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Planning some Friendship is Magic fanart based on some bits in episodes I recently saw. :D Which one of the following would you be most excited to see? :aww: 

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9 deviants said A Hallowe'en related one (most likely one involving Chrysalis and/or Sombra - and maybe one with Tirek too :D)
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4 deviants said Something involving Thorax's change - I've got a cool idea for what to draw for the little cinnamon bun :love:
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3 deviants said My legitimate reaction to Chrysalis' nightmarish appearance in To Where and Back Again :XD:
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1 deviant said A drawing of Big Mac and Applebloom together (Brotherhooves Social was my favourite Season 5 episode you see :aww: )
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1 deviant said A drawing of Sunburst and Starlight Glimmer (I know she's not the most popular character, but I've wanted to draw her for a while :aww: - and I do ship these two a little :blush: )
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Hello everyone! :wave:

I recently finished Season 6 of Friendship is Magic, so like with the journal I wrote for the first five seasons, I decided to write a new one for Season 6 (the old journal was running out of room. ^^; )

I’m happy to say I really enjoyed it. It’s actually my second favourite season of the whole series so far, just behind Season 4. :aww: I understand the complaints against it and see why people may not have found it as good as other seasons, but none of those criticisms affected the enjoyment for me, and to be honest, there were only two episodes in the whole season I legitimately disliked. To be honest, I honestly don’t think this season deserves the amount of hatred it seems to have received. :aww:

The #1 LEAST Favourite episode is probably one you could guess if you’ve seen recent uploads from me :XD:, and it is my new least favourite episode in the whole series :ohnoes:, but I will admit there were only 2 episodes I legitimately disliked this season, and my #5 Least Favourite episode is one I actually think is a guilty pleasure. :aww:


Top 5 Favourite

 

1. The Saddle Row Review (Even though Spike and Starlight's absence did strike me as a bit odd (then again, I remember really liking Sweet and Elite despite it being a bit weird Spike wasn't there - perhaps Starlight was busy in her studies, a bit concerned she may not suitable for the job of setting up Rarity's boutique, and Spike was there helping her in Twilight's place - that's my headcanon :aww: ), I did love the way the Mane Six all worked together to make Rarity's boutique a success on opening night -and I also love how, despite everything going wrong at first, they not only delivered it in hilarious fashion (no pun intended :XD: ), but all their talents came together to make it all work. In that respect, I do prefer it to The Best Night Ever, as there everything ended up going to pot, while here, they found a way to make it work and the ending didn't feel as much of a let down. :aww: (Yeah, sorry, but thinking back, I personally think Best Night Ever wasn't a personal fave, as funny as it could get at times. ^^;)

The staging of the episode was great too - cutting back and forth between the interview and the setup of the shop - and some of the interview parts left me in stitches (Fluttershy meekly asking if the J Jonah Jameson expy could leave the part about locking Rarity out in the window display, the Too Many Pinkie Pies reference, Rainbow Dash asking if her snide remarks were being written down, Pinkie passing the bill over to Jameson, Twilight getting excited over organisation, the way Applejack says 'plum puckered, pig pushing disaster', Applejack and Rainbow Dash brohoofing each other :iconbrohoofplz: :lol:, Coco Pommel quickly showing up just to sneeze  - there were a LOT of funny bits) - as did so many other bits in the episode. Twilight's sweeping song, the spoon clothes, Rarity going nuts.... there were lots of moments that got me smiling. :lol:

I also like the episode's moral - there's no harm in doing things your own way at times. :aww:

Also, on a side note... I kind of prefer Vinyl Scratch as a name as opposed to DJ Pon-3.... yeah, seriously, that sounds like some odd strain of disease to me or something. :XD:

So, yeah - I think the damage caused by Newbie Dash has been fixed, and I can happily say I adored this episode. It had great comedy, great character interactions, great writing - it was just great. :clap:

 

2. Stranger Than Fanfiction (Since the episode Daring Don't (one that I personally really enjoyed back in Season 4), I was waiting for another Daring Do themed episode, and I did really like this one. :)

Also, thanks to my friend :iconnuclearzeon2: for pointing out the celebrity cameo in this episode - Quibble Pants was voiced by Patton Oswalt/Remy from Ratatouille. :meow:

Let's get this out of the way - BODY PILLOW?!?! WHY IS THERE A DARING DO BODY PILLOW?!?! :ohnoes: Ahem... anyway. :lol:

I found this episode a lot of fun - although I was worried that Quibble Pants would get annoying when he started mouthing off the later books of Daring Do and talking about things he didn't feel were 'logically sound', I feel that there's an extremely valid meta lesson to be taken from this episode, and the way that Rainbow Dash and Quibble Pants agree to disagree in the different ways they like Daring Do books really resonates with me, and I do like how it teaches that fans of something, or heck, friends in general, don't have to agree on EVERYTHING and fans are allowed to like/dislike certain elements of a series - Rainbow is more into the high octane adventure aspects, and Quibble is more a fan of the more methodical puzzle solving elements of the books. Quibble Pants's gripes about the later Daring Do books even SOUND like common instances of some fans complaining about changes and plot developments in series! :lol: But once again, complaints are perfectly fine - opinions are opinions, as long as you're not a d*** about it.

I have some friends who share certain interests, but we don't agree on everything - and that's perfectly fine. :aww: Not everyone can agree on everything, and I do like the episode, while pointing out that Quibble can mouth off a bit, does have a point in helping solve some of the puzzles Daring Do and Rainbow come across. :)

While I can see why some members of the fanbase weren't  fan of Quibble Pants' personality and saw it as an attack on them, kind of like how I feel Zephyr Breeze from Flutter Brutter can be seen in a positive light due to his negatives in a way, I think it kind of works - there's a difference between taking something seriously and taking it so seriously that you rub it in the face of other fans that you're having a different opinion. But in a way, that's something that people can be prone to at times - it's okay to notice things other people don't, but it's respecting others' opinions that make them truly matter. You're free to dislike/like something other people don't, but if you start mocking people in a fanbase simply for having a different opinion and go all Fan Dumb or turn into the vocal minority tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php… tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…, that's not cool. (And after Zesty Gourmand, I thought Quibble Pants was LESS of a jerk, to be honest - Quibble started off less abrasive to me, and he does become more respectful of Rainbow Dash's opinions at the end of the episode.)

Difference of opinions is common in fandom, but you don't need to challenge the way anyone else likes something if you're not on the same page - a good fandom works by everyone tolerating each other's opinions. (I speak from experience that after completing Danganronpa V3, a game which did become pretty polarising, there were quite a few elements of that game that I enjoyed but others don't, but I can see why some people didn't approve of them, even if I don't completely agree, and that's perfectly fine - people are able to have their own opinions, as long as they're reasonable about expressing it and don't attack people they disagree with.)

