Casabloga: Downfall (Der Untergang)

“Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so you are insulting yourself.”

“Hate is more lasting than dislike”

“Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”

These are inspirational quotes I have seen everywhere since I was a kid. They are included in collections of inspirational quotes. Usually they are attributed to “Anonymous”. The reason they are attributed to no one is because if you read someone an inspirational quote, it tends to lose it’s value when you tell people they were originally said by Adolf Hitler.

The next sentence will probably be the most controversial statement I have ever said; History has not been kind to Hitler.When he is portrayed in movies and shows and other forms of media, he is essentially a demon-possessed creature. People forget that he was just a human. It was well-documented by his personal physicians that he had a list of health issues, including irritable bowel syndrome, skin lesions, irregular heartbeat, coronary sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, syphilis, and tinnitus.

I am not saying I am a Hitler supporter, or that he doesn’t deserve the ridicule he receives. By all means, make fun of Hitler.

I  am just saying that in reality, he was a human. When Downfall (Der Untergang) was released in 2004, it caused controversial for humanizing Hitler. It was based on a book by Traudl Junge, a personal secretary of Hitler’s. She was present and wrote a firsthand account of his final days. That is what the film is about.

Downfall is famous for the “Hitler Reacts” meme.

When I say the film humanizes Hitler, I really mean that. We all know that Adolf and Eva were in love, and that they eventually got married before they took their life together. But you never really think about them being a couple. Immediately following the famous freakout scene, you see this:


Downfall Kiss


I think this is the first time Adolf and Eva has been portrayed kissing. At least more than a quite peck on the check. In this film, you can see the love they feel for each other. He cares about her and doesn’t want her be caught up in the mess that’s going to happen when the Russians reach Berlin. He tells her several times to get out of Berlin, but she refuses to leave his side.

Eva is seen as trying to keep everyone’s mind off what was going on, and in one scene she is at a party when an explosion shakes the building. There is a lot of screaming, but Eva tells everyone to keep on, and she gets on a table and starts dancing. A few seconds later the windows are blown out and smoke and dust fills the room, causing everyone to run out, Eva pleading with people to stay.

You really see how ill Hitler had become at the end of his life. It was well-documented that he had Parkinson’s Disease. You see his left hand shaking behind his back when he’s with people. Most notably in the recreation of the famous footage of his last public appearance.

He has clearly lost his mind there at the end. At one point, someone says that he’s ordering around troops that only exist on his map. The only person believes the Third Reich will continue is Hitler himself. He keeps talking about his plans for when “this” is over, how they will rebuild and be stronger than before.

When Hitler finally realizes the truth of the situation, we all know how he reacts. e and Eva go into their room, and everyone waits outside for the sound of a gunshot, then they go in and move the bodies outside to burn them.

The film ends with the real Traudl Junge saying that she had no idea the full extent of Hitler’s madness, that she was horrified to discover that the Holocaust happened. If you were run into an old German person and they told you, “I was a former Nazi”, you would most likely call them evil and society would outcast them. But in reality, not all Nazis new what was going on. The Swastika flag wasn’t a symbol of evil until after the war ended and the truth about the Holocaust was uncovered. I have read up on this, and a vast majority of Nazis burned their uniforms when they found out the truth.

They say history is written by the winners. We tend to look back and think World War II was fought to free the Jews from concentration camps. But when you go back and look, you find that not many people even knew that was going on. We look at Nazi soldiers as an army of evil minions, when really a vast majority of them wee innocent people just trying to survive. Most were forced to join. We tend to look back on Hitler and see horns and a tail, and when you hear stories about him being nice to children or how he was a friendly to his workers and that his favourite movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, it’s easy to forget he was a human. A human who just happened to order the deaths of millions of innocent people.

You know what? Screw that guy!

My Thoughts: TMZ

TMZ. Everyone knows that they are the lowest form of reporting. All they care about is pointless stories about celebrities that are way too personal. Heck, even the Nostalgia Critic took time in the middle of one of his reviews to rant about TMZ. I think we can all agree here that we all hate TMZ and wouldn’t be bothered if it was announced in the morning that they were shutting down. The world would cheer in unison.

However. . . . . .

