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So, the Season Two Opener...

D'Oh! The Cutie Mark Crusaders unleashed Discord! Those three are like the Jar-Jar Binks of MLP:FIM.

Speculation Time! I wonder if Nightmare Moon is the Anti-Luna in the same way this episode showed us the Anti-Pinkie, Anti-Applejack, Anti-Rarity, Anti-Fluttershy, and Anti-Rainbow Dash.

I also notice that Twilight was the only pony who didn't get inverto-zapped. How would you show "not-magicness," anyway? By having her only engage in mundane and unimpressive behavior? With her horn gone anyway, I imagine it would be hard to tell the difference.

-The ( SPOILER )

PS: Discord totally cheated. Make a rule, then coerce (via mind-control) someone into breaking it so you can say you've won? In law enforcement, that's called "entrapment!" But then, he's Discord, did anybody expect him NOT to cheat?

PPS: Just for jamesbarrett: Pinkie does Maramelldansen!

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applejinx
Sep. 18th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Twi is nerfed from losin' her friends, you wait and see. Might not even HAVE her magic the way you know it.

Fluttershy will be the first to break free- he had to completely force the issue.

Pinkie greyed HERSELF :o she shook off the hypno-eyes, and then went through with it on her own! Eyes clear! And then kilt ALL them balloons XD creepy much?

YOU are a silly prankster, I musta clicked five times on your link XD
film2edit
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
That was funny. I'm flawed...it's okay...my friends still love me.
the_gneech
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Good point re: Twi and her friends!

-TG
film2edit
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
I was pretty sure he was going to cheat just to say he'd win. I wondered even if he handed Dash a box with her wings, how was she supposed to put them on? Is this Second Life? Does she drop the box, click on it, and then they're programmed to attach to her back?

I was wondering also why immediately into the beginning why the creature got released from its prison, and why no other banter has freed it before? Do you need to tussle within a certain radius from it?
the_gneech
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
A couple of ideas on that score...

1) It might be that nobody's got in a fight near the statue before. I mean, how often do people break into a wrestling match at the museum? Of course, it has been a thousand years, so possibly...

2) It might also be that the expenditure of power from the Elements of Harmony in season one wore off the spell that sealed discord into the statue. And THEN the CMC came along and fought at the statue...

-TG
barberio
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
3) Celestia isn't that great with the whole 'Sealed away forever' thing...
rhanlav
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
This is why you seal stuff away FOREVEEEEER and then toss it into deep space. Or the sun. Which is part of her job.

Plus, if she'd tossed it into deep space, we could have ended up with the following: http://willdrawforfood1.deviantart.com/art/Discord-and-Picard-258126968
nimitzbrood
Sep. 18th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Celestia openly gave you part of the answer. If you didn't catch it go back and watch the castle hallway sequence again.

I would bet that it's a combination of what Celestia said - the transfer of the Elements of Harmony to the mane 6 from Celestia and Luna weakened the spell - and the JarJar Mark Crusaders fighting in front of the statue.

rhanlav
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
Well, since Friendship is Magic, not-Friendship would be the inverse of Magic, so obviously he doesn't have to do anything to Twi, just her friends.

Also, Flutterbitch's tailslap. OMG! And Rarity /almost/ got away. ALMOST.

Best thing in the world though is a toss up between Discord being FREAKING AWESOME as an antagonist, and Pinkie Pie being totally onboard with Chocolate Milk Rain. CHOCOLATE RAAAAAAAAIIIINNNN!
the_gneech
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Except that Twilight is the element of magic, the same way RD is loyalty, AJ is honesty, etc., so it is inherent to her. As shown in "Look Before You Sleep" et al., it's Twilight's friendship that brings the others together regardless of their differences and forms the bond between them.

Going with that idea, I'd expect the inverto-Twilight to be the one who tried hardest to break them apart, which could be pretty tough to resolve in a single two-part episode...

-TG
applejinx
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Pinkie is totally down with Discord, too. That's how you know that chaotic isn't the same as evil :) Pinkie likes him so there's got to be SOME saving grace to 'im. Though both Pinkie and Rarity are gonna be REAL mad at him when the dust settles.

Rarity's self-awareness and determination are awesome! She fought HARD not to fall to the weakness she knows she has. Compare to AJ, who is a trusting soul and went down without a fight ;_;
rhanlav
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Rarity tried. The fact that it was just "a giant rock" was just hilarious though.

I can't wait to see the next episode.

Random Plot Guess: The elements are either still in the vault, or they're back in the Everfree Forest.
the_gneech
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
"Go back where you started?" They're totally in the vault. The empty case was an illusion.

-TG
nimitzbrood
Sep. 18th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
This is my vote as well. Celestia exposed the box to the outside world and at that moment the illusion was placed.
dlazerous
Sep. 18th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Someone is getting "The Eye" when Fluttershy snaps out of it. I would not want to be on the busniess end of that for anything.
kelloggs2066
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
It's one of two things:
Either I have a long abiding hatred of Q the Trelane ripoff...
Or, it's a testiment to how well the show is written, that Dischord succeeded in making me angry.
the_gneech
Sep. 18th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
You're not supposed to like Discord! He's a creepy jerk!

-TG
kelloggs2066
Sep. 19th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
You're not supposed to like Discord!

Yes, but most villians are ones you can shrug off.
Dischord actually succeded in making me angry.

Characters that can get under people's skin are not easy to create.
applejinx
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
OMG, Gneech, the oo-oo-ooaaooaa bit makes me smile SO HARD =D
dlazerous
Sep. 18th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you guys butt ever time Discord talked all I could see on the screen was Q. I mean the whole game and rules thing it was just Q in another form..... Not that I'm complaining.
jamesbarrett
Sep. 19th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
3 things I liked immediately in that episode...the looks on Pinkie's face each time they took the chocolate rain away from her...when she said "let's think about this, chaos can't be all bad, come on, it's got chocolate rain"... and Discord getting frustrated at Fluttershy and having to force her to go his way. That alone made that episode awesome :)

Upon hearing the elements were missing, Pinkie said, "oh well, if anyone needs me, I'll be outside in the puddles with a giant sippie straw." :D
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the_gneech
Sep. 23rd, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
They may play a part still, sure -- but no way they're gonna get their cutie marks out of it!

-TG
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