I really wish I could do these each week, but sometimes I just don't get the time/willpower and then it feels redundant. :c Oh well, FILLI VANILLI, TOTALLYNONBIASEDEDITION
Fluttershy is so perfect. Erm. She has a great singing voice. Not that we didn't know that already! She also has jackalopes apparently.
SUDDENLY MANE 6 APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE aaaaand the episode dies. Fluttershy had no issues singing in front of ponies before (on stage no less) and yet can't even do it now in front of her own friends. Admittedly, if this were a season 1 or season 2 episode it would've been a great one, as the others would just reinforce her improvement with public singing. I've seen the argument that many of the show songs don't actually happen, but are usually montage pieces (think Big Day Aria, Chryssi was obviously not actually singing her evil plan in front of EVERYONE) but even taking this into account, Fluttershy has canonically sang in front of an audience during the Hearth's warming eve pageant. The story wasn't bad by itself, the timing was just very awkward given her previous experiences. Also Pinkie was goo.gl/9XkKxe
but I'll get to that later. Oh, and since I saw the argument that M6 were impressed by Flutt's singing, I'll point out that Twilight actually says: "Wow, I've never heard you sing a solo like that before!"
We find out about the Ponytones who Big Mac and Rarity are suddenly a part of and also see Fluttershy saying NO. (Would this count as continuity?
) Turns out Fluttershy has (what a surprise) stage fright! We get to see the Ponytones practicing (and Fluttershy's butt which everyone pointed out already) and I gotta say Big Mac has a really great singing voice. Thumbs up Peter New! Also Toe-Tapper is a cute pon, and Spike is a jerk.
Turns out Big Mac lost his voice in a turkey call contest against none other than Ponka Pei. How many celebrations and events do those ponies have anyway?! It looks like it's a different one each day. Also goo.gl/gDmbRN
was in the audience. Good thing Fluttershy gets the idea to go to PUNMEISTER 2014 Zecora and we get another very nice throwback to an earlier episode. Also interesting to note Big Mac's teeth are anatomically correct! Nice detail. Fluttershy reluctantly accepts to sing in place of Big Mac after some awful emotional blackmail by Angel and Rara. God damn it Angel.
Also two observations here: First off, loved the fireflies used as stage lights. Second, this thing. goo.gl/vjak17 I'm musically inept so I don't know how much that has any bearing on real life, but I liked the attention to detail on the markings. Anyway, Fluttershy does an awesome job as Big Mac's voice (as Cheerilee seems to agree) and seems to have an awesome time doing it too! Those little dances of her are heartmelting. Of course things are never that simple as Gordon Freeman and his
</s> <s>hummingbird</s> daughter Zipporwhill want to enlist their services again! As well as half the rest of Ponyville. I wonder how much they get paid for this...does Fluttershy get a cut? And speaking of her, your bat is showing, darling. goo.gl/lD5mM7
Fluttershy gets gradually more excited and starts ad-libbing and waving her butt again
which puts Big Mac in the danger zone. Yadda yadda yadda, she wants to sing one more ti- goo.gl/JEKhF8
HHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. Ok..I'm good. Big Mac agre- goo.gl/z0cvPr
Ahem..*cough*, yes. You know the rest, extreme ad libbing, spaghetti all over, nightmare fuel scenes, Flutt getting vaporized, Applejack brings the CORN, Pinkie...err...yeah. Pinkie....yknow.
One more thing to mention though, I didn't expect that ending. I think it was a great decision to show Fluttershy overcomming her fears, but doing it at a slow pace. Completely negating her crippling stage fright just after one performance like this would've been much worse...not that it matters anyway...since...she sang in public before without issue. :I
Aaand finally...Pinkie. Oh boy..Pinkie. This was poorly handled, I gotta admit. I understand what they wanted to do with her, she was the voice of Fluttershy's fears and it made for a great and very well fitting explanation of her fear and emotion about it in a compact amount of time. She definitely enhanced those scenes a lot and that was great but...
It was too much. Without a doubt...The concept isn't inherently wrong but it directly contradicts Pinkie's past actions like how she didn't want to prank Flutt all the way in season one, even with a harmless prank, not to mention the recent Pinkie Pride where she had her little revelation about RD not having fun becuase of her. This can be somewhat forgiven on the above point and on the fact that we don't know the order the episodes happen in chronologically so it could be that this happened before Pinkie Pride but even so, she felt a bit excessive...
Your thoughts? Breezies? Equestria Girls 2? Coco Pommel?
Oh and since you read this whole wall of text, here's part of a WIP pic: goo.gl/n56uLq
- Coming soon™
If you didn't read the wall of text don't look at the above picture and sit in the serious room for 10 minutes. If you looked at the WIP anyway I hope you realize what an awful and rebellious person you are. Reflect on that.