Sunday, August 20, 2017

S7E06: "Beyond the Wall"

"Gingers are beautiful. We're kissed by fire." YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT, TORMUND.

Stream-of-consciousness reacting...had five extra days to get this ish out thanks to the accidental upload on Wednesday. ;3 Still watched the official Sunday-night premiere, of course. Not only do we want the show to keep on shattering the record, but I missed a number of lines thanks to the worst-behaved, most ADHD puppy I can remember having (*cough Hurricane Cain cough*)
Walking and talking! Leading up to something massive, ofc. 'Til it's too windy to speak much. There's talk of histories and fathers, callbacks to much earlier events...the beautiful sexiness of gingers, who're kissed by fire...I swear, every one of Tormund's lines was comedy gold. Love him so much. He thinks Winterfell is "south." xD Gotta say though, I'm still not ready to admit Sansa into ARC (Awesome Redheads Club), though. Tormund learned the word "dick," and between him and the Hound it seems implied that...wildlings'll swing every which way they need to?? Take whatever they can get...xD; Lol.
"Suck my dick--or cock!"--Tourette's Guy/Sandor Clegane
But nope, Tormund prefers pussy. ;D And that carve-you-up-and-eat-your-liver look of true love! ^w^
I was most scared for Tormund & Jorah because I kinda ship them with Brienne and Dany...it'd suck for them not to return and Brienne to maybe wish she'd been, I dunno, a bit more friendly and appreciative of his admiring attraction? And for Dany to lose Jorah, whom she obviously loves--but perhaps still not in the way she's been feeling toward Jon? Again, not that I can blame her or Jon for this; they're both very attractive and awesome. But! So is Jorah. Tormund is a hot, rugged ginger. Jorah's a hot, rugged blonde. Jon's a hot, broody dude with raven curls. Jaime's a hot, clean-cut, chiseled blondie. Uggghhh--life's full of tough choices, iddinit?! Seriously, almost everyone on the show is hot, or at least cute. xp Even the people who're made out to be quite hideous by the books (Tyrion, Brienne...I mean, they uglied Gwendoline up as much as you can ugly-up a pretty lady, but Tormund's attraction is still quite understandable...!) So, anyway.
No one mentioned Arya!! :o
Quit your infernal whinging, Gendry! You dummy. XD Lmao. They're like, "Sounds all right so far. Strapped to a bed naked, leeches...kinky!" (And ain't nothin' wrong with witches, yo! ;p But fine, yeah, priestess.) Great convos among the guys as they headed out. Gee, wonder why Jon doesn't look much like his "father?" "That's all anyone can tell me--'I don't know.'" And that's why you know nothing, Jonny-boy! Although, you & Beric seem onto something. ;]

First obstacle: undead bear! Hound's phobia renders him paralyzed & unable to help Thoros, who shoved him out of the way...Thoros is injured, but Beric is able to cauterize the wound with his sword and let him last longer. Obviously The Hound feels responsible for his death. (He & Thoros were the easiest to identify in any wild battle sequence with those rad flaming swords!)
They got their captive, but too easily...suddenly surrounded and trapped, because thankfully the dead don't swim. (Which is probably why Jon's still alive.) Hound now has no choice but to believe in the LoL, but thinks he's a cunt just like every other lord he's ever met. xD He decides to start chucking rocks at the wights out of boredom (after kicking their struggling captive), but that becomes a huuuuge fucking "whoopsie" when the second one skids across the solid ice in the front of them...showing the dead that they can advance. ("Ice" going, mate; everything's your fault! xD;) After that, everything goes to hell. I was SO SCARED for Tormund and totally thought he was a goner there for a minute; thank goodness they didn't do that to us. You redeemed yourself, Sandor. (That was set up earlier by the "I don't think you're really mean; you have sad eyes" thing. Awww.) Thought they should've immediately been breaking the ice around themselves.
So now, they all would've been completely screwed if not for Dany. The union of her & Jon is clearly necessary. They'd sent Gendry running back to Eastwatch without his hammer because he was the fastest...I was like, "Hope you have a good memory and paid attention to landmarks!" This is the episode where I started to become a bit more critical of the travel-time aspect. How long was the group trapped on the ice, waiting for Gendry to run back and have the raven sent and then have Dany come rescue them? Ravens and dragons fly fast. ;) Westerosi horses tend to be speedy as well. xD At this point, though, you can't lose momentum and devote scenes to travel or establishing time passage (unless something very significant happens along the way or in the meantime.) Specific lengths aren't as important as just getting the order in which events are occurring; all along I've felt that you should be able to piece it together yourself and guesstimate well enough. The complaints about distance and people/ravens "zipping all over the country" seemed hyperbolic.
The party only lost one member, which was one mercy we were spared. Things could've been worse. "Don't you dare fall, goddamit Jorah! None of you idiots fall off this dragon, got it?!" Poor Thoros. Now he can't bring Beric back anymore...but, Beric said he was tired of that and waiting for the end to finally come, so. Guess he'll probably be on his last life this time. Actually, the squad apparently had some redshirts along who only appeared when it was time for someone nameless to get killed? That was weird.

Backtrack to Dragonstone: Dany starts by praising Tyrion for not being a stupid, reckless, life-wasting Gryffindor. ("Billy, don't be a hero...!" 'Specially if you're doing it to impress a wuvwy wady...) Of course, this is a setup for her setting off to save the totally-fucked crew up north with all three of her dragons--much to Tyrion's terrified dismay. "If the most important person in the world dies, everything and everyone is lost!" But she can't/won't do nothing, as he advises. Tyr had been taking Varys' advice, trying to get her to listen to their point of view. For a few minutes there, it seemed that Daenerys was growing too exasperated with all of this patience and mercy and planning. Yes, Aegon got pretty far on fear, but how'd it all end up? It probably is impossible to win a war without deceit and mass murder--and in this land, impossible to build a better world without a war. Yet your goal is to break the old wheel and not become an actual tyrant, right? Don't keep on spinning it. Popular support will be invaluable. The only ashes you wanna be queen of are the Ash Ketchums who say "I choose you" like Varys did. ;D
"Mega Charizard X, Fireblast, now!" 
 Tyrion's caution at the moment is concerned with what happens should Dany be killed--who will be the successor? Who can maintain her vision? He's less interested in actually laying a trap for Cersei, and his queen isn't so sure about all this. 'Succession? We'll discuss that after I wear the crown!' Hmm. Can we think both short AND long-term, guys?

Tyrion is right about getting into your enemy's mindset to anticipate their moves (keep your friends close but...) Still, they could go on forever with the volleying of fair point against fair point. Tyrion still advocates imprisonment and captivity over immediate execution of defeated foes. That WOULD make you stand out from other rulers. Yet she also has to let everyone know that she's super cereal and means business to be taken cereally as a person, and not just because she controls friggin' dragons. (And frankly, she's not obligated to spare soldiers in open rebellion to remain consistent with their vision.) Point, though, is that what NEEDED to happen to get through to her was for her to fly north and see for herself that Jon is right--the army of the dead is the most immediate threat to ALL of humanity. If they breach the Wall and head south, it'll be apocalyptic. They can continue adding to their numbers by reanimating corpses.
She shows up in the nick of time, naturally, and OH MY FUCK...her face watching Viserion die from the accursed Night King's spear...;n; MY CHILDREN, MY ONLY CHILDREN. Knowing she has to get the others to safety and leave Jon behind. Having them wait for his seemingly miraculous return, courtesy of Uncle Benjen--who might now fulfill people's expectation of becoming a wight himself? If they remove the dragonglass? ;; Aw, man. Y'know, last week when I said I wanted an ice dragon, I DIDN'T MEAN LIKE THIS. I meant one for Dany...! Dx Damn you, D&D/GRRM. But no, they wouldn't make one person that overpowered. Especially not someone you like. x-p Also, I guess the Hound's heading off on his own again?

