MLP Liveblog Chat Thingy: “Simple Ways”

How to participate in the liveblog chat:

Option 1: Whenever you watch the episode, comment on this post as you watch with whatever responses you feel like posting!

Option 2: Go to Enter a nickname, then for the Channels field enter ##rabbitcube, and finally fill in the Captcha and hit Connect! We’ll be watching the episode and commenting there starting at just before 2:00 p.m. EST. After the chat, I will update this post with a log of the conversation.

Chat log after the cut!

[14:06] <Froborr> *sigh* I just hope Babs Seed isn’t in this one, I don’t think I can handle more of her right now.
[14:07] <@Sylocat> I think they said at one of the panels that Babs is gone
[14:07] <@Sylocat> She left when Morrow did
[14:07] <Froborr> Praise Luna!
[14:07] <Froborr> Wait, when did Morrow go?
[14:07] <@Sylocat> Is tonight’s post The One?
[14:07] <@Sylocat> Between seasons… no word on if/when she’ll be back
[14:08] <@Sylocat> (Larson didn’t write for this season either, but he’s coming back for S5, so…)
[14:08] <@Sylocat> (2 minutes)
[14:08] <decoy_octopus> season 5 is confirmed?
[14:09] <@Sylocat> Are we ready?
[14:09] <@Sylocat> Yep… another accidental press release from within the company
[14:09] <Froborr> Yeah, s5 was confirmed a while ago.
[14:09] <decoy_octopus> ah
[14:09] <@Sylocat> Everyone buffering?
[14:09] <decoy_octopus> yup
[14:09] <totient> good to go
[14:09] <decoy_octopus> just a few seconds left by my clock
[14:10] <@Sylocat> And… GO
[14:10] <Froborr> go
[14:10] <decoy_octopus> clicked
[14:10] <@Sylocat> World-building!
[14:10] <@Sylocat> And continuity… DJ PON-3…
[14:10] <decoy_octopus> yeah
[14:10] <decoy_octopus> was about to say
[14:10] <@Sylocat> What the…
[14:10] <@Sylocat> That hat
[14:10] <@Sylocat> And that balloon
[14:11] <@Sylocat> …Wow
[14:11] <Froborr> …balloon head what?
[14:11] <decoy_octopus> for some reason that got leaked onto the hub’s facebook or something
[14:11] <@Sylocat> They cut the credits?
[14:11] <decoy_octopus> seems that way
[14:11] <Froborr> Aw, no credits.
[14:11] <@Sylocat> “Farewell, it is time for me to return to my homworld”
[14:12] <Froborr> (P.S.: Poochie died on the way to his homeworld.)
[14:12] <@Sylocat> More concept art
[14:12] <decoy_octopus> ugh brb dogs won’t shut up x_x
[14:12] <@Sylocat> Twilight sounds oddly less-than-enthused
[14:13] <@Sylocat> We have a guest star
[14:13] <@Sylocat> Oh dear
[14:13] <decoy_octopus> back, I guess I’m a minute behind now
[14:13] <Froborr> Oh my.
[14:13] <Froborr> He’s an evil time-traveler, isn’t he?
[14:14] <decoy_octopus> that horn-ring looks really weird on here
[14:14] <decoy_octopus> *her
[14:14] <@Sylocat> A lot of background continuity references…
[14:14] <@Sylocat> He even LOOKS like John Simm
[14:14] <Froborr> Is his cutie mark plaid?
[14:15] <Froborr> HE IS THE MARESTER
[14:15] <@Sylocat> That was revenge for teasing Twilight about Flash Sentry
[14:15] <decoy_octopus> yeah it is plaid wtf
[14:15] <Froborr> Also, blech, weren’t romance storylines one of the things Lauren Faust banned?
[14:16] <decoy_octopus> banned?
[14:16] <@Sylocat> Long-running ones, at least
[14:16] <@Sylocat> Trenderhoof, your City Slicker is showing
[14:16] <@Sylocat> “Au Natural,” he says
[14:17] <@Sylocat> Oh for the love of…
[14:17] <Froborr> LOVE TRIANGLE
[14:17] <Froborr> No, that’s it, I’m done.
[14:17] <Froborr> Taking down the website, setting the laptop on fire, done.
[14:17] <@Sylocat> Yeah, stop interfering with my RariJack OTP!
[14:17] <Froborr> There really just needs to be a media-wise decade-long moritorium on love triangles.
[14:17] <decoy_octopus> does he have a douchebeard
[14:17] <@Sylocat> Ooh, don’t mention apple products in front of Rarity right now
[14:18] <@Sylocat> Oh no
[14:18] <Froborr> I can already tell I’m going to hate this episode.
[14:18] <decoy_octopus> “rarity, why are you crying oil?”
[14:19] <@Sylocat> Yeesh, he’s a cretin
[14:19] <Froborr> YOU ARE A MONSTER
[14:19] <decoy_octopus> spike’s face sds
[14:20] <@Sylocat> The moral is going to be “don’t let boys come between friendships”
[14:20] <@Sylocat> Ah, a rhyme-subversion lyric
[14:20] <decoy_octopus> froborr what are you flipping out over he seems cute
[14:20] <Froborr> *sigh*
[14:20] <decoy_octopus> incompetent, but cute
[14:20] <@Sylocat> (like Olaf’s line about puddles)
[14:20] <@Sylocat> He can’t even sing
[14:21] <decoy_octopus> eh, he seems fine to me
[14:21] <decoy_octopus> probably not like a musically-trained actor
