Vision of Escaflowne Episode 20 and MLPFIM S5E4 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

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Chatlog below the cut!

01[14:00] <Froborr> Huh, I think the video quality on this stream is actually better than what I had before.
01[14:00] <Froborr> Colors are richer.
[14:01] <@Sylocat> Really?
01[14:01] <Froborr> Yeah, the show looked kind of washed out before, I thought it was a stylistic thing.
01[14:01] <Froborr> But now I’m watching on this and it just pops.
[14:01] <@Sylocat> Huh
[14:02] <@Sylocat> Ah yes… we left off on the bridge
01[14:02] <Froborr> Their kiss magically stopped the rain.
01[14:02] <Froborr> Or, more accurately, the destiny spell created the rain, yes?
[14:02] <@Sylocat> Maybe it was the Fortune Control thing? IT does tend to make things more dramatic
[14:03] <@Sylocat> They actually show us the flying fortresses being repaired?
[14:03] <@Sylocat> Oh… jealousy
[14:04] <@Sylocat> Meow, indeed
[14:04] <@Sylocat> GAH
01[14:04] <Froborr> THat’s not what “indirect kiss” means!
[14:05] <@Sylocat> Ouch
01[14:05] <Froborr> Dang.
01[14:05] <Froborr> Uh-oh, secondary villains getting backstory and reconsidering whether they’re really happy, you know what that means.
01[14:05] <Froborr> They’re either gonna die or join the good guys.
[14:05] <@Sylocat> We’d seen part of this scene before
[14:06] <@Sylocat> But not the whole thing
[14:06] <@Sylocat> IIRC, we got some character development for Zongi the Doppleganger too, via flashback to when Folken saved him too
[14:07] <@Sylocat> Huh?
[14:07] <@Sylocat> Oh, it’s him
[14:07] <@Sylocat> Oh great, now HE’S dispensing wisdom?
01[14:07] <Froborr> “Speaking as your creepy voyeuristic stalker, I feel you’ve lost some of your vibrancy, and I’m concerned something might be wrong.”
[14:08] <@Sylocat> I think he was just there to steal jewelry… but yeah
[14:08] <@Sylocat> Oh yes, this part…
01[14:08] <Froborr> That’s some hardcore magical pseudo-biotech.
[14:08] <@Sylocat> “Intensify luck.” That’s a spell name in this show.
[14:09] <@Sylocat> …Was that an attempt to translate a cultural idiom?
01[14:10] <Froborr> “Las Vegas wedding” you mean? Yeah, they clearly were NOT saying “Las Vegas.”
[14:10] <@Sylocat> A mirror shot to show both of their faces at once? I like it
01[14:11] <Froborr> Oh, and now she’s doing what the villains did last episode.
01[14:12] <Froborr> Mirrors all over the place in this scene.
[14:12] <@Sylocat> Ah, this is a callback to when the Atlantean vision told her she was calling the futures she told into place
[14:12] <@Sylocat> She was angsting because she thought it meant that she was causing bad stuff to happen by predicting it
[14:14] <@Sylocat> Why are Allen’s crew smiling like that? They’ve already seen her predict the future with those things
01[14:15] <Froborr> “If that happens, just murder your brother. NBD.” Folken’s face in response says it all.
[14:15] <@Sylocat> Yep…
[14:15] <@Sylocat> That was the first time we’d seen Folken react that way
[14:16] <@Sylocat> Uh oh…
[14:17] <@Sylocat> And here we go…
01[14:17] <Froborr> Okay, I like the luck magic at work.
01[14:17] <Froborr> I’m not sure why it’s visualized by sperm attacking a DNA molecule, but whatevs.
[14:17] <@Sylocat> I wondered that too
[14:18] <@Sylocat> Whoa
[14:18] <@Sylocat> That stuff is powerful
[14:19] <@Sylocat> They have their own squadron name
[14:21] <@Sylocat> Dang… I’d forgotten how powerful this scene was…
01[14:21] <Froborr> Man, those are some SERIOUSLY 90s sneakers.
01[14:22] <Froborr> I dunno, I continue to find most of the DRAMA scenes in this show to be pretty cliche, albeit elevated by excellent music.
[14:24] <@Sylocat> There was some more subtext about narrative flow
01[14:24] <Froborr> This is true–Hitomi is being punished for attempting to write self-insert fanfic.
01[14:25] <Froborr> Shipping her OC with her favorite male character by marrying off his canon love interest, tsk tsk.
