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SEASON ONE
Green Isn't Your Colour
The Cutie Mark Chronicles
Party of One

SEASON TWO

Luna Eclipsed
The Last Roundup
Hurricane Fluttershy
A Canterlot Wedding P.2

SEASON THREE
Sleepless in Ponyville
Magical Mystery Cure

SEASON FOUR

Pinkie Apple Pie
Maud Pie
 
SEASON FIVE
Make New Friends
but Keep Discord

Rarity Investigates!
Brotherhooves Social
Crusaders of the Lost Mark

SEASON SIX
The Gift of Maud Pie
Saddle Row Review
A Hearth's Warming Tail
Buckball Season

SEASON SEVEN
Rock Solid Friendship
Parental Glideance
The Perfect Pear
Fame and Misfortune
SEASON ONE
Bridle Gossip
Suited for Success
A Dog and Pony Show
Sonic Rainboom
The Best Night Ever

SEASON TWO
The Return of Harmony P.1
The Return of Harmony P.2
Lesson Zero 
Sisterhooves Social
Secret of my Excess
A Friend In Deed
It's About Time
A Canterlot Wedding P.1

SEASON THREE
Magic Duel
Wonderbolt Academy
Just For Sidekicks

SEASON FOUR
Flight to the Finish
Pinkie Pride
Simple Ways
Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3
Equestria Games
Twilight's Kingdom Pt. 1
Twilight's Kingdom Pt. 2

SEASON FIVE
The Cutie Map Pt. 1
The Cutie Map Pt. 2
Tanks for the Memories
Slice of Life
Amending Fences
The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows
Hearthbreakers
The Mane Attraction
The Cutie Re-mark Pt. 1

SEASON SIX
No Second Prances
Spice Up Your Life
Stranger Than Fanfiction
Every Little Thing She Does
Viva Las Pegasus

SEASON SEVEN
All Bottled Up
A Royal Problem
Triple Threat
It Isn't the Mane Thing About You
A Health of Information
SEASON ONE
Applebuck Season
Griffon the Brush Off
Dragonshy
Look Before You Sleep
Swarm of the Century
Winter Wrap Up

SEASON TWO
May the Best Pet Win
Sweet and Elite
Hearth's Warming Eve
The Super Speedy
Cider Squeezy 6000
Read it and Weep
Hearts and Hooves Day
Putting Your Hoof Down
Ponyville Confidential

SEASON THREE
One Bad Apple

SEASON FOUR
Castle Mane-ia
Bats!
For Whom the
Sweetie Belle Toils
Inspiration Manifestation

SEASON FIVE
Do Princesses Dream
of Magic Sheep?
Scare Master

SEASON SIX
28 Pranks Later
Dungeons & Discords
Where the Apple Lies
Top Bolt
To Where & Back Again P.1
To Where & Back Again P.2

SEASON SEVEN
Celestial Advice
A Flurry of Emotions
To Change a Changeling

SEASON ONE
Friendship is Magic P.1
Friendship is Magic P.2
The Ticket Master
Call of the Cutie
Fall Weather Friends
Feeling Pinkie Keen
Stare Master
The Show Stoppers
Over a Barrel
A Bird in the Hoof

SEASON TWO
The Cutie Pox
Family Appreciation Day
Baby Cakes 

SEASON THREE
The Crystal Empire P.1
The Crystal Empire P.2
Too Many Pinkie Pies
Apple Family Reunion
Keep Calm and Flutter On

SEASON FOUR
Princess Twilight Sparkle P.1
Power Ponies
Rarity Takes Manehatten
Three's a Crowd
Twilight Time
Leap of Faith
Trade Ya

SEASON FIVE
Castle Sweet Castle
Bloom and Gloom
The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone
Party Pooped
Canterlot Boutique
What About Discord?
The Hoofields and the McColts
The Cutie Re-mark Pt. 2

SEASON SIX
Gauntlet of Fire
Newbie Dash
The Fault in our Cutie Marks
P.P.O.V

SEASON SEVEN
Fluttershy Leans In
Forever Filly
Not Asking for Trouble
Discordant Harmony
Daring Done?
SEASON ONE
Boast Busters
Owl's Well That Ends Well

SEASON TWO
The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well
Dragon Quest
MMMMystery on the 
Friendship Express

SEASON THREE
Spike at Your Service
Games Ponies Play

SEASON FOUR
Princess Twilight Sparkle P.2
Daring Don't
Rainbow Falls
Filli Vanilli
It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
Somepony to Watch Over Me

SEASON FIVE
Appleloosa's Most Wanted
Princess Spike
Made in Manehatten

SEASON SIX
The Crystalling P.1
The Crystalling P.2
On Your Marks
Applejack's "Day" Off
Flutter Brutter
The Cart Before the Ponies
The Times They Are a Changeling

SEASON SEVEN
Hard to Say Anything
Honest Apple
Campfire Tales
 
more pointless rankings/statistics  )
 
originally posted Feb 28, 2013 
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 Okay I just need to vent.

I disliked Pinkie's behaviour this episode. But there is ongoing debate on whether or not she was in-character or what have you doing this. Yeah, Pinkie can be insensitive and misses social cues often. People also point out examples of her behaving in such ways before and I'd be all fine with this. Pinkie isn't some perfect super best friend with zero flaws after all.

The problem is...as insensitive and oblivious she can be, it just seems far too overboard to act that way more than once in a single episode to a friend Pinkie herself pointed out was super sensitive a million episodes ago, who was visibly upset with tears bubbling down her face. The first time when Rarity twapped her on the head? Sure, why not. But Pinkie doing this more than once on Fluttershy who was actually trying to RUN AWAY from her friends just seems like way more than just "innocent insensitivity". She tried to fix it by repeating that she was great, but it was like Pinkie was replaced by one of her clones today. THIS is the same Pinkie who defended her in Griffon the Brush Off? THIS is the same Pinkie who sang a song to encourage Fluttershy over the chasm when others like Rainbow Dash were vocally frustrated and impatient with her? THIS is the same Pinkie from Too Many Pinkie Pies who grew upset when her clones were making her friends miserable? THIS is the same Pinkie from Pinkie Pride, only two episodes ago who realized Rainbow Dash wasn't having fun at her own birthday party!? If she can tell her friends were unhappy in those situations how did she not tell that a sobbing wreck of a mess that is FLUTTERSHY, was unhappy!? That her behaviour was only making everything worse!?

I can see Pinkie being insufferable and unsympathetic in situations like Luna Eclipsed, when she was merely having fun and wasn't there to witness Luna's discontent (or even if she did, that Luna's emotions weren't obvious and outward like flowing tears and so she didn't know how to read that Luna was upset with her behaviour) or in A Friend In Deed, when Cranky is also running off from her but he only ever yells at her and responds in dry, sarcastic wit which Pinkie can't even understand anyway. (Though I still thought Pinkie in that episode was a bit much, I can accept it) But when your friend you yourself point out is extra sensitive is bawling her eyes off right under/in front of/staring straight at you, PERHAPS YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

Pinkie isn't THAT obtuse, Jesus.

But I think it isn't so much they overlooked Pinkie's character or what have you this episode. Even if they exaggerated Pinkie's behaviour for comedic effect, the problem wasn't so much Pinkie being exaggerated but FACES and REACTIONS being exaggerated. The animators are having tons of fun with extra-goofy faces this season, so they probably thought giving Fluttershy the most crushed and despairing of all expressions would be HIRARIOUS and make their cartoon more appealing for a wider audience, like that large periphery demographic they have. Unfortunately they sacrificed a bit of character/realism/continuity/idk with their attempt at producing more comedy. If Fluttershy just reacted uneasily then Pinkie not understanding what she was doing was hurting her would've made so much more sense. This entire thing is just a rehash of a joke from Green Isn't Your Colour anyway, when Photo Finish also described the judging, seething eyes of the audience as Fluttershy stepped out on stage.

Also one more thing, even though Fluttershy has stage fright and you can whisk the obvious discontinuity away by claiming all the musical segments are just musicals, and the few times she did perform as having friends with her there (in the Hearth's Warming Eve play she did display anxiety beforehand), how do you even explain that time Fluttershy was a model!?! She was known by EVERYONE and was walking on stages constantly, marketing drinks and being stuck on covers. I guess she isn't technically singing but that is a LOT of attention in front of many crowds, and she isn't even next to her friends while doing this! Fluttershy must really care about Rarity's opinions and feelings to do all that shit, like holy crap.

I hope at the very least, since apparently we are getting more ponies for a while there will be a Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy episode, where Pinkie acts like herself as always but hurts Fluttershy's feelings in the process. Then Pinkie will learn a lesson about being insensitive and no one will ever have an excuse to write Pinkie in this fashion again. And no, it would be far too bloody obvious to make this a Rainbow Dash episode. It MUST be Pinkie. She shouldn't be allowed to get away with her behaviour scott-free all the time. It also MUST be Fluttershy. The Mane Six improving their own friendship is always a plus, and while Cranky is cool I thought they missed an opportunity by using him and not any of Pinkie's existing friends, then perhaps using Cranky in a "you can't be friends with everyone" lesson. Sometimes I feel certain writers treat Pinkie like an entity who can do no wrong no matter how annoying she can get. It doesn't work that way either.

But she's still my favourite. Otherwise this episode was kind of weird and structured oddly. I don't have much opinion about stuff like Flutterguy and such, so there you go.

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Oh boy.

That was a finale alright.
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She is now above lowly unicorns, pegasi, and especially filthy mud ponies! By Gray--Day

And since it was a finale it must be compared to the OTHER two finales! First and foremost everyone already knew what was going to happen at the end because of the Hub's relentless and unmerciful spoilers, so I'm not going to go into how surprised and shocked I am or whatever. I do wonder what would've happened if such a revelation was a complete surprise because I think the fandom would be burnt to the ground by now if that was the case. Perhaps the blatant promotion of Twilight the Alicorn Princess was actually some clever ploy to control the nature of the fan's fury...so by the time the episode rolls around they're tired of raging and going batshit insane or complaining about the complaining of the very big, very unprecedented, and very controversial change fans initially did not want to take.

Nonetheless, I'm here to review the episode objectively...and not objectively...because I am a fangirl at heart. Let's get through the analysis side of things first! The most obvious difference between this episode and the rest that made it clearly the finale was the over-abundance of SONG. The Best Night Ever was foreshadowed and anticipated over the course of the first season. Canterlot Wedding was, again, relentlessly promoted to death and became a Disney-esque two-parter. The nature of this finale though was similar to season two's finale, in that something completely out of left field entered the picture. For season two it was Twilight's sudden brother and a brand new alicorn...and for season three it's Twilight suddenly a princess! I wonder then, what kind of bombshell will land for season four's finale because it has A LOT of out of the blue, absolutely random things to outshine.
 
But like many of season three's episodes, especially the more plot-relevant ones...it was rushed. Not just normally rushed or "we rushed the ending because we filled up too much of the rest" but just...the ENTIRE episode was rushed. I already knew from the get-go with all the spoilers they were releasing how rushed this episode was probably going to be...and it was, well, rushed. Something as ground breaking an event like this truly needs a two-parter...what we got to saw was like some sort of hour-long musical trying to summarize the events of ALL OF HISTORY. There was no need to even set up the episode, the conflict was presented in the cold open itself...which doesn't happen every often in any series really (that has a cold open). And the episode did not need to be rushed...the actual cutie-mark swap plot was interesting (to me, anyway) and I hoped there would be far more spotlight on that, but then Twilight's coronation took up half the episode as well, so it felt less like Twilight fixing her friends and more like the whole purpose of the beginning was just to set up Twilight's ascension to godhood, which well...it was. ...and that's disappointing. I wanted the episode to focus on the cutie-mark swap itself, as opposed to using it as a stepping stone for Hasbro's dastardly marketing plans. That was a waste of a concept for sure.

The songs...most of the songs were just unnecessary. This felt like Crystal Empire syndrome all over again. Yeah I get it, it was a musical episode, but the music was like 80% of the episode and dialogue took up 20%. I think in a real musical the ratio is far less skewed. If it was going to be a musical episode I think the entire episode should have been musical because the episode length was too short to somehow discern between musical parts and not musical parts to make it a real musical or to make it feel rather awkward. Basically Finding a Pet for the entire episode, singing everything that ever occurs...like a song detailing Twilight's reaction to her becoming a princess as opposed to "EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE GUYS EVEN THOUGH THIS HAPPENED SO BLOODY FAST YAY WHOO!"

