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I was spoiled on the line, but still chuckled. Second time Conaflone’s made that joke in an episode ("Breakup Breakdown" being the first). I’m hoping the shipping war is over thanks to early airings.
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It’s when Spike is talking to Discord about love.

Discord: I’m a realist. And love, like all things warm and fuzzy, isn’t real.
Spike: Aw, come on. You act tough, but deep down, you’re a softie. I mean, you don’t have tea with Fluttershy every weekend because you like tea.
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Hey look, Fluttershy’s last focus episode doesn’t suck! Take that, obviously low blow, here!

I was fully expecting them to just make Angel talk. I was ready to make Sam and Max jokes, too.

Didn’t think they’d go through with a body swap episode, though. Considering it’s the last season, and we’re this close to the end.

Then again, it’s not like I hate the body swap idea. Plenty of opportunities for the actors to do stuff they wouldn’t. Although for this, it’s just Fluttershy swapping with her mostly mute pet. But hey, they did it without using the plot of Twilight screwing up a spell or Starlight thinking it’s the right thing to do.

That being said, I like the slight tone shift with Angel.

If you heard the voice alone, you wouldn’t doubt that the voice is Fluttershy, albeit sounding very OOC.

But there’s still a clear difference if you compare Angel speaking with Fluttershy speaking. It still sounds like Fluttershy, but it’s someone trying to sound like Fluttershy.

Also the line about Discord made people mad, and that’s funny to me.

It’s also kinda refreshing seeing Fluttershy act kinda differently, considering Discorded Fluttershy and Mean Fluttershy are just bitches all the time for the sake of being bitches. Angel Fluttershy isn’t cruel, he’s self-centered and impulsive. And that doesn’t necessarily lead to cruelty. The things he does as Fluttershy lead to disaster, but that’s because of his neglect of the other animals’ needs instead of actively trying to make all their lives a living hell.

It’s a nice change of pace from just kicking puppies and laughing about it.

This was a really solid episode that I can’t find much fault with. A good slice of life style episode where no one takes a nosedive in character development. Though really, it’s not like Angel has the worry of being prey, he’s not leaving the house to do stuff on his own. The little privileged brat got it made.

Props to the show for finally acknowledging the fact that they really don’t get much of a life considering all of them are working two jobs. I just figured that Equestria works on 48 hour days to fit in all the crazy shit that happens in their lives.

Though now she’s gonna have to balance ruling Equestria and the sanctuary…

1. Between Dark and Dawn
2. The Last Laugh
3. She Talks to Angel
4. Sparkle’s Seven
5. Student Counsel
6. The Beginning of the End
7. Frenemies
8. Sweet and Smoky
9. The Last Crusade
10. The Summer Sun Setback
11. Common Ground
12. She’s All Yak
13. Going to Seed
14. Uprooted
15. A Trivial Pursuit
16. The Point of No Return
17. 2, 4, 6, Greaaat

Next is Rarity trying to keep her ship from sinking.

Because after the "I wanna marry Discord line", this is the only natural progression.
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So I just saw She Talks to Angel, and it was good.

I really appreciate the structure and the way it made use of its concepts. It’s a great use of the body-swap story. There’s an amazing synergy between the story implications of Angel and Fluttershy swapping bodies, and the ideas the episode explores.

It’s also a great example of "show, don’t tell". Without using any words, we understand the plight of being Angel. Meanwhile, the episode has more to say than "Fluttershy’s job is hard". Angelshy only had to do two things wrong, and it set off a chain reaction. This creates the sense that Fluttershy’s job isn’t just a lot of work, but that there’s also a lot of nuance to it.

I guess my issue is the length. It feels more like an 11-minute story than a full 22-minute one.

That’s about it.
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A pretty good episode. Not much to say about it other than that.


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Also the line about Discord made people mad, and that’s funny to me.
I kind of wish they hadn’t done that, to be honest. I don’t really care who people want to pair up, but every time the show itself acknowledges stuff like this it ends poorly. And that’s just with subtle hints. Going so far as to throw the m-word in there is like throwing chum into shark infested waters, and a surefire way to cause conflict between people smug over their perceived victory and the ones who would burn the world to a cinder if they could get rid of that ship forever.
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I guess my issue is the length. It feels more like an 11-minute story than a full 22-minute one.

That’s how I feel about A Trivial Pursuit.
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Another detail I liked is how we don’t even get to hear Fluttershy’s thoughts while in Angel’s body. It’s internally consistent, and it really made the perspective she was experiencing feel more real.
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Woah, they acknowledged the predator vs prey thing. Fluttershy is cool with flesh eating animals it seems, she just doesn’t want it to happen in her sanctuary.
YAY for Zecora episode! Likely her last bigger role, glad it’s a good one.

"I wanne marry Discord" WAAAT. Is he just teasing or did she let something like that on earlier!? Really works either way, hehe.

Eh, that making up moment. "Fluttershy never appreciated Angel" … yeah, no… That’s a one way road.
Angel is such a fucking asshole, he does NOT deserve a Fluttershy in his life. Let’s hope he really changed for the better now.
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Unfortunately, i didn’t have the time to watch last week’s episode.

The Beginning Of The End:8.7
Uprooted:9.1
Twilight’s Seven:9.2
The Point of No Return:9.4
Common Ground:9.2
She’s All Yak:9.0
Frenemies: 9.3
Sweet and Smoky:8.2
Going to Seed:7.0
Student Counsel:9.4
The Last Crusade:9.3
Between Dark and Dawn:9.0
The Last Laugh:9.5
2, 4, 6, Greaaat:8.8
A Trivial Pursuit: 7.5
The Summer Sun Setback: ∅
She Talks To Angel: 9.0

Tfw that’s a salamander

As they said, if it looks too easy, you’re not doing it right.

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I personally figured they just taught one day a week except for Twilight.
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Anyway, just because Angel can talk certainly doesn’t mean he should have a complete grasp on English…er…Ponish. Even if he does fully understand what Fluttershy says, it’s definitely a whole new experience when he’s actually speaking himself.


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https://www.equestriadaily.com/2019/09/psa-youtube-thumbnails-are-showing.html
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And things like that is why I’ve taken to doing the vast majority of my YouTube viewing on a computer I’ve never viewed or searched for any MLP related stuff on.

I am determined to get to the end of this series unspoiled.
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So far I’ve only been spoiled on one thing for the two parter, but nothing on the finale. I don’t watch much pony stuff on YouTube so I should be fine. Hopefully.
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I’ve been spoiled on the most things related to the last 3 episodes, but I still refuse to watch them before they officially air.
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Only marginally related but you were discussing Youtube, so…
Did you hear about the new Youtube rules coming soon?
I seriously hope this won’t kill fandom creations, especially the "no comments" and "no monetization" parts are worrying.
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Thank you for letting me know about the YT thing. I just set my filters to block anything pony for the time being. I advise everyone who doesn’t want to get spoiled to do the same.
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I’ve been spoiled on a couple things regarding the two parter, and saw a video thumbnail for episode 26. But yeah I’ll be using that video add on.
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Is anyone else hoping Sunset Shimmer makes a cameo in one of the final episodes? Maybe in the BG somewhere. That would be really cool.
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