As well as this, I thought the adventure itself was fun with some cool visuals, Dr Caballeron is a fun moustache twirling villain, the plot point of fans of something caught up in something they love unaware it's really happening is a fun concept, and of course, Rainbow fangirling over Daring Do is always adorable to see. :meow: And the last scene with Rainbow and Quibble agreeing to disagree and becoming friends was something I thought was a heartwarming ending. :aww:

While I can see why some people may have been bothered by Quibble Pants, I thought Patton Oswald performed really well as him, and I did really like this episode. :D)

 

3. The Times They Are a Changeling (I have to admit, out of all of the main characters, in this particular season, SPIKE seems to have been the character who has had the most consistent good luck with episodes, in my opinion. I mean, I have enjoyed most of the episodes in this season so far, but I do appreciate how Spike hasn't been subjected to the Designated Butt Monkey status he often gets thrown into, and he deserves the good run this season, in my opinion - no Owls Well That Ends Well, Dragon Quest, Spike at Your Service or Princess Spike to be found this season - the little dragon's doing well! :aww:

Spike's personality is probably at it's best here - as well as being his usual amusing quirks, I do like his maturity in this episode in the way he tries to give Thorax a chance. While I do wish there would be a few more scenes of him showing Thorax around the Crystal Empire than that one bit where there wasn't any dialogue, it does make a really sweet change than the stuff Spike is normally subjected to in his episodes - like with how he gave Ember the sceptre in Gauntlet of Fire, saying she deserved it more than he did, and standing up to Garble and those who won't give Thorax a chance. :aww: (Also, his disguises were funny. :XD: )

Also, I have to say this off the top of my head - Thorax deserves a hug. It didn't take me long to become endeared to the little guy, and the fact that he's a character who legitimately wants to feel love and be loved despite the fact that his species FEEDS OFF of love individuals have for others makes for a pretty heartbreaking concept - how must it feel to want to feel and experience something your species must DEVOUR to SURVIVE? :(

Also, while the scenes where the rest of the cast take a while to accept the fact a Changeling can be good may come across as a bit hard to watch considering the obvious prejudice allegory that can be compared to real life where a person can be judged based on what the whole of their group has done if it was horrible enough and they don't know any better, considering the fact A Canterlot Wedding happened and the whole of Canterlot came under fire by Changelings, Princess Celestia was badly wounded, Shining Armour was brainwashed and Cadence was abducted by their whole species, and no one since then saw the Changelings since and had that in their mind about them, it does make sense to me as to why they would be prejudiced against Thorax. I think that makes this episode better written than Bridle Gossip and No Second Prances in that regard.

But I do like the order that the characters begin to warm up to Thorax - Twilight, being the Princess of Friendship and the one Spike trusts most (during the course of the song, she realizes how much Spike is willing to risk losing his fame and his friendships with her, her family, and her friends, for Thorax. This could be due to being reminded of what happened with Trixie back in 'No Second Prances'), then Starlight, relating to the fact that she used to be a bad guy but was given a second chance (and the fact that Spike and Starlight had some good bonding in The Crystalling. :aww: During parts of "A Changeling Can Change", you can that, see judging by her expressions, that Starlight is reflecting on the lyrics and realizing that Thorax's situation isn't all that different from hers) , and then the rest of the guards, ending with Cadence and Shining Armour - and I know that a SONG may make it come across as a bit rushed, but I think that seen as everyone has such trust in Spike and Twilight, them giving Thorax a second chance would be able to influence everyone else.

And I know that the song may come across as a bit cheesy to some people, but I personally love the song - Spike's got a good set of pipes on him - and it's a great first solo song for the little dragon. :aww: Even if the song does reuse a bit of footage, I will admit I felt a little emotional during it - even if the message was a bit anvilicious, some anvils need to be dropped, and I will admit I have soft spot for it. :aww: (Also, on a side note the way that Spike hesitates when Thorax accidentally reveals himself makes a bit of sense to me - the actions of the ponies heavily imply any changeling trespassing on their lands is automatically considered hostile and therefore, aiding them can be defined as treason. Spike hesitates to defend Thorax as he is afraid of being declared a traitor by Equestria, even though Thorax has saved his life and showed no hostile intents. Even though it does look harsh, it did feel like a moment of weakness, and Spike is soon ashamed of his reluctance, and he makes up for his screw up - considering how much the Crystal Empire respects him, I can only imagine what would happen if he were to suddenly become a pariah - even if he's a good dragon deep down, I don't blame him for being a little scared of what would happen to him and his friends if he was to be branded a traitor.)

When it comes to the other characters, I do like the way Twilight gets adorably excited when hearing Spike has a 'pen pal' and says he could use her pen pal quill set, Flurry Heart is as adorable as ever :love:, and even though Starlight and Sunburst aren't in the episode much, it is nice to see them again, and with Starlight, it was interesting to see that, while she was a bit worried about her studies, she's willing to see Sunburst again and support Twilight and Spike. :aww:

While I will admit a bit of the pacing feels a bit too slow in some places and quick in others, it's one of my favourites of Season 6 so far. :aww: )

 

4. Gauntlet of Fire (Let me tell you right now – if THIS was what Dragon Quest did, that episode would have been nowhere near as badly received. This is pretty much Dragon Quest done right. :clap:

One reason why Dragon Quest was so badly received was largely because of the way that the episode made all of the Mane Six horribly condescending towards Spike for not acting liking a dragon and saying ‘you’re nothing like a dragon, but why would you want to be?’, which sounds incredibly racist and mean spirited to say, and when it comes to the episode itself beyond the unfortunate implications, all of the dragons Spike met were typical rude Jerk Jocks who bullied Spike for having feminine interests, and it was up the righteous girls to save him. :no: It not only felt like it had bad implications, but it felt quite sexist, to be perfectly honest -when you make all of the rude dragons boys and all of the righteous, all knowing saviour ponies girls, it does seem to send out some rather unfortunate messages. I'm surprised Tenko Chabashira from Danganronpa V3 wasn't part of the writing staff on Dragon Quest. :no:

THAT, thankfully, is avoided in Gauntlet of Fire. This was a MUCH better episode focusing around dragons, and the fact that we see female dragons in the crowd act just as abrasive as the guys removes any of the sexist implications Dragon Quest had. It is a little unfortunate that most dragons turn out to be jerks by nature, but it’s fixed a bit of the damage. :phew:

If I had to nitpick, I will admit it felt a bit like Twilight and Rarity didn’t serve too much of a purpose to the plot – I mean, they were there to support Spike in his time of need, but it felt a bit odd that they didn’t stand up to Garble (onto him later :x ) when he was about to attack them – Rarity can fist fight and Twilight knows magic. But on the other hand, I do like how Spike isn’t turned into a defenceless third wheel like what happens often to the poor guy, and he and Ember make a good team in getting to the end of the Gauntlet – and as a result, the moral feels better in this episode than Dragon Quest going ‘turn your back on your species if you find out some of them are jerks’. :aww:

Speaking of Ember, I thought she was a good character in this episode, and it was nice seeing Spike inspire Ember and teach her about friendship, and the two of them working together was great to watch. :aww: It’s also nice to see another nice dragon that isn’t like GARBLE – aka. Perhaps one of the worst pieces of sh** that this series has produced. :iconseethingplz: I mean, I get it – he’s a Hate Sink, he’s a character you’re SUPPOSED to dislike, but… even for HIM, he took a level in jerkass since last time and could easily be one of the most detestable characters on the whole show! :x Seriously, I hated this guy with a passion already before watching this episode, but seeing how petty and grudge-filled he was – wanting to burn down Equestria simply because Spike and friends escaped him last time – and even threatening to KILL Spike, Ember, Twilight and Rarity :ohnoes: really made it all the more satisfying watching him get beaten to a pulp at every turn and seeing Spike humiliate him and give him a punishment at the end. :evillaugh: (Speaking of the punishment, when Garble hugged that one dragon at the end, the way that one dragon cutely smiled afterwards leads me to believe that there are more kind hearted dragons out there like Spike and Ember, it’s just that they may not be used to kindness and affection, growing up in such a desolate land and due to their natural treasure hording natures. But if Spike grew learned to make friends despite his natural instincts, hopefully the rest of dragon kind will too. :aww: )

