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*Throughout the episode, Lily Lace, in true ValleyGirl style, misuses the word "literally" when she means "figuratively." Applejack eventually calls her out on it and even references [[YouKeepUsingThatWord the famous line]] from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' to make her point. But Lily Lace's usage in that (and only that) specific case--"Applejack literally did it all by herself"--is ''slightly accurate'', as Applejack ''did'' round up the judges and designers on her own[[note]]but not completely accurate, since for example the workers still had to raise the stage again by themselves, so while not figurative, the affirmation is hyperbolic[[/note]]. It's a subtle reminder of the fact that throughout the episode, Applejack doesn't know what she's talking about with regard to the designers.

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* Also, the seventh member a group of six powerful ponies who mostly plays as a helper and feels unappreciated and not like a great hero like how his friends are. Looking at it like that, Stygian could also be seen as much as a {{Foil}} to Spike.

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*It seems unfair to Luna at first as she effectively has to pull double duty by having to do Celestia's day shift immediately after her night shift. At the end of the episode, since the cutie marks have been swapped back, Celestia now has to do her usual day shift immediately after doing the night shift. Everything balanced out in the end.


* There's a reason why Twilight Sparkle wasn't the one the Cutie Map called for, as she would take Celestia's side.


Just like "Party of One" and "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", Pinkie investigates a mystery. However, unlike the previous two, she actually comes to the right conclusions, though they’re still a bit out there. This is because back then, she believed that she ''already'' knew the right answers to the mysteries and based all her investigating around that. In "Party of One", Pinkie pressured Spike into saying her friends didn’t want to be her friends anymore right after she just said it. In "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", she refused to budge from accusing the bakers of sabotage and it took Twilight doing actual investigating to find the actual culprits. Here, she does actual investigating and gathers evidence like an actual detective before coming to a conclusion.

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* Just like "Party of One" and "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", Pinkie investigates a mystery. However, unlike the previous two, she actually comes to the right conclusions, though they’re still a bit out there. This is because back then, she believed that she ''already'' knew the right answers to the mysteries and based all her investigating around that. In "Party of One", Pinkie pressured Spike into saying her friends didn’t want to be her friends anymore right after she just said it. In "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", she refused to budge from accusing the bakers of sabotage and it took Twilight doing actual investigating to find the actual culprits. Here, she does actual investigating and gathers evidence like an actual detective before coming to a conclusion.


* Unlike "Party of One" and "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", Pinkie does actual investigating than just instantly assuming something and, unlike the previous two episodes, her conclusions are correct, if a bit out there.

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* Unlike Just like "Party of One" and "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", Pinkie investigates a mystery. However, unlike the previous two, she actually comes to the right conclusions, though they’re still a bit out there. This is because back then, she believed that she ''already'' knew the right answers to the mysteries and based all her investigating around that. In "Party of One", Pinkie pressured Spike into saying her friends didn’t want to be her friends anymore right after she just said it. In "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", she refused to budge from accusing the bakers of sabotage and it took Twilight doing actual investigating to find the actual culprits. Here, she does actual investigating than just instantly assuming something and, unlike the previous two episodes, her conclusions are correct, if and gathers evidence like an actual detective before coming to a bit out there.conclusion.

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* The episode clearly demonstartes the problem of a relationshp where one person works in the daytime, while the other works the night shift. Every time you see each other one of you is exhausted.


* Come to think of it, this episode could be a nice ShoutOut to [[AnAesop the lesson]] in "Fame and Misfortune": Even though the Mane 6 didn't intend for bad consequences (the {{LoonyFan}}s) to happen, that doesn't mean their cause (teaching other ponies friendship lessons) isn't worthwhile.

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* Come to think of it, this episode could be a nice ShoutOut to [[AnAesop the lesson]] in "Fame and Misfortune": Even though the Mane 6 didn't intend for bad consequences (the {{LoonyFan}}s) {{Loony Fan}}s) to happen, that doesn't mean their cause (teaching other ponies friendship lessons) isn't worthwhile.


* Come to think of it, this episode could be a nice ShoutOut to [[AnAesop the lesson]] in "Fame and Misfortune": Even though the Mane 6 didn't intend for bad consequences (the LoonyFans) to happen, that doesn't mean their cause (teaching other ponies friendship lessons) isn't worthwhile.

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* Come to think of it, this episode could be a nice ShoutOut to [[AnAesop the lesson]] in "Fame and Misfortune": Even though the Mane 6 didn't intend for bad consequences (the LoonyFans) {{LoonyFan}}s) to happen, that doesn't mean their cause (teaching other ponies friendship lessons) isn't worthwhile.worthwhile.
* It may be a coincidence due to the MythologyGag, but having a Pegasus in an the Equestrian version of Egypt is a reference to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serapis Serapis]] religion in UsefulNotes/AncientEgyptianHistory.


* During the final battle, [[spoiler: the Pony of Shadows is able to withstand the Elements of Harmony (with the Pillars' own virtues backing them up) enough to actually struggle against them, even though Discord and a fully-empowered Tirek were unable to resist the might of just the Elements themselves. This actually makes sense when you consider that darkness is one of the most ancient and fundamental forces in the universe. It existed long before chaos, the individual Elements of Harmony, and even the virtues held by the Pillars, so it isn't too much of a stretch to believe that it could put up a fight against the combined might of the Elemnts and the Pillars' virtues.]]

