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The Times They Are a Changeling? Watch it here: youtu.be/dELIxZvCMzo 

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463 deviants said :iconbabythoraxplz: Loved it!
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236 deviants said :iconspikethinkingplz: Liked it.
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134 deviants said :iconspikederpplz: New best episode!
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110 deviants said :iconadorablespikeplz: It was ok...
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22 deviants said :iconannoyedtwiplz: Didn't like it.
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8 deviants said :iconterrifiedspikeplz: Hated it!

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Scribblepwn3 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many headcanons happened in this episode. Also Spike had a solo, I think that's a first, so that was neat.

I really did love this episode though, I've been waiting for this idea to come out, and I'm so happy it finally happened. I feel like having redemption for an entire race of creatures in the show really helps teach about acceptance of things your fear irrationally.
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Kapu-Official Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant believe i cried a little.
I love the design of the changrling maggots(??) its kinda gross actually but they were just so sweet. These small little legs.

I still didnt get how exactly they eat love - like do they just breath it in?
and whats so bad about it?

And of course i also love it that thorax is some special snowflake. Special snowflakes are always a yes.
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OblivionWings Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this episode. This has to be the best Spike episode we've had. I can imagine that Thorax will start writing to Twilight and Spike about all the things he's learned and all the new friends he made. I can't wait to see what Celestia and Luna think about him. That would be an interesting episode.
As much as I liked this episode there was a few things I didn't like. I don't fully understand why Starlight was there. Yeah going to see Sunburst is nice and all. But she really didn't do anything. The ending felt a little rushed too. And Cadence shoved Flurry in his face, not once, but twice! Why would you do that!? From a child's stand point it cute and sweet. From an adult stand point that's just poor parenting.
Still, we got one of the best lessons this season. Standing up for a friend can be hard. You could see just how scared and nervous Spike was the whole time he was singing. Glad everything turned out ok for him and Thorax. I hope we get to see more of him.
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StrawberrySkyline Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only cried a little towards the end
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Davethemaguss Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
Well, i liked the episode, though it had problems with the pacing.
It seemed rushed and resolved to easy, tough there were a lot to like about it to, like the expansion on changeling lore and on spikes character.
For now i only settle for: "It was ok..." but if the show follows up to that and expand the new possibiltys, they created with Thorax, i might change the statement.
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Sedna93 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Liked it but the songs.
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guardmn Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Now me.If I was there when Thorax popped up.I would have been ready to go Steve McGarrett on him.On the other hand Spike risked everything by standing up for him.That would have made me stand down.As the old saying goes."Never Judge The Book By It's Cover"All in all It was an OK Episode.I did like it.
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zeepaarden Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You also watch Hawaii five-0?? 
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guardmn Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yep.I grew up on the original with Jack Lord,and I like the current version as well with Alex O'Laughlin.
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zeepaarden Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I have only seen the current one because I wasn't even born yet. 
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guardmn Featured By Owner 1 day ago
The Original Series I believe is available on DVD.
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zeepaarden Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. 
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planetarypony Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it wrapped up too fast to really take too seriously, but other than that I thought it was good. Not the best, but good.

Really glad to see changelings again though!
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Lahirien Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... But what can you do. These things have to be over in 22 minutes. I usually consider songs to be storytelling shorthand for "some long discussion happened here, and we're going to boil it down."
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planetarypony Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, fair enough.

Also, sorta the whole reason musicals work I suppose.
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alviniscute Featured By Owner 2 days ago
the fabulous princess twilight was actually WRONG! I loved it
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ProSonicIncorporated Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
This episode omg. I'm not gonna lie, I posted a 2-paragraph cynical outline of what I thought the Changeling arc would be on a previous episode poll and it is being followed thus far, but the execution is what matters and it has been great so far.
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MatthewTehSkunk Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I literally CRIED once Spike started singing. Standing up for a friend IS the best lesson in friendship
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MoonriseUnicorn Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
It was okay. It was a good story, and a theme with great potential that was, unfortunately, botched by absolutely awful writing. So an episode that could have been great ended up begin only okay. My two main gripes with the episode:

* The royal guards came across as incompetent buffoons. If the writers were trying to be funny, it didn't work.

* The ending lacked credibility. Okay, I can see Cadance accepting the changeling and welcoming him to the Crystal Empire. But shoving Flurry Heart in his face like that? Sorry, but that's just irresponsible parenting. There's being friendly, and there's being reckless. And that crossed the line into reckless. Given they were specifically worried about Flurry Heart in the beginning, for all they knew at the end, the whole thing could have been a plot to get a changeling close to her.

