Recap My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic S 2 E 6 The Cutie Pox Discussion

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03:10:15 PM Nov 16th 2011
Isn't it odd that in the entire town of Ponyville, Twilight and Co. are apparently the only ones who don't know about Cutie Pox?

As soon as Spike mentions it, absolutely everyone goes bananas.
11:37:07 AM Nov 17th 2011
Maybe Canterlot has a different public health situation; maybe the previous outbreak happened in Ponyville or nearby (how many people not from near Derbyshire know about Eyam, for example?).

He does bring it up as a mysterious disease with "no known cure", to the panic-happy flower trio no less. The rest is just the usual pony stampede.
09:51:17 PM Nov 17th 2011
I like the localized epidemic theory, as well as the analogy.
05:48:26 PM Aug 22nd 2012
I'm pretty sure the panic was less due to them recognizing the Cutie Pox, and more due to Spike's comment about it.
10:14:46 AM Nov 15th 2011
Can we label Michelle Creber as a Cast Show Off? I mean, she does a great job as Apple Bloom, we know she can sing awesomely, and now we have her speaking French! I mean, I don't even know the VA's of Scoots and Sweetie!
09:31:14 AM Nov 14th 2011
I think a better image for this page would be a screenshot of Apple Bloom showing off her talents (probably the part where she jumps in the air and blocks the sun) and then the current screenshot, with a caption "Be Careful What You Wish For"
11:39:56 PM Nov 14th 2011
You can't really show off her talents with a static picture; at least the current one shows (a) she's got a dozen cutie marks, and (b) she's not happy about it.
09:12:52 AM Nov 15th 2011
well, there was that part where she was showing off the plate spinning and the hula hoop, and she's having the time of her life, so at first it seems awesome, but then we see how it actually sucks with the second picture (the current one)
07:29:14 AM Nov 14th 2011
Of course a pony couldn't really lift a barbel or spin a hoop on its tail, but the article as it is now describes an equine tail as nothing more than a lock of hair. There IS a mobile tail inside there, enough to swish and flick, one wouldn't have to shake one's rump to move it.
04:54:57 AM Nov 13th 2011
The reaction to the revelation of the Cutie Pox to the Flower Trio causes the entire town to panic (shutting themselves indoors, putting on HazmatSuits, screaming, and running out of town). I think this is Fear Is the Appropriate Response, but it doesn't seem to fit exactly. Is there a better trope to describe what happened?
08:12:04 PM Nov 12th 2011
I can see the Crusaders Vocal Minority complaining about the very end of this episode now. but the Aesop was more about not taking shortcuts then just pacience. and besides, everypony totally understands their desire for cutie marks, so we should to.
06:39:48 PM Nov 12th 2011
Do we have any French-speaking tropers? What was Apple Bloom saying after she got her fleur-de-lis cutie mark?
06:58:52 PM Nov 12th 2011
edited by Peteman
This isn't an exact translation but it's more to get across what's being said (also, some words seem garbled)

Starting from here

Oh my gosh! Another Cutie Mark! *Gasp* What's this? I'm speaking French?

(After Applejack saying they need to find someone with a cure)

Right now!

*Scene transition to Ponyville*

Hurry up you guys!
11:57:22 AM Nov 13th 2011
Awesome, many thanks
05:03:52 PM Nov 12th 2011
So, after looking at the symptoms of the Cutie Pox, (Gain multiple talents, can't control or stop using them, no matter how much they want to) should there be an And I Must Scream entry for it?
05:19:26 PM Nov 12th 2011
Apple Bloom can still talk and very mobile, so no that doesn't apply here.
04:42:51 AM Nov 13th 2011
It reminds me of the old story of the Red Shoes, (a girl gets a pair of magical shoes that allow her to dance better than anyone else, but although they work, she discovers that she can't take them off and she will just keep dancing until she drops from exhaustion — and in some versions of the story, possibly death).

I checked, and although it was a story by Hans Christian Andersen, it does not seem to be a trope in itself (please double check, since I might have missed it or it might be listed under another name).
11:45:16 AM Nov 17th 2011
Of note: Applebloom's tap-dancing cutie pockmark is a red tap shoe.
04:18:40 AM Nov 27th 2011
edited by WarriorSparrow
Maybe not necessarily an And I Must Scream situation, but more like something that could eventually lead to death - if Applebloom had been unable to stop, she would have likely died from exhaustion by overworking her body (similar to the Dancing Plague of 1518), and she could have caused potential harm/death to others if she got a bad cutie mark.