(…letting the echo from that one word reverberate around the world…)

. . . . . . . . . . . .in the midst of the pure garbage that the site produces, you do on occasion find info only they have, or that they reported on first. I run a Facebook page for general fandom news, and when Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed away, I found out almost immediately and went to post a link about it on the page (he was in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, so it counted as fandom news), and at that time the only site with anything at all about him passing was TMZ. The first link was them simply saying he passed away of unknown causes in his Manhattan apartment. The second link was an interview he did about Hunger Games for some British site (I think). TMZ had the news story about a major celebrity’s death before anyone else did. And they didn’t sensationalize it. They merely announced his passing. Of course, they later posted a follow-up about the needle in his arm, but the point is that they reported it first.

Earlier tonight, I was wondering why I haven’t heard anything from Weird Al since 2011, and I went looking for news on if he has a new album coming out. The only site with anything about it was TMZ.

I still find them to be a pointless “news” site, but their form of “reporting” on occasion can be a good thing in disguise. If they used their methods on things other than trivial celebrity “stories” and focused on the real news (such as reporting celebrity deaths before anyone else or being the only place to find out if a musician is recording an album), then people would look at them at a real news site and not just an online tabloid.

I downloaded their app out of curiosity. It was last updated in 2012, and this how is looks…

TMZ app


….yeah, they could at least try to make themselves look better.


And lastly, I just had to throw this in… The title of this just sounds awesome. . .

TMZ article

Casabloga: Gravity

This is the review I have waited the longest to do. It’s the movie that convinced me that I had to do this series. But I decided right off the bat that I was going to adopt the Nostalgia Critic‘s rule of not reviewing anything that’s still in theatres. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, for today is the DVD release date of Gravity.

I first heard of this film in May 2013, when I first saw the teaser trailer. I was instant excited about it, but also feared that the trailers were just making it look good. Surely they would find some way to make it stupid. People would see it and say it was the worst movie of all time. The last movie about space I saw was LOVE, which turned out to be a rather boring movie. The visuals were stunning and the music was amazing (well, it was Angels & Airwaves, so of course it was!), but the overall movie was just plain boring.

So after watching LOVE, I was worried that this was yet another case of an amazing-looking space movie that would heavily disappoint. But I went to see it anyway. Unfortunately, it was December when I saw it, and I had to save money to buy Christmas gifts, so I didn’t see it in 3D. Every time I tell people that I get the same reaction. They give me the same look you just made at the screen. I know, i know. It was just a couple of dollars, so I should have done it. I’m going to have to live with that decision the rest of my life, unless they re-release it someday.

Anyway, The moment it starts, you get the feeling that this isn’t just any ordinary movie. Everyone has been talking about the 15 minutes opening shot. Well, it’s actually 13 minutes. I looked. That’s still a very long shot. There are a bunch of long shots in this movie. Considering how many effects are in this movie, I’m assuming it was hard to shoot those long shots. I don’t know how they did the effects in this movie, and honestly I don’t want to find out. I choose to believe they actually sent Saundra Bullock and George Clooney into outer space for the duration of filming. Well, considering how accurate this film is, according to the experts, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what happened.

The terror Bullock expresses while cartwheeling further from Earth, and the closeness of the camera to her, really makes you feel claustrophobic and imagine how such a situation would feel. You feel her terror through the film. If I could sum up this film in one word, it’d be “intense”.


Very intense

I’ve now seen this movie twice. I loved it the first time, and even more the second time. The climax of the film has a very epic feel to it, and I think it ended at just the right moment. I guess you can think if it as a cliffhanger, where you can just use your imagination to decide what happens next. There’s evidence throughout the film that things on Earth were about as crazy as in space. There’s a throwaway line by Clooney where he says (and I’m paraphrasing, I think), “Half of America just lost their Facebook”, meaning of course that the internet is down. I’d get into what I think happens, but I think I might save that for a “My Thoughts” entry in the future. I’ve actually thought plenty about this since I saw it the first time, and I have even more thoughts on it now, so I’ll let them build up and then write them out.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get it on Blu-Ray as I had my player stolen in early December. Amazon Instant Video for me this time. It was actually my first AIV purchase, so there’s also that. I was just too lazy to go out and buy the DVD.

Doug Walker does a better review of this than I could ever hope to do.

Casabloga: Vertigo

Right…. First off I must say I have a three-way bias here.