The second point is by far the biggest problem with the episode. The ending simply lacked credibility.. Trust and friendship isn't a binary switch that can simply flip from 0 to 1. And that's how the episode portrayed it. Friendship mixed with a reasonable amount of lingering caution would have made a much more credible ending.
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zeepaarden Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very true there. The guards really seemed like 'buffoons'. They act like guarding isn't serious at all, unlike Shining Armour.
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Lahirien Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you lose your edge when you haven't guarded anything for a thousand years. ;)
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zeepaarden Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
xD Not so sharp anymore. 
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lIKrisziuMIl Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Changeling ocs confirmed. The fan pandering continues.
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MoonriseUnicorn Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
I don't think it was fan pandering. I think it was something they inevitably had to address. The idea that an entire race can be evil is definitely not a message you want to be sending to children. Especially not in today's age when racism and bigotry, once pushed to the fringes, are making a strong comeback and are now part of standard fare in right wing politics. Not just in America with the Donald Trumps and the Newt Gingriches and the Ted Cruzes, but in Europe as well with the rising influence of neo-facist ideology in places like Poland and Greece.
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GeneralBlazingDonut Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was pretty good since you get to know more about changelings. The song was alright. What was terrible is it did not explain if the changeling was still starved at the end. Did he get restored by being friends with the other ponies and spike, or does he still have to attack the ponies to eat? I like how MLP is using great story lines that are pretty deep compared to other rated Y tv shows. 
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OceanRailroader Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Over all I liked the episode it did answer a lot of Questions I had about Changelings. I'm glad the common changelings can talk and are not mindless drones. I still wounder though is the Changeling being fed by being around ponies and not attacking them. In that Changeling seemed quite happy being in the Crystal Empire. In that Changeling would have to be able to feed without attacking ponies other wise he would get kicked out really fast.

I really liked Spike in the episode and it had my favorite backaround Crystal Mare in it.
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23QuestionMark Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
o h l o o k a n o t h e r s o n g
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kwendynew Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... This episode could've being better. Somehow. Spike falls low when not defending his new friend (and he befriended just by clumsily falling off the cliff anyway). When Spike kisses the icicle I thought it would be funny if it was actually a changeling turned into an icicle. Nopony cares if Spike the Entertaining sais anything or even sing about it, but the moment Princess acknowledges it everyone cheers and momentarly clearing off all the suspicion. Cadenza presenting her baby to a changeling like some kind of snack is a funny out of context shot.
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OceanRailroader Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I don't think Cadence should have done that considering the Changeling was friendly but he was acting out. Also I would guess that something like that would be hungry after being in the wasteland of the Crystal Empire.
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kwendynew Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean Flurry was full of love/changeling food as was established earlyer and Cadenza just extended her towards starving (also established earlyer) changeling.
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OceanRailroader Featured By Owner 3 days ago
It reminded me of that one wild life guy who played with the Alligators who waved his one year old kid in front of a Alligator.

I jest don't think the ponies should do a 180 turn on there view about Changelings. In that I think they should have done something in the middle. In that even if this Changeling is nice he could still be put in a bad spot if his Queen or Hive shows up.
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AnimeStrife009 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it was pretty good. I'm not all that fond of Spike episodes so I was disappointed this was another one, but it was definitely way better than all his other ones.

First off; Thorax's name itself I felt could've been way better. I mean, a thorax is a body part. Naming your Changeling 'Thorax' is like naming your cat 'Torso' or that hedgehog that comes into your backyard 'ankle'. I mean my goodness, surely there are better 'buggy' names out there! :/ 

One of the reasons I was never fond of Spike is because he always manages to do something stupid. And he did it again in this one. He could've stood up for his friend but he didn't, and as soon as his friend runs he realises "imma go try again but this time I'll stand up for him". 
The song was nice and all but I personally felt the animation for it was cheesy as heck and it dragged on a little too long. 
Also this episode 'rang a lot of bells' for me. I saw similarities to quite a few other things, some being Ice Age 3, Garfield 2, and the lesson itself reminded me of another MLP episode (that I can't seem to remember the name of).

