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