MLPFIM S7E1-2 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

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Afterwards, I’ll update this post with the chatlog.
ETA: Chatlog below the cut!

[13:00] <@Sylocat> What an excuse for exposition
[13:01] <@Sylocat> I’m surprised Rarity hasn’t already insisted on designing a dress for her (and for Discord for that matter)
[13:02] <@Sylocat> Whoa
[13:02] <Froborr> What was up with that weird transition?
[13:02] <@Sylocat> That was weird
[13:02] <Froborr> The flash of Luna?
[13:02] <mere_oblivion> Lunacy on parade
[13:03] <mere_oblivion> Mine skipped past the credits — yours?
[13:03] <@Sylocat> Yep
[13:03] <@Sylocat> Discord and Trixie are still Discord and Trixie
[13:04] <Froborr> D’aww, that was a sweet moment.
[13:04] <@Sylocat> Indeed ’twas, and there just might be more of that en route
[13:04] <@Sylocat> And Twilight is still Twilight, and Discord knows that
[13:08] <@Sylocat> Welp, at least Discord’s progressed enough to not think they’d fall for that line
[13:09] <mere_oblivion> Is he trying “The Yoko Effect”?
[13:09] <@Sylocat> Of course Twilight uses illusion spells to visualize her social-anxiety-induced horror scenarios
[13:10] <Froborr> Man, between Discord’s trickster-style education and post-graduate friendship studies with Celestia, Twilight’s getting quite an education this episode.
[13:10] <mere_oblivion> We’ve gotta invite her to our Halloween party
[13:11] <mere_oblivion> “There is no wrong way to fantasize”!
[13:11] <Froborr> So, apparently confirmation all changelings are named after insect bodyparts…
[13:11] <@Sylocat> “I was not aware I was an expression.”
[13:11] <Froborr> Lol, saying “God knows” in front of God…
[13:11] <@Sylocat> That was also a line in Don Juan in Hell…
[13:13] <@Sylocat> I was a little surprised Sunburst didn’t join for the S06 finale, but I suppose they wanted to defuse Marty Stu accusations
[13:14] <@Sylocat> Spike’s learned the mini-episode formula
[13:15] <@Sylocat> We’ve never heard a laugh like THAT from Celestia before…
[13:15] <@Sylocat> Moondancer cameo, because of course
[13:16] <Froborr> I like the look at the moon while talking about the necessity of sending someone away…
[13:16] <@Sylocat> Indeed
[13:17] <Froborr> Very visible absence of mention of Sunset Shimmer, though.
[13:17] <Froborr> But that’s understandable–according to Ponyville Confidential, the writers deliberately never reference Equestria Girls in the show.
[13:18] <Froborr> That’s probably why they created Starlight in the first place, because they realized they’d banned themselves from using a brilliant character.
[13:19] <@Sylocat> Discord has a realm? I thought he just created pocket-dimensions as it suited him
[13:19] <@Sylocat> And now Discord’s making dad jokes
[13:20] <Froborr> Nah, they’ve referred to that place where he has a house as his realm before I think.
[13:20] <Froborr> The one we saw in the ep with the Smooze, I think?
[13:20] <@Sylocat> Oh… that’s true! I need to re-watch that one
[13:21] <@Sylocat> …Did she steal that from The Cat in the Hat?
[13:21] <Froborr> Of COURSE Pinky would have an instant-party-cleanup device.
[13:21] <Froborr> Odd, I assumed the first two epsides would be a two-parter as in most prior seasons.
[13:22] <@Sylocat> Yeah… interesting that they decided to go more low-key and personal for this one
[13:22] <@Sylocat> (I mean, maybe they just figured they weren’t gonna top To Where And Back Again, and/or they’re saving up something really special for the finale)
[13:22] <mere_oblivion> Or is “All Bottled Up” part 2?
[13:23] <@Sylocat> It’s a separate story
[13:23] <mere_oblivion> Ah
[13:23] <Froborr> It’s an interesting inversion of the S1/2 split–the relatively low-key personal final of S1 followed by the massive two-part opener of S2.

