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Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 8 - Episode 14: "A Matter of Principals"

Final score: D-

Next review (Season 8, Episode 15):  MLP FiM: S8 E15: The Hearth's Warming Club Review by Cuddlepug

Previous review (Season 8, Episode 13):  MLP FiM: S8 E13: The Mean Six Review by Cuddlepug

Choice quote: "
There is a lot of sexual tension between Discord and Starlight Glimmer in “A Matter of Principals”, most likely caused by the ancient god of chaos growing tired of his girlfriend Fluttershy's tantrums and desire to talk and snuggle after coitus."

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These episodes are all rated in the context of the show - therefore, if I give an episode a score, it is in relation to how it compares to the standard set by the show itself and not external factors.

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:iconmegashadowmew:
megashadowmew Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't even watched the episode and I am saddened by it
Why must they ruin Discord? Why can't we just keep him as the lovable tricky anti-hero who messes with people for fun but still has a heart?
Why must he be turned into either a total jerk or a sad sack? 
I'm almost glad I stopped watching if this is where things are going...
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:iconpurplewonderpower:
PurpleWonderPower Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Yes! Finally, somebody gets it! Discord is completely out of character! How in the world is this the Discord we know!? Look at him in Discordant Harmony! He's a nice, friendly, helpful guy these days! He's never mean or nasty or cruel and never tries to make anypony miserable. And sending Fluttershy off on a fake Map mission? Really?
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:iconmegashadowmew:
megashadowmew Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Like
Did these writers even watch seasons 1-5
Like at all
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:iconpurplewonderpower:
PurpleWonderPower Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Season 8 is the season where they make a bunch of dumb changes, forget all the important facts from previous episodes, none of the characters act like themselves, and a bunch of episodes are just copies of previous episodes. It happens to all TV shows eventually.
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:iconmegashadowmew:
megashadowmew Featured By Owner Edited Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in pieces FiM
You were cool for a good while
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:iconpurplewonderpower:
PurpleWonderPower Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I know. MLP had a whole seven seasons (although maybe not the S7 finale) before it happened, which is quite a remarkable record, considering every TV show I've ever watched only ever made it up to two. And even the movie was good. But Season 8 is the one where it happened. R.I.P, MLP. 
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:iconmegashadowmew:
megashadowmew Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I stopped watching at the end of season 6
Having a rock be the main villain was just...too much

I came up with a better ending to that conflict in like 5 seconds

Lazy money grubbing writers
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:iconphoenixflambe:
PhoenixFlambe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
If they want to make him a villain again, it's waaaaay too late for that. I wonder how did John de Lancie feel about this?
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:iconannomaniac:
Annomaniac Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
Agree with you completely on this one. Exept that I miss the insight in Fluttershy's and Discord's sex life.
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:iconbry-guy:
Bry-Guy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
My Little Pony FIM is really starting to hit seasonal rot, hopefully the season finale with Lord Tirek could help the series
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:iconpurplewonderpower:
PurpleWonderPower Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Eeyup, Season 8 is definitely the seasonal rot.
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:iconbry-guy:
Bry-Guy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yes, It was bound to happen eventually.
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:iconpurplewonderpower:
PurpleWonderPower Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Happens to all TV shows eventually. MLP had my record of 6.5 seasons and a movie before it happened, which is a quite a record, since all the other shows I know only ever made it up to 2 seasons before it happened.
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:iconbry-guy:
Bry-Guy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah though Spongebob was good after 3 seasons, and actually it's gotten good again after the second movie.
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equinepalette Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I felt the exact same way. He behaved like a child, endangered the students, and ultimately got rewarded in the end for it, with not even so much as an apology. He should have had to apologize not only for the behavior he exhibited, but he also was pretty cruel in saying the "power hungry unicorn" line in a 100% purposeful effort to hurt Starlight's feelings. He may have been lashing out in hurt, but that's not an excuse for his actions, and he certainly shouldn't have been let off the hook so easily. He wasn't just a jerk in this episode, he was a downright asshole, and the message I got was that it's okay to act like a Grade-A dickhead when your feelings are hurt and you don't even have to apologize afterwards.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Yeah, I think this is one of those episodes that misfired on a few levels. The worst episodes are the ones that have confusing resolutions or downright dodgy messages, and this is definitely the latter. Worryingly poor!
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equinepalette Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This season has been more disappointing than any other. Some decent messages, but TONS of filler episodes that aren’t even good in their own right. It’s more hit or miss than any other season.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2018
4/14 of the episodes so far have received a 'D' grade from me, so you might be right, friend :'O
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:iconsupergameplayer:
I do not get the flak for this one. Sure, Starlight may gone too far as to supposedly "kill" Discord when blasting him to death, but still, Starlight's frustration towards him was completely understandable as was Discord's usual sane portrayal of being a comedic, anti-heroic, trickster who was jealous of Starlight's new role here. It also says A LOT that Starlight owed him a major apology for ignoring his jealousy of wanting to run the school. And this is why Discord's an anti-hero; HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE PORTRAYED LIKE THIS!! If any of you die hard haters want a real episode where Discord had atrocious characterization, let me direct you to What About Discord?.

