VIDEO: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Over a Barrel”

Ryan risks the wrath of the Bronies by taking on the show known to many as the scourge of the internet, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic! Despite being outside the target demographic (or is he?), Ryan keeps an open mind as he watches the adventures of six magical talking ponies in the land of Equestria, in one of the show’s weaker outings, “Over a Barrel”, a misguided attempt to teach kids about the horrors of Manifest Destiny—only, this trail of tears is not covered in tears, but apple pies!

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn’t. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

TV Show: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Tag: My Little Pony Episode Recaps

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  • Rob

    In the spirit of this lousy episode (but from, as always, an excellent SMG) we need to give them all–ponies and broines alike–blankets with smallpox

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Hey now, some of my biggest fans are Bronies…

  • Commanderraf

    I don’t know what makes you more brave in my eyes: that you watched all MLP:FiM episodes or that you’re risking your neck by saying negative things about this show.

    Although I think the beligerent followers -the chans- are losing their interest in the show: My Little Pony General Threads are now less frequent.

    Anyway, great recap.

    • Tresjin Charvanek

      Nah, the General Thread (at least on /co/) is consistent and continuing, though unless you’re looking for it, or using the tracker, it’s easier to miss when it hits bump post limit and falls off page 0 for a while. Aside from that time when the threads were banned for a day or so, and the times 4chan itself has gone offline, there’s been a more-or-less unbroken string of at least one General Thread being up at all times going back to October 2010.

      And since they kept those threads going even through the five months of no new episodes, plus season 2 being better in many respects than season 1, I’m not sure I see that fading soon either. But keep in mind that, it being a -chan and all, it’s liable to give one exaggerated ideas of what the rest of the people who watch the show are like.

  • Monterey Jack

    This is the first time I’ve seen a single frame of footage from this show, although I’ve been aware of the “Brony” movement for a while now (and have seen a large amount of animated forum avatars inspired by the show). I dunno…the animation looks stylish enough, but I can’t get why so many adult males are so INSISTENT about everyone else loving the show as much as they do.

    • handsome pete

      Well it is a weaker one, as the description says.

  • I knew this was coming, but the Agony Booth did a better job at pointing out flaws than the ponygoons cause…well…most of the time people who are not rabid fans do a better job reviewing. I would ask for more episodes, but I fear the sanity of Ryan and his followers.

  • Matt_Aletharch

    Long-term Agony Booth lurker, first-time poster. Ryan, this episode was superb even by your high standards. I laughed a lot, while also learning a lot about a show I’d never even heard of. Here in the UK we have a well-respected and award-winning media commentary/satire show called Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – the writing, delivery and pitch-perfect editing of Saturday Morning Glory gives our esteemed Mr Brooker more than a run for his money, and he has the might of the BBC behind him. And you genuinely came across as having thoroughly researched the show and its history, which was very impressive. Looking forward to your next show!

  • I love the show but hey, different strokes for different folks. I never fell in love with the Simpsons even when it was it it’s absolute best, so in the end it’s all taste. I do totally agree though, that Over A Barrel is *WEIRD* and has some big problems.

  • Derek

    Possibly my least favorite episode of the series, though i personally liked feeling pinkie keen, and the message of that episode wasn’t about religion at all, faust herself said it was a message that could apply to anything.

    but anyways, the “hype” isn’t so much centered around how good the show is. I mean, I’m someone who is just obsessed with the show (though it doesn’t interfere with my responsibilities), and even i will tell you the show isn’t standout amazing. The Walking Dead has far more production and entertainment value, but i enjoy MLP more than i enjoy that.

    It’s really the fandom that gets people excited, cause there is just this huge group of people we can share this fun, cute program with and just share a common interest. not to mention the many talented artists and musicians that create copious amounts of content based on the show.

    not to mention the show is just such a fresh breath of air compared to most other programming on TV nowadays.

  • handsome pete

    I would also agree that the show is a standout only because it’s in a field where standing out isn’t currently very hard. Like Big Bang Theory.

  • Cristiona

    Pretty even and accurate review, honestly.

