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Season 9 Episode 3 Discussion Thread Marimo!!SpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830143

This thread is meant for discussing impressions on the episode Uprooted during and after it airs.

Be mindful of saying spoilers before they show up on TV.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830144

The problem last week: too much material for the available time. This week's problem at 11:50: just the opposite.

EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830145

Good ending.

7/10

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830146

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Arbor ex machina.

It's kind of hard to take anything seriously in a universe where unexpected bursts of unaccountable magic erase all setbacks and right all wrongs.

But I liked the design of the blossoming tree house. A sort of flowering synagogue.
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RetroCheerileeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830147

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Castle Sweet Castle reloaded

AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830149

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Ocellus and Sandy had the best ideas.

A pleasant underground meditation garden of Friendship with bonsai trees and maybe some of Silver's art (but not overdone) and some small-to-moderate-sized Dragon sculptures would have been nicer than another slightly tacky huge crystal structure. Equestria already has plenty of those.

https://elderscrolls.fandom.com/wiki/Eldergleam_Sanctuary
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AustroSpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830150

hahaha wtf
Song was okay, Yona best pony yet again. Sadly, kinda walkthrough episode.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830151

So wait, they don't even know what the giant new structure is for? Not even a guess?

I remember after the last finale, I was saying how it would have worked perfectly if the school had actually exploded like they said it would. And now, perfectly in between school years, we have this new giant tree castle built by the students. It would have made a perfect replacement school! And it looks WAY better than Twilight's castle, built under the same circumstances.

Mint horseCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830152

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>shit characters
>shit episode
>shit song
>shit tree/clubhouse

I don't think I've ever watched an episode of this show and came away absolutely hating it before. There have been episodes that made me angry, as well as episodes that I haven't liked, but every episode has had at one or two redeeming qualities, up until now.

As someone who's been here since early season 2 it's extremely frustrating to see the staff treat the last season of the show like this. The fact that the "young six" is taking such a leading role already in the shows last season is like a spit in the face. Not only are these characters extremely new and thus underdeveloped, they're overall uninteresting and bland. I'd have been happy with the "young six" becoming a plot device to show the friendship school for their perspective, but the fact that their characters are undeservingly taking a bigger role in the show is unforgivable.

It seems like the original purpose of the "young six" was to serve as plot device to show of the school, (or the shows writers have really gone down hill) given how one dimensional their characters are. But to give these characters a bigger role (or any role at all to be honest) when we already have SO MANY characters in the show that haven't been explored to their full potential is a complete joke. I want to see Trixe get more character development or possibly a backstory, I want to see more of Starlight and Sunbursts relationship, I want to see more of the two sisters, I want to see some interesting episodes about some of the shows background characters, (preferably Lyra, my Waifu) I don't want to see 6 uninteresting, underdeveloped foals turn the tree of harmony into some kind of clubhouse.

The "young six's" lack of respect of defence towards the tree of harmony is a pretty good metaphor for what they themselves are to the show. They're superficial and selfish interest in the very symbol of harmony that's been with us since the shows finial premier is likely no different than how the writers of this espisode view the show.

0/10 (unironically my least favourite episode in the WHOLE show)

>>36830144
This!

They should have extended the premiere to 4 episodes instead of 2, essentially making it a straight to TV movie. The only major problem I had with the premiere was the short run time, any other problems I had with the premiere could have been easily fixed if it was any longer. The fact that they chose to make this abomination instead of extending the premiere is unimaginably disgusting to me.

I'd have liked to have seen Sombra given more motivation for abandoning Grogar. His abandonment made him look extremely irrational and short sighted. If we had 4 episodes to use then we could have seen A LOT more interaction between the main villains of this season, and thus they could have been more fleshed out than they were. It would have also been nice to have been completely disoriented during some of the faster points in the season finally. (E.G. Sombras takeover of the Crystal Empire) But above all everything could have been a lot more fleshed out and complex than it was. For what little run time the episode had it was brilliant, but knowing that I could have been longer if not for episodes like this is particularly annoying, to say the least.