Throughout the episode, Twilight says dragon culture is a bit of a grey area for the inhabitants of Equestria – so hopefully, later on we’ll get to know more about them. :aww: I mean, this episode already filled a huge gap that Dragon Quest failed to deliver on, so I have high hopes. :excited: It’s not a perfect episode, but I did really enjoy this one. :clap:

Also, Princess Celestia appears in the episode with Luna for once at the start of the episode– and I do like how they balance out their lines here rather than giving Luna all the limelight and overshadowing her (to be honest, much better written and more interesting) sister. That's also a plus. :aww:)

 

5. To Where and Back Again (To start off with and probably get the most controversial part of the review out of the way, long story short – I really enjoyed this episode – it’s not my FAVOURITE finale, and there are some issues I have with it that prevent it from being on the levels of Twilight’s Kingdom, but overall, I thought it was really good. :aww:

Okay, onto the actual review of the season finale…. I think this may be a case of Magical Mystery Cure and Cutie Re-Mark all over again (another season finale everyone else disliked that I seemed to like.) I’ll try to take on some common criticisms against this episode and try to explain why I don’t necessarily agree with them. :)

So, my personal criticisms against the season finale first. I will admit that compared to quite a few of the other season finales, the pacing seems to be a little bit slower. During the first part of the finale, I appreciate that they were setting it up to show Starlight’s understandable concerns about becoming a leader again, but I will admit it did end up taking a bit of time to get to the meat of the episode – arriving at the Changeling Hive, and at the end of the second part, not much time is spent at the festival that Starlight’s old village, which I will admit I would have liked to . Also, while I do like the more diplomatic approach that Starlight took to defeat Queen Chrysalis (one of my favourite aspects of the episode, personally), this finale didn’t have as much action as a lot of the other finales. I heard that one of the main criticisms against the episode is that we don’t really get to see the Changelings abduct all the important figures in Ponyville, Canterlot or the Crystal Empire, and although I can think of a possible method the Changelings could have used to abduct everyone one by one, I will admit I do agree with this one – it would have been cool/creepy to see everyone get abducted one by one.

Also, this is probably just a nitpick, but I think it would have been better if Gabby or Gilda were the one who delivered the letter to Starlight – we don’t need MORE Derpy Hooves! Enough of Derpy Hooves! No more Derpy Hooves! (Erm, yeah, you may have guessed I don’t care much for Derpy Hooves. I just never really understood the obsession with her. ) :x

Okay, enough with the negatives, onto my positive thoughts about this episode – and there are quite a few. :aww: First of all, I actually do like the fact that Starlight is the one that we follow in this episode, as the whole thing with the magic draining throne not only makes it so that she has to come up with a solution that DOESN’T require magic like she’s been relying on a lot throughout the season. I do like the way she overcomes her fear of taking command, and I did like the way that Starlight and Chrysalis actually seem to be foils to each other – they both took control of a group of individuals for their own purposes, but while Starlight had good (but extremely misguided) intentions, Chrysalis had no such thought of charity in mind and only wanted to suit her own interests. I really don’t agree with the hate that Starlight gets – yes, she’s not my absolute favourite character, but I have grown to like her more and more as the season has been progressing. :aww:

I’ll admit that when it comes to Trixie, she’s not my absolute favourite character, but I am getting more used to her in this episode (her ego seems to be played a bit more like Rainbow Dash’s in this episode), and I do think she and Discord played off each other surprisingly well in some pretty hilarious moments (I will be honest, I probably laughed a lot more at the obvious ‘when pigs fly’ payoff at the end of the second part than I should have :rofl: ), and I do like how they all came to support each other and used non magical means to sneak into the changeling hive. And of course… Thorax returns, so that’s awesome too – I missed the little cinnamaroll. :love:

Speaking of characters returning…. I forgot how creepy Queen Chrysalis was… :fear: She really does remind me of Maleficent, for some reason, and that is a compliment. :D But, no joke, her first appearance in the hive throne room LEGITIMATELY freaked me out…... When she scuttled in inbetween those cocoons of hers, limbs all rotating in really uncomfortable looking proportions, what sounded like BONES CRACKING and her flippin’ HEAD ON BACKWARDS…. I legitimately thought – ‘EWWWWW! EEEHEHEHEW! Ewwwwww!’ :nuu: Aggh! Now, that’s REALLY nightmare inducing! :fear: And it gets even worse when she tosses the helpless Starlight around, and holds Thorax up into the air to make an example of him and suddenly goes all PENNYWISE from the IT remake and opens her mouth wide and she starts to drain love from him… which is pretty much akin to CANNIBALISM. :fear: (Also, during this scene, I was mentally screaming for Thorax ‘NO!’ :cries: )

While I did find Chrysalis pretty creepy in A Canterlot Wedding, with her unsettling body movements, intimidating facial expressions, and the fact that she was pretty much taking the love her changelings had been bringing back all for herself, AND added to the fact that she rejects Starlight’s offer of friendship and gives what sounds a lot like a DEATH THREAT to her before she leaves, I take no shame in admitting that I found her absolutely TERRIFYING in this episode. :fear: And to be honest, that’s one reason why I think she’s a very effective villain (she could reach TIREK levels if she plays her cards right – by the way, I know that Tirek was a much bigger destructive threat, but I will admit I think Chrysalis and King Sombra were a bit freakier in their actions :fear: ), and I’m actually glad she didn’t reform – as I can imagine that even without her followers, she’ll have something particularly nasty planned for when they next meet…. I’ll just order a few hundred cans of bug spray for when that happens. And an exorcist. :fear:

When it comes to one of the criticisms a lot of people have with this episode - it being a bit unbelievable that the main characters were all captured one by one when they’ve dealt with much tougher threats in previous episodes – I respectfully disagree with the thought that it’s unbelievable. This episode shows that one of the changelings’ methods of replacing someone seems to be that they wait until they’re alone and ambush them all in a group, and seen as we’ve seen Thorax take on the form of a rock in a previous episode, it makes it perfectly believable that Queen Chrysalis’ other spies could have simply taken on the form of random objects and picked them off one by one. When it comes to Shining Armour, the Changelings could have simply taken the form of Twilight Sparkle and made him let down his guard that way (he probably wouldn’t think twice about his sister coming to visit), they could have taken on the form of Shining Armour to get Cadence and Flurry Heart, and seen as the changeling throne absorbs magic, all they have to get to do to take the form of Cadence and pretend that Thorax was able to convince the other changelings that they want to make peace and lured Princess Celestia and Princess Luna to the changeling hive that way.

Also, when it comes to the fact that the changelings missed Starlight Glimmer, seen as Chrysalis clearly doesn’t think much of her, and the changeling spies probably couldn’t risk getting into Twilight’s castle while Twilight was inside, they probably didn’t know what Starlight was capable of and underestimated her because of that.

I also think it really looks like Chrysalis seems to have learned quite a bit from last time, as rather than act on trying to take over Equestria from the inside out by taking the identity of one individual, she’s working to remove the biggest known obstacles one by one for when she tries to invade again.

Also, the other main criticism I heard regarding this episode – the new designs for the Changelings, brought about when Thorax willingly GAVE his love to Chrysalis (by the way, I think that this finally explains why Shining Armour and Cadence’s love attack from A Canterlot Wedding REPELLED the Changelings as opposed to them absorbing the ability – at that point, none of the Changelings could receive love from others, only take it away – and now that Thorax and the other changelings sans Chrysalis willingly give their love to her, it repels her and destroys her throne.)

