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Chatlog below the cut!
<@Sylocat> More continuity!
<Froborr> Don’t recognize that town?
<Froborr> Oh, Rainbow Falls, right.
<@Sylocat> She’s excited about going to a trading-post celebration… oh.
<@Sylocat> Applejack sarcastic?
<Froborr> That’s technically not sarcasm, it’s ironic understatement.
<Froborr> Which unlike sarcasm, is literally true.
<Froborr> It’s a giant swapmeet?
<@Sylocat> Ah, so “deadpan snarking” instead
<@Sylocat> Wait, what IS this place?
<Froborr> It’s a giant swapmeet.
<@Sylocat> This says quite a bit about Equestria’s economy
<Froborr> …so Equestra-nauts was prophetic?
<@Sylocat> Oh, she’s gonna sign autographs
<@Sylocat> Wait, why doesn’t Rainbow Dash just ask Daring Do for an advance copy?
<Froborr> Really? The AUTHOR doesn’t have a complete set of first editions?
<@Sylocat> The background ponies in this episode are… eclectic
<Froborr> Yes, yes they are.
<Froborr> Ah, I see where the disaster is coming.
<@Sylocat> Capitalism is magic? Or wait, since it’s done without money involved…
<Froborr> Is… is Applejack deliberately swindling Rarity?
<Froborr> Her facial expressions in that scene were… odd.
<@Sylocat> Is this going to be the anti-capitalist episode? I thought they did that with SSCS6K
<Froborr> And Secret of My Excess and Just for Sidekicks.
<@Sylocat> Ah, an adventure-game fetch-quest!
<Froborr> Oh gods it’s one of those awful Zelda trading sequences.
<Froborr> Although the Deep Space Nine episode about one was actually pretty good.
<@Sylocat> Lesson Zero expressed through consumerism
<Froborr> Things I did not expect to learn when I started this project: The best approach to Spike episodes is Marxist criticism.
<@Sylocat> Older? Doesn’t that mean it’s out of fashion?
<Froborr> No, she said vintage is in.
<@Sylocat> Shell game
<@Sylocat> Ah, forgot
<Froborr> Shell game, the vintage one is in Applejack’s hat.
<Froborr> Rarity just accidentally stole a vintage broach.
<@Sylocat> Dang, this one is intense
<@Sylocat> Fluttershy to the rescue
<Froborr> Fluttershy = the best pony (always and of course excepting Maud)
<@Sylocat> Only two heads? That’s a step down from when they dealt with Cerberus
<Froborr> Cerberus was also a LOT bigger.
<@Sylocat> Ah, Rainbow Dash is trying the old adventure-game trick of using one item on everypony until she finds the one who wants it
<Froborr> lol ,it’s the lamps Discord made!
<Froborr> Antique… chicken..?
<@Sylocat> I swear, they’re playing a video game
<@Sylocat> Found the first link of the chain
<@Sylocat> Uh oh
<@Sylocat> Accidentally trashed the key item
<Froborr> Meanwhile, the mare’s all “BWAHAHAHA, the horseshoe is mine! Now the ritual can be completed!”
<@Sylocat> She’ll have to reload from her save
<@Sylocat> Yikes, Pinkie is scary today
<Froborr> Pinkie Pie is a rules stickler now.
<Froborr> The best part of being Chaotic is that you can be Lawful whenever you feel like it.
<Froborr> Barker Pinkie!
<@Sylocat> Wait, she’s cosplaying as the Flim Flam Brothers?
<Froborr> LOL, he just wanted to break it!
<@Sylocat> Ahahah… it was SUPPOSED to be broken
<@Sylocat> Everyone who’s ever played an adventure game can relate to this one
<@Sylocat> Ah, I was wondering what AJ and Rarity were up to
<Froborr> This is actually a pretty complicated episode for this show.
<@Sylocat> Oh no, it’s the “I’m sorrier” game
<Froborr> I don’t think we’ve ever had a “C” plot before.
<@Sylocat> Except The Best Night Ever
<Froborr> Oh yeah, good point.
<Froborr> Crystal Pony!
<@Sylocat> Ah, she was going to dump them for a broken quill just to prove she wasn’t better than anypony else
<Froborr> Hey, is that a disabled pony?
<Froborr> That’s a pony wheelchair, right?
<@Sylocat> Yep, a classic video game obstacle
<@Sylocat> Complete with mini-game
<Froborr> Cooking minigame, a classic!
<Froborr> Spike trading comics in background.
<@Sylocat> Yikes, that’s a lot of slobber
<@Sylocat> Ooh, a timed event at the end, of course
<Froborr> And now a Frogger-style minigame.
<Froborr> Or Quicktime event, point.
<@Sylocat> Uh oh
<Froborr> Chekhov’s bearcall!
<@Sylocat> That bear call is important
<@Sylocat> She sold it already?
<@Sylocat> AHAHAHAH… the mission requirements changed? That’s low even for a video game
<Froborr> She wants a bearcall.
<Froborr> Tht’s my guess.
<@Sylocat> Oh… so it worked after all?
<@Sylocat> I too was expecting the bear call… OH MY GOSH
<Froborr> Old pony from Heart’s and Hooves Day in background a couple of shots ago.
<@Sylocat> She’s selling herself into domestic servitude?
<Froborr> No, Rainbow Dash is selling her into domestic servitude.
<Froborr> Oh, they’ll trade Fluttershy for the books.
<@Sylocat> And she realizes her mistake just a nanosecond too late
<Froborr> Wow, lots of callbacks.
<@Sylocat> Ah, so THAT’S the (first) message
<Froborr> I like the rainbow gavel.
<@Sylocat> And now Fluttershy keeps the Orthros
<@Sylocat> And now Rainbow Dash lectures THEM about friendship?
<Froborr> That was a good one!
<@Sylocat> That was a good one!
<Froborr> Lol, great minds.
<@Sylocat> …Great minds think alike
<Froborr> …Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
<@Sylocat> Okay, that’s just scary
<Froborr> Damn, couldn’t keep it up.
<Froborr> Anyway, yep. Good ep.