[13:23] <@Sylocat> That occurred to me too
[13:24] <@Sylocat> Also… that was (one of?) the first episode(s) of FiM I can think of that seemed to really focus as a metaphor for parenting, specifically
[13:25] <Froborr> Hmm, I can see that.
[13:26] <mere_oblivion> The hardest “job” there is, and one of the only ones for which nobody needs a license
[13:26] <@Sylocat> Eeyup
[13:27] <Froborr> Though on the other hand, it’s also one of a handful of jobs where incompetence can lead to you being prosecuted.

[13:27] <Froborr> That was a PRETTY opening shot.
[13:27] <@Sylocat> Indeed
[13:27] <mere_oblivion> Good point, Froborr (about parenting)
[13:28] <@Sylocat> “Teacup poodle.” Of course they visualized that pun
[13:28] <@Sylocat> Those teeth on that line
[13:29] <Froborr> I’m slightly behind because DailyMotion requires you to actually click the play button, not the player, to start.
[13:29] <Froborr> Can we resynch at end of OP?
[13:29] <mere_oblivion> Sure
[13:29] <@Sylocat> Paused at 2:35
[13:29] <Froborr> Paused there as well, thanks.
[13:29] <mere_oblivion> All set
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Okay…
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Click
[13:30] <Froborr> “Friendship retreat”? Isn’t that just… a vacation?
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Or, knowing Twilight, it’s a seminar
[13:31] <@Sylocat> Oh… they addressed that
[13:31] <mere_oblivion> Exactly–Twilight doesn’t do vacations, right?
[13:31] <Froborr> Also I know I’m a bit behind, but: “Yay, Trixie, you’re so good at magic and having good hair!”
[13:31] <mere_oblivion> I wondered about that one too
[13:31] <Froborr> That is an A+ line.
[13:32] <@Sylocat> Oh, Trixie
[13:32] <@Sylocat> Just do an invisibility spell
[13:33] <Froborr> I’ve always wanted to do one of those.
[13:33] <@Sylocat> An Escape the room game?
[13:33] <mere_oblivion> an invisibility spell?
[13:33] <Froborr> Well, by “always” I mean “since last year, when Brooklyn 99 informed me that they exist.”
[13:34] <@Sylocat> I first read about them a couple years ago… of course, I’ve been playing the browser versions since like 2004 oor so
[13:34] <@Sylocat> Oh dear
[13:35] <@Sylocat> (what I really want to do is DESIGN one)
[13:37] <Froborr> So… she’s being Fluttershy.
[13:37] <@Sylocat> Yep… also, Riley from Inside Out
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Bulk Biceps has an off-season job, apparently
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Oh, when a pony’s mane looks like that, you know something’s wrong
[13:39] <Froborr> Currently speculating how the cinnamon nuts will save the day.
[13:40] <@Sylocat> Maybe Bulk Biceps found the map
[13:44] <Froborr> Ehh, it’s not a great sign when Galavant did your joke better.
[13:45] <@Sylocat> Galavant?
[13:45] <Froborr> The fantasy musical sitcom? Ran two seasons, ended last year?
[13:46] <@Sylocat> Huh. I should check that out
[13:46] <Froborr> It’s on Netflix. It’s a good fantasy musical, but so-so as a sitcom, IMO.
[13:48] <@Sylocat> I’d forgotten they first met at the spa
[13:48] <Froborr> Same.
[13:49] <@Sylocat> So yeah, this one made my favorite-episodes list pretty quick
[13:49] <Froborr> Really? I thought it was just all right.
[13:49] <mere_oblivion> I loved “You probably shouldn’t have sung that song”
[13:50] <@Sylocat> It was just such a perfect fantasy metaphor for… that phenomenon
[13:50] <Froborr> True.
[13:51] <mere_oblivion> After all, “bottling up your anger” is something most of us are all too familiar with
[13:53] <@Sylocat> A valuable lesson, tying in with Starlight’s overall arc

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