Top 20 Worst Episodes #16

baby cakes#16. Baby Cakes

Writer: Charlotte Fullerton

Storyboard: Tom Sales and Corey Toomey

Season/Episode: 2, 13

Overall: 39

Characters: Pinkie Pie, Mr. and Mrs. Cake, Pound and Pumpkin Cake

Summary: Pinkie Pie wants to babysit the Cakes’ new foals while they’re away, but she doesn’t realize she may be in over her head.

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One Faith, Many Paths: Nicholas Tieman

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This month, I interview an old friend of mine from my days at Christian Anime Alliance, just like Arri Lemons. Here’s Nicholas Tieman!

1) How did you become a Christian?

I was claimed by Christ in baptism in the first month of my life. I’ve been growing into it ever since.

2. What denomination are you?

I am a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. My family has been a member of this church body as long as it’s been around, and it’s a spiritual heritage I’m very happy for.  Here in the South, the dominant paradigm is Baptist, which is prone to legalism. Many people overcorrect into antinominianism, or by rejecting faith entirely. The Lutheran emphasis on ongoing repentance is particularly helpful to people in churches who feel like they can never be good enough but still want to follow God.

3. What is your current job?

I help Hilton Hotels maintain websites. I mainly work on a collection of foreign language web sites, like this one: http://www.hiltonhotels.com/fr_FR/france/trianon-palace-versailles-a-waldorf-astoria hotel

My job is interesting and not too stressful. I’m constantly having to learn something new. I love it.

4. What evidence can you give for God’s existence?

I went through a time where I felt severely challenged in my faith, to the point where I wondered if I was just fooling myself. One day I got my butt handed to me in a forum argument (this was in the olden times, before all the social interaction was consumed by the Book of Faces) and concluded that I should just give it up.  I was at the office that day and happened to mention it to a coworker. Before I then I never knew he was a Christian. I only knew him as a hard partying loudmouth, and I don’t remember him saying anything particularly insightful before or after that.  But he managed to say exactly what I needed to hear.

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40 Years of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

sithNow we come to the only prequel that seems to receive positive opinions. I’ve even heard people say you should just skip Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones and just watch this one. I disagree. Both movies do set this movie up, and let’s not forget the original trilogy wasn’t perfect.

If the original trilogy can be called an outer space version of Campbell’s famous “Hero’s Journey”, then the prequels can be its polar opposite: “The Shadow’s Journey”. The Hero’s Journey is a quest for glory. The Shadow’s Journey is a journey not to glory, but to darkness.

Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship has taken a turn for the worse. His romance with Padme is far from secret, and now he has a child on the way. But dark visions plague him–he sees again and again that his wife will die during childbirth. Anakin has never really gotten over the death of his mother, and still wants to find a way to stop people from dying, as he had promised in the previous movie. And now Palpatine is offering him a chance to fulfill that promise.

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Top 20 Best MLP Episodes #20

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My last post started the top 20 worst episodes. But, I am a fan, so I will be posting the top 20 best episodes as well. Let’s start with one of the gems of Season 6.

20) The Fault In Our Cutie Marks

Writer: Ed Valentine

Storyboard: Karine Charlebois, Patricia Ross, and Nicole Wang

Season/Episode: 6, episode 19 (note: aired early in Poland)

Episode: 136

Characters: Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, Gabby (1st appearance), Twilight Sparkle

The episode is already off to a good start with three of the show’s best writers, Josh Haber, Meghan McCarthy. McCarthy has been with the show from the very beginning. She also wrote for the upcoming movie as well. Josh Haber and Ed Valentine are late entries, starting in season 3. (The show has a habit of bringing in new writers whenever a new direction is being taken.)

At this point in the Cutie Mark Crusaders’ arc, they’ve finally gotten their cutie marks. Now it’s time for them to apply what they’ve learned in their struggles. They’ve found their purpose, which is to help others understand their own purpose in life.

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