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Saturday, September 17, 2011

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 2 Premieres in One Hour


tl;dr version: watch some ponies if you choose to do so. If not, that's cool too.


So while I think the whole trolling everyone with Ponies thing is utterly hilarious, I'm not actually kidding when I say I like the show. In fact, I like the show a hell of a lot more than I like cards right now. I can pinpoint the exact moment that the ponies took the lead by a nose (Ha! A horse pun) ahead of cards. The nanosecond I saw the card backs of 2011 Topps Lineage. Absolutely effing drek ugly garbage. And overall as a set, I like (well, just like, not like like) the idea of Topps Lineage. Hell, I'm still trying to complete my 2009 Upper Deck Timelines set. Those stupid card backs just utterly killed new cards for me though. I don't think I've even bought a pack of Allen & Ginter since then. Just stickers.  And ponies. The daughter gets the ponies. I haven't actually gotten to the point where I'm buying ponies for myself. Yet.

The show I'll watch. I've already gone on record that I like the Powerpuff Girls, and this show is basically the Powerpuff Girls multiplied by two and transformed from lovable superheroes into cute ponies with crippling mental problems who are able to learn and grow and kick the asses of monsters terrorizing Equestria through the power of niceness and Friendship with a Capital Eff. It's funny, it's sweet, it is NOT CYNICAL OR IRONIC OR WRITTEN FOR STONERS like 99% of the other cartoons out there and it's something I can share with my daughter. It's just a pleasant, well done show free of cynical snark for a change. So I like it, and for the forseeable future you're going to see Ponies. I may or may not snap out of this at some point in the future. Who the hell knows. I may end up having a nervous breakdown and start collecting stamps again. I will still be posting cards though, and I've actually got an idea for some card posts that might be fun planned to come up in the next week or two.

In the meantime, Ponies. If you flat out hate ponies and just can't be here anymore if there shall be ponies in any shape or form, then sorry. Do what ya gotta do. If you don't care for ponies, and just want to see cards, I'll give ya cards. Nothing new because I'm pretty much done with that, but vintage and stickers will be seen a plenty. If you do in fact like the Ponies, or are merely curious about just how the hell a middle aged guy who was recently completely obsessed with cardboard pictures of men performing feats of athletic skill could suddenly come out of the stable as a Brony, here's some links for ya.

Every Season 1 Episode: If you're going to watch only one, make it Dragonshy (Ep. 7) or Sonic Rainboom (Ep 16). Still interested? Watch the two-episode pilot (Ep 1, 2). Still still interested but not quite ready to watch the whole series? Ticket Master, Suited for Success then The Best Night Ever (Ep 3, 14, 26). Still undecided? Watch the Cutie Mark Chronicles (Ep. 23). That one will either hook you for good or drive you away forever. They are best watched in order, however.

Season 2 starts an hour after this post goes up and will probably have already started by the time the majority of you stumble across it. You can watch it on The Hub if you have a super-deluxe cable package with all the channels. Season 2, Ep 1 debuts at 9am. If, like most of Humanity, you do not have the hub, you can find a stream here. Or maybe here. Look around a bit and you'll find somewhere to watch it. The episode will likely be on YouTube before the day is done.

If you'e especially brave you can go to Reddit/r/mylittlepony, or Equestria Daily, or one of the many Ponychans, or (Heaven help you) 4Chan /co/. I'm not linking any of these because quite frankly they are all utterly terrifying each in their own individual ways. Here There Be Dragons (and Ponies). If you like the show, there's some absolutely brilliant and hilarious shit in there, but there is also an equal or greater amount of cringeworthy, horrifying, oh my Dear God WHY, utterly un-unseeable nightmares in these places. As with any fandom, there are always a goodly amount of trolls and lunatics out there, so be careful.

So that's about it. the show is good, the YouTube parodies are funny, the music is actually pretty cool, the ponies are adorable and at long last, a TV show aimed at girls is actually good. If you've read this far, you're probably ready to see a leaked clip from the new episode.

Q knows the power of Friendship...


Holy crap the episode is already on YouTube.

Part 1 Part 2

Better quality 720p version

space reserved for the inevitable 1080p version


dawgbones said...

OK, so how does one go about "un-following" a blog...

dayf said...

Blooger Dashboard - Reading List - Manage Blogs

dayf said...

Not that I'm looking forward to a mass egress of readers, but to be perfectly honest, cards have kinda sucked recently. I came pretty close to dropping off the face of the earth like Ben Henry, Wax Heaven and Dinged Corners did. Instead of quitting, I've decided to have a little public nervous breakdown and have some fun with the blog for a while. If you don't like it, I understand.

dawgbones said...

OK, so there should totally be some kind of "sarcasm" punctuation marks, especially for blog comments...

I don't read every post from every blog that I follow, but I just could not help commenting on the 3rd or 4th "ponies" post...

and I've only actually purged blogs from the list that have not posted in like forever, so you just missed that by like a minute and a half!!

dayf said...

Whoever patents a universally accepted sarcasm tag will be so rich they'll make Mark Zuckerberg look like a pauper.

I've seen some virulent hatred for Ponies out there in the interwebs so I'll be nice and let people run away screaming if they wish. I'll just keep posting cards with a side order of pony. Besides, the reactions are half the fun! Well, maybe a quarter of the fun. Pinkie Pie is the other 75% of the fun.

Anonymous said...

You know, I think it's good to have fun with the blog. If you can't have fun, why do it?

SpastikMooss said...

I used to love the Powerpuff Girls too. The Beatles episode was so ridiculously awesome.

So that said, I might have to watch me some ponies too.

night owl said...

I don't plan to watch any pony episodes, but posting about them doesn't bother me a bit. It's a lot better than some of the non-sports stuff that is posted on a lot more regular basis on the card blogs. Some of that makes me cringe. Ponies don't make me cringe.

You haven't lost me yet.

Offy said...

(I'm still way behind on my blog reading.)

I'm going to have to see if my daughter likes this and of course I'll have to supervise to make sure it's appropriate. We were watching Hub a lot when it first launched, but not as much lately. I think the main thing keeping her from watching it is the fact that Hub is up in the 200s while Disney (24) and Nick (25) are much easier to punch into the remote.

As a fan of Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom, have you ever watched Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends? More goodness from the mind of Craig McCrackin. I think I enjoyed that show more than my daughter did.

I'm a huge animation fan and have enjoyed a lot of cartoons that don't pander to little kids. The stuff with jokes aimed at adults are even better. Stuff like Kim Possible, Phineas and Ferb, Superhero Squad (I love cartoons that break the 4th wall) will always get me watching even though I'm well outside of the target demographic.

I completely agree with you in regards to Lineage. I got into a case break so that I could get a bunch of the cool inserts cheaply, but the base cards seemed totally mailed in. I did have a lot of fun with this year's Topps Chrome though and Update looks like it will be fun. As bad as Topps is, it could be worse, Panini could have the MLB exclusive.