Joined Dec 31, 2012 at 12:45AM EST
It’s a bit late for this (and I already left a similar comment on another image), but happy Thanksgiving.
Since today is Thanksgiving and I’m in a good mood, I’m not going to insult you.
I’ll let George Takei do it for me:
While I’m pretty sure Luthor would be “an actual threat to the world” if Superman wasn’t around" (how much of a threat depends on which version of him you’re referring to), I wholeheartedly agree with the second half of your statement.
This seems as appropriate a place to put this as any: happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Also, this picture is adorable.
True. That tendency of the fandom has always annoyed me as well, especially since Lauren said on her DeviantArt that she didn’t consider them gods. By the way, when I mentioned the season 4 premiere, I was referring specifically to the flashback where Nightmare Moon says she’s going to “destroy” Celestia, and then attempts to carry out her threat. Since Luna remembers being Nightmare Moon, it follows that Nightmare Moon remembers being Luna, and she of all ponies would know whether or not “destroying” Celestia was possible.
I can’t wait until the pony equivalent of Richard Dawkins writes The Fausticorn Delusion.
The season 4 premiere heavily implied that Celestia, at least, could be killed, so…
I could argue that “a wise fatherly mentor who’s sort of like a mix between Dumbledore, Merlin, and Gandalf” is exactly how the comics portrayed him, but today is my birthday and I’m in such a good mood that I don’t feel like arguing.
I would appreciate that. This isn’t the first time I’ve had an unpopular opinion. Among other things, I liked the Star Wars prequels, Michael Bay’s Transformers movies and Star Trek: Voyager. I’ve been told by elitist fans of all those franchises that I’m not a true fan, and been accused (unjustly) of being a hipster who pretends to like those things because they’re unpopular.
That’s probably a better analogy, especially considering Pinkie dressed up as a “psychic” in “It’s About Time” (which directly referenced this episode).
Because that’s not how it’s presented. Twilight, with a look of utter defeat on her face, says “I give up…I can’t fight it anymore. I don’t understand how, why, or what, but Pinkie sense somehow… makes sense. I don’t see how it does, but it just does.” She hasn’t just accepted that Pinkie Sense exists--she’s given up even trying to figure out how it works. Her intellectual curiosity (on that particular issue) is gone.
That being said, since the existence of pinkie sense is supported by evidence, you were correct to say that “blind faith” was not the right term. I don’t actually agree with that interpretation; I was merely explaining it to Voice.
I was merely explaining the interpretation. I never said I agreed with it (I don’t, and even if I did, I’m a deist, so I don’t really care that much about the whole theist vs. atheist debate).
I can’t do that, because analyzing the episodes often helps me enjoy them even more. But to each his own.
Let me break it down for you: Twilight (the atheist in this interpretation) is skeptical of claims made by Pinkie Pie (the religious person in this interpretation). So she uses experimentation and observation to test Pinkie’s claims. As a result, she is repeatedly injured and humiliated, ultimately deciding to give up and believe Pinkie. This sends the message that blind faith is better than intellectual curiosity--the same message that religious fundamentalists like to push on those gullible enough to listen. And somewhere, Bill Nye the Science Guy is crying.
I would argue that that part of the episode does make sense. Science deals with that which is observable, testable and repeatable. In the world of Equestria, magic is observable, testable and repeatable, which makes it part of science. The real problem with the episode is that (as I pointed out my above comment to Voice) Twilight is repeatedly injured and humiliated because she tried to find out something more about the world she lives in, and ultimately concludes that she should blindly accept things.