Nightmare Rarity…

Two bits of site business: First of all, if you left a comment on a post in the last few days and I haven’t responded, please don’t think I’m ignoring you. Google/Blogger has been behaving very strangely for me lately–the Reply button frequently doesn’t do anything, and when it does, there’s about a fifty-fifty chance that it just eats my comment instead of posting it. I really need to get off my butt and finish the transition to the new site, so we can get on a non-crappy commenting platform.

Second, the liveblog of the new episode tomorrow is GO! I will post some time in the late night/early morning with details of where to go to participate via IRC (pretty much as soon as I know what those details are…) We’ll watch the East Coast broadcast (10:30 A.M. EST)–if you don’t have Hub on TV, Equestria Daily should have links to livestreams you can use. If you don’t have IRC, you can use the comments on that post to record your thoughts, and after the chat, I’ll update the post with a log of the IRC conversation.

Am I the only one who was just plain unimpressed by the second arc of the Friendship Is Magic comic? I don’t mean that I hate it or anything, it just… left me flat. Part of it may be expectations–I was told going in that the first arc was only so-so, and I was utterly blown away. The second arc, on the other hand, had significantly more hype, and I don’t feel like it really lived up to it–or, for that matter, to the standards established by the first arc. I’m looking forward to eventually reading the third arc, though, since that was apparently made by more or less the same team as the first one?

0 thoughts on “Nightmare Rarity…

  1. It's one of those, “We didn't expect the first one to be great, and it so far exceeded our expectations that we expected the second one to 'wow' us in the same way” things.

    Same reason I would have called Elysium one of my top films of 2013, except it was stuck trying to follow an unbelievable act like District 9, so even though it's not really the fault of anything wrong with Elysium itself, it just didn't stir the same base emotional reaction in me it would have if it didn't have to be compared to D9.

  2. Totally agree with you on the Nightmarity story. I can't put my finger on why, but it just felt lacking in every aspect.

    The third arc is actually two mini-arcs, one focusing on Big Macintosh and the other on Shining Armor and Cadence. I'd say they're both very -entertaining- but not necessarily -good-.

    I am cautiously optimistic about the “Friends Forever” comic that is replacing the micro-series.

  3. Okay, having read the opening paragraph of your NMR review, I see how the above comment could come off wrong. I didn't realize you'd gauged the fan reaction to this arc as it being as good as the first… primarily because my impression of the fan reaction was the opposite; most of the fans on the two pony sites I frequent (including myself) were disappointed compared to the first arc.

    The above explanation is what a lot of the commentators here gave for being underwhelmed, but now I get that it could come across as me projecting some psychological explanation onto you, which I certainly didn't mean to do.

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