…..I don’t get that complaint at all. A lot of people thought they were too colourful, but it feels like the Alicorn Twilight fiasco all over again. I really love their new designs, personally - they look like some combination of deer and bug (makes sense why they're spotted as grubs - like a fawn :) ), and seen as people say Queen Chrysalis looks like some of fairy horse zombie (which I think is... disturbingly accurate :XD: ), I can see the new Changelings having some kind of fairy aesthetic - makes sense, seen as they seem to be a bit like the Fair Folk already with how they (used to) drain love from others. :aww: I think they're really beautiful and cool, true - and of course, King Thorax's new look is awesome. :love: Thorax deserves it, to be honest. And when you think about it, it’s not only Starlight who brought about this change, but if Spike hadn’t convinced everyone to give Thorax a chance, this likely never would have happened – so in a way, Spike helped to save ANOTHER kingdom! :w00t:

Also, Chrysalis's name takes on an additional, ironic meaning now. A chrysalis is a hard shell that protects a caterpillar while it grows into a butterfly, but Chrysalis has a metaphorical hard shell (namely, her desire for vengeance and power) which is preventing her from achieving her final form.

Also, as well as the design being cool, I like the SYMBOLIC reason why they all look different now. Its implied Chrysalis conditioned the changelings to be absolutely loyal to her, which worked fine when she was the only changeling royal, but once Thorax turned into what seems to be another changeling royal, they had a choice. Combined with the thought that they were literally starving all the time, they would naturally jump at the chance to become full. :aww:

While I will admit that the last part of the episode got a tad rushed with the Changelings all jumping to a new leader (but I can see logical reasons why that would be), I do like the fact they added Celestia saying that they would help to establish connections with King Thorax, so yep – we’ll be seeing more of the changelings in later seasons, no doubt. Awww, and I’m happy too, because I really love Thorax – he’s really sweet, and he deserves this – it feels like a serious case of Earn Your Happy Ending for him, and I will admit throughout a LOT of the episode, I was going ‘AWWWWWW!!! Little cinnamon bun – I wanna give him a hug! Take my love! Take all of it!! We must protect you from Queen Cheese Legs at all costs! :love:’ I know, it’s probably a cliched response (I know Thorax is, understandably, a VERY popular character within the fanbase), and this episode only made me feel more love for him. :love: It was extremely heartbreaking when it went into EXACTLY how much bad memories the hive must have provided him, but it did make it all the more better when he stood up for what he thought was right, and I have to give HUGE kudos to Starlight for convincing him to do that. :aww:

(Also, on a side note, seen as Thorax was willing to give his love to someone as evil as Chrysalis, I was expecting him to leave parting words or something to her – that would have really been effective and shown he’s a much more generous leader than she is. :aww: )

So, all in all, I really enjoyed this episode. I appreciate the complaints towards the episode, and I can see some places for improvement, but I found myself liking it more than I was expecting. Not the best season finale, but it’s one of my favourite episodes of Season 6, to be perfectly honest. :aww:

 

Top 5 Least Favourite

 

1. Newbie Dash (You probably all saw this one coming. :XD: But what you may be surprised to hear is that it’s surpassed Putting Your Hoof Down as my least favourite episode in the series. Why? Putting Your Hoof Down was at least one that wasn’t part of the overarching narrative, but Newbie Dash is pretty much the FINALE of Rainbow Dash’s arc of joining the Wonderbolts……)

( :iconseethingplz: ………………..

Well, okay, to be fair, let's go over the things that I DID like about this episode - there aren't many, but there are some things. First of all, I thought that some of the humour from Pinkie Pie in the episode was funny and when Rainbow Dash tried to act like her friends to give herself a better image, I will admit I snickered a bit, and it was nice to see Scootaloo try to help out Rainbow Dash. When it came to Rainbow Dash changing her flight routine haphazardly at the end, the fact she did not get off scot free felt like something that could work - she did break the rules after all, so she does deserve some kind of way to make up for what she did. And I do like the CONCEPT of Dash's fellow Wonderbolts trying to toughen her up and make her less reckless - that does make for an interesting concept for Rainbow Dash to learn humility and perhaps find out how tough she has to be to be a Wonderbolt and it's not as easy as she thought....

…..HOWEVER. Those things aside - what didn't I like about this episode? EVERY. THING. ELSE. Oh, sweet Celestia, where to begin with it? :icondoublefacepalmplz:

Basically, the episode was just HORRIFICALLY mean-spirited throughout the whole thing - it started off okay, but when Rainbow Dash crashed and the Wonderbolts started acting like jerks to her, it just went all downhill from there for me - THAT and her flashback with her TEACHER LAUGHING AT HER were points when I already got a bit on edge and before long I was REALLY dreading watching this episode. Even if all of the Wonderbolts had nicknames like that (and I heard it's very similar to military training, apparently), it came out of NOWHERE at the end due to the pacing just being BAD (it comes out of nowhere that they go from welcoming to condescending, now I think about it, and they give sinister looks at the drop of a hat as they make her clean up :ohnoes: ), and after all this, it makes me wonder why Rainbow ever wanted to become a Wonderbolt to begin with. They took all of the negatives about the Wonderbolts in previous episodes, like the already terrible Rainbow Falls, and they just made it even WORSE with how they wouldn't give Dash a break or try to be sympathetic at all! Even SOARIN'! A lot of the time I was thinking 'Why? Why does it have to be like this?' :( The name calling and unpleasant scenes also got dull fast - it got old SO fast!

Considering how earlier on in the series the show has shown JUST how much that nickname badly effects her, I was expecting Rainbow Dash to either break down into tears or flat out SNAP at the Wonderbolts for being a bunch of d***s to her - I mean, true, the one time she didn't look both ways before crossing the runway was reckless of her, but between that and the incident at the show, she did NOTHING to deserve all of the heckling and the bullying. I get the episode's intentions, but as someone who has never had military training, it just felt cruel and mean-spirited - even SOARIN' joins in on the act, and it made me cringe throughout the whole thing. Tone it down, guys! I don't know, maybe if I had a better experience of military training, I would appreciate the episode more, but it just felt unpleasant throughout a lot of it - I was expecting Rainbow Dash to go all Full Metal Jacket, take a shotgun and kill everyone with it due to the pressure of military training! :ohnoes:

And... I don't want to make it seem like I was EXPECTING to dislike this episode - I was actually really excited for this episode - Rainbow FINALLY becoming a Wonderbolt was something that a LOT of people, myself included, wanted to see. But we ended up getting this. After THIS episode and Rainbow Falls.... it surprises me she still WANTS to be a Wonderbolt - they're all a bunch of jerks!

If I were to write this episode, I would have the Wonderbolts be a bit more sympathetic towards Rainbow Dash's plight - perhaps if she brought up the nickname really bothers her as much as it does, and they explained them all having nicknames earlier on, and the episode being more about Rainbow Dash overcoming her fear of being called that in a less mean-spirited way, or heck - perhaps going into the backstory of the Wonderbolts. But as it is..... it's not an episode I enjoyed. :no:)

 

2. The Cart Before The Ponies (Yeah, I wasn't a fan of this episode. It's a shame - to my surprise, SNIPS AND SNAILS delivered a few lines that made me smirk (yeah, when THESE TWO are one of the highlights of your episode, you know you messed up somewhere along the line ^^; ), I think the moral is one that could work, and it's the kind of moral that children AND adults need to know and take into account, but the problem is that the moral 'adults don't always know best', while being true some of the time (everyone makes mistakes and wrong calls, and your parents or the adults in your life are no exception), to my experience ends up usually being delivered by portraying said adults as complete idiots. :no:

Rarity, Applejack and Rainbow Dash are pretty poorly written - I don't think I've seen APPLEJACK this bad since Somepony To Watch Over Me, for example, and the other two aren't any better. With the concepts regarding the CMC having different ideas in mind for their carts and their thoughts correspond to a sister/sister figure OTHER than their own, this episode could have been a good opportunity for the CMC to bond with characters they don't spend much time with - Applebloom with Rainbow Dash, Sweetie Belle with Applejack and Scootaloo with Rarity. They could also have done something like having the sisters come up with perfectly reasonable explanations that go awry - it could have been a fun episode.....

