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ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
[14:00] <Sylocat> Why isn’t she carrying him?
[14:00] <Sylocat> There
[14:00] <Sylocat> Ah, exposition!
[14:01] <Sylocat> So, Pinkie Pie, Rarity and Applejack on a boat trip together? I’m surprised they didn’t show us the hijinks on that
[14:01] <Sylocat> Uh oh
[14:01] <Sylocat> That good, huh?
01[14:01] <Froborr> So, based on the title, I’m expecting Rashopon.
[14:02] <mere_oblivion> Excellent!
[14:02] <Sylocat> I’m predicting a whole lot of flashbacks one way or the other
[14:02] <Sylocat> But yeah, a Rashopon episode would be awesome
[14:02] <Sylocat> Oh, that’s right, each of the three have a pet! I never really thought of the parallels before now
[14:03] <Sylocat> Does Tara get to do voice impressions as she reads all the letters now?
[14:03] <mere_oblivion> Y not?
01[14:03] <Froborr> All of the Mane Six have pets, though these three are probably the most prominent.
[14:03] <Sylocat> Ahaha… Pinkie wrote her letter right on Gummy?
01[14:03] <Froborr> At least lately… Angel used to be around a lot more.
[14:03] <Sylocat> (ah, good point… though we haven’t seen Tank since he, er, “hibernated”)
[14:04] <Sylocat> Spike doesn’t want to get involved in this. He’s wise
[14:04] <mere_oblivion> Or he was using reverse psychology on Rarity
[14:05] <Sylocat> Ahahahah… ARRR MATEY
[14:05] <Sylocat> They each have different ideas of what a boat trip should entail
[14:05] <Sylocat> Applejack wants a pirate-themed adventure, Rarity wants a luxury yacht party, and Pinkie… wants it to be exactly like every other party she throws
[14:06] <Sylocat> Ooh, a squall!
[14:06] <Sylocat> I love the animation on this episode
[14:07] <mere_oblivion> The storm is quite terrifying
[14:07] <Sylocat> I think I catch some cel-shading here
01[14:07] <Froborr> Oh yeah, especially the water.
[14:07] <Sylocat> I mean, the whole show is made in Flash, so CGI isn’t really cheating here
[14:08] <Sylocat> Yep, it’s a Rashomon episode. Awesome
[14:09] <Sylocat> Ah, so the recurring theme is “Out of their element.”
[14:09] <Arrlaari> “Out of their element” == “into MY element”
[14:09] <Sylocat> Yep.
[14:11] <Sylocat> This is sort of approaching the spa episode’s theme from another angle
01[14:12] <Froborr> ahahaha “luxury cruises never sink”
[14:12] <Sylocat> Ah, the plot thickens
[14:13] <Sylocat> Each of them blames one of the other
[14:13] <Sylocat> More than the third
[14:13] <mere_oblivion> I didn’t know boats could be outed
[14:14] <Arrlaari> Huh, Applejack admits to sinking the food
[14:14] <Arrlaari> Which Pinkie and Rarity blame on each other
01[14:14] <Froborr> Well, there are gay and lesbian ships, so why not boats?
[14:14] <mere_oblivion> indeed
[14:14] <Sylocat> *groan*
[14:15] <Sylocat> “A weasel in a henhouse?” That’s a new one
[14:15] <Sylocat> I prefer “Weasel after the storm”
[14:16] <Sylocat> Ah, Twilight applying deductive reasoning
[14:16] <Sylocat> Oh, this can’t end poorly
01[14:17] <Froborr> …the gods of sea and storm hate cucumber sandwiches?
[14:17] <mere_oblivion> smart gods!
[14:17] <Sylocat> I had a feeling Pinkie would teleport
[14:18] <Sylocat> AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH
01[14:18] <Froborr> lol
[14:18] <Sylocat> I should have seen that coming, but I didn’t
[14:19] <Sylocat> Whoa, Froborr was right!
[14:19] <Sylocat> Is that Steven MAgnet?
[14:21] <Sylocat> D’awwww
[14:22] <Sylocat> Not bad at all!
[14:23] <Sylocat> First off, though, thoughts?
[14:25] <mere_oblivion_> I done frozed up–trying again
[14:25] <Sylocat> Uh oh. Anyone else having problems?
01[14:25] <Froborr> I’m fine where computer is concerned.
[14:26] <mere_oblivion_> Sylo, please resend the link to the next ep . . .
01[14:26] <Froborr> Inexplicably exhausted, though, hence relative lack of comment.