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* During the final battle, [[spoiler: the Pony of Shadows is able to withstand the Elements of Harmony (with the Pillars' own virtues backing them up) enough to actually struggle against them, even though Discord and a fully-empowered Tirek were unable to resist the might of just the Elements themselves. This actually makes sense when you consider that darkness is one of the most ancient and fundamental forces in the universe. It existed long before chaos, the individual Elements of Harmony, and even the virtues held by the Pillars, so it isn't too much of a stretch to believe that it could put up a fight against the combined might of the Elemnts Elements and the Pillars' virtues.]]

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* Why is Celestia dismissive of Luna's work? She was doing it for the last 1000 years on top of her normal duties. It's only when Celestia takes on Luna's DreamWalker role, the one thing she couldn't have done before, that problems arise.


** Especially given that besides egging her on, Trixie mentioned in the Season 7 finale that she moves on from her mistakes rather than actually learning from them. While she did apologize for terrorizing Ponyville, she didn't apologize for her being a jerk in her debut. These are all things that would be detrimental to Starlight's path of atonement.

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** Especially given that besides egging her on, Trixie mentioned in the Season 7 6 finale that she moves on from her mistakes rather than actually learning from them. While she did apologize for terrorizing Ponyville, she didn't apologize for her being a jerk in her debut. These are all things that would be detrimental to Starlight's path of atonement.



* Granted, it is not a perfect resemblance but Starlight's cutie mark looks similar to the cloud of emotion generating over her horn. Given that no other unicorn is stated or implied to possess EmotionalMagic, it's possible that it is her special talent. If this is the case then it would explain her unusually high level of power when she was a rage-filled villain despite being a normal pony.

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* Granted, it is not a perfect resemblance but Starlight's cutie mark looks similar to the cloud of emotion generating over her horn. Given that no other unicorn is stated or implied to possess EmotionalMagic, [[EmotionalPowers Emotional Magic]], it's possible that it is her special talent. If this is the case then it would explain her unusually high level of power when she was a rage-filled villain despite being a normal pony.


* Starlight's growing anger with dealing with Trixie and Trixie's behavior brings up to mind Twilight's worries in the prior season. Given how Trixie even more or less influences her, Twilight was more justified than Starlight (or some of the audience) were giving her credit for in regards to Trixie's behavior.
** Especially given that besides egging her on, Trixie mentioned in a prior episode that she tends to ignore her mistakes and move on, which means not learning from them. While she did apologize for terrorizing Ponyville, she didn't apologize for her being a jerk in her debut. These are all things that would be detrimental to Starlight's path of atonement.

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* Upon observing Trixie's insensitive behavior in the episode and Starlight's growing frustration and anger with dealing with Trixie and Trixie's behavior brings up to mind in response, suddenly Twilight's worries wariness and suspicion of Trixie in the prior season. Given how season makes much more sense. After all, with Trixie even more or less influences her, Twilight was more justified than being Starlight's best friend, she would be a primary influence on Starlight (or some of the audience) were giving her credit for in regards to Trixie's behavior.
and Twilight knows Trixie enough that she could be more than a handful (well, hoofful.)
** Especially given that besides egging her on, Trixie mentioned in a prior episode the Season 7 finale that she tends to ignore moves on from her mistakes and move on, which means not rather than actually learning from them. While she did apologize for terrorizing Ponyville, she didn't apologize for her being a jerk in her debut. These are all things that would be detrimental to Starlight's path of atonement.


** On top of that, Ember having difficulty telling Twilight and Starlight apart makes sense when you think about: Dragons in general tend to have a lot of physical differences between them, not just color, hair and cutie marks. They have differently shaped wings, snouts, spikes, horns... Their appearances are a lot more varied, so it would be easy for Ember to tell her fellow dragons apart, but not so easy when it comes to ponies, who are all relatively similar compared to her own kind.



* Ember having difficulty telling Twilight and Starlight apart makes sense when you think about: Dragons in general tend to have a lot of physical differences between them, not just color, hair and cutie marks. They have differently shaped wings, snouts, spikes, horns... Their appearances are a lot more varied, so it would be easy for Ember to tell her fellow dragons apart, but not so easy when it comes to ponies, who are all relatively similar compared to her own kind.


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* Why is Ember served pony food despite only eating gems? Friendly visit or not, it is still technically a diplomatic matter as she is the leader of her people. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E11PartyPooped The last time]] Equestria served the visitor's cuisine instead of their own resulted in ''a declaration of war.'' Not to mention, Spike's upbringing probably made him think that Ember can eat pony food as well.


* This episode deconstructs NeverSayDie in much the same manner that the DCAnimatedUniverse cartoons enacted WriterRevolt against ExecutiveMeddling. Ponies are coming down with an incurable plague that will eventually [[BalefulPolymorph transform them]] into the trees the plague originated from to continue the plague's lifecycle. This is a TV-Y7 program, though, so the writers are forbidden from directly stating that this is fatal to the victim. So they don't. Instead, they leave the implication open that [[FateWorseThanDeath the unfortunate victim lives through the final stages of the plague]] [[AndIMustScream and watches helplessly as their spores infect other ponies with it.]] That's ''so'' better than being dead, right?

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* This episode deconstructs NeverSayDie in much the same manner that the DCAnimatedUniverse Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse cartoons enacted WriterRevolt against ExecutiveMeddling. Ponies are coming down with an incurable plague that will eventually [[BalefulPolymorph transform them]] into the trees the plague originated from to continue the plague's lifecycle. This is a TV-Y7 program, though, so the writers are forbidden from directly stating that this is fatal to the victim. So they don't. Instead, they leave the implication open that [[FateWorseThanDeath the unfortunate victim lives through the final stages of the plague]] [[AndIMustScream and watches helplessly as their spores infect other ponies with it.]] That's ''so'' better than being dead, right?

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