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#1 2012-11-09 22:36:32

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For the Glory of The Crystal Empire!

Well, it's coming!
For refrence since the Crystal ponies seem to be inspired by the Twinkle-Eyed ponies:

Their origin as slaves (important bits from MLP issues 11 & 42):

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They also had a 'Twinkle' that reflected their mood where their gem eyes would twinkle with magic. It played a part in the MLP movie when Sweet Stuff was hit by Smooze and lost her twinkle in addition to becoming depressed and bad tempered.

Enjoy a commercial:

Fizzy was the most popular of the Twinkle Eyes and her character continually showed up in the comics long after her toy was no longer made.


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#2 2012-11-10 08:15:32

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Re: For the Glory of The Crystal Empire!

Are you tipsy Arcane. That second comic looks a bit crooked : p Great post though. I've read all those comics before but still read them again smile


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#3 2012-11-10 08:46:10

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Mkanke wrote:

Are you tipsy Arcane. That second comic looks a bit crooked : p Great post though. I've read all those comics before but still read them again smile

Meh it's the scans. tongue


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#4 2012-11-10 11:10:14

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OH SHIT... The book that popped into existence at the end.

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The 'Book of Horrors' was used to combat a cloud-like horror being.


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#5 2012-11-10 11:12:39

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"Ho ho!  What have we here?  Another pony to dig my jewels."

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#6 2012-11-10 11:50:58

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Just saying, the black book at the end was definitely The Necrotrotupon.


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#7 2012-11-10 13:58:29

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dragonshuffle wrote:

Just saying, the black book at the end was definitely The Necrotrotupon.

Yeah, I noticed that too... Luna just kinda had it. I wonder if it'll be important later, like in the season finale or something.

I'd like to see the Crystal Empire again, mostly since I feel like we still don't know all that much about it. I feel like this story was too rushed even as a two-parter to live up to its full potential, and while I've said that about other episodes in the past, this one seems to have been even more rushed than others.

Those old Twinkle-eyed ponies, though... That's EXACTLY the reason why some people claim G1 was hardcore. Pure nightmare fuel, right there.


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#8 2012-11-10 15:03:55

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Continuing from last season - PIC Round-up!


Previously on MLP:
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Best Jerk! Also looks awesome in armor as always.

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Holograms! Yeah!


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Ok, Celestia knows dark magic and taught it to Twilight... I think we can figure out where Nightmare Moon came from now.


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Slavery kept in (and Sombra even calls them Slaves in part II).


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And some nice statues of Gryphons and a Pegasus there.


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Books... Make Twi... So... Adorable...


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I'll just leave this here:

Help!


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My favorite pony from all this has to be 'No Information' Pony. She is just awesome...


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...And becomes absolutely... beautify.... oh my...


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DAMN IT DASH!


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Pinkie did an awesome masquerade. tongue


And we found out how Pony Jousting worked.

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Step 1: Strap lance on.


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Step 2: Launch a tree into orbit.

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Step 3: Inexplicably get Berry Punch.


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I see what you did there.


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Another cool window.


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HEAVE-HO!


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Sombra: Ow... Guys this kinda hurts...


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Sombra: Guys, Guys. I'm in a good bit of pain here now...


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Sombra: Guys, Guys. Staph!


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That's going to leave a mark... Look at all the pieces of him!


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I think he's going to be fine... I mean it's just like Lavan... Who they made a point of him being 'Gone for good!'... Ok, then...

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Did the ponies killing unrepentant villains just come back into canon?


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Cadance's Cutie Mark altered when she became the Crystal Princess.


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Crystalization

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Spike is awesome.


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Something pops in... and... Oh my god. I think it's the Book of Horrors or something like it. Well, we're doomed now.

Also if it is that - more points in the Fallout: Equestria is far more in step with canon than it has any right to be pile...


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#9 2012-11-10 18:33:43

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The villain got way to little screen time, although it is nice to see Spike get some love.


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#10 2012-11-10 19:01:26

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as always, an awsome start for a new season


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#11 2012-11-11 00:46:03

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You forgot this pic:

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#12 2012-11-11 04:48:34

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Apparently people are saying there was a Crystal Derpy:

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I can kinda see it if you look at the eyes and there might be wings but it's very hard to tell with all the crystallization effects. So come to your own conclusion.

Now that I've digested it - I kinda think this is the weakest of all the two parters so far for reasons people have already said - the story seemed rushed and King Sombra didn't get much screen time so we didn't learn much about him other than his looking like Lord OC donut steal and him saying 'MMMmmm.... Krrrrystalssss' (insert Folger's Crystals or Crystal Pepsi joke here). It would have been nice to have an explanation for why he took over the Crystal Empire and enslaved the crystal ponies besides ummmm.... being evil. Actually any back story or characterization of King Sombra other than having a 'heart as black as night' (LOL @ LUNA) would have been welcome.

Still good but definitely a weak two parter stacked against the others.


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#13 2012-11-11 11:40:06

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Arcane Flame wrote:

'MMMmmm.... Krrrrystalssss' (insert Folger's Crystals or Crystal Pepsi joke here).

Aaaaand done. Thanks for the idea.

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I'm convinced that Sombra will become a meme for being such a bland villain. I can't really say I'm disappointed, since we were making fun of his design from the moment he was revealed. I guess you could say he just met expectations. I think that the Crystal Fair was much more interesting. I would've been happy if the entire episode was just about the fair and didn't have a villain. It would have to be reworked to give some other kind of conflict, but it could have worked.

Not convinced on the Crystal Derpy, though. That pony looks more lavender than grey, and the hair is darker and not as blonde.