[14:26] <mere_oblivion_> must be something going around–i’m exhausted in equally inexplicable fashion
[14:27] <mere_oblivion_> Thanks–i seem to’ve resigned on as mere_oblivion_, but that’s fine
[14:27] <Sylocat> Yeah, it always adds an underscore when you sign back in under a name that’s already there
[14:28] <mere_oblivion_> Ohhhh . . . ‘kay, I’m at the new one and rarin 2 go
[14:28] <Arrlaari> That episode was ok and I don’t see much beneath the surface of it to talk about
01[14:28] <Froborr> Yeah, that too.
[14:29] <Sylocat> Yeah… it was a fun one, but not the most complex
[14:29] <Sylocat> Shall we press on?
[14:29] <mere_oblivion_> sure
01[14:29] <Froborr> Sounds good.
[14:29] <Sylocat> Okay then…
[14:30] <Sylocat> Continuity!
[14:31] <Sylocat> …Seems like an easy mistake to rectify.
[14:31] <Arrlaari> Based on the title I suspect it’s going to be less about the mixup than her attempt to hide it
[14:31] <Sylocat> Oh, and they rectified it! I wonder what the rest of the episode will be about
[14:32] <Sylocat> Ooh, is this another flashback episode?
[14:32] <mere_oblivion_> Sure is
[14:32] <Sylocat> Daww, teenage Applejack and Big Macintosh
[14:32] <Sylocat> Dang, he was talkative then
[14:33] <Arrlaari> So young Mac is a chatterbox
[14:33] <mere_oblivion_> Will there be a The Trauma That SIlenced Big Mac episode?
01[14:33] <Froborr> Spoiled Milk
[14:34] <Sylocat> Ah, so it all ties in
[14:34] <Sylocat> Oh dear
[14:35] <Arrlaari> “And you bein’ quiet” nice
[14:35] <Sylocat> “Now Horace, I warned you about thinkin!'”
[14:36] <Sylocat> Ah, so the reason they rectified the error right at the start of the episode was because in the past, they didn’t do that
[14:37] <Sylocat> Ouch
[14:37] <Sylocat> Uh oh
[14:37] <Sylocat> Awkward
[14:39] <Sylocat> Oh dear oh dear oh dear
01[14:39] <Froborr> Ah, the Ferris Beuller thing is happening, of course.
[14:40] <Sylocat> Ten to one the entire town comes to wish her well
[14:42] <Sylocat> This is one of those that’s heavy on the cringe
[14:44] <Sylocat> And now Granny Smith gets asked to consult on a surgery or something?
[14:44] <Sylocat> I like the mane on the receptionist
[14:45] <Sylocat> This is the strangest-decorated hospital I’ve ever seen. It must have been remodeled since then
[14:46] <Sylocat> It really is Big Mac’s origin story
[14:46] <mere_oblivion_> Eyup
[14:47] <mere_oblivion_> The decorating is roughly 1973 motel in Orange County California
[14:47] <Sylocat> (what’s that a reference to?)
01[14:48] <Froborr> And it’s an 18th century operating theater, too.
[14:48] <mere_oblivion_> My sad memories of life in LA in the mid-70s
[14:48] <Sylocat> This reminds me of Young Doctors In Love
[14:51] <Sylocat> Wow.
[14:51] <mere_oblivion_> Young Doctors in Love–now there’s a blast from the past!
[14:52] <Sylocat> That’s one of those things where I think it’s really good but I had such a hard time actually WATCHING it
01[14:52] <Froborr> How do you mean?
[14:52] <mere_oblivion_> i second Froborr’s query
[14:53] <Arrlaari> cringe moments, he mentioned earlier
[14:53] <Arrlaari> Basically whenever Applejack was nearly caught and was inventing the next lie, that’s a cringe moment and some folk find it hard to bear
[14:53] <mere_oblivion_> Ah.
[14:54] <Sylocat> Something like that.
01[14:54] <Froborr> Ah.
[14:54] <mere_oblivion_> Sylo and i are familiar w/each other’s cringe moments!
01[14:54] <Froborr> Whereas I found it difficult to stay awake.
[14:54] <Sylocat> But at the same time it’s a really relatable and funny episode, I think
01[14:54] <Froborr> But I don’t think that’s an indictment of the episode so much as on how tired I am.
[14:54] <Sylocat> Yeah, you mentioned that before
[14:55] <Sylocat> So it may be a good thing that you don’t have time for a third ep today
01[14:55] <Froborr> Yeah.