    However, I’ve gotta ask: now that you’ve watched everything for the show, will you continue to watch it?

  • Connie333

    Heh, the part where the buffalo “dies” from pie is a lot like the epic paintball battle in “Spaced”.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1yuhBtdHL0
    I’ve never seen this show but I still have the “My Little Pony” song book from the original movie and my three year old brother ate the tail off my Lemon Drop toy. Does that mean that he’s a Bronie?

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Sounds like pretty conclusive evidence to me…

  • Sofie Liv

    I was planning to address this as a video of my own at some point, but I might as well bring the point across now.

    What I really like about this show is, the prior yeas that has been girl shows aimed at girls, but I always got the sense it was written by adult men who writes what they “think” girls likes.
    And all these shows are ever about is the main characters talking about. “Social status.” “Boys” and “Clothes.”

    Over and over and over and over and over and ARGH! Even if the three main characters a super spies! They will ALWAYS in every single episode talk about this stuff, and it’s freaking annoying! According to girls television you are not good enough if you are not super hot, likes and care about this stuff.

    The new my little pony show, though being aimed for girls has NONE of that!
    Girl characters with actual personality which is each widely DIFFERENT! and it doesn’t even play that big a part whether they are girls or boys really, which is GLORIUS!
    The only character who falls into the category of what I would have been used to in girl shows is Rarity, but it works here because A; she’s the only one so that makes her a distinctive character B; she’s actually not nearly as shallow as what I usually get, plus her personality also often get the flaws exposed, some-thing which rarely happens other places.

    And well, I personally like this show, it’s fun, entertaining, characters distinctive and even rich, it’s not pretentious e but pretty darn self aware. Maybe it’s not that deep or meaningful, but it is one of the best things currently running in kids television if you ask me.

    • Priscilla

      I think the fact that the creator and a good chunk of the writers are women probably helps.

      • Sofie Liv

        I do to. And honestly it makes me happy, and I hope in some-way or another this will be a trend setter for how to write females in the future.
        Way to often when you write a show, whether it it’s children or what-ever, you’ll often have the main cast which is boys and then “The female.” whom is “The female.” before she’s a character, which is often obvious. Here they are characters first and females lies not even second, but nine or ten down the line. And that is how it’s done, how it should be done in also hollywood movies and so ford, but just isn’t.

    • Crazy Fish

      I find Rarity interesting for another reason. As was pointed out to me, in a typical “for girls” show or movie, Rarity is the kind who would be the villain. You know, she’d be the pretty mean girl who only cares about her looks and social status. While she does retain a part of that, she still manages to be a good guy because she knows when to sacrifice those things for the good of others.

    • Black-mamba69

      A good theory, but 2 probelms:

      1) the writer IS a woman.

      2) At least 3 of the main characters don’t care at all about fashion or looks. Ranbow dash openly hates dress-up, Applejack is a country dirt girl at heart who hates the whole girly thing, and Twilight looked totally annoyed when Rairty tries to dress her up. This is shown in many episodes. (my kids like it, I’m not a bronie though like Ryan, I admit it has a lot of cute moments)

      • Sofie Liv

        Erh, that was my point, this show doesn’t have that and that is what make it so good.

  • Drwheelz

    Wow. That’s 2 Booth video reviews in a row sticking it to the Bronies. Is this the sign of things to come?

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Not for my show, anyways. My punching bag of choice remains TV Tropes…

      • StevePotter

        But Mr. Mendo…. I LIKE TV Tropes… AND I like you… Because you’re funny… But TV Tropes introduced me to my favorite websites… My brain hurts, Mr. Mendo.

        • Michael A. Novelli

          Fear not! I also love TV Tropes, I just feel that every now and then they need to be taken down a peg. It’s for their own good :-)…

          • StevePotter

            Oh good! For a second there I was having an existential crisis.

        • Tim

          Here, let Somethingawful show you why you should stop saying you like it.

          http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3436999&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1

          • Michael A. Novelli

            Or, instead of doing either of those things, we could all have a lovely cup of tea…

  • Rhnjy

    More videos, more videos. You’re hitting your stride here.

