When I heard about this episode, I knew this would be a good episode. But what we got really surpassed what my initial thoughts were. All episode long Discord was completely epic. He is the kind of character that could potentially have an infinite amount of jokes done with him. Every single moment from him was brilliant and his interactions with Fluttershy and the rest of the ponies were great. Also, that closing line was surprisingly not what I was expecting, kudos to them for that title namedrop. I give the episode a 9.5/10. Besides a few slow moments before Discord was brought back and a few moments after, this episode was perfect and could mean more Discord in the future, and good or bad I'm all for more Discord.
Alright, as I was watching this episode, I had a couple realizations. This first spoiler does not spoil the plot. If you already know the barest, basic premise of this episode, and/or have been viewing the discussions we've had of it, nothing contained within will surprise you. You can read this part only before seeing Keep Calm.
First, I realized that I like Rarity more than Pinkie. Rarity is now second-best pony.
Secondly, what the hell were we worrying about with this episode? Sure, the plot is contrived and very flimsy. Is that it? Why did Celestia send only two tickets when she specifically sent Twilight to Ponyville to make six friends? Why didn't Twilight understand that all of her friends were trying to show up Trixie, therefore it must be alright for her to do it herself? Why did Fluttershy screw everything up by keeping "just one" parasprite? To make for an entertaining episode.
It should be noted that Q appeared in several episodes of Star Trek, simply because he was an interesting character. On that note, the daleks in Doctor Who have been "eradicated" countless times, yet they're still appearing. Some things are too good to give up on. Why do we care?
Now, what follows is my thoughts on Keep Calm. This is spoilers.
This wasn't quite as bad as I had thought. The writers did a rather good job, considering. It was decently believable; both the idea of Discord duping Fluttershy for so long, and Celestia still not quite trusting him at the end, lent greatly to that. The parts when he realizes she's his friend could've been a lot more emotional, though; I still felt like he was lying, even at the end. But it was alright, and he was in-character for the most part. 6/10, generously.
I liked how Pinkie waved while Celestia was leaving in the first scene. Everyone else is showing immense concern, and she's just like "Kbaaai."
Rainbow had good characterization for once. She was able to show some of her bluntness without being a jerk by pointing out the obviousness of Discord's trickery. Also, it's shown that Pinkie isn't the only one who calls her "Dashie" (which is understandable in context, since she and Flutt were fillyhood friends).
Also, did she call him "Dickcord" early on? I think they may have been going for "Stickcord," but... that doesn't make any sense. You know that everyone heard "Dickcord." The hell?
I liked the background shenanigans throughout the episode. This show has never done that a whole lot, but it was pretty well-done here. I think I may have to rewatch it to see if I missed anything, because I almost missed the beavers in the part when they're headed toward the cottage.
The little bits of chaos were pretty cool, such as the gravy boat and flipping the cottage over. Not much else to say here. Also, I knew there was something up with the paper-eating; eating paper is a relatively normal thing, and I've known two real people who do it. If Discord didn't have some ulterior motive, he would've been eating wingnuts seasoned with bits of broken pottery.
Oh, and one thing I've said since the air of S2E1: he really should've sung!! Villain songs are always the best because they're in minor keys, and Discord could pull off the right mix of "playful" and "sinister" to make an absolutely delicious tune. See: .
One more thing, about the moral:
I wasn't sure what it was going to be for 80% of the episode. It all greatly depended on whether reforming him worked; it could've been not to be a pushover just because you want to make a friend, watch which people you try to be nice to, don't take advantage of your friends, don't be naive, and/or just the obvious don't be a jerk. In the end, it was that you have to take friendship seriously and realize just how important it is to you.
It was okay. I know the writers could have worked more on pacing than humor and stuff. Most of the episode was focused on humor and chaos stuff. I expect that from a Discord episode, but if they are going to add a theme to the end they might as well have it make sense.
Overall, I would have been happier if Discord was imprisoned again. I give this episode an 8/10, because Discord.
I agree. 'Twould've been better had he been imprisoned again. Also, if he's just put in a location somewhere and never heard from for the rest of the show, I'm gonna flip a thing. In that case, it would have all been for naught.
Commence the frickin' Fluttercord shipping.
Overall, that was an OK episode. Way too confusing though. What was the line that was apparently "delivered so perfectly that it'll cause the internet to explode"? Cause I didn't catch it. Also, heavy swearing is canon? Hm. Loads of references, I liked the Frogger one. It wasn't handled horribly, and that's what I was hoping for. Also, yus, song would've been awesome.
What was the line that was apparently "delivered so perfectly that it'll cause the internet to explode"?
I'm guessing it's "Oh fine. Friendshipismagic." Made me laugh out loud.
Also, since, presumably, they want to use Discord again at some point in the future, it's be cool to see where he lives. Like, if he's off living in a cave, or even if he has his own room in Canterlot castle or something, presumably, it's all chaosed up, since, you know, it's his room. It wouldn't really be evil to chaos that up. Do want to see.
Ok, the episode was good, but I didn't like how Discord just suddenly shifts to the 'I do like having a friend' attitude. It should have been a gradual change, like Fluttershy doing something kind and it showing him appreciating it, and you see his look of "Hmm, you know... this ain't too bad." Then by the end, when Fluttershy gets fed up with him and he suddenly realizes he may be losing her as a friend, the loss would have held some meaning and weight to it. As it worked in the episode, there really was no benefit shown of him having a friend other than him simply being annoyed.