[14:25] <@Sylocat> Hahah… indeed
01[14:26] <Froborr> Can we delay pony start? I just received notification that my food–which was supposed to be here before we started Escaflowne–will finally be arriving “any minute now”
[14:27] <@Sylocat> Oh yikes
01[14:27] <Froborr> n/m, it’s here
01[14:27] <Froborr> bb
01[14:27] <Froborr> brb
[14:27] <@Sylocat> So far the only MLP upload is still on DailyMotion
[14:27] <JeffersonLeeEng> :-/
03[14:28] * Sylocat changes topic to ‘Welcome to Rabbit Cube! Current weekly liveblogs: MLP Season 5. Current biweekly liveblogs: Vision of Escaflowne, Sailor Moon Crystal. MLP S05E05: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2nyl2c&#8217;
[14:29] <@Sylocat> (sorry, I don’t like DM either, but so far that’s all we got)
[14:29] <@Sylocat> …
[14:29] <@Sylocat> So… just a sec
01[14:32] <Froborr> back
[14:33] <@Sylocat> Welcome back
[14:33] <@Sylocat> Start in 2 minutes?
01[14:33] <Froborr> Can start now if you’re ready.
[14:34] <@Sylocat> Alright then… just a sec
[14:35] <@Sylocat> Okay, ready…
[14:35] <@Sylocat> Click
[14:35] <@Sylocat> Cloudsdale MOVES?
[14:35] <@Sylocat> And a callback to the Running of the Leaves!
01[14:35] <Froborr> Holy shit, Cloudsdale is mobile!
01[14:35] <Froborr> Oh no, does Tank hibernate?
01[14:36] <Froborr> Ah. Yes. Yes he does.
[14:36] <@Sylocat> He’s a reptile
[14:36] <@Sylocat> A sledding turtle. That’d be awesome
[14:36] <@Sylocat> AHAHAH
01[14:36] <Froborr> Oh. So no to hibernation, but cold shuts them down, yes?
[14:37] <@Sylocat> Just ask Fluttershy
01[14:37] <Froborr> So I guess in winter turtles are an indoor pet?
[14:37] <@Sylocat> Ah… which is precisely what she does
01[14:37] <Froborr> Gah! No OP!
01[14:37] <Froborr> *is disoriented*
[14:37] <@Sylocat> Wait, WHAT?
[14:37] <@Sylocat> No opening… huh? Why…
01[14:37] <Froborr> Oh. He IS going to hibernate?
[14:37] <@Sylocat> Eetup
[14:38] <@Sylocat> Given that Rainbow Dash said, “You know he’s not a bear, right?” I think it’s safe to assume she knows what hibernation is
01[14:38] <Froborr> Huh.
01[14:38] <Froborr> A quick google suggests tortoises actually DO hibernate.
[14:38] <@Sylocat> I did not know that
01[14:39] <Froborr> RD is racist.
[14:39] <@Sylocat> Dragons DO hibernate, on piles of gold
[14:40] <@Sylocat> Also, this is their first winter together? So I guess MTBPW does take place after Hearth’s Warming Eve
[14:40] <@Sylocat> Yikes
01[14:40] <Froborr> I am pretty sure that Ponyville is on Ohtori Central Time.
[14:40] <@Sylocat> Well, that works too
[14:41] <@Sylocat> Did she just do the AJ Lie Face?
[14:41] <@Sylocat> She’s going to steal winter! It’s a Grinch story!
01[14:41] <Froborr> And now she has the Grinch face.
[14:42] <@Sylocat> AHAHAH
01[14:42] <Froborr> Who’s on first with pegasus names, I love it.
[14:42] <@Sylocat> I was wondering when they were going to start doing name-confusion
01[14:43] <Froborr> My video froze.
[14:43] <@Sylocat> ?
01[14:43] <Froborr> Okay, got it back.
[14:43] <@Sylocat> Okay, unpaused then
01[14:43] <Froborr> I’ll let you know when RD’s song ends.
[14:44] <@Sylocat> This is an awesome song
[14:44] <@Sylocat> Whoa… cartoon physics!
[14:44] <@Sylocat> Yeesh… this is a scary episode
01[14:45] <Froborr> This is a pretty great song, yeah, but WOW is RD being selfish here.
01[14:45] <Froborr> She’s BASICALLY doing a smaller-scale version of Nightmare Noon.