Mom and I were afraid that Jon was gonna give up the ghost again, and someone would have to run and get Melisandre back--unless Beric could do it, but I don't think so 'cause he's not an actual priest. However, the good thing is that Jon seems to have sufficient plot armor to keep him around until the end, or much closer to it (how many people would be severely upset if he just dropped permanently off the show now?) Orrr you could end up with Whitewalker Jon. *-* But yeah, he and Beric obviously have some great destiny for which they can be brought back, so losing him isn't aaaaaas scary as losing anyone else. Just like before, you know he couldn't be gone for good anyway.

Well NK, you fucked now, boi. Because you do NOT mess with the Dragon Queen's kiddos. Still...this is soooo not good. They're gonna need all the help and reinforcements they can possibly get. This affects literally everyone. Not only did you lose a dragon, but he's been turned against you. (Is this going to be any surprise to them? Can they plan for this?) Is there any hope for the "I know you're still in there, it's me, listen to me, don't fight against your mother" trope? Like, is Viserion actually in the beyond, or are there remnants of him in the body that could yet be reached? Because if Viserion remains loyal to his mum, that would be AMAZING...two fire dragons and an ice one on your side, boy. 'Swut I'm talkin' 'bout.
So. Dany's priorities have shifted. The truth of Jon's ice zombies couldn't be clearer, and their leader has literally killed one of her precious children. This SO means war. She swears that she will help the north defeat the Night King, and recuperating Jon finally bends the figurative knee (as Tormund would've recommended.) See, now they've both seen each other in action--seen one another's true colors shining through. ("And that's why I love you...not necessarily romantically?!?! Oh fuck.") He's sorry that this mission went so horrifically badly and cost the life of one of her dragons. He can now tell everyone else that she is definitely someone worth following as queen. She's less concerned with the knee-bending now, bound and determined to avenge Viserion and save the world from the Night King. Somehow. She's not even sorry she came to their rescue, because only seeing that army with her own eyes could truly impress upon her just how dire their situation is. She wants to be worthy of Jon's allegiance. Then she notices his "longing" gaze and checks out of his room, heh.
NOW the question is...could we EVER expect the Mad Queen down in King's Landing to join forces without scheming, underhanded intentions to eliminate Dany & Jon & Co. when and if they can defeat the walkers?? I could see this becoming the turning point for Jaime--honestly, it's getting pathetic watching him continue to be his sister's lapdog. (Pussywhipped...;p) He's SO much more likable the moment he's apart from her. His time with Brienne really did good things for him as a person. And whatta ya know, guess who's headed to King's Landing?! Because Sansa's like, "Pfffft, I ain't goin'; they want me, they can come get me themselves. You go!"
Aaaand Jon calls her "Dany." Which no one in the show has done for quite some time. x3 Was it her bro? Haha. Yeah, he was a douche, but you still named one of your kids after him. ;p So how wold Jon, who knows nothing, know of her nickname? Aahhh, right. Secret-Targaryen-ness gives you certain abilities. >w<

Love polygons going on? Tyrion seems to fancy Dany...but she just called shortastic Jon "too little" for her, to an actual, somewhat heroic dwarf. xD; "Sorry I didn't mean it that way!" Awww. I still like Jaime/Brienne despite ALSO LOVING the image of magnificent Brienne/Tormund offspring. I'm so TORN! I mean, we don't know whether she "like-likes" Jaime either. Aurgh. And WHEENNNN is everyone finally going to learn that Jon's a Stark-Targaryen and Dany's nephew?! Which is, weird to think, but true. I just wanna see the effects that that revelation is gonna have on everything.

Mind games going on at Winterfell. Pleeeeease, Arya, realize what Littlefinger's doing and outplay the asshole. Slice him up. You can't trust him as far as you could throw him. Bran? You've been less useful than it seems you oughta be. How about you tell your damn sisters the truth about that scumbucket? Once he's outta the way, there'll be plenty of time for dealing with the question of whether or not Sansa may still be a family traitor. He ain't a fighter; even Brienne is checkmated by Arya--guy don't stand a chance. Let this finally be the end of the line--uh, the ladder--for him.
Arya confronts her sis about the letter she sent while she was still a stupid little girl willing to fuck her family over for her sweet Prince Joffrey. Good point about Lyanna Mormont in particular--oh, that little firecracker would be disgusted with you, Sansa. ;p Sooo, she later finds Arya's satchel full of rubber masks. Girl should've put some of the latex animal ones in there too (such as my white Poodle head!) Arya tries to play the game of faces with her, then seems to threaten her life--but ultimately hands her the dagger and leaves the room. :0 Ay, yi, yi. Some of what Sansa says is true, but...it feels like one step forward and two back with her...she thinks she's become so smart, but is she still being easily manipulated by Littlefinger? Arya wouldn't have survived what you did? Really?? I doubt that very much. If you're gonna do stupid things, I too would pick anger as my motive, but **please girls don't do anything dumb either way!!!**
Other peeps we needa see again? Theon, hopefully saving Yara. Nearly forgot about those guys in all this. Judging from the preview...well, I saw Theon, and the Unsullied, and I think the Ironborn...both sides lining up. Probably/hopefully, it'll open with this huge Cersei meeting. (Btw, you gonna tell her you lost a dragon? At first she'll be all, 'Ooh good, you've been weakened'--but if the Night King can kill dragons, that should help paint the picture of how fucking urgent this is.)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

GoT, S7E05: "Eastwatch"

LMAO @ Bronn! Ya derped, Jaime. What WERE you thinking? Get yourself killed taking out the enemy--who shouldn't be the enemy? "Only I get to kill you!" Man wants his reward, lol. "No, YOU'RE fucked!" XD

So then, Randyll and Dickon...wtf, guys? You know what, though, Sam's still around--and he's gonna be a great man. No, hell, he already is! So whatevs, Dicko. Anyway. Daenerys' decision here...it's neither "mad" nor unjust, really. On the one hand, would it be a good idea to take Tyrion's suggestion, and give them more time to possibly change their minds? Maybe. But she made her case well, she gave them a fair choice. Help her destroy the wheel and make the world a better place, or die. These were defeated enemy soldiers given the opportunity to serve a non-evil queen instead. Two of them made a stupid choice. Dany is clearly thinking that too much mercy won't pay off in this, the Great Game. And Randyll's choice was based on idiotic reasons...Tywin deserved what he got, 'kay? And the rest is simply xenophobia. Cersei has always lived in Westeros, and therefore she's a fitter queen than you. Uummm...? Sir, you treated your awesome son horrifically, betrayed the Queen of Cool (Olenna), and named your other son DICKON. Can't say I'm very sorry to see you go. Kindly dick off, eh? (And Dicko, YOU FOOL! *in Gilbert Gottfried voice*) Only other thing I can say here, is that Tyrion may have a legitimate concern about not...abusing the dragons? Overusing? Maybe, exercising a bit more restraint when it comes to them? Because we don't want to give them a bad name, and have everyone resenting and loathing them, obeying purely out of fear of the destruction they can wreak. Their mother shouldn't get too dragon-happy. These magnificent "beasts" are your beautiful children, and we don't want innocent people coming to despise them, yes? Just a lil' thought.

