makes it look like a rehash of FiM by using the same manes/cast makes me cautious. Not to mention AJs character direction feels forced. (Though I’m still waiting for my MLP anime, Hasbro!)

    /end2cents.


  4. And thus our equine journey ends with The Ending of the End and The Last Lesson today.

    Starting off with the Ending of the End.

    It was meh

    Even though Discord had some moments, the whole Grogar reveal feels like a writing cop out in a sense and that the villain trio got powerful of that from Discord’s poor friendship making ideas. A ton of tropes from other finales/openings are found here as well from Princesses rendered useless, Twilight doubting herself, Rainbow beams, etc. The Pillars were there but Stygian seemed absent and were easily defeated. The action was average.

    A somewhat lackluster two-parter.

    As for The Last Lesson, it’s somewhat same with the finale, though not particularly a fan of grand time skips. *Remembers the Digimon Adventure 02 final ep. Probably preferred it if didn’t had that flashback format and just be the coronation with a flash forward. I’ll still say that Unicorn Twilight > Alicorn Twilight esp. with her looking like a recolored Celestia in this. Blech! Not a fan of the song at the end as well. And the plot was standard too.


  5. This week’s episode is The Big Mac Question, the final normal episode before the finale/epilogue of the series, focusing on Big Mac and Sugar Belle’s growing relationship which is something I kinda lack interest in.

    I found this episode to be alright.

    I only liked much of Discord’s shenanigans, Big Mac speaking more, and the moral and references to the Perfect Pear.

    Again, the plot revolving their relationship, I didn’t find much interest in. Though while it was nice to see Double Diamond, Party Favor, and Night Glider, I’m still peeved that they were underutilized and didn’t have much focusing on them after their debut, yet Sugar Belle got more screen time just for being with Big Mac. Some of the writing felt kinda force even with Discord’s apple monster and the CMC’s involvement. Also, the wedding felt tacked on last minute.

    Just an okay episode.


  6. This week’s MLP outing is Growing Up is Hard To Do, which is oddly enough the CMC’s final episode. The Last Crusade sounded like a fitting end for the CMC and this would’ve been switched. Goes to show how oddly managed this season has been.

    A rather meh episode all things considered.

    Probably the only thing to like was how cute Bloofy was and that was it.

    The plot and message felt lazily forced and predictable esp. with the much of the writing and dialogue. Hay, it even says it smack dab in the episode’s title for goodness sake! Also, didn’t we get the whole grownups aren’t right all the time with Cart Before the Ponies? And the fact I had to reference that episode is troubling enough. The song was weak, the grownup designs were uninteresting and barely changed, and the B plot with the two kids and the pet felt shoehorned into to further emphasis how unsubtle the message is. Again, this doesn’t feel much like last episode for the CMC as much as The Last Crusade was. Probably would’ve been better if it were the CMC graduating from Cheerilee’s school or something. Lastly, I’ve read fanfics over half a decade ago that have age progression/grownup tf stories that were better handled than this.

    A So-So episode.


  7. We all have Youtubers or Youtube Channels that we don't like. Either its the Youtuber itself who is probably rubs you the wrong way or has an overinflated ego even though he/she has underwhelming number of subs that aren't even close to 1/100000 of Markiplier's or Game Grumps or that they steal money from followers through a myriad of scams. The same goes for Youtube channels that have crappy low quality content like incomplete frustrating Let's Plays by awful gamers, Reaction vids that feel phony or fake or downright lazy, Top 10 lists or review channels that are short and lacks research/detail into why something is either good/bad and shallower in depth than kiddie pool made for ants. Oh, and let's not forget the cheap clickbaitey thumbnail pics/titles to attract viewers despite not relevant to the video at hand.

    One rule to note: No political/religious centered/themed channels just solely because they don't agree to your ideals/opinions and its rather cheap and lazy to do so.

    My choices:

    NA Productions = Free Gift Card Give-Away scams, 3AM challenges and fidget spinner vids. Yes, you heard right fidget spinner vids even in 2019. Also, he makes Tommy Wiseau sound like Benedict Cumberbatch. Oh he also made an Etika 3AM challenge soon after the guy's death! How tasteful 😕 ! Watch if you can stomach it below:

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    MOD EDIT: Removed trash content from a YouTuber cashing in on Etika's death

    Speaking of Let's Plays, DarksydePhil is one of those Let's Players infamous for an inflated ego, rage quitting, blaming the game for it being 'nonfunctional' and 'bad gameplay' rather than himself for being a bad gamer, and uninstalls the games because he wasn't doing good at it. Rinse, Lather, Repeat for his vids. Not to mention fights and talks smack to other Youtubers. Down the Rabbit Hole goes into great detail about him:

     


  8. So this week’s is Daring Doubt featuring who else, Daring Do,as well as RD and Fluttershy.

    This is one of the weaker Daring Do eps. Still prefer Stranger Than Fanfiction overall.