A Matter of Principles: Easily an amazing A for me!
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Starlight barely did anything wrong to Discord, though. It's his lack of communicating how he was feeling that is the issue. He's the boy who cried wolf - he messes with people so often, how is anyone supposed to know when he's upset and lashing out versus when he's just being a twat?
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:iconsupergameplayer:
SuperGamePlayer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
I know she didn't, but even if he didn't do much help when hiring substitute teachers (when he tried being of much help only to make her new role impossible at the same time), the fact that causing chaos is in his name and nature doesn't make him anywhere near OOC unlike how he made someone else illogically jealous for missing out on good fun (to teach us all a toxic moral).

And really, if that's what YOU call Discord (even after everything that helped get his character back on track after that Season 5 catastrophe), you may as well just call him one of your most hated! 
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:iconegondalatz:
EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
For me this episode is a straight 'F', because for me Discord crossed a line and turned from a lovable goofball into a complete asshole. I didn't believe it at first, but the MLP staff made me hate one of the few characters I actually liked from the very first moment he appeared in season 2. And for that reason no matter what redeeming factors may be in this episode, but for me no more excuses. Fuck Discord and his stupid shenanigans. :'(

Also, after acting like the POTUS an overgrown baby I wouldn't be surprised if nobody wants to procreate with him anymore - and that includes Fluttershy :@)
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:iconomniantares:
OmniAntares Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
U just had to bring politics into this.
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:iconegondalatz:
EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't take it too seriously, it wasn't meant to harm anyone's feelings.
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:iconomniantares:
OmniAntares Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
But you're heading into something you probably have no knowledge of. If u don't know much about the topic at hand don't get involved.
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:iconegondalatz:
EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Although I do have knowledge of what's going on on the other side of the Atlantic, you're right, I shouldn't get involved into this. Future instances of political stuff aborted
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:iconomniantares:
OmniAntares Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
....
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Do you not like talking about politics :'O?
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:iconomniantares:
OmniAntares Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
It's not that. Here's what I mean. Don't go into something you have no knowledge of is what I mean.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
How do you know they have no knowledge about it :'O?
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:iconomniantares:
OmniAntares Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
If you just say that the president is an idiot without bringing any substance to the mix that's just waving a red flag to those who are for the president....or so.ething like that.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
I generally find Discord episodes play out like this, sadly. If he isn't three-way'ing it with Fluttershy he's trolling her friends :@(
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:iconredfields:
Redfields Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Season 8 is very unfair to all of mane6, not just Discord
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:iconegondalatz:
EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Like you said it: Discord needs to visit the red light zone more often, otherwise semen fills his brain and he can't think straight xD
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:iconabrightside:
ABrightSide Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You know, I actually liked the last few Discord episodes. It's because they were more than just, "Discord torments people for 20 minutes." Heck, I find "The Break Up Break Down" one of the best episodes of season 8.

With this one, I'm questioning why you didn't give it an F.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018
Starlight kicked his ass, which was a good move and saved it from being an F :@)
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:iconoceanrailroader:
OceanRailroader Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
I've dealt with people in my life who are like Discord who will do bad things to people who they call their friends for their own entertainment.

The secret to dealing with them is never trust them or think two steps a head what they might be trying to pull.

Also it's a sign of weakness to apologize to them if you have to do something to stop them.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
Do you think Starlight was wrong to apologise?
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:iconoceanrailroader:
OceanRailroader Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
I think she was wrong to apologize because most jerks get the final lath when your saying your sorry to them for them acting like a jerk.

The fun thing about the episode was I thinking about showing a human working on a car giving the students a lesson on how to fix a car and drive. But after seeing the episode I might make a funny artwork showing Discord taking the character's car and parking the car in a class room with the car as the teacher showing it's car alarm going off for six hours.
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:iconangellightyt:
AngelLightYT Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
you really love that drawin dont ya XD
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
Which drawing is that, my friend :@)? The big tongue pony?
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:iconangellightyt:
AngelLightYT Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yea that tongue one XD
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
:iconangellightyt:
:iconcudpugmagicplz7:

Blelelelele :@)
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:iconangellightyt:
AngelLightYT Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
ow no XD :iconcudpugmagicplz1::iconcuddlepug::iconcudpugmagicplz2:
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Scaevitas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow them horns looking a bit flacid there Discord,,,,
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
Rub 'em.
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:iconlapin-demoness:
Lapin-Demoness Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
Starlight was too OP in this episode and she was justified in banishing Discord from the school grounds just because the prick didn't get what he wanted (to be headmare or whatever the hell he called it) and he was acting like a spoiled rotten brat.  

Starlight being forced to apologize for HIS dickish behavior was just... ick.  It left a really bad taste in my mouth.  It felt almost like gaslighting tbh.  

I'm really starting to dislike this season.  
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
I'm glad we're on the same wavelength about this one! I wonder if many people actually liked this one?
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