The latest from Kyle Theobald
Midnight Chimes MLP
Hi, this is Midnight Chimes here (just Chimes or Midnight will suffice). I have my own
YouTube channel for all My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic content. If you have a
topic or fanwork or anything pony related you’d like to see discussed, you should
send it my way through YouTube or Facebook. Thank you.
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Hot seat format podcast with members of the Void Outpost.
Reactions to Celestial Advice and All Bottled Up from season 7.
Reactions to the last two episodes of season 6, To Where and Back Again.
Reactions to the season 6 opening two-part episode.
Reactions to the season 5 finale, made to promote the Poniverse MLP Forums,
featuring great editing work by FlightForce.
Under the Lamp (Analysis Series)
Many still do not understand the simple fact that sensationalist claims about ILoveKimPossibleAlot and slave labour were nonsense started by trolls, so it is time to clear things up once and for all.
From the moment the first episode of season 7 aired, something has gone wrong with MLP, and it comes down to a shift on the part of the writers away from the very principles of their craft.
Only by eliminating buzzwords and examining how opinions are formed can we begin to have more constructive discussions which we can all learn from.
A recent drama involving Lily Peet and "art theft" signifies a wider issue of how we allow grand narratives and ideologies to cloud our judgement, obstructing individual thought.
Criticism is a subjective judgement meant to help content creators improve, but unfortunately there are many who do not appear to grasp this.
Quality control is a term that gets thrown around and sometimes misused, but it is important to have a grasp of the concept if you are a content creator in MLP, or indeed beyond the fandom.
MLP analyst Brawny Buck has expressed a desire for his series Moral of the Story to be more well known, but the first step towards that is producing something more entertaining.
The Editor is an MLP analyst whose content I highly recommend. Although it's hard to pick out any single thing he is doing wrong, there is always room to improve.
Deconstructing some of the most nonsensical complaints made against MLP reviewer ILoveKimPossibleALot (KP) including her gaining attention from the work of others and mistreating her staff.
Brony analyst MisAnthro Pony (M.A.P.) caused a stir on entering the fandom by making rants about other reviewers including Byter and GoldenFox. He has since redeemed himself, but is there more to the story?
The words gender and sexuality get thrown around a lot, but do we really know what we're talking about when we use them. Asking questions and probing these terms is beneficial for all involved, including the LGBT community.
Pony YTPs are worse than watching paint dry. Even if they do have funny moments, they are ruined by all the annoying effects and other stupidity.
Reformed Discord in My Little Pony was a progression that developed the character rather than completely going against what was previously established as with Starlight Glimmer.
The best advice for how to write good fanfiction for MLP or anything else is don't be a fan. I don't care how many episodes you can quote from or what your headcanon is; just tell me an original story.
What do the episodes Party of One and Lesson Zero have in common? They both rely on a central gimmick which overshadows everything and yet fails to deliver any sort of emotional impact.
Reforming Starlight Glimmer in the finale might have worked. But changing her entire philosophy because of a five minute conversation? I’m not convinced.
Review of the My Little Pony Movie: Rigidly formulaic, this film is constrained by its need to hit seemingly every animated movie trope in the book.
Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 7, episode 5. Any remnants of effective storytelling have been lost in the premature rush to celebrate Fluttershy's character development.
Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 7, episode 4 After a slightly underwhelming start to the season, Rock Solid Friendship stood out, mostly for the right reasons.
Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 6 episode 7. This one has had its share of derision. The problem, however, is not with the episode but with the critics, who have overlooked its central theme.
Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 6 episode 12. Although this is undoubtedly an extremely flawed episode, there are some redeeming qualities.
Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 5 episode 12. A lot to admire although the execution is flawed in places.
Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 6 episode 6. Proof that fan service is no substitute for care and attention when writing.
Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 5 episode 10. You'd think the little guy might have learnt by now to get the most basic things right. Apparently not...
Nothing Negative to Say (Fan-made Project Reviews)
Older reviews can be found on the Fanwork Reviews playlist.
Review of art by Countess Rose, including the end card from 2 Mares Review Ep. 12 Silent Ponyville. An artist who knows their craft intricately, including how to make a piece work thematically.
Review of two AMVs or PMVs, which created a dilemma, raising questions about the very role of the critic and the extent to which personal tastes should interfere in our judgement.
Review of Pinkiepool; episode 1, a crossover animation which is a refreshing reminder of the talent and creativity the MLP fandom is still capable of.
I currently have stories on Fimfiction.
My channel theme, “Mystical Whispers”, is available to listen to on SoundCloud. I have plans to do other MLP related
music projects in the future.