  • Crazy Fish

    Spike is not Twilight’s valet, he’s her bitch.

    That said, I agree. The show’s not terrible, but it’s not great either. Yet it somehow has a following rivaling even Star Wars, and composed entirely of the kind of people you would’ve expected to HATE the show.

    My personal theory is it’s not about quality, but concept. It’s about a world where people actually give two shits about each other and the power of friendship will overcome any obstacle, usually by blasting said obstacle to bit with energy beams.

    This is as opposed to our world where we’re all getting our asses kicked by an economic crisis, all while the people who have the power to stop it sit around and say “pah, what have those peons done for ME lately?” We’re instinctively drawn to the idea of a world where things work out because people actually care about each other.

    Well, that’s my theory anyway.

    • Crazy Fish

      Also, oh God yes, this episode SUCKED.

  • Waffle_Man

    Ending this with “Buffalo Soldier” was inspired. Slow clap for you, sir.

    Also, for research you watched 30 some odd episodes and spent time on the fan sites? Do you always do that much research for these vids or were you just so worried about the Brony Hordes you didn’t want to get one single fact wrong?

  • Michael A. Novelli

    Oddly enough, before the advent of steam engines, trains actually were pulled like that…

    • Crazy Fish

      Yet this is clearly after the advent of steam engines, since there’s a steam engine too. My theory is the art team got confused.

      • Michael A. Novelli

        Wait, does this mean that there’s slavery in the Pony-verse? Clearly some ponies have been specifically chosen as beasts of burden…

        • Crazy Fish

          That’s entirely likely. Equestria seems to be somewhat behind the times in terms of human-er, pony rights. Their leader is an actual goddess who always seems to be benevolent, until you realize most of the ponies are scared to death of her. In addition to imprisoning her enemies in stone when they anger her, it’s heavily implied that she’s fond of exiling anyone who doesn’t fit in to her perfect society to a place called the Everfree Forest, a jungle full of deadly monsters and poisonous plants.

          To put it simply, it’s entirely likely the reason Equestria looks like a utopia of happiness and friendship is for the same reason all brutal dictatorships look like a utopia from the outside: anyone who doesn’t fit in…shall we say…”goes away.”

          • d715

            Don’t let me you’re one of those “Celestia is evil” dumbasses?

            Celestia AND Luna fought Discord together and form what we saw of him, its like feeling sorry for Tzeetch because someone told him to cut his shit out.

            And Nightmare Moon was trying to kill everyone, who you kill your sister? (I’m guessing you would)

            I bet you also think Shepard is an asshole for trying to keep the Reapers inprison in dark space.

            Or Master Cheif for killing all those poor Covernant

            And what about those Goverment Stormtroopers fighting Cobra, don’t they know Cobra is tring to make the world a better place?

          • Guest

             I was being tongue-in-cheek, genius.

          • TheCrazyFish

            I was being somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but that aside, what are you talking about? Do you even know? Or are you just lashing out like an animal?

            My problem with Celestia is that she’s uber-lawful. Look at the Everfree Forest for a second. Notice, it’s not called the Ever-evil Forest. It’s ever /free/. That’s right, it’s cursed and dark because the creatures that live there want freedom, and therefore they have to live in the dangerous ghetto of the pony world. That’s it.

            Does Celestia also do good things? Sure. Discord needed to be stopped, and so did Nightmare Moon. (Though, incidentally, who did Nightmare Moon try to kill? No one.) But saying that makes Celestia’s other crimes okay is like saying Josef Stalin was okay because he hated Hitler.

            Also, nice job on accusing me of wanting to slaughter my family, just because I don’t like a character that you do. Real classy.

        • Tim

          Do you also assume all manual labourers are slaves if you don’t see them on payday?

      • Cristiona

        And the newest episode has a train without ponies pulling.

        My theory is that not only do the artists only care about what looks good, but that they laugh there asses off at people desperately trying to spin everything into some form of canon.