I couldn't help but think of Story of the Blanks all through that part.
03:15:32 PM Nov 12th 2011
edited by EpikuriousOranj
Can anyone figure out what the The Jimmy Hart Version or Standard Snippet is at (the classical-sounding court-type music playing when Applebloom shows off her first fake cutie mark)? It's bugging me, and I'm fairly certain it's been used previously in the show. Annoyingly I keep trying to map it to A Clockwork Orange, damned if I know why...
04:32:44 AM Nov 13th 2011
It sounds like the music they play at high school and university graduations, but I don't know the name of it off-hand. If we can figure out what the name is, it might be worth checking to see if the music itself is a trope, since it is played in about every movie and tv show with a graduation scene in it.
10:25:01 AM Nov 13th 2011
do you mean pomp and circumstance?

It's not very similar, but it's definitely reminiscent of the style. It's probably just meant to be a generic royal procession type thing.
11:30:06 AM Nov 17th 2011
edited by EpikuriousOranj
There's part of Brahms's Academic Festival Overture, common in Europe for university graduations that's similar, but it's not really a close match.

My instincts might have been right. Looks like it's The Jimmy Hart Version of the chorale from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 4th movement, specifically the bit leading up to the "Froh, Froh, ...".

Bad Fridge Horror moment, oh my tropers and bronies. The piece is used in the film of A Clockwork Orange while Alex struts around the record shop leading up to his seduction of the two na´ve teenagers. It's considerably nastier in the book; he drugs and rapes them. They're ten. Anyone else think the incidental music guy was going for a reference, plus hints of cocksure strut + imminent deceit?
12:37:21 AM Nov 22nd 2011
I highly doubt that. First of all, they are not very similar. There's some rhythmic similarity, but not much else. Besides, the snippet from the episode is very simple and short - I doubt the composer would have borrowed from the public domain to make such an inconsequential little tune.

Also... a reference, however oblique, to rape in MLP:Fi M? No.
04:56:55 PM Nov 24th 2011
I'm very glad indeed that the answer to the question you put in my mouth is no. That would have no place in a children's cartoon. I don't think it's a reference to the film or hints of deceit either: the same snippet has indeed been used in MLP:FIM S1 in the opening to Suited for Success. With plenty of strutting.

Back on topic, it's a close match (the Turkish March bit of the 9th, 4th movement that is). Same rhythm, slightly different melody, similar instrumentation. But it's true that it's only a bar or three. Why change it if copyright is not an issue, I dunno, but the match seems close enough to my cloth ears.
12:26:41 PM Nov 12th 2011
Is there a trope for the real aesop of the episode? That being doing things the RIGHT way instead of cheating and taking short cuts to get what you want?
06:36:04 PM Nov 13th 2011
Sounds about right.
12:05:36 PM Nov 12th 2011
edited by theodrixx
What is the deal with Scootaloo's expression here?
12:14:25 PM Nov 12th 2011
Could you specify?
12:20:12 PM Nov 12th 2011
edited by theodrixx
I thought the timestamp would be enough.

EDIT: the link was wrong, my bad.

Right after she says "It's just a cutie mark!" her expression turns to one of anger, apparently for no reason.
11:48:37 AM Nov 26th 2011
I figure she's annoyed that Applebloom is taking this so hard/seriously.
07:48:02 AM Nov 12th 2011
Actually, Rarity did speak, but it was just one line.
08:15:04 AM Nov 12th 2011
Yeah, Rarity only had one line. Tabitha St. Germain did still voice throughout, though, as Zecora and also Granny Smith in one scene (she's been speaking alot lately)
12:05:20 PM Nov 12th 2011
Tabitha St. Germain has never voiced Zecora. It's a curiously stubborn rumor for some reason.
05:35:15 PM Nov 12th 2011
Yeah, I don't know why people keep saying that, because so far I haven't seen any indication at all of Zecora's actress.

Although I swear she sounds like Phil La Marr.
01:20:15 PM Nov 1st 2011
How many of you think this one's gonna be hilarious? How many think it'll be sad? How many'll think it's in-between?
09:27:22 AM Nov 6th 2011
It sounds like a funny one to me. However, if poor Apple Bloom doesn't get her real cutie mark after all that, at least I'll be sad for her.
02:45:57 PM Nov 7th 2011
Bittersweet Ending in the making?
01:20:16 PM Nov 10th 2011
If this goes the way I think it will, it'll be part-funny, part-sad, and end heartwarmingly.
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