History Recap / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime

23rd Aug '16 1:02:17 AM Silverblade2
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* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: This episode appears at a first glance to be your standard slice-of-life comedy with a few wacky time travel and end-of-the-world hijinks sprinkled in. A few seasons later, [[CerebusRetcon these "hijinks" have incredibly dire consequences]] that directly pave the way for not one, but ''two'' future season finales:
** The first occurs when Cerberus leaves his post, and Twilight returns him to the gates of Tartarus without a fuss before any of the creatures imprisoned there can escape... except the Season 4 finale reveals that one prisoner ''did'' break out, and he happens to be one of the most dangerous foes Equestria has ever seen.
** The second involves the time travel spell Star Swirl devised, which only allows so much time to create a StableTimeLoop. As the Season 5 finale reveals, however, the spell can be jacked up with an AmplifierArtifact, creating a truly catastrophic ButterflyEffect.
19th Aug '16 11:43:28 PM immblueversion
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* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: This episode appears at a first glance to be your standard slice-of-life comedy with a few wacky time travel and end-of-the-world hijinks sprinkled in. A few seasons later, [[CerebusRetcon these "hijinks" have incredibly dire consequences]] that directly pave the way for not one, but ''two'' future season finales:
** The first occurs when Cerberus leaves his post, and Twilight returns him to the gates of Tartarus without a fuss before any of the creatures imprisoned there can escape... except the Season 4 finale reveals that one prisoner ''did'' break out, and he happens to be one of the most dangerous foes Equestria has ever seen.
** The second involves the time travel spell Star Swirl devised, which only allows so much time to create a StableTimeLoop. As the Season 5 finale reveals, however, the spell can be jacked up with an AmplifierArtifact, creating a truly catastrophic ButterflyEffect.



* ItOnlyWorksOnce: The time-travel spell is specifically stated to work only once. Hence its temporariness.

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* ItOnlyWorksOnce: The time-travel spell is specifically stated to work only once. Hence once, hence its temporariness.
18th Feb '16 12:32:26 PM ultimomant
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Twilight calming that time travel is not scientifically possible. Twilight, of course, is a magical talking unicorn.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Twilight calming claiming that time travel is not scientifically possible. Twilight, of course, is a magical talking unicorn.
30th Oct '15 4:14:16 PM FF32
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* SchizoTech: That hydroelectric (or [[{{Magitech}} hydroarcanic]]) dam [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell is back again]].

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* SchizoTech: That hydroelectric (or [[{{Magitech}} [[{{Magitek}} hydroarcanic]]) dam [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell is back again]].
31st May '15 2:39:16 PM rjung
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* PunnyName: This episode gives us two new towns: [[VivaLasVegas Las Pegasus]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} Baltimare]].

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* PunnyName: This episode gives us two new towns: [[VivaLasVegas [[UsefulNotes/LasVegas Las Pegasus]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} Baltimare]].
30th May '15 5:14:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The events of the episode could have been avoided if Past!Twilight had shut up for one minute, or Future!Twilight not gone back in time to tell her not to worry. Or even worry about the future in the first place. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe this was the whole point.]]
25th Apr '15 10:46:47 AM KoopaKid17
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* TemptingFate: Twilight warns Spike that he will get a stomach ache if he eats too much ice cream. Spike blows it off by saying it's Future Spike's problem and it turns out that's exactly what happens to him.
7th Apr '15 8:39:05 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Pinkie doesn't understand why Twilight has to sneak into the Canterlot Archives (because she thinks Twilight wants to find out about the present she's going to get).

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Pinkie doesn't understand why Twilight has to sneak into the Canterlot Archives (because she thinks Twilight wants to find out about the present she's going to get). An unusual example in that it makes ''more'' sense than the real reason, since Twilight has full access and isn't doing anything wrong.
12th Mar '15 9:50:03 PM TitoMosquito
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* CompressedVice: Spike seems awfully fixated on ice cream this week. Unlike candy in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], there's no real motivation here except to tease Twilight. He just does it because the effects will be someone else's problem -- specifically, Future Spike's.

