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I finally watched "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic".



Synopsis: Nerdy friendless pony Twilight Sparkle is tasked by Princess Celestia to learn the True Meaning of Friendship, ends up with 5 bosom buddies and saves the world to boot. Ooh, and Twilight Sparkle's research assistant is a baby dragon named Spike.

Have a pilot episode (22 min):


And part two (22 min):


One one level, MLP offers the anvilicious moralizing of kiddie shows from the 80s, with enough charm and verve that we eat it right up. But I also think the show is offering metatextual commentary on my own life, though I am unsure what the message is...

Is it an allegory for my recent attempts to reform my social life?
Is it an inspirational Aesop meant to remind me of all the Elements of Harmony (TM) I have to gain from Friendship?
Is it a subtle social satire, mocking my failures with the ease by which Twilight Sparkle collects her posse of companions?

Or does the show have nothing to do with me and is a mere vehicle to peddle pastel-hued horse toys to pre-teen girls and males in the 18-35 demographic?


I will lie awake pondering this.

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