It wasn't some issue with the pacing being too fast. No, it wasn't that at all. I think the pacing was fine. It's just that there could have have been less 'Oh Discord, you so silly' and more story driven parts, where you actually see his mind changing. But it was still a good episode overall, some story choices and fanon-murder aside.
Originally I was really hating the concept of this episode, but the way they presented it was adequate enough. Discord is still very much the Spirit of Chaos, just a more friendly one now. Chaos itself is neutral, it's normally just by chance it causes a burden to life. So with a lesson learned by the conscious aspect we can see a fair medium of friendly chaos. It definitely could have been a lot worse. Also happy The Stare didn't work on Discord, as that would have seriously undermined his power.
Though personally, I really liked the idea of Discord being almost... omnipresent with his force. Celestia, even if she could, would not destroy Discord as you need chaos simply for the world to function. It just needs to be balanced, which is why the Elements of Harmony work the way they do; they are not the opposite of chaos, but instead the shared balance of chaos and order; light and dark. They did not forgo all of chaos itself with Discord's entrapment, and this is why they (the Main Six) were allowed to release the Spirit of Chaos because they were capable, through the magic of friendship, to still achieve this balance.
Also, Celestia's magic can work against Discord in some ways now. Interesting. I wonder what suddenly allowed that?
Okay, I loved the humor, I loved the way the plot unfolded, I loved EVERYTHING except Discord's heel-face-turn. I don't like how Discord has that one stupid "I just want friends" thing. AND HE ADMITS IT'S JUST RANDOM. The show is making fun of ITSELF.
But you know, Fluttershy shows a semblance of a character. The humor is funny (To me). It's mildly competent in its story, the characters are in-character.
Yeah, if it weren't for that stupid ending I would like it. Me. Yeah, ME. THE GUY WHO HATES EVERYTHING. THE GUY WHO HAS TO TAG HIS STORY AS ALTERNATE UNIVERSE. ME.
Wait, that last one isn't needed. Anyways, I guess I should give a number.
Okay, going back into self-doubting recluse mode.
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This being the first episode in 3 weeks, I'm not sure if my opinion is being influenced by that. Regardless, it was a wonderful ep. Seeing Discord again was freaking amazing. He was funny as hell the entire time. I especially liked the dinner party with Discord. That entire scene was pure brilliance. I also quite enjoyed Fluttershy being forced to choose between "taking the easy way out" (that is, turning him back to stone) and trying to stick with her plan (befriend him). The interesting thing about the ep was that the entire time I was concerned that Discord was simply manipulating Fluttershy into turning against her friends so that he would be able to turn Ponyville back into the chaos capital of the world with no opposition. Also, seeing Discord's "emotional side" (as much as it pains me to use that term, I have no other fitting one) was quite great as well. It really humanized-err, ponyfied-umm...Draconeqqused him? Whatever. Point is, it made him far more relatable as a character and made his redemption much more believable. Hell, it made me sad for him.
In conclusion, wonderful episode. AND MAYBE WE'LL SEE MORE OF HIM NOW THAT HE ISN'T ENCASED IN STONE *COUGH COUGH*
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Woah, wait a second. How does Ice Pick have blue eyes? He's a zebra, yes? Or is he mixed a zebrule?
Having read all the Ice Pack comics that manifested them on Derpibooru, which is to say: I believe all of them... I don't know. It's just there. And no one's bothered to ask, or Weaver bothered to answer. Probably a design thing.
But, hey. This is a cartoon where ponies can be pink, purple, cyan, and other awkward colors.
Though personally, I really liked the idea of Discord being almost... omnipresent with his force.
I agree with this. Immortal Game Discord has always been my second-favorite interpretation of him, right under the Dark Thresholds Discord that never saw the light of day. Dunno, I've always liked things that are divine, mystical, and unexplainable even in a magical universe. My overexplaining of everything has never allowed me to write like that, but I enjoy it when I see it, and it's a little sad that Discord no longer matches it.
I don't like how Discord has that one stupid "I just want friends" thing. AND HE ADMITS IT'S JUST RANDOM.
Although, isn't it a bit justified to have a literal manifest of chaos do/feel something for absolutely no reason whatsoever? Seems more in-"character" for Discord than anything else, at least to me.
Then again, Cheerilee defines him as representing "a lack of harmony between ponies," i.e. strife rather than true chaos. There is a thin, but very important line there. It's also very debatable depending on the context, as Cheerilee may not know her stuff and/or the legend may not perfectly mirror the truth, which itself may be unknown to even the Princesses.
It did. It also offered a decent headcanon--I had heard explanations before that the lack of stallions was due to a war, and Big Mac was discharged/dodged the draft because of his injury in Applebuck Season.
And no one's bothered to ask, or Weaver bothered to answer. Probably a design thing.
But, hey. This is a cartoon where ponies can be pink, purple, cyan, and other awkward colors.
I refuse to accept such a simple explanation. Go ask him.
Although, in the show, I was never able to accept the idea that Smarty Pants was female. The stallion-shaped head, short mullet, and pants all threw it off for me, even though Twilight referred to her as "she" several times. Meh.