Dany's point is truthful; it will never be possible in this world to help all without hurting some. Aaaand, Jon's still not ready to tell her he literally returned from the dead. Guess letting that slip when you're trying to convince people to help you fight the actual walking dead might not seem like the greatest move. Varys wants Dany to be more merciful and refrain from executing those who refuse to bend the knee. Aiight, he's...a sensitive guy (not merely due to being a eunuch, surely), and he definitely doesn't want to let his queen go down her dad's path. Which, I don't think she will. Tyrion justified her action quite well, though he was obviously also attempting to convince himself. Justice vs. mercy again. I mean, she wasn't all crazed and giddy; she proclaimed the sentence and invoked "Dracarys" in a calm, sorry-it-has-to-be-this-way tone after having given them the chance to explain themselves, and to join her. She and Tyrion attempted to reason with them. Would it have been better not to kill them? Just lock 'em up? I see her point about not being here with the goal of murdering people OR putting them in chains. Oh, 'tis a difficult matter indeed. BUT, least we know one thing: Varys' secret is that he is actually Ethel Mertz, Pokemon Master and Reader of Other People's Mail. (*fake offended gasp* "It's a sealed scroll for the King in the North! 'Course I read it.") Reckon it's time for people to quit doubting his sincerity, too (I'm looking at you, Lesdogg.)

If Cersei's gonna go down, she wants to go down fighting (or, well, having other people fight for her)...of course. *p* HA! Olenna eliminated your monstrous spawn and received a merciful death herself. Suck on that, byotch. Damn, though--she's still got her gold to pay back the bank. Was hoping Drogon scorched that AND her food, but we'll take what we can. Cersei's definitely fighting a losing battle. ;D Even though it would've been terrific for the bank to switch to Dany, hehee.

Jon & Drogon! Lovely foreshadowing, there. ;) *pet-pet-pet*
Birdy-Bran has a raven sent to the Citadel, and Sam, hoo boy, he know what up!! Damn, that rant about the shits (and steps and windows) was BRILLIANT. The maesters really are too skeptical and slow to act at this point; they've grown very complacent and insulated in there. Time for Sammy-boy to bust out--figured that was coming in short order. You go, my rebellious, proactive little apparent book thief! (And hey, your pop was even more of a dick than your brother's name would indicate. You are Best Tarly by a long shot. Go get 'em.)

WE GOT: "Team Capture-a-Walker" (or, y'know, a Wight) ready to git out there and nab us some proof. Grand plan. I mean, short of inventing the camera and recording them. Poor Tyr got all emotional during his meeting with Jaime. When Cersei hears "armistice," she figures she can try to be all sneaky. F U. OH NO, NOT AGAIN! Not a fourth twincest baby! Dx I was like, "Pleaaaase be lying..." *fingers crossed* "And this time we'll just tell everyone you the daddy! I don't give two shits anymore!" Mm, yanno who probably wouldn't be too happy about that? Euron, who still hopes to wed her. Not that she gives a damn or necessarily intends to grant him anything. "Never betray me again." No, do it, Jaime. DO IIIIT. She be mad fucked-up. But that look on his face gives me hope. (Also just read a hypothesis 'splaining why her being pregnant again could actually be good...)

Gendry's back! Finally. Gotta admit I'm a tad disappointed that he wasn't rowing right up until the day prior to Davos' visit. Or better still, that they didn't find him on the water! Turns out he's just been bored all this time, forging weapons for the despised Lannisters. Well, thanks for hammering those bitches, Gend. That scene was great...aw, man. Davos Seaworth, master bullshitter. xD Tyrion came along too soon and ruined it; whoopsie. (Also, the awkward exchange about what happened the last time either of them was there...xD;)

And Davos' "better a coward" quotes when Gendry joined Jon's forces were hilarious too ("Nobody mind me, all I did was live to a ripe old age...!")

But Tormund rivals Davos (and Sam! and Bronn) for the Quotes of the Week. "Which queen, the one with the dragons or the one that fucks her brother?" "The big woman?" Awww, he's probably been like, doodling little pictures of Brienne up there...:'} And leave it to a ginger to just be brutally honest! xD Anyways, so, Team Capture-a-Walker consists of him, Jon, Jorah, the Hound, Beric, Thoros, and Gendry. The trio we haven't seen for a while got there, and even old Sandor apparently believes in the LoL (Lord of Light) now. What a motley crew! ;p There were a few little disagreements before they pulled together, though. Gendry, again, like Varys, has good reason to distrust Beric & Thoros. But, I think we need to listen to Beric & Jon--"It doesn't matter what we think our purposes are." 'We're all on the same side; there's a greater purpose at work here, we can serve it together.' Voices of reason. Yes, work together! Ffs, get along or I'll belt yas. ("What's gonna work? TEEEEEEAAAMWORK!")
Also, in defense of Melisandre...nothing she's done has been out of her own will or any cruelty or sadism...but rather in pursuit, ultimately, of the same noble objective the rest of our "heroes" share. She's not evil. She did what she truly believed was required of her as a faithful LoL servant. And though she fucked up in a huge way (and knows it, being on the right track now), her faith's not misplaced. The LoL, it appears, is for realsies. We shall see what part he and the prophecy play in the final battles.

Now, JORAH...okay, I wish he'd credited Sam right away with curing him, but I'm sure that'll come up later. As of now, I'm shipping him and Dany, because we're getting closer to the reveal of Jon being her nephew (KEEP READING THAT BOOK, SAM & GILLY. Don't let your kid slobber all over it! Dx) Hopefully that'll turn her obviously strong feelings for HIM into simply familial ones. Here we see her having such feels for two different men, and for a long time now I've thought the idea of her eventually letting Jorah out of the friendzone (by actually falling in love with him, not just because he wants it) super-cute. So we'll see, but that's what I'm hopin' for. Honestly, it's hard to know whom to ship in this show (like, will we even see Hot Pie again?), but for her I'm sticking with that. "OUR QUEEN NEEDS YOU." Indeed, mofo. To fall in lurvy-durv with. Still, she's "grown used" to the King in the North over the past however-long he's been on Dragonstone, and clearly cares deeply about both these men. And now she's watching them leave for a dangerous mission in the frozen North, headed beyond the Wall to return some desperately-needed proof. ;_; (Will aaaaanything knock sense into Cersei?!) 

Ya also got muthafuggin' Littlefucker attempting to drive a wedge between Arya & Sansa, sowing seeds of sisterly animosity. Piss Arya off at Sansa, make Sansa see her murderous little sis as dangerous, get closer to his goal... OUTWIT HIM, Arya. And please, for the love of piping-hot pies, kill the slimeball. Both sisters raised good points in their little tiff there, about the jerks dissing Jon and the need for everyone to work together diplomatically versus using force....and then of course, the matter of Sansa "getting what she really wants." Oh, Arya, how could you even voice such a terrible thought? ;P Y'know, I'd been kinda sorta tilting toward Sansa's side for once. Never mind.

