In case you don’t know, it’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Random: Last year Bill Clinton aced a quiz about the show.
I’ve started this blog post in my head a few times:
- I first started it with something like “geek dad with daughter(s)? check out this show!”
- then I realized it’s not really a ‘girly’ show and the gender discrimination was a bad idea anyway, so it became “geek dad? check out this show!”
- however, that was still gender-specific, so it became “geek parent? check out this show!”
- but I realize that I like the show and while I probably wouldn’t have known about it without the kids, I still like it
The name of the show is IMHO the part working the most against it, at least in terms of venturing out into the ‘greater geekdom’ – I’m sure it’s a double-edged sword, since the “My Little Pony” part is what’s going to get a set of people to initially look at it for nostalgia-related reasons.
Much like many animated productions these days, it’s got lots of references to jokes that the parents will get and laugh at that the kids won’t. Those are as important on this show as they are to Pixar et al.
The 2-part show that I watched that ‘sealed the deal’ for me in terms of really liking this show was the ones to start this season (Season 2) of the show, named “The Return of Harmony”
Why? Because I’m a fan of ST:TNG and one of my favorite characters there is Q (seriously, how can you not love this character? all-powerful, mischievous, intelligent – great mix!). You might remember that Q was there right off the bat, as the first 2 episodes of the show were “Encounter at Farpoint” where he’s being, well, Q. Whether you liked those particular episodes or not (WIl gave both part 1 and part 2 a C-, for instance), I think it’s easy to like the Q character, or at least the concept.
That’s very much what happens in this 2-part episode. Here it’s a character named Discord that has broken free, but it’s very much the same as he toys with the group of friends, taking away their powers and putting them into a labyrinth separated from each other.
The MLP:FIM team even got the same actor who played Q (John de Lancie) to play this character, and he nails it just as well as you would expect – the tone, the mischief, the disdain, the chaos. It was awesome to watch what felt like a crossover as Q was manifested again in this universe and still up to his ‘tricksy’ ways. :)
Of course, I’m certainly not the only one to notice this
So why are you still reading this post? Go watch the show! Oh, and if you have kids, make sure they watch with you.