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<@Sylocat> And we’re off?
<DecoyOctopus> oop, hit play after froborr said it, sorry
<DecoyOctopus> oh hey it’s a Joker pony
<@Sylocat> Ah, so Spike is the brony proxy this week
<Froborr> Mane-iac, get it?
<@Sylocat> Calling it now: Spike winds up as Humdrum
<DecoyOctopus> he wasn’t already?
<Froborr> Aw, I like that Twilight isn’t judgmental about print books vs. comics.
<@Sylocat> Ah, so the castle is the key to everything
<Froborr> Did they mention the castle? Think I missed it.
<DecoyOctopus> they’re fixing it up
<@Sylocat> They’ve got multiple running subplots now… the mystery box, the castle, and the Equestria Games
<Froborr> Yeah, I really need to see what my niece thinks of this season.
<Froborr> I’m worried it’s getting too complex for the four year olds.
<DecoyOctopus> oh snap a new Aquabats episode
<Froborr> Aquabats Christmas special? My roommate is going to go nuts.
<DecoyOctopus> also yeah, it seems like they’re kinda going overboard with the subplots
<@Sylocat> Eh, kids can handle surprisingly complex stories
<DecoyOctopus> oh hey it’s the new Spyro thing except in Flash and with Transformers
<Froborr> That pig toy would have terrified me as a kid.
<DecoyOctopus> who is even buying it?
<DecoyOctopus> they’ve been advertising it for literally years
<@Sylocat> That’s just… wrong
<@Sylocat> And we’re back
<Froborr> Yeah, this is going to be a “Spike is useless wait no he isn’t” episode, isn’t it?
<@Sylocat> Three writers? That’s new
<DecoyOctopus> why is pinkie scrubbing a carpet
<Froborr> Because she’s Pinkie?
<DecoyOctopus> wouldn’t that just make it wet and gross
<@Sylocat> Could the foreshadowing be any more obvious?
<DecoyOctopus> haven’t you seen the episode with Tank
<@Sylocat> Ah, of course, I forgot
<Froborr> “What kind of spell is that? It doesn’t even rhyme!”
<@Sylocat> Spike can cast magic spells?
<Froborr> Eh, it’s clearly one of those spells that casts you.
<DecoyOctopus> I think it’s just a magic book, he didn’t realy do anything
<@Sylocat> Ah, and Pinkie just jumps in
<DecoyOctopus> for a second I thought they were gonna rip off the BTAS opening
<Froborr> That would have been great. Best opening ever.
<@Sylocat> They’re clearly going for the Adam West vibe instead
<DecoyOctopus> …is the maneiac using Luna’s model?
<@Sylocat> mere_oblivion, wouldn’t Matthew love this?
<mere_oblivion> He would in-deed! Hey, why isn’t he here?
<Froborr> “Fillisecond?” That’s pretty good actually.
<@Sylocat> (for context: Matthew is a friend of mine who once came to my Halloween party as Adam West’s Batman)
<@Sylocat> Mane-iacal laugh!
<Froborr> Ah, so Dash is Thor.
<DecoyOctopus> who /doesn’t/ go to costume parties as Batman
<Froborr> I am amused that Pinkie is the only one who actually knows how to use her powers.
<mere_oblivion> Actually, first Matthew came as Bruce Wayne, then left “to go to another party” before returning 20 mins later as, yes, the AW Batman.
<@Sylocat> She’s Pinkie, fourth walls are nothing new to her
<Froborr> That’s hilarious.
<DecoyOctopus> @mere aha that’s perfect
<DecoyOctopus> oh god is rarity the green lantern’
<Froborr> Rarity is Green Lantern/Star Sapphire, yep.
<@Sylocat> and Fluttershy is the Hulk!
<Froborr> Fluttershy as the Hulk is PERFECTION ITSELF.
<DecoyOctopus> she better be
<@Sylocat> Well of course
<@Sylocat> In all the Avengers-crossover fanart, she’s the Hulk
<@Sylocat> (she’s the one pony everyone can agree on in that regard)
<DecoyOctopus> so is there like, a batman villain who focuses on hair?
<DecoyOctopus> I honestly can’t think of one
<Froborr> I think Mane-iac is a cross between Batman’s Joker and Marvel’s Medusa.
<DecoyOctopus> like this is Gotham and the Maneiac is obviously the Joke-ah
<@Sylocat> Ah, so Applejack is Pecos Bill
<Froborr> She’s basically Joker with Medusa’s power.
<Froborr> I think Applejack is Wonder Woman.
<Froborr> I’m not entirely sure what Twilight is?