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From DESBEAR to ENBEARED... I'm sorry, I'll show myself out.

Well the most unnecessary songs were the first and last songs, arguably second last. Twilight coming out of her house singing and dancing and forcing other ponies' to join in was far too Pinkie-like and very unlike Twilight. I'd prefer if she came out, saw Rarity and then sang a "WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY FRIENDS!?" song, or again, started the episode like AN ACTUAL MUSICAL as opposed to Twilight being in ABSOLUTE BLISS because EVERYTHING IS CERTAINLY FINE without any context whatsoever. Basically Twilight is singing FOR NO REASON because NOTHING is happening and THAT IS GREAT...really no purpose to the song except so she can have a reprise later. Then she tap-dances on the table and peagsi fly over her in perfect harmony. THIS IS PINKIE'S SHTICK DAMNIT. If you wish to sing, maybe something like "It feels like today's going to be a good day and I've never been so happy from some strange premonitionnnnnn...wtfRarityyy?" ah well. I'll stop complaining about the purpose of the music and why it was there...because overall I LOVED the music. I especially loved the "wtf should I do!?" song by Twilight, quite beautiful, the song where all the ponies get their cutie-marks back, and Celestia's song. That was pretty awesome how she began singing herself!

My only problem with the music itself was the pitiful amounts of PINKIE singing! She had a few lines in the "WHY IS LIFE CONFUSING!?" song and then was the only Mane Six without a solo in the "OUR DESTINIES ARE FIXED HOORAH!" song. And yet her few lines in that song was actually quite amazing...Pinkie singing melancholy with a slight southern accent...damn. You don't hear that often at all! If Pinkie does sing she's crazy upbeat about it, but when Pinkamena sings...it was beautiful; her voice stood out among the other singers because of how strange it was for Pinkie not to be singing happily. I applaud Shannon Chan-Kent and Daniel Ingram and of course the writer, M.A. Larson for being able to deliver like that. Still, that line and then her few lines in the première was all Pinkie sang this entire season...which makes me sad because part of Pinkie's character is random singing...ah well, maybe season four will be better in that regard. I certainly hope Smile Smile Smile isn't the end of wonderful Pinkie jingles.

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Look at this, look at his beautiful display of failure.

Speaking of which, and yes I've already entered horribly biased fangirl mode...I LOVED Pinkie in this episode as well! Not just her singing, but the return of her flat mane was awesome to see...and without her muted colours or angry relusive-self too! So rather than the return of Party of One Pinkie it was more like pre-Sonic Rainboom Pinkie. She was truly lost in whatever the hell she was trying to do. At least for the others since pegasi normally handle weather, Fluttershy's socially inept as fuck, and AJ's lack of style or magic dexterity gave them reason to fail so spectacularly, but Pinkie was ACTUALLY raised on a farm, albeit a rock farm. Earth ponies are SUPPOSED to know how to farm...so Pinkie really looked like she failed the most out of all of them and it showed. Pinkie's magnificent failure made her so adorable...I daresay more adorable than I've ever seen Fluttershy in ANYTHING, but I can't be sure. You just want to hug her and stroke her and tell her it's going to be okay. The climax of the song with the townsponies all shouting "PINKIE!" was icing on the cake. That was just so heart-warming and I aww'd directly to the emptiest corners of my heart. 8'D

Another undeserved disappointment came from just how the swapped cutie-marks worked. I saw a splendid piece of fanart predicting what the episode might have been like and it looked more like a body or personality swap than just a cutie-mark swap...which was what I expected. Instead every pony is pretty much the same personality-wise, but brainwashed to do activities that make no sense to them. In that case my fading hope for RariPie is no longer fading and perhaps a body-swap episode might be in the works in season four because if I can't get RariPie, I was looking forward to FlutterPie, but all Fluttershy did was attempt some sort of cringe-worthy entertainment. (THAT'S THE JOKE.)

Applejack's singing is wondrous in this song.
Also there was a BOATLOAD of continuity this episode...as there has been all of season three. I love continuity as much as the next person but it was like they were drilling it into our heads. If you keep referring to a known pony as the reason for something or keep calling back to events in the past, it makes Equestria look a lot smaller than it is. Continuity should be mixed with brand new things as well that come out of nowhere and present a sort of mystery of the world. If Starswirl the Bearded is responsible for ALL MAGIC THINGS EVER then it makes no sense that no one cares who the hell he is except the nerdy people because of how ridiculously influential he is. Even people who care nothing about Science know who Einstein is at least, so it's really pushing my suspension of disbelief that Starswirl is constantly referred to in terms of continuity...surely there were OTHER amazing unicorns in the past!

Finally the nature of the swaps themselves. Rainbow Dash's cutie mark is all about GOING FAST. So why isn't Rarity "GOTTA GO FAST!" ? and Rarity's cutie mark is FINDING GEMS, so why isn't AJ digging around everywhere hopelessly? For every other cutie-mark it makes sense but these ones do not. Also the whole farm dying just because of Pinkie? Don't Big Mac and maybe Apple Bloom work on this farm? Did they really just leave her to ruin EVERYTHING? I wonder how much of the economy was wrecked because Celestia wanted to test out Twilight so she could become an alicorn. What if, during this fiasco, a HUGE DRAGON came into town but Fluttershy is too busy failing at making ponies smile, so the dragon just kills EVERYTHING? What if Rarity causes a giant tornado to wreck everything!? What if all the ponies are so unhappy they start moving out or stop working or whatever!? Good lord Ponyville is pretty screwed without these six!

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If this is what royal dress looks like I'm glad you're naked most of the time. By =90Sigma

Anyway I suppose this episode ranks better than the Crystal Empire, but not by much. It felt like, especially the ending, a kids show. Now you're probably saying...well it is a kids show, so it should feel like one, but my criticism here is that it feels like ONLY a kids show. What I loved about MLP is how it's an EVERYONE show, and Twilight turning into a frilly alicorny princess is very "GIRLS WILL LOVE THIS!!" kind of thing, but no one else does. The demographic of MLP has always been children and their parents...and parents will probably facepalm (just as the fandom has) at Sparkle's utterly pointless promotion. Well, let's buy the kid some princess merchandise then! It's not like there are three other princesses too and a million other unique and interesting ponies to buy toys of as well! Surely we need Twilight to also become a princess so fans come storming in to BUY ALL THE PURPLE WINGED TOYS YAY! Besides...I was a young girl at some point in my life and I hated girly things because what was presented to us as "girly" was terrible quality-wise...that boys got to be cool superheroes and robots and junk but all our dreams are either to marry, take care of kids, or become a princess....saturated with a flurry of bright obnoxious shades of pink. I do like the theory that Celestia is the princess of day, Luna the princess of night, Cadence the princess of love, and now Twilight has ascended to become the princess of FRIENDSHIP.

In which case, I wonder if the others can ascend and be princesses of things...and how the hell the royalty and kingdom even work in Equestria. Seriously! HOW DOES IT WORK!? Do we just keep going until EVERYONE becomes a princess of something? Do the older princesses ever move on and relinquish their crown to someone else? Maybe in due time some NEW princess of the day will rise and that is the end of Celestia's reign? Maybe a loooooooong time ago there used to be a princess of friendship who disappeared in some way or another, so Celestia/Luna had to figure out a way to use the Elements of Harmony themselves! I have no idea! Trying to justify the reason of Twilight becoming a princess story-wise is going to be a long and tedious activity throughout the so called "off-season" of pony. And goddamnit Twilight you already know how to fly! There goes a potential Rainbow Dash-Twilight episode next season, oh well. Like everything else, concepts and plots go to waste, and we just have to come up with some other story to fill that time slot. I highly expect an episode where Twilight tries to get the townsfolk to treat her normally and not like a god as before. We also won't see anymore RD/Fluttershy DIVING CATCH SAVES anymore because Twilight ALSO has wings! Oh, the number of falling scenarios that have been crushed to oblivion...

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Rarity's magic is pretty crazy...yet a shy little kick is all the clouds need to disappear.

So...in comparison to the other finales? Well obviously it was poor in that case. The Gala, again, foreshadowed throughout all of season one, and while the wedding was out of nowhere it was AMAZING, so there's that. But it wasn't as terrible as it could've been considering all the shitstorms that occurred weeks prior, so there's that. The wasted potential of the cutie-mark swap sucked, but I love that it was there at least and Pinkie definitely shined for me, especially since she was terrible in the episode beforehand. (I hated that episode!) So there's my thoughts on the finale all summed up in a kind of neat conclusion.

Season three as a whole? Well it was short...kind of rushed, had way more iffy-episodes than usual...but passable I suppose. Enough for me to keep watching, but definitely a step-down from seasons one and two. Hopefully AKR's return for season four will be better...and the fact that there are twenty-six episodes again. The thing is... premières and finales are usually a shoe-in for if not at least a decent episode, an AMAZINGLY SPECTACULAR episode, but season three failed in all aspects in terms of that. There was only one REALLY good episode, which averages out to be two in a whole season...which I suppose is concurrent with season one, but a huge downgrade from season two AND there were less great episodes than usual. Ah well, a blip in the radar I suppose. If only this coronation-type episode was the movie itself, and the Equestria Games or whatever was the finale. That would've been far more preferable. The season did kind of foreshadow the games from the emergence of the Crystal Empire itself and their hold onto the games...but instead something completely random pops out of nowhere yay! Let's just post the final ratings chart and end this damn post already.

Celestia TierAwesome TierHigh TierMid TierMeh Tier
The Cutie Mark
Chronicles
Party of One
Luna Eclipsed
The Last Roundup
A Friend In Deed
Hurricane Fluttershy
A Canterlot Wedding P.2
Sleepless in Ponyville

Dragonshy
Bridle Gossip
Swarm of the Century
Suited for Success
Feeling Pinkie Keen
Sonic Rainboom
Green Isn't Your Colour
The Return of Harmony P.2
May the Best Pet Win
Baby Cakes
Sweet and Elite
Secret of my Excess
A Canterlot Wedding P.1
Magic Duel
Just For Sidekicks
Applebuck Season
Griffon the Brush Off
Winter Wrap Up
A Dog and Pony Show
Over a Barrel
The Best Night Ever
The Return of Harmony P.1
Lesson Zero
Sisterhooves Social
The Super Speedy Cider
Squeezy 6000
It's About Time
Ponyville Confidential
MMMMystery on the
Friendship Express
Wonderbolt Academy
Keep Calm and Flutter On
Magical Mystery Cure
Friendship is Magic P.1
Friendship is Magic P.2
The Ticket Master
Look Before You Sleep
Fall Weather Friends
Stare Master
A Bird in the Hoof
The Cutie Pox
Hearth's Warming Eve
Family Appreciation Day
Read it and Weep
Hearts and Hooves Day
Putting Your Hoof Down
Dragon Quest
Too Many Pinkie Pies
One Bad Apple
Apple Family Reunion
Boast Busters
Call of the Cutie
The Show Stoppers
Owl's Well That Ends Well
The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well
The Crystal Empire P.1
The Crystal Empire P.2
Spike at Your Service
Games Ponies Play

Best episode of S3: Sleepless in Ponyville
Worst: ...uh...Spike at Your Service I suppose? So many bads. D:



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Fearless of bears, fearful of everything else. By Firestorm-CAN

What's that you say? An episode review? WHY YES. Magic Duel was awesome enough for me to actually put some effort into MLP, which I haven't done so in a while. This episode was written by a writer I am very glad to not have departed from the show like so many others. Though his episodes aren't always my favourite, they are without a doubt always high in quality. So here we have Magic Duel! In comparison to the rest of season three so far this would be in that "CELESTIA-TIER" category, but my rankings are a bit rusty at the moment so I'm not entirely sure where this episode is supposed to land. What I DO know, is that it's definitely higher than just "good". There were boatloads of references, which is decent in itself, but every episode this season has had boatloads of references. What this episode has that others so far don't, is the intelligent writing I've come to expect with pastel multicoloured ponies! I guess after the enormity that was Canterlot Wedding, the quality isn't expected to continue soaring high right into the very next season. (this is all of course, my own personal opinion)

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Oh Fluttershy. You are gold. Just gold.

