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 http://webchat.freenode.net/. Enter a nickname, then for the Channels field enter ##rabbitcube, and finally fill in the Captcha and hit Connect! Since the premiere is a two-parter, we’ll be watching two episodes of MLP there starting at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Next week we’ll do another two to finish catching up on MLP, and after that we’ll do one ep of MLP and one of Psycho-Pass.
After the chat, I will update this post with the log.
ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
[13:10] <mere_oblivion14> A lot smaller from the outside!?!
01[13:10] <Froborr> Oh yeah, Starlight is a character that exists.
01[13:10] <Froborr> And yep, the castle is clearly a TARDIS.
[13:11] <@Sylocat> Twilight is trying to settle into the Celestia role
[13:11] <@Sylocat> …Did I just see Diamond Tiara in the train with the CMCs in the opening?
[13:11] <@Sylocat> That, plus Starlight, is the new addition to the opening I guess
[13:11] <mere_oblivion14> Maybe that’s a Season 6 thing? (Tkg on the Celestia role)
01[13:11] <Froborr> Dang, we’ll have to go bac at the end of the episode nad check.
[13:12] <@Sylocat> And yes, apparently Josh Haber is lead writer for this season
[13:12] <mere_oblivion14> Izzat a good thing?
[13:12] <@Sylocat> He wrote Equestria Girls 3, which was pretty good IMO
[13:12] <mere_oblivion14> Groovy
[13:12] <mere_oblivion14> Is a Crytalling a New Age version of a Christening?
01[13:12] <Froborr> I’m assuming a crystalling is a christening.
[13:13] <mere_oblivion14> Yikes!
[13:13] <@Sylocat> Great minds think alike
[13:13] <@Sylocat> Long Ago it was foretold
[13:13] <@Sylocat> (notice who the Crystaller looks like on the vase?)
[13:13] <mere_oblivion14> Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty (and all)
[13:13] <mere_oblivion14> No . . . who?
[13:14] <@Sylocat> Well, all the Mane Six are listed as attendants, but the Crystaller is clearly meant to look like Starlight Glimmer
[13:14] <mere_oblivion14> Right!
01[13:14] <Froborr> That ringing effect was interesting.
[13:14] <@Sylocat> Spike flexing in a mirror?
[13:15] <mere_oblivion14> It was kinda psychedelic
01[13:15] <Froborr> Sunburst has been mentioned before, hasn’t he? He seems familiar.
[13:16] <@Sylocat> Yeah, he was in Starlight’s Traumatic Flashback in the S5 finale
[13:16] <mere_oblivion14> Ah. And a guy to boot
[13:17] <@Sylocat> Whoo, trippy party invitation
01[13:19] <Froborr> It’s still really weird to me that something called “the Empire” is, y’know, not-evil.
[13:19] <mere_oblivion14> Can you believe i hadn’t thought of that?
[13:20] <mere_oblivion14> So, Shining Armor has post-partum depression (and 5 o’clock shadow)?
[13:20] <Sylocat_> Babies are pure evil, as has already been established
[13:20] <mere_oblivion14> But mostly they beller a lot
[13:20] <Sylocat_> SPIKE STAHP
[13:21] <mere_oblivion14> Yeah, way to go Spike as usual
01[13:21] <Froborr> Spike, you KNOW she’s nervous about this, wtf
[13:21] <Sylocat_> Ooh, Starlight having the “Can I please lapse back into villainly long enough to stomp this guy” glare
[13:21] <mere_oblivion14> Crikey, it’s A Town Called Spike
01[13:21] <Froborr> Oh, well played Starlight.
[13:21] <Sylocat> Ah… the first time I watched this, I missed the fact that she was doing this on purpose to stall
[13:22] <Sylocat> Where’d the popcorn come from? I thought only Pinkie could use hammerspace
01[13:22] <Froborr> Huh, that’s different.