<DecoyOctopus> I want fic of Rarity giving Spike Edna’s “NO CAPES” speech from the Incredibles or something
<Froborr> That woudl be great!
<@Sylocat> I know, but lassoing a tornado, that’s Pecos Bill all over
<DecoyOctopus> …actually yeah, who /is/ Twilight?
<@Sylocat> LEEROY JENKINS
<@Sylocat> (sorry, I hate myself for that)
<mere_oblivion> @decoy–My sentiments exactly (about Edna, I mean–this is all going too fast for me, not that i mind.
<Froborr> And then they all get captured and Spike’s encyclopedic knowledge of comics saves the day.
<DecoyOctopus> @mere: glad you like it, sorry that I’m not helping with the speed 😛
<@Sylocat> Pinkie Pie in the face
<@Sylocat> MY HAIR!
<DecoyOctopus> oh god is she seriously the hulk
<@Sylocat> Wait, Mane-Iac has Sombra’s eyes!
<Froborr> Aw, does this mean we’re not goign to get to see Fluttershy Hulk out?
<DecoyOctopus> does she?
<@Sylocat> Ooh, that’s just mean
<DecoyOctopus> oh, she does. maybe this is all tying into /another/ subplot to make sombra less boring
<Froborr> Okay, the bucket made me laugh.
<mere_oblivion> But Fluttershy’s secret isn’t that she’s always angry.
<Froborr> Lol, probably not oblivion.
<@Sylocat> Or is it? Remember “Putting your Hoof Down”
<@Sylocat> (or wait, did I not show you that episode yet?)
<Froborr> Oh yeah, this is total Adam West.
<DecoyOctopus> there needs to be fanart of the “I’m always angry” scene now, that’s perfect
<@Sylocat> Yes, yes it is
<Froborr> With a bit of Pinkie and the Brain mixed in.
<mere_oblivion> I think I still have yet to see that one. Meanwhile . . . is this how superheroes feel when they get turned into action figures?
<@Sylocat> Not according to Toy Story
<DecoyOctopus> wait I just thought of something. did they just magically replace the original Power Ponies, or…?
<Froborr> I’m pretty sure this world was made around them, there are no “original” Power Ponies.
<@Sylocat> …Or did the Power Ponies universe not actually exist until they warped in?
<DecoyOctopus> oh maybe
<@Sylocat> Great minds think alike
<DecoyOctopus> that’s some pretty ridiculous magic then though, making an /entire universe/
<Froborr> Eh, it’s just a magic Holodeck.
<@Sylocat> Hey… it’s like Sombra’s illusion magic
<Froborr> It is, actually. Hmm.
<Froborr> Wilhelm scream!
<@Sylocat> Please tell me they’re going to have one of the henchman go “You know what, I hate working here, they are so weird,” like in Iron Man 3 and Machete
<@Sylocat> Here we go
<Froborr> This is everythign I have ever wanted.
<Froborr> I can die happy now.
<@Sylocat> Oh. My. Celestia
<DecoyOctopus> jesus christ it’s exactly as dumb looking as I expected
<Froborr> FLUTTERSHY SMASH!
<DecoyOctopus> this is great
<@Sylocat> What? That was it?!
<Froborr> OF COURSE Pinkie Pie was able to pull out extraversal cupcakes.
<@Sylocat> Pretty good moral
<DecoyOctopus> …I was just about to ask how this worked but oh good lord
<Froborr> That was completely ridiculous and great fun.
<@Sylocat> Ooh, twist ending there
<DecoyOctopus> well, that was better than last week’s.
<mere_oblivion> But no Agent Coulson, sigh.
<DecoyOctopus> you’re right, he should’ve been present
<Froborr> Eh, this was more Justice League than Avengers.
<DecoyOctopus> @Froborr: doesn’t he already have a magic trinkets shop to run
<@Sylocat> But with the Hulk
<@Sylocat> Now, they’re going to investigate that comic shop, right?
<Froborr> I mean, they wouldn’t introduce some new, interesting element in a Spike story and then completely ignore it forever after, right?
<DecoyOctopus> this does beg the question of what would have happened if they lost, though
<mere_oblivion> How do we know Ethan Rayne (spelling?) wasn’t behind it all?
<@Sylocat> We finally learned Peewee’s fate during Just For Sidekicks
<DecoyOctopus> peewee died because spike is a terrible pet owner
<Froborr> True Sylo.
<Froborr> So: Best Spike episode, or best Spike episode?
<DecoyOctopus> idk I think aside from the moral it felt more focused on superhero references than Spike
<Froborr> Which is what makes it the best Spike episode.