But instead, we get Rarity, Applejack and Rainbow Dash acting like complete and utter COWS who decide to take over the competition themselves and don't listen to what their sisters say in.... perhaps one of the most embarrassing and infuriating displays I've seen for quite a while. :no:

There's a big difference between getting invested in what your younger siblings are doing and becoming so childish OUT OF NOWHERE that you start taking command of the whole cart building process, change things haphazardly without asking your sibling whether it's best or not and getting a second opinion, ignore your siblings' interests at every turn, and in perhaps one of the most INFURIATING moments of the episode:

*Applebloom tries to fix a seat to the back of her cart, and when Applejack comes back in, she KICKS it off without a second thought*

Oh sweet Celestia, are you flipping joking?! :icondoublefacepalmplz:

And when it comes to the race itself, it gets worse - first of all - who designed the track that stupidly?! I heard this was meant to be some kind of Mario Kart homage, but... having all the turns all collide in the middle is a disaster just waiting to happen (spoilers: a disaster does happen, surprise surprise. :hmm: ) Second - the song itself has a nice tune, I will admit, but it's recapping stuff we already KNOW. It doesn't further the story, it's not funny and overall it's not entertaining - even if it has a nice melody, it's not one of the show's best songs, in my opinion - it's just wasting screentime that could have been used earlier in the episode to perhaps develop the cart making go off the slippery slope and the sisters lose control over time, rather than so quickly and rushed. :hmm:

Third - *sees Rainbow Dash knock other racers off the track, Rarity block others from getting past with the swan wings and Applejack just plods along, while the three, YET AGAIN, steal control from their sisters, take the DRIVER'S SEATS and don't listen to them* Okay, I'm serious - this is feeling kind of insulting now. :iconangryplz: When it came to What About Discord and No Second Prances, while I thought it could have been written better, Twilight getting jealous/wary did make a BIT of sense to me (we've all had times when friends have inside jokes and we're anxious to know what the meaning is if they hide it from us, and Discord and Trixie are characters to be suspicious of), but HERE, it doesn't make any sense to me as why Rarity, Applejack and Rainbow Dash highjack the competition so haphazardly and don't listen to their siblings after all the bonding they had earlier in the series. And wouldn't you know it, they crash, cause a pileup as huge and painful as their character derailment, and when the CMC call them out by saying this was their race and pointing out all the things they did wrong, Rarity says:

'Well, why didn't you SAY SO?!'

:iconheaddeskplz:……………………………………………………..*takes a deep breath*They DID say so!!

While the sisters do learn their lesson, the way they then get ALL of the adults disqualified from the contest kind of undermines it... :hmm: )

 

3. 28 Pranks Later (I can certainly see similarities between this episode and Mysterious Mare Do Well, but do I think this is a better version of that episode?

Er…..yeeeaaaah-er-nooooo-er…..maaaaaaaybe? ^^;

This episode is a tricky one to get a final opinion on, in my opinion. Overall, I'd say I'm more neutral on it, which is an improvement from how I thought Mysterious Mare Do Well went, but it's one of those episodes where I feel it's tough to get a final thought on. Let me try to explain....

One of the main problems I personally have with Mysterious Mare Do Well is that it just felt like the other members of the Mane Six besides Rainbow Dash don't even try to talk to her about their concerns about Dash's ego, and just decide to take her a down a peg because they were annoyed, and they keep going on rubbing THEIR success in her face to 'teach her a lesson'. And even then, I felt that Rainbow Dash wasn't going too far in the first place to demand such humiliation and the blame as if everything that happened was HER fault. ^^;

When it came to 28 Pranks Later, it does have a very similar plot - Rainbow Dash does something that the other characters see as going too far, so they give her a taste of her own medicine to teach her a lesson. But the thing is with 28 Pranks Later is that it does some bits of the plot better and some bits of the plot worse than MMDW, in my opinion.

It goes worse in the way that Rainbow Dash was portrayed - I mean, in a way, it's better because it makes it feel more like she deserves to be taught a lesson with the fact she annoys everyone in town with her excessive pranking and it doesn't make it completely unjustified in the fact that anyone takes umbrage with her attitude, but.... yeah, the fact that the character who, in SEASON 1, was pretty subdued in her pranking and stated that she knew Fluttershy was too sensitive for pranks, pulls one on her early on in the episode, but also goes much further with her pranks, to the point that she puts a BRICK in Mr Cake's sandwich, among other things. :ohnoes: That's.... too far, even for her. I mean, perhaps she thought Fluttershy could handle it after she and her pets scared the rest of the Mane Six in Scare Master, but it does feel a bit extreme for her to do things like this - she has proven to be imprudent in the past, but this is pushing it a tad. They could have delivered the message in a way that didn't demand derailing Rainbow Dash's character - it would have felt more right in Season 1 or 2, not Season 6. :shrug:

In the things the episode does better, I do like the fact that, unlike MMDW, the Mane Six members actually do try to take Dash aside and TALK to her to tone down the pranking and not go so far. From earlier episodes in the series, it feels more like tough love is the way that Rainbow Dash receives morals and there are times when her friends need to be a bit on the blunt side to get her to take in lessons, so I can see this as being a case of 'show, don't tell' in the way they tried to teach her a lesson about taking pranks too far. But.... yeah, this prank could have gone the wrong way, and again, I would be lying if I said it didn't feel a tad hypocritical. But I felt that this prank didn't put Rainbow Dash in as much physical danger as the incidents in Mysterious Mare Do Well did...

….See what I mean by it being difficult to pinpoint how to feel about this episode? ^^

When it comes to the prank itself, although them saying the word 'cookies' over and over did act as a bit of nightmare retardant, I will admit that the episode did manage to feel a bit legitimately creepy at times, even when I did catch on to the fact that it was a prank quickly, with all of the homages to zombie films, the lighting and animation effects being impressive, and - let me just say, having played Dead Space 2, a video game where you kill EXPLODING UNDEAD BABIES as regular enemies, seeing the Cake children act like that did bring back some unpleasant memories. :fear: (But that raises a bit of a nitpick in how the Cakes could have got their children to successfully act like cookie zombies too. :XD: )

So.… yeah, this episode is one where I think it's not very easy to pinpoint how to feel. Where there's an improvement from MMDW, there's a downgrade from it. Where there's a bit I'll admit I found funny, there's a bit where I cringed. Where there's a creepy bit, there's an annoying bit. Overall, it just ends up making it feel quite.... meh. So I suppose it's.. BETTER than MMDW, overall? But not by much. :shrug: )

 

4. Where the Apple Lies (Where The Apple Lies was also a bit….. meh. Also, this was only the first minute of the episode, I know, but – they didn’t check the boxes to make sure it contained Zap Apple Jam and not cider until AFTER Filthy Rich has already left?! …..That’s a bit dumb, to put it lightly. ^^;

But when it came to more of the episode, I thought it wasn’t the most engaging, to be honest. I do appreciate that the fact that Applejack was younger and naïve that she would feel less guilty about telling lies, and it was nice to see what these two were like when they were younger, but it’s just a kind of plot that I’ve seen done quite a few times before, and I didn’t feel it was as engaging or funny as a lot of other episodes I’ve seen – it didn’t feel as memorable as some other Applejack episodes I’ve seen. Is it me, or does little Applejack’s head look a bit big for her body and legs? ^^; But it is interesting to hear how confident and talkative Big Mac used to be in their youth. I also think the moral being ‘lying is never worth it’ would attract the attention of a certain Ultimate Supreme Leader to try and disprove it – as that guy knows the positives of lying and how it can be even more useful than the truth at times. :XD:

:iconkokichiplz::iconsaysplz:Why do you guys hate lies so much, anyway?

