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I will not be attending the chat because I will be traveling, so if one of the participants could keep a chatlog and post it in the comments, I’ll be much obliged. Some time next week, after my return, I’ll watch the episodes and update this post with a log of my reactions.
ETA: My comments on Ep 23 below the cut! Ep 24 coming later.
ETA 2: And now it’s later!
01[08:40] <Froborr> Okay, watching “Hooffields and McColts” now.
01[08:40] <Froborr> Gee, I wonder if this episode will be about a feud…
01[08:40] <Froborr> Fluttershy runs a book club?
01[08:41] <Froborr> Also, Wuthering Hooves! Hoofcliff! Nice.
01[08:41] <Froborr> Oh hey, Fluttershy’s being summoned for this one, interesting.
01[08:42] <Froborr> Fluttershy and Twilight? Have those two ever hung out alone together before?
01[08:43] <Froborr> This is going to be about overpreparation, isn’t it?
01[08:44] <Froborr> Twilight’s been a little WHAT?
01[08:46] <Froborr> Twilight is in for a rude awakening if she thinks reason and facts will do anything about a feud.
01[08:47] <Froborr> Well, if you’ve ever wondered what a pony lawn gnome would look like…
01[08:48] <Froborr> Yeah, I was betting the solution would be helping each other with their weaknesses.
01[08:49] <Froborr> But Fluttershy’s recruitment of animal friends is going to matter too.
01[08:52] <Froborr> This is about to turn into the Trojan War, isn’t it.
01[08:54] <Froborr> Okay, last act, so now one hurts an animal and Fluttershy hulks out.
01[08:56] <Froborr> Oh hey, that’s not what I was expecting.
01[08:56] <Froborr> But it makes sense, both ponies had to be useful
01[08:56] <Froborr> Damn, Twilight’s powerful.
01[08:58] <Froborr> This is much much much better at dealing with the same themes than that POS “Over a Barrel.”
01[09:01] <Froborr> Okay, that was reasonably cute.
01[00:17] <Froborr> Okay, starting 24.
01[00:17] <Froborr> A festival or carnival or something?
01[00:17] <Froborr> Giant green apples.
01[00:17] <Froborr> Oh, a concert.
01[00:18] <Froborr> Ponypalooza? Not up to their usual pun standards.
01[00:19] <Froborr> Countess Coluratura is pretty good though.
01[00:19] <Froborr> Haha, Applejack is channeling me there. I never know what people are talking about when they’re talking about music.
01[00:20] <Froborr> Of course it’ll be the same Coluratura.
01[00:20] <Froborr> Ah, this is going to be about how old friends can change over time.
01[00:21] <Froborr> I like the song.
01[00:22] <Froborr> Oh god, she arrives on a litter.
01[00:22] <Froborr> Okay, yeah, she’s pony Lady Gaga.
01[00:23] <Froborr> Or maybe not, that’s a very different persona.
01[00:24] <Froborr> Is… is the manager Pony Andy Dick?
01[00:25] <Froborr> So this is going to be about maintaining a public persona and differentiating between that and a person’s real self.
01[00:26] <Froborr> Oh, she had such a nice voice, and they’re autotuning it? That’s tragic!
01[00:26] <Froborr> I mean, that’s the point obviously, that she’s all artifice now, but still.
01[00:27] <Froborr> Yeah, the manager’s a credit-stealin dick.
01[00:27] <Froborr> Yep, Applejack knows the score.
01[00:28] <Froborr> So, war between Applejack and Pony Dick for Coluratura’s soul?
01[00:30] <Froborr> Oh, very clever on Pony Dick’s part.
01[00:31] <Froborr> I thought that was staged for Applejack’s benefit, but I wasn’t sure how.
01[00:34] <Froborr> Why are you apologizing, AJ, what did you THINK was going to happen?
01[00:36] <Froborr> Ah, she’s entering the “I’m going to do something different now” phase of her career.
01[00:36] <Froborr> She slipped a bit British there for a second.
01[00:37] <Froborr> D’aww, AJ.
01[00:38] <Froborr> Oh, that’s really sweet.
01[00:38] <Froborr> Though I have to admit, I’m a little creeped out by what kind of camp encourages little kids to make up songs about how awesome their country is.
01[00:39] <Froborr> Very Bible Camp-y sort of a thing to do, isn’t it?
01[00:39] <Froborr> Still, that was a sweet little episode.
01[00:39] <Froborr> A bit Season 2, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.