Only two episodes left of this season already? That's madness. Even if the finale is 80 minutes. (And the Season 8 ones are all that long, but there are only six...? Is that what my brother read before? I think so--or something similar. He hypothesized the writers realizing they couldn't wrap it all up with only this many episodes remaining, and having to give us a ninth season...I'm not holding out hope, though. It's probably already plotted.) I need more than an hour a week, man! ;.; The pace has obviously picked up rapidly as we begin approaching the climax, and there's really not much you can call "filler" anymore...aahh. I hate how the end of each ep slams on the brakes and whiplashes you and makes you wait another damn week. Supposedly the finale ends on a cliffhanger too, which, yeah, sure, is exactly what we need...totally. *-*

Monday, August 7, 2017

GoT S7E04: "The Spoils of War"

What do we now know?
Bronn wants a castle (so he can play Pretty Pretty Princess.)
Meera IS returning to her family, but it wasn't a pleasant parting. Bran, could you fucking spare the "thank you" to this girl who's dragged your crippled ass Bob knows how many miles and risked her life for you?? Yeah, look, we get that you're actually an all-seeing raven now, so you've probably got a lot on your weird mind...but she's right. You fucked Hodor up, and then he, Jojen, and Summer died for your sake. We're getting a bit sick of your whole "no one can understand me anymore, I'm so beyond you all" attitude. Mmkay? 


...LONG-awaited Stark reunion!! ALL of the high-fives to Arya & Dany this episode, seriously. Arya comes home and impresses the hell outta Brienne, who must know what she means by "no one." Girl's got hella style! Pod still has some work to do. xD And fuck you, Sansa, if you have any kinda problem with what Arya's done. Combat skills, the ability to take out your enemies, will only be major assets. Sorry she's not *quite* the perfect, totally pure and innocent little sis for whom you might've hoped.
Bran gives Arya the dagger, which seems a wise choice. Sansa's right about one thing--Littlefinger ain't generous. He's always smirking in the shadows, like he's got some nefarious plot cooking. But Bran totally spooked him with the "Chaos is a ladder." >;-) THAT wasn't "something you've seen before," eh, mate?? Between Bran and Arya, he may be in trouble real soon. *grin*


Missandei misses Grey Worm; Dany wants the skinny on what went down between them, hahaha. XD Gossip girl time! Jon shows her the cave with the dragonglass and the record of the past Whitewalker battle. She is persuaded to help him, but still wants him to bend the knee first. BUT THEN! Sadfaced-Tyrion and Varys bear shitty news. Dany accuses him of going easy on his family, and it does seem true that, at least, he'd rather not hurt Jaime. Dany then asks--WWJSD?? (To which the answer remains, not burn cities to the ground and kill thousands of innocents.) So, what's a poor girl to do...? `\`


Theon pull yer boat ashore! We all knew he'd try to rescue Yara.
They're starting with the shipper fuel, uggggghhh. With the arm-touching to guide her in the cave, and ol' chatterbox Davos accusing Jon of looking at her bewbs. Well, tbh I never could blame either of them for feeling attracted! ;) However, hopefully they'll learn of their relationship soon and that'll shut it right down. She's different enough from her ancestors that I doubt she'd dig the idea of marrying her nephew, either. And 'sides, "King Jon" has the Katniss attitude of "there's no time for romantic bullshit anyway."
Missandei makes it clear that she and everyone here from Essos serve Dany by choice. Davos still quite likes her and wants to consider switching sides, lol. And once again, Jon is given reason to consider bending the knee to Dany.  


On to the whole caravan scene that went by so quickly, it made the episode feel short (also because there wasn't so much bouncing about from one short scene to another.) Bronn, you bastard. x-p I like Dickon, fresh out of Fancy-Lad School. (Hey Dickon, where's Dickoff?) So the Tarlys and even Jaime regret having "had" to go against Olenna. ={ And now, Jaime refuses to abandon his army as the Dothraki and Drogon race toward them, bellowing their war cries (Dad's like, "They're gonna be out of breath by the time they get there." xD) Oh, yeah--Dany's 'boutta try and even these odds back out. The Dothraki start kickin' mad ass, Tyrion's watching...keeping an eye on his one-handed brother, man. ;; His fucking idiot brother. Aiight, so was it Bronn or Dickon or some random dude who pushed him into the water? It had to be one of the named guys. And we can assume he won't drown...right? Someone will pull him up. But ugh, the actual worst part of this episode is the dead horses, and watching Dany trying to pull the spear from her 'son''s side. Damn you, Bronn. At least now they're aware of the 'Scorpion' crossbows and can keep an eye out for them, knowing not to be an easy, non-zig-zagging target like Rickon again. Dodge, bob and weave, be a moving target! Do a barrel roll! xD
Fuckin' Cersei's bank deal, and army, seem to have just gone up in smoke? Muuuuahahaha, yaaaayyy. *long yeah boi* 


Next week looks amazeballs--and also full of terrors. Holy shitemother. (But what do Varys and Tyrion want to get Dany, presumably, to listen to? Don't let one successful dragon attack go to your head, girl...!!)
Y'know, a water and/or an ice dragon would be super-helpful to have in addition to the standard firebreathing ones...8/


So almost everyone is accounted for now. Everybody's who still around and has been a major player since the early seasons seems to be here for a reason, with some role to play in the coming war. Jorah is on his way back to Dany, and he should be a valuable asset. Sam (and Gilly and their son) will be, at least, conveying important information--but will he eventually leave the Citadel and wind up back in the North or something? The Hound and his current "pack" will hopefully reappear next week. We should soon see Tormund & the Wildlings (yes, it's a band) shortly as well, since I think the preview told us that Bran sees the Walkers heading toward Eastwatch. Melisandre, Ghost, and Nymeria with her pack may not show up again until the final season, but in all likelihood they'll come through in some big saving-the-day kinda ways. Tbh, we should've seen Ghost more often at Winterfell, but an episode like this shows where the majority of the CGI budget has to go...so I understand that the wolves are too expensive to create and animate if their presence onscreen isn't significant enough to the plot development. 


People we may not see again: Jaqen? Daario? Hot Pie (we better friggin' see HP again, at the very least...if we ain't crownin' him king...;p) Guess we're to have assumed that Gendry reached his destination long ago and that was that (either this, or he's still rowing about to this very day. Which is what they say.) Ellaria & Tyene...unless Ellaria somehow escapes the dungeon, I don't really think we'll cut back to them. It'd be good if the rest of Dorne still wanted to fight for Dany, but...I guess we're just accepting that by losing their leader, we've lost the whole army? =\ Idk, now they should want to go at Cersei with a vengeance. ;p But then, just about everybody should, so. Yuh. B-|

Monday, July 31, 2017

GoT S7E03: "The Queen's Justice"

Well, shut my mouth and call me a bitch. If I thought last week was insane...well, we were in no way prepared for this. My, how quickly the tide doth turn. Clearly they're tilting things in Cersei's favor because Dany needed to get knocked down a peg or two; she was becoming overconfident while the odds were stacked so strongly in hers. BUT THIS WAS TOO MUCH, GUYS. ;_; Somehow we've got to turn things back around. But we'll get to that at the end, with the previews...

Okay, so first of all--they had the courtesy to open with Jon arriving at Dragonstone! Bless them (you think at first!) Fire and ice are meeting at last, thanks to our girl Melisandre. Jon and Tyrion make you think they're gonna come at each other like, "'Sup bro?!" and hug on the beach. Tyrion and Davos acknowledge Blackwater, more than once. Missandei is...not very chatty, we see, as Davos tries to be friendly with her. "I didn't ask!" Jon tells Tyrion as he hears anyway that no, the dwarf did not in fact consummate his sham marriage to Jon's sister...who's "starting to let on" to how much smarter she's gotten. Okay, there is SO much awesome dialog in this one, particularly from Tyrion. And Daenerys. I'll get back to the 'Varysandre' discussion later because dude, THAT was some ominous kinda shit.