So! This Fluttershy episode...er I mean, Twilight episode deals with the return of somehow fan-favourite "Trixie". Now, I never expected her to ever come back, especially when season two was airing, but from what I've seen of season three so far I'm expecting lots of shoutouts and plots that bronies would eat up because they just love to turn minor characters and antagonists into ensemble darkhorses. Personally I was not a big fan of Boast Busters. I found it an overly ordinary episode for Twilight, which makes sense as it was an early episode and MLP was still searching for its ground. However, both Pinkie and Fluttershy were not overly involved (or involved at all) in Boast Busters, so their appearance and significance this time around (especially Fluttershy) was refreshing and just what I needed! Luckily M.A. Larson didn't write the episode just so Twilight could show off and increase her magical abilities preposterously further. So far in season 3 (well, mostly just the premiere) I found Twilight's progress with magic going far too quickly.

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Oh thank God. I love you Pinkie but there's been waaaaaaay to much High Octane Sugar lately.

Another great relief comes from Trixie shutting Pinkie up for the entire episode. I'm still reeling from the effects of "Too Many Pinkie Pies". Granted the clones were just one-dimensional ear splitting clones of Pinkie and not Pinkie herself. After all, the episode did bring in some decent character development for my favourite character, but I could not see through the copious amounts of "FUN~!" to really appreciate the episode. Also I found season three so far to have some really...odd animation. The animation hasn't been getting worse in quality per say, but it feels like the animators are drawing the ponies far more loosely this time around? No longer are they restricted to the ever perfect "anatomical" designs of the ponies when they first started? I've grown used to it in this episode at least, but the last few have seriously been messing with my mind. Sad!Pinkie in episode three for example wasn't so much a serious image of her depressed, rather she was flopped forward like a hilarious ragdoll. It felt misplaced. In the Babs Seed episode, I think it was toned down a bit more (or else it's slightly harder to do that style with the younger fillies) but in this one it felt like it came back full force!

Are Snips and Snails always prominent in Trixie episodes?

Anyway, more specifically to this episode itself and why I liked it. When I first heard Spike's line at the beginning of the episode "Aw. don't worry Fluttershy. Twilight's magic has gotten a lot better since she's accidentally crushed me and Applejack with a giant snowball" I already knew it would be great. It's one thing to reference past events perhaps as a funny background event or even acknowledging it with some sort of visual aid, but casually mentioning something like that isn't expected at all! Of course there's the shameless amounts of Fluttershy in this too, if you haven't already noticed from my totally unbiased GIFs and screenshots. I almost wanted to make this entire review Fluttershy-focused without touching on Twilight or Trixie at all, but then I realized I didn't actually have that much to say about her. She was just especially adorable, that's all...technically this episode is the Trixie comeback episode, so...

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They call this old buck, "Uncle Frogurt"

I don't really have too much to say about Trixie herself. The plot and her motivation were pretty standard, just as one would expect. What pleases me is how everything was resolved, which I won't say. But Trixie apologizing and basically no longer being a horrible pony at the end was a bit abrupt. She definitely wasn't as horrible and evil in the episode as she usually is supposed to, but I didn't think she'd become so humble all that fast either. Perhaps the Rock Farming and being corrupted by the amulet has done something for her because all her previous hardships were off-screen and explained for only a few minutes anyway. Her return I felt was less for her character and more for the fans, especially the owner of that one site I won't mention. He is a huge Trixie fan. Also Trixie running off towards the distance similar to the ending of Boast Busters, but with her tripping was cute, I can't lie. Damnit, writers! Don't make me start liking Trixie! Anywho, I wonder if she will ever return after this. I believe a season four of MLP is confirmed, but I'm not entirely sure why she would return. Her character has been resolved after all.


Oh Rainbow Dash, you card.
Also a fan pointed this out about Rainbow Dash yesterday. She basically body-slams Twilight in the beginning because Trixie is back, and when Twilight is out of commission, as soon as she is able to Rainbow Dash throws Fluttershy into the spotlight to save everyone. When I was watching I was like "SONIC RAINBOOM THE GLASS!" but considering Dash never attempted to land after her wing was morphed far larger than it should be, perhaps Rainbow Dash's heroism and, well, smarts wasn't up to par today. After all only Twilight is allowed to take down the crazy-with-power vengeance-seeking mare. The other one I noticed myself, is how Fluttershy's animals are obviously copy-and-pasted. It's one thing to do this with background ponies, but when the animals are what we're focusing on...there's some sort of strange oddness with having two of the exact same animal, isn't there? There were even two Angels! I thought Angel, being such an important pet, would be able to retain a sense of uniqueness, but alas, alas. Maybe Twilight's strange entertainment ritual using animals requires such synergy as having two of the same animal being flung in the air, I don't know.

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This doesn't look familiar at all...

Like I mentioned before (I think) there was plenty of eyecandy and fanservice for the fans this episode beyond just Trixie. Again, there were references, like Pinkie's Rock Farm (It's canon! yay!), parasprites, magic mustaches, FOREVEEEEER!!, Twilight's Owl (I can't spell name halp) and ones outside of MLP as well, like the Star Wars references...as well as fanservice shots like age-changing spells, gender-changing spells, duplication spells, having Pinkie play ten instruments "spell" and once again the closing oval gag at the end. Was quite amusing Trixie reverted everyone else except Pinkie, ha! But again the difference is it wasn't just references and fanservice...which honestly is what I felt Season 3 was like until recently.

So, let's see how this episode falls onto the rankings (gonna shoehorn them in anyway) ...I might change its position later, however season three turns out.

Celestia TierAwesome TierHigh TierMid TierMeh Tier
The Cutie Mark
Chronicles
Party of One
Luna Eclipsed
The Last Roundup
A Friend In Deed
Hurricane Fluttershy
A Canterlot Wedding P.2

Magic Duel
Dragonshy
Bridle Gossip
Swarm of the Century
Suited for Success
Feeling Pinkie Keen
Sonic Rainboom
Green Isn't Your Colour
May the Best Pet Win
Baby Cakes
Sweet and Elite
Secret of my Excess
A Canterlot Wedding P.1

Applebuck Season
Griffon the Brush Off
Winter Wrap Up
A Dog and Pony Show
Over a Barrel
The Best Night Ever
The Return of Harmony P.1
The Return of Harmony P.2
Lesson Zero
Sisterhooves Social
The Super Speedy Cider
Squeezy 6000
It's About Time
MMMMystery on the
Friendship Express
One Bad Apple
Friendship is Magic P.1
Friendship is Magic P.2
The Ticket Master
Look Before You Sleep
Fall Weather Friends
Stare Master
A Bird in the Hoof
Hearth's Warming Eve
Family Appreciation Day
Read it and Weep
Hearts and Hooves Day
Dragon Quest
Ponyville Confidential
Too Many Pinkie Pies
Boast Busters
Call of the Cutie
The Show Stoppers
Owl's Well That Ends Well
The Cutie Pox
The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well
Putting Your Hoof Down
The Crystal Empire P.1
The Crystal Empire P.2
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Twilight and her B.B.B.F.F. Awwww. By 90Sigma

What a finale.

I can't think of anything bad to say about it, except maybe it would've been nice if the rest of the Mane Six played larger roles. Of course the story wouldn't work if you downplay the significance of the two ponies marrying in the first place, but...

Nonetheless, it was spectacular. I had the privilege of watching with my BBFF, Akira (Best BIFF Friends Forever [yes I know that is ridiculously redundant, since spelled out it's Best Best Internet Friends Forever Friends Forever, but fah!]) and it was a pretty good time. A much better show than when we did that all-nighter watching the community-voted top nine episodes leading up to Hearts and Hooves Day. (We were both half-asleep and I, at least, wasn't that fond of the episode) But I digress, it is time for opinions of this magnificent end to a pretty awesome season!

Let me start by saying Twilight having a large role was refreshing. Season Two really limited her importance in the show and it was beginning to feel like Twilight wasn't the main character anymore, but having her as the lead protagonist for not only the season two opening but for the finale as well definitely reminds you that this purple unicorn is indeed the main character. It's interesting how that dynamic works. If this were a boy's show, someone like Rainbow Dash might be the lead. If the executives were much more pushy about keeping the show in its original target audience, I'd think Pinkie would be the lead just for her coat and mane colour. (If this was a pony version of TTGL, Fluttershy would be the main character and RD would die a tragic but necessary death! Wahhh!) But interestingly, it is the nerd of the group, not the cool one or the pink one or the girly ones like Rarity you'd think would lead a little girl's TV Show, but Twilight. (Sorry AJ, for some reason you're not main-character material) For some reason that reminds me a bit of Sailor Moon where a vast majority loved Sailor Mercury over everyone else because not only is Twilight the main character but she is also the most popular.

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The beautiful bride and handsome groom. By Catnipfairy

And of course, since it's an episode revolving around her, she gets a solo! Her very first solo in fact. Now it is only poor Applejack (again) who lacks a proper song associated with her. I loved BBBFF. It's quite catchy but my favourite part in the song was when the others came in with the backup. I do have a bit of a problem with the lyrics. NEVER HAVING A FIGHT WITH YOUR SIBLING IS UNREALISTIC! I would know, having my own older brother who too is living very far away! In fact they did have a fight in these episodes themselves, so there you have it. I do like how the songs in these episodes were very fitting for how long they were and for the episode. A song like Smile Smile Smile, though very good, took up the episode with little importance to the plot at all. (Not that I'm complaining, t'was a great song for Pinkie's character!)

Of course like any in-law-to-be, Twilight is a bit annoyed she wasn't told of the wedding. Some explanation later and all the planning starts happening, with AJ catering, Rarity fashioning (that is totally a word there is no red line under it!), RD training, Fluttershy practising, and Pinkie planning. Cadence (is it Cadance or Cadence? Eh, I prefer the latter) is oddly enough, not being a cooperative you'd think she'd be on her own wedding. Shining Armor (gah, typing armor without the U is weird) sounds like a surfer dude, but otherwise all is not well in the plot! I was incredibly sad that when Twilight accused Cadence of being evil, everyone walked out on her, not believing a word she says. They all gave her the cold shoulder treatment...even Celestia, her teacher. That was pretty intense, I feel. Then Cadence comes out of nowhere and sends her to the depths of a fiery green hell!

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I loved the new villain's eyes. What an astounding gradient of green... By vlazesvectors

Well, at least that's what you're meant to believed due to the TO BE CONTINUED part that came right after. I think it's good the two parts were put together; a whole week of unrealistic expectations might have lessened the impact of part two.

Turns out there's a dungeon under the castle and Twilight will be trapped in there forever! Her magic laser beam thing bounces around until it destroys a wall, revealing the real Cadence apparently. (I thought this was the most poorly-written part of the episode, if there were any poorly-written parts at all) Maybe it wasn't the writing that was bad but the direction, but initially I wasn't convinced that was the real Cadence. To me it felt more like Cadence actually didn't have that much power and was incredibly cocky, leading to this scene. Even when she did the whole Sunshine, Sunshine bit it still felt like she was tricking Twilight. The whole scene went by far too fast and when they were hugging the angle in which we saw her face was a huge flag for her to make an evil face like she outsmarted the unicorn. Ah well, I soon forgot about this oddity because

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This Day Aria is awesome. I would have questioned why the alicorn-character who just got introduced already got a solo for herself when AJ hasn't, but then it turned out it was also a villain song, a "deceptive cadence" (how clever) and that the song was simply incredible. It also wasn't too long and fit well into transitioning Twi and the princess to the wedding scene. Oh by the way I forgot to mention, LYRA SPOKE...I actually thought she'd be mute forever and I wouldn't complain at all actually. I loved imagining how her voice would sound (and I'm quite a fan of one of her fan voices) but it wasn't a bad voice at all...maybe a bit generic, but eh, what can you do. Then later on here, she ends up brainwashed with Colgate and other pony I don't care about. That was pretty awesome to see. (I all but squee'd when Lyra spoke. I didn't want to explode Akira's eardrums. We were on Skype)

Evil Imposter Cadence is confronted, reverts to her true form, the Changeling Queen with her Swiss Cheese legs! (That was a strange design choice!) I was very much reminded of Starcraft and the Zerg at this point. What was pretty awesome (again, lots of awesome things happened) was Celestia stepping up and actually doing something. I was hoping for a bit more than a beam war though, and the "explosion" that resulted from Celestia losing didn't look all that dramatic enough to me, so I was a bit surprised when I saw her crown flying in the air and her falling on the floor. It really changed my outlook on Celestia now because the way she lost like that made her seem a lot weaker than I thought her to be.

