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This Day in Television History – June 11th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Spice Up Your Life”

Two of the ponies try to help a struggling restaurant in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“Spice Up Your Life” is the 12th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Michael Vogel, it first aired on June 11th, 2016.

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Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, Rarity and Pinkie Pie are sent to Canterlot by the Cutie Map. They arrive at a restaurant owned by a father and daughter. Rarity and Pinkie both have different ideas to try to improve things for the restaurant–Rarity wants to make it more like the critically-acclaimed ones around the city, while Pinkie spreads the uniquely-flavored foods and their taste!

The episode includes a Bollywood-inspired musical number, “Spice Up Your Life,” featuring vocals performed by Kazumi Evan and Shannon Chan-Kent. Daniel Ingram composed the song, with lyrics by episode writer Michael Vogel.

 

This Day in TV History – June 11th, 2005 – Justice League Unlimited’s “Clash” Airs

Two heroes are turned against each other in a Justice League Unlimited episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Clash” is the 7th episode of the 2nd season of the Cartoon Network animated series, Justice League Unlimited. Written by J. M. DeMatteis, with story by Dwayne McDuffie, it first aired on June 11th, 2005.

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Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics / Cartoon Network

As the optimistic Captain Marvel joins the Justice League, he comes into conflict with Superman over supposedly pro-Lex Luthor remarks. Eventually, thanks to some master manipulation, the two iconic heroes end up battling each other.

The episode was part of the Cadmus arc that stretched over several episodes of the show’s first two seasons.

This Day in TV History – May 26th, 2004 – Star Trek: Enterprise’s “Zero Hour” Airs

It’s the final battle for Earth between humanity and its allies and the Xindi in an episode of Enterprise that aired on this day in television history.

“Zero Hour” is the final episode of the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise. Written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, it first aired on UPN on May 26th, 2004.

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The Xindi superweapon approaches its target: Earth. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

The episode continues the event of the storyline of the entire third season, as the crew of Enterprise work to stop a weapon made by the Xindi that could destroy Earth. This episode features the final battle for humanity’s survival.

The episode ends with a twist cliffhanger that would lead into the show’s fourth and final season.

This Day in TV History – May 26th, 1999 – Star Trek: Voyager’s “Equinox, Part I” Airs

Voyager encounters another Federation starship in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Equinox, Part I” is the 5th season finale of Star Trek: Voyager. Written by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky (with story by Braga, Menosky and Rick Berman), it first aired on UPN on May 26th, 1999.

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Voyager and the Nova-class Equinox side-by-side! Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

In the episode, the crew of Voyager are surprised to hear a distress signal from another Federation starship, the small scout ship, Equinox. They find the ship battered and under attack by strange lifeforms, but manage to save it in time. The crews are glad to see each other at first, but Equinox is holding a dark secret.

“Equinox” ended in a cliffhanger that would resolved when the sixth season of Star Trek: Voyager debuted later that year in September.

Today in Television History – May 21st, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “The Saddle Row Review” Airs

The story of how Rarity opened up her store in Manehattan is front-page news in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“The Saddle Row Review” is the 9th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Nick Confalone, it first aired on Discovery Family on May 21st, 2016.

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♪ Sweep, Sweep, Sweep…. ♫ Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, the ponies discover an article has been written about the misadventures in the opening of Rarity’s new business in the bustling metropolis of Manehattan. They each tell their part of the story to the reporter who penned the piece.

The episode is told in a unique format for Friendship is Magic, with each character seen talking to the reporter, mixed with flashbacks. That reporter character could definitely be said to have some similarities to the iconic J. Johah Jameson of the Spider-Man series.

A small song from the episode, “Sweep, Sweep, Sweep” went viral after “The Saddle Row Review” aired, becoming a meme in the FiM community with GIFs, remixes, and more.

This Day in Television History – May 16th, 1993 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “If Wishes Were Horses” Airs

Imaginations run wild on the space station in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

“If Wishes Were Horses” is the 16th episode of the 1st season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Written by Nell McCue Crawford, William L. Crawford, and Michael Piller, it first aired in syndication on May 16th, 1993.

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Odo encounters an unusual creature on the Promenade. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

In the episode, it seems that the imagination of the crew of Deep Space Nine is coming to life: a fairy tale character for the O’Briens, a baseball star from the past for Sisko, an amorous Lt. Dax for Dr. Bashir, and more. But, is there also a threat that could destroy the station?

The character of Buck Bokai expands on both Commander Sisko’s love of the game, and the established continuity that it had faded out as a sport by the mid-21st century.  And, a baseball that would be a prop for the rest of the series was given to Sisko by Bokai in the episode.

This Day in Television History – May 16th, 2015 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Make New Friends But Keep Discord” Airs

Discord is peeved that Fluttershy isn’t taking him to the gala in an episode that aired two years ago today.

“Make New Friends But Keep Discord” is the 7th episode of the 5th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Natasha Levinger, it first aired on Discovery Family on May 16th, 2015.

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Discord meets Tree Hugger. Uh oh. Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, it’s time once again for the Grand Galloping Gala, but Discord is disappointed that Fluttershy isn’t taking him along to the event, but her new friend Tree Hugger instead. So, he takes a unusual creature known as the Smooze along, but pays more attention to Fluttershy and her new friend instead.

The Smooze is a modern take on the Smooze from the 1986 My Little Pony theatrical feature. It’s much different here, being green instead of purple and much less antagonistic. Tree Hugger, who makes her first appearance here, is voiced by Nicole Oliver–known for portraying Celestia and Cheerilee.