[14:21] <@Sylocat> Okay, this is definitely leading up to a smackdown of the entire concept of love triangles
[14:22] <Froborr> I hope it does, I just wish we didn’t have to slog through the love triangle to get there.
[14:22] <@Sylocat> Josh Haber is a… weird writer
[14:23] <decoy_octopus> wait how can she fit in the chicken coop what
[14:23] <@Sylocat> Rarity is regressing or something
[14:24] <@Sylocat> Oh for the love of Celestia, this is cringe comedy at its most horrifying
[14:24] <Froborr> This is PAINFUL
[14:24] <totient> ^
[14:24] <decoy_octopus> I really like the lighting in the barn wow
[14:24] <Froborr> …okay, Rarity does look completely adorable though
[14:25] <@Sylocat> On the bright side, this is truly instructive to the audience: “Don’t change who you are just to impress a boy”
[14:25] <@Sylocat> “…because THIS is what happens if you do.”
[14:26] <Froborr> Yeah, but a good moral does not a good episode make.
[14:26] <Froborr> I do really like her AWFUL accent
[14:26] <@Sylocat> The badness of the episode might be a meta-moral
[14:26] <@Sylocat> AHAHAHAHAHAHAAH
[14:26] <Froborr> I… but… WHAT IS APPLEJACK DOING
[14:27] <decoy_octopus> oh god apple bloom’s hat
[14:27] <@Sylocat> Oh no.. oh dear Flying Spaghetti Monster, NOOOOO HAHAHAHAHAHAH
[14:27] <decoy_octopus> so wait did she steal that from rarity’s boutique or
[14:28] <@Sylocat> This episode has gone so far around the bend it’s circled around and become awesome again
[14:28] <Froborr> I can’t help but read this as the two of them mocking each other, though. It’s kind of mean.
[14:28] <@Sylocat> It’s a role-reversed “Look Before You Sleep”
[14:29] <decoy_octopus> yeah was about to say
[14:29] <Froborr> …So Applejack basically used the strategy from the Season 3 finale?
[14:29] <@Sylocat> You know, I always thought Applejack and Rarity reminded me of Benedick and Beatrice
[14:30] <decoy_octopus> >she actually did steal it
[14:30] <decoy_octopus> wow
[14:30] <@Sylocat> So, the cringe-worthiness of the episode was a meta-moral. “Kids, THIS is what happens when you try and change who you are to impress a boy.”
[14:31] <Froborr> Yeah, which is great and all…
[14:31] <Froborr> but still doesn’t change how cringe-worthy the episode was.
[14:31] * decoy_octopus shrugs
[14:31] <Froborr> So yeah, as far as I’m concerned that was easily the worst episode of the season thus far. Beats Daring Don’t easily.
[14:31] <@Sylocat> Wow. Just… wow
[14:32] <decoy_octopus> oh psh
[14:32] <decoy_octopus> daring don’t was a nonsensical mess that delivered a horrible message
[14:32] <@Sylocat> Still, Applejack impersonating Rarity was awesome
[14:32] <decoy_octopus> this was an entertaining episode that delivered a /really important message/
[14:32] <totient> I quit around the 10 minute mark, and these reactions tell me that I made the right decision
[14:33] <Froborr> Yes, that one scene was pretty great.
[14:33] <Froborr> The rest of the episode was just… no.
[14:33] <decoy_octopus> meh, to each their own
[14:33] <Froborr> Yeah.
[14:34] <Froborr> I really strongly dislike cringe comedy and feel like Rarity was not being written in character here, so…
[14:34] <@Sylocat> Wow. I looked up Josh Haber on IMDb… he was “Assistant to Mr. Gibson” on The Passion of the Christ.
[14:34] <Froborr> …
[14:34] <decoy_octopus> fdfg
[14:34] <decoy_octopus> are you sure that’s the same josh haber?
[14:35] <@Sylocat> According to IMDb, it is
[14:35] * Sylocat shrugs
[14:35] <decoy_octopus> how do you even go from that to horses
[14:35] <@Sylocat> But anyway… yeah, cringe comedy ain’t my cup of tea either, but maybe that was the point
[14:35] <decoy_octopus> I didn’t really find it all that cringeworthy really

0 thoughts on “MLP Liveblog Chat Thingy: “Simple Ways”

  1. Also worth noting is Spike's continued full-fledged embracing of the “Nice Guy” fomula, even in the face of Rarity pining after someone else. And Rarity's complete obliviousness. I've missed a couple of the episodes in this season but I definitely know she seemed *aware* of his feelings at the end of “Secret of My Excess” and possibly one or two earlier ones, reciprocated or not.

    So yeah. This was a pretty cruddy episode.

  2. Dad couldn't make it to the livestream Saturday because my stepmom wasn't feeling well. So I showed it to him today, and when Trenderhoof fell for Applejack, dad said (once he was done laughing): “I thought he was going to fall in love with Bulk Biceps, but this is for five-year-olds.”

    (oh, and he loved the episode… No Accounting For Taste, I guess…)

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