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Fight scene extraordinaire!

Of course, the Elements of Harmony must be retrieved if they have any hope of defeating the evil Queen Chrysalis! So our heroes dash off towards those elements, with a little nudging on Rarity and run into an insane army of Changelings. They predictably turn into clones of the Mane Six (I actually think they'd have been more threatening if they didn't change, what with their fanged teeth and divebombing tactics and all) but the fact that MY LITTLE PONY actually had a FIGHT SCENE was incredible in itself. I loved Fluttershy tricking her clones into thinking she was one of them and the Applejack dogpile, but my absolute favourite was when Pinkie was asking the changeling to "do her". The expression on that Fluttershy clone (rolled eyes) and then the utter adorability (it was so cute I made up a new word!) of the Pinkie it became was just...so......cute. That expression!! THAT CHANGELING IS NOW MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER! Except it's probably dead by now, aww. (I would react more to gatling!Twilight but I was already spoiled by that in the only preview clip I watched)

The fight would unfortunately be useless and mostly fanservice because they end up failing in reaching the elements. They are brought back to the castle and we are treated with a bit of a reprise of the amazing song, then Shining Armor and Princess Cadence use THE POWER OF LOVE to blow the evil Queen and her minions away, leading into a legitimate wedding with an endscene song that is quite possibly one of the catchiest songs in the entire series. (However the song strongly reminded me of the music from PPGZ for some reason, in particular the Bubbles' theme)

And Season Two ends on quite the epic high note.


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I would so ship Sweetie Belle and Spike....also, VIOLINJACK IS CANON YEEEEAH!! And no, it is not a fiddle...because "fiddlejack" sounds completely awkward.

What a ride it has been, hasn't it? I first got into the show around the time Lesson Zero came out, and my first treatment to the livestream was Luna Eclipsed. (That first time is one of the best times I've had in the livestream due to the brilliance of the episode and everyone going crazy about it in chat. I laughed so hard in that Fluttershy scene, a moment that hasn't been replicated until The Last Roundup. However, watching the finale with Akira has topped that moment, if only just by a bit! The finale was that good! Also watching with friends always helps) My Saturdays won't be the same from this day forth, at least until season three!

In terms of my overall opinion of season two? It was amazing, but my complaints from months ago still apply. There is indeed a difference between the first and second season, that I can see. What is it you ask? Well it's pretty simple: Friendship is Magic. Season One, due to being the first season would have to work all that much harder to get us to know and love the characters, but it also spent a lot of its time developing the friendships as well. Twilight learning that friends matter and the fact that the group hung out with each other with or without Twilight. (RD and AJ having competitions, Fluttershy and Rarity going to the spa together, etc.) The aesops had to do with friendship a lot more than this season, which was far more character-focused. We'd get episodes where only one of the Mane Six would ever appear! Some people do like this change and others do not, but the reason I tune in for ponies is ultimately for the friendship aspect. Everything else, the character development (that I do love indeed), the interesting plots, or the wacky humour is the bonus icing on top! I hope season three touches more upon the friendship that brought me into the show all the way back in season one, but ultimately season two did not disappoint. I had many more favourite episodes in season two over one, so in terms of standalone episodes there were a lot of good ones. My complaint is only on the overall feel of the season.

Obviously since the season is over, we can now finish that episode-tier list I had before!

Celestia TierAwesome TierHigh TierMid TierMeh Tier
The Cutie Mark
Chronicles
Party of One
Luna Eclipsed
The Last Roundup
A Friend In Deed
Hurricane Fluttershy
A Canterlot Wedding P.2

Dragonshy
Bridle Gossip
Swarm of the Century
Suited for Success
Feeling Pinkie Keen
Sonic Rainboom
Green Isn't Your Colour
May the Best Pet Win
Baby Cakes
Sweet and Elite
Secret of my Excess
A Canterlot Wedding P.1
Applebuck Season
Griffon the Brush Off
Winter Wrap Up
A Dog and Pony Show
Over a Barrel
The Best Night Ever
The Return of Harmony P.1
The Return of Harmony P.2
Lesson Zero
Sisterhooves Social
The Super Speedy Cider
Squeezy 6000
It's About Time
MMMMystery on the
Friendship Express
Friendship is Magic P.1
Friendship is Magic P.2
The Ticket Master
Look Before You Sleep
Fall Weather Friends
Stare Master
A Bird in the Hoof
Hearth's Warming Eve
Family Appreciation Day
Read it and Weep
Hearts and Hooves Day
Dragon Quest
Ponyville Confidential
Boast Busters
Call of the Cutie
The Show Stoppers
Owl's Well That Ends Well
The Cutie Pox
The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well
Putting Your Hoof Down

The pony drought begins! Let the fan-created content pour into our spoiled lives! I want to thank Studio B and the people at the Hub and Hasbro for an excellent season. Let us hope season three brings more of the best!

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Pinkie is on the case! SOURCE by PDPie

Anyway, the episode is mid-to-high tier for me. In terms of expectations it shattered nothing, in fact my expectations were kind of high this episode and episode 24 failed to actually meet them! I usually find this to be due to the preview clips they release throughout the week, which make the episode a much lesser impact when I see them beforehand, especially if it's a particularly good scene. In It's About Time, they released the clip where Twilight goes back in time, and so I watched it several times and by the time the episode rolled around they showed it twice in there was well! So I had pretty much seen at least 15% percent of the episode and they were the same thing twice. Here, one of my favourite parts was when Pinkie was guarding...which was in the clip. I actually avoided watching the second clip but I ran into a screenshot of it so that bubble in Twi's face wasn't as good as it could've been.

I mean look at A Friend In Deed! No clips whatsoever, marvellous episode. Even if there is a clip, if it's part of a relatively unimportant scene like the one for Hurricane Fluttershy it would've had little effect, but this one was quite long. Anyway due to all this I've decided to stop watching preview clips, lol. A bit late for the wedding episodes but I should be prepared for season three. The other problem I had was...well, factoring in the commercials acting as breaks, you pretty much get three acts per episode. You have the cold opening, the theme song, a commercial and then three parts of the episode separated with two more ads. The cold open was great, what with Mr. Cake fainting constantly and it being far too heavy for Big Mac to hold (and Pinkie's hat, lol). The first act was great too, with the others salivating at the cake and the introduction of the minor characters with funny accents, plus the preview clip. The second act was good as well though not as great as the first one. I found myself rather amused and surprised by Pinkie's imagination for how the griffon sabotaged the cake, but then she applied it for the other two as well which I thought was pushing the joke a little far and as I knew, eating time.

Quite possibly the best scene of the episode! Oh Rarity.

The third act was what disappointed me, the actual proper sleuthing part. They retraced their steps and it turns out it was Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Rarity. I did like how Rarity's mane-style changed to hide her missing eyelash (by the way why is everyone surprised that she wears fake eyelashes? It's been canon for an entire season and detracts nothing from Rarity for me...I don't get it), which was quite clever however I found it a bit...concerning that three of Pinkie's friends would take such giant bites out of a cake the Cakes worked so very hard making and they worked so very hard taking to the competition. Not only that but attempt to hide their guilt as if they didn't do it! You'd think after RD took the bite and flew off, whoever was next would see that giant bite and probably leave it alone, but the next pony to touch was...Fluttershy of all ponies.

See for Rarity at least the lights were out, so she didn't really see if it had been tampered before, but Fluttershy not only likely saw the bite taken out before, but took her own, then escaped and hid from Pinkie by pretending to be a conductor. ...REALLY, Fluttershy? My theory of Fluttershy secretly pulling off the greatest heist of Cloudsdale ever known, thus why she lives on the ground to escape questioning and suspect has actually been given a boost!

Not only that but the minor chef characters sabotaged each other's stuff as well...hmm, I know ponies aren't meant to be perfect, but I find it hard to believe the food is so good you couldn't wait a single bloody night to try it at the competition. (Maybe they already knew Pinkie would gobble it up for herself and therefore this was the only possibility of getting a taste? Lol) And while Applejack isn't at fault because she's the honest of all ponies, (plus it'd be somewhat OOC if she did do it, but it was already OOC for everypony else!) I was disappointed she didn't have a larger role, or somehow (perhaps accidentally) sabotaging it herself. I remember the Mare-Do-Well episode and hoped the entire episode it was AJ. When I was watching this episode I was like "IT WAS APPLEJACK! IT WAS APPLEJACK THAT DASTARDLY MARE!"

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Ref! Ref ref ref ref ref ref! Ref ref! *pant pant*

I remember Look Before You Sleep AJ, or Fall Weather Friends AJ...AJ has been really boring this season. She isn't my third favourite randomly. She was a mighty entertaining pony in the early episodes of season one. I still believe if the MDW plot was altered so that AJ was the only one who was the hero, and if somehow this plot was altered as well to accommodate her, they'd be so much better. She is so flawless (and yet still not very entertaining) that it's ridiculous. That's one of the many reasons I love The Last Roundup so much. AJ actually had a flaw and caused a lot of events because of it. She didn't even learn anything in TSSCS6K even if that dismantling of the letter to Celestia was hilarious. I want to see AJ argue with RD again and not just RD but Rarity. Just because they reconciled their differences in LBYS doesn't mean they can't argue at all! RD isn't the only antagonizing friend of their's!

So yeah, the episode was very cartoony, surprisingly, and hilarious but in terms of character it reminded me of Putting Your Hoof Down-lite, sacrificing consistency and morality of character for jokes. I guess with Baby Cakes and A Friend In Deed being super awesome character-developing episodes for Pinkie this one was likely a less serious one, but I always have high expectations from AKR. (And when is Meghan McCarthy ever writing an episode? I expected her to write this one...perhaps the finale? AKR already had a Pinkie episode this season...) This was why I wasn't all that excited when I heard this episode was to be a Pinkie episode...she's had two really good ones and APPLEJACK having a third would've been nice (without her damn family)

Well, that's all from me and my silly polarizing opinions...today I learned Pinkie Pie's descriptions of mouthwatering food is so mesmerizing it hypnotizes ponies to commit petty crimes!

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Applejack now leaves on an M10 Wolverine, the true mastermind of this erroneously-closed crime.     SOURCE by MrLolcats17
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Before I go in depth with this lovely episode...I've decided to rank the thing! I dropped May The Best Pet Win a bit because a large reason I loved that episode was the song and how long I had been anticipating for one. After twenty-two episodes many other episodes popped up with pretty good songs as well, leaving MtBPW less unique. Of course I expected that. (the rest of the episode was average at best anyway)

And where does Hurricane Fluttershy stand as of 8 hours after the episode aired!? Why, right here:

THE LAST ROUNDUP TIER: THE LAST ROUNDUP
Celestia Tier Awesome Tier High Tier Mid Tier Meh Tier
The Cutie Mark
Chronicles
Party of One
Luna Eclipsed
A Friend In Deed
Hurricane Fluttershy
Dragonshy
Bridle Gossip
Swarm of the Century
Suited for Success
Feeling Pinkie Keen
Sonic Rainboom
Green Isn't Your Colour
May the Best Pet Win
Baby Cakes
Sweet and Elite
Secret of my Excess
Applebuck Season
Griffon the Brush Off
Winter Wrap Up
A Dog and Pony Show
Over a Barrel
The Best Night Ever
The Return of Harmony P.1
The Return of Harmony Pt.2
Lesson Zero
Sisterhooves Social
The Super Speedy Cider
Squeezy 6000
It's About Time
MMMystery on the 
Friendship Express
Friendship is Magic Pt. 1
Friendship is Magic Pt. 2
The Ticket Master
Look Before You Sleep
Fall Weather Friends
Stare Master
A Bird in the Hoof
Hearth's Warming Eve
Family Appreciation Day
Read it and Weep
Hearts and Hooves Day
Dragon Quest
Ponyville Confidential
Boast Busters
Call of the Cutie
The Show Stoppers
Owl's Well That Ends Well
The Cutie Pox
The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well
Putting Your Hoof Down

The best tier it could ever hope to achieve of course! What do you mean there's a tier higher than Celestia tier? Nothing is higher than Celestia! If you've achieved Celestia tier you should be proud!

