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Postby NecronLord » 2012-11-10 11:04am

I rather enjoyed that. Obviously foreshadowing too.

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Re: My Little Pony

Postby Mr Bean » 2012-11-10 11:10am

NecronLord wrote:I rather enjoyed that. Obviously foreshadowing too.

Sombra was a smoke monster and laughed lots. A bit of a downgrade from NM, Discord and Chrysalis.

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Re: My Little Pony

Postby Shadow6 » 2012-11-10 11:20am

Greatly enjoyed the episodes.

Mr Bean wrote:Sombra was a smoke monster and laughed lots. A bit of a downgrade from NM, Discord and Chrysalis.
The mental invasions, slavery (at some point I thought he said "Crystal Slaves") and anti-teleportation cage were fairly potent. But not quite a reality bender or demigoddess, no.

I'll have to wait for the high quality release to confirm, but was there a symbol on the book Celestia and Luna had at the end?

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Re: My Little Pony

Postby RogueIce » 2012-11-10 11:23am

This was more about Twilight and her friends than the villian anyway.

And yes, Twilight, we can't wait to see what your destiny is.

Also those songs were good back when I first heard them, but seeing them in the context of the episode added so much to them, especially the Failure Song. And the visuals...God damn they have stepped up their game on the animation. And those backgrounds with Celestia, Luna and Twilight's cutie marks? Yeah, that was awesome.

So much to say, so little time. But I definately give these episodes a combined 10/10. Season 3 looks like it'll be epic for sure.

Shadow6 wrote:The mental invasions, slavery (at some point I thought he said "Crystal Slaves") and anti-teleportation cage were fairly potent. But not quite a reality bender or demigoddess, no.

He did in fact say that.

Shadow6 wrote:I'll have to wait for the high quality release to confirm, but was there a symbol on the book Celestia and Luna had at the end?

Definately something on that book, but I couldn't see what it was.

EDIT: Oh and I totally expect the fanart community to positively explode in the next few days. Can anyone say Crystal Mane 6? :mrgreen:
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Re: My Little Pony

Postby madd0ct0r » 2012-11-10 03:07pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpCcAXyWTH8

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I wonder when twilight will get her wings?
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Postby Zixinus » 2012-11-10 03:11pm

I loved it. Twilight takes the lead, but it doesn't single her out. I like how they gave lots of stuff to do for the others. I especially liked the interaction between Spike and Twilight.

Sombra was a smoke monster and laughed lots. A bit of a downgrade from NM, Discord and Chrysalis.


He was formidable enough though. For one, it is clear that he might be somewhat immortal (if for nothing else, he lived over a thousand years). That, and it's one thing to hear what they did and see evidence of it first-hoof from actual ponies that experienced it. Not the kind of villian you'd want to show up on a lazy Saturday night evening certainly.
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Re: My Little Pony

Postby Wing Commander MAD » 2012-11-10 03:36pm

And those backgrounds with Celestia, Luna and Twilight's cutie marks? Yeah, that was awesome.

Apparently, I missed that, where was this?

I'll be damned, Cadance and Shining Armor weren't one-off characters. More later.

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Re: My Little Pony

Postby Irbis » 2012-11-10 04:14pm

[spoiler=Future Ep]Saddle Arabia?[/spoiler]

Was I the only one to notice these?

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Postby Ralin » 2012-11-10 04:45pm

Mr Bean wrote:Sombra was a smoke monster and laughed lots. A bit of a downgrade from NM, Discord and Chrysalis.


I think the best way to look at Sombra is just that. A monster, not a villain. He doesn't have much of a personality or motives. And that's a good thing. Monsters aren't as scary if you know too much about them.

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Re: My Little Pony

Postby Starglider » 2012-11-10 04:54pm

Ralin wrote:
Mr Bean wrote:Sombra was a smoke monster and laughed lots. A bit of a downgrade from NM, Discord and Chrysalis.

I think the best way to look at Sombra is just that. A monster, not a villain. He doesn't have much of a personality or motives. And that's a good thing. Monsters aren't as scary if you know too much about them.


I get the impression that the villain wasn't characterised to leave more screen time for the Mane6 + royal couple. Which is fine. I thought it was a solid episode with nice visuals although not a high point of the series.
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Re: My Little Pony

Postby Mr Bean » 2012-11-10 05:20pm

Starglider wrote:
Ralin wrote:
Mr Bean wrote:Sombra was a smoke monster and laughed lots. A bit of a downgrade from NM, Discord and Chrysalis.

I think the best way to look at Sombra is just that. A monster, not a villain. He doesn't have much of a personality or motives. And that's a good thing. Monsters aren't as scary if you know too much about them.


I get the impression that the villain wasn't characterised to leave more screen time for the Mane6 + royal couple. Which is fine. I thought it was a solid episode with nice visuals although not a high point of the series.

