Location: Equestria, Decepticon Embassy
Joined Feb 24, 2012 at 02:56PM EST
Isn’t that basically the plot of the movie?
This kid looks like me when I was little! O_O
Why, that’s very kind of you, sir.
He breaks ‘em down whether they’re solid or frail
Well at least Kuvira has yet to commit genocide (although those “re-education camps” don’t relfect terribly postively on her).
“No no no – finger prints.”
“Am I gonna have to stick it to ’em?”
Looks like the robo-apocalypse is the least of our worries
I’ll be honest, I was a bit worried when I first saw the episode that the buttons were going to pop out
Cats brainwashing humans isn’t anything new
But to use them as transport… What a terrifying development
There’s nothing lame about seatbelt safety.
The transforming car may have helped to solve the problem but again it is only a means to an end. If it was a Deus Ex Machina, the car would have had a “defeat bad guys” button which would have worked without any input from anyone or anything else. While it’s certainly a help to the Mane 6, it doesn’t defeat the Sirens for them and it doesn’t remove the possibility of them losing the battle. Just because something – in this case, the transforming car – may call for a suspension of one’s disbelief, that doesn’t automatically make it a Deus Ex Machina.
And she’s only a background character until she shows up to help? Well that’s what Chekhov’s Gunman is. If she was a Deus Ex Machina, she wouldn’t have shown up in the background at all, let alone have her own short.
My dentist is always the one causing the pain and then he sends me to the hospital because he claims he doesn’t have the proper equipment to complete the procedure! WHY NOT?! Honestly, I’ll take toothache over dentist appointment any day – I hate them!
Funnily enough, the Japanese saw themselves as racially superior to the Chinese, resulting in atrocities like the torture of Chinese prisoners and the massacre that was the Rape of Nanking! Looks like non-whites are just as capable of racism as whites are. Plus, they were allied to the Nazis – history’s ultimate bad guys!
While the matter of the atomic bombs being right or wrong is debatable, that’s beside the point in this case. To imply that the Japanese were innocent just because they weren’t white, and to insinuate that they were nuked purely for that same reason, is an absolutely infuriating perversion of historical fact! Please learn that everything is not as black and white – in every sense of the word – as you think!
Not even close really. A Deus Ex Machina is when something, usually appearing from outside the context of the narrative, shows up to either solve the seemingly unsolvable or resolve the story’s climax in a totally out-of-nowhere way. But:
- Vinyl Scratch, as a recurring character in both FIM and EG, has been part of the narrative for ages now.
- If you’re referring to her headphones allowing her to ignore the Sirens’ song/spell, this wasn’t a development that came out of nowhere. It was already foreshadowed in both Vinyl Scratch’s Rainbow Rocks short and in the film itself when she walks by in the background of the cafeteria. This makes her more of a Chekhov’s Gunman with some Chekhov’s Hobby thrown in than a Deus Ex Machina.
- She only opened a locked door, which is very mundane and easily-solved problem in itself whether you compare it to everything else or not – and certainly not anything you need a Deus Ex Machina to solve. She also doesn’t resolve the film’s conflict since the villains are still at large afterwards. Now if, say, she opened the door and the Sirens exploded or something purely because she opened said door, that would be a Deus Ex Machina.
As is, however, Vinyl is a means to an end, not the end itself.
You really like to use that term, don’t you?
Was there really that much of her personality that could have been brought over from the first film? And I wouldn’t say “like” was all that specific a word.