Anyway, Hurricane Fluttershy. I pointed out some flaws people might latch onto if they dislike the episode, but none of that bothers me really. Despite how completely unnecessary that pegasus on steroids was, he was still hilarious and did not take away from the episode. Predictability? Was it really that predictable? I mean after that montage I was sure Fluttershy would've improved tenfold and some silly obstacle would impede her during the actual tornado segment, but regardless of the montage that is supposedly guaranteed to always work, she didn't really reach her goal. She improved for sure, but she didn't reach her goal. Even then her first run through Twilight's fan thing she kind of gave up near the end when her horrible flashbacks of flight school bullying came slamming into her head, so the first result was already kind of botched and you could argue if she really improved all that much at all! :D I liked that though. I like that, even if you put in a lot of hard work it doesn't guarantee unrealistic results. For some very lucky people it might, but for the average person if you work hard you get somewhere, but you usually need to go through a whole lot before you reach the goal.

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Case in point, illustration. I know most people who comment "wow, I wish I could draw like so-and-so but I suck" probably don't take up art as a hobby very often anyway, but still envy the skill of others. However if someone really wants to learn to draw they have to practice. Not practice for a few days or even a few months, but for years and years on end. Oh sure there might be a few gifted individuals who could do ridiculous masterpieces at the tender age of ten, but for the majority all the nice art you see came from years of continuing practice. They drew worse than you at some point in their life! I always thought "AND THEN A TRAINING MONTAGE HAPPENED!" was a silly trope in fiction since they always tended to succeed spectacularly after it.

Besides that, it is a no brainer that I very much identified with the yellow pegasus this episode. Low self-esteem and bullying? I think that covers a whole lot of children going through the same thing! I keep reading opinions of fans thinking this would be the exact same aesop as PYHD, but that's plain wrong. Confidence and assertiveness are two entirely different things, they may intertwine in certain occasions but they're overall separate. Someone could be extremely assertive, like a guy who has to talk down upon everyone constantly because that's the only way they can feel better about themselves...in other words, low self-esteem! And so I have dubbed this episode the best Fluttershy-focused episode of the series, yes more than Green Isn't Your Colour or Dragonshy. I mean those episodes didn't even have a flashback! With filly Fluttershy! You can't get better than filly Fluttershy. 

STOP! This is your completely pointless interlude!

You may continue!

Rainbow Dash was pretty awesome, catapulted to not-last on my pony-list. Hell, I can never choose which of the mane six to be last considering I love them all. Some episodes air and some might be liked a bit more than others temporarily! If I had a complaint it'd be all the Flutterdash I'll inevitably see, but eh...that's a fanon thing not a canon thing. Nothing against the pairing either, it's just that I don't ship it and it'll make other Fluttershy ships a bit rarer for a while. The dynamic of the duo is pretty awesome anywho, and a pegasi episode not focusing on them would make no sense whatsoever! I especially loved the metal music during Fluttershy's montage. Usually a sweet and shy girly pony like her would never get background music as awesome as that. It's usually reserved for dragons we never ever see again who act like complete jerks. Those pegasi are so universally loved and overpowered! Really, lots of people love unicorns too but as adored Twilight is Rarity has to earn her love (which she is doing, but there are still many detractors as well) and Pinkie's quite popular herself but alas the earth ponies are falling a bit short what with their lack of magic and flight so fascinating to humans who do not have such fantastical abilities. Applejack, why are you so MIA lately!? I know she'll be back next episode but still, APPLEJACK!

I guess what my rambling is trying to say is that this episode had depth. Something I've been missing a lot lately, especially for Fluttershy. It wasn't quite as predictable as other episodes, albeit still...and everyone felt nice and happy. The slight saccharine-causing smile you get in the end is why I watch My Little Pony. I love the ridiculous cartoony-like antics sometimes, but for me variety and balance is best. Not too much of one or another. Anyway I can't think of much else to say about the episode. Fluttertree being canon...canoner, is nice and that mule is quite possibly the best character in the entire series. We shall end this post on a high note! EYES!

You heard me! EYES!

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Putting The Hoof Down...or whatever it's called!
NEW FLUTTERSHY DEMANDS SPOTTO ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THE TITLE OF HER EPISODE IS!!!!!
Uh, I mean PUTTING YOUR HOOF DOWN.

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Don't hurt me! Eep! SOURCE by ShadyHorseman

What a strange episode. I didn't catch the writer of the episode but when I found out who wrote it afterwards it made a lot of sense. Merriwether Williams has a rather distinct style where you can tell she was the one who wrote it. In MMDW for example there were a lot of brand new settings in Ponyville you've never seen before, rather strange nonsensical ones at that. I highly doubt a small town in a historical-time with no televisions and computers would have a freakin' hydroelectric dam. I mean all the lights you ever see are candles, so what is the electricity for? Not only that but I didn't like the modern-looking equipment being used to build modern-looking buildings when every house besides Town Hall in Ponyville looked like a house from the medieval era. The characters are also a bit different. In both MMDW and HWE the characters acted alot more impulsive and with a lot less depth. For example I'm sure many fans complained of basically if not Rainbow being a flankhole in MMDW, all her friends as well. Not only that but in HWE they were all arguing outside of the play. The play itself was actually perfect for MW to write since she seems to be good with negative interaction and exaggerated personalities which the character roles the ponies played out pretty much were. (That is why I do not count HWE as a necessarily "improvement" on MW's writing in terms of characterization, since she was basically writing about a bunch of historical idiot leaders and their reserved assistants. I like MW's writing for humour and amusement value but I don't put it very highly in terms of character. MMDW wasn't a bad episode but it did have a lot of flaws. On the other hand the episode really was entertaining.)

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SCREAMING UNADULTERATED RAGE

So in the latest episode we have...Fluttershy's cottage MYSTERIOUSLY being next to a whole bunch of other houses when time and time again before it was the only solo-house next to the Everfree Forest with neighbours not seen for miles. (Well, Ponyville) I guess ponies found Everfree Forest less dangerous than usual and expanded to where Fluttershy was all of a sudden? I don't know. The fact that she hasa gardener to do her gardening seemed odd too. I always saw Fluttershy as a bit of a reclusive pony from others except animals, thus where she lives. I imagine she'd do all her own gardening and such as well! So that was a very weird setting, breaking away from continuity all of the sudden. So random infrastructure popping about is a clue that she wrote it. The other part is everyone acting exaggerated and like...well, flankholes. This does not only include Fluttershy herself or the citizens but even Rarity and Pinkie Pie! I actually found Iron Will, the supposed "antagonist" of the episode rather sympathetic and not really all that mean at all especially compared to basically everyone else.(And I actually really like Iron Will, so take that as you will)
 
Anyway we start off with the citizens, but not only them but ANGEL. While I do see Angel as a very harsh and demanding individual I do not see him quite as mean as this. Fluttershy is literally in an abusive relationship with him in this episode, slapping her in the face and throwing her out the house, while also throwing away the food she tried so hard to obtain/make. I really didn't like this. After this we pretty much see every single pony in Ponyville take advantage of poor Fluttershy, painting the world of Equestria closer to our own than ever before. To make it even worse there are teenage ponies and nerd ponies...what? (HOW DOES A HORSE GET ACNE!?) Are there even high schools in Ponyville!? That paints it even closer to our world with absolutely zero context, the two teenage female ponies who literally popped out of nowhere.

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You know I still don't know why Rarity had to shut her jaw here...didn't make it any less amusing.
 
Rarity and Pinkie Pie show up and their "definition" of being assertive was also offputting. Rarity manipulating the nerd pony with her charm and looks was...well, that didn't sit well with me. You're not supposed to teach children that and I really don't see Rarity being quite as one-dimensional as that. Then Pinkie Pie, albeit amusingly, cons the tomato merchant out of half of her bits just because she raised the price this week. I don't care if it was a Bugs Bunny joke. Pinkie is an actual well-developed character, not a carbon-copy of a Looney Tunes character. Yes she has their traits, but Pinkie is not a pony who would ever steal, as amusing as it was. Anyway this leads to Fluttershy learning how to become assertive the wrong way, and she basically destroys everyone who even bothers to slightly inconvenience her. Highly expected and highly predictable from the underwhelming premise, I say.
 
But then we got to the part I found rather...well, powerful, when Fluttershy annihilated Pinkie and Rarity. It speaks a lot when the kindest pony in the series basically does, imo, the cruelest thing anyone has ever done to anypony in the entire series! (Yes more than Discord/NMM/Gilda/etc.!) She didn't just dish out stock insults, she basically tore down everything both Rarity and Pinkie believed in, and what they basically were! And then the part afterwards was a bit melodramatic (lol) but the fact that despite what she did, Rarity and Pinkie still came back, even after they ran off crying. I loved that. I'm sure most people would pretty much just defriend their friend at that point, but these two ponies (and I love that only these three showed up btw. More unexplored interaction between rarely-seen characters together yay!) stuck by their friend anyway! The message of the show was still there amongst all of these flaws.

The animation here was woaahhh...
 Anyway I suppose my favourite part was at this ending part, where Pinkie and Rarity try to distract and get rid of Iron Will. I think this was a bit too subtle to make a point, but I think the writer was trying to portray here that Rarity's and Pinkie's "attempts to be assertive" would not work anyway, and so kids should not do it since it didn't work on Iron Will (also because it's wrong, but I don't see that part of their ideas being shot down), who merely acted normally assertive to get by them. (Although I don't recommend dumping Rarity and Pinkie into a bush and a pool of MUD.) Then Fluttershy comes out and becomes assertive the proper way, doesn't pay and Iron Will actually leaves respectably. +1 from Spotto!

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I can imagine her calling out some rageful attack here.

Still, how this was all executed was rather strange. The fact that she learned how to become assertive properly all of a sudden after immediately realizing she was a monster...all of a sudden...the pacing was weird. Still I did like this part and I can say that MW did indeed improve on her characterization, but as you can tell from this rather long post there's still a lot to improve on. Everyone acting like jerks is certainly not how I want to see MLP at all. So this episode is a mid-tier episode for me, not amazing but not horribad. It does help that my favourite two characters interacted here, since I love Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy. I love PinkieShy, and Rarity is highly amusing. (I also wanted to see more Rarity/Pinkie Pie interaction due to how amusing they were previously but I don't think they were quite as insane as those times before, who knows!) Also the lack of Rainbow Dash IS GOOD because Rainbow Dash is ALWAYS there with Fluttershy. Now we actually see that Fluttershy is supposed to be Rarity's best friend, and Pinkie is here too, so Pinkie's not just friends with RD or Twilight or something. I guess that part was my favourite part, the character choice. I've been complaining about it a lot recently too, so this was nice! Besides the Bugs Bunny thing I enjoyed Pinkie quite a bit herself, with her breaking of gravity and stretching like a giraffe and burying her head into the dirt. Rarity...I liked her as well, but I cannot see how some people saw her outshine Fluttershy AT ALL. I didn't see quite as much entertainment from Rarity (also it was rather spontaneous that she was randomly in Sugarcube Corner) but I dunno. She was a little more OOC than Pinkie Pie to me, but eh, can't have absolutely perfect episodes every week!
 
So that's my thoughts on the latest episode. I sure wish we had something spectacular considering it was about a lot of my favourites, but I'll take what I can get. I wonder why Charlotte Fullerton only came up with the story? The double-creds there was a first. That is all from Spotto!

 
 Of course all episodes must end in HUGS! Hugs for all!!
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THAT'S BETTER!
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And now the traditional discussion of this week's pony episode! Brought to you by chocolate ponies, bite Fluttershy's head off at a Zellers near you!

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Amy Keating Rogers is my favourite writer ever. The few PPG episodes she's written were some of my favourite episodes too and once again she does not disappoint with a ridiculous outrageous spontaneous episode staring everyone's favourite pink pony, Pinkie Pie. I still haven't stopped praising The Last Roundup yet and in fact, while I enjoyed Pinkie during this episode it did seem quite soon after that absolutely mindblowing best-episode-ever. I'm mostly complaining about their ordering of episodes this season (yet again), two RD episodes in a row? Two AJ episodes in a row? All the Rarity in the first ten episodes of the season? (Unless there's more...I wouldn't be surprised, she's starred/co-starred in four episodes of season one!) You had Baby Cakes full of Pinkie and then right after, Last Roundup which had tons of surprise Pinkie. So yeah I was expecting this episode, anticipating the song and all but they are shoving the character-focused episodes too close together. @_@ I NEED VARIETY.

