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Old February 8 2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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MLP:FiM S3E12 - "Games Ponies Play" - Grading & Discussion

Episode Title: "Games Ponies Play"
Episode Air Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2013 / 10:30 AM EST, the HUB

SUMMARY: "In the hopes of proving that the Crystal Empire is more than worthy of being selected as the next venue for the upcoming Equestria Games, Princess Cadence commissions Twilight to work her magic with the deciding Games Inspector."

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"Where do we go from here
now that all other children are growin' up?
And how do we spend our lives
if there's noone to lend us a hand?

I don't wanna live here no more,
I don't wanna stay
Ain't gonna spend the rest of my life,
Quietly fading away

Games people play,
You take it or you leave it
Things that they say, Honor Brite
If I promise you the Moon and the Stars,
Would you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night"

- Alan Parsons Project, "Games People Play"


Yes, ever since I heard the title of the episode, this song has been running through my head non-stop. So, here we are, everypony, down to the wire, only two episodes left. This one, and The One That Shall Not Be Named <peal of thunder>. Anyhoo, this episode has Twilight helping Princess Cadance find the best games for her ponies to play. We get to see the Crystal Empire again (yay!), and we get to see Cadance again (hawt!), so let's watch the episode!

As always, you know the rules. Talk about whatever you want, but all spoilers have to be under spoiler tags until after 5 PM EST, Saturday evening. So, that being said, on to the show!
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Old February 8 2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Hooray, new pony!
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Old February 9 2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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Anyone else watching right now?


Since I'm the only pony here at the moment...


ETA: I WATCHED ALONE!!! *cries like Rarity confronted with Twilight's bird's nest*

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Old February 9 2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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I was up super late last night, so I slept in. Sorry. Plus I wasn't at all excited for this episode, because ugh crystal empire.

But...wow, that was really fun. One of the best of the season so far. Good use of the mane cast, good use of Cadance and Shining Armor, excellent Pinkie Pie gags, and a premise ripped from Fawlty Towers. What's not to like? Okay, I could pick nits with how the crystalness of the crystal ponies sill doesn't make any sense, or gripe that once again the special wonderfulness of the crystal empire is praised by all characters because BUY THE TOYS, PARENTS, but eh. I liked it.
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Old February 9 2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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Loved it. I wasn't sure what to expect for this episode, but I was very entertained.



I gave it an "A".
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Old February 9 2013, 09:17 PM   #6
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That was awesome. I really didn't expect this to be the other side of last week's episode (although I suppose I could have guessed that) and it nicely tied in with it all.
Lots of fun scenes and gags and all the ponies got something to do and show their character. I especially loved Rarity. Twilight learning to be more relaxed about things was a nice touch. Dashie getting obsessed with the Empire getting the games was hilarious to watch.
I appreciated how the writers brought in a character that has issues (claustrophobia) and treated this condition in a respectful yet entertaining way.

I don't care what anyone else says - I like the crystal ponies. After all, they're ponies made out of crystal! - as Rarity put it in the first episode it featured. Plus, it's crystally.
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Old February 9 2013, 09:22 PM   #7
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After all, they're ponies made out of crystal!
When Dashie picked up that crystal filly early in the episode, I found myself wanting a gag where somepony drops one and it shatters. Too dark for kids, I'm sure.
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Old February 9 2013, 09:34 PM   #8
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Not just for kids...
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I love it when Rarity panics! Solid A!
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Not just for kids...
All the ponies stare in horror for a moment, then it magically reforms and shouts "Whee! Let's go again!"
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Not just for kids...
All the ponies stare in horror for a moment, then it magically reforms and shouts "Whee! Let's go again!"
That's better.
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Old February 9 2013, 09:51 PM   #12
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Agreed, much better.
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Amazing. I had the same thought.
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Yeah, me, too. I was kinda waiting for Dash to explain that it didn't happen because normal ponies can't walk on clouds in her first explanation. But it's possible that there's a way to make Cloudsdale ponyproof that we don't know of.
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Old February 10 2013, 12:35 AM   #15
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Maybe they send different ponies, and Ms. Harshwhinny looks a little young...
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