WA Delegate (non-executive): The Pony Principality of Princess Luna (elected 59 days ago)
Embassies: Gensokyo, Equestria, New Lunar Republic, Orbital Friendship Cannon HQ, Lesser Blackledge, Tareldanore, Dash Clan, The Commonwealth Of Furry Peoples, Angels of Derp, United Nations of Fail Earth, Trojans, Mystria, Equestrian States, Avalanchia, The Empire of Friendship, Vissella, and 30 others.Caballete Equus, Alaran peri quan preciad, Unified Skaian Syndicate of Rulers, The Epic Pony Region, Chrysanthemum Alliance, Eladen, Sacrum Romanum Imperium, Farkistan, The Mictlan System, The Pink Riders, Disneylandia, UCR, The Rebelation, Strategos Prime, Darwin Allied Republics, Glorious Nations of Iwaku, The Federal Islands 2nd Gen, The Geoverse, NationStates Sesquipedalian Countries, League of Christian Nations, Armagedox, Freedom and Justice Alliance, Apple Farmlands, Time to build stuff, Science Time, The Darwin Allied Republics, The Discord Dominion, Hybernaton Closet of Sleepy Bronies, The Derpy Dominion, and The Magical Unicorns.
Construction of embassies with Yerushalem VI has commenced. Completion expected in 110 minutes.
Regional Power: High
Today's World Census Report
The Most Politically Apathetic Citizens in Pony Lands
These results were determined by seeing how many citizens of each nation answered a recent World Census survey on the local political situation by ticking the "Don't Give a Damn" box.
As a region, Pony Lands is ranked 11,744th in the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
|11.||The Bright Republic of Sol Bella||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Peace, Freedom, Justice”|
|12.||The Grand Duchy of Evileel||Corporate Bordello||“eel infested lands ruled by a merciless Duke Tsukasa ”|
|13.||The Shrill Pony Federation of Shrillland||Scandinavian Liberal Paradise||“For the Friendship and Harmony of All”|
|14.||The Queendom of Strawbee||Mother Knows Best State||“Rock the world”|
|15.||The Pony Principality of The Magical Land of Equestria||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Friendship is Magic”|
|16.||The Unahted States of Amurikah||Corporate Bordello||“Eh Plurbis Unum”|
|17.||The Rogue Nation of Resdaynus||Corporate Police State||“Gimme five bees for a quarter!”|
|18.||The Holy Empire of Televangelistan||Moralistic Democracy||“Call 1-800-RICHPEOPLEDONATE Today!”|
|19.||The Absolute Autocracy of Clorinth||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Nihil Obstat Itinere Tempore”|
|20.||The United Pony States of Legokiller||Anarchy||“The Penguin Loving States”|
- 45 minutes ago: The Holy Empire of The Blessed Lulamoon arrived from The North Pacific.
- 61 minutes ago: The Dictatorship of The Great and Conquering arrived from The South Pacific.
- 13 hours ago: The Free Land of Turpyro arrived from The South Pacific.
- 21 hours ago: The Bolshevik Revolution of Soviet Ozzalonia of the region Trixie Supremacy proposed constructing embassies.
- 1 day 5 hours ago: The Eternal Grand Duchy of Muffinvania departed this region for Lazarus.
- 1 day 8 hours ago: The Constitutional Monarchy of United Vampiria arrived from Albion.
- 1 day 9 hours ago: The Colony of The Changling Hive arrived from The North Pacific.
- 2 days 9 hours ago: The Delta Sigma of Discordant Schism ceased to exist.
- 2 days 9 hours ago: The Principality of Prometheos ceased to exist.
- 2 days 21 hours ago: The The Equestrian Republic of Above Your Pay Grade ceased to exist.
Pony Lands Regional Message Board
I enjoy the episode for what it is, but it leaves much to be desired. Dave Polsky's (& Merriwether Williams) episodes have always been pretty hit-or-miss for me, so I honestly wasn't expecting much when I learned he was the one writing it. Every season has its awesome/medicore/bad episodes, might as well start here.
I believe you mean you "concur". Clorinth is the one doing the conquering.
My opinion on those...
Dave Polsky's episodes:
Feeling Pinkie Keen: Definitely below-average, but not as terrible as everyone keeps saying it is. The friendship report at the end was poorly worded and suggested a message that the writers themselves admitted they didn't mean, but the fact is that Twilight was scientifically speaking in the wrong (she was insisting that the world works how she thinks it should work, in contravention of empirical evidence that the Pinkie Sense is in fact real), and so legitimately had a lesson to learn. Something can be empirically verifiable as true, and even have some of their effects analyzed, without understanding their underlying workings (we knew that things fall down when you let them go long before Newton calculated approximate formulas describing their trajectory, and that in turn was long before Einstein explained why it happens). A have a few lesser gripes about this episode, but they're with the execution, not the message.
Over a Barrel: Awesome episode. Lots of great humor, a cool action scene, and a rather mature message (a mutually acceptable compromise is wonderful, but be prepared to defend your rights with force if one cannot be reached - while still remaining open to a compromise if one can be found later). One of my favorite episodes, very little that I could find to nitpick. I understand that it caught some flak for portraying the historical settler/native conflict "unrealistically" by having everything end happily for both sides, but really, would it have been more respectful to the plight of those Indians if the episode had shown the ponies driving the buffalo off the land and cheering? I refuse to accept that the only respectful treatment of native Americans is to never depict them at all.