Fine then they could have gone all the way and removed all of his lines save the slave line. Remove the laughs and make him a pure force. For sound effects how about something like The Evil dead chase effects. Make Sombra the sound of wind and crackling rocks and shattering crystal. Keep the eyes and the face but have it only smile not laugh until he's fully back. 90% of his sound effects was his laugh over and over again. If you want to play up the menace (And don't say kids show) play up the minimalism.

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My Little Pony: Second Thread

Postby LadyTevar » 2012-11-10 07:00pm

I meant to do this before the Season Premiere, but I forgot :(
I'm going to try to post all of today's posts over to this one, since we have topped 50 pages in the original thread


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Re: My Little Pony

Postby LadyTevar » 2012-11-10 07:14pm

Irbis wrote:[spoiler=Future Ep]Saddle Arabia?[/spoiler]

Was I the only one to notice these?

[spoiler=Future Eps]I saw it, but I din't notice that they have No Cutie Marks, and are still the same size as Celestia

Also what was seen multiple times in the HUB commercial breaks: TOO MANY PINKIE PIES![/spoiler]
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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby Zixinus » 2012-11-10 07:49pm

Here I thought it was Gak. :P

I wonder whether they are just foreign dignitaries or something. Interesting how they may be another pony variant.
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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby Wild Zontargs » 2012-11-10 09:16pm

The combination of spoilers, promotional materials, and foreshadowing from this episode is painting a very interesting picture of the season to come. Exciting!

Re: Sombra, he may not have had much development, but at least he'd read the Evil Overlord's Handbook.

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Postby RogueIce » 2012-11-11 08:55am

Wing Commander MAD wrote:Apparently, I missed that, where was this?

It's at the very end of Twilight's briefing with Celestia, after she leaves the throne room and looks back to see Celestia and Luna standing behind her. Starts about 5:16 on the YouTube link madd0ct0r posted.

Also low-res screenshots because I'm lazy:

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So yeah I'd say that it's important enough to have the cutie mark backgrounds like this, and we know Twilight has a destiny and such. I wonder if the fact that Twi's CM is a little more difficult to see is a visual clue that her destiny is still very much up in the air?

Also, I just loved the shading and lighting on Twilight right after the door closed:

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Like I said earlier, the animators are definately stepping up their game.

And finally, a shot of the book Luna brought out at the very end:

[spoiler=Possible Season 3 Arc Spoilers]Image[/spoiler]

Ah, and others have noted that when Sombra was defeated, they did make sure to show us that his horn actually survived. I'm pretty sure that was very intentional on their part and it wouldn't surprise me at all if this isn't the last we've seen of him or his influence.

[spoiler=Later Season 3 Spoilers]Actually there's a theory that a leaked model of Trixie is wearing an amulet that looks like it could be from Sombra, and this is how she can defeat Twilight.[/spoiler]
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Re: My Little Pony

Postby Bedlam » 2012-11-11 01:53pm

RogueIce wrote:
And finally, a shot of the book Luna brought out at the very end:

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That looks like a star and a swirly symbol to me, Star Swirl the Bearded?

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Bedlam wrote:
That looks like a star and a swirly symbol to me, Star Swirl the Bearded?

Unless it's the Black Book but I don't think they go there. FoE gets a nod or two this season but I don't think that.

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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby Hawkwings » 2012-11-12 02:38am

Guys guys...

Princess Cadance's cutie mark is a crystal heart.

Also, it glows for a few seconds after she lands and smashes the fake crystal heart.

Score one for plot continuity.
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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby Hawkwings » 2012-11-12 03:39am

Also, amazing music this episode. I'm not talking about the songs, but the background music. The soundtrack for the entire sequence at the climax was perfect, right up there with the end of A Canterlot Wedding.

Obviously Cadance gets the best music.
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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby tim31 » 2012-11-12 04:27am

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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby Crazedwraith » 2012-11-12 03:43pm

Lol. Shining Armour obviously knows his marvel comics. Fastball special on the Crystal Heart!

Pretty unremarkable compared to the other openings though. And I swear Luna's voice changes with every appearance.
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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby LadyTevar » 2012-11-12 04:00pm

Hawkwings wrote:Guys guys...

Princess Cadance's cutie mark is a crystal heart.

Also, it glows for a few seconds after she lands and smashes the fake crystal heart.

Score one for plot continuity.

When she flew overhead, the Crystal Ponies cries out "Look! The Crystal Princess!"
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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby Irbis » 2012-11-13 06:01am

Which might mean something, like Cadance being heir of previous ruler or (being alicorn) looking like her, or might as well be generic title given to the pony who handles crystal heart. We don't know, sadly.

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Re: My Little Pony : Second Thread

Postby Zixinus » 2012-11-13 10:08am

Given that she is a Princess by title, has the heart as a cutie mark (even though appearently the Crystal Empire was gone beforehand), I'd wager that she's Crystal Royalty.

Has anyone made a video counting how many times the word "crystal" is said in the two episodes?
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