Luckily next week we have Fluttershy!

So this episode had a whopping FOUR songs. I took a while to warm up to Smile Smile Smile actually. I listened to its leak once, realized the magnitude of what I did (THIS COULD RUIN THE POTENTIAL PINKIE EPISODE IN THE FUTURE NOOOOO!) and never listened to it again until yesterday morning. The song has amazing animation and really does make you smile, but I had a hard time getting its tune stuck in my head and finding it super fun to sing like Balloons in my Basket, but at the moment it IS stuck in my head. Find a Pet is still the record holder for most replayed after I first heard it. I find the verses and the ending parts of the song catchier than the chorus though, which would've been fine if it was shorter but repeating Smile Smile Smile the third time felt kind of jarring...maybe the line before it was too weak to justify singing Smile Smile Smile again. Ah well, it still falls into the Spotto-approved realm of "song I will sing along with the other pony songs either randomly, on the computer, in the shower, etc. and that I can remember parts of if not all the lyrics".

Close your eyes and listen to this. OUTGOING FLUTTERSHY! :D

What song in MLP IS the funnest song to sing, you ask? Either So Many Wonders, Pinkie's Singing Telegram, or Becoming Popular. I find the longer songs are always a little too repetitive and so a little less fun to sing at that point. (Yes this includes WWU and At the Gala) For Find a Pet I sing the beginning and then the end, but always skip the more-dialogue intensive parts in the middle. Smile Smile Smile has a fun beginning and end but the middle drags a bit. I can never remember the lyrics of Art of the Dress. Giggle at the Ghostly is fun to sing as well but I always mess up at Pinkie's super fast speed-speak, so the ending isn't quite as magnificent as that highly catchy beginning. Cupcakes and Hush Now Quiet Now are too short. Any other song I'm not quite as fond of and thus don't sing them if at all.

Anyway the episode again was incredibly entertaining and fun. I know a lot of Pinkie critics always point out her insensitivity but it always makes me laugh anyway. I chuckled quite a bit when she pointed out how astonishingly bald Cranky was. One of my favourite parts (so many favourite parts @_@) was the felt-animation sequence though. I especially liked felt-Pinkie singing with Pinkie noting it as "sing random song out of nowhere" she looked so crazy happy in felt-form singing and I dunno, it resounded in my head soooo well! HER WIGGLING TONGUE! HER FLAPPING ARMS! Then she pulled a felt mark outside of her imagination! That floored me. The other notable complaint might be how high-strung Pinkie is this episode. If people are already annoyed by her they will definitely be annoyed by her in this episode, and those who are borderline annoyed by her normally will also be annoyed by her. I actually thought it was fitting though. The whole beginning sequence and the song pretty much gave you a giant animated musical explaining how much Pinkie loves making others happy and how everyone else also loves Pinkie. This is a huge strength for Pinkie, but then her possibly mind-grating personality comes into play to remind you that while she has great intentions and is the sweetest, cutest thing ever, she isn't perfect. There are flaws! Flaws that can ruin beloved mementos!

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THIS EPISODE.

If I have a complaint myself it might be the chase scene. It's very funny and all but I get some sort of uncanny valley vibe when she's dressed as a beaver. She REALLY shouldn't be able to fit in that costume. Even if she can twist the dimensions of space and time itself to do so, it doesn't make it look any less jarring. Imagine if Pinkie shoved herself into a jar of jelly...and you can SEE her scrunched up body, silently SHRIEKING for air, for RELEASE! And no, not the gigantic ones from Hearts and Hooves Day! It's okay if she comes out of a bowl of sponges or out of a tuba or something because you can't tell where her body is supposed to be, it's really exaggerated to the point that you don't even try to imagine how her body looks since it's so cartoony, but the beaver costume was close enough to Pinkie's shape and size to make me extremely uneasy. Her eyes watching Cranky under the bridge were starting to get a bit creepy too and then she STUCK HER EYEBALL THROUGH THE KEY HOLE. I literally squicked! I know you can do these things Pinkie, but AGH EYE SCREAM.

As for other favourite moments besides the song and Pinkie's felt mind? I loved how she exploded into a literal rocket of happiness, donning the sky with a pink shaded rainbow, with inexplicable fireworks shooting all over the place. I also enjoyed her welcome wagon, the bald scene, and I really really really really d'awwed at Pinkie helping Applejack. I mean it's one thing to make people smile but she even helped her relieve some of her work by painting the wall, even if she did put a sun and her face on it, lol. I was hoping for more scenes like that with the other Mane Six but the song would've been crazy long at that point. Truly this was a splendid episode, not entirely flawless obviously but I very much loved it. The beginning scene was great too, totally true that little children enjoy the pain of others. (Baby Cakes' intro is still the best for me!) Also a subtle part of the episode (yes there were subtle moments) was Pinkie going "HEEHEEHEE" ...I was like AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA when I heard that.

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The new characters were pretty good as well. I think everyone thought the moral was gonna be like "You can't be friends with everybody" but instead it was "Some friends enjoy super hyper gigantic parties and others like to be left alone with peace and quiet" which I didn't mind either! In fact the first aesop would've been more predictable, so I'm glad it ended like this. (The first lesson still would be a good lesson to teach kids though, particularly Pinkie. I know all those silly and misguided fans who find her annoying probably wouldn't be friends with her and she would only aggravate them more with her antics...unless they also have a LONG LOST LOVE living in Ponyville somehow. On the other hand she did understand she can't be friends with everyone when discussing her woes with Twilight. She's just...very over-the-top about apologizes I suppose)

Good god I pretty much discussed every moment in the episode...the MUSIC during the scene when the donkeys reunited was actually really amusing. It was meant to show that the scene was all cute and heartwarming, but it had kind of a "crazy" vibe with it, like the moment was real awkward with Pinkie standing there seeing these two donkeys. The music was REALLY playing it off well...making it feel more awkward.

So yeah a top-tier episode for me! It's in the same game as Party of One, Luna Eclipsed, May the Best Pet Win, Cutie Mark Chronicles...but it did not surpass The Last Roundup. I think I have The Last Roundup as some sort of untouchable GOD TIER and the series will NEVER REACH THIS LEVEL OF AMAZINGINESS again...unless it does. The biggest reason despite both episodes having tons of Pinkie is Mane Six interaction. I love Mane Six interaction THAT much. I want a group episode more than a Pinkie-solo episode, that I do. I prefer Green Isn't Your Colour and Dragonshy over A Bird in the Hoof and Stare Master for Fluttershy as an example so while I am HIGHLY looking forward for the next episode, being a Fluttershy episode, I'm predicting it will be focused really closely on only Fluttershy which while awesome is not quite as awesome as an ensemble episode.

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That is all from Spotto...SMILE! :D
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Nice to know I can sit back and have a pitcher with the best ponies.

A week or so ago I heard that not only were the Sedin twins picked to go to the All Stars game (obv.) but Edler was invited this year as well! It made me actually excited for this year's All Star's for once, but he didn't get to do anything during the show. I was very much anticipating Edler showing off his hard shot, which is easily over 100 mph, but no. All he got to do was pass for one of the events (and no it wasn't the passing event) so yeah... :\ Not to mention being the last defensemen picked, but eh...he's always been underrated.

So once again having even a small amount of excitement for a completely pointless event was unnecessary! :X

In other news I made a website. No it's not one of those "Spotto felt like web designing randomly again", I just thought to gather up everything of my clan into one place. Here it is. Besides if I feel like web designing again it'd likely be an actual layout for this blog, lol.

Finally...my thoughts on the latest pony! The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000!

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This was the episode. You can go home now.

If you want the abridged version, I thought it was okay.

The episode was well-received by many pony fans and I suppose it has to do with the new villains who reminded many of that swindler from the Simpsons promoting his MONORAIL. I don't know why I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I guess it has to do with many factors, including but probably not limited to my incredibly high praise of The Last Roundup (hard to match that awesomeness) or that I actually didn't like the villains themselves. I found it very jarring that they had different pony anatomy to the whole town. Everyone else had the same body type and these guys were much taller and ganglier, which also made their song-dance number all the more off-putting. I didn't find the song all that catchy by the way unlike many others besides the "cider" chanting part from the audience. I even tried to watch the original where the song was heavily inspired from and didn't find it all that catchy either, maybe this type of song isn't my thing? Near the end of the song I was mostly muttering to myself "Wow, this song is REALLY long..." ...and why do one-off villains I don't give jack-all about get such a freakin' long song before AJ even gets one for herself!? I thought since they were singing AJ might get a rebuttal song later on, but their song went on for WAY too long so it was impossible for AJ to get a song later else have little of anything in the episode itself. Blah.

Rainbow Dash not being able to get a drop of cider was rather amusing though and I loved the intro of the episode. Seeing Fluttershy's cottage again is very welcome, but the episode isn't about her. (She's been put with Rainbow Dash A LOT this season...this is just a really silly theory, but I think the writers are putting these two together for a purpose, like they don't know how to write them as well as last season so try to play them off one another. It would explain Rainbow's slightly exaggerated personality this season and Fluttershy's MIA-ness. I've only seen them play off one another for on-screen gags, similar to Pinkie before she got her Baby Cakes episode and brilliant Last Roundup showing)

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Their faces are so weird from this angle. :\

Applejack was pretty awesome this episode. I did love her letter to Celestia, very much surprised me. I didn't think she could be so smug, so it gave her a little bit of jump in character :D. I think I've had an Apple Family overdose this month though. They've been everywhere this season and I don't know why. I can't say it's a bad thing necessarily, but I wonder why they decided to give them so much more screentime over other minor characters. I mean yeah, Spike got his own episode but he's been missing in a few episodes this season and is hardly ever a supporting cast member in the vein of the Mane Six, so I'd see him getting more episodes than the Apple Family. Plus it'd give Twilight more screentime after losing her letter to Celestia excuse to appear in every episode last season. I also want to see more of AJ WITHOUT her family, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen very often this season. Plus with the Apple Family being so prominent, Apple Bloom is getting far more showing than her own friends who IMO are much more entertaining. (WHERE IS THAT SCOOTALOO EPISODE, HUH!?)

In terms of this episode, I give it an A-OK. Not one of my favourites and I wouldn't watch it multiple times, but it wasn't bad. The episode DOES have the greatest title AND acronym of all episode titles: TSSCS6K! Lol. Next up is another Rainbow Dash episode, after that the Valentine's Day one with the CMC and a Pinkie one...I do hope a Fluttershy episode comes about soon. Again, NEED SOME FLUTTERSHY!!

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I don't mean that kind of Fluttershy, Dash.

With that above gif, only Pinkie and kind-of Dash haven't been seen asleep in bed. (I'm thinking since Dash can sleep on anything, be it a cloud or a tree, she doesn't have her own bed P:) With Pinkie however, her room seems to have been ret-conned to be much smaller since the babies were born. Simple explanation really, when Spike destroyed her house in Secret of my Excess it was rebuilt with more rooms so there's one for the babies now and Pinkie's room is a lot smaller. That doesn't explain where the hell the Cakes were staying in Party of One, but maybe they sold their house to rebuild the bakery and now live above with Pinkie?? Who knows.

That has all, Spotto out.
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Hooves down, best sequence of the season

So I figure rather than just, y'know, praising the latest episode without reason I should explain why I loved it so much. I truly do, and I think most fans enjoyed it as well.

First there was a pretty big revelation in the first few minutes of the episode, what with previously-a-random-background-pony-with-an-animation-error-noticed-by-community-given-a-name-and-suddenly-an-ensemble-darkhorse-who-evolved-into-a-pony-where's-waldo-and-finally-ascends-to-having-a-canon-name-and-a-canon-voice....you know who I mean, Derpy Hooves. I admit I did not expect this at all. Who did, really? I literally yelled out loud something like (I do not recall anymore) THEY GAVE HER A LINE! when that happened and was there live when the chat pretty much exploded in craziness. But after that scene I promptly forgot about her, knew in the back of my mind no matter how amazing this episode or not turns out, a majority of people will only be talking about this scene over the fact that it's an Applejack episode and should logically be developing her character.

