I was put on LoE's staff officially at 12/2/16. I have been interested in LoE since 2012 and have tried to find a place to put my skills to the test. As of right now I am a Systems Designer helping multiple departments. I have been part of another MLP MMORPG as an administrator.
I am a decent programmer, C, C++, C#, PHP, and other languages and it makes it easier for my position as it requires some documentation on systems so that the programmers can get their jobs done. Maybe one day I might apply for programming but for now, I will do what I can to help the team!
As far as anyone/anypony/anygriffon knows, it is impossible and unheard of to get a cutiemark as a griffon. Again speculation but I would be thrilled to see a griffon HAVE a cutiemark. Anyways, this episode brought up a few points: Talents can range, and a cutiemark may not reflect only one talent. Also talents are not just the one thing you are set at life to. However your purpose in life may be. And talents do not directly define a purpose in life as you can have many talents that lead up or build up on that purpose. In other words, finding your purpose sometimes means being talented at different things but a talent isn't your purpose.
As for the CMC, I love how they failed but found a way to resurrect and correct that failure by substituting another solution. I guess this episode just has that meaning to never give up. Which they didn't, even after how they failed. Honestly however, the part that got to me the most was when they actually had her start a CMC: Griffonstone branch. I will enjoy to see that, and maybe Gilda again, in future episodes.
P.S. That Pre-Calculus and Physics classes... I don't know what grade they are in but that is some pretty advanced stuff. One thing that bugged me (For reasons that I do not know why) was the fact that the graph in the Pre-Calculus scene was wrong. While sin(x) = y is correct by the Unit Circle Definition, the graph actually documented an inverted cos(x) or more correctly, sin(x-[pi/2]).
This episode was a simple fun to watch episode because it had Discord in it. I am one of the people that like Discord's shenanigans and really enjoyed to see him in another episode. This episode was really predictable in the sense of where he was coming from and where Spike and Big Mac were coming from. It was also predictable to see what would happen next in the next scene. For example, I knew seconds before that he would teleport them into the game when he was angry.
I for one find some disappointment in Discord for not even trying the game before he decided to give up on it at first. However he prevailed in the end.
This episode overall was one of the funniest this season for me.
Honestly this was like the normal lesson of not judging a book by its cover. It shows that you cannot judge all Changelings the same, that they are all different. I loved how even Twilight got a friendship lesson of her own. It brings back memories of Season 1.
Really I feel as if this episode portrayed more of ponies being in the very wrong. Their racism against Changelings was shown. I doubt even with Thorax, that ponies will be okay with ALL Changelings after. I also believe that Equestria and the Changeling Empire (Or whatever it is called), will still be in a war type relationship.
I am a bit disappointed in Twilight Sparkle for not acting properly as the Princess of Friendship. If she is to befriend Discord, who actually did more damage to a city than the Changeling attack, then why would she not forgive just one Changeling? It is clear there is some form of racism or whatnot in here. But I rather not delve deep into it.
I do hope Thorax appears again later in the show. And I also wonder if he was the one in Ponyville during that one scene. I didn't like how he was portrayed, I just found the voice a tiny bit weird but that is something I can get over.
Not really much else to say except that this episode indeed made my melt heart. Guess it also did for Thorax.
Okay so seeing the older sisters portray as the ones that don't listen to their younger sisters reminds me on how families sometimes have older family members who don't listen to their younger family members. Really at the start, I knew that they were choosing the wrong ponies for the job. But at the same time I tried to put trust in the sisters of Applebloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo (Rainbow isn't her sister persay but I guess acquired sister). But at the same time, their wants on which medals they wished to obtained made me think that they should have asked the other sister. Like Applebloom should have asked Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo should ask Rarity, and Sweetie Belle should have asked Applejack (Although probably Applejack may be confused due to tradition). Honestly seeing the older sisters not listening to the younger sisters does give some negative feelings towards the episode from me but nether less, its a good episode. We used to have these derby races in Cub Scouts where I was from and it brings back memories of where I wanted my car to also be the fastest but had to also get help from a relative to help design such a thing. Also one question: Did they really destroy most of Ponyville just to build that track?
Honestly a few of the past episodes have not been my cup of tea but I do enjoy watching them and I am still hyped for more Season 6 and the new movie.