        To say nothing of their clear contempt for “fanon” and the apparent glee they take in screwing with “bronies”.

        • Michael A. Novelli

          So this Faust lad is Joss Whedon?

          • Michael A. Novelli

            Lady, I meant…

          • Cristiona

            That’s… a frightening comparison.

            Then again, I wager making fun of Firefly is about as hazardous as making fun of MLP…

        • Crazy Fish

          Actually, what I heard is that in season 1 the Word of God for technology in Equestria was “everything is pony-powered.” So ponies pull carriages, and trains, everything. That doesn’t answer the question of WHY there’s an engine, but yeah…

          • HMorris73

            “Pony-powered” also includes things enchanted by unicorn magic though, which makes for a useful way of hand-waving just about any kind of technology.

  • c c

    I personally watch the show because I find the humour more entertaining than any sitcom currently airing with the only exception being It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Also the songs are pretty great.

  • The Id

    See, I’ve found the second season to be, on average, even worse than the first season. Yeah, there haven’t been any episodes quite as bad as this one (yet…), but it’s still full of lazy writing, half-baked morals, and hamfisted attempts to pander to the adult audience.

    It’s probably worth noting that I hated Q, so listening to John de Lancie smarm his way through one more round of “I’m exactly as omnipotent as the writers need me to be” didn’t exactly bring back fond memories.

    • BornIn1142

      Are you one of those people that thinks Rainbow Dash putting on sunglasses is pandering to bronies because it’s SUCH an obvious reference to Internet memes?

      The second season was scripted before the first even aired. Any “pandering” in it is just the animators goofing off, and so minor that using a word like “hamfisted” is simply a laughable exaggeration.

      • Michael A. Novelli

        Yes, that’s like believing that the Food Network is staffed entirely by gamers because so many of their shows reference cakes.

        Then again, this is the internet, so I wouldn’t be surprised if SOMEBODY thought that was true…

  • Crazy Fish

    Also, just for the record “Feeling Pinkie Keen” was NOT about how scientists need to admit that God exists. The episode’s message was that refusing to believe in something because you can’t see it is just as much an act of blind faith as believing in something you have no evidence to support. It’s not about God, it’s about pseudo-intellectualism.

    I can say I’ve DEFINITELY dealt with the kind of people they were talking about: pseudo-intellectuals who think that intelligence means only believing what you read in a science journal. I’m talking about people who refuse to believe that the sky is blue, because they’ve never read a scientific study proving it was blue…and they’re not even being ironic. The worst part of it is that they honestly believe that sort of behavior makes them thoughtful and intellectual, because yes they’re acting with just as much blind idiot faith as any Flat Earth Theorist or Young Earth Creationist, but they’re doing it in the direction of skepticism, not belief, and they think that makes it okay.

    That said, Feeling Pinkie Keen was still a bad episode, but it was mostly on account of the fact that it was retarded and destroyed the entire concept of continuity by claiming a character can literally SEE THE FREAKING FUTURE and then forgetting about it in the next episode.

    • Fantasy Mission Force

      To be fair, the sky isn’t ‘blue’, it only ‘looks blue’, to most people, at any rate; not everyone sees colors the same. At times the sky may be red, pink, purple, grey, or various other shades, for many reasons that are basically obvious. Composed largely of ‘clear’ gasses, the ‘sky’ itself has no inherent ‘color’. While there may not be any study ‘proving’ that it is blue (not only because ‘it’ isn’t, but because such ‘proof’ could only be subjective, anyway), there are many studies ‘proving’ that the reflection of light through the gasses in our atmosphere cause the sky to appear ‘blue’ to most people, at most times, barring atmospheric interference and depending on the position of the sun relative to your general location.
      But, that’s just my pseudo-intellectualizing, over here.

      • Crazy Fish

        ‘Thank’ ‘you’ clearing ‘that’ up.

  • Anonymous

    Dude, don’t get a swelled head about teasing the show’s fans, nobody’s going to howl for your blood. You’re not important enough.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      And yet he’s important enough for you to comment on this fact. Hmmmm…

      • Anonymous

        I like his show and I don’t want him spending inordinate amounts of time congratulating himself for being edgy like you do.

