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So it’s okay to drain sentient apples of their juice but stepping on them or eating them is taboo? Confound these ponies; their morality eludes me!

That includes turning your best friend into a monster and then binding and gagging her. I worry about you, Twilight.

Though her counter-plan is clever. To combat the apple horde, the ponies mix spells from various episodes to create vampire pony versions of themselves. I get the feeling someone at IDW would like to make a vampire toy set and that is the true focus of the story. The story certainly seemed to gain some vitality once the Vampire 6 went on the offensive. I’m not as big a fan since Flutterbat was a unique status and making all the Mane 6 vampires dilutes the idea. Yet I do find it fun to see the ponies become monsters to face the current threat, complete with new names.

One thing this comic needed to do more was play up the extremes. In part 1 it would have been funny to see the ponies upset by how they’re being defeated by mere produce. In part 2 I could imagine some truly memorable artwork featuring the vampire ponies deep in shadow and looking menacing. Instead we have a long shot view of the town with the Vampire Five barely more than shapes and spouting one-liners.

The conflict escalates as the apple forces retaliate and Flutterbat wages a battle against herself. Speaking of impressive art, we get a taste of that seeing her cast against the full moon. Very awesome!

The apple forces finally become truly threatening when they form a gestalt with Bad Apple at their center. Why they picked that particular shape is beyond me. Maybe because it's the only form with arms. The ponies form a counter-plan that gives Spike a chance to contribute (much appreciated!) and Good Apple serves a very brief purpose.

I'm saying more about artwork and plot points because there's more spectacle to this story than any personal conflict. Good Apple is good and can make the other apples the same. Bad Apple has to be stopped. A majority of this issue is fight scenes between ponies and apples. Good Apple feels like a shortcut to a solution than a character in his own right. The same can be said for Bad Apple, who is the scapegoat for the apple assault.

Part 2 was more enjoyable due to the head-on conflict. The ponies were no longer running away or going in circles but rather moving with intent towards a solution. Everypony got to contribute and even Celestia and Luna offered some insight for a moral at the end. But the polar natures of Good and Bad Apple undermines the idea that we are a mixture of feelings both positive and negative. If the characters are presented in absolutes, then it's hard to teach a lesson about moral gray.

Story-wise, the delayed action and the mixed tone really drag this down for me. It started as a parody but quickly took itself seriously. If the comic arc had been willing to play up the absurd for a good laugh rather than relying on pop-culture winks, I think this could have made a bigger impact. As it is, I think I’ll forget about this story soon.

“Gee, Rarity. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this about yourself but you don’t like taking ‘no’ for an answer.”

Mrs. Cake, you win everything. Forever.

Friends Forever 19 pairs up another unlikely set with favorable results. I’ve already devoted a video the my enjoyment of the Cakes, but I wasn’t sure how well they’d stand out next to Rarity. After all, Ponyville’s most fabulous resident has a knack for stealing the show.

And for a time she does. Rarity gets the idea in her head to start a joint business to be a one-stop-shop for weddings. The Cakes reluctantly agree, hoping to take it slow and build upwards. Rarity, dazzled by her own plans and ambition, wants to go full-scale right away. It’s a believable tug-of-war between goals and reflects some events I’ve seen in real life. So I have no trouble identifying with this.

I want to make it clear that Rarity is not vilified our out-of-character in this story. Many times her well-meaning plans have been undermined by her own ambition. She’s not abusive towards the Cakes or other ponies, but she is driven and forgets to work with the Cakes.

It doesn’t help when classic contrivances brings a Canterlot big-wig, Touring Wind, to town to witness their first business venture. Touring Wind is a mix of Photo Finish and Suri Polomare’s personalities, and her role similar to that of Hoity Toity.

… You know, writing all those names in one paragraph really drives home how weird it is to talk about this franchise. This is why I can’t easily explain things to non-bronies.

Things come to a head as Rarity nearly kills her first customer. Yep. That image will stick with me for a while. Rarity’s ambition nearly kills somepony. Again.

Now is the time for the Cakes to shine. Thanks to their patience from raising twins, they show the value of keeping things small. While Rarity charged forward, they built a foundation with planning and contingencies. It’s a nice contrast which helps saves the day, Rarity’s reputation, and the wedding for a local couple.

I find that a continuing praise for most Friends Forever comics is that the second party gets to show their strength at the end. I enjoyed the Cake’s presentation and Rarity is a great foil to them and vice versa. This setup doesn’t always work, but here I think it’s a great way to show the Cakes at their best while Rarity is in top self-destructive mode. 

There are a lot of supporting characters in this story, not all of whom need equal attention. I get the sense there’s a pop-culture reference behind Touring Wind but I can’t place it.

