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<Froborr> Okay, I guess it’s just the two or three of us.
<Froborr> Starting in about 30 seconds…
<CharlesM> I’ve started
<Froborr> More evidence that Fluttershy is a park ranger equivalent.
<CharlesM> Very used patio furniture
<CharlesM> Theme song
<Froborr> Love the new visuals.
<CharlesM> Love how many ponies are in the photo now
<Froborr> OMG Fluttershy in hat adorableness off the scale!
<Froborr> Ooh, Meghan McCarthy ep.
<Froborr> Yep yep.
<CharlesM> Oh something floaty. 🙂
<Froborr> More Starswirl stuff.
<CharlesM> Sounds like Twilight’s perfect day
<Froborr> Whoa, the Crystal Empire train is BAD. ASS.
<CharlesM> Ooh, crystal train.
<Froborr> Look at that evil locomotive.
<CharlesM> Much bigger than the ponyvile train.
<Froborr> Space aliens?
<Froborr> *Sick* Discord?
<CharlesM> What a pity Fluttershy isn’t here…
<Froborr> lol, house floating away
<Froborr> Everyone looks at Rarity.
<Froborr> Does Discord even have a home?
<CharlesM> Love the tissue flying away.
<Froborr> lol, yep
<CharlesM> Good point, we don’t know where Discord lives.
<CharlesM> Aw, Fluttershy writes to Discord!
<Froborr> Fluttershy and Discord are penpals?
<Froborr> That’s adorable!
<Froborr> “Not it!” Zoom!
<CharlesM> And Rainbow Dash is off.
<Froborr> Is “I was born on a Tuesday” a reference? It seems familiar.
<CharlesM> Doesn’t ring any bells with me.
<Froborr> Discord, you troll.
<CharlesM> Might be that I’m just not getting the reference.
<Froborr> Look at all the cosplayers!
<Froborr> “Maritania?” lol
<CharlesM> Nice shield
<Froborr> Yeah, Cadance is good at those.
<Froborr> But… she’s NOT Discord’s friend!
<CharlesM> Discord is being manipulative.
<CharlesM> You’re right she’s not.
<Froborr> I really hope this is where we finally get the “Friendship isn’t transitive” lesson the show so desperately needs.
<Froborr> …He’s looking for the journal, isn’t he?
<Froborr> He’s SINGING
<Froborr> DISCORD IS SINGING
<Froborr> Harry Potter costumes!
<CharlesM> I’m loving these lyrics.
<Froborr> This is great.
<CharlesM> It really is.
<Froborr> “Inadequate hoof and claw washing.”
<Froborr> I don’t know why, that has made me laugh harder than any other joke this season.
<Froborr> …Hunter S. Thompson!?
<Froborr> Okay, so he’s not looking for something in her house.
<Froborr> Equestria Badlands-equivalent.
<CharlesM> The flower is giant.
<CharlesM> Nice, using magic together.
<Froborr> …That is a FREAKY monster!
<Froborr> What IS that?
<totient> Nidhogg says hi
<Froborr> Wasn’t Nidhogg the squirrel?
<Froborr> No, you’re right, the squirrel was Ratatosk.
<Froborr> …But shouldn’t Nidhogg be hanging around the Tree of Harmony?
<Froborr> How many axis mundi does Equestria have!?
<Froborr> Axes mundi?
<Froborr> Whatever the plural is.
<CharlesM> And Discord is no longer blue.
<Froborr> Risky Business Discord!?
<Froborr> His Thinking Tree is straight out of Dr Seuss!
<Froborr> Twilight IS too good for you, Discord!
<Froborr> lol at the necklaces
<CharlesM> That friendship test is horrific.
<Froborr> The concept of a freindship test is horrific.
<Froborr> I’m actually really enjoying this season’s interpretation of Discord, where he’s still evil, but trying to make trouble in a deniable way.
<CharlesM> I’m loving the way they’re using Discord this season too.
<CharlesM> Nice one Rarity.
<Froborr> That was a really good episode! This season is seriously solid!
<CharlesM> Tat was a really good episode.
<Froborr> And next week we get the Big Celebrity Guest the kiddies have never heard of.
<CharlesM> That’s true.
Froborr> On the other hand, the parents of the target audience are EXACTLY the right age to be excited by a Weird Al appearance.
<CharlesM> I did wonder last week when Derpy walked in whether any non-fans watching would have been left wondering who she was and whether or not we were supposed to recognize her.
<Froborr> What I noticed about her appearance was that they were very careful never to say her name or have her speak.
<CharlesM> But you’re right Weird Al is targeted towards adults rather than fans.
<CharlesM> But they framed her entrance so you recognised who she was.
<Froborr> I think even most bronies are too young to remember when Weird Al was big.
<Froborr> That they did.