    I did like the jungle setting and stuff happening with the environment as well as some of the side characters, but that’s about it.

    Writing wise it was mostly average and not a strong plot for Daring Do’s departure that basically rushes much of the subplots involving her with Caballeron and Ahuizotl and their reformations feel tacked on in the process as well. The humor gets affected as well. Again, like with Horse Shoe-In with Starlight, it felt like a weak ending for Daring Do. Speaking of artifacts and relics, why not a Daring Do episode where she is on an adventure with any or all The Pillars esp. with their knowledge/lore/experience of Equestria's past? There are many potentials and opportunities with that kind of setup for an Indiana Jones-esque adventure.

    A ‘meh’ episode overall.


  9. A Horse Shoe-In is this week’s episode and focuses on Starlight, Trixie, and the school…*inwardly groans.

    And this episode was average.

    I did like Octavia and Dr. Hooves appearing again and playing bigger roles. A bit upset that they could’ve been part of the faculty at least. And Phyllis, I guess.

    Also, upset that Big Mac was just reduced to his old shtick in this one with little dialogue. Trixie being annoying, irresponsible and obviously doesn’t have the heart for it for most of the episode brought it down, even endangering the students. And feels similar to other Starlight focused eps before it with Trixie causing much conflict and being in the wrong. Sunburst being tacked on at episode’s end and the obvious lesson of how friends aren’t qualified to do everything. And with this being Starlight’s last focused episode, hadn’t changed my mind about her throughout the seasons. Still miffed about how Our Town and the ponies there got less focus than her, such wasted potential.

    A middle of the road one.


  10. Dragon Dropped is this week’s episode focusing Rarity and Spike.Will the Sparity shipping survive? Do I really care? No, not really.

    This was meh all things considered.

    I guess Gabby’s and Spike’s friendship was surprising and kinda interesting, but that’s pretty much it for me as it much focus on this love-er um friendship triangle between the two and Rarity. Speaking of which, Rarity’s over dramatic moments kinda gotten old fast and took up much of the episode and her buying Spike’s time and affection with stuff. Also, the solution of sharing Spike with others could be seen a mile away and feels like more S1 character regression in a way.

    A so-so episode.


  11. This week’s episode is She Talks to Angel for a Freaky Friday dilemma between Angel Bunny and Fluttershy

    This one was rather dull.

    There wasn’t much to talk about because as stated, it’s a Freaky Friday trope plot that has been done countless times before where they walk a mile in their horseshoes for a time and find how hard it is to live like the other person with shenanigans ensuing. This isn’t that much different and followed the basic points to a T. Much of the humor/writing was stale even with Angel being Fluttershy. Though there was wasted potential for Angelshy to interact with the other Manes or even more major/minor characters than just animals nearly 80% of the time.

    Also, Fluttershy making carnivores be vegans in the sanctuary was rather odd and kinda cruel. You can chalk it up to different world, different rules in this animal kingdom, yet still. Not to mention the whole-body switching thing caused by Zecora put many in danger.

    A bland episode overall.


  12. Welp, Australia and The Netherlands said 'Screw It' and released the rest of the episodes sooner than later so expect massive spoilers for the two parter finale and epilogue episode floating around esp. in the comment section in the links below.

    https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/08/netherlands-drops-rest-of-season-9.html

    https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/08/australia-expected-to-finish-season-9.html

    Of course, curiosity gotten the better of me and had to look at some of them and have to give my two cents. WARNING SPOILERS:

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    Two-parter finale

    • Discord - You thought it was Grogar, but it was I, Discord! Yeah, apparently Grogar = Discord this entire time. This whole "legion of doom" thing was his twisted way of him trying to reform the villainous trio only for it backfire on him. Kinda upsetting that there wasn't a larger organized group that pose a much larger threat to Equestria and it was all just a botched up .
    • Cozy Glow becomes an alicorn because of Grogar's bell. Yeah that happened.
    • There are no villain reformations for Cozy, Tirek and Chrysalis as they get turn to stone in the end.