"You stand in the presence of..." Missandei rattles off Dany's dozen or so names and titles. Then it's like, "...And this is Jon Snow. A guy. Oh yeah, he's been named King in the North..." Aiight, so Jon refused to bend the knee, which is a little bit surprising because you'd figure he would go with Tyr's reasoning--do that real quick, who cares, there's no time to spare, just get to convincing her camp that the Army of the Dead is THE biggest threat to everyone in Westeros. Both of them made quite reasonable, logical, and fair cases, and I think surprised each other in that sense. Neither is trying to deal with another crazy person here. BUT, the whole "ice zombie" thing IS admittedly difficult to believe without evidence. You need a camera, Jon Snow.

I was so, "You go giirrrlll!" with Dany's "faith in myself" speech. Now, I suppose Jon shot Davos that "Shut up" look because there's no way these people will take them seriously if they claim that he was resurrected, despite the fact that he was. "All right, seriously, what kind of fool do you take me for?" ("I don't know, what kind are you?") And/or, they won't trust a formerly dead man? Mel hadn't mentioned that about him either. Well, that little secret will surely come out at some point...just like the "Omg I'm your nephew" one. Speaking of which, thank goodness they didn't start giving us shipping fuel, or have them instantly fall for each other and get banging. Only one I'd really ship with Daenerys now is Jorah, honestly. (As for Jon? I frankly don't have a great choice for him, currently.)

So, then. SHIT. News arrives. Varys comes a-runnin' to deliver it. The first step went terribly wrong. Big probs, guys, big probs!
THEON! Ya gotta save Yara somehow, man. Your uncle's dragging her around like a dog.

Euron, you are a supreme twat. With mad swag. Truly, the most swag we've seen from anyone on this show, I think. Also--you're a disgusting pig. Euron "Finger in the Bum" Greyjoy. x_x Just, omf. And his disappointed look when Cersei still won't marry him yet. Good points, though, about how all these cheering dolts pretty much do simply enjoy severed heads...they'll cheer whoever seems to be winning, spit at the losers.
Who's in charge of Dorne now? Will they remain Dany's allies with Ellaria & the Sand Snakes eliminated? =\ Cersei's having her payback for poor Myrcella, yet...still...Ellaria and Tyene...that's pretty horrible too...urk. Cersei dreams of ways to kill her enemies--well of course you do. Monstrous Mad Queen. Wouldn't be shocked if you dream of torturing people just for the hell of it. ;p Gee, I wonder which child was YOUR favorite. (Bit more on that later.) Also, "Ser Gregor?" Let's call "it" by its proper name of Ser Robert Strong now, 'kay? But I get it; telling the Dornish ladies that Oberyn's killer is still around makes more of an impact than admitting that he's, well, whatever he now is. And then, LULS! Cersei is beyond giving a shit about people seeing her in her jammies with her brother naked in bed. It's just like whatever. x_x

Oh yeah, lemme go back to the Varys/Melisandre thing. I THOUGHT he'd approach her about the still-open mystery of what he heard in the flames. Seems like that's gonna be significant. But really, he was questioning why she was hiding up there, watching the arrival of the guy she'd begged them to invite. Reasonable. She says she made mistakes, terrible mistakes...so now that she's tried to do what she could to make things right by setting Dany & Jon on this path, she intends to head to Volantis (for a very important purpose, no doubt.) She thinks that by continuing to stick around here, she could only be in the way of what needs to be happening right now, which J&D have to work out themselves. The show has been drawing attention to the similarities between these two, and now it's evident that they have some kind of connection. Expressing sudden concern for her safety, Varys advises her against returning to Westeros, but she tells him that she will have to--because she has to die here, and so does he. Which leaves him (and me) shook. Does this mean they're both gonna die in the show? ;n; (In some significant way, I hope?) Dammit, Mel, 'splain! And Varys, we need to know what the hell you heard. That must be related to this scene.

I kinda wanted them to become, like, friendly. Varys has a totally understandable bias against practitioners of magic. But now...well, we'll just have to see where this whole thing goes, because obviously something's going on there. (Liked some of the ways they addressed each other, though. "Dear Spider," "my lady," "I didn't take you for a bashful girl." And how Varys always bows to express agreement or consent.)

Onward to our second cliff chat, between our two brooding boiz (to be fair, Tyrion, Jon practices the brood almost constantly. He's the master. He's made an art of it. Nobody can out-brood Jon Snow.) Be interesting if you swapped problems and had Jon take on Cersei while Tyrion reckons with the Night King, but man...there's just so MUCH to take on. Two pressing wars at once. And oh, right, the dragonglass! Easily getting permission and aid to mine it--first good thing to come out of this miserable episode.
"Are you trying to present your own words as ancient wisdom?" "I'd never do that...to you..." XD O wise Imp. He is so, so good at talking. But Jon doesn't enjoy what he's good at (brooding! Having resting sadface! And yes, leading, though he never actually wanted to.) Does Tyrion represent water, flowing and mediating between the ice and fire?
"Talk to the hand!" "I talk to my hand all the time." *hand pops up with googly eyes and lipstick* "I'm Jennifer Lopez! Si, I like tacoooos!"

Jumping up to bossy, sarcastic, decisive Sansa, apparently doing a pretty good joj taking care of Winterfell and preparing for this longass season. (Would that the actual season of the show were long. Alas, it's the first to have a mere seven eps instead of ten! Augh!) Anyway. Hmm. That bit of advice from Littlefinger was...actually good? Intriguing insight into how his mind operates, I suppose. We expected, y'know, more immediately subversive kinds of whispers to Sansa. But basically he said to never stop thinking multiple steps ahead, consider every possibility, every contingency, and act as if all potential timelines are currently happening...so that you can't be taken by surprise. In other words, don't suffer from a failure of imagination! 8{ Ofc, Tinydigit's plans probably involve grooming her into a female version of himself, so. Yeah. -_- THEN comes a miniature Stark reunion. Meera seems not to get so much as a thank-you for dragging the 3-eyed raven all this freaking way. Sansa is creeped out by her bro's confusing new identity, and he needs to hone his sight so it can be of more use. (And, y'know, not fuck things up.)

Second great thing to happen this ep? Sam's cure worked on Jorah! I knew it would. So he's heading back to his Khaleesi, naturally. Nice lie, too. You just suddenly started feeling better and the greyscale disappeared, huh? Yup, must be the climate! ;) And Sam's like, "P'shaw, it was nothin'." I'll bet right now that your paths'll cross again. Best part, though, was Sam's explanation: "I read the book, and followed the instructions."
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Oh, and you wore gloves. Duhurr. 8-O *0* This guy's a maester prodigy--and his reward is a) no expulsion [yay?] b) praise from the archmaester c) copying all these old rotting manuscripts and scrolls. That have paper mites (and hopefully some valuable info?) in 'em. May need those gloves again?? Oyyy...

