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Post by Guest on Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:34 pm

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Post by Meleagridis on Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:07 pm

Haunted house episode. Good. Episode itself wasn't stellar, but it's always nice to check something off of the 'required children's show premise' list.

It was silly. And if I'm being honest, I laughed. And for being such a light-hearted one, it sure lives in the past a lot. Given the season opener's lore focus, I'm wondering if more of this season will have that.
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Post by Downloaded Skill on Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:08 pm

Honestly I thought this episode was pretty mediocre from an entertainment and story standpoint. I'll give the new writer credit though, he really had a good understanding of most of the characters sans pinkie. Pinkie has gotten more childish in this season and I really don't want her to become a "we need something wacky to happen so lets have her do it" character. I usually like it when a character lampshades an improbability, but when she commented that she didn't know how to play the organ while playing it flawlessly it just felt even cheaper.

I also thought the plot and some of the traps seemed contrived and how everything important, the traps and the books, was in mint condition while everything else was falling apart. I guess I just prefer more character driven episodes.

This episode does suggest some interesting things though. There was a male alicorn statue, the journal implies that Celestial built the castle to be that creepy for Luna's sake, and the shadow pony actually exists. I hope it just doesn't disappear though, that would just be a waste.
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Post by OneMoreDaySK on Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:14 pm

"Pony of Shadows is just an old mare's tale"
Coming from the one who was proving NMM existed.

Wasn't Pinkie the one who doesn't like scaring Fluttershy, or was all the keystrokes to castle traps random happenstance? 

Pinkie as the bell ringer was hilarious though, as well as Twilight not giving a feather about the spooky noises.

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Post by swicked on Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:40 pm

OneMoreDaySK wrote:"Pony of Shadows is just an old mare's tale"
I remembered her using that phrase, "old mare's tale", before.
This time she said "old pony's tale".
I found it odd.

In any case, that episode was FANTASTIC and I laughed so very much!

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Post by Moodyman90 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:51 pm

Just watched the episode and thought I'd do the running thought commentary.

Running thoughts:


Spoiler:

Okay, Twilight is still in Ponyville, cool.

Ooo, book-gasm. Still Twilight to be sure.

Interesting spiders you have there...

Ha, ponies, COVERED IN BEES! Must be a slow day for Rainbow Dash and Applejack to be doing these dares though...

Ah Gummy, don't ever change.

And into the Everfree they go, followed by or behind in this case, of Rarity and Fluttershy for what reason? "Imagine those tapestry rotting away in there going to waste!"
They've been rotting for over 1000 years! if I hadn't seen two still standing when Twilight showed up I'd say they're long gone. Though that library seems to be in good condition. And okay, Star Spiders.

Pinkie is gonna show up near the end as one of the Ponies of Shadows before an actual one shows up isn't she? I do like the nod that there's still bits of Darkness from Nightmare Moon still around though.

And into Scooby Doo territory they go with secret doors and misunderstandings! 

Hurt wing, well that's one way to keep Fluttershy grounded. And Angel hits a button for a trap door while talking about them, nice.

Eye moved on a picture, looks like a familiar eye as well.

So... both sister's used the same journal? Bet that got awkward at times. How does that work? They use alternate pages and promise not to read the others?

I smell new meme image with these faces. Weird ass castle though. They probably use the secret passages more than the regular ones back in the old days...

Organ player is Pinkie. Calling it now. 

Oh, okay, she wants to restore the tapestry. Must have missed that and that makes more sense.

I like the armor, very nice.

Nice dragon gargoyle! And whoever is playing (Pinkie) organ'd up some more carrots for Angel while almost killing Applejack...

Wow, Rarity is yelling at a castle, she's lost it. And so is Rainbow Dash... guess they all met up. Also, Fluttershy can fly.
Poor Fluttershy thinking Angel died.

Freeze spell? Okay.

"That's just an old ponies tell" Yeah we know how unreliable those are. *cough* Mare of the Moon *cough*

And the Organ player is! Pinkie! Called it! Breath girl!  Damn!

Lesson of the day, don't let your imagination go crazy and friendship is still awesome. Okay.

And it's only Celestia's diary, okay. But it said of the Two sisters. Oh whatever. Share journal, okay.

And yet something still lurks.... looks to be like some of the leftover Darkness of Nightmare Moon to me. If it's evil that is.

Overall I enjoyed it. Guess it's too soon to actually find a key for the chest, or even to learn much about it, but maybe this will set up more stuff for later, like an enemy. And I guess a share journal is a good enough substitute for the letters to Celestia.
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Post by Guest on Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:58 pm

Moodyman90 wrote:

And yet something still lurks.... looks to be like some of the leftover Darkness of Nightmare Moon to me. If it's evil that is.
Reminded me of Zecora's eyes. Pinkie's a tarp thief.

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Post by Moodyman90 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:00 pm

I goofed up, I typed familiar eyes when talking about the paintings watching. To be honest I didn't recognized the eye, but the painting itself.

Though yes, the glowy yellow eyes at the end did look like the same one they used for Zecora, but it's not uncommon for them to reused stuff like that.
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Post by Guest on Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:06 pm

Yup, they're certainly guilty of that.

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Post by swicked on Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:33 pm

As soon as it looked like the rest of the cast was going to be at the castle, I was looking for Pinkie, so I assumed the mare of shadows had to be her.
That said, at the very end, when they showed the cloaked figure with glowing yellow eyes... yeah. Only one known character that can do that, and it's Zecora.
...not that I expect this to be brought up again :P

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Re: S04E03- Castle Maneia

Post by CamoBadger on Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:01 am

Ugh, this season man...
At least we seem to be done with letters about... oh wait, nevermind. 