(In fact, on a side note, seen as Applejack is the element of honesty, I legitimately think it would be interesting if in a future episode she came across a Consummate Liar character, but rather than going for an obvious ‘liars never prosper’ moral, they instead play the liar character as more morally grey or not being a villain. I’ve seen this kind of character being made interesting in the past – again, Kokichi Ouma is an example – but it’s something I find to be interesting. Maybe if they use a combination of truth and lies to trick a villain or something? I know that for this show, a moral like that could run the risk of becoming muddled -  ‘sometimes it’s okay to tell white lies as long as they don’t get out of hand’ or a similar moral trying to DEFEND lying is a very tricky moral to get right without sending mixed messages or making characters come across as hypocrites – but this show does have good writers, so I think they could pull it off. :aww: )

Also…. Filthy Rich, WHY did you marry Spoiled Milk (pfff, Spoiled Milk – a VERY fitting name for her, for sure :hmm: ) – she’s nothing but a buckin’ b*tch! :x In fact, what kind of family life do you two have, I wonder?! I know that Filthy is a good father from his previous appearances, and I do really like him as a character, but we’ve SEEN how messed up Diamond Tiara became due to Spoiled Rich’s influence – is it just a sad case of Filthy being too busy to be there for his daughter? :( Because I have a feeling Filthy deserves to get custody of Diamond and Spoiled should be divorced – seriously, Spoiled Rich is such an unpleasant character. Even when she’s not SAYING anything I hate her guts – she even refuses to defend her fiancé towards the end of the episode. I get a feeling that this may be something like the arranged marriage in Persona 5 between Haru and that ass who is nothing but a sleazy scumbag except the genders are reversed here. That’s the only explanation I can think of. :x )

 

5. No Second Prances (This….. this is an interesting one. There are some multiple elements that I know caused a bit of a stir in the fanbase, so I'll try to address my thoughts on the episode.

First off - it's an episode featuring Starlight Glimmer. To be honest, I think that, like what with happened with Discord, after complaints that Starlight's redemption was too quick and easy, here we see that she's still struggling to not fall back into her villainous actions, same with how Trixie gets a bit of the same treatment. I do appreciate the way the episode showed some other emotions for Starlight besides constantly moping all of the time like she was in the season premiere, and the fact she messes up a few times feels believable for her. I don’t know, it just feels a bit more believable to have a former villain having a few struggles with her former villainy while also trying her best to improve despite temptation – like with Discord, it makes sense to me. :aww:

Second - Twilight's characterisation. I think one of the main points of the episode that people question is the fact that Twilight seems fine with Starlight being around to turn over a new leaf, but turns hostile when Trixie arrives on the scene due to her past. To be honest, like with What About Discord, I…. kind of don’t blame Twilight for still having a bit of suspicion. Twilight is still suspicious around reformed characters who retain a lot of their smug tendencies; it's not something she reserved for Discord – and while she seems to be more accepting towards Starlight than Trixie (despite the fact Starlight arguably did much WORSE than Trixie while she was a villain), I don’t see her being judgemental as going far as DESTROYING her character. I heard that a lot of people didn’t like the fact that the Princess of Friendship is being judgemental here and being suspicious of Trixie – and I will admit, it does feel a little bit hypocritical on Twilight’s part she holds a specific grudge with Trixie. With What About Discord, there was only one former villain acting suspiciously, but with this episode, it feels a bit weird. Maybe Twilight thought that two former villains teaming up together would cause them BOTH to go back to the dark side? That…. Would make a bit more sense. And Twilight does realise that she was acting out of turn at the end…

Third - Trixie's characterisation. I will be honest…. Trixie’s characterisation was where this episode split for me and where I was trying to decide what to think the most in the episode. Trixie…. Is a base breaking character for a reason, and it does feel a little bit backhanded that she admits at the end of the episode that she was trying to befriend Starlight to get back at Twilight, which does feel…. Incredibly petty. :no: With the look she gives Twilight, I can see why Twilight would be suspicious, and I will admit I did NOT like the tone in her voice in parts (which, by the way, I feel Kathleen Barr has a bit of a wider range in this episode compared to her previous appearances with the emotions she delivers). Now, to the episode’s credit, by the end, it is implied that this was a case of ‘Becoming The Mask’ when Trixie is in tears at the end when Starlight runs away, but the pacing is a bit lopsided here. I think there should have been more time focusing on Trixie making it clear she did appreciate Starlight as a friend – it does feel like Trixie has learned her lesson at the end, but I just would have liked to receive a bit more clarification. Maybe if it was EARLIER that Trixie voiced her real intentions and a good part of the episode was her realising that was wrong? I mean, Starlight and Trixie do seem to hit it off pretty well, and it didn’t seem like she was lying in some of the scenes – but it’s just delivered a bit weirdly.

Fourth, last but not least - the scene where Trixie went ahead and performed her magical trick without Starlight's help. Some people viewed this as a suicide attempt, which - needless to say, got me worried when I was anticipating that scene. If you know me, and remember my thoughts on those horrible SpongeBob episodes One Coarse Meal and Are You Happy Now, with how they tried to portray a character being driven to suicide as a running joke, instead coming across as absolutely nightmarish in how disturbing they became - in a KID'S show, mind you - badly written suicide scenes in media really gets under my skin. So, I watched the episode waiting for that scene and.... to be honest, I didn't really have that in mind when it came to that scene. :shrug: I saw it more as Trixie having a 'the show must go on' mindset, and considering how the manticore acted, I didn’t really think that the manticore would ACTUALLY eat her and acted more like a tame one which most likely would spit her out if the performance didn’t go as planned - the manticore makes no aggressive moves toward any pony near it, does not chew Trixie but swallows her whole (unlike the manticore in the flashback), and bows at the end of the performance – so I see it more as being more like Trixie merely humiliating herself as opposed to a suicide attempt – I also think the reason why the animal lover Fluttershy was getting concerned in the audience was more due to the fact that a CANNON was pointed towards the manticore.

I don’t know – the way that scene was delivered didn’t feel to me like Trixie was going to try and KILL herself, personally. The thing with One Coarse Meal and Are You Happy Now is that the WHOLE EPISODE is spent trying to make Plankton/Squidward feel as psychologically cornered as possible, and with the circumstances (Plankton flat out SAYING he was trying to get run over and Squidward doing things like sticking his head in the oven and that NOOSE), it felt more like it would lead to them trying to off themselves – but with Trixie here, I just never thought the episode was building up to a character trying to KILL themselves – partly due to my thoughts on how the manticore was acting now I think about it. If the WHOLE episode was showing Trixie as being clinically depressed and talking about how hard it was to not have a friend, THEN I would have been disturbed senseless by it – but I just personally don’t think this episode was leading up her trying to kill herself. :shrug:

Now, how do I rank the episode at the end of the day? Well…. Yeah, some of the characterisation on Twilight and Trixie feels questionable at times, but I did feel that it was nice seeing a bit more development on Starlight, some of the comedy in the episode made me laugh (Rainbow Dash’s disbelief that Starlight didn’t know who the Wonderbolts were), Starlight going out to try and make a friend by herself while at the same time struggling with her previous villainy makes sense to me personally (if you were a villain for so long and suddenly got a second chance, I have a feeling you would have the odd lapse before coming back to your senses), I will admit it was heartwarming to see Trixie get someone befriending her and her warming up to someone without any magical artefact, and despite some of the story beats feeling a bit weirdly delivered, I’ve seen much worse episodes in the show.