1) Alfred Hitchcock directed it.

2) Jimmy Stewart is more or less my favourite actor.

3) I’ve always been obsessed with San Francisco.

I already decided I was only going to do three Hitchcock films on this series. They were planned before I wrote the Rear Window review. I’m just spacing them out. Pretty sure everyone can guess what the third one will be. Here’s a hint; it’s Psycho. Ok, I suck at hints.

Just a little peek at what's to come.

Just a little peek at what’s to come.

Vertigo is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films. That’s not just me saying that because I love it. It’s been voted as the greatest movie ever made, beating out longtime greatest movie, Citizen Kane (which I saw recently and…frankly will never make it here on Casabloga). The film is about John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart), a retired detective. At the opening of the film, we discover Scottie finding out he has a fear of heights, a revelation that could have come at a better time, as he was hanging from the top of a tall building, and a colleague falls to his death trying to help him.

Scottie gets a call from an old college friend, Gavin (Tom Helmore) who wants to hire him out of retirement to follow his wife, Madeline (Kim Novak). He believes she’s being possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie finds this to be crazy talk, but his friend insists that he do it, so he eventually accepts. The very first day, he follows her all over San Francisco, following a little too closely.

Hitchcock famously hated filming on location. All his movies were shot in-studio, where he could control every tiny detail. But the city of San Francisco is so amazing that the picky director chose to film on-location for this film. In the scenes where Scottie follows Madeline through the streets of 1950s San Francisco adds massive amounts of historical significance to the film. This was before the city had skyscrapers.

There was a time when this building didn't exist! Shocking, but the truth!

There was a time when this building didn’t exist! Shocking, but the truth!

I took that picture above in 2011 when I visited the city. I really wanted to see the spot where Kim Novak jumped into the Bay, but a security person at Fort Point told me that after 9/11 they closed off that part of the Fort.

Vertigo Kim Novak

I didn't take this. Surprisingly, I didn't think to take a picture of it while I was there.

I didn’t take this. Surprisingly, I didn’t think to take a picture of it while I was there.

I love this!

I love this!

The three acts of this film are each completely different from each other. In the first act, it plays like a regular detective story. Follow her, find out what’s up. The second act is a love story. The third act is a dive into madness. that has a very unexpected conclusion. Usually when a movie changes so much like that so quickly, it’s confusing and terrible. But Alfred Hitchcock had a way to never lose you. He keeps your attention even when the characters are just driving around to the music of Bernard Herrmann.

Next time I go to San Francisco, I fully intend to take the Vertigo Tour.

Casabloga: The Butterfly Effect Trilogy

I have been saying for awhile that there is a trilogy on the way. This is my tenth Casabloga entry, so I will now be doing that trilogy. First off, YES they made sequels to The Butterfly Effect, and YES I consider them some of the greatest movies of all time. Let me explain why. . .

First off, even now I still see Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso. I saw him as Steve Jobs in JOBS and was shocked. Even all the way back in 2004, when The Butterfly Effect came out, I didn’t see it because I thought there was no way he could be serious. Not only was That ’70s Show working against him, but as was Dude, Where’s My Car?, which I also think is a good movie (thought everyone reading this may breath a sigh of relief to know there will never be a “Casabloga: Dude, Where’s My Car?”). How could Kelso be a serious actor?

Well, for one, he is a good actor. An unexpectedly good actor. I didn’t see The Butterfly Effect until 2009. I had checked out the trilogy from the library (little did I know that The Butterfly Effect 3 was BRAND new at that time…until tonight I didn’t know it came out in 2009). I sat down and watched all three films back to back. I assumed that the two sequels would continue the story from the first, but no. All three films are three totally different, self-contained stories.

The films are based around an idea of Chaos Theory known as “the butterfly effect“, which is pretty much summed up in the opening slide of the first movie.

Chaos Theory

The Butterfly Effect

The first film is about Evan, played by Ashton Kutcher. When he was a kid, he suffered from occasional blackouts where he wouldn’t remember what he was doing. Usually it’s small things, like not remember drawing a picture or not remembering holding a knife in the kitchen. But other times it’s huge things, like he and his friends waiting for a mailbox to explode and suddenly they are running away in panick. When Even becomes an adult, he finds a way to access these memories. But not just relive the memories. He actually regains full control of his body.