01[14:45] <Froborr> …I meant “Moon,” but.
01[14:45] <Froborr> Song over.
01[14:45] <Froborr> Typo works better, I think.
[14:45] <@Sylocat> Song over here at about the same time, so I guess I unpaused just long enough after you
01[14:45] <Froborr> *nods*
[14:46] <@Sylocat> The typo does work better
[14:46] <@Sylocat> Apparently the CCG might have just given away the season-finale villain
01[14:46] <Froborr> I think the point at which you are planning to DESTROY YOUR HOMETOWN you should consider whether your plan has gone a bit awry.
[14:46] <@Sylocat> How did she unscrew those?
[14:47] <@Sylocat> Ahahah… Tank looks adorable in a worker uniform
[14:47] <@Sylocat> (but you really shouldn’t make pets wear clothes)
01[14:47] <Froborr> Tank ALWAYS looks adorable.
01[14:47] <Froborr> And agreed.
[14:47] <@Sylocat> I mean, make an exception for a helicopter, of course
01[14:47] <Froborr> Except for like, health reasons. (Small dogs that need sweaters to survive going on walks in winter, for example.)
[14:47] <@Sylocat> Uh oh…
01[14:47] <Froborr> Of COURSE make exception for helicopter.
[14:48] <@Sylocat> Worldbuilding!
[14:48] <@Sylocat> Uh… RD?
01[14:49] <Froborr> Rainbow Dash, Destroyer of Worlds.
[14:49] <@Sylocat> Yeah… this is a disaster movie
01[14:49] <Froborr> I mean seriously, how are they going to FIX this?
01[14:49] <Froborr> lol
[14:49] <@Sylocat> AHAHAHAHAHAAHHA
01[14:49] <Froborr> Was not expecting GoT reference there.
[14:49] <@Sylocat> Oh my god… they went there!
[14:51] <@Sylocat> What is that little… does she have turtle slippers and he has Rainbow Dash slippers?
01[14:51] <Froborr> RD’s blankets have the same pattern as the wallpaper in Toy Story.
01[14:51] <Froborr> Yes, yes they do. THat’s adorable.
[14:51] <@Sylocat> And how are they inside Rainbow Dash’s house? Did Twilight cast that cloud-walking spell on them again?
[14:51] <@Sylocat> Ouch
01[14:52] <Froborr> Damn, Fluttershy.
[14:52] <@Sylocat> Tough medicine
01[14:52] <Froborr> Apparently from what I was checking online, in the more northerly attitudes tortoises can hibernate for as much as EIGHT months a year.
[14:52] <@Sylocat> Whoa, really? Yeesh
[14:53] <@Sylocat> What the…
01[14:53] <Froborr> “RD crying, whatevs, but Fluttershy cry? *bawls*”
[14:53] <@Sylocat> Ahahahah… “Nope, I’m good.”
01[14:53] <Froborr> Applejack’s parents died when she was young, confirmed.
[14:53] <@Sylocat> Well… yes. True.
[14:55] <@Sylocat> Awwww
01[14:55] <Froborr> D’aawww Tank is too adorable!
01[14:55] <Froborr> Best pet.
01[14:56] <Froborr> That was really sweet!
01[14:57] <Froborr> Any thoughts?
[14:58] <@Sylocat> Maybe I shouldn’t show this episode to dad for a while… we just had to bury one of our cats
01[14:58] <Froborr> Oh.
01[14:59] <Froborr> Yeah, maybe not.
[14:59] <@Sylocat> But other than that… this was a good episode… a bit cringe-y in spots, but it was really sweet
01[14:59] <Froborr> This is pretty clearly about a pet dying, isn’t it?
[15:00] <@Sylocat> Well, it was also sort of about migration and the cycle of nature
01[15:00] <Froborr> A little bit I guess.
01[15:00] <Froborr> I mean, definitely the latter.
01[15:00] <Froborr> The former… ish?
[15:00] <@Sylocat> I thought I caught a little subtext there
[15:01] <@Sylocat> (oh, I wrote an obit for my dA journal, too: http://sylocat.deviantart.com/journal/Senseius-Maximus-1997-2015-528545616 )
[15:04] <@Sylocat> But anyway
[15:04] <@Sylocat> Sorry to ruin the mood
01[15:04] <Froborr> No worries, you didn’t.
01[15:06] <Froborr> Still, I don’t have much in particular else to say on the ep, so.

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