Now I had a long rant here about Pinkie Pie, but I went over it and it looked far too long and pointless for what I was trying to say. I loved Last Roundup Pinkie, she had more humour to her than just food jokes and party jokes. It kept up some continuity/consistency about her character because last season it was long established that she had a huge problem with breaking secrets, promises, and trust, so her getting crazy angry was very in-character and was funny to boot. Of course this high-concentration of Pinkie is only best kept in small doses and if I saw this much of her like this in every episode it'd be way overkill. That's what Baby Cakes is for, a more down-to-Earth episode involving Pinkie Pie and providing some depth to her as well. Being a wacky and ridiculous pony is not an excuse to lack depth after all. With so many episodes where she only had one-liners or a random funny thing to say, this and Baby Cakes were well-timed.


Dun dun dunnnn!

But in the end, this episode is technically an APPLEJACK episode. I kept wondering how you could possibly make Applejack stand out, have an amazing scene, something about her so she'd gain a lot more popularity, but I couldn't think of a single thing, at least not a thing that wouldn't be OOC at least. My expectations for this episode was something more sentimental and sad after all, but I got a ton of humour and action instead. (On the other hand I expected humour in Baby Cakes, but got heartwarming/sad there INSTEAD, Funny how that works!) Still I saw several people finding her to be a tad out of character, in terms of being loyal to her element which is honesty, but I found Applejack avoiding her problems and being that desperate in getting away very refreshing to see.

You see she technically didn't lie, she just avoided telling the truth. If someone dislikes lying so much, and knows they're pretty terrible at it anyway, avoiding the topic entirely is their only option! And in the end, she was only so stubborn to get away and work at the cherry factory to stay honest with Ponyville! She did promise to bring back money to fix the roof after all, but she never won any, only ribbons that were useless to her because she wasn't first. So she refused to return until she did have enough money to fix the roof, thus her working at the factory. That in my opinion, is very in-character of Applejack and worked very well. Even if in the reveal at the end that she didn't win was rather predictable for the episode, it was very fitting. She's not like Rainbow Dash that she takes pride in winning because it's winning, but she takes pride in being very dependable, in being the best so she can be more useful to the ponies. She doesn't have a vibrant personality or a rainbow mane, so this is how she sees her value in Ponyville, by being downright efficient!

And in the end standing out and being crazy funny like Pinkie, being super adorable and surprisingly-badass like Fluttershy (it's getting less surprising though), being generally wicked awesome like Rainbow Dash, being obscenely powerful and dorky like Twilight, or being out-of-this world hammy and three-dimensional like Rarity is not Applejack. Maybe my imagination is stinted somehow, but I really can't think of a way for Applejack to wow or stun a bunch of fans into loving her. The fact that she got second place in that episode alone, the fact that she's the jack-of-all-trades similar to her very own name...THAT is Applejack. Having few fans and being humble about it as well, it's all very Applejack and in the end, perhaps is the reason I appreciate her character. If someone told Applejack that she was less popular than all her friends...I think she wouldn't care, in fact would be very happy for the others who are appreciated for what they are while she quietly advances the show in the background.

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I couldn't find the image I was looking for to put here, so have a sad AJ. :(

In fact it is only fitting for Derpy to have spoken in Applejack's episode. I'm sure if they knew of the MLP meta, knew of the fourth wall, knew they were cartoon characters, she'd the be who would've minded the least to have Derpy speak in her episode, so the fans would rejoice, and rejoice they did.

Or maybe I'm over-analysing and AJ needs her own Lesson Zero/Party of One moment. I DON'T KNOW, but I certainly am not annoyed about anything following this episode! Well, besides the lack of Fluttershy. I am starting to go into Fluttershy withdrawal due to her character being pretty much like pre-Baby Cakes Pinkie Pie in terms of not having much to do with episodes except there to provide some amusing/cute scene like being surprised/startled or avoiding bunnies in the road, or having a good-cop bad-cop joke in Secret of my Excess, or even her "Please don't be mad at me" line in Baby Cakes. FLUTTERSHY REALLY NEEDS AN EPISODE, VERY BADLY in fact. I was slightly disappointed when I heard episode eighteen was a Pinkie episode.There REALLY needs to be some Fluttershy, really. Really.

One more thing, I don't like how Lesson Zero pretty much took Twilight out of episodes. I enjoyed her being there to write that letter in Season One and she feels rather uninvolved in MLP this season, and though not to the extent of Fluttershy, it's more apparent due to her supposedly being the main main character of MLP.

Yes I believe that is all....except one thing. MLP is actually made in Canada, at least most of it...here in Vancouver. The voice actresses live here and I believe some of the animation is done here too, so why can't you view season two at all here? Not only that, but MLP is on Treehouse, a channel whose demographic is preschoolers. And even if you can tune in to watch season one, they censor out the word "losers" and they don't play a few of the episodes due to being too mature for three-year-olds. Finally, you can only watch the show in SD. Treehouse doesn't have an HD channel and doesn't even have commercials, so it doesn't matter whatever show you put on it, but good god! The country MLP is made in and you can't watch the bloody thing in its uncensored entirety. I find this rather stupid. You also cannot buy the show on itunes in Canada either so...kind of screwed if you want to obtain pony episodes legally. If only it were on YTV...

That is all from Spotto...over and out. :D

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How many cartoons utilize handcars now?
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So for the past few weeks I tried to post things but I could not. They would go unfinished, a mess of indistinguishable text either ranting or analysing about ANYTHING. This is usually due to a short attention span or too many things happening at once. So...have some spoilers instead! No cut as the Dreamwidth code appears to be equally as buggy as Livejournal and I want to punch something.

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Episode 14 is called The Last Roundup. An Applejack episode where she disappears. OooOOOoOoOooooo~

I am actually incredibly excited for this episode. The title is ambiguous but could possibly imply sad undertones, and the episode itself appears to be an adventure one where the group tries to find her. I personally hope there are flashbacks (new ones that is, not some stupid clip show) each of the remaining mane six which exemplify the awesomeness of Applejack, and how it would be awful if they'd never find her. It would be an incredibly heartwarming episode and shoot AJ up my favourites.

That is of course what I HOPE. And I know I'm hyping up this episode, after all there are two others before it I never mentioned. One about Apple Bloom I'm not all that excited for and a Pinkie Pie episode which is awesome except the synopsis doesn't leave my brain with anything exciting that could happen. (Of course that's what I thought of Sweet and Elite and it turned out pretty eventful and not just full of Rarity, so...) Plus it's a Pinkie episode, and PINKIE makes things pretty cool. The Last Roundup though is the one I'm especially excited for. I'm well aware what I hope is likely not to happen, considering my predictions for Mare-Do-Well. (IT STILL SHOULD'VE BEEN ONLY APPLEJACK DAMNIT!)

As for episodes we just had a few weeks beforehand? I quite enjoyed both Secret of my Excess and Hearth's Warming Eve. Nothing much to say about them both besides the obvious. At the time of Secret of my Excess' airing I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of Rarity we had been getting. Luckily Spike's growth (he became a pretty badass dragon) and the usual Pinkieisms kept the episode very entertaining. I never was expecting an episode that took Spike's crush on Rarity seriously. I mostly thought that part of Spike would be kept as a comedy-only thing forever, so it was cute though unlike many others not particularly my favourite bit of the episode.

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This was my favourite.

Hearth's Warming Eve was pretty good as well! There is one improvement I would've liked. A poster on Ponychan pointed out how stronger the episode could've been if it was the assistants who were frozen, and the leaders finally realized the err of their ways once they saw what was happening and stopped arguing. As it is now it feels a little quick and even a little cheap for the leaders to suddenly be cool with each other after melting. Also it is imperative that Pinkie Pie and Chancellor Puddinghead be kept apart, in the sense that Pinkie is not the Chancellor and visa versa, so anything she did or any other role for that matter that seemed a bit too obnoxious is not of the actor playing, but the character. As entertaining as the Chancellor was she was an idiot, as were the other leaders though in other ways. I did hype up this episode a LITTLE too much so it was slightly underwhelming considering it aired on my birthday, but nonetheless I enjoyed it!

Anyway back to my little AJ point. I have always liked Applejack since beginning to watch MLP. However she got little to no spotlight besides being a supporting character and really added nothing dynamic to the group, instead being the strong foundation for the rest to lean on. I really thought she would be my favourite actually, but it never happened. Nonetheless despite her shortcomings within the canon she still managed a very respectable third place in my favourites, even if she is temporarily replaced whenever an episode about another character aired. (After Sweet and Elite, Twilight temporarily replaced her because I really thought Twilight was very awesome in it) Or Rainbow Dash after May the Best Pet Win/Mare-Do-Well, or even Rarity after...oh wait she's never take the spot olololol. (I still like her though P: )

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tl;dr: Applejacks taste good

That is one of the reasons I am so excited for The Last Roundup. The summary is mysterious and sounds adventure-like which is unlike any other AJ episode we've had so far. (None of which are my favourites sadly, though I could say the same for Fluttershy episodes and half of the Pinkie ones! WHY ARE THEY MY FAVOURITES AGAIN!?) And in terms of which type of pony I support the most it is always the Earth Ponies, who are actually quite adept despite their lack of cool wings or nifty horns. (In a completely irrelevant point, I may annoy some people by admitting my favourite unicorn is Lyra, ohohohoho) There are plenty of other cool earth ponies anyway, such as Big Macintosh and the rest of the Apple family, or Octavia, or Cheerilee! If I were to ever ponify myself I'd either be an earth pony or a pegasi! SO YEAH.

Oh wait I did.

TINYPIC DECIDED TO REPLACE THIS IMAGE WITH AN IMAGE OF TWO RANDOM GIRLS AT SOME BAR. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT TINYPIC, FOR REPLACING PEOPLE'S IMAGES EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE AN ACCOUNT ON TINYPIC AND STILL VIEW THE IMAGE REGULARLY. YOU ARE BY FAR THE BEST IMAGE HOSTING SERVICE EVER.

It's BAMBI with HAAARRRRRRRRR.

Okay I'll stop being silly.

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So what occurred on my birthday that was last week!? Well I turned the tender age of twenty-one. 21. Agh. Well I find 21 to be the kind-of last "young" age you can be in. 20 feels old because you are suddenly in the twenties, and 19/18/17 feel old because your teenager years are ending/over, 21 feels like a new adventure. The true forage into adulthood! Then your naive years dwindle away when you turn 22, and it is not until you are around 24/25 do you feel young again as at that point you are full-fledged adult! 26 is the beginning of the end. I feel like I had a similar discussion on age when I turned 17 here. Better look back in the entries.
BUT THERE WAS CAKE.
THERE SHALL ALWAYS BE CAKE.
YUMMY ICE CREAM CAKE.

Anyway, age 17 is old. OLD. 18 is ANCIENT. 19 is DINOSAURS. 20 is the BEGINNING of the WORLD. 21 is the BIG BANG. Anything beyond? Why the hell are you still alive!? THAT'S INSANE AGING!

What I'm saying is that now I have moved onto the older teen category, which means I must be more mature and responsible. And when we die we become adults. Yes I do not like aging at all, but life moves on...literally.
NOOOOO THERE WASN'T CAKE THIS YEAR I LIEEEED
I need to grab a cupcake some time and eat one due to MLP. Haven't had one for YEARS.
Disregarding that previous rather pointless point, according to my seventeen-year-old self, I am the BIG BANG. Anyway what did I do/get for my birthday this year? Unlike every other year that had cake (why didn't I get cake @_@) this year I had wires. WIRES! What wires you say? Why, setting up home theatre wires, with the subwoofers and speakers, and the AV Receivers, the karaoke players, the DVD players, the cable box, the brand new 55'' inch Samsung LED TV...

Oh right, my dad bought a TV. I knew he had wanted one for a while, but buying one a day before my birthday was still quite sudden. I thought we didn't have money for one! So I spent both the 16th and 17th unplugging and plugging and remote controlling pretty much. We also had dinner out but I barely remember it. (There was lobster? Jellyfish?) And then pizza the next day. (Finally satisfied my Dominos craving!) and then my friend took me out to a Japanese Noodle House for lunch on the 18th, along with MORE wires.

In fact there were so many wires I had a nightmare about wires...and Fluttershy. I have no idea why there was Fluttershy, especially in a nightmare. That isn't really supposed to happen. That means each of the mane six has appeared in my dreams in some way....except Pinkie Pie.