He eventually uses this to make small changes that largely effects the present. He changes one small momentof his childhood at a time, and every time everything about the present has changed. But here is the key; everything he does, he does in an attempt to help someone else.

The same can’t be said about the second guy.

Butterfly Effect 2

The second film is about Nick, played by Eric Lively. I won’t waste any time and will just come right out and just say that Nick is a total douchebag. Where Evan went back to help others, Nick only goes back to help himself.

The film starts with the tragic death of his girl friend, bestfriend, and bestfriend’s girlfriend. It’s made clear that he gets headaches on occasion, and when he looks at pictures it gets worse. At one point he looks at pictures from moments before his friends died and somehow ends up back there. This time he saves their lives and is teleported to the new present where his friends never died.

Okay, so he saved their lives. How was that to help himself? Well, it wasn’t. He did it on accident. But now he knows he can do that, and what is the first thing he does with his new found powers? Goes back and gets the promotion he missed out on, and makes sure to ruin the life of the guy who really got it the first time.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will say the last thing he does in the movie seems noble at first, but when you see the next scene you realize he really was a douchebag.

Butterfly Effect 3

The final film in the trilogy follows Sam, played by Chris Carmack, and is the most different of the lot. Instead of Sam being a regular guy who this happens to, he uses his power to solve cases for the police. We don’t see how he found out about his ability. The film starts and he’s already established. After watching two films that are both origin stories and complete stories, it’s nice to just jump right into the middle of his story. I mean, we already know what’s going on, so why spend the first half hour or so with us watching him find out and figure out how to use it. Get right to the story.

So we find out that Sam’s girlfriend was murdered ten years previously, and her sister tells him that the wrong guy was arrested and is about to be executed. He decides now is the time to go back and witness her murder to catch her real killer. Now we find out that he was taught how to do this, and his “mentor” (as I like to think of him, as it never fully explains. Which is good, because they pretty much imply all we need to know) tells him there are rules for going back. You can’t alter the past, you can’t go back to the same spot twice, and you’re just there to observe.

Sam goes back to the night of his girlfriend’s murder, but something goes horribly wrong, which drastically alters the present. Now instead of there being one murder, there’s a whole string of them, done by a serial killer. Sam goes back and forth to each murder trying to catch the killer.

To me, this one was the best of the trilogy. The first two are just mirrors of each other. Evan is a good guy helping people, Nick is a douch who is only looking out for himself. Most reviews of Butterfly Effect 2 pan it for this, but I have to praise it for this. In order to understand why it’sso great, you have to watch the trilogy as one. Evan and Nick contrast each other perfectly. Both films show how two totally different personalities will use (or misuse) the same ability. Sam’s story shows that the same ability the first two guys has could be used for the greater good.

While things still go wrong for Sam, the unexpected twist ending makes this the best ending of the series. And seeing how the first two stories ended so….tragically, and how this is the last movie, watching all three together is really the full experience. Finally, at the end of it all, we get a happy ending at long last. It took three films to get there, but things eventually worked out for the main character.

So while these movies are not direct sequels to each other (aside from a minor reference to Evan’s father in the second film), and the three movies individually aren’t good enough to make it in Casabloga, when put together, these three stories form one of the greatest, most interesting, and unique movie franchises I have ever seen.

Casabloga: The Karate Kid, Part II

I know I’ve been promising another trilogy, but The Karate Kid is not that trilogy. In fact, I know this will be a controversial statement, but Part II is the only Karate Kid movie I even like. The first one is alright, but it’s too small scale. He’s fighting that guy to show he can (basically). It has great music, and I can’t deny it’s a classic (“Wax on, wax off…”). But I’ve always just thought of it as “okay”.

I didn’t see Part II until a couple years ago, and I absolutely loved it. There’s a better story, better characters, and more at stake.

Part II sees Danial-san going to Okinawa, where Mr. Miyagi’s father is on his death bed. It turns out that when Miyangi was 18 he was in love with a girl back in Okinawa named Yukie, but he left because his best friend, Sato, was arranged to marry her. Miyagi had announced plans to marry her instead. Sato felt his honour had been ruined, so he challenged Miyagi to a fight. Miyagi left Okinawa for America.