Finally we get to the battles. The Unsullied take Casterly Rock thanks to Tyrion's brilliant sewer route, BUT it turns out that most of the Lannister army is actually off defeating the Tyrells. (DAMN YOU TO HELL, RANDYLL FUCKING TARLY!! And damn you too, Jaime. "High-may," as my phone pronounces your name for some weird reason. Why must you look so majestic riding that pretty white horse of yours? Also, I wanna be a stableperson/horse-caretaker/breeder in Westeros. Looks like it could be a pretty in-demand, pleasant job. 'Til the poor horsies die in the battles of stupidass humans, that is...) So Highgarden is theirs and Olenna is to be executed. OLENNA! ;__; My hero. Thankfully Jaime wasn't an ass to her, and didn't use the same poison she'd used on Joffrey. Boy, will Cersei be pissed that he talked her out of the more brutal executions when (if? probably when) she learns that WASN'T Tyrion's doing. But yeah, Joff *was* a complete cunt (the only kid who took after his mum, so definitely her fave, right?) "You must be very wise by now." That's our Olenna--witty and badass to the bitter end. Cersei IS a disease, Jaime...and may you, or Arya, or SOMEONE on the good side be the end of HER.

So, looking ahead to next ep...*Ron Weasley voice* "Can we panic now?"
My my my, how things change. One minute Dany is all, "Pfffft. Did you not see three dragons flying around outside? And the Dothraki? You think I need YOUR help?!" Now it's: "Fuck. All my allies are gone. I'm losing." *initiate begging mode* Bet she's going to have to agree to help Jon so he'll help her. Yaaassss, the master plan, she is coming together. *taps fingertips together in eeeexcellent fashion* From the preview (slowed to 0.25-speed on YouTube), it seems as though that's exactly what will happen. She had to be placed in a desperate position to make this alliance occur, so that she would admit, "You were right! I'm sorry. We do need each other."

Plus...well, so many questions from the preview. "Who's that? What's that? Who's that? Who be doin' what now?!" Go, Theon! (Maybe?) Go, Brienne--who or what is she swinging her sword down on?! :0 Littlefinger--ugh, you can't be up to any good, eh? I swear, he'd better bite it by the end. Him, and all of Team Cersei save for Jaime. OH NO, IS THAT--well, nm. Just have to wait and see. x__x
So lesson learned--do NOT be cocky, Dany. That's what got Oberyn's head smashed in. Leave it for Cersei. At the same time, maybe it'll be wise to heed Olenna's advice to "be a dragon," since these initial "clever plans" were out-clevered. (Still honestly amazing that Yara & Theon didn't anticipate a potential attack by Euron, though. Yara & Ellaria were too busy with another sort of invasion below deck, ehHEH.) Dammit, we need to give the Iron Bank reason to invest in you over Cersei!!

There are always a few key people who just can't fit into each episode; this time it was Arya (still presumably heading north to add another Stark to the reunion) and the Hound (with Beric & Thoros.) I look forwad to seeing how they'll figure into this, too. Tormund and the wildlings we'll see again eventually, and Brienne will obviously do something important next week.

P.S. "Give me ten good men, and I'll impregnate the bitch." The taking of Casterly Rock had me soooo pumped and cheering until we realized what Euron and Jaime had done.
P.P.S. Still no sign of Gendry. But, Hot Pie for King!! Someone who takes the time to brown the butter is def monarch material, yo. You win, AND you bake pies.
P.P.P.S. I need a GoT musical *Patrick Star voice* really, really badly. And a THG crossover: "The Hunger Game of Thrones."

Sunday, July 23, 2017

BE A DRAGON.

HOLY FUCK WHAT JUST HAPPENED OH MY GODS AND GODDESSES. Just gotta spill my immediate reactions after watchin' S7E02.

Varys is all, "I CHOOSE YOU, FIRE/DRAGON-TYPE POKEMON!" *throws Pokeball* (He was the Flying-type gym leader of Westeros with all those little birds & has some Bug-types as well, but he's branching out. XD) I feel like Dany should've had that little discussion out with him much earlier? But, it was a fair enough exchange, I suppose. Just seemed an odd time to round on him like that; by this point I'd figured he would've already made such a promise to her and that she fully trusted him. That he'll be gauging her effectiveness, but be up-front about it rather than going behind her back against her if he stops liking how she's doing. But, anyways. Good to see it. Any ruler needs to be kept in check and remember that their job is to serve their people. And I mean, so far he hasn't betrayed or deserted anyone who didn't deserve it. (She got all dem eunuchs on her side, yo. xD) I love his for-the-people, no-blind-allegiance position. Sensed sincerity from him since the first season. I mean, poor guy was willing to die if she didn't accept his promise. (And you hadn't even thanked him for Dorne and Highgarden yet?! Honestly, girl.)

Mel-Mel's back! Aka, Little Red Riding Hood. Knew it. (And we can see where all this is going...the prince and the princess, the three heads of the dragon, the R+L=J that I suspect may be saved for the season finale...? It was like, "Talk to this dude, he literally freakin' died and I brought him back to life! But no, no, I fucked up massively with Stannis-Not-the-Mannis and am gonna be hella careful from now on...let him tell you...") Hooo, BOI. Go, Jon, go. Join them. (And please don't let things be shaping up largely according to my hopeful vision, only to fall tf apart...)

Leavin' Sansa in charge...hmm, she kinda likes that. Shut her right up. B-| (Again they're teasing this "Will Sansa get too much of a taste for power??") But ol' Slimyfingers better heed Jon's warning (fat chance)...how much ya wanna bet he's gonna try and pull some shit while he's away? Somebody'll have to take care of him (Arya? Brienne? And/or, hopefully Sansa will ultimately put one over on him, whether or not she pretends to go along with him or actually does for a time...)
Doubt Davos will be real happy to see Mel again, but guys, you're all on the same side here. The "boo-boo" with Stannis sacrificing little Shireen is fucked-up and hard to get past, I know it. Dangerous things indeed, prophecies. But y'know, I did appreciate Varys' little "fair enough" bow when Dany pointed out that she's willing to forgive those who once made big mistakes and served the wrong people. (Especially if they had really shite pasts, apparently. And are still genuinely trying to help, in their own very different ways, to ultimately bring about the greatest good for the greatest number in the realm and also save it from complete and utter devastation.)

And okay, here's one thing I like about Randyll Tarly: his loyalty to Olenna & her House. He may be a totally shitty father, but at least he does appear to have a good sense of loyalty and honor.
But SAM, I HEART YOU. ;w; Bravely trying to save Jorah, peeling that nastyass greyscale off (omg, beyond disgusting, I would've been scraping that shit off as fast as it could form...chronic scab-scratcher here. That was hella satisfying to see Sam remove.) Aaaaand, then another grossness-to-food transition. xD

*ahem* We got dat hot Grey WormxMissandei action goin' on here, yeah booooooiii. {:'-] Really sweet, romantic scene.
PLUS...can we now have Arya/Hot Pie shippage? xD (For the gods' sakes, though, HP, give her a napkin, will ya?)
Change of plans there! Go kill Cersei now, vs. go home to Winterfell. Nice choice, Arya. Cersei gonna get it either way. >:| (Hopefully it'll still be you who gets the honor.) And then Nymeria--she belongs in the wild now with her own pack, but...doesn't mean that's the last time we'll see her, eh? ;) Go rejoin your pack, Arya. :'3 Through that steely, single-minded, must-go-get-Cersei determination broke the young girl who just misses her family and wants to reunite with them. *cue Daughtry's "Home* (Guessing we'll see Bran next week again too.)
"NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky,
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back;
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack."
~The Jungle Book 

OH YEAH HOLY SHIT DESTROY THE GIANT CROSSBOW DUDES. >8@  /B-|

Yara/Ellaria, whoooa...! Saw that coming. Yarallaria, lol. I guess a certain other Greyjoy doesn't care too much for lesbionic shenanigans. Oh, yeah, forgot about the psycho one being out for you, huh?!? 8-O  D-x Guess he's got his "gifts" for Cersei...shit gaiz (ze missiles are coming, fire our shit! 'But I am le tired...') Also, I probably wouldn't give myself away by screaming before attacking. ><
You're on, Euron. Hopefully on fire soon. x-}

So, I love the teams now led by Dany and by Jon, which obviously have to merge. (Baelish can choke, though. We're grateful af to the knights of the Vale but don't trust you, man. You the kinda bitch don't do nothin' outta the 'goodness' of yer heart; gotta be somethin' in it for you...)