        I kid, but seriously, it’s just an internet review show, state your opinions, don’t toot your own horns.

        • Crazy Fish

          Not that I disagree about Novelli tooting his own horn, but at what point in this review did Ryan pat himself on the back for not being a brony? All he said is he doesn’t understand the huge fanbase.

    • Fantasy Mission Force

      Hey, now! I howl for his blood nightly, ok? Granted, it’s an unrelated personal matter that I’m not exatly proud of, but still.
      No need to be insulting. He’s very important! And special! And handi-capable! He’s a delicate flower with his own unique blossom.
      You’re just being mean.

  • Voyager 6

    Dude, don’t listen to anonymous below me here. Don’t even devote a minute to it. I am not trying to shieled you from the nasty man, who sounds limp-wristed as hell anyway and would lose a fight with a deactivated lawn sprinkler. I am just taking issue with his absurd arrogance. Importance, eh? How f**kin’ arrogant. He’s no more important than you, me, or any of the guys who like this cartoon. In so far as that goes. Achievement, and not identity, determine a person’s worth…and certainly not your prominence or otherwise in the slightly creepy male fanbase of a f**kin’ cartoon show for small girls. This is one of the reasons I hate fandom in general. There are so many DICKBAGS in it.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for implying I’m a faggoty weakling, I’m sure he felt very threatened before now.

      • Michael A. Novelli

        OK, that’s quite enough of that, now…

  • WadeGustafson

    Huh, having this introduced to me as “harsh review of the show”, and as someone who rather enjoys the show myself, I thought…a good portion of the review was entirely agreeable. Given the online saturation it’s hard not to say it’s overhyped a bit. Yeah, screw the creepy fans who go on about RD being a lesbian or the pony porn or any of that shit. Yes, this was a subpar episode. Yeah, a starting point of “children’s TV show episode based on Native American conflicts” is pretty stupid. But you also seem to give the show a lot of credit in the process.

    *shrug*

    I’m sincerely curious since you mentioned this being towards the bottom in terms of quality (I agree!), even if you’re not huge on the show, what episode would you say ranks towards the top?

    • Cristiona

      When it comes to internet fandom, anything short of fawning, sycophantic praise is viewed as being harsh. It’s hardly unique to ponies, they’re just the latest memebase-driven idiocy out there.

    • Tim

      It irritates me that you think RD being a lesbian is sex related but Spike’s crush on Rarity isn’t. How come you understand that straight =/= fucking but can’t make that step with gay?

      • Crazy Fish

        I think it’s because they specifically mentioned the “RD is a lesbian” thing in this review.

      • Michael A. Novelli

        Call me Mr. Thicky, but I don’t think the bit with Spike and Rarity was even mentioned…

        Actually, I’m almost sure of it…

    • Crazy Fish

      I would put Season 2: Episode 1/2 as being near the top, personally. The villain of that two-parter is basically an evil (well, more evil) version of Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Even has the same voice actor! What’s not to love about that?

  • Youfeelingluckypunk27

    Isn’t it weird that this show is liked by grown men?

    • Crazy Fish

      Thanks, Captain Obvious. I am so glad you came to this site just to tell us this. Without your stunning insight we never would have known that it was weird that My Little Pony was watched and enjoyed by grown men. I really don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone mention that bit of truthiness before. I mean, it’s not like Ryan Lohner mentions it a bunch of times in this video.

      Wait, I’m receiving some breaking news here. It turns out that grown men also watch and enjoy Spongebob Squarepants, Tom & Jerry, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and other so-called children’s cartoons. It might be possible that the concepts of “for children” and “for adults” are meaningless, and the truth is that people are people and are going to like whatever they like, regardless of who the target audience is/was.

      Well, consider my mind blown.

