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I Used to Wonder What Friendship Could Be: My Thoughts on the Friendship is Magic Series Finale

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My first experience with the fourth generation of the My Little Pony series began right around the time that the episode “Super Cider Squeezy 6000” had aired. Having seen various GIFs, images, and stories about the series and the “brony” fandom – as well as just being a fan of animation in general – I decided to give the series a try.

Several years later it’s 8:00 PM on a Saturday night and I’m watching the series finale with a mixture of nostalgia, excitement, and maybe just a tinge of sadness. In between that first watching and the finale, I had watched the series, started up an analysis site (that, well, you can see how the activity on that has been), ran a successful forum roleplay site for several years, have a fanfiction that I’m still writing, and even had a ponysona.

I think you can say I became quite a big fan of the series.

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The Maud Couple vs Maud Pie: How to Pull Off “Hidden Gem” Plots

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My first pithy little reaction to the episode “The Maud Couple” was essentially “Maud is dating Sheldon Cooper now and we got to deal with it”. Feeling the need to elaborate on that more, however, is what has finally motivated to actually write out an episode review, something I haven’t done since the Season 6 Finale “To Where and Back Again.”

Look, PhD programs don’t leave a lot of time to write pony episode reviews. But nothing tends to get my urge to analyze something going as much as a show attempting to make the audience have to like or tolerate a character without actually putting in the work. That is, essentially, the major flaw I have with the episode “The Maud Couple” and is what makes it an ultimately inferior episode to its most easily comparable one, “Maud Pie”.

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Is Starlight Glimmer a Communist?

Starlight GlimmerThe moment I saw the trailer for the Season 5 premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I figured I was going to have to do a post like this. A villain goes around talking about equality and everybody being the same? In the culture of the United States, with its histories of “Red Scares” and the Cold War behind it, this sort of rhetoric immediately equates to “communism” or “socialism”, whatever word you pick. But is Starlight Glimmer, the antagonist of the two-part premiere, really supposed to be a representation of actual communist thought? In this article I’ll be giving what basically amounts to a brief “Marxism 101” lesson as we investigate Starlight Glimmer’s philosophy.

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For Great Justice!: Retributive vs Consequentialist Justice in Equestria

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Is it possible that Equestrian society is too forgiving of crimes? Or maybe the situation is that Equestrian society simply views justice differently? In this article I explore the question of what kind of justice does Equestria seem to favor. Does it favor retributive justice in which criminals are punished because they deserve it? Or is it more consequential, favoring the use of rehabilitation and isolation to advance some kind of societal goal?

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Episode Reaction:Twilight’s Kingdom

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Season 4 has come and gone, leaving us with this two-parter dubbed “Twilight’s Kingdom.” Instead of a reaction ramble, I went through and picked out six things in particular I wanted to talk about. Check in below to see just what I thought of this season’s finale.

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Episode Reaction Ramble: Equestria Games

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May 3, 2014 · 11:17 pm

Fluttershy and Peter Singer: Equal Consideration of Animal Interests

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Everyone knows that Fluttershy loves animals taking care of them is her special talent after all. But does the episode Bats! suggests that she might have a lot in common with preference utilitarian Peter Singer? In this article I will attempt to argue that, like Peter Singer, Fluttershy is acting on the belief that animals deserve equal moral consideration when decisions have to be made.

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Episode Reaction Ramble: Filli Vanilli

I did one anyway
Mysterious Mr. Enter Review of “Filli Vanilli”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjC-9UffJtg

Storming the Ivory Tower’s Article: http://stormingtheivorytower.blogspot.com/2014/02/fluttershyness-is-nice.html

Exposure Therapy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_therapy

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February 17, 2014 · 11:11 pm

Episode Reaction Ramble: Pinkie Pride

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February 3, 2014 · 12:02 am

Episode Reaction Ramble: Three’s a Crowd

Where I state that Discord is an emotionally manipulative jerk.

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January 25, 2014 · 8:09 pm