I had high hopes for this season. Please Hasbro, don't let me down, you know what happened last time. Ken Ashcorp - Adam Warski

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830153

>>36830152
I'm always curious what people imagine a longer runtime would add to episodes. You mentioned fleshing out Sombra's loner reasoning and getting some more villain interaction, but what would you fill two whole episodes with?

UrdaCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830154

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>>36830152
Guess it is the bad end then.

Hope Next Gen is better.

EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830155

>>36830152
>0/10 (unironically my least favourite episode in the WHOLE show
It appears you’ve forgotten Applejack’s Day Off, the troubleshoes episode, and Princess Spike exist.

Mint horseCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830156

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>>36830153
As I said in my post not only could we have seen more interaction and character development between the main villains, things like Sombras takeover of the Crystal Empire could have had a more natural run time, rather than cleary being rushed. But overall everything could have been more fleshed out if the premier was even just one episode longer.

>>36830155
Unpopular opinion, Applejack’s Day Off and Princess Spike were both good episodes, and no one was out of character in them. They're FAR from my favourites, but I think they were both pretty funny slice of life episodes.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830157

>>36830156
Let me rephrase.
Was the development and interaction the villains had in the two-parter amazing? Was it the best ever, so incredible that it left you dying for more? Or was it just sorta... there?
My point is that if they just had more time to put more in, you can't expect what comes out of it to be of any higher quality than what you already got. It's actually quite likely to be worse quality. Rather than asking for more time, you should be asking for better writing.

AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830158

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>>36830157
I agree that many of the shows writers are low quality. But you can't expect even the best writers to fit what is essentially a moive long story into two episodes of a kids cartoon show. I highly doubt it would have been perfect, but at least they wouldn't have to forcefully rush everything.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830159

>>36830158
I certainly don't disagree that things like Sombra taking over the Crystal Empire again were shall we say... "bare bones". But I still don't know what you think would have been improved with more time. Can you give me some ideas?

Mint horseCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830160

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>>36830159
>Can you give me some ideas?

I don't think they would have needed to add anything. All that I'm asking is an extra episode or two so things can be a bit more fleshed out.

Take the shorts for example. Imagine if they tried to fit a whole episode into a 5-10 minute short. They'd put everything that the episode had to offer into one short, but everything would be cut down to the bare minimum due to the lack of time. All they have to do is add in some filler so everything isn't quite as rushed.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830161

>>36830160
But "fleshing out" IS "adding something", isn't it? If there's nothing to add but filler and padding, it would take a bare bones episode with not a lot going on and turn it into a slow, empty slog.

And you can't really imagine a full length episode as a 5 minute short because shorts are written as shorts and episodes are written as episodes. This premiere was written for two episodes, so padding out the events with 50% more nothing won't do them any good...

Mint horseCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830162

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>>36830161
>This premiere was written for two episodes, so padding out the events with 50% more nothing won't do them any good...

I think it was very clear that the premier would have been longer, if it wasn't for their time restraint. They could have as I said gave Sombra more of a reason for defecting from Grogar, gave the main villains more interaction, and fleshed out Sombras takeover of the Crystal Empire and Canterlot, if they had even 22 minutes more to work with.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830163

>>36830162
Don't mean to just talk in circles, but they already did a pretty bad job of all those things. Like I've said, I would have rather them just do a better job with what they had than make more crappy episode.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830164

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♫ Twenty-two more eps of pone in G4,
Twenty-two more eps of pone;
Take one down and pass it around,
Twenty-one more eps of pone in G4! ♫

Mint horseCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830165

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>>36830163
>I would have rather them just do a better job with what they had than make more crappy episode

I agree, which is why I think they should focus more on things like the premier, rather than just shiting out episodes like the atrocity we got today.

P.S. Sorry I was out and I just got home. My prior responses were also so late because to put it simply, street wifi is shit.

>>36830164
Screenshoted for future generations of horsefuckers!

Marimo!!SpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830166

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Sanctuary, eh? I'm guessing that new clubhouse/castle is going to turn into some sort of stronghold once Grogar and his legion initiate the plan to take over Equestria.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830167

Anyone else find it baffling that of all six of them, Yona is the one with a good singing voice?