      • Terry

        see, this is the thing. you say, oh, its fun, its just a show, its just for entertainment. So what if its for kids if I like it? What you don’t understand is that it being “for” kids should make it not worthwhile for an adult, because kids aren’t capable of understanding complex concepts and otherwise lack the perspective to appreciate subtlety. When you publicly espouse your appreciation of a child’s entertainment, you also publicly state that you have the mind of a child. There is no objective way for this to be a good thing. If you are a capable person you are expected to enrich yourself, not regress, and should by all rights have put aside childish entertainment in pursuit of something more challenging; the consequence for not doing so is the justified loss of the respect of your peers. To state that you aren’t a capable person is obviously undesirable, thus the only way you could conceivably both enjoy children’s entertainment and also not suffer the scorn of your peers is to surround yourself with only peers who would debase their own minds with you. The forums usually are a great place for doing just that, but no amount of anti-trolling rules will change the fact that your laughable consumption of a children’s television show only exposes your sub-mundane lack of complexity, presumably self-inflicted, and utterly unworthy of pity or acceptance in any form. Grow up.

        • Tim

          Terry, when you’re a *real* adult rather than just pretending you’re one, you don’t have to keep proving it to yourself and those around you.

          • starofjustice

            Indeed. Loosen up, Terry. I became an adult the day I realized how little I really knew, how little I really would know, and how to stop taking myself so seriously nothing was fun anymore.

        • Crazy Fish

          Being an adult means understanding that adults and children aren’t as different as some people would like to believe.

          I don’t know about you, but I can remember what it was like to be a child. I wasn’t stupid, or mindless, or subnormal in any way. I was thoughtful, intelligent, and mature. Hell, I was more adult than most so-called adults that I knew. While I will say that my understanding of things has grown since then (particularly in the areas of sex and politics) that’s really only heightened my ability to enjoy these shows, because now I get all the adult-oriented jokes that went right over my head as a kid.

          But no, you know what? If you think being seen as mature and responsible is more important than enjoying the things you enjoy, you go right ahead and turn your life into a joyless living Hell. Someday when you’re 35, stuck in a dead end job with a nagging shrew of a wife, with no friends and no hobbies because they were all “too childish” you’ll realize I was right.

          And then you’ll jump off a bridge, and no one will care.

          Ta!

        • Satanoix

          Terry, part of being an actual adult is not giving one single scintilla of a f&*k what ANYBODY thinks, says, or does about anything you think, say, or do (provided you’re not shitting on people’s porches, snatching their kids, walking around with your twig and berries exposed, etc.). Getting THAT defensive is infantile.

        • I feel sorry for you, because it doesn’t sound like you have enough friends to know what an “adult” is actually like, or have seen enough entertainment to know what “enriching” yourself actually is. I’m not a fan of My Little Pony, but there are other cartoons I enjoy as a cartoonist myself, and in my 28 years of life I’ve never met a single adult who didn’t like something on Cartoon Network, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Pixar Films or video games.

          Cartoons are made BY adults, and if you ask most of their writers, a majority of them take their jobs seriously and write stories with the same effort they would to entertain people of any age, and what exactly do you think constitutes “adult” entertainment? I enjoy some dramas and sitcoms, but I don’t find their writing to be any more sophisticated than dozens of “kid’s” shows I can think of, and in fact, many of them share the same writers. Oftentimes the only difference is literally just the addition of sexual themes, violence or swearing. Do you know how many PG-13 and R-rated films are only rated as such for less than a single minute of their footage? Often it gets tacked on in the end to avoid a “G” rating entirely because producers fear that adults prefer to go to films with “adult” ratings, which is a shame, because it clearly has no bearing on actual writing quality.

          You could walk into any group of people of any age and find that MOST of them enjoy something marketed largely to kids. It should if anything be far more acceptable than watching shlock like Jersey Shore, Ancient Aliens or the so-called “news.”

          You are, in fact, the minority here – you’re the one who would have trouble finding peers who feel even remotely like yourself.

  • Reifgrimm

    Well, your right. You don’t get it. That’s fine.

    I’d have appreciated a little less patronizing and generalisation though. The “fans” aren’t some monolithic hivemind, nor are they out to get you; Acting like they are doesn’t make you look clever, it makes you look pretentious.