Bottom line, I didn't think this episode was great OR terrible - I'm more neutral on this one. It's perhaps a guilty pleasure episode, but I’m glad I saw it – like What About Discord, I truly don’t think this is one of the ABSOLUTE worst episodes. Not the best, not the worst, but I can say I did like some elements, which is WAY more than I can say for some episodes of the show. :phew: )

 

I'm hoping to draw some fanart I've been planning before I start Season 7, but I am excited to see how the future episodes will go, and I'll begin writing status update reviews when I start watching them. :aww:
 
 

See you all soon! :wave:

  • Listening to: Dai Gyakuten Saiben OST - Steamship Alaclair
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Seen as I've got back into Friendship is Magic, there's one thing I would like to comment on. I'm really enjoying the episodes I've been checking out (I'm nearly done with Season 6 - I've just got To Where And Back Again left to watch, but I can happily say I'm really enjoying this season and it could be my third or second favourite season of the whole show judging by how it's going :aww: ), but I will admit one of the few CRITICISMS I have of the show is that, while I do like a lot of the characters that the show has introduced, it seems that a lot of the older characters that have some more potential for development and interaction seem to have been forgotten. I will admit that I'm not one to talk, as in my works, I also have a large cast that I enjoy adding to and have problems giving them all equal screentime, but I will be honest and say that it does result in a few members of the Friendship is Magic cast that I wouldn't mind if they brought them back for future episodes. :)

As I type this I have yet to see Season 7 and 8, so these characters may have already been brought back in future episodes, but next to these characters, I'll try to explain my reasons as to why I would like to see them featured in future episodes. :aww: This isn't a Top 10 List or anything similar, so these won't be in any specific order. :)


-The Diamond Dogs - I thought these characters were a lot of fun in their appearance, and I can see their hunt for precious gems being a driving force for future plots. While they're too goofy to be serious villains (not that that's a bad thing - I thought they were pretty funny), I can see something happening like them getting caught up in the goals of a more serious villain who's doing something like mining gems or crystals and ending up working for them or something. :D Speaking of crystals...

-King Sombra - I REALLY miss him, okay? :XD: True, he didn't get a TON of screentime, but I still feel he was one of the most impactful villains in the series and he was part of why the episode The Crystal Empire was so amazing for me. I know that he got blown up at the end of his episode, but I always thought his horn being intact when it flew off into the distance was something to be afraid of... if that horn can never break, I always saw it as being a possible sign that Sombra wasn't quite gone for good. But hey, a guy can dream, right? I mean, Queen Chrysalis (another villain I really like) is coming for back for To Where and Back Again, and I'm willing to bet Tirek will too, so I always thought there's a slim chance he could return..... Or maybe I'm just being too hopeful. ^^;

-Cheese Sandwich/Quibble Pants - Being a guest voice actor characters, I can understand that it would be difficult to bring Weird Al Yankovic/Patton Oswalt back, but I really enjoyed these characters, and I think it would be nice if he even had something like a background cameo in an episode at some point attending one of Pinkie's parties or at another Daring Do event with Rainbow Dash. :aww:

-Fancy Pants - One of the few DECENT rich/aristocratic characters the show has provided next to Filthy Rich, I thought this guy was awesome, and I think we need him to come back - enough Prince Blueblood, Jet Set, Upper Crust, Spoiled Rich, Svengallop, Zesty Gourmand or Gladmane type characters and more DECENT upper class characters, please!

-Gilda - After The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone redeemed Gilda, I think it would be really cool if we saw her return for a future episode where she and Rainbow Dash hang out again. :aww:

-Babs Seed - As someone who personally didn't hate One Bad Apple as much as everyone else (yeah, I know, it's a bit weird, but I didn't find myself hating that one overall), I do feel a bit bad that Babs Seed just disappeared from the Cutie Mark Crusaders after she was made an honorary member. We have Gabby as another member now, and I know Babs Seed gained her Cutie Mark, but I personally think it's a bit sad we haven't seen her since. :(

-Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon - As much as I liked Crusaders of the Lost Mark, I will admit that Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's ABSENCE ever since that episode has been noticeable, and it does make the whole redemption arc of Diamond Tiara feel a little bit.... superfluous if she and her friend are just going to disappear from the narrative like that. In fact - why is SPOILED RICH getting screentime and not her daughter?! I don't think a lot of people would be sad if Ponyville's resident Worst Parent Of the Year would disappear from the narrative instead. :XD: (Seriously though, Spoiled Rich is my least favourite character on the whole show at the time I write this. :x )

-The Schmooze - Probably just because I enjoy anything involving Discord, it would be fun if we saw The Schmooze make a return, in my opinion. :D

-Little Strongheart and Chief Thunderhooves - After their debut episode in Season 1, I actually really thought the buffalo would make more appearances, and I think it would be nice if we saw them again. :aww:

-Moondancer - After the fantastic episode that was Amending Fences, I will admit it is a little bit weird that Moondancer or any of Twilight's old acquaintances haven't really been shown much since that episode, and I think it would be heartwarming if Twilight met with Moondancer again and they caught up. :aww:

-Steven Magnet - Probably one of the only things I liked about Slice of Life was one or two of the cameos, and Steven Magnet was one of the ones I thought was the funniest. :XD:

-Gummy/Winona/Tank - I understand that Tank was entering hibernation the last time we saw him (Tanks For The Memories), and shortly after I planned this journal, Gummy and Winona actually showed up in Pony Point of View, but compared to some of the other animal friends in the series, these three have been surprisingly absent, especially Winona.

-Zephyr Breeze - I think it would be sweet if there was a future episode when he manages to get a job in the hairdressing business and his sister Fluttershy checks up on him. :aww:

-Ember - I'm willing to bet she'll show up again in the future - hopefully she's doing well as the new Dragon Lord. :D


These are just some of the characters that I would personally like to see return the most in future episodes of the show, but I'm interested to see what you all think. :aww: Are there any characters that haven't been on the show for a while that you would like to see again? :)

See you all soon! :wave:

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Well, everyone, I just finished Season 6 of Friendship is Magic, and…. Here it is. This is the big one – my review of the season finale of Season 6 – To Where And Back Again.