[13:22] <Sylocat> And the new Princess looks uncannily like the G3.5 abominations
[13:23] <Sylocat> Celestia and Luna confirmed as ascendants rather than natural-born Alicorns
[13:23] <Sylocat> AND THE WORLD OF FANFICTION DID TREMBLE
[13:23] <Sylocat> She’s worse than Pubert
[13:23] <mere_oblivion14> And that’s a tall order
01[13:23] <Froborr> Pubert?
[13:24] <Sylocat> From The Addams Family
01[13:24] <Froborr> Oh, right!
[13:24] <Sylocat> The baby who sneezed flaming arrows
[13:25] <Sylocat> Now tell it again, from the top
[13:25] <Sylocat> Uh oh… Spike is being responsible.
[13:25] <mere_oblivion14> Oh, I get it–Starlight forgot this is a 2-parter so shecan’t possibly stall long enough
[13:26] <Sylocat> So, was that deliberate sadism on Twilight’s part, or was Spike just being Spike?
01[13:26] <Froborr> Pretty sure it’s just Spike being Spike.
[13:27] <Sylocat> “Oh, y’know, trying to destroy Equestria several times…”
[13:27] <mere_oblivion14> Glasses are a sign of . . . deviousness? nerdishness?
01[13:28] <Froborr> Nerdishness, I think.
01[13:28] <Froborr> Or secrecy, since he’s obviously trying to hide that he didn’t do that well in magic school/ddin’t become a wizard.
[13:29] <mere_oblivion14> righto
[13:29] <Sylocat> Baby is OP, nerf plz
[13:29] <mere_oblivion14> She also reminds me of the one born at the end of The Incredibles
01[13:30] <Froborr> Yeah, that’s the first one I thought of.
[13:30] <mere_oblivion14> My stars, we should form an Institute or sump’n
[13:31] <Sylocat_> Somepony tranq that kid fast
[13:31] <Sylocat_> Like, full-strength horse tranquilizers
01[13:31] <Froborr> Okay, or the baby is the destroyer of worlds.
01[13:33] <Froborr> Annnd I forgot to keep an eye out for Diamond Tiara.
[13:33] <Sylocat_> So did I, this time
[13:33] <Sylocat_> Ooh, filling in plot holes? This show does that now?
01[13:34] <Froborr> Shoot, I need to pause and buffer a bit.
[13:34] <Sylocat> Oh dear…
[13:34] <Sylocat> SPIKE?!
[13:34] <mere_oblivion14> Okay on buffering
[13:34] <Sylocat> Ok, paused at 24:51?
[13:34] <mere_oblivion14> Close enuf
01[13:36] <Froborr> Still waiting as it buffers, it’s going slow.
01[13:36] <Froborr> I will say that I really liked the names of those spells, especially [somebody’s] Material Amity.
[13:37] <Sylocat> Yeah, that was a nice touch
01[13:37] <Froborr> Okay, buffered.
[13:37] <Sylocat> Okay then…
[13:37] <Sylocat> Click
[13:37] <mere_oblivion14> Click
[13:37] <Sylocat> Also, as a neurodivergent introvert, I appreciate the increased focus on complex and awkward social situations lately
[13:38] <mere_oblivion14> As a shamelessly self-pitying extrovert, so have i!
01[13:38] <Froborr> lol
[13:38] <Sylocat> So, this is a repeat of the “The Crystal Heart is right here and it’s fine, honest” sequence from The Crystal Empire
[13:38] <mere_oblivion14> Extravert. Which has nothing to do w/lack of shyness, in my opinion. But i digress
[13:39] <Sylocat> The baby has officially become a horror movie monster
01[13:39] <Froborr> Just like the babies from that one episode.
[13:39] <Sylocat> Yarp
[13:39] <mere_oblivion14> Is she responsible for the Regina-like spell arriving?
[13:39] <mere_oblivion14> They just noticed the change?
