My Little 'Pocalypse
Dreamed 2019/5/10 by Wayan
for Sherilyn Connelly, author of Ponyville Confidential
I'm watching a documentary on the gruesome effects of the Chicxulub impact, at different distances, as inflicted on... the dinosaurs? No, no such silly fantasy. On the real inhabitants of the last geological age: the characters from "My Little Pony". When the Big One hit, what we lost was Equestria--that feminist, equine near-Utopia.
Killing off rainbow-colored unicorns may sound like Mean Scientists Trashing Childhood Innocence, but it's not; the Innocence volunteered! The filmmakers interview the actors--the talking ponies, unicorns, pegasi, griffins and dragons who play the show's characters--who actively auditioned to get massacred for fun.
And for their careers. "Such a lovely opportunity", as Rarity says (over tea) to one reporter, "to step beyond our current roles and audience. I am eternally grateful to the show--who knew we would be a cult hit?--but a girl must always strive to transcend typecasting."
65 million years later, Hasbro will dig up these fossil figurines to sell. The secret origin of My Little Pony dolls! Little souvenirs of the Apocalypse.
But I'm not so wild about its science. There's no mention at all of the Deccan Traps. The largest lava flows in Earth's history, venting insane amounts of toxic gas, had no effect on life? Not likely. Yet the show makes no attempt to weigh the evidence for these rival causes of the extinction. And might the Chicxulub impact have caused or vastly worsened the Deccan eruption? Two record-breaking catastrophes in the same geological instant--come on! The burden of proof is on skeptics.
NOTES IN THE MORNING
Well... I am intrigued by both the scientific puzzles posed by the last mass extinction, and by the feminist utopia of My Little Pony, an attempt to teach civics and basic decency in a world whose leaders sneer at both. And I had recently read a whole symposium on vulcanism versus impacts. So the dream has some obvious sources.
But the dream has a private meaning too. I've been facing my personal extinction lately. I'm very sick--high fever, in pain. Just the shingles virus, but my immune system seems helpless to it. Vision in one eye is at risk. [MONTHS LATER: the attack was severe and recovery slow, but I saved my eye.]
But those actors gleefully dying on stage... The dream suggests that my dream- or spirit-self sees pain and illness as just a show. As if my dreams are postulating, behind my face, behind my body, behind my life and illness and eventual death, a soul. Maybe you have one too. (Check under your bed. The stuff I find down there...)
True, my soul appears to be... a pony. Equally pathetic to religious and scientific readers. But as I look at you human beings, I can think of worse souls to have. And worse heavens to go to.
See you in Equestria. Once we build it.
A FEW MONTHS LATER
As I was finishing the illustrations and preparing to post this dream, I got an email from a TV production hoping to use some of my art of a terraformed Venus for a documentary on climate catastrophe, comparing Earth to its oven-hot twin. While I've gotten lots of requests to use my art in games and books before, this was the first TV show, and I was a bit startled at the dream's timing--and its prediction the show would be on mass extinction.
A few weeks after that came the announcement that My Little Pony's ninth season is its last. The Age of Ponies ends!
Remember the show's motto, "Friendship is Magic"? As this predictive dream shows, Dreaming Is Magic. Too.
As long as I'm dabbling in TV, wouldn't it be lovely to produce My Little 'Pocalypse? Especially a version that gave volcanoes their fair credit in killing off the other hemisphere. Let Spike and Ember narrate that end of it, while swimming happily in the Deccan Traps' rivers of lava. Because Scientific Controversy Is Magic. Too.
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