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Mystic Mind analysis: MLP S6E5 (Transcript)
Through the Fire and the Flames we carry ooooooooooon! Oh, *ahem*, didn't hear you come in. My apologies, but this episode has just reminded me so much of countless epic Power Metal songs, I couldn't resist singing a few. But anyway, onto the meat of this video. Greetings one and all, and Welcome to another Mystic Mind Analysis. I am the Nightmare Rider, Mage of Mind, reminding you as always that even a cheeseburger can be deconstructed to its original source. Gauntlet of Fire is our first Spike episode for season 6, and is absolutely a testament to the lasting development of his character. Spike episodes still have a lingering reputation for being low in quality for one reason or another, but I'm starting to see a more clear break in this trend if this episode is anything to go by.
In spite of building upon the events of Dragon Quest, one of the worst episodes of the show in my opinion, these two writers manage to work with this theme in order to improve upon its flaws for a similar s
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Mystic Mind analysis: MLP S6E3 (Transcript)
Greetings one and all, and welcome to another Mystic Mind analysis! I am the Nightmare Rider, mage of mind, reminding you as always that even a cheeseburger can be deconstructed to its original source. We have seen more than once how Maud is likely to be the closest sister to Pinkie Pie, while also being the biggest contrast in terms of personality. In spite of how different the two earth ponies are, there are actually a number of clear similarities between the two, besides just how much they love each other.
Both Pinkie and Maud are shown to have a very focused mindset on their specialities, sometimes getting so caught up in their dedication to a task, they forget about the social nuances of the outside world. Pinkie has her heart set on finding Maud the perfect gift that will be even better than hers, desiring to repay the level of kindness with something that would be absolutely perfect to her sister's needs. However, when that plan doesn't succeed, she doesn't have much in the way
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Shadow of a Nightmare (Part 2: The Mage)
Accepting the aid of Crystal meant that the journey home took a tediously long time. Midnight didn't have any objections to voice, simply being content to be back in the cool and dry caverns again. It was inevitable that the elder bat pony would run into several other members of his kind, all of whom not wasting a second to offer assistance once they notice the nasty scar on their general's hoof. Midnight turned down each one, insisting that they focus on their existing duties, gesturing to Moonlight to emphasise that he was already getting plenty of help.
Stubborn as always, the crystal pony thought to herself, rolling her eyes at her friend's dismissal of his affliction. True, it was not a life-threatening wound, but some extra guides could help get him some medical attention quicker. As the pair hobbled on, Midnight directing his companion down each splitting tunnel, a skill that Crystal had long since wondered how long it took to master. For now, just getting back to the bar
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Shadow of a Nightmare (Part 1: The Trap)
A violent crack of thunder roared across the midnight heavens. As the torrential rain hammered down across the Everfree forest, every pony caught out made a mad dash for shelter. Even the pegasi of Cloudsdale—ponies who usually dictated the schedule of the weather between Canterlot and Ponyville—had to take shelter from a storm as violent as this. With anchors set just outside Sweet Apple acres on the outskirts of Ponyville, everyone was well and truly stuck in the middle of this tempest tonight, forced to endure through its duration.
All except for one pony. Midnight Glider flicked the soaking wet fringe off his hair over from the side of his face, tucking in his wings tight against his body to prevent the thin membranes that aided him in flight from getting too water-logged. He was grounded for now, but this was not the worst of his problems. An ill-timed flash of lightning had resulted in the bat pony's hind leg getting stuck in a bear trap. Pounding at the metal contrap
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Mystic Mind Analysis: MLP S6E1+2 (Transcript)
Greetings one and all, and welcome to another Mystic Mind analysis! I am the Nightmare Rider, Mage of Mind, reminding you as always that even a Cheeseburger can be deconstructed to its original source. Season 6 has come rolling through sooner than anticipated, so we did not have to wait long to find out what role Flurry Heart will have to play within the world of Equestria. Equally so, many have criticised the face heel turn redemption of Starlight Glimmer, suggesting she is a Sunset Shimmer 2.0. In a similar manner to Sunset, Starlight is now going through a journey of self re-discovery with her new found friendship, making up to herself for the sins of her recent past. Twilight is as keen as ever to take on the role of teacher as the Princess of Friendship, although as to be expected, she has gotten so wrapped up in the details that she isn't thinking so much about what Starlight would really be comfortable with. Twilight is thinking more about how the lesson is convenient for both h
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The Tenebrous Children (Part 2)
The bright rays of the morning sun gradually awoke Rylarth the next day, though he promptly rolled over and shaded his eyes, attempting to rest for a few minutes more. The sound of light splashing caught his attention, so with a disgruntled moan, the half-dragon male forced his eyes open, seeing his sister gently paddling in the shallows of the river. “Good morning, brother!” Coralith called out as she climbed onto the river bank, shaking the drips out of her hair. “Did you sleep well?”
Rylarth grumbled. “It was alright I guess. I just kept waking up due to this strange rumbling sound. How are you this morning? Feeling better?”
