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<@Sylocat> It’s time
<Froborr> Yep. Go!
<Froborr> Why is Applejack happy it’s applebucking day?
<Froborr> Doesn’t she remember the last one?
<DecoyOctopus> …is it just me, or is the animation quality way better?
<Froborr> Yeah, it’s been noticeably improved this season.
<@Sylocat> Well, she remembers the last one turned out okay
<@Sylocat> Yeah, their budget got reinflated
<@Sylocat> (it was cut to shreds for S3)
<Froborr> Yeah, a lot of their money got yanked away to make a mediocre movie.
<DecoyOctopus> wait it was?
<Froborr> Vampires that target fruit!
<Froborr> Best thing ever!
<@Sylocat> Like Bunnicula!
<Froborr> “The Celery Stalks at Midnight” is one of the best titles any book has ever had.
<Froborr> YES FLUTTERSHY EPISODE
<DecoyOctopus> the incredibly deep language of bats
<DecoyOctopus> oh god a song
<@Sylocat> She needs that thing from Bale!Batman’s shoe
<@Sylocat> Ooh, a Gothic orchestra number… how appropriate
<DecoyOctopus> adorable bats are the best
<Froborr> I have been waiting for Territorial Applejack vs. Hippy Fluttershy since season 1, this is beautiful.
<@Sylocat> This is creepy
<DecoyOctopus> pinkie is way too amused compared to everyone else
<Froborr> Oh, I was not expecting EVERYONE to oppose Fluttershy, I thought it would be 3 vs 3.
<Froborr> This is WAY better.
<DecoyOctopus> yeah I was about to say it was exactly what you expected but then it wasn’t
<Froborr> Did… Pinkie just sing “Fruitbat Roundup” to the tune of “Winter Wrapup?” That’s beautiful.
<@Sylocat> Ah, a cycle-of-life moral!
<DecoyOctopus> the great apple depression
<DecoyOctopus> ah cripes my video stopped buffering
<Froborr> Dash needs her cider!
<@Sylocat> Oh, Rainbow Dash
<DecoyOctopus> nvm, it’s fixed
<Froborr> Oh, Rainbow Dash, your alcoholism is hilarious to me.
<@Sylocat> Hi, my name is Rainbow Dash, and I’m a ciderholic
<DecoyOctopus> “hi rainbow daash”
<Froborr> So this is going to be a peer pressure episode, huh?
<Froborr> Fluttershy advocates responsible use of mind contol powers!
<Froborr> Fluttershy > Dumbledore
<DecoyOctopus> “am I the only one who cares about the bees?!”
<@Sylocat> She’s an antisocial animal lover. What do you think, Twilight?
<@Sylocat> Carmen Miranda!
<@Sylocat> A biohazard cutie mark on her suit
<Froborr> That’s the funniest Rarity scene in a long time.
<DecoyOctopus> they did that before
<DecoyOctopus> with the cutie pox episode
<Froborr> That’s… not actually that many bats.
<DecoyOctopus> so presumably there’s just a company that manufactures radiation suits
<Froborr> So, does this make the fruit bats want to eat everythign, or just cause them to starve?
<Froborr> *everything but fruit I should say
<@Sylocat> Because changing the Parasprites’ dietary habits worked out so well
<@Sylocat> …Uh, Spike?
<DecoyOctopus> twilight never learns anythi-wait what
<Froborr> Oh no, did it transfer the hunger for juice to Fluttershy?
<DecoyOctopus> …you definitely could’ve phrased that better, froborr
<@Sylocat> What is it reading?
<Froborr> My guess? The Angel comic.
<DecoyOctopus> it looked like it had a glass of lemonade on it
<Froborr> Fruit Juice Afficionados Monthly?
<@Sylocat> It did!
<@Sylocat> You were right!
<@Sylocat> A Batmare reference!
<Froborr> This is not the story I was expecting.
<DecoyOctopus> yeah same here
<@Sylocat> “I have a bad feeling about this.”
<Froborr> So Fluttershy is a vampire pony that only drains fruit?
<@Sylocat> They should have started the season before Halloween
<Froborr> That is *almost* as good as vampire watermelons.
<@Sylocat> This should have been a Halloween special
<DecoyOctopus> wikipedia why
<Froborr> Rarity is HILARIOUS this episode.
<Froborr> Vampershy is better.
<@Sylocat> Lasso her!
<@Sylocat> Whoa, Pinkie Pie can dig!
<Froborr> Um, vampire bats actually do bite horses?
<@Sylocat> Wait, that’s how Luna’s batpony guards are made!
<@Sylocat> Mission briefing!
<Froborr> Twilight has an exposition diagram hologram spell!
<Froborr> That is the BEST
<@Sylocat> This should be a loading screen!
<DecoyOctopus> wait how does
<@Sylocat> Oh wow, this is creepy
<Froborr> Seriously, anyone who still hates Merriwether Williams at this point is OBJECTIVELY WRONG
<DecoyOctopus> but froborr ranbo dadsh isn’t fully in-character
<Froborr> Creepy AND hilarious, one of my favorite combinations!
<@Sylocat> She got off on the wrong foot, but she’s picked up since then
<Froborr> lol DO
<@Sylocat> LASSO HER!
<DecoyOctopus> Ranbo: First Blood Part II
<Froborr> Wait, mirrors don’t work on vampires!
<@Sylocat> Wait, she can see herself in the mirror?
<DecoyOctopus> well she’s a vampire /bat/ not just a vampire
<@Sylocat> Did she give the hunger back to the bats, or absorb it herself?
<DecoyOctopus> alternatively, magic
<@Sylocat> A Green Aesop!
<Froborr> I think this is the first time Rarity has been the comic relief for an episode without being Fussy McFussypants? I heartily approve.
<@Sylocat> Ooh, a double Aesop!
<Froborr> SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SAY NO TO YOUR FRIENDS
<DecoyOctopus> you win, froborr
<Froborr> Duhn duhn duhn
<@Sylocat> One about peer pressure, and another about short term solutions at the expense of long-term ones
<Froborr> *cue happy music*
<@Sylocat> (a micro one, and a macro one)
<@Sylocat> Oh wow
<Froborr> Which latter is basically a green thing
<DecoyOctopus> dun dun duuuuun
<@Sylocat> THAT END SHOT
<@Sylocat> Wow, this was an awesome one
<Froborr> Fluttershy hungers for juice!
<DecoyOctopus> watch it never come up again
<Froborr> Eh, it’ll probably show up in background gags.
<Froborr> Maybe in next season’s opening credits, Fluttershy will snatch the apple from Angel and drink its juice.
<DecoyOctopus> so yeah. good episode, or good episode?
<Froborr> GREAT EPISODE
<DecoyOctopus> yes good
<Froborr> Man, this season has been pretty much on fire so far.
<DecoyOctopus> except the daring do episode
<Froborr> There’s been one episode that left me pretty flat, the Daring Do one.
<Froborr> But otherwise? Really solid stuff.
<Froborr> Like, Season 2-calibre.