    Epilogue Episode

    • A time skip showing things 20-25 years from the present.
    • RIP Granny Smith
    • Ton of shipping fodder such as Lyrabon and even Cheese Sandwich/Pinkie Pie, showing their child.
    • Twilight becoming an alicorn proper. Basically, a purple Celestia. Unicorn Twilight was and is still the better one for me and this cements that and just makes me feel a bit depressed on how she was handled.
    • Oh,remember years ago when Meghan McCarthy said that Twilight will never outlive her friends? Even though you see Twilicorn with her aged friends, it still feels like that is still a possibility. (Do you see why there is need for consistent writers?)
    • And what about the other princesses? We don't see what the Royal Sisters during retirement and haven't read anything about Cadence and Shining Armor or even what an older Flurry Heart would look like.

     


  13. The Summer Sun Setback is this week’s episode about Twilight trying not to freak out.

    This one was fine, slightly above average.

    I mostly liked Discord and the villains working together in this, still prefer Frenemies over this one though. Also, the buildup for the villains’ plans for the finale as well.

    For the longest time, I’ve never been much of a fan of Twilight’s ascension and princesshood to the point of being emotionally numb. And how she was written during these latter seasons didn’t help much either, making me care less and less about her character. The one question that hasn’t been asked during all this that felt like it had potential, wasn’t if she was worthy of the title or even if she was ready for the role and responsibilities. It is this: Is this something Twilight wants to do for the rest of her life? So Twilight getting over her annoying panic attacks, doesn’t really change my opinion on her at all as she continues on the Celestia 2.0 path. Also, Twilight’s friends not telling her about the things going wrong, being an obvious plot device with some character regression, and the troupe of unicorns dissing the show felt forced conflict as well.

    So yeah, an alright episode due to the Discord and villains bumping it up.


  14. So apparently a whistle blower, a former Disney accountant, states that Disney inflated its revenue by billions. So remember when Captain Marvel supposedly earned $1 Billion at the box office? Much of that is from revenue related to their parks and resorts, using that money to buy their own tickets. Could also explain much of their "success" for their live action remakes as well. And as an added negative bonus for Disney, their stocks nosedived as a result of this story getting too.

     


  15. 7 hours ago, CaptainRobo said:

    Well, Paramount Switzerland apparently just posted the German version of the trailer online. Weird that they released this now despite the redesign announcement. Yea, and of course it get a lot of dislikes like the original version.

     

    @0:25 Bruda, Muss Los? Brother, must go? They didn't bother to translate the Gotta Go Fast line? Lazy marketing right there.

    Speaking of, that they are advertising in other countries with promos before the redesign feels suspect and rather odd. Like they're only going to use redesign for US/UK fans/audiences, but not bother for other countries and use the horrid original design. At least, it feels like it by what they're doing.


  16. This week’s episode is A Trivial Pursuit, focusing ofTwilight and Pinkie.

    This one was alright for the most part.

    I did like Sunburst, Fluttershy and Bulk Biceps.

    RD and AJ competitiveness reared its ugly head in this one too. Not as bad as Noncompetitive Clause mind you, but still slightly annoying. Speaking of annoyances, Pinkie was somewhat like this during the first half of the episode and not knowing flint was questionable but what took the cake was Twilight freaking out getting tiresome after a while and was bad on how she had Pinkie disqualified like that which hurt the second act, rather cringe-inducing to say the least.

    An Ok episode overall.


  17. This week is 2, 4, 6, Great starring RD and her reluctance with cheer leading.

    The episode was rather meh all things considered.

    RD’s attitude was bad for the most part. However, the plot felt very forced because of how Twilight basically pulled a Celestia 2.0 and spurred it on by making her friends do much of the coaching on such short notice within a tight deadline along with neglecting to ask if they wanted to or not. Also, the writing and humor were boring as a result of RD’s attitude and Snips greedy priorities was a flat lined joke that ran on for too long.

    Very so-so episode overall.


  18. With the hiatus over, it’s back to ponies this week with The Last Laugh featuring the return of Weird Al.

    This one felt rather weak. Many steps below Pinkie Pride.

    The humor and writing were rather dull. The whole Pinkie trying to find her purpose or whatnot felt like a flimsy plot device to meet up with Cheese Sandwich. Also, the song was meh and felt like a waste of talent for Weird Al to be OOC for most of the episode. I’d rather just have the two go on a friendship quest than waste it on a plot like this. Best I can describe this is it’s a laugh-less lackluster lull.

    A below average episode.


  19. So it looks like Sunset's Backstage Pass is going to be the last EQG special/content. Don't really care for this spinoff series, personally. And looks like Hasbro didn't care either despite being more ideas to extend it. Though you think they would have a graduation special as its conclusion when the G4 series draws to a close.

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