That cauldron really tied the room together, did it not?
>banking on puns and references to drive the plot
>actual plot has almost no substance
I want bad writers to leave the show.
It was about references and inside jokes so of course they would make actual references, that's a joke in itself. Inside jokes are a good subject to discuss in a show about friendship, anyone can relate. Good episode
It couldn't have possibly done that. The cauldron has no arms and is an inanimate object. There's no way it could have tied anything.
>actual plot has almost no substance
I'm sorry you don't have friends to understand what it's like being left out of their activities.
I can't believe they peed on your cauldron, Zecora. It really tied the room together.
That doesn't mean the joke can't get tiresome. I was bored of it after the scene with Rarity and Fluttershy. The plot would have progressed more quickly and smoothly if it was just one or two jokes shared between Discord and a couple ponies. They really went over the top and it seemed improbable that all five other ponies would be so taken with Discord, of all characters, over the course of 3 days.
>it seemed improbable that all five other ponies would be so taken with Discord, of all characters, over the course of 3 days
All six of them were hanging out together that weekend. How is it so improbable that they all enjoyed their time together? It's not like he spent individual time with all five of them in three days.
No one except Fluttershy has ever shown interest in Discord. I know the point is that they bonded while Twilight was away, but I was way ahead of Twilight in thinking it absolutely must have been a spell cast on them by Discord. But that's only a nitpick, the main reason I didn't like the episode is because, like I said, the joke got tired quickly for me.
I'm not offended that people liked it, but I wasn't into it.
It really does look much nicer. Pic related for reference.
I really hope this additional effort will be recycled with some future Zecora episodes/cameos. She's seriously the most sorely underrated secondary character.
I think the rhyming thing is what keeps most of the fandom from using her. It's not actually hard, but it's a little tricky to make that type of dialogue to work fluidly unless you're just making shit up on the spot, and have no structural details to worry about.
I've seen stories where they just totally break from that with some bullshit excuse. When doing her extensively, it can really wear the writer down and make it very difficult to keep her lines going.
Actually, a quick glance at derpibooru shows she's got 51 pages of explicit content. A lot of that is really shitty stuff, though. She's got quite a bit but not as much as I would like.
>>You're seated on Zecora's floor now, leaning up against one of her giant wooden tiki masks
>You Zebra friend hops down from her pot, and offers you a hoof to help you up
>Standing, you allow Zecora to lead you outside, to a small, glassy pond behind her home
>"These troubles cannot be solved by help. To fix this, you must look within yourself."
"Within myself? Like meditation, or something?"
>"In a manner of speaking, yes, I would guess. But we will not proceed without some of these."
>Zecora procures two vials of the purplish liquid
"Hehe, now you're talkin'."
>She hands one to you, and you uncork it, draining the liquid
>It tastes heavily of grape
>"This potion will take you deep into your own mind. There, only you know what you will find."
>Honestly, the idea of a pony-magic-induced drug trip is sounding pretty appealing to you right now
>Even if you don't manage to figure everything out, it'll be nice just to escape this drama for a bit
>Zecora swallows down her own potion, licking at her lips
>Tossing the bottle over her withers, she trots toward the pond, stepping onto a floating lilypad and pushing herself toward the center of the water
>You follow, testing your weight on the lilypad first
>It supports you, and you push yourself out after Zecora
>The zebra sits serenely on the leaf, eyes glazing as she seems to stare into infinity
>You drift across from her, sitting zen-like and cross-legged on your own pad
>A few minutes pass, and the potion doesn't seem to do much
"Hey, uh, Zecora? When is this going to--"
>Oh, wait, there it goes
This is pretty funny. And you're right. He does an awesome job on her.
And besides, the ones who get offended aren't even the ones who should be. It's always people being offended for other people.
>Don't say retard! Someone could find it offensive!
>Showing ponies being racist against zebras could upset black people!
>Why is there a retard horse in my pony show!
Nah, she was in Princess Twilight, when she gave Twilight the potion of convenient flashbacks. And in Filli Vanilli, where she checked out Big Mac's throat.
Other than that, a few cameos.
>african voodoo goddess zecora
>tfw no greentext about a young african princess running away from home and summoning Anon by mistake in a ritual
>then finding pony kingdom and hiding as a potion maker in the forest as Anon keeps her secret
i don't have anything, it's just a thought
>Zecora is haunted by evil spirits at night
>She tosses and turns, unable to sleep
>Her dreams are nothing but hell
>She hasn't appeared in an episode in months
>And all because the artists are fucking assholes
>Trudging through the Everfree Forest on the way to visit your favorite zebra
>Find her house
"Yo, Zecora! It's Anon!"
>Wait a minute
>Is she out?
>You knock again
>Without any reply, you slowly crack the door and peek inside
"Zecora?" you call out
>The inside of her hovel was a wreck
>Shelves were busted, decor was knocked over, and potions were shattered on the floor with their contents spilling out
>And the further you opened the door, the more you saw
>Finally, you locate Zecora laying on the floor in the corner
>Her hair and coat are disheveled, her eyes are wide and blood shot, and she's shivering furiously
"Holy shit!" you shout as you rush over to your dying friend.
>You take her into your arms
"Zecora, what happened!"
>Her eyes dart around and she mumbles something incoherently
>You grab her with one hand by the cheeks and direct her gaze to you
"Zecora, it's me! Anon!"
>"An- An- Anon?" she asked
>It looks like she's got severe pneumonia or something
"Zecora, what's wrong?"
>Her eyes dart around for a moment more before she leans in and whispers to you
>"The spirits," she says. "They come to me at night for someone snatched my dream catcher with a sleight."
"Oh, you mean this?" you ask as you pull it from your back pocket. "Yeah I was just coming to drop it off because I kept having this recurring nightmare of falling off a stack of pancakes and getting slobbered on by a giant Pinkie Pie. Shit was weird, yo. Anyways, it works like a charm."
>You place the dream catch on the floor next to the pony witch doctor
>Suddenly her eyes focus on it and she stops shivering
>After several moments of blank staring, she jumps out of your hands and rears up to buck you in the chest
"Gah!" you shout as you fall back onto the floor
>The witch doctor walks over to your head and rears forward again before slamming her behind down onto your face
>Her fat booty squishes around your head
"Agh! This would be extremely painful if it wasn't so hot," you remark
>Zecora moves to stand on your chest
>"You stole the item in which saves me from the phantoms in my head so you may sleep soundly in your bed?"
>Aw man, she was pissed
"Well if it makes you feel better, I brought it back. I had no idea it was this important to you."
>Zecora picked the dream catcher up and hung it around her neck
>"I should cast on you a curse, for compared to my... Torment..."
>She immediately starts getting drowsy
>"Nothing... Could be... Worse..."
>Zecora collapes where she stands, knocked out cold
>When you inspect her, you see she had fallen into a deep sleep
>You've only had that thing for two days
>Picking her off the floor, you place her in bed and cover her with blankets
>Note to self: Don't touch anymore charms
>And then you see a small tiki idol on a nearby shelf
>Grabbing it, you get a bit excited
"Aw sweet. This would be perfect decoration for Pinkie's hula party this weekend."
>You look towards Zecora's unconsious form
"You mind if I borrow this?"
>Her response is a snore and a flick of the ear
"Cool. Thanks, girl."
>You promptly leave the zebra to her nap