Marimo!!SpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830168

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>>36830167
Yaks best at singing!

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830169

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>>36830168
I really liked the explanation in this episode of why yaks like to smash things. It's their way of underscoring the transience of life.

But -- if yaks are so smart, why can't they learn to use pronouns?

Marimo!!SpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830170

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>>36830169
Yaks seem to talk and understand each other just fine without needing them.

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830171

>>36830170
>>36830169
I like how they refer to others specifically by their race.

Unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830172

Bleh. terrible episode. Just a bunch of nonstop arguing over pointless shit with really grating voices and characters that I don't really care for (apart from yona, who was cool).

Also really felt the "Oh hey, a giant playset treehouse!" ending just felt... Wrong? I guess.
I would have rather they have planted a new tree together as a symbol of their friendship and it took up "residence" living in it to become a new TOH over the next thousand years and thanked them for doing so, with them putting emphasis on this locking the everfree forest down, rather than the giant deus ex machina ending.
3/10, would not watch again. Bleh, less student six PLEASE.

>>36830151
>So wait, they don't even know what the giant new structure is for? Not even a guess?
TO SELL TOYS!
Actually kind of strange, there's no playset or toyline for this season, just ones for that upcoming rainbow special. Weird, its like they forgot S9 exists for advertising. (Unless S9 will be the fall lineup, but I somewhat doubt that since the Rainbow toys won't hit till summer).

>>36830167
>>36830168
Kind of weird, yeah. Probably has something to do with her VA I guess.

>>36830149
agreed, Like I said, I would rather they have planted a tree together like the pillars did and for the TOH's spirit to have taken up residence in that, with a tasteful sanctuary feel around it.

AustroSpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830173

>>36830171
>>36830168
4 year ago orange human come to Yakyakistan with promise to make Yakyakistan great again and built wall, but Yak destroyed wall and drove orange human out, Yakyakistan already greatest at everything!

>>36830166
Yeah let's fucking hope, but I'm not expecting anything too good.

a lost pony !piNKiEPie.Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830176

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>>36830152
You just hate the inclusion of non-pony races.

>>36830143
After drumbeating for the show's good quality since i came in at S5, it's my turn to say this has really gone to shit and needs to end.

It's like the new director of Star Wars thinking its edgy to force us to watch the entire Rebellion that doesn't fit on the Falcon be killed not because they die gloriously in a no-win battle but because the scriptwriter wants them to die like mice eating poison.

Twiggy would never have forsaken the Tree like this, or not understood its ability to build things and just dismiss it as "dead" and "surprising". The artificial student 6 argument makes even less believable sense than any of the mane 6's fake arguments and even Spike needed to be slapped hard every time he spoke.

Absolutely hated it and that i hate it. Looks like Sombra getting a bitchy whiny fake voice is just the beginning of a tragic downhill run as we destroy all that was Pony in G4 so there is nothing left for us to fanfic about when its over.

Nonetheless, i did get a little tear in my eye when the Tree's avatar appeared and a bigger one when its rebirth began. Up to this point i've always rated episodes by whether they make me cry, but this time i'm conflicted. Seems i've adjusted my expectations so low that i'm just grateful the Tree hasn't been erased entirely.

I'm ready for the rest of this shitty season to be shoved brutally up my ass so, thank you sir may i have another.

20/10 make it hurt, Hasbro. Im your bitch.

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830177

>>36830176
I dunno. This was arguably the best episode since ROH for Discord...

Unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830178

>>36830177
>discord
but he wasn't in uprooted...

Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830180

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Finally got time to watch it. Nice episode, got nothing special to say about it. Good that the tree is still around, didn't care much for the song (too generic).

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830183

>>36830178
Yeah, I was responding to "shitty season" and "needs to end," thinking of the opener, and not paying attention to what thread I was in. Dumb.
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Bollox!60EJwbmzEsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830266

Was def thinking about Castle Sweet Castle the whole time.

And if this is the last season, can the spinoff be about the Young Six living in this clubhouse?
with the occasional appearance of the mane six and every other character from MLP?... basically season 10 in all but name is what I want.


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