“You mean you heard it too?!” the dragon-kin girl gasped, ignoring her brother's question and rushing up towards him, staring with a wide-eyed stare of surprise so close that she forgot all sense of personal space. “Was it just a rumble? Or was there more to it? It sounded a lot like a dragon to me—or a
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The Tenebrous Children (Part 1)
High up on the Malaquin plateau, a vicious dust storm blew through the town of Duluskar, whipping up enough sand with its fury to blot out the sun. The horrific weather had come so suddenly that there was little time for the townsfolk to react, leaving everyone to make a mad dash for shelter. Though the buildings were basic—formed in long cross-sectioned streets of standardized blocks of wooden houses—they were built with enough robustness to withstand the harshest of these tempest assaults. Even though these gales had become part of daily life for many of the local residents, it was still an event severe enough to derail the daily routines of all that called this place home.
Amongst the panicked scrambles to escape from the storm, two small humanoid figures smashed their way out of the top a floor window, dropping out of the back and vanishing into the human stampede. They were no taller than three feet, dressed only in long, grey cloaks which covered them from head to toe
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The War of Despair
Despair, a consuming force
Sucking the life out of those it attacks
Frozen, a mass of grim thoughts
Unable to break out from the tightening grip
Blinded, the fog of war blocks
All escape routes only lead to more anguish.
The beast fights me at every turn
Growing stronger off expressions of sorrow
An endless battle to be free from the burden
Can anyone save me from who I become?
Crushing, the weight of emotions
Dragging me down to the crushing depths
Smothering, the extinguishing light
Seeking to exterminate that one final hope
Battering, a relentless attack
Chipping away at all that defines me
The beast fights me at every turn
Growing stronger off the life it consumes
An endless battle to be free from the burden
Is there any salvation for who I once was?
Pulling at my hair, crying in anguish
An endless battle against my own emotions
Fighting back, regaining control
An uphill fight to keep myself stable
A breakthrough, witness the light
A resurrection of who I can be
Slain, the daemon i
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The Angel of Skorvinland
She had always known this day would come. As much as she wanted to deny it, her destiny had been written in the runes, so the only thing left to do was to preserve the will of the gods. Standing on the cusp of a frozen lake, Alvidia Ase stood, waiting for her hunters to seek her out, as she knew they would. The vykren were a relentless people, their hearts and minds as inseparable from their goals as the planets were from the stars. The vykren woman's baggy black robes and flowing hair  as fine as a raven's feathers blew wildly in the harsh winter wind, the dark clouds above unleashing an aggressive flurry of snow that smothered the valley slopes. Opening the brown satchels that she carried on her belt, Alvidia pulled out a hand full of magic dust, sprinkling it finely over a small stick that she had picked up from the forest behind her.
The vykren mystic carefully mouthed out a spell, pronouncing each word of the beautifully crafted prose to invoke the power which she had spent m
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Defender of the Dragon Sprites (2/2)
The sudden iridescence from the shrine did not go unnoticed by the chaotic Dragon. Gazing up to the sky, a malicious grin spread across his face as he watched Tarmagos fly towards him. Raising up his free hand, the being of darkness focused his destructive magic into a single concentrated ball. Once the creature's sorcery had reached a sufficient level of charge, the greater wyrm swung his arm out in a crescent motion, unleashing its power in the form of a black wave that turned everything in its path into a black husk.
“Come and get me, if you dare,” the dark Termagant spoke, the sound of his voice being closer to that of a thousand hissing serpents than anything humanoid. “I will be waiting for you.” laughing under his breath, the disguised Dragon strolled back into the undergrowth, just as Tarmagos flew in to land.
Having now located the cause of the horror, the Overlord of nature folded in his wings and morphed back into human form. He knelt down for a momen
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Defender of the Dragon Sprites (1/2)
The golden beams of the early morning summer sunshine cast its warming gift across the forest covered Motupae plateau. The gigantic trees towering up towards the cloudless sky, shading a vibrant variety of flowers and other plant life that covered the forest floor, all of which formed the ecological foundation on this sub-tropical island. Yet as beautiful at the central land mass of the Romahati archipelago was, very few mortal races from outside ever dared to venture close to it.  For what reason exactly there was such a universal avoidance varied wildly from culture to culture. Although if anything, there was one thing everyone could agree upon; this series of islands is best known for being a breeding ground for Dragons. Everything that lived here was ultimately sub servant to these magnificent creatures in one way or another. With the sheer level of magical power that the various Dragon flights and their kin held at their command, all of the natives who could comprehend their
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The Battle of Light and Fang [Part 2A]
From what the holy army could observe, the entire first wave of the undead consisted exclusively of Zombies, spilling over the hill in a shambling horde of rotting green flesh. All of the bodies raised had been dead for quite a long time, so much so the skin that they still had was barely hanging on the bones. Their faces were especially a ghastly sight; eyes sunken into their skulls and jaws hanging low in a static expression, a horrific sight to any mortal. A powerful necromantic magic kept them on the move, unhindered by the broken bones and deep wounds that revealed rotten guts spilling out from their bellies. None of the undead creatures wore any sort of distinguishable armour—most of them having been revived from the graves of peasants and other common folk—so their clothing mostly consisted of leather trousers and linen shirts that they would have worn in life, carrying pitchforks, machetes and other assorted farming tools or self defence weapons. Some even carried b
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The Battle of Light and Fang [Part 2B]
Speaking in forbidden language that many devotees to the light would gag in their attempts to imitate, the Necromancer called for one of her Sorcerers.