[13:39] <Sylocat> Starlight is going through another variant on what Pinkie and Luna went through in “Party of One” and “Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep” respectively
01[13:40] <Froborr> Sort of? But what I’m seeing here is two people hiding their true selves out of fear of embarassment, and therefore unable to connect.
01[13:40] <Froborr> It’s a variant of hedgehog’s dilemma.
[13:41] <Sylocat> Well of course, but one of Starlight’s motives for doing so is guilt and self-hatred
01[13:41] <Froborr> True. Probably Sunburst as well.
[13:42] <Sylocat> Okay, she’s approaching Pinkie Pie levels of omnipotence, except she gets to use it in dramatic moments too
01[13:42] <Froborr> …Starlight’s specialty is taking people’s magic away. Think she can do it temporarily?
[13:42] <Sylocat> Ooh, good point
[13:42] <Sylocat> You’d think Twilight would know better than to say “Without this, I don’t know what we’d do”
[13:43] <Sylocat> Yeah, Twilight could probably recreate the whole book Sciezska-from-FMA-style
[13:44] <Sylocat> And now Sunburst has to pull a GalaxyQuest
[13:44] <mere_oblivion14> Excellent!
[13:45] <Sylocat> The heck is with that mustache?
[13:45] <Sylocat> Is he supposed to look like anyone in particular? He looks like Davy Jones from Pirates of the Carribean
[13:46] <mere_oblivion14> But some have greatness thrust upon ’em, Sunburst.
[13:47] <Sylocat> So he’s a child protege who peaked too early
01[13:48] <Froborr> “Did you really travel through time?” lol
[13:48] <Sylocat> So Starlight’s going through a Twilight-and-Moondancer thing, but sort of in reverse
[13:50] <Sylocat> Almost…
[13:51] <Sylocat> Yep, he saves the day by having another copy of the book
[13:52] <Sylocat> It’s the ciiiiiiiircle of liiiiiiiiiife
[13:53] <Sylocat> I love how the Crystal Ponies have hexagonal highlightsi n their eyes
[13:54] <Sylocat> How’d they nerf her?
01[13:54] <Froborr> Sunburst mentioned mixing something into the ritual to dampen her powers.
[13:54] <Sylocat> I thought her name was going to be “Skyla,” like the merchandise
01[13:56] <Froborr> Also, I very much appreciate the lack of any romantic anything between Starlight and Sunburst.
01[13:56] <Froborr> Well, that was okay.
[13:56] <Sylocat> Yeah
[13:56] <mere_oblivion14> Interesting way to start a new season.
[13:57] <Sylocat> Yeah… becoming a teacher is the logical progression of Twilight’s arc, AND it’s an excuse to get new cast members to prevent stagnation
01[13:57] <Froborr> Very true.
[13:57] <mere_oblivion14> Even . . . whatisname in KFPanda 3 is becoming a teacher.
[13:57] <mere_oblivion14> Sho?
[13:57] <Sylocat> Po
[13:57] <Sylocat> And yes, that was my thought too
01[13:58] <Froborr> I dunno, though. I felt like it was missing something.
[13:58] <mere_oblivion14> But how do we tell him apart from Oscar Isaac?
[13:58] <Sylocat> Such as?
01[13:58] <Froborr> Not sure.
[13:58] <Sylocat> (it took me a moment to get that one… but I think Oscar Isaac’s character was named “Poe,” with an e)
01[13:58] <Froborr> I think it was just oddly low-key for a season premiere.
[13:58] <mere_oblivion14> It felt just a bit cut-and-dried. Not enough goofiness. Yes, oddly low key.
[13:59] <Sylocat> Well, I do appreciate the alternate ways of building stakes they’ve come up with… but yeah, I understand that too
[13:59] <mere_oblivion14> “Poe” indeed. Cause we joked about the Poe-Finn-Hucks “connection” (or lack thereof).
[14:00] <Sylocat> I think his name was spelled “Hux”
[14:00] <mere_oblivion14> Right.