Equestria Forever: Party of One/The Best Night Ever

We come at last to the end of season 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I’m happy to report that our last two episodes for the season are true classics, with a lot going on in both of them, so without further ado, let’s just dive right in and get the party … Continue reading Equestria Forever: Party of One/The Best Night Ever

Target Practice #4: Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker

This series of reviews exists to support my good friend Christine Kelley, author of the sublime Dreams of Orgonon blog series about the life and music of Kate Bush. Her Patreon can be found at the link, and I encourage everyone reading this to donate to it. Her newest project is Nowhere and Back Again, a series … Continue reading Target Practice #4: Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker

Equestria Forever: The Cutie Mark Chronicles/Owl’s Well That Ends Well

This week, we talk about two very important episodes: Cutie Mark Chronicles, of course, contains the story about how Rainbow Dash performed her first sonic rainboom and got her cutie mark, which I referred to back in December, but with five other ones as well. It’s also technically our third CMC episode in the last … Continue reading Equestria Forever: The Cutie Mark Chronicles/Owl’s Well That Ends Well

Equestria Forever: Over A Barrel/A Bird in the Hoof

Of the two episodes we’re looking at today, A Bird in the Hoof is very much the best one. Over A Barrel starts off well enough, what with Applejack reading a tree a bedtime story and the whispered conversation between Pinkie, Dash, Twilight, and Fluttershy after the titles about whether or not Fluttershy is a … Continue reading Equestria Forever: Over A Barrel/A Bird in the Hoof

Equestria Forever: A Dog and Pony Show/Green Isn’t Your Color

One imagines that prior to writing A Dog and Pony Show, Amy Keating Rogers must have watched the animated 1968 Beatles movie Yellow Submarine. That movie was an attempt by the band to fulfill their three-film contract with United Artists, and is considered a landmark of animation. Its soundtrack includes the song “Hey Bulldog” (which … Continue reading Equestria Forever: A Dog and Pony Show/Green Isn’t Your Color

Target Practice #3: Doctor Who and the Green Death by Malcolm Hulke

Of the three books that helped make me into a fan, this one is probably my favorite. And why not? It’s a story that dares to talk about pollution and the effects of the coal industry long before climate change became the hot-button political issue it is today. Even with the inherent conservatism of the … Continue reading Target Practice #3: Doctor Who and the Green Death by Malcolm Hulke

Equestria Forever: Stare Master/The Show Stoppers

And after an unplanned hiatus, we’re back! By pure luck, we pick up where we left off in the first season just two days after the tenth anniversary of the second of this week’s pair of episodes, both of which feature the Cutie Mark Crusaders and their ongoing quest for identities and talents of their … Continue reading Equestria Forever: Stare Master/The Show Stoppers

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #2 – The Ghost Monument/The Beast Below/The Ark in Space

In early December 1965, the Daleks were busily executing their masterplan, with the fourth episode, “The Traitor,” airing on the 4th. One day earlier, The Beatles released their sixth British LP, Rubber Soul. It’s my personal favorite of theirs, as among other reasons, it contains a song that gave me my middle name. (“Michelle”, track … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #2 – The Ghost Monument/The Beast Below/The Ark in Space

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #1: The Woman Who Fell to Earth/The Eleventh Hour/The Power of the Daleks

As this week is a good time to be rid of abusers, here's my own contribution: the first entry (plus an introduction) of my original blog series, Adventures in Narrative Substitution, now reworked and expanded upon, which will replace the Downtime-era versions on my blog. I can't promise how frequently they'll be updated (I have … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #1: The Woman Who Fell to Earth/The Eleventh Hour/The Power of the Daleks