Too Many Pinkie Pies: Awesome episode. Really awesome Pinkie Pie characterization. I don't even recall there being much complaint about this one, except some people taking issue with the rather reckless approach to finding and banishing all the clones at the end - which I agree was somewhat poorly handled, but it wasn't enough to cancel my overall enjoyment of the episode, and they did make it very clear that, regardless of methodology, it was indeed the real Pinkie Pie that won. (Overall, I'd actually say the "test" had an about 80% chance or so of finding the real Pinkie Pie, as it indeed did, but that chance is recklessly low when you're talking about a matter of life and death.)
Games Ponies Play: Stupid plot. The entire episode could have been prevented so easily by simply making proper introductions rather than jumping to conclusions. Also, the Crystal Empire doesn't exist and Cadence is evil, so I hate any episode that includes them this heavily by default.
Keep Calm and Flutter On: Terrible episode. Anyone who claims otherwise will be shot. However, I get the feeling this wasn't actually Dave Polsky's fault. The writing was actually fairly good, with only the absolute minimum of character derailments, inconsistencies, and deus ex machinas that are strictly necessary for the story to work. So I get the sense that executive meddling was involved. Dave Polsky was given a turd, and polished it as well as could be done. It's still a turd.
Daring Don't: We've just been over that now.
The Mysterious Mare Do Well: Terrible episode. Fortunately, has no lasting effect on continuity and can be easily ignored.
Hearth's Warming Eve: I could go on and on about how much this plays havoc with continuity. However, since it was a PLAY, pretty much all of that can be chalked up to in-universe artistic license taken by the characters. If one doesn't take it as indisputable historical fact, the actual story is quite fun to watch. In that sense, not a bad episode.
Putting Your Hoof Down: Mediocre to bad. Mostly because how everypony in town suddenly acts uncharacteristically rude for the sake of the story. Still... not an episode I liked, but also not one I feel warrants the effort of working up a righteous fury.
Dragon Quest: I don't like how it suggests that dragons are inherently jerks and Spike is only a decent person because he was raised by ponies and barely counts as a proper dragon. (For one thing, if that's the case, why do the buffalo respect them?) That was already an issue back in Secret of My Excess, though, and that was written by M. A. Larson, who usually does very good work and wrote a number of my favorite episodes. Aside from that, though, it was a really cool episode. Pro-tip: It is a bad idea to try to steal the eggs of a living incarnation of fire. (Also, I think that Peewee should just be Twilight and Spike's pet and Owlowiscious should be excised from continuity.)
Wonderbolts Academy: Pretty good episode, well-executed. Not really much else to say here.
Both of the above at once!?:
Spike at Your Service: Yeah. Bad episode. I really don't like it when characters are temporarily degraded to total idiots incapable of doing everything right, and it wouldn't even have been necessary for the moral to work - given Applejack is shown as a workaholic, her getting bored because Spike's help made her work too easy would have worked just as well. Or at least having him mess up in a way that falls short of looking like a walking disaster area.
Overall, I do think they get too much flak. Merriwhether in particular gets an unfair amount of hate over just one episode when she was starting, when she's improved significantly since then. Now that I look Dave Polsky has fewer great episodes than I thought he did, but even his bad episodes aren't as bad as they could have been. There are worse writers on the show.
I don't know what to expect of this season though, it seems more of the upcoming episodes are being written by new people than ones we've seen before!
I thought we already did with the season opener?
I mean "incapable of doing anything right", of course. Nobody is capable of doing everything right (as I just demonstrated).
While I'm at it, a couple of the writers that I actually think the show would have been better without: Amy Keating Rogers, Meghan McCarthy.
Again, you make a good point, on all the episodes. I tend to agree with most of the arguments you present, just because they are well though out and you explain things clearly and effectively. However, I am not so critical of My Little Pony, because I watch the show with my inner child, not my other teenager. I generally just find them all to be fun and happy, and with that I am content. The childish and silly parts are what I live for. That and character development.
Damn you, Nation States! Damn you and your lack of an "edit" button!
Which, to be fair, is probably who the show is written for.
But... well, I can't just turn off my brain. (That would be called "dying".) Analyzing stuff is what I do, and it's what I enjoy doing.
A big thing I like about the show, in theory, is how it portrays a world that's so different from ours (they're ponies!), or from your typical overdone elves-and-dwarves fantasy setting, yet explores the consequences (magic is actually something omnipresent in the characters' lives rather than an occasional deus ex machina used only by the legendary heroes, etc.). But that seems to be more or less incidental and isn't what the writers usually focus on, except for the occasional gag.
Of course, the characters being cute helps. But they're not the first or last cute characters in the history of fiction. What catches my attention is, again, that they're cute in a relatively unique way (they're ponies!). The whole premise is just refreshingly exotic, in a way that's still friendly and inviting. The execution is... not always as good as the premise.
Really? With exemption to the Last Round Up Fiasco - which I will not forgive Any Keating Rogers for - their episodes were some of my favorite of the series. Applebuck Season, Brindle Gossip & Dog and Pony Show...Party of One, Lesson Zero & A Canterlot Wedding! I must say that's an interesting choice in who you'd give the ax...