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#14 2012-11-11 12:36:46

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So is Cadence the Crystal Princess?


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#15 2012-11-11 13:03:32

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So is Cadence the Crystal Princess?

If she is then why was she not gone for a 1000 years?

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#16 2012-11-11 13:16:45

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CappuccinoFrosting wrote:
LewaColt wrote:

So is Cadence the Crystal Princess?

If she is then why was she not gone for a 1000 years?

yea I know that, but thats what the Crystal ponies said as she flew by with the heart. they did say "It's the Crystal Princess"


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#17 2012-11-11 15:01:35

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LewaColt wrote:
CappuccinoFrosting wrote:
LewaColt wrote:

So is Cadence the Crystal Princess?

If she is then why was she not gone for a 1000 years?

yea I know that, but thats what the Crystal ponies said as she flew by with the heart. they did say "It's the Crystal Princess"

I know. I hope they explain more about the crystal pony's through the new season.

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#18 2012-11-11 16:36:52

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JasonTheHuman wrote:

I'm convinced that Sombra will become a meme for being such a bland villain.

Yay! Generic Evil Overlord!

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Also anyone notice something?

S1 - Bridle Gossip wrote:

Twilight Sparkle: You guys, there's no such thing as curses!
Rainbow Dash: Well, that's interesting to hear coming from Miss Magic Pants herself.
Twilight Sparkle: My magic, real magic, comes from within. It's a skill you're born with. Curses are artificial, fake magic. It's conjured with potions and incantations; all smoke and mirrors meant to scare. But curses have no real power, they're just an old pony tale.
Applejack: Just you wait, Twilight. You're gonna learn that some pony tales really are true.

S3 - The Crystal Empire wrote:

Princess Celestia: But not before he was able to put a curse upon the empire. A curse that caused it to vanish into thin air.


Somepony owes Applejack some bits.


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#19 2012-11-11 17:19:54

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I didn't get Pinkie Pie this episode - sometimes I though were truly funny like when she was a tree - but beyond that seemed over done - and when she ran into a poll wearing NVGs I was kinda like *twicha twicha?* she did odd things before, but not plain stupid there was always a second level to it.

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#20 2012-11-11 18:30:07

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Drax wrote:

I didn't get Pinkie Pie this episode - sometimes I though were truly funny like when she was a tree - but beyond that seemed over done - and when she ran into a poll wearing NVGs I was kinda like *twicha twicha?* she did odd things before, but not plain stupid there was always a second level to it.

Speaking of over done - Rainbow Dash. I think her ego and brashness was cranked up to 11 in that episode. tongue

But I didn't see the Night Vision thing as something that was *twicha twicha?* - she was having fun and wasn't paying attention. I mean it wasn't like it was a flower pot falling, some pony in danger, Twilight becoming pregnant, a deadly amazon bee weapon, giant robots, or some random occurrence - it was a stationary pole - not a vague and immediate event.


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#21 2012-11-11 18:55:33

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Arcane Flame wrote:
Drax wrote:

I didn't get Pinkie Pie this episode - sometimes I though were truly funny like when she was a tree - but beyond that seemed over done - and when she ran into a poll wearing NVGs I was kinda like *twicha twicha?* she did odd things before, but not plain stupid there was always a second level to it.

Speaking of over done - Rainbow Dash. I think her ego and brashness was cranked up to 11 in that episode. tongue

Yeah, I was expecting some sort of comedic role reversal there in which Fluttershy somehow got the better of Dash in the jousting match, but no, it was bust Rainbow being a douche.

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#22 2012-11-11 21:16:01

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Re: For the Glory of The Crystal Empire!

Midnight_Fyre wrote:
Arcane Flame wrote:
Drax wrote:

I didn't get Pinkie Pie this episode - sometimes I though were truly funny like when she was a tree - but beyond that seemed over done - and when she ran into a poll wearing NVGs I was kinda like *twicha twicha?* she did odd things before, but not plain stupid there was always a second level to it.

Speaking of over done - Rainbow Dash. I think her ego and brashness was cranked up to 11 in that episode. tongue

Yeah, I was expecting some sort of comedic role reversal there in which Fluttershy somehow got the better of Dash in the jousting match, but no, it was bust Rainbow being a douche.

I agree but it still fit RD's character - Pinkie Pie seemed different

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#23 2012-11-11 23:24:48

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Overall, I really liked the premier. It had it's moments that I still remember clearly and the characters played their parts well. The only thing that sucked was the villain. I would've preferred it to be some sort of dark, mysterious, and UNKNOWN entity that is threatening to swallow the Crystal Empire.

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#24 2012-11-12 01:28:45

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Bigjoe wrote:

Overall, I really liked the premier. It had it's moments that I still remember clearly and the characters played their parts well. The only thing that sucked was the villain. I would've preferred it to be some sort of dark, mysterious, and UNKNOWN entity that is threatening to swallow the Crystal Empire.

King Sombra reminds me of a bad OC.
Also, Luna seemed strange...
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#25 2012-11-14 22:41:21

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This wasn't one of my favorite episodes, but I think Hasbro just set a new par for animation. This whole scene was epic:
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Twilight is officially a witch now. Who'd have believed Twilight was studying dark magic?
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Arct1k wrote:

Also, Luna seemed strange...

Luna was skeptical and untrusting of Twilight's ability to defend the crystal empire. Speaking of which...
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Did anyone else get the impression Celestia might have some obscure plans for Twilight? It seems like Luna and Celestia have some disagreement about whether they should move forward with said plans. What exactly is this "next level of studies" Celestia alluded to?

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