Now to rewatch, just picturing everyone in their "Game of Pones" pony forms. /)^3^(\

P.S. Gendry, dafuq are you, man? xD #foreverrowing

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Favorite 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Episodes+'Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction' stories!

(Acknowledging that I love or at least like all of them.)

The Tale of (the):

1. Dead Man's Float
2. Apartment 214
3. Locker 22
4. Jagged Sign
5. Dream Girl
6. Old Man Corcoran
7. Curious Camera
8. C7
9. Shiny Red Bicycle
10. Laughing in the Dark
11. Room For Rent
12. Dollmaker
13. Badge
14. Silent Servant
15. Dark Music
16. Quicksilver
17. Prom Queen
18. Super Specs
19. Renegade Virus
20. Crimson Clown
21. Chameleons
22. Captured Souls
23. Lonely Ghost
24. Watcher's Woods
25. Unfinished Painting
26. Vacant Lot
27. Hungry Hounds
28. Thirteenth Floor
29. Whispering Walls
30. Station 109.1
31. Full Moon
32. Carved Stone
33. A Door Unlocked
34. Frozen Ghost
35. Unexpected Visitor
36. Prisoners Past
37. Silver Sight
~*~*
38. Virtual Pets
39. Night Nurse
40. Lunar Locusts
41. Highway 13
42. Forever Game
43. Bigfoot Ridge
44. Reanimator
45. Time Trap
46. Oblivion
47. Zombie Dice
48. Last Dance
49. Secret Admirer
50. Many Faces

An Honorable Mention: Phantom Cab

And favorite Beyond Belief stories (168 out of 225...again, adore every single one!)...

Town of Remembrance
House of Shadows
Cup of Joe
The Gathering
Halloween
The Grave
The Gravedigger's Nemesis
Dead Friday
The Mystery of Douglas Hibbard
Room 245
The Mandarin's Bowl
The Land
The Getaway
The Subway
Bright Lights
The Ice Box
The Bucket
One For the Road
The Diner
Precious
The Doll
The Caller
Last Rites
Hot Car
Phantom Drifter
Get Your Kicks at Motel 66
Trucker
Epitaph
The House on Barry Avenue
Merry-Go-Round
Red-Eyed Creature
The Wall
The Hand
The Chalkboard
The Apparition
Creepy Comics
Teasdale's Motor Car
The Witness
Grave Sitting
The Prophecy
Dream House
Malibu Cop
Murder on the Second Floor
The Card Game
Graffiti
Who Was I
When I Was Big
They Towed My Car
The Hooded Chair
Cook Out
Secret of the Family Tomb
The Motorcycle
The Wailing
The Horn
The Chess Game
The Mirror of Truth
Mail Order Degree
Kid in the Closet
Terror Night
Second Sight
The Phrenologist's Head
The Murder of Roy Hennessey
Witness to Murder
Tants
Connie
The Bloody Hand
Hubert's Curse
The Find
The Girl Next Door
Ring Toss
The Warning
Wax Executioner
Surveillance Camera
The Prescription
The Sewing Machine
The Cake
Mystery Lock
The Gift
Wheezer
The Viewing
Number One With a Bullet
On the Road
The Scoop
The Wrong Turn
Screwdriver
Writer's Agent
The Sleepwalker
Mysterious Strangers
You Are Next
Anatole
The Landlady
Count Mystery
For the Record
A Joyful Noise
Bon Voyage
The Nightmare
Seven Hours of Bad Luck
Crypt Ghost
The Battered Doll
Bad Dreams
Blood Donor
Blind Man's Dog
The Lady in a Black Dress
Imaginary Friend
The Wealthy Widow
The Golden Cue
Two Sisters
The Greedy Investor
The Curse of Hampton Manor
The Man in the Model T
Buenos Dias
Stitches in Time
Mental
The Cigar Box
Roulette Wheel
The Flower Jury
Money Laundry
Used Car Salesman
The Music Box
Angel on Board
Ghost Town
Rock & Roll Ears
The Escape
The Wallet
Where Have All the Heroes Gone
Aspen Sunny Side
Moonstruck Beach
The Vision
Dust
The Secret of the Coins
The Perfect Record
The Pass
The Woods
Titan
Night Walker
The Old Bike
The Impossible Car Dream
One Hand in the Till
The Music Teacher
The Wreath
Gratuity
The Magic Rose Garden
The Vigil
The Devil's Autograph
War Surplus
Bus Stop
Couch Potato
The Bridge
Healing Hands
The News Stand
The Mentor
Eclipse
Ghost Visitor
Voice From the Grave
The FBI Story
The Dorm
The Dealer
The New House
The Candidate
The Ring
The Handyman
Above the Clouds
Deadbeat Daddy
Sit-Down Comedian
Damsel
The Stalker
Shared Vision
Devil's Tattoo

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Ranking the first half of MLP:FiM (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) Season 7!

1. Rock-Solid Friendship - Oh my god. My love for Maud is boundless. Only issue with this ep is that it needs a lot more Limestone. And Marble. Outside of Pinkie herself, those two are my favorite Pies. (Though I love the whole family...Cloudy Quartz & Igneous Rock are great. But oh, man, do I feel Limestone on a spiritual level. Maud, too.) I'm suuuuper-delighted that Maud now lives in Ponyville adjacent and is Starlight's latest new friend! Hopefully this means we're in for more Pie sister shenanigans (and I mean all four of 'em!)

2. The Perfect Pear - I'll just paste my YT comments about this one below.

3. Honest Apple - Stuff I adored: INKY ROSE. 'Nother new fave! I'm all about her. The "Wednesday Addams"-ish look and her excellent usage of buttons, distressing, spiderwebs, and black...8-D Also really like Lily Lace ("lit'rally" the Valley Girl one--but a cool, relatively smart VG?), and Starstreak. The fashion contest was brilliant. They brought their A-games. Inky's and Starstreak's creations are my favorites; I want them. Now. My style. Very. Unsurprising, who voted for whom.
Starstreak's model's hair. (Actually Lily's as well.) Hoity-Toity and Photo Finish (who needs a fainting couch of her own! They both need to switch to untinted glasses so they can tell when belts are identical, though. xD ) Rarity shredding on Pinkie's guitar; sick! Her asking "Is anything okay?" No, Rarity. Nothing is okay. Not one single solitary little thing. Strawberry Sunrise--ROFLMFAO. You never know when a random-ass blind-bag pony will appear as an actual named show character, and boy, can they surprise you. Never would've expected that to be her cameo, but I love it. Like, ohhh, SNAP. Shots fired!
AJ's big "OH...whoops" moment was pretty priceless, too. Very well-done by both. God, she was so mean to everypony. You'd think she'd get it by now that they're not designing things you'd wear to work the fields/orchards. -_- AJ, I love ya, but you've helped with and worn and liked "girly," high-fashion things before. Prioritizing function over fashion is fine, but once again we have somepony "getting carried away"  and acting too extreme/unreasonable/jerkish so a lesson will be learned. Appreciate it, AJ...they DID all do a wonderful job. ;D All in all, a good time. Nice ending. All three do deserve to have a boutique showcase. Bet that other goth-pone ('Moonlight Raven?') will be back to check out Inky Rose's items. And that they'd both love Maud.

