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How to participate in the liveblog chat:
Option 1: Whenever you watch the episode, comment on this post as you watch with whatever responses you feel like posting!
Option 2: Go to http://webchat.freenode.net/. Enter a nickname, then for the Channels field enter ##rabbitcube, and finally fill in the Captcha and hit Connect! We'll be watching the episode and commenting there starting at 3:00 p.m. EST. Note that that is back to the new time because it seems to accrue more people. After the chat, I will update this post with a log of the conversation.
Chatlog below the cut!
<@> Sleepy Rooster
<> lol, sleep rooster
<@> Pinkie toss
<> So they worry if Pinkie doesn't bug them daily.
<> Also: Pinkie has a house?
<@> Rainbow Meth
<> I thought she lived at Sugarcube Corners.
<@> (Sorry, I had to)
<> Rock candy, amazing
<> I guess she does now!
<> Short cold open this week.
<> Are we skipping the intro song or?
<@> Nah, watch it
<> Nope, too hard to stay synched if people start skipping around.
<> It's not that long anyway
<@> Another new writer
<> Yes sir. Don't want to get out of sync, I'm the only non blind watcher so Spoiler Alert I know how this goes down.
<@> Ooh, arty flashback
<> This is great
<@> "Secret ingredient?" Like in Kung-Fu Panda?
<> I like the lined paper.
<> Looseleaf is now canon
<> Pinkie made it herself.
<@> So that's what they grow on rock farms
<> The secret to rock candy is rocks.
<> "a rocktorate in rock science"
<> I'm still slightly amazed Rick farms are real and not something Pinkie made up.
<> D'aw, Pinkie looks up to her sister.
<@> Mom just said, "My word for this so far is 'Saccharine.'"
<@> What is Rarity wearing?
<> THIS IS NOW THE BEST EPISODE
<> Giant hats.
<> Plot twist: Maude doesn't exist.
<> Oh, there she is.
<@> ...Oh wow
<> I like her already
<> Maud is best pony
<> She identifies rocks by smell. I LOVE HER
<@> I know I'm going to like her
<> Gummy is best navigator alligator.
<> "It doesn't talk. It's a dress." LOVE THIS MARE
<> LOVE HER
<> BEST PONY
<@> She has a pet rock
<@> Calling it now
<> I know!
<> BEST PONY
<@> Tom had a kid
<@> All of them laughing nervously
<> Maud is mai waifu
<> SHE HAS A PEBBLE NAMED BOULDER
<> Best new pony of season 4! Sorry Coco!
<> THIS IS THE GREATEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THIS SERIES SINCE HELICOPTER TORTOISES
<@> This is downright creepy
<> Boulder is best rock, sorry Tom.
<> YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH. BEST CHARACTER
<@> "Intense" Hide-and-Seek
<> Well now they should feel bad for not paying attention earlier.
<@> Pinkie is rolling out her entire teleportation spell loadout and still WAIT, MAUD WAS CHEATING?!
<> Boulder's amazing at this game
<@> No wonder Gummy is climbing over Maud, they have quite a bit in common
<@> Whoa, Rainbow Dash is not pleased
<> Also no wonder Pinkie and Gummy get along so well.
<> Calling it now: someone's going to screencap Dash's face there
<> No guys, Maude isn't nervous, she's just BETTER THAN YOU
<@> This is... almost a sensible plan. I wonder why it won't work
<> There are plenty of faces to be had.
<@> This is almost scary
<@> One down, four to go
<> The deadpan makes it so hilarious.
<> Maud confirmed for best fashion sense
<> I'm sorry I'm being so quiet, I'm too busy laughing.
<> Wait, Hummingway? The guys from FFIV?
<@> A spider bearing flowers
<> Spider's giving flowers...ewwww!
<> That spider is adorable.
<> < Arachnophobe
<@> Ooh, she's got a poetry journal
<@> And it's... HAHAHAH
<> And Maude is basically Pony Daria, she is the best.
<> POET LAUREATE OF EQUESTRIA
<@> A regular Jack Prelutsky
<> They are all about rocks. All of the thousands of them.
<@> Mom just said, "She's sedimental all right... she's sedimentary."
<> I love this mare
<> Maud speaks to the very essence of my soul <3
<@> Wow... Pinkie drinks
<@> HOLY CELESTIA
<@> She's invincible!
<> Rock nuke. Gives new meaning to "rocks fall, everone dies" doesn't it?
<@> Rainbow Dash's jaw drops
<@> "What's wrong?" She's scary, that's what's wrong
<> Competition does not amuse her, for none can compete with Maud.
<> Maud wins everything always.
<> Have you accepted Maud as your personal lord and savior?
<> Yes! Yes I have! <333333
<> Aw, poor Pinkie.
<> Where's my rock candy necklace to signify my rock solid bond with Ms. Maud Pie!?
<> Partial deflate only, so it's not a full crisis
<@> HAHAHAH... Rainbow Dash plays the wordsmith
<> OMG Rainbow Dash's line.
<@> Uh oh... Pinkie had an idea
<> Looks like Dash has been reading more than Daring Do novels
<> Please tell me the moral of this one is going to be "Friendship doesn't have to be transitive." I WANT THAT SO MUCH
<> Pinkie had an idea that puts normal Pinkie ideas to shame.
<@> Well, that's certainly the secondary-implied moral, even if it's not the explicit one
<@> MAUD TO THE RESCUE!
<> None can stop Maud.
<@> Maud used DRILL! It's super effective!
<> Maud falls, every rock dies!
<> MY GOD
<> So, how long until somebody dubs Maude over with Kenshiro punching?
<> 98462/10 episode
<> Eh, 5 minutes.
<> It's the intranet, stupid ideas spontaneously generate.
<@> Uh oh
<> Play sad music.
<> I seriously really like the relationship between Maude and Pinkie.
<> As do I
<> I like it more than Twi and Shining
<> Maybe just a little more
<> Wait, so the moral is Freindship Is Transitive?
<@> Nopony shows their enthusiasm like Pinkie does
<> Way to fumble at the end, episode.
<@> Maybe it's a stealth "Friendship Isn't Transitive"
<> Yeah...it kinda is. I would have warned you sooner, but spoilers...
<> Still, Maude remains made of 100% pure Awesometomium.
<> Maude is flipping awesome.
<@> Oh wow
<> xD RD's necklace xD
<@> That was by far the scariest episode ever
<@> But it was awesome
<> And Maud has every one Pinkie ever made, even though she doesn't eat them she still keeps them all.
<> Okay, despite the ending stumble, that was still a completely awesome episode and I want more of Maude.
<> Yeah, Whiteeyes, that's what I was D'awwing about.
<@> Wait, is it Maud or Maude?
<> ....but that's not how you spell it!
<@> I think it came as close as this show could come to saying Friendship Isn't Transitive
<> Totally best siblings ever. Move over AJ.
<> Is there a rock pun in there?
<> Okay, so the episode has *two* glaring flaws, but all of that is wiped away by the gloriousness that is Maud and the Maud-Pinkie dynamic.
<> Maude Pie...Med Pie
<> What's Med Pie?
<> Mud Pie
<> Oh, Mud Pie?
<> Oh, heh, I get it.
<@> The whole "Even if all we have in common is Pinkie, that's enough" thing
<@> But yeah... Maud is just awesome
<> I don't see any reason the show *can't* do Friendship Isn't Transitive.
<> I can deal with "friend of a friend" and they didn't suddenly treat her as "best friend ever", it was more like "we can stand being around you".
<> And they should because Maud is now Goddess of this fandom.
<> That's true, but still it ultimately came down to "If your friends aren't all friends with each other, something is wrong, and you should pressure them to get along."
<> Except Pinkie tried that and it didn't work and put her in danger.
<> Except that then at the end it was rewarded.
<> Which is kind of a recurring problem with Pinkie Pie episodes.
<@> The pressuring itself wasn't rewarded, they had to find something completely different
<> Yeah...it kinda is.
<> But it worries me because the notion that everyone should always be friends with everyone else is *extremely* toxic, especially to young girls.
<> (I am so glad my readers got me to read Odd Girl Out.)
<> So, anyone else amazed at how off the mark Dash was?
<> How do you mean?
<> She can go super sonic, and Maud had better factions speed than her.
<> Reaction, stupid auto correct
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<> Also, Dash could have flow right tomPinkie
<> And not waited untill the rock slide started.
<> And what about Miss Magic PrncessL she didn't have a spell that could help?
<> I know Maud is awesome but they didn't need to leave everything to her.
<@> Maybe they were about to, but then they got paralyzed by watching Maud be awesome
<> Eh, Rainbow Dash's abilities aren't consistent from episode to episode. No one's are, it's not really that kind of show.
<> Eh true, over all I give this episode 97/100, a meh moral and characters not using their abilities, but +30 for Maud.
<@> Well of course, it gets massive props for Maud
<> Why don't you guys give some ratings and final thoughts, and then we can end the log for the blog?
<@> (seriously, this season has been epic)
<> I don't really go in for numerical ratings generally. This was my favorite episode of this season, though.
<> Possibly of the series.
<> I would have to watch it and Lesson Zero back to back to be sure.
<@> (if I had to pick)
<> So yeah, surprisingly good. Did not expect it to be this awesome when I heard the basic premise.
<@> It might be my new third-favorite of all time, right behind "Party of One" and "Filli Vanilli"
<> Filli Vanilli, really? Interesting.
<> I really want a series that's nothing but Maud and Tank wondering the world, deadpan-snarking and/or hovering at things.
<> For me, it's competing with "Pinkie Pride" for my slot. And Pinkie's not even my favorite pony!
<@> Well, Filli Vanilli has the music
<@> (it's mom's favorite episode)
<> Anyway, any more final thoughts before I copypasta up to the blog?
<> So anything else or are we done for this episode?
<@> Great minds think alike, I see<> I guess that's that.
<@> Well, I have accepted Maud as my lord and savior, and will now be wearing rock candy necklaces on a regular basis
<> Nonono, a true Maudist STORES their rock candy necklaces. Heretic!
<> Well it's been fun. Looking forward to whatever the heck it s next week!
<@> Ah, I forgot