Sorry, I'm just being my somewhat critical self. ^^;
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mlpslightningbolts Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok seriously, it really could have been better (a lot better) Chrysalis didn't talk, at all
4/10
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MidnightBlitzz Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was really good! Now we know how baby changelings look like and that they can change into not-living things
And I kinda respect Spike a little more now
Really good episode
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kwendynew Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be funny if the icicle that saved Spike was actually changeling. Also, really? I mean, while his motivation is noble, his most significant actions was falling off the cliff. Repeatedely. All his other actions bear no weight for ponies other then Twilight.
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MidnightBlitzz Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*than
Yeah why not, almost every single Spike episode was terrible so far, so I think this was a good redemption
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Soirema-pl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we got changelings backstory/beginnings/being born
finally
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mlpspixieproductions Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
meh episdoe
5/10
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Timelapse11 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally a good spike episode, I loved it, the song just brought me to tears, it was such a beautiful episode 
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Zaarin1 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of Spike's better episodes, but it should have focused on Starlight instead: it was right up her alley, and she hasn't gotten nearly enough screentime. Also, Spike's song was about gagging me on saccharine. :/ On a side note, I was enjoying the "shades of Dominion Wars" and was disappointed there were no blood screenings. :p
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AldoBronyJDC Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was about time for a real good episode like this one! One of my favorites so far! :meow:
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XeviousGreenII Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good episode. I especially liked the song, maybe my favourite of this season. Though I must say, that the story suffered from the usual 22 minute length, so the resolution happened a bit quickly.
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OceanRailroader Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I think they might have another episode centered around this new changeling character. Such as he might end up helping the main six.
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MisiekPL Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Well, it's deffinitely one of the better episodes in s6.

Altho I really hope that season finale won't be all about changelings turning good.
We're gonna run out of villains at some point. :noes:
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The-Aziz Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Spike has a Rarity plushie
that's all I remember from this episode.
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kwendynew Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He had it for a long time now.
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Phoeberia Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, this was probably a height for Spike episodes. It is a bit of a Bridle Gossip 2.0 in terms of originality, but, it does build on said episode pretty well as far as I'm concerned. Both are, essentially, lessons about prejudice. Bridle Gossip was a pretty flawed sell though, as it turned the Mane 6 into jerks against a zebra who they didn't know, and hadn't done anything to anyone. This new episode handled the subject better I feel, as, let's face it, changelings had a pretty bad rap in the  world up to this point, and it's pretty easy for folks to dismiss them all as an evil hive mind or something, and as it happens, a lot of ponies, including the Mane 6, had already been burned by the worse elements of the Changelings.

It's an interesting affect for headcanons though, clearly the hive mind mentality is pretty much debunked now if some can be born with and end up developing completely different approaches to the world than others, bringing up a nature V nurture sort of thing. I can't say it was ever my headcanon on the guys, but there's the thing: Among any given community, you're going to have good'uns and bad'uns, and while it's understandable for some to be a little fearful of other groups when all you ever hear about them is bad things, of course that's going to colour your view of them. I think that's pretty much a big problem the world is facing right now, and it's an important lessons to learn. That being said, while I like Thorax/Crystal Hoof, I don't really like that he was portrayed as a minority in the way he sees things. Perhaps he is an exception to the rule, perhaps he isn't. Only time will tell, but I can see a lot of Queen Chrysalis' actions as being extreme, but something of a moral gray... Although, how does a changeling feed off of love, exactly? I kinda wish they'd shown that in the episode to some degree, though I do admit, I have a few theories on the cooker right now... ;)

Regardless of any higher, social or political messages one such as myself can mine from this episode however *cough*Bigotry*cough* *cough*Islam*cough* *cough*Donald Trump*cough*, this is a great episode, and quite possibly one of the best Spike episodes we've had so far. I think it was Silver Quill, or one other such analyst/reviewer sort of high regard who said that Spike worked best in a supporting role, and... Yeah, that seemed to be the gist of what he was doing here, and he did it well. I don't like the use of songs to have to push the plot along at the end though... Granted, it was a good song, more or less, I feel it's rushing things too much, and it weakens the story for me. Not excessively so, but still.

Regardless, I can end on my TL;DR note on this episode: It's Good. It's very good.
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OceanRailroader Featured By Owner 3 days ago
My biggest question I'm going to ask is how is he going to react when the rest of his hive or his Queen shows up. In that is going be a very interesting episode.
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it does seem like he has a bit of an issue of self-control, at least for the moment. It's not gonna be a fun time for him in any case when she shows up.
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