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* CompressedVice: Spike seems awfully fixated on ice cream this week. Unlike candy in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], there's no real motivation here except here. He initially does it to tease Twilight. He Twilight, and just does it because the effects will be someone else's problem -- specifically, Future Spike's.
14th Jan '15 1:08:37 PM TitoMosquito
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* CompressedVice: Spike seems awfully fixated on ice cream this week. Unlike candy in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], there's no real motivation here. He just does it because the effects will be someone else's problem -- specifically, Future Spike's.

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* CompressedVice: Spike seems awfully fixated on ice cream this week. Unlike candy in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], there's no real motivation here.here except to tease Twilight. He just does it because the effects will be someone else's problem -- specifically, Future Spike's.



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The events of the episode could have been avoided if Past!Twilight had shut up for one minute, or Future!Twilight not gone back in time to tell her not to worry. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe that's the whole point.]]

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The events of the episode could have been avoided if Past!Twilight had shut up for one minute, or Future!Twilight not gone back in time to tell her not to worry. Or even worry about the future in the first place. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe that's this was the whole point.]]



-->'''Twilight:''' I can't believe I just did that!



* ItOnlyWorksOnce: The time-travel spell is specifically stated to work only once.

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* ItOnlyWorksOnce: The time-travel spell is specifically stated to work only once. Hence its temporariness.



* MindScrew: [[DownplayedTrope Just a little bit]], which is for the best since we have the target demographic's sanity to watch out for. At the end of the episode, Twilight just wanted to warn her past self about not worrying the future, a lesson she would have not learned if her future self didn't make her paranoid. Even worse is how Twilight got the knowledge of where the scrolls are: Future Twilight got it from Past, who got it from Future, who got it from Past, who got it from Future, who got it from Past....

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* MindScrew: [[DownplayedTrope Just a little bit]], which is for the best since we have the target demographic's sanity to watch out for. At the end of the episode, Twilight just wanted to warn her past self about not worrying the future, a lesson she would have not learned if her future self didn't make her paranoid. Though she was already worried about the future ''before'' Future!Twilight showed up. Even worse is how Twilight got the knowledge of where the scrolls are: Future Twilight got it from Past, who got it from Future, who got it from Past, who got it from Future, who got it from Past....



* NobodyHereButUsStatues: Twilight, Pinkie and Spike pose as statues in order to hide from the guards, even though they didn't really need to.

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* NobodyHereButUsStatues: Twilight, Pinkie and Spike pose as statues in order to hide from the guards, even though they didn't really need to. The guards probably know it's them.



* OminousMessageFromTheFuture: What Twilight initially thinks the aborted message from her future self was. Turns out to not be so ominous after all.

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* OminousMessageFromTheFuture: What Twilight initially thinks the aborted message from her future self was. Turns out to not be so ominous after all. Not that Twilight allowed her future self to get a word in edgewise to find out.



* RealityEnsues: Twilight forgets a basic fact about herself when she breaks into the Archives: she is the personal protégé of Princess Celestia herself, who else outside maybe senior government ministers would have more privileged access than her?

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* RealityEnsues: Twilight forgets a basic fact about herself when she breaks into the Archives: she is the personal protégé of Princess Celestia herself, who else outside maybe senior government ministers would have more privileged access than her? Though it still bothers her that they aren't so surprised by her sneaking around.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Twilight's scheduling conflict is never brought up after she receives the visit from her future self. Likely made worse since "deal with warning from the future" was ''not'' on her original schedule.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Twilight's scheduling conflict is never brought up after she receives the visit from her future self. Likely made worse since "deal with warning from the future" was ''not'' on her original schedule. Though seeing no "impending disaster" was going to happen helped her learn to stop worrying about the future.
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