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Old November 10 2012, 05:06 PM   #31
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

Well. That was a thing.

Not sure how to grade it. I was pretty on board with the whole deal until the end. Not sure they earned that triumphant reprise of the Failure Song, either.

Overall impression: a lot of great character moments hung on a reeeeeaaaaaly rickety frame with an unsatisfying conclusion.
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Old November 10 2012, 05:07 PM   #32
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

They had a lot less freedom this season, and had to tighten it up a lot for the limited run, so it's not quite going to be up to the previous seasons.

But since Hasbro kinda leaked season 4 confirmation and William Anderson did say it would be 26 eps, fear not.
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Old November 10 2012, 05:11 PM   #33
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

Anyone else keep watching HaxMega and see the promo during Littlest Pet Shop?

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Old November 10 2012, 05:13 PM   #34
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

Yeah she does a G1/3 face, and did anyone catch the Best Sisters Play angle for Celestia at the end? what was awesome

Also, I want to name the new thing at the end the "Amora Borealis" if you won't kill me for it
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Old November 10 2012, 05:19 PM   #35
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

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...and William Anderson did say it would be 26 eps, fear not.
Wait, what? When? Unless you mean the little free-verse thing he put up on his DA, which was more broadly hinting and certainly didn't give an episode count.



In other news, comment from an unrelated article on on EqD:






I think the two-parter bugged me less than the wedding episodes, being more in line with the show's principles – friendship, magic, a personal stake for Twilight, all that good stuff. And props for having something off an offbeat structure that didn't feel like the other two-parters so far. But it was also a lot less satisfying than the others with lots of little digressions and bits of foreshadowing that didn't go anywhere. I'll have to watch it again when it hits youtube, I guess.

I did enjoy paper airplane Cadance there at the end. The storyboard artists are always in top form.
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Old November 10 2012, 05:24 PM   #36
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

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Yeah she does a G1/3 face, and did anyone catch the Best Sisters Play angle for Celestia at the end? what was awesome
I totally missed both of those. But that ad spoiled the hell out of the upcoming season, didn't it? Too many Pinkie Pies, CMC, and Twilight Sparkle and Her Special Destiny (Kara Thrace sold separately). I'm calling it now: Alicorn Twilight is totally happening, at least for one episode.

And if that prediction is as accurate as the one about the crystal heart, it won't.

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Also, I want to name the new thing at the end the "Amora Borealis" if you won't kill me for it
Go for it. I miss the punny names we got in season 1!
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Old November 10 2012, 05:28 PM   #37
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

The Hub and Tara have both denied Twilight becomes an Alicorn at all, after people nearly crashed the server asking so many times.

And yeah at this point we know whats coming up for most of the season except for the finale, but by process of elimination that leaves the Discord two parter there.
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Old November 10 2012, 05:30 PM   #38
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Well... guess it's a good thing I'm already spoiled for that. (Thanks EqD!)
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Old November 10 2012, 05:40 PM   #39
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The Hub and Tara have both denied Twilight becomes an Alicorn at all, after people nearly crashed the server asking so many times.
Oh, like they'd acknowledge it if it were true.

Honestly, it's such a fanon idea that I wouldn't give it the time of day if it weren't for those Funrise winged Twilight plushies plus the Alicorn Twi vector on the big Hasbro Europe promotion banners. That's two official sources that show her as one; unless it's marketing going off on a tear totally unrelated to the show, that has to carry some weight.

But I'll reiterate that my track record on predicting the show so far has been terrible, so my instincts are not to be trusted.
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Old November 10 2012, 05:42 PM   #40
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

The guy who made the winged poster admitted that he was messing around and didn't even watch the show.

But yeah that G3 Pinkie, where's the 'kill it with fire' macro when you need it.
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Old November 10 2012, 07:41 PM   #41
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The guy who made the winged poster admitted that he was messing around and didn't even watch the show.
Interesting. That's the first I've heard of this. Was it via Twitter (which I essentially don't follow)?
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Old November 10 2012, 07:53 PM   #42
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

Someone got a better look at the book Luna summons, it's covered in stars and swirls
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Old November 10 2012, 08:21 PM   #43
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

"Big Jim" Miller, the storyboard head, just dropped on Twitter that he voiced King Sombra. I could have sworn it sounded like Frank Welker, so kudos t o him for evoking one of the most prolific VAs of all time.
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Old November 10 2012, 08:25 PM   #44
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Re: MLP:FiM 3x01/2 "The Crystal Empire" Parts 1 and 2 Grading

That "throwing Cadance" moment is never going to be lived down, we've seen some silly things these past couple of years but, no.
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Cadance Cannon is now canon.

I love the episode (gave it an A). Yeah, there were some overreaching moments, but I loved the characterizations, loved the animation (gorgeous!), and loved that I got to see more Luna!
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