Upon arriving in Okinawa, Miyagi and Danial-san are driven to Sato by Chozen, Sato’s nephew.  Sato tells Miyagi to go see his father, then meet him so they can fight to the death. But Miyagi’s father passes away the next day, so Sato gives him three days to mourn.

Daniel-san meets Kumiko, the niece of Yukie, and the two of them quickly form an attraction to each other. As the two of them become closer throughout the film, this forms a nice love story, and more motivation than the first film gave him. She shows him around the villiage and nearby areas, filling him in on some of the history. While walking through town, they enter a bar or club of some sort, where Chozen challenges Daniel-san to break ice with his hand. When he does, Chozen feels his honour has been ruined (sound familiar?).

Miyagi refuses to fight Sato, so eventually Sato threatens to destroy the village. But within a few hours, a huge storm appear and does that job for him. Miyagi saves Sato’s life, causing him to come to his senses about the situation and asks to be forgiven. But Chozen decides to continue being petty and stubborn, to the point where Sato disowns him. The village is at a dance when Chozen drops in and challenges Danial-san to a fight to the death. He holds a knife to Yukie’s neck.

As I said, better story, better characters, and more at stake.  The bully guy from the first one was just a harmless douchebag. Chonzen had a knife up to Daniel-san’s girlfriend’s neck!!

They really should have ended it there. For one thing, Yukie isn’t even mentioned in Part III. The story is more petty than the first one. It’s a massive step backward. I like to pretend it doesn’t exist and Daniel and Yukie stay together forever (I know, I’m cheesy). Of course, as Cracked pointed out, Part III could have had a very different, much darker story.

Casabloga: Orphan

Orphan is the story of Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), a Russian orphan adopted by a Canadian family. But Esther isn’t as sweet and innocent as everyone thought.

Who could have predicted that?

Who could have predicted that?

I know they say nothing is perfect, and I believe that. To an extent. This film, for example, is perfect. This film, much like The Ring before it, is a horror film which doesn’t resort to cheap scares to scare you. It teases them, but doesn’t use them. Everything about this movie just feels perfect. even the way the basketball bounces off the house at the beginning is perfect. In my opinion.

The film starts in a nightmare of Kate (Vera Farmiga) where she loses a child in a very disturbing way, and the only scene that really shows any blood. When Kate wakes up, it’s quickly revealed that the nightmare was at least partially true.We are then introduced to Maxine, Kate’s deaf-mute eight year old daughter. This leads to a scene that is very powerful emotionally, and hasn’t any sound. Max takes out her hearing aid before going to sleep and all sound stops. Kate does sign language and there is subtitles for the rest of the scene.

There are loads of things that don’t need to be in this movie, but are and improve it anyway. Throughout the film, it’s implied (but never fully explained) that Kate got drunk one night and Max fell through thin ice. That’s not essential to the plot, but there it is throughout the film. About halfway through, there is a scene where Kate and her husband, John (Peter Sarsgaard), are arguing and she mentions that he cheated on her ten years prior, but he only told him two years before. This comes out of nowhere, and is never mentioned again, but it shows that their marriage isn’t as perfect as we’ve been made to believe up until this point.

This film was controversial at the time of release, because adoption agencies feared that it would talk people out of adopting kids. I must admit, they get away with bunch of stuff in this movie, doing things I’ve never seen before. For example, here is a close-up of Max’s face…

Maxine Coleman

Awwwwwww….. But why is she so sad? Is it because she’s a deaf-mute that requires a hearing aid? Or maybe it’s because–Screenshot (359) Screenshot (356)

. . . . .Esther has a gun pointed to the head of an 8 year old girl. We saw Esther load the gun. We watched her pull the hammer down. This is something heavy! Please, go out and adopt a kid today! Like, NOW!

Esther Coleman

Or else

I think the reason this movie got away with so much is because of the ending. I won’t spoil anything, because this movie is still somewhat new-ish, and not everyone has seen it, so it’s not the type of twist ending you can spoil (Bruce Willis is dead in The Sixth Sense. Rosebud is a sled in Citizen Kane. Jesus dies in Passion of the Christ).

