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#1 2014-02-07 14:06:37

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S4:E13 Simple Ways

M Kanke is apparently a cannon pony now.

Preview of Episode 12 and proof below:

http://www.tvguide.com/News/My-Little-P … 77404.aspx




"Magicam operare non est aliud quam maritare mundum."  ~Pico della Mirandola, Conclusiones Magicae


#2 2014-02-07 21:33:02


Re: S4:E13 Simple Ways

Kevin Tho.



#3 2014-02-08 14:06:47

Re: S4:E13 Simple Ways

Germain saved this one from being a trainwreck, just as I expected.

They lost the dial for Pinkie Pie. One off character making eyes at one of the mane 6, gets shot down so we'll never see him again unless there's a crowd shot cameo. (What's with all the tall-skinny ponies? Prim Hemline, Cheese Sandwich and now Trenderhoof?)


#4 2014-02-08 16:50:43


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I really liked it up until Rarity adopted the accent, then it got a bit too over the top and the characters were acting too immature to be taken seriously.  Very well written and funny up to that point though, and perhaps my favorite overall Rarity performance, reminding us just how talented Tabitha really is.  This was written by Josh Haber, who also did Castle Mane-ia, another fourth season episode I rather enjoyed, so I look forward to more of his work.


#5 2014-02-08 18:17:13

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I actually really liked the episode and Tabitha really chewed up the place in a good way. One thing I noticed was when Rarity was nervously laughing she kind of sounded a lot like Minty (and Minty despairing in Minty Christmas sounds a bit like Rarity) so that was a bit of an interesting little drop since normally it's hard to tell with her rather great range.

Anyways on to the wrap up:


A number of side characters returned for cameos.


99% sure this a coincidence but the knight's kid looked like Squire's father from My Little Pony Tale's 'The Slumber Party' where Patch told the story of Squire a pony who had lived log ago in the ancient castle that was not far from Ponyville and next to Paradise Lake.


Rick Moranis (as Wayne Szalinski) Pony.


Scootaloo levels of creepy obsession - especially with the hair clippings.


Sea Swirl and Sassaflash. The other pair that nearly always together but not near as famous and Lyra & Bon Bon.


For Kids!


And that is how Dinky and that one other yellow filly got their cutie marks...


And finally Trenderhoof. I quite love that they used basically a 'Hipster' pony for a story on authenticity since the entire 'Hipster' subculture was in essence a quest for Authenticity itself. In fact this episode is basically a 'hipster' parable. So much so that 'hipsters' as such do not exist because they utterly reject the labeling of themselves and use it as a pejorative against individuals they see as adopting items in an inauthentic manner in order to be hip or cool. In essence it is a reaction against the commercialism, branding, and facades that populate western society.  Tenderhoof himself seems to embody the spirit of that movement by journeying across Equestria in a quest to find true authenticity and relishing in the 'authenticity' of Sweet Apple Aches. He falls in love with Applejack and Sweet Apple Acres because here at last he has found true 'Authenticity'.

But what both he (and Rarity) don't realize is that by adopting the manner for the authenticity it ceases to be authentic when applied to him. Thus we have the paradox of a hipster: a creature who is born from a shallow world of facades desperately seeking something authentic but unable to grasp it for adopting it would lead to yet another shallow facade - that as the 'poseur'. It's kind of sad, really all it is a sad scream that I am original in the face of a high mechanized and crowded society. The last sorrowful cry of the fantasy of Western Individualism. The hipster in setting trends is not unique he is borrowing the supposed authenticity of others and believes he is powerful because he is among the first to copy something. Sad.

Some additional reading:

Psychology Today: The Sad Science of Hipsterism
New York Magazine: What Was the Hipster?
Huffington Post: Who's a Hipster?
NYT: The Hipster in the Mirror
The Death of Authenticity and the Outsider: Consumption and Hipsters
Thesis: The Search for Authenticity: How Hipsters Transformed from a Local Subculture to a Global Consumption Collective
Wiki: Hipster



"Magicam operare non est aliud quam maritare mundum."  ~Pico della Mirandola, Conclusiones Magicae


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