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May 8th 2016 at 11:15:03 PM •••

About Adults Are Useless - is the larger pony in the scene supposed to be an instructor or just an older student? I don't see any mark on her flank, so I was leaning toward the latter.

May 8th 2016 at 12:06:38 PM •••

I've cut the following:

  • Broken Aesop: The intended message was something along the lines of "rookies make mistakes, the good ones learn from them" or "the team takes precedence over the individual". It unfortunately comes across as "hazing is normal in this kind of group, and a good team player will just roll with it." Especially when one considers that Rainbow Dash has never shied away from calling out the Wonderbolts for their worst behavior before, and yet this time she meekly accepts their treatment in the end.

The latter part, while legitimate issues, do not contradict the former point, so I see no Aesop breakage. I say move to Warp That Aesop unless anyone can think of anything else to do with it.

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May 8th 2016 at 1:03:25 PM •••

Family-Unfriendly Aesop, maybe?

I'd still lean on the side of 'Broken' because while it's obvious what the Aesops are supposed to be, the episode is really muddy about conveying them, especially to the primary demographic who probably don't know anything about real-world military and sporting team traditions. The fact that Rainbow's behavior is nowhere near as extreme as her normal grandstanding whereas the delivery of some of the W Bs' lines sounds outright malicious actively undercuts the intended message.

I can easily envision a lot of seven-year-olds asking their parents "Why are they being so mean to Rainbow?" and not really being satisfied by the explanation.

May 8th 2016 at 2:05:26 PM •••

Hmm... I'm still not entirely convinced that the message is delivered as intended, but in the interests of not having to rewrite it a fourth time, I'll go with that.

May 8th 2016 at 11:34:53 PM •••

Perhaps they were going for Misery Builds Character as the aesop? Considering the show's target audience, though, I agree that it falls within the Clueless Aesop category.

May 8th 2016 at 7:25:05 AM •••

Misty Fly's name — "Dizzy" or "Daisy"? I admit the first one makes a bit more sense, but I listened to the scene several times, with headphones and with speakers, and I can't hear it as anything but "Daisy", or "Day-Z".

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May 8th 2016 at 11:10:41 PM •••

I heard it as "Dizzy", but apparently the CC writers agree that it's "Daisy". Changing it back presently.

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