  • Satanoix

    Ryan, that was excellent. Great Marlowe reference toward the end.

  • Satanoix

    @Reifgrimm

    But you are a bunch of grown men who watch a show that was specifically engineered for little girls. NTTAWTT. I think Ryan was quite objective; he criticized this episode in particular, while pointing out that the series itself is nothing special, as far as animation goes. That’s pretty damn fair, imo.

    • Crazy Fish

      Why don’t you just use the reply button? This isn’t Twitter.

    • Reifgrimm

      Well, half of his review was based around “what the fans believe” and everything wrong with that.

      I’m a fan of the show. I don’t believe any of that crap he cited.

      “But you are a bunch of grown men who watch a show that was specifically engineered for little girls.”

      One episode makes a heavy reference to The Big Lebowski. How many little girls do you think get that joke?

      • Michael A. Novelli

        Using only what I know of this show from the review, the second season seems to be more or less aware at this point who their real fans are, but that doesn’t change who the show is intended for.

        That’s like asking why Batman was on Kid’s WB when the show was *clearly* made with fans of the comic in mind…

        • Reifgrimm

          Good point. Also, that show was awesome for its musical score alone.

          And to clarify: Much of what Ryan said is true. But when he keeps harping on what I supposedly believe…

          • Michael A. Novelli

            Without generalizations, comedy would not exist. Besides, I think he still got to the larger truth of the matter…

          • Reifgrimm

            True. I suppose I owe Ryan an apology.

            So: Sorry for flying off the handle like that.

          • Sofie Liv

            Well, kids show are fun shows, that’s where the interesting things happen.
            I wonder how many Who fans even realise that Doctor who is in fact, a kids show.. and in fact. I DON’T CARE! I love Doctor who!

            Btw, I am seriously considering making an entire video defending this show.

  • Rossfeld

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    raid

    i love them forever.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Thank you for contributing to the conversation, I guess…

      • Crazy Fish

        Is it possible to delete comments like that?

  • Darth Ethan

    whoever created this show should die a horrible death in the most painful way physically possible without the creators passing out before death.

    • Crazy Fish

      That’s a lot of hate for a silly kid’s show. I mean, sure I laughed at all the “kill Barney” stuff back when I was in middle school, but at least we were only talking about killing a fictional character.

      Also, Lauren Faust has made some good stuff. Foster’s Home alone absolves her of all ill associated with My Little Pony.

      • Weirdo1686

        “All ill associated with My Little Pony”. There is no ill to be associated with as far as this shw is concerned. This may have been a weak episode, but the show itself is overall very solid.

  • Jeff Bradford

    The controversy, arguments and trolls that happen in this comment box are only compounding his point further. I’ve seen the show, good show, but no I am not a brony, I will not die or kill for this show, nor am I going to watch it every day, nor buy any of its merchandise. Looking at it from the outside, grown men are acting like a bunch of retards just for this show. Yeah, it’s a good show. NOOOOOO it is not THAT fucking good.

    • starofjustice

      There are people who act like idiots and say crazy things about anything you can name. This show’s nothing new when it comes to that.

    • HMorris73

       As far as I can see the comments aren’t that bad.

  • James Fox

    Not only it deals with the cringing “white man steals my land” ploy but it has the “Hey Arnold!” disorder where the people decided to throw common sense out the window after a sensical speach and make matters worse

  • than

    I think the reason I like the show so much is for the same reason I like looking at videos of cats playing.

    It just appeals to me in some way and the characters interact well enough that … I just like. There’s something appealing about the ponies, the world they live in, the society they’ve built, etc. I can’t really explain it.

    I didn’t like this episode, nor “Pinkie Keen”, though.

  • sailoryue

    Definatly reminded me exactly why i hate the episode over a barrel. too much facepalmyness, wtf ness and STFU BRAEBURN WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!!!

  • Toby Clark

    Your interpretation of Feeling Pinkie Keen is rather baffling to me considering it’s a story about someone determinedly ignoring years of observable evidence from those she trusts because it doesn’t fit her world view.