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Star Mares 1.2.18-19: The Smoozing of Halteraan

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Published: November 24, 2015
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I apologize for the slightly convoluted flow of this page - I had a lot of images to fit in.  The panels are meant to be read upper left > upper right > upper center > lower right > lower left.

In Star Wars, the destruction of Alderaan is supposed to be the pivotal moment of the entire series - if anyone had any doubt left that the Empire were worse than the space nazis they resemble, that would remove it.  Unfortunately, it kind of gets forgotten about for the rest of the trilogy, and only some of the Expanded Universe bothers to even mention a fact that has life-changing ramifications for the entire galaxy.
 
Well, not here.  This is the single most important moment in the entire comic.  It's central to pretty much everything that happens from here on out, and nopony will be quite the same afterwards.

Although I would like to stress at this point that although it follows its G1 mannerisms despite its G4 appearance, the Smooze does not actually eat ponies.  Despite the horrible fate of the planet, all its residents will remain alive and in suspended animation.  This is a family-friendly comic, after all.

The spiraling laser cage that focuses the Smooze toward its target was actually one of the first images I envisioned for the comic - the Nightmare Moon had to have a horn, after all.  During planning stages the Smooze would have been purple, as its original appearance, but then 'Make New Friends but Keep Discord' aired and fortuitously made it green, so I was happy to follow suit.

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Sturmlion1's avatar
I do like how she jumps a bit when the smooze is fired. You would think standing next to it would make the pony's a tad nervous.
Centaur71's avatar
So shmoozing on duty IS allowed after all...
fotland42's avatar
Well, the Smooze originally turned those it touched hostile, didn't it? I can't say I was alive in the eighties or that I watched My Little Pony: The Movie, but that's what I've read. Shouldn't that be the effect here, rather than suspended animation?

On the other hand, I suppose that wouldn't stay family-friendly for very long. A planet full of angry, empathy-less beings sounds like a recipe for violence.
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A bit of narrative license was called for under the circumstances, yes.  Although they're really not happy about being in suspended animation, so there's that :)
PKMNdetective's avatar
reeka and fraggle, nice referece boy hydia would be mad for having pony forms

fraggle: sorry momma
hydia: DONT CALL ME MOMMA
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Before this, I did an RPG adventure based loosely on the movie that had all three of them as Diamond Dogs, but that wouldn't have worked here :)
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yoshiegg64's avatar
Oh no not the smooze. NOTHING CAN STOP THE SMOOZE!
Vulpixtrainer1912's avatar
did any others noticed that two of those ponies are the same as the two witches from the movie?
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ChrisTheSProfessional Digital Artist
Apparently my wife didn't until I pointed it out last night. Go figure :)
Vulpixtrainer1912's avatar
Oh wow.

yeah, I seem to pick up on things.
Macbow333's avatar
Music You can't stop the smooze!Music 

...but you may be able to contain it and direct its actions.
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ChrisTheSProfessional Digital Artist
As long as someone else gets the flume.
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Wait, it's the Smooze?
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TP-NightHobbyist General Artist
Nightmare Moon destroying a planet by smoozing it... I love it XD
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ChrisTheSProfessional Digital Artist
I can't be certain this long after the fact, but it's entirely possible the idea arose from thinking that 'fluuuuume' would be a good onomatopoeia for the sound that the one lever makes during the firing sequence in the film :)
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TP-NightHobbyist General Artist
hmm, yeah, that does sound like a reasonable explanation, so let's go with that ^^
Jatheus's avatar
You just got smoozed!
momowo's avatar
DESTROY THEM WITH SMOOZE!
(not lasers)
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ChrisTheSProfessional Digital Artist
Lasers are so last century.  Once you've attached them to sharks, they just don't seem as intimidating on their own anymore.
momowo's avatar
laser sharks are one thing, but modified smooze lasers? now you've gone too far.
Dante-Wynter's avatar
It's a - smooze ray?

MLP Emote Bigmac Big Macintosh Shocked

Uh, Ok . . .
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What else should it be?
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