SUBCONSCIOUS, WHY DO YOU DO THIS.

Oh right, the TV came with a free smartphone deal and since my parents couldn't even hook up a home theatre system they obviously didn't know how to operate a phone more complicated than merely pressing buttons to call people (nor did they need one) so I got the free phone. I'm not entirely sure if that even counts as a present or anything (the dinner was the present) since if we had gotten the TV any other time of the year that phone still would've been mine. It felt like a bonus more than anything. So I now have a Samsung Galaxy Gio, some sort of budget smartphone and I'm pretty happy with it. I've got some cool apps on it and the like. I have Fluttershy as the background, perhaps that's why she showed up in my nightmare about wires. If I wasn't plugging in wires I was staring at my Android.

Suffice to say, MLP looks BLOODY FANTASTIC on a 55' inch TV. Holy crap it's beautiful. This plus the recent take downs of popular pony-download sites and youtube channels has led me to grab every episode either in 720p or 1080p. Watch how pretty it is and ignore my dorky attempts at singing with them.

I also got ponies and soap for my birthday. SOAAAP! THIS SOAP IS AMAZING IT SMELLS SO NICE AND IT MAKES MY HANDS CLEAN AND BUBBLY AND HOLY SHIT SOOOOAP! Or rather the ponies. You see I only had half the main six + Spike and an oddly coloured pink Celestia. So I wanted the other three I did not have, especially Fluttershy. I am still miffed that the blind bags Fluttershy is just an RD recolour, and that besides the toys where you can comb the hair Fluttershy toys are especially rare. So.....here!

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Besides supporting Hasbro which I've been doing since my Beyblade days...what else is up with the Spottos?

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POWERPUFF GIRLS!
I should definitely watch the Christmas Special. Until then, have some negative opinions of PPG. Yes, I said negative.

...so, went through all six discs I got.

Or at least, I tried to.

It's just...ugh. I can see why it got cancelled at the end there. Once the show started using Flash and basically the moment Craig left it just went downhill, seasons five and six were unbearable to watch. Some episodes were good, but the proportion of good to bad episodes just dropped off since the earlier seasons. PPG was made to be shorts, 11 minute shorts and thus two episodes per airing. Whenever they try to stretch the episode to 20 minutes like season four, they really went and stretched it.

You know how I often say MLP ends waaay too fast? Because it's filled with content, and sometimes it has to rush the ending just to fit it in the timeframe. Most of the time though, the episode is just so good and paced well, you wish it went longer, but that's all you get for the week. That never happens in PPG. There are twenty-minute episodes that are indeed paced well, such as the ones during season one (yes this includes The Rowdyruff Boys) but many of the ones in season four consist of a really long and drawn out scene. It is not entertaining nor funny or even cute. Maybe that one scene in Powerprof was cute, but most of the time it's WHY CAN'T THIS SCENE JUST END!? It's goddamn FILLER that is what it is.
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I liked you better when you were crudely animated!!11!1!1!!

Though Season Four wasn't THAT bad about it, a lot of my favourite episodes are in season four, particularly the first half. Him Diddle Riddle certainly wouldn't have worked in 11 minutes that's for sure. It got really bad during season five and six though. The animators seem to be overjoyed with their new toy called Flash that they spend ten minutes of the episode showing off random and frankly poorly thought out attacks for the PPG to perform, which often don't work and never show up again. Furious Flaming Feline I liked because it was used more than once, and looked like their signature group attack. Then they started getting more random group attacks they never use again, and outrageous attacks they individually use we never saw again. THEY CAN DO THE BUNSHIN NO JUTSU!? They can SHRINK!? Bubbles can BLARE OUT FIRE!? I also would've preferred if their signature attacks remained their signature attacks. Even if Bubbles' sonic scream thing isn't a unique attack Buttercup would've obviously known she can use it already so why the hell did she try to see if it was her special ability? :\

Did you know, that episode about feminism with the Femme Fatale? Lauren Faust wrote that one. Who would've known! I didn't really like that episode all that much though, even if the girls are young enough to be impressionable like that, why would they ever listen to a bad guy no matter the gender, and wouldn't they see themselves going a bit too far with how they were treating the guys? The aesop was right though, but I found the PPG held the idiot ball too tightly.

Ah, and Powerpuff Girls' Rule...rewatched that one on the Extras. I liked it when I first saw it, but now... wow, that was terrible. They didn't even use the same type of animation they did for seasons five and six, and the PPG especially looked crappy because of it. (Especially when they opened their mouths very wide) It did have two songs...but they gave it to Mojo Jojo, who cannot sing. I think that's the main problem that occurred between seasons four and five/six. Despite the creator leaving or the animation becoming Flash, the focus switched from the girls to the villains. The girls merely became the heroes and the villains were the ones given the spotlight, the ones causing the problems, the ones usually fleshed out. The girls just reacted. This is further evidenced with the return of the Rowdyruff Boys. They didn't even attempt to make them interesting, maybe a few dumb boy jokes here and there, but I feel they really wasted Rob Paulsen's voice talent with them. They were just stereotypically stupid! There were a few episodes that gave the girls some light but a majority was given to the villains.

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Never mind go back to better animated!!1!1!!!11!

Case in point, let us summarize a few episodes in season 5 with few words.
Monstra City - The Mayor is an idiot, more than usual. Ridiculously more than usual.
Shut the Pup Up - The Talking Dog is incredibly obnoxious.
Octi-Gone - Bubbles and Mojo are flanderized/OOC.
Shotgun Wedding - Fuzzy is outrageously dumb.
The Boys are Back in Town - 20 minutes of non-witty and frankly disgusting innuendo.
Pee Pee G's - OOC Mojo and cheap pee jokes
Boy Toys - Princess being a dumbfuck
City of Clipsville - A failed attempt at offending shippers
Curses - What the hell kind of monster was that?

Or Season 6
Makes Zen to Me - Buttercup learns something...and proceeds to forget it the very next episode.
Reeking Havoc - Are you fucking serious
Live & Let Dynamo - The Mayor. The Mayor somehow got into the Utonium Household and into a giant mecha and destroyed everything. Really. People who compare Pinkie Pie to the Mayor really need their brains checked.
Mo' Linguish - Aren't we glad milking Mojo's tongue can fill ten minutes? And that we did it before already?
Sun Scream AND City of Frownsville - A CAT CAN WRITE BETTER THAN THIS. IN FACT WATCHING A CAT DO NOTHING FOR 20 MINUTES IS BETTER THAN THIS
What's the Big Idea - And then it was cancelled.

Season 5/6 was filled with gimmicks. Oh look the PPG are cavemen. Oh look the PPG are living in 1864. Oh look the PPG are giants. Oh look everyone is crying. It was either villains or gimmicks, and if it wasn't it was actually a good episode! Little Miss Interprets was quite good, despite thinking everyone around you wants to kill you, eat you, and replace you being a little far-fetched, the scenes were funny. I did not like their "this is our random attack the animators made so they can animate pretty colours and explosions" at the end. So unnecessary. Eyebeams would've worked. ANYTHING would've worked, they destroy Townsville on a daily basis! Bubble Boy was the sole instance of throwing some depth to the RRB, like Boomer being the only constantly picked on. Sadly they never really went anywhere beyond that, and hearing Bubbles talk like Timmy Turner is amusing. Alas, the status quo does not allow anything important to ever change. Documentary was an interesting take on an episode, but eh. Substitute Creature was highly amusing as well, etc. Not all the episodes were bad, but the episodes that were bad....were bad.

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WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WROTE THIS

I'll try naming the bad episodes of the first four seasons....
Season 1 - None
Season 2

Daylight Savings
Mojo Jonesin'
Season 3
Fallen Arches
Monkey See, Doggy Two
Hot Air Buffoon
Season 4 - None

I already named a whole bunch from Seasons 5-6 up there and that's not even all the bad ones, it still outnumbers this tiny list. I think the PPG prime came in Season 4. The first half is chock-full of quality, and there are many really good episodes in the second half as well. Then it suddenly plummets like a roller coaster after such a high peak in Season 5. How sad, so sad. Anyway I will likely do some combined super-post with Seasons 3, 4, The Christmas Special, AND the Movie. I will not be touching on Seasons 5 and 6, unless you want me to whine/complain for a thousand words.

I suppose I could sum up all that text with Applejack:

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And my other failed post! Whee!

I have decided to do some episode tier list. They seem kind of fun to do. OPINIONS! I HAVE THEM!

CELESTIA TIER

The Cutie Mark Chronicles
Luna Eclipsed
Party of One
May the Best Pet Win

 
TOP TIER
Bridle Gossip
Swarm of the Century
Griffon the Brush Off
Suited for Success
Sonic Rainboom
Green Isn't Your Colour
The Best Night Ever
Secret of my Excess
Hearth's Warming Eve

 
HIGH TIER
The Ticket Master
Applebuck Season
Dragonshy
Winter Wrap Up
Stare Master
A Dog and Pony Show
Over a Barrel
A Bird in the Hoof
The Return of Harmony, Part 1
The Return of Harmony, Part 2
Lesson Zero
The Mysterious Mare Do Well
Sweet and Elite

 
MID TIER
Friendship is Magic, Part 1
Friendship is Magic, Part 2
Boast Busters
Look Before You Sleep
Call of the Cutie
Fall Weather Friends
Feeling Pinkie Keen
The Show Stoppers
Sisterhooves Social
The Cutie Pox

 
BOTTOM TIER
Owl's Well That Ends Well

Well people's lists usually have three or so tiers, but I generally like every single episode. If I don't, it's in bottom tier. P: But there are episodes that are truly outstanding, episodes that are super awesome, and plain good episodes! So I figured to categorize like so. You can also tell who my favourite character is from the list, 8D Well anywho, I'm going to spend this part of the post explaining certain reasons for why a few episodes are where they are, starting with Griffon the Brush-Off. (I assume the rest of them in that tier are pretty obvious)

I feel that particular episode is underrated. Yes the "villain" of the episode is reprimanded and leaves the episode still as a villain, learning no moral. Yes, I suppose it could've ended better because dumping friends, even those that need an attitude adjustment isn't the best way to end an episode in a show titled "Friendship is Magic" but this episode cemented me as a fan of MLP. Bridle Gossip hammered the nail in, but this episode was the first where I was genuinely surprised at what I saw. It wasn't as predictable as usual cartoons today were, and the characters weren't cardboard cut-outs as today are either. I suppose those are the biggest reasons. I don't actually think if the episode was episode five of season two it'd have had as much impact, and therefore probably would've been bumped down.

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Yes, this gif deserved to be posted again.

Yes, that Fluttershy scene in Luna Eclipsed was that good, and so was the rest of the episode, but damn. One of my very favourite scenes.
All the episodes in top tier have really awesome Fluttershy moments mostly. I usually don't put episodes that actually focus on her that high, rather she has some of her best moments as a side character for some reason. CMC episodes usually are pretty low, but they're not bad episodes. CMC episodes just tend to not have as many mane six ponies as I'd like, and since I like them quite a bit, it pretty much lowers the rating. Owl's Well that Ends Well was an owl that COULD DO ANYTHING stealing the spotlight. How droll.

The only other potential unpopular opinion is how Lesson Zero, Mare-Do-Well and Sweet and Elite are right next to each other on the same tier! OHOHOHO. I will stop talking about MMDW, getting quite tired of defending it throughout all the hate. I'll just say that I strongly believe Rainbow Dash was always that way, she just never got much chance to show that side of her in season one. (Like the Ticket Master or Fall Weather Friends, etc.) And though perhaps there should have been a scene where they attempted to talk to Dash about her oversized ego I imagine her friends already know how she's not one to listen and thus had to show the error of her ways. (If they weren't there, those ponies would be dead! She either wasn't able to save them or was too busy patting herself on the back to save them properly) But I really wish it was just AJ as Mare-Do-Well. That would've been so much better and made AJ super awesome. I suppose MLP doesn't have to go the South Park way to make an otherwise underdeveloped character awesome.

Anyway I'm probably forgetting to say something here besides the grimdark post I scrapped. (Well it IS christmas after all...)

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year if you haven't already. This has been Spotto, signing off!

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Gah I ruined Fluttershy's pretty hair. CURSE MY HUMAN FINGERS.

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