4. A Royal Problem - Things I loved: The dignitaries (especially that pretty yellow/orange-haired one!) The hilarity of Luna, who evidently eats the outsides of pineapples. O_o Celestia's fruity pancake faces! 'Specially the pineapple/peach ones. 6: Twilight, still as insane as ever. <3 (But quit idolizing your fellow royals already, girl. Geez.) The reveal of Daybreaker was pretty epic, even if the battle wasn't precisely "real" (yet)...looked like a Fire-type vs. a Dark-type, hah. "Shadowball!" Terrific episode for both sisters! This one feels inspired by the Celestia-vs-Luna comic. In fact, there's a lot of match-up between the subject matter of recent issues and S7 episodes.
(Hey, Cellie, talking to oneself is behavior typical of the highly intelligent. ;) No wonder I do it so much. ;D Also, you don't throw away a beautiful plate of pancakes just because one pony doesn't want them right now! :O It was nice to get (very) quick glimpses of some Canterlot ponies and whatnot; I spotted a couple with red curls...;) In the castle staff and at the flower show. Luna's creepy teeth-falling-out nightmare, with the foals taunting her about her fake smiles, and the attitude Celestia uses to deal with ponies even when she's exhausted made me think of Effie. ;3;

5. Parental Glideance - Yaayy, my two fave ponies' parents are FINALLY met this season!! So Scoots' slingshot actually friggin' works and just HAPPENS to land at the hooves of..."Bow Hothoof?" I'm not understanding this name. Is it supposed to be some kind of pun/reference? Thought maybe it'd be spelled Beau, but...whatever. I love Windy Whistles! Her 80s look is RAD! Nice hair colors too. Of course, I'm disappointed they didn't make Firefly Dash's mum, but let's officially agree that she is her grandmother! Loved their house, Dash's favorite sammich, the amazing Pegasus-wing dexterity on display throughout the episode (too bad Lyra isn't one, they make better hands than hooves do), and the turtle poster ("When the going gets tough, the tough don't notice because they have hard shells!") And the fact that Rainbow's dad lit'rally tore off his shirt and threw it onto a random filly's face. XD There was some great writing and voice-acting going on in this one, truly. I must say, I am Dash...for better or worse, lol. "I'm AWEsome!" And I can't really blame her for the outburst?? I mean, guys. Really. Come on. There need to be limits, eh? It was a sweet ep, though, with the Dashaloo and family bonding. Windy & Bow certainly did make Dash who she is.

6. Hard to Say Anything - Got ourselves a canon Big Mac relationship! (A legitimate one!) Nice musical sequence. Great ending (with the title's fulfillment); Feather Bangs may be the town's Gaston/Bieber blend, but he's actually far less repellent than either of those. xD Now, who will HIS lucky "bimbette" be? Personally I might go with the one with the Flitter/Cloudchaser/Stormwalker-esque color scheme. Or perhaps the light-green/yellow...

7. All Bottled Up - Love Starlight. Her friendship with Trixie is great. Now, we've just gotta get her OTHER friend Sunset into the ACTUAL show (those latest EG shorts were fun, but c'mooooonnn. It's still kind of annoying that we had to get this whole weird pony-human dimension just to sell humanoid dolls as well as ponies. Like, if you wanted to do their human forms, fine, but why couldn't it have been realistic humans with human names and stuff...? Idk. I like EG, but we could just as easily do without it.)

8. Forever Filly - At first I was afraid Sweetie Belle was going to take on that insufferable "I'm grown-up and hate all that stupid baby stuff now" attitude. But actually, you sympathized more with her. It was quite obvious that she wanted to be helping Zipporwhill. Rarity was seriously oblivious. How RUDE is it to show up unannounced and assume that someone, even a child, is free to just drop whatever they were intending to do next to spend the whole day with you?! Anyway. No matter your age, you can still enjoy balloon animals and silly dressup and puppet shows and larger portions of your childhood-favorite ice cream flavor. Just, under better circumstances...?! The ending made it clear that neither is "too old" to goof off (messily) with her sister in public. xD Best part of the ep? RIPLEY! Omg, what a cutie. ;; That little terrier mix looks pretty much the way I picture Haribo/Harrybo (my Gummi Pup Sweet-Scented Pillow Pet who is too perfect for this undeserving world) to look in regular-dog (that is, non-dog/pillow-hybrid) form. Also, Sassy Saddles! Kept expecting the episode to cut back to her wishing for Rarity's return, but that would've been pretty cliche. Hope to continue seeing her. Also look forward to seeing the CMC grow physically (Twist is already taller, leaner, more svelte and sexy than the other fillies. She gon' be a bombshell. ;)

9. Not Asking For Trouble - "Pink pony better check self before wreck self!"

10. Discordant Harmony - Pinkie's advice was good; Disco (Cordy?) just went about it wrong. Now that they're besties, being himself does make Flutters comfy. ^^

11. Celestial Advice

12. Fluttershy Leans In - I kept waiting for the specialist ponies to see their errors and admit that they just hadn't been grasping Flutters' vision. The ending felt a bit rushed.

13. A Flurry of Emotions - This and "Celestial Advice" were fine. They just didn't do as much for me as the others.

*TPP: 🍐 Wow. What a great episode...finally, the story of their parents...*sniff* *tear-flick*  "Bright Mac, Bright Mac--wherefore art thou Bright Mac?!"

I mean, of course I still wanna know how they died, but I figured we wouldn't learn that. Least not yet. But that was so romantic. ;3; Pear's song is beautiful. And she was really pretty (Granny Smith too, though I maintain her name should have been Annie Smith before she became a grandma. That would've been a clever apple name pun.) Speaking of which, Grand-Pear of course sounds like the French word for grandfather, only...what a weird name to give a colt? xD 

I guess...they're still Apples to the core, but pears as well. 

I also really liked Burnt Oak. 
But "Chiffon Swirl" sure sounds like a baker-type name to me, Mrs. Cake. ;p Pretty one, too. (I liked how she was all, "Oh I see you're 'busy...'" *wink-nudge* LOL) 
Plus, Mayor Mare didn't always have white hair. xD Oh, and Applebloom sure took after her dad, physically. :D

NEW Favorite Characters: 1) Inky Rose 2) Lily Lace 3) Starstreak 4) Pear Butter 5) Windy Whistles 6) Bright Mac 7) Bow Hothoof 8) Strawberry Sunrise

And now to look forward to the resumption of the season...er, sometime or other...as well as GAME OF PONES' return two days before me birfdee, eeeeeee......!!!! x~3 #GameOfPones #MyLittleThrony What a month. *w* Apparently the next pony ep features the return of Coloratura, so YAAYYY (lots of new faves getting introduced or coming back, I love it! Let's have more Treehugger & everypony else in that pic!!)