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This is a special pic that I put together and did in honour of the My Little Pony "One Bad Apple" episode. This is made in a "what if" style from a first person perspective, in this case from Sweetie Belle. after saying that famous line in the episode.
This pic also accompanies a special journal post that I wrote covering my experiences of being bulled: rjrgmc28.deviantart.com/journa…
This pic was also used in thundercracker417's comic "There, There Sweetie": thundercracker417.deviantart.c…
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WARNING: As per my previous posts on this topic, it contains items that are from a personal retrospective and are based on my thoughts and mine alone. Trolls, haters and wannabe heroes who want to cause trouble will be dealt with and run the risk of being reported. This post also may contains some spoilers for those who haven't seen the show yet, so you've been warned.
With that said....
"Thank you Fluttershy. I knew my fillyhood friend would be there for me and see it through! I couldn’t have done it with you." - Wonderbolt Academy: Worth the Hype? (16/12/12)
Season 4, without a doubt has seen some changes in personality in the Mane 6 as a whole.
One of the Mane 6, Rainbow Dash, a proud pegasus mare born and raised from Cloudsdale has always had a dream. A dream to join Equestria's elite flyers. A dream to join the prestigious Wonderbolts.
But to get into the Wonderbolts, you need to work hard, train hard and even dedicate some study time on the history to make that first stepping stone into the big time.
"So Rainbow Dash? Have you been studying for your Wonderbolts Reserves exams? You better have not left it to the last minute and went on a all night cramming session! This is your big chance to achieve your fillyhood dream to join the elite flyers in all of Equestria!"
So did she pass her exam? Well the new episode titled Testing, Testing 1.2.3 which went to air this morning will give us that answer and a whole lot more.
The Egghead vs. The Young Flyer
Flashcards? Its all digital these days Twilight! #MLPSeason4
When you think study, exams and "Peter Perfect" results, you have to come across one unicorn, now turned alicorn mare known as Twilight Sparkle. She too has come a long say since those early days where some fans hated her guts to no end and wrote her off as a character with no relations in real life.
But let us stop there for a minute.
Twilight is just getting used to her wings and Rainbow Dash wants to study for the test. These two ponies are totally and completely different in both personality and also skills.
So when you put the two together, you end up with the most explosive situation but yet it is a exciting and funny scene that was well thought of.
You have the flashcards, the cue cards, textbooks on the Wonderbolts history with highlight marks inside and goodness knows how much the fines would be if you did that to a real book plus a pop quiz at the end of it all with no lifelines and no Eddie to give you small hints on what the answers are.
Tensions rose and eventually it almost came to blows but Fluttershy stepped in before the punches could fly.
After that, the episode just kept getting better.
Please Do Not Adjust Your Set
Please do not adjust your monitor or TV set. This segment was intended to be like this. No need for stretch-o-vision here. #MLPSeason4
I can reassure you, do not change the aspect ratio on your TV or monitor! Watching ponies in stretch-o-vision is a bad idea. #MLPSeason4
If you want a way to study for a test, but don't have the time or the skills like Twilight, then do what Pinkie does....rap it!
The rap sequence was yet another technological challenge for DHX and they pulled it off without a hitch and with Pinkie Pie and Vinyl Scratch in the same room, in the same place at the same time, who could have thought that they would work so well together?
The visuals of the rap sequence were amazing and the throwback to the childhood where VHS ruled the home entertainment market, laserdiscs and appliances were expensive as heck due to the Wholesale Sales Tax (WST) and Australia was actually winning at sports and not being hounded or put down in the media if they lost.
Who could have thought putting together a sequence based on 1990's technology of physical video mixers, VHS or Betacam broadcast video quality and even emulating the sound of the video tape at the time was a pretty amazing feat in it's self, even right down to the aspect ratio.
More of the technology throwbacks in the episode also included the rewinding sequences when Rainbow Dash was flying with Twilight and the breaking down of a segment of her fight, even right down to the Cutie Mark Crusaders (CMC) visit to Sugarcube Corner.
This would be the stage for one of the final scenes that would be remembered for years to come.
Visual Studying, 5,000 Ft Above the Air
The last scene in the episode was something that was unique in it's self, despite having to take my focus away from the action to report spammers distributing viruses and malware on the official show hashtag.
Watching the scene again this time with full concentration in tow just not only put a smile on my face after the events of the last few days sending me into a depressive flunk, but also brought a few tears to my eyes in the process.
Where do I begin?
Do I start talking about the CMC's and their EUP (Earth, Unicorn and Pegasi) chant to Dash? The one where Scootaloo, who idolises Rainbow Dash helps her out with pride in her voice?
Or when an entire town, after many great years of service to Rainbow decided to repay the favour and help out in her studying by placing signs and even dressing up in the traditional Wonderbolts outfits and giving Dash hints of their history?
I can't say much more about this sequence other than, it was a real eye opener for me.
While I had an easy road through my schooling in both primary and secondary, I had trouble studying as well and even though I had two exams to do in my Higher School Certificate, the study for those exams was not easy.
This scene and the episode in general reflected some of those elements that I had to go through in real life and without a doubt, it was a well crafted piece that deserves a true place in MLP history.
What an episode! Not much more to say that Rainbow Dash passed her exam and she is Wonderbolts bound! Well done! #MLPSeason4
In the end, this episode while I didn't pay much attention due to the spammers on Twitter running riot was a very good one to watch on the second time around.
I don't have much else to say due to the events of the last couple of days putting me out to dry, but with five episodes remaining in the season and the synopsis and title revealed for the finale on May 10, this season is going to go out with a huge roar of approval from the fans.
Now to look forward to a week away from the ponies and start making plans to move before Trade Ya airs.
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