Spike has several scenes but they all revolve around past jokes related to Rarity. Your reactions will likely be a copy-past from previous experiences.

The greatest criticism is that anyone who has seen Suited for Success will recognize the plot points before they happen. Personally, I have not held this against most MLP tales as they’re not really designed for surprise twists and it’s more about enjoying the ride. There are no high stakes beyond Rarity’s business plans but I don’t look to MLP for world-saving adventures all the time. Most of my favorite stories are local and focused, and I’m glad to count this story amongst them.

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So it’s okay to drain sentient apples of their juice but stepping on them or eating them is taboo? Confound these ponies; their morality eludes me!

That includes turning your best friend into a monster and then binding and gagging her. I worry about you, Twilight.

Though her counter-plan is clever. To combat the apple horde, the ponies mix spells from various episodes to create vampire pony versions of themselves. I get the feeling someone at IDW would like to make a vampire toy set and that is the true focus of the story. The story certainly seemed to gain some vitality once the Vampire 6 went on the offensive. I’m not as big a fan since Flutterbat was a unique status and making all the Mane 6 vampires dilutes the idea. Yet I do find it fun to see the ponies become monsters to face the current threat, complete with new names.

One thing this comic needed to do more was play up the extremes. In part 1 it would have been funny to see the ponies upset by how they’re being defeated by mere produce. In part 2 I could imagine some truly memorable artwork featuring the vampire ponies deep in shadow and looking menacing. Instead we have a long shot view of the town with the Vampire Five barely more than shapes and spouting one-liners.

The conflict escalates as the apple forces retaliate and Flutterbat wages a battle against herself. Speaking of impressive art, we get a taste of that seeing her cast against the full moon. Very awesome!

The apple forces finally become truly threatening when they form a gestalt with Bad Apple at their center. Why they picked that particular shape is beyond me. Maybe because it's the only form with arms. The ponies form a counter-plan that gives Spike a chance to contribute (much appreciated!) and Good Apple serves a very brief purpose.

I'm saying more about artwork and plot points because there's more spectacle to this story than any personal conflict. Good Apple is good and can make the other apples the same. Bad Apple has to be stopped. A majority of this issue is fight scenes between ponies and apples. Good Apple feels like a shortcut to a solution than a character in his own right. The same can be said for Bad Apple, who is the scapegoat for the apple assault.

Part 2 was more enjoyable due to the head-on conflict. The ponies were no longer running away or going in circles but rather moving with intent towards a solution. Everypony got to contribute and even Celestia and Luna offered some insight for a moral at the end. But the polar natures of Good and Bad Apple undermines the idea that we are a mixture of feelings both positive and negative. If the characters are presented in absolutes, then it's hard to teach a lesson about moral gray.

Story-wise, the delayed action and the mixed tone really drag this down for me. It started as a parody but quickly took itself seriously. If the comic arc had been willing to play up the absurd for a good laugh rather than relying on pop-culture winks, I think this could have made a bigger impact. As it is, I think I’ll forget about this story soon.

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I became a My Little Pony fan in the latter part of 2011, well into the show's second season. As a latecomer, I'm in a strange situation. The online community is pretty unknown to me, and none of my local friends are fans.

I admire the creativity surrounding MLP, in both the show itself and the creativity of its fans. I created this account to focus my own expressions. Keep checking back and I hope everyone enjoys my drawings!
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TonicShadow Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
TonicShadow here, big fan.

Check this out. :D
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wiimaster306 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
I love your After The Fact reviews. They are funny.
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Futaba2 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
some of the other reviewers didn't care for Rainbow Dash song in the 10 minute preview of Friendship games. I for one really like it hope you will too when you catch Friendship games.
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GolfingQueen Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Artist
Hi Mr.SilverQuill how are you?
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Rancor-Palmach Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
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Made this because My friend doesn't have a D.A. Notice him Senpai Quill!

I
made you THIS, a little something you could use in your vids, easier to animate flying than wings, and should help you prevent getting TOO badly beat up...
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Please give my friend some recognition, he's a good guy...
Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work
Rancor Palmach
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Raptore1917 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
you should have fluffle puff in one of your episodes
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Chidi-The-Litleo Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
She made a cameo in the Simple Ways review.
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theonenamedDJ Featured By Owner 4 days ago
My personal favourite animated shows are Archer, Rick and Morty, and Bojack Horseman. What do you think of these series?
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Futaba2 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Love your Slice of Life review.   All your talk of Dr. Hooves as Time Turner was yet another reminder that when I originally created a town of OC characters  with one name Time Turner  I only knew of Dr. Who pony Personality as Dr. Whooves.  Though my Time Turner crossed dimensional barrier without the use of the mirror and ended up Rule 63 into Split Seconds.
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