Monday, October 7, 2013

S01 E09 - "Bridle Gossip"

S01 E09 - "Bridle Gossip"

oh my god it's this fucking episode


Oh, hi there! I know, right? I was wondering if this blog is still a thing too...

Just kidding. I always planned to come back, but for the last couple of months I've been bombarded with overtime. Combined with my shit commute, I was lucky to sleep when I did, which included vast swaths of weekend. Unfortunately my blogging fell by the wayside, and for that I am truly sorry. But I will put every ounce of effort into getting these out more often.

I said that before? I meant it then too but, like, life happened. And life continues to happen in a way that gives me a little more time to do these, so I'm going to take advantage of it for as long as I can. One way is to make these short, sweet, and to the point. I like the 3 part structure I had going, but it's not a good idea if the schedule becomes interrupted again like it just was.

 I don't want to be that guy, the one who releases 2/3rds of a trilogy and has people wait infinity-billion days till the next one. Single episode blogs covering what I liked, what I hated, and my thoughts going into the next episode. I figure that there's a 99% chance that anyone reading this is already a Brony and knows the episodes, so a synopsis is mostly pointless if I'm not recapping things like before. Maybe I'll do a paragraph synopsis if I can think of anything funny. 

Should be good, right?

I hope so, because that is happening right now

What I Liked

Okay, first of all? It's apparent from the teaser that the background quality is going to be MUCH improved over the last one or two. I hope this gets more consistent as we go, because one thing I can say I like about the show is the backgrounds. Drawing all that pretty-ass shit in Flash must take for-fucking-ever and the artists have my respect for that alone. 

Pinkie Pie, your realistic musical bullshit looks fucking ridiculous and it's hilarious. That moment alone makes me like her more.

Applebloom looks like she could be really funny or reeeeeeeeeeeeally annoying down the line. Please, PLEASE be funny.

I guess Pinkie's song really was catchy if Twilight is dreaming about it. 

Rarity looks like some kind of Lovcraftian horror post-"curse" and I love it. Wait, are those supposed to be dreadlock-- no. Nope, nevermind. 

What I Did Not Like

what the fuck is this racist zebra horseshit 

A goddamn Dreamcatcher? At least keep your stereotypes straight, GAWD

Googling "Applebloom" and seeing the next search was "applebloom r34"

Why does she speak in rhyme? That's really annoying and not at all an allusion to rap.

I randomly thought of middle-aged black ladies with MLP themed weaves and outfits and there wasn't a picture of that on the internet.

"Thank Celestia"? She's officially a Goddess now, really? Ugh.

the book metaphor is so subtle you guys, no really

Final Thoughts

You know what? This episode was alright. Some unfortunate, and I'm assuming unintentional implications aside, Zecora's not bad. I found it a bit troubling when Adam told me that she was supposed to be the MLP equivalent of Guinan fron Star Trek: The Next Generation. I thought to myself "A Magical Negro? Really MLP? Come on..." At least it (probably) wasn't on purpose.

On the whole though, not bad. This episode did not make me want to throw up in my mouth a little with every frame of animation that played. Progress!

See you soon for Swarm of the Century!

-Apathy Pony


  1. I agree! Thanks for taking the time to review another episode. I thought pinkies' song was funny, and hilarious when fluttershy (guy) had to sing it again for her. I never really looked at Zecora as any racist thing, just a different character in the pony world.

  2. "what the fuck is this racist zebra horseshit" is admittedly my knee-jerk reaction, but I never thought it was anything intentional. Kind of like how they had an Asian Yellow Ranger and an African-American Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers-- to me it just looks kinda fucked up in retrospect. :P