I would list all the things I find perfect about this movie, but I feel that listing them would ruin the movie. As I said, even the way the basketball rolls at the beginning feels perfect to me. I’ve never liked sex scenes in movies, and I hate how they always try to find some way to slip one in, even if it’s out of nowhere. In this movie, there is one, and it’s in a kitchen, but it’s actually relevant to the plot.

But in order to find out why and how, you have to watch the movie. If you don’t, Maxine will get shot in the head.

Oh, yes. I went there.

Oh, yes. I went there.

The Blogging Dead: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 1)

A minute ago, I finished season one of Friendship Is Magic. I’ve been meaning to watch this show for a long time, but finally got to it about a week ago. This whole time I wanted to do a post about it, but I knew there’d have to be multiple posts. But when I finished season one just now, I decided to do a post about it at the end of each season. I don’t remember everything from this season, so this post might end up having updates as time goes on.

I never watched the original My Little Pony series, but any time anyone talks about it, they talk about how there were no real characters, that the show just jammed as many Ponies on the screen as possible so they could market more toys. If that’s true, I am glad they actually took FiM seriously. I am a huge fan of character development and story.FiM is full of some of the best characters I’ve seen in a long time.

Take, for example, Rarity. When we first meet her, she is totally stuck up, clean, sophisticated. In several episodes, you see her freak out because she’s dirty or her clothes are. In episode 8 (“Look Before You Sleep”), Rarity and Apple Jack get into a fight that starts because Rarity doesn’t do much hard work, and she complains because rain is going to ruin her mane, and finally she didn’t want to get her hoofs muddy. Fast forward to the season finale of season one (“Best Night Ever”). At one point she is covered in cake, and she mocks an arrogant prince because he doesn’t want to get dirty, and she shakes some off on him.

My favourite character is by far Fluttershy.





She is the very definition of adorable. However, I feel the most important character has to be Pinkie Pie. It’s hard to explain, and maybe it’s explained in later seasons, but there’s just something about her. She seems like she’s an idiot at first (s very happy idiot), but as the season progresses you learn that she’s perhaps the smartest character. She was the only one who knew what those creatures were that kept multiplying (I forget the name). She is always doing things that seem random, but you later find out she had a reason for doing. She also manages to keep getting ahead of Rainbow Dash. Every time Rainbow is running from her, Pinkie always manages to already be where she tries to hide. I first started realizing there was more to her than appeared a few episodes in (Episode 5, “Griffon the Brush-Off”). Pinkie and Rainbow are playing pranks on everyone, but when Rainbow suggests they prank Fluttershy, Pinkie stopped her, saying she’s to frail (I forgot the exact wording). Later in that same episode, a bully yells at Fluttershy and upsets her, and Pinkie gets angry and said, “NO ONE HURTS FLUTTERSHY!! NO ONE!!!”

Another reason I think Pinkie Pie is so important is because in episode 23 (“The Cutie Mark Chronicles”), she tells the story of how she got her Cutie Mark, and at the end of her story she says…. Hang on, I am going to look up the actual quote. . .


Pinkie Pie[concluding her story] And that’s how Equestria was made!

Scootaloo: Wha? Huh?

Pinkie Pie: Maybe on the way home, I can tell you how I got my cutie mark. It’s a gem.

Sweetie Belle: Oh c’mon, she’s just being Pinkie Pie.

First off, anytime anyone says something like “Oh, she’s just being Pinkie Pie”, it turns out there’s more to it than would first appear. This moment was never explained in the episode. Especially considering SHE JUST TOLD THEM HOW SHE GOT HER CUTIE MARK!!! There is definitely more to this…

Secondly, what did she mean by, “And that’s how Equestria was made!”? You could just blow this off as her being random or telling a joke, but by this point in the series, I’ve learned to take Pinkie Pie a little more series than the others do.

The show definitely has an ongoing story. In episode 16 (“Sonic Rainboom”), Rainbow Dash says she performed a Sonic Rainboom when she was a kid, but another Pegasus says it never happened. Then later in “The Cutie Mark Chronicles”, you find out thatshe did, in fact, do it when she was a kid, and that it changed everything. What started off as a possible throwaway line turns out to have been a critical moment.

This show is so rich in content that I know for a fact that there will be updates. I have barely scratched the surface here. I didn’t mention Spike, or Celestia, or Apple Blossom…. I will update this as I remember more, and will be covering Season 2 once I watch it.