 

To start off with and probably get the most controversial part of the review out of the way, long story short – I really enjoyed this episode – it’s not my FAVOURITE finale, and there are some issues I have with it that prevent it from being on the levels of Twilight’s Kingdom, but overall, I thought it was really good. :aww:

 

Much like Season 6 itself, I’m happy to say I really enjoyed it. It’s actually my second favourite season of the whole series so far, just behind Season 4. :aww: I understand the complaints against it and see why people may not have found it as good as other seasons/finales, but none of those criticisms affected the enjoyment for me, and to be honest, there were only two episodes in the whole season I legitimately disliked. To be honest, I honestly don’t think this season, nor the finale, deserves the amount of hatred it seems to have received. :aww:

 

Okay, onto the actual review of the season finale…. I think this may be a case of Magical Mystery Cure and Cutie Re-Mark all over again (another season finale everyone else disliked that I seemed to like.) I’ll try to take on some common criticisms against this episode and try to explain why I don’t necessarily agree with them. :)

 

So, my personal criticisms against the season finale first. I will admit that compared to quite a few of the other season finales, the pacing seems to be a little bit slower. During the first part of the finale, I appreciate that they were setting it up to show Starlight’s understandable concerns about becoming a leader again, but I will admit it did end up taking a bit of time to get to the meat of the episode – arriving at the Changeling Hive, and at the end of the second part, not much time is spent at the festival that Starlight’s old village, which I will admit I would have liked to . Also, while I do like the more diplomatic approach that Starlight took to defeat Queen Chrysalis (one of my favourite aspects of the episode, personally), this finale didn’t have as much action as a lot of the other finales. I heard that one of the main criticisms against the episode is that we don’t really get to see the Changelings abduct all the important figures in Ponyville, Canterlot or the Crystal Empire, and although I can think of a possible method the Changelings could have used to abduct everyone one by one, I will admit I do agree with this one – it would have been cool/creepy to see everyone get abducted one by one.

Also, this is probably just a nitpick, but I think it would have been better if Gabby or Gilda were the one who delivered the letter to Starlight – we don’t need MORE Derpy Hooves! Enough of Derpy Hooves! No more Derpy Hooves! (Erm, yeah, you may have guessed I don’t care much for Derpy Hooves. I just never really understood the obsession with her. ) :x

 

Okay, enough with the negatives, onto my positive thoughts about this episode – and there are quite a few. :aww: First of all, I actually do like the fact that Starlight is the one that we follow in this episode, as the whole thing with the magic draining throne not only makes it so that she has to come up with a solution that DOESN’T require magic like she’s been relying on a lot throughout the season. I do like the way she overcomes her fear of taking command, and I did like the way that Starlight and Chrysalis actually seem to be foils to each other – they both took control of a group of individuals for their own purposes, but while Starlight had good (but extremely misguided) intentions, Chrysalis had no such thought of charity in mind and only wanted to suit her own interests. I really don’t agree with the hate that Starlight gets – yes, she’s not my absolute favourite character, but I have grown to like her more and more as the season has been progressing. :aww:

 

I’ll admit that when it comes to Trixie, she’s not my absolute favourite character, but I am getting more used to her in this episode (her ego seems to be played a bit more like Rainbow Dash’s in this episode), and I do think she and Discord played off each other surprisingly well in some pretty hilarious moments (I will be honest, I probably laughed a lot more at the obvious ‘when pigs fly’ payoff at the end of the second part than I should have :rofl: ), and I do like how they all came to support each other and used non magical means to sneak into the changeling hive. And of course… Thorax returns, so that’s awesome too – I missed the little cinnamaroll. :love:

 

Speaking of characters returning…. I forgot how creepy Queen Chrysalis was… :fear: She really does remind me of Maleficent, for some reason, and that is a compliment. :D But, no joke, her first appearance in the hive throne room LEGITIMATELY freaked me out…... When she scuttled in inbetween those cocoons of hers, limbs all rotating in really uncomfortable looking proportions, what sounded like BONES CRACKING and her flippin’ HEAD ON BACKWARDS…. I legitimately thought – ‘EWWWWW! EEEHEHEHEW! Ewwwwww!’ :nuu: Aggh! Now, that’s REALLY nightmare inducing! :fear: And it gets even worse when she tosses the helpless Starlight around, and holds Thorax up into the air to make an example of him and suddenly goes all PENNYWISE from the IT remake and opens her mouth wide and she starts to drain love from him… which is pretty much akin to CANNIBALISM. :fear: (Also, during this scene, I was mentally screaming for Thorax ‘NO!’ :cries: )

While I did find Chrysalis pretty creepy in A Canterlot Wedding, with her unsettling body movements, intimidating facial expressions, and the fact that she was pretty much taking the love her changelings had been bringing back all for herself, AND added to the fact that she rejects Starlight’s offer of friendship and gives what sounds a lot like a DEATH THREAT to her before she leaves, I take no shame in admitting that I found her absolutely TERRIFYING in this episode. :fear: And to be honest, that’s one reason why I think she’s a very effective villain (she could reach TIREK levels if she plays her cards right – by the way, I know that Tirek was a much bigger destructive threat, but I will admit I think Chrysalis and King Sombra were a bit freakier in their actions :fear: ), and I’m actually glad she didn’t reform – as I can imagine that even without her followers, she’ll have something particularly nasty planned for when they next meet…. I’ll just order a few hundred cans of bug spray for when that happens. And an exorcist. :fear:

 

When it comes to one of the criticisms a lot of people have with this episode - it being a bit unbelievable that the main characters were all captured one by one when they’ve dealt with much tougher threats in previous episodes – I respectfully disagree with the thought that it’s unbelievable. This episode shows that one of the changelings’ methods of replacing someone seems to be that they wait until they’re alone and ambush them all in a group, and seen as we’ve seen Thorax take on the form of a rock in a previous episode, it makes it perfectly believable that Queen Chrysalis’ other spies could have simply taken on the form of random objects and picked them off one by one. When it comes to Shining Armour, the Changelings could have simply taken the form of Twilight Sparkle and made him let down his guard that way (he probably wouldn’t think twice about his sister coming to visit), they could have taken on the form of Shining Armour to get Cadence and Flurry Heart, and seen as the changeling throne absorbs magic, all they have to get to do to take the form of Cadence and pretend that Thorax was able to convince the other changelings that they want to make peace and lured Princess Celestia and Princess Luna to the changeling hive that way.

Also, when it comes to the fact that the changelings missed Starlight Glimmer, seen as Chrysalis clearly doesn’t think much of her, and the changeling spies probably couldn’t risk getting into Twilight’s castle while Twilight was inside, they probably didn’t know what Starlight was capable of and underestimated her because of that.

I also think it really looks like Chrysalis seems to have learned quite a bit from last time, as rather than act on trying to take over Equestria from the inside out by taking the identity of one individual, she’s working to remove the biggest known obstacles one by one for when she tries to invade again.

 

Also, the other main criticism I heard regarding this episode – the new designs for the Changelings, brought about when Thorax willingly GAVE his love to Chrysalis (by the way, I think that this finally explains why Shining Armour and Cadence’s love attack from A Canterlot Wedding REPELLED the Changelings as opposed to them absorbing the ability – at that point, none of the Changelings could receive love from others, only take it away – and now that Thorax and the other changelings sans Chrysalis willingly give their love to her, it repels her and destroys her throne.)

…..I don’t get that complaint at all. A lot of people thought they were too colourful, but it feels like the Alicorn Twilight fiasco all over again. I really love their new designs, personally - they look like some combination of deer and bug (makes sense why they're spotted as grubs - like a fawn :) ), and seen as people say Queen Chrysalis looks like some of fairy horse zombie (which I think is... disturbingly accurate :XD: ), I can see the new Changelings having some kind of fairy aesthetic - makes sense, seen as they seem to be a bit like the Fair Folk already with how they (used to) drain love from others. :aww: I think they're really beautiful and cool, true - and of course, King Thorax's new look is awesome. :love: Thorax deserves it, to be honest. And when you think about it, it’s not only Starlight who brought about this change, but if Spike hadn’t convinced everyone to give Thorax a chance, this likely never would have happened – so in a way, Spike helped to save ANOTHER kingdom! :w00t:

Also, Chrysalