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. Afterwards, I will update this post with the chatlog.
Note: I will not be able to do a liveblog next week, because I am going to a season finale party. Is anyone willing/able to do a liveblog and post it in comments, like last week? If so, I'll make a thread for it next Saturday.
Liveblog below the cut! Sorry for vanishing right after asking for final thoughts, I was abruptly disconnected from the chat server by forces unknown. (I don't *think* it was on my end, but I'm not sure.)
<@> So, today, we're finally seeing the "Equestria Games" that have been built up over the season, kind of like the gala
<> Yeah. I'm not enthused, given how awful Games Ponies Play was.
<@> Polsky's gotten much better this season though
<> Plus I've heard rumors this is a Spike episode, and I'm as ready to call a moratorium on those as I was on Apple family eps last season.
<> Less than one minute
<@> One-wing push-ups
<> I could go for an ensemble ep or an RD ep.
<@> Well, I think that's at least a decent B plot
<> This is going to be an Archer and the Fish episode, isn't it?
<@> Ahahah... a joke about trophies just for showing up, inverted
<> "Let's try to win lots of stuff too, okay?" lol
<@> (remind me to ask you what Archer and the Fish is after the episode is over)
<@> Of course Rainbow Dash had to be Rainbow Dash
<> Froborr, what's Archer & the Fish?
<@> Great minds think alike
<> Credits ended, I'll explain after the ep.
<> No don't focus on Spike NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
<@> To be fair, the Spike/Celestia comic was the best issue of the Friends Forever series
<> Yes, arrest him for sucking!
<> Sadly, he is probably being honored or crap.
<> No, his ego needs no help!
<@> Oh yikes, what have they got him doing?
<> I like how the crystal heart was spinning.
<> ...Oh, right, nobody knows that the REAL last time he was there he was desperately trying to salvage a massive scam gone south.
<@> Oh noooooooo
<> "A Tpwn Called Spike"?
<> Or "Town," maybe?
<> Okay, yes, the Firefly reference could be awesome.
<> I like how the Prince of the Crystal Empire is just a glorified announcer/coach.
<@> Oh boy, Harshwhinny again
<> Okay, I like Harshwinny. HOpefully she'll smack some sense into Spike.
<@> "Mr. The Dragon!"
<> Stage fright ep? Didn't we already have that with RD and Rarity?
<> Okay, yes, lol for "Mr. the Dragon."
<@> "Yay" callback
<> Still no talking for Ms. Hooves.
<@> Oh, she's never gonna talk again
<@> One thing I've noticed this season is that they've been ostensibly repeating morals from past seasons, as a "platform" to have new ones in the B plot
<@> Okay, this is less stage fright and more Gene Starwind in the first few episodes of Outlaw Star
<> "Equestria, we have a problem" was clumsily shoehorned in.
<@> Oh yikes, a lighter click
<> So it's more performance anxiety than stage fright. And I DO like the gag of Spike the flick lighter.
<@> Like in (the original story of) The Nutcracker
<> Biro, that's what those are called! Knew it wasn't Spiro.
<> Haha Spike, you're a failure.
<> I really like the new sister relationship Scoots and RD have.
<> I am a sucker for found families.
<> Sunglasses=instant laugh.
<@> Stored in hammerspace, awesome
<@> Oh yikes
<@> Well, we've all had that happen, even with stuff we could actually DO
<@> What? She just TELLS him?
<> Wow, that shortcircuited that plot.
<@> ...Wait, that voice does not match that character model
<@> (or maybe that's the point)
<> Okay, so we seem to now be shifting into "it's okay to be imperfect"
<> Omigod its Pony TSA again.
<@> So maybe it is an ensemble piece, like "The Best Night Ever," which had also been built up to all season
<@> I thought the TSA was just one of Discord's creations for his musical number
<> SO DID I!
<> Apparently not.
<> Or they were, but he never bother to unmake them.
<> NO SPIKE DO NOT PUT ON A CONCERT
<@> Oh yikes, "rock concert," foreshadowing for Rainbow Rocks... oh crud, he's actually going to do it
<> Watch this actually be right.
<> ....or not.
<> If only most anthems weren't actually this terrible.
<> Of course Pinkie likes it.
<> Okay, this is starting to get actually funny because it just keeps going.
<@> And I've heard much worse renditions of national anthems before sporting events
<> Interestingly, my normal antipathy toward cringe comedy isn't triggering. I apparently have no empathy for Spike left.
<> Okay, so are the games pegasus only?
<@> Well, Unicorns aren't allowed
<@> So there's already a racial elements
<> ...They could have, like, telekinetic weightlifting or something.
<@> Good point
<> I mean, it makes sense with the whole Greco-Roman theme the pegasi have going, but then this isn't really an Equestian event, it's a pegasus event.
<@> Oh no... what is she going to get him for?
<> Ice Archery is apparently a speed event?
<@> Wait, I saw one Earth pony in the archery lineup
<@> See? The brown one
<> Huh, you're right.
<@> Oh yikes, he's wearing That Outfit
<> I want to know about when Twilight let everybody down.
<> Wow, that is one potent arrow.
<@> Maybe she's talking about Lesson Zero? Or maybe she's exaggerating her own OH MY GOD WHAT'S GOING ON
<> And the princesses do nothing.
<> Oh yeah--good point, Lesson Zero.
<@> Well what can they do, since their magic is sealed too
<> Is it?
<> That's pretty absurdly powerful and dangerous, sealing the powers of the princesses.
<@> We saw Twilight walk through that device too, right?
<> ...I don't recall that?
<@> Oh, so THAT'S the moral here
<> I'll have to go back after the show and see.
<> Twilight technically can turn back time.
<> It just doesn't accomplish anything.
<@> ...Okay, this one really, really hits home for me
<> Yeah, "it's okay to be imperfect and you have to learn to forgive yourself."
<@> Only second place, though
<@> Well... I liked it
<> They apparently were doign straight medal count instead of the level of medal?
<@> I'll have to look again
<> Yeah, that was actually pretty good. Spike wasn't a jerk, wasn't rewarded for being a jerk, and had a legitimate problem that wasn't his own fault.
<> Nope, Lyra and Rarity.
<> Those are the only unicorns we see go through.
<@> Huh. I coulda sworn... oh well
<@> Oh yes, what's Archer and the Fish?
<> Anyway, it was not an Archer ad the Fish episode.
<> Heh, great minds again.
<> The Archer and the Fish is a folktale. There was an archery contest between the three greatest archers in the land.
<@> indeed indeed
<@> Huh... never heard that one
<> A tiny wooden fish was hung in a tree deep in the forest, and the archers had to hit it from the fringes of the forest.
<> The first archer missed. The second hit the tree it was hanging in. The third hit the fish's tail, and won.
<> Afterwards they all went for a drink (on the third archer, since they were all good sports and had agreed to that beforehand--and besides, he just won a purse of gold). And the conversation naturally turned to them asking the third archer how he did.
<> "Well," he asked in return, "what were you aiming for?"
<> "The fish, of course!" said the first archer.
<> "The fish's head," said the second.
<> "Ah," said the third archer dryly. "I was aiming for its eye."
<> You can't do better than you strive for, basically.
<@> Ah, I see
<> Anyway, I'm going to copy this up.
<> For a Spike episode in the setting and with the subject matter and guest star of "Games Ponies Play," that was really good!
<> Anybody else have a final thought they want to throw in?
<@> I'll probably think of something witty and insightful later and have to post it in the blog comments
<> Today I learned that even a Spike episode can be kinda cool.