MLP:FIM season 4, episode 8 – “Rarity Takes Manehattan” – thoughts and review

And now for something a little different. Here we have an episode so elegant, so bold, so refined and dignified as to almost b-

*loud crash as Dashie takes over*

Oh for pony’s sake, just stop beating around the bush and get to the point! It. Was.  AWESOME.

No, seriously, it was. It’s certainly been a while since we had a dedicated Rarity episode (though, to be fair, we’re only 8 episodes in to season 4, and prior to the start of that, it had been “a while” since there’d been any pony anything). Naturally, a Rarity focus means lots and LOTS of Tabitha St. Germain, who as you all should know by know, means lots and lots of absolutely fantastic dialog. Oh, and I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but as always, this review contains lots of spoilers for the episode! Ye be warned. Continue reading

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MLP:FIM season 4, episodes 6 & 7 – “Power Ponies” and “Bats!” – thoughts and review

So, I wasn’t quite able to catch up before the most recent ep aired, but now I only have a few left, and then I WILL be caught up, finally! I’d like to get to a point where I’m actually reviewing an ep ON the weekend it airs, each weekend; there’s just been a lot of other stuff going on lately.

And now, a couple of slightly fluffier pieces.

“Power Ponies” was teased back when that season 4 animatic thing was released. At the time, it looked like it might have been some kind of dream sequence or something; as it turns out, that’s not too far from the truth, as Spike’s comic book sucks him and the mane 6 into its world, where they must adopt the ponysonas of the comic’s heroes in order to defeat its hilarious, batshit insane villain: Mane-iac, who is more or less a cross between King Sombra and Millia from Guilty Gear.

NOPONY TOUCHES THE HAIR

NOPONY TOUCHES THE HAIR

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 5 – “Flight to the Finish” – thoughts and review

Way behind now. I blame being sick – again – and being distracted by trying to figure out which ultrabook to buy. But without further ado: Flight to the Finish!

This was sort of an important episode in a way, because it brought something out into the light that had been presented, but never really examined: the fact that Scootaloo is unable to fly. Continue reading

Laptop Quest: Load save?

It continues after all, as it turns out. My Acer Aspire S7-392-9890 arrived six days ago, on Monday afternoon. And while there are some things about it I really like, there’s also a laundry list of issues I’ve compiled. Together, they are unfortunately a deal breaker, especially at this price point.

The good things about this machine are: Continue reading