“Command me, my master,” the Sorcerer said in a raspy voice, grasping a leather bound book in one hand and a wand forged from a black crystal in the other.
Ramona pointed towards the sword bearers. Specifically, the young lady fighting next to their Cleric. “That one,” she said with excitement in her voice. “Enchant her with that grim madness that you do ever so well.”
“Of course, my master,” the thing said. Opening its book, it read aloud the spell of madness, pointing it's magical weapon at Katie, watching carefully as the red magical mist manifested it's self around her head.
“Very good, very good!” the Necromancer exclaimed, waving her staff to command a Zombie to walk towards her. “The tools of the dark gods serve us well this day!”
As the young warrior hacked
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The Seeker of Souls (Part 1)
The Seeker of Souls
The clouds parted over the northern Lucanti mountains, unveiling the bright sun that shone down on the countless mountain peaks that stretched as far as the eye could see. Traja Kalpoki took a deep breath of the crisp morning air, looking over the edge of a valley to her home town, which she had just left minutes earlier. Like many members of her family, Traja was quite a small girl, only standing just above five feet tall. Her crimson red hair was tied back into a ponytail, revealing narrow eyes, clear skin and a sharp nose. These particular traits came from her mothers side, something that the elders in her village believed was the result of being descendent from magical creatures originating far to the south east. Her town was a simple affair—much like many that were constructed close to the Vykren occupied lands of Skorvinland—primarily constructed through wood and stone. What was new were several huge metal machines that stuck out like a sore thumb
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Applejack episodes usually tend to be the simpler episodes, even by slice of life format, which is not by any means a bad thing, it just means we have to set our expectations to a more mundane story that may not have fantasy heavy elements like the other members of the Mane Six will have. We know how AJ and Big mac are the two ponies who handle the vast majority of work around the farm, and so it is to be expected that with such a dedicated work ethic, AJ is a pony who very much comes off as a workaholic. This can be good, but it can also be unhealthy, although it seems to be that Rarity is wanting AJ to relax more out of her own desires to spend time with a friend than any health reasons.

Which, again, isn't necessarily bad. AJ has made allot of promises she couldn't keep, and being self employed on top of stubborn makes it so she still doesn't care much for getting help. What is interesting is that it's hard, if not impossible, for her turn off her practical handy mare senses. Due to her stubborn nature, if there is an obvious problem to be fixed, she cannot resist getting involved to fix it herself!

This is where the episode gives me mixed feelings. We see how easily Applejack figures out the contradictory circular reasoning of the Spa staff (which seem to be quite under staffed for such an establishment), but she isn't able to realize how unnecessary the full extent of her own routines are when it comes to farm work. It helps that Rarity was able to see her dedication to fixing unnecessary problems, but to me it feels like she was hit with the idiot stick in order to learn a lesson that wasn't really a problem for her before. It shows a lack of understanding of the characters when you have to contradict a character trait in order to create conflict and drive the story forward.

Yet at the same time, I don't see this as big enough a flaw to really make the episode bad. It was entertaining seeing Applejack dramatically put on her tool belt, as well as to see Twilight trying to go through the over complicated list because AJ laid out the very specific order. Twilight is usually the one to make situations over complicated, but in this case, she was simply following orders due to her ignorance on the subject of farming!

This makes for good comedy and entertainment, and it could be justified that Applejack's stuborness means she doesn't realize why she's contradicting herself. But this episode just needed this little extra justification to solidify the conflict and fully realize the depths of these characters that other writers have come to show. And honestly, I would also like an episode that further shows Rainbow Dash's feminine side! It was nice that aside from a little light smirking, Rarity and Applejack were still happy to spend time relaxing with spa treatments with her. I give this episode a first impressions rating of a B+.
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marcoabe Featured By Owner May 1, 2017
Thanks for enjoying my "enjoying the view"!
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Anytime :).
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Thanks for the fave! :D
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Anytime ^_^.
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thanks for watching .
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barefootZanko Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Heyy, remember me :D
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Nightmare060 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Did we ever speak personally? I don't think so. I still follow you though, I think.
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barefootZanko Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I remember you from a group called "Nudist Gamers" :nod: as I was linked here from that Skype group, and I complimented your literature~ If you weren't, your stuff is still cool! :dance:
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Nightmare060 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Oh yes! I'm still in that skype group, I just don't post much. I don't post allot in many skype groups TBH.
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