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Old December 20 2013, 08:07 AM   #1
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MLP:FiM S4E06 - "Power Ponies" - Grade & Discuss

Episode Title: "Power Ponies"
Air Date: Dec. 21st, 2013

Summary: "When Spike and the ponies are transported into the city of Maretropolis in his favorite comic book, Spike is disappointed when he becomes a boring sidekick instead of one of his favorite heroes. But when the ponies come up against pony super villain, The Mane-iac, Spike becomes the last line of defense to help save the day."

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The much anticipated episode is here! I've been waiting to see this since we saw the sneak preview animatic all those months ago. Now it's here, and I don't know about you, but I can't wait!
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Old December 20 2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: MLP:FiM S4E06 - "Power Ponies" - Grade & Discuss

Spike looks adorable in his suit. And judging by the previews, it seems that Fluttershy is like... The Incredible Hulk?!
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Old December 20 2013, 09:50 PM   #3
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I won't get to see this one until next weekend because of holiday travelling and spotty internet, which is a bit of a shame - I have enjoyed livestreaming even more this season because I've been able to put it on my big TV instead of just watching it on my computer.
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Old December 20 2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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Re: MLP:FiM S4E06 - "Power Ponies" - Grade & Discuss

There's a new clip out from Entertainment Weekly that shows they're back
, so we're probably getting more arc stuff. Is


There's also a meta-as-fuck character joke in the clip, so this could be really fun.
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Old December 21 2013, 12:18 AM   #5
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Re: MLP:FiM S4E06 - "Power Ponies" - Grade & Discuss

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Spike looks adorable in his suit. And judging by the previews, it seems that Fluttershy is like... The Incredible Hulk?!
Oh, I really hope so. That would be awesome! LOL
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Old December 21 2013, 12:22 AM   #6
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The synopsis makes it sound like a lot of fun. I am a bit disappointed though that they're not goimh to the other Maretropolis (the silent movie one ).
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Old December 21 2013, 08:11 AM   #7
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The synopsis makes it sound like a lot of fun. I am a bit disappointed though that they're not goimh to the other Maretropolis (the silent movie one ).
I don't know, that might be a little bit meta for ponies. Then again, I'd watch it.
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Old December 21 2013, 10:24 AM   #8
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Gep Malakai wrote: View Post
There's a new clip out from Entertainment Weekly that shows they're back
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There's also a meta-as-fuck character joke in the clip, so this could be really fun.
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Old December 21 2013, 10:34 AM   #9
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Re: MLP:FiM S4E06 - "Power Ponies" - Grade & Discuss

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There's a new clip out from Entertainment Weekly that shows they're back
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There's also a meta-as-fuck character joke in the clip, so this could be really fun.
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Old December 21 2013, 11:08 AM   #10
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Gep Malakai wrote: View Post
There's a new clip out from Entertainment Weekly that shows they're back
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There's also a meta-as-fuck character joke in the clip, so this could be really fun.
Might be a bit off base, but I'm thinking the Pony Of Shadows will end up being
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Solid A for humour and story, a nice tribute to all the cheesey 60's hero shows and comics, a lot of classic Batman shout outs and Marvel satire.

Technically the only stand alone of the season not tied into any previous storyline, it did really well by itself and the villain had a great character design and really reminded me of all the old Batman villains of the weak, down to the lame puns and legions of henchmen.

Pinkie was so much better this week, and Rarity got a lot of good moments to herself, there was a lot of focus on Spike which normally I don't like, but luckily even that was well done.

Fluttershy losing it was awesome, the setup for it was predictable given her vocation but still, she was adorable and hilarious all episode.



Overall a good comedy/parody episode.
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Old December 21 2013, 07:30 PM   #12
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Well, that was...what the fuck? It was dumb, but crazy fun though.

I'm glad they finally made explicit what we've known for a while, that the show tends to treat Spike as the idiot sidekick. Alas, I don't expect any long-term growth from this but at least we got an episode that addressed it.

I lost it at the almost-Powerpuff Girls reference at the end. "And once more, the day is saved by....THE POW- *gets sucked back into the real world*"



B+

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Agreed. The clumsy handling of the comic keeps this from an "A" for me; it raises too many problems about the rules of magic and commerce in the pony universe all for the sake of a single throwaway episode. The approach they took also weakens the story in a way; like Equestria Girls, the explanation for what's happening seems so outrageous compared with everything else we know about FiM that it sort of feels like the whole episode takes place in a pocket continuity isolated from the rest of the series. Shame.

Personally, I'd been holding out for some kind of Inception-style "shared dream" scenario orchestrated by Luna to teach them not to take Spike for granted; when it was revealed in the previews that the ponies were hanging out in the sisters' old castle, it'd seemed possible.
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Old December 21 2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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Re: MLP:FiM S4E06 - "Power Ponies" - Grade & Discuss

At the very least I was expecting him to have fallen asleep reading a random book they unearthed along the way and his dream as you said would have ensnared them all.

Or the Nightmares from the second arc, though they threw them out the window in 4x01 and 02 more or less.

Unless this shop is going to be visited in Canterlot eventually and we meet Starswirl?
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Old December 21 2013, 10:52 PM   #15
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Oh wow, loved it! The whole episode was a lot of fun, but the big moment for me was Fluttershy Hulking out, and then looking sheepish afterward, still in Hulk formation.

Solid A.
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