Also, hello new villain, glad we won't see you again until the season finale if this follows the same trend as last season. And honestly I wouldn't mind that because I saw you in the new promo. You look horrible and you should feel horrible.

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Post by swicked on Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:09 am

I loved a lot of the dialogue from this episode.
Was I the only one?

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Post by Moodyman90 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:27 am

I don't think you was the only one. Dialogue is something I take for granted and generally like anything that isn't stiff exposition or word vomit.

I did enjoy the back and forth between the characters.
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Post by Downloaded Skill on Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:48 am

The thing about the dialogue was that it was pretty much only focused on their own individual goals. Rarity never really shifted off her restoration topic, Fluttershy kept going on about Angel, Twilight obsessed over books, AJ and RD kept going on about who was the bravest pony. They may have talked, but to me there wasn't much in the way of actual conversation. No one really acknowledged the others points. They might as well have just talked to themselves.
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Post by jacky2734 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:53 am

Did anyone else catch the part where the journal said that the sole purpose of the trap doors, secret passages and creepy decorations were for the amusement of the Princesses?
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Post by swicked on Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:56 am

jacky2734 wrote:Did anyone else catch the part where the journal said that the sole purpose of the trap doors, secret passages and creepy decorations were for the amusement of the Princesses?
Err.. yeah, that was the point of it and why Twilight wasn't scared of any of it.

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Post by Formis_Fluttergod on Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:54 am

I liked it, though considering it started off as a plot-driven episode I would've liked if it stayed there. Once they all decided to venture into the castle it became kinda clear what's gonna happen but that made it more hilarious to watch. The interaction between them was well-done (For some reason I really liked Rarity's line "She's with me.", don't ask me why.).
The eyes at the end, yeah, Zecora comes to mind first, but who knows. It's probable they'll never tell us. Twilight crazy 

Downloaded Skill wrote:... Pinkie has gotten more childish in this season and I really don't want her to become a "we need something wacky to happen so lets have her do it" character. I usually like it when a character lampshades an improbability, but when she commented that she didn't know how to play the organ while playing it flawlessly it just felt even cheaper.
To be fair, she said she didn't know she could play it, not that she didn't know how to play it. Spike 

CamoBadger wrote:Ugh, this season man...
At least we seem to be done with letters about... oh wait, nevermind.

Also, hello new villain, glad we won't see you again until the season finale if this follows the same trend as last season. And honestly I wouldn't mind that because I saw you in the new promo. You look horrible and you should feel horrible.
You didn't like them sending letters to Celestia? How did you make it through the first two seasons? Derpy Hooves 
And which new promo are you talking about?

OneMoreDaySK wrote:Wasn't Pinkie the one who doesn't like scaring Fluttershy, or was all the keystrokes to castle traps random happenstance?
I'd say she found out the organ could activate some of the traps in the castle, but didn't know what keys did what.
Coicidence, as improbable as that is with Pinkie Pie.
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Post by Moodyman90 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:08 am

Chances are that if Pinkie knew playing the organ was activating traps and was the direct cause of scaring Fluttershy she probably wouldn't do it, if the writer cared about continuity.

That said, did Pinkie even know what the organ did or was she just playing it to play it cause "Party!"?  I mean, it would make ore sense if she didn't know the organ was activating trap doors and whatnot and just happened to have good timing since she almost sent Applejack falling off the side of the castle.
For the Princesses( with their wings) or not, a door that leads to a sudden drop outside of the castle that over a cliff is not safe.
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Post by Aonee on Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:16 pm

I think the door being there makes sense. Since all the things there were to keep Luna entertained, that seemed like a pretty good place to take off for a quick flight. Not sure why it was connected to the organ though.
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Post by Moodyman90 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:55 pm

Well it was called the Organ to the Outside or whatever. But I'm just saying, for ponies who can't fly that door is a death trap.
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Post by CamoBadger on Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:22 pm

CamoBadger wrote:Ugh, this season man...
At least we seem to be done with letters about... oh wait, nevermind.

Also, hello new villain, glad we won't see you again until the season finale if this follows the same trend as last season. And honestly I wouldn't mind that because I saw you in the new promo. You look horrible and you should feel horrible.
You didn't like them sending letters to Celestia? How did you make it through the first two seasons? Derpy Hooves 
And which new promo are you talking about?
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Post by Aonee on Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:30 pm

Moodyman90 wrote:Well it was called the Organ to the Outside or whatever. But I'm just saying, for ponies who can't fly that door is a death trap.
Yea, it would make sense if you activated the thing when you were there; Earth Ponies and Unicorns could completely avoid it while Luna could easily use it. I don't really understand why the switch for it is in a faraway roomthat would take someone else playing the organ to activate for Luna. Maybe Skew had some magic thingy to communicate with whoever was in the organ room?
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Post by Formis_Fluttergod on Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:58 pm

CamoBadger wrote:
CamoBadger wrote:Ugh, this season man...
At least we seem to be done with letters about... oh wait, nevermind.

Also, hello new villain, glad we won't see you again until the season finale if this follows the same trend as last season. And honestly I wouldn't mind that because I saw you in the new promo. You look horrible and you should feel horrible.
You didn't like them sending letters to Celestia? How did you make it through the first two seasons? Derpy Hooves 
And which new promo are you talking about?
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Oh, this villain. Well, that one has most likely nothing to do with this episode, and we're probably gonna see her in episode 6. Spike 
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