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After the chat, I will update this post with the log.
ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
01[14:05] <Froborr> The title of this episode has me excited. MAUD!
01[14:07] <Froborr> My feelings are roughly the same as Pinkie’s.
01[14:07] <Froborr> Dagit, I forgot to look at the train AGAIN!
01[14:08] <Froborr> Wait, doesn’t Rarity already have a shop in Manehattan?
01[14:08] <Froborr> Or was she just selling stuff on consignment at someone else’s shop? I forget.
01[14:11] <Froborr> Of COURSE Maud is an excellent ice skater.
01[14:11] <Froborr> …I *might* have a mental list of good restaurants that also have interesting/unique bathroom decor.
01[14:14] <Froborr> Lol, Big reference.
01[14:14] <Froborr> Big?
01[14:14] <Froborr> Crap, there were too many movies where kids turned into/swapped places with adults.
01[14:14] <Froborr> But I think the giant piano was big.
01[14:14] <Froborr> *Big I mean.
01[14:15] <Froborr> Obviously it was big.
01[14:15] <Froborr> Lol, ILU Maud.
01[14:15] <Froborr> Thermal expansion and soil settlement.
01[14:17] <Froborr> I like how “that cannon” was framed in the same way as “your eternal soul.”
01[14:17] <Froborr> Because for Pinkie it’s basically the same thing.
01[14:21] <Froborr> lol, “Hey”
01[14:23] <Froborr> I see offscreen teleportation runs in the family.
01[14:24] <Froborr> lol, not the only thing that runs in the family.
01[14:27] <Froborr> lol, the For Sale sign has the balloon from the OP.
01[14:27] <Froborr> Well, that was a fun, sweet little ep.
[14:28] <Arrlaari> We never did learn what that guy wanted Pinkie Pie’s party cannon for
[14:29] <Arrlaari> We clearly were meant to read him as having avaricious motive, but there’s no evidence of his being willing to part with it for bits
[14:29] <Arrlaari> Does that guy have a draconic horde of party cannons in his Manehattan apartment?
01[14:31] <Froborr> That seems the most likely explanation.
[14:32] <Arrlaari> so what is it about the train you keep forge4tting to look for?
01[14:32] <Froborr> Apparently Diamond Tiara is on it with the CMC?
[14:33] <Arrlaari> CMC are in the last car. There’s a pony visible to their right but she reads to me as being in the car in front of them.
[14:34] <Arrlaari> I was mistaken, I’d paused on a frame where a pony standing behind the train momentarily appears to be aboard
01[14:35] <Froborr> Hmm.
01[14:38] <Froborr> Well, I’ll look at it when we watch the next ep.
01[14:38] <Froborr> Any further thoughts before we move on?
01[14:38] <Froborr> (I enjoyed this episode but have no real thoughts on it.)
[14:40] <Arrlaari> Well it’s an episode where Maud Pie states the lesson, and they didn’t mess it up that I could see
01[14:40] <Froborr> Yep. Pretty straightforward.
01[14:50] <Froborr> CMC ep?
[14:50] <mere_oblivion> Yep
[14:51] <mere_oblivion> I’ve done that (crashed into things while admiring my own CM)
01[14:51] <Froborr> Mountain squaredancing, I love it.
01[14:52] <Froborr> Okay, that was an adorable cold open.
[14:52] <mere_oblivion> Adorability itself!
01[14:52] <Froborr> Yeah, I don’t see any difference from last season’s OP, I dunno what Sylo was talking about last time.
01[14:54] <Froborr> They’re talking to a baby, aren’t they?
01[14:54] <Froborr> Yep.
[14:54] <mere_oblivion> “Blank flank”!
[14:56] <mere_oblivion> Bulk Slabchest!
[14:57] <mere_oblivion> So weightlifters are kinda . . . intellectually challenged?
01[14:57] <Froborr> Yeah, it’s… a bit stereotyped, isn’t it?
01[15:00] <Froborr> Ah, yes, this is explring the “friends must do everything together at all times” fallacy.
01[15:01] <Froborr> I rewatched the last two eps of NGE this morning, and it amuses me how much this scene resonates with them thematically.
01[15:01] <Froborr> The whole “I don’t know who I am if I’m by myself” thing.
[15:02] <mere_oblivion> What’s NGE, again?
01[15:02] <Froborr> Neon Genesis Evangelion.
[15:02] <mere_oblivion> Ah.
01[15:03] <Froborr> Because, I mean, it’s hard to think of two cartoons more different than MLP and NGE.
[15:03] <mere_oblivion> Indeed.
[15:06] <mere_oblivion> “Without my friends, I dont think I’ll ever feel again.” That’s what I call dramatic.
01[15:06] <Froborr> Yeah, pretty extreme.
[15:07] <mere_oblivion> Apple Bloom’s ’round the bend!
01[15:12] <Froborr> lol at whatsisface showing off his cutie mark to the background ponies
01[15:12] <Froborr> That was okay I guess.
[15:12] <mere_oblivion> They seemed remarkably unimpressed
01[15:12] <Froborr> Yep.
[15:12] <mere_oblivion> I agree, okay but not stupendo
01[15:14] <Froborr> I dunno, both of today’s episodes felt a little… I dunno. Simple.
[15:15] <mere_oblivion> The second one certainly did.
[15:17] <mere_oblivion> So . . . do we have a plan yet for next week?
01[15:18] <Froborr> I’m gonna have to put up a post asking opinions, because Arrlaari just informed me that Sailor Moon Crystal is ALSO airing new episodes again.
[15:19] <mere_oblivion> Crikey!
[15:21] <mere_oblivion> I’ll keep an eye out for your post, then.
[15:22] <mere_oblivion> CU next week under whichever colors we end up flying.
01[15:23] <Froborr> Cool, see you then!
01[15:23] <Froborr> Any other comments before I post up?
[15:26] <Arrlaari> Nope.
[15:26] <mere_oblivion> Just wondering if the “target age” of the show has become a bit younger in the off season?
01[15:31] <Froborr> I dunno if it’s the target age has become younger, or that they’ve readjusted to the target age they’ve had all along after a season that catered a bit to much to the adult fans.