Building Bridges

Our new charity album, Building Bridges, has premiered and our new Seeds of Kindness fundraiser for the 2015 Christmas season and most of the year 2016 was launched with a bang: within just a few days, you have contributed over $3,000, including matching funds! Thanks to your efforts, the Against Malaria Foundation will save a person’s life with this contribution!

When you donate, you can download the latest album, Building Bridges, as well as all our eight previous albums. Now is a great time to donate because the Against Malaria Foundation needs to fund several new campaigns against the disease in 2016!

Below are a few questions about our program that many have asked about. If you have other questions that are not answered here feel free to ask them in the comments on our website.

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Well, Season Five began with a premiere unlike the other two-parters and it should figure that the finale would as well. After stalking Twilight in “Amending Fences” and “What About Discord?”, Starlight Glimmer puts her plan of revenge into action. She has altered Starswirl the Bearded’s time travel spell to go back in time and prevent Rainbow Dash’s Sonic Rainboom so the Mane Six would not come together in the future. Twilight and Spike pursue and kept getting pushed forward by Starlight into a time of what would’ve happened had the Mane Six did not defeat King Sombra, then Queen Chrysalis, then Nightmare Moon, Tirek, Discord, the Flim-Flam brothers—you get the picture.

Twilight then drags Starlight to give her a glimpse of what she is really doing. It pretty much leaves Equestria with a desolate future. Starlight then goes to take Twilight to the time a friend of her’s called Sunburst got his cutie mark and then moved away to Canterlot. If you have seen “Amending Fences” earlier this season, then you realize it mirrors how Twilight’s not coming to Moondancer’s party and then moving away affected the latter. Twilight finally talks Starlight into not tearing up the spell, letting the Rainboom take place, and returning to the present. The Mane Six, specifically Twilight, decided to take Starlight under their wing to teach the magic of friendship and the season ends, like it had with the previous three, with a song and lasting image from the season.

So this is how you set up the future of the show without ending it on a cliffhanger. There’s still the question of why specifically the Mane Six and their friendship has been key to what we have seen and why without them, we got what we saw in this episode which was rather fantastic. What’s also fantastic is that in the end, there’s no magic maguffin that helps save the day, it’s ultimately Twilight appealing to Starlight that there’s another way to embrace friendship and not force it on anypony.

Also in previous two-parters, even though Twilight is at the center of things, it ultimately rested on the her and the rest of the Mane Six working together to reach the end result desired. Here, it’s all up to Twilight and Spike to stop Starlight and her altering the past that will in turn alter the present and future of Equestria.

Someone will bring up the point that had the Sonic Rainboom not happen, maybe all three evens with Nightmare Moon, Queen Chrysalis, and King Sombra happen in some way or another, but Starlight has a different way to stop the Rainboom each time, so I guess that excuses that. Another issue others may bring up is that some of the Mane Six still have their cutie marks in some of the alternate worlds, but there’s no need to overly nitpick.

Overall, this was a fantastic way to end Season Five and perhaps a great way to set up what might come in Season Six since it was made official prior to the start of the season we just saw. Whatever way you look at it, there are at least 26 more episodes and more stories to be told. See you next season!

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Unique finale compared to the other two-part finales
  • +  Alternate world sequences
  • +  Twilight in her persistence and how she resolves the conflict
  • +  Starlight proved to be a cunning villain
  • +  Potential setup for arcs next season
  • –  Possible plot holes with alternate sequences, Mane Six cutie marks



PS:  We at Derpy News would like to thank director Jayson Thiessen for his six years working on the show. He has just announced that he is now working full time on the movie and this finale ended his run as director on the show. He, Meghan McCarthy, and countless others have kept the show going after Lauren Faust left after Season One and have helped to make the show what it is today—definitely one of the best cartoon shows of this decade if not the best and arguably one of the best of all time. We are very grateful for his contributions and we wish him and the show staff the best of luck on the movie which is now 706 days away!


525 – “The Cutie Re-Mark Pt. 1”

Written by: Josh Haber
Starlight Glimmer returns to seek vengeance on Twilight and her friends and has acquired a spell that could change the past, present and future of Equestria forever.

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526 – “The Cutie Re-Mark Pt. 2”

Written by: Josh Haber
Princess Twilight’s efforts to stop Starlight from altering the past continue, but she fears that they may be in vain.
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My Little Pony Holiday Special cover by Brenda Hickey

My Little Pony Holiday Special cover by Brenda Hickey

We have an extended preview of the My Little Pony Holiday Special thanks to Comics Alliance. Expect this issue to be released on the 9th, the Wednesday after next, and check out the preview after the break.

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Put down your drumsticks or Tofurky™, everyone. The madness is once again upon us: The BABSCon Black Friday Blowout Sale is back!

From 12:01AM “Black Friday” 11/27 to 11:59PM “Cyber Monday” 11/30, you can get 20% off of any BABSCon pass by using the Promo Code BLACKFRIDAY.

That even applies to our dwindling supply of sponsor-level passes. You get 20% off your chance to hobnob with guests like Lauren Faust, John de Lancie, Nicole Oliver, Josh Haber, and Andy Price (so far…more to come!) over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, to jump to the front of the line, and to always have the best seat in the house.

If you want the absolute ultimate BABSCon experience, the Heroic Pony, including the never-to-be-made-again 2016 15” EquestriaPlush Golden Gates plush, you can save $500 this weekend only. (Here’s 2015 Golden Gates meeting 2014 Golden Gates. Awww…)

Do you already have a BABSCon pass and want to upgrade to something a little more posh? We’ll always do that for you and charge the difference in cost. But this weekend, we’ll do it for 20% less. Just email and we’ll sort you out.

The very minute that Black Friday starts, remember that the clock…is…TICKING! You won’t see a lower price on BABSCon passes this year, so don’t miss out.

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BABSCon, the Bay Area Brony Spectacular, is the San Francisco Bay Area’s annual convention for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and associated titles. Operating since 2014, BABSCon brings together some of the most talented actors, writers, and artists in the industry and fandom to meet and interact with attendees, and provides a family-friendly safe space for fans to buy and sell wares and art, support local charities, and make new friends that attend from all around the world.

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Despite having Tony Award winning actress Lena Hall as a guest voice last Saturday, the lack of marketing from Discovery Family did not help the viewership which was an estimated 285,000 for “The Mane Attraction.” That is the second-lowest mark this season after “Amending Fences” (283K) on July 4th. The Season Five average now stands at 410,375 per episode.

The two-part Season Five Finale, “The Cutie Re-Mark” airs this coming Saturday at 11am ET/10am CT on Discovery Family. (The MLP Facebook page is incorrect on the time.)

For Littlest Pet Shop, it might have been “Senior Day,” but some took the weekend off. The aforementioned episode drew an estimated 149,000 last Saturday on Discovery Family. Next up is “Littlest Pet Shop of Horrors” next Saturday atnoon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

Gravity Falls may be going away, but not without breaking some more records on Disney XD. “Weirdmageddon, Part 2:  Escape from Reality” drew an estimate 1.67 million viewers on Monday night on Disney XD  That is a record for an animated series on the channel for a first-run episode. Including two episodes that first aired on Disney Channel, the Season Two average now stands at 1.264 million per episode after 20 episodes.

The one-hour series finale is expected to air early in 2016.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as sourced by Nielsen Media Research.


Season Five has been about emotions this season. There has also been a side to how members of the Mane Six interact with old friends. We first saw it in “Amending Fences” with Twilight and now we see it here with Applejack in this episode. AJ is organizing the Helping Hooves Music Festival when her booking producer Pinkie Pie manages to book Countess Coloratura (Lena Hall)—the current Most Popular Singer in Equestria.

It turns out the Countess, or Rara as AJ used to call her, was fillyhood friends with AJ way back when. Rara even sang what we could safely say is either the Equestrian national anthem or the equivalent of “God Bless America.” Anyway, she has become a big star and has a very demanding manager named Svengallop as evidenced by the demands he makes of Pinkie Pie. Rara does remember AJ and still likes to do charity work such as the concert, but AJ finds this is not the same pony she knew. Rara wouldn’t be such a demanding diva according to her.

Svengallop’s demands get out of hand when he threatens to pull Rara from the show if they are not met. AJ brings that to Rara’s attention, but Rara is disbelieving insisting that he does have her best interests in mind. Undeterred, AJ approaches Rara once more to prove her point. AJ does this by exposing how much Svengallop was overjoyed that Rara was thinking of cancelling a contest for the school foals and the extra demands of Pinkie Pie.

With Svengallop out of the way, AJ reassures Rara that the Countess was a false persona and that Svengallop was using her to enjoy the perks of stardom. Rara shows her true self on stage and sings the song that was previewed at San Diego Comic Con and should now be considered for a Daytime Emmy. To cap things off, Rara and the CMC sing a reprise of “Equestria, My Home”.

This was the most anticipated episode this side of the 100th episode ever since Lena Hall said “Friendship is Magic” at the 2014 Tony Awards. And once again, everything worked. AJ is sometimes even more loyal than the pony who represents the Element of Loyalty herself, Rainbow Dash. Here, she’s loyal to the fillyhood friend she knew and gets her to show her true self and not the self as manufactured by Svengallop. It comes off more genuine despite the fact that we have never seen this pony before and now we’re hoping we’ll see her again.

Of course, there is “The Magic Inside” which deserves to be up there with “This Day Aria,” “The Smile Song,” “Pinkie’s Lament,” “I’ll Fly,” and “You’ll Play Your Part.” This is why I’ll rank the music on this show as best of all-time among animated TV shows. That’s no disrespect to Adventure Time or Steven Universe, both of which have excellent music themselves, but MLP is just that one step above when it comes to songs. After five straight B episodes, we finally have a combo-breaker and one that’s among the best in Season Five.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Applejack
  • +  The Songs
  • +  Lena Hall
  • +  All scenes with Pinkie Pie



PS:  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this episode was the 17th and last written Amy Keating Rogers. She is now working for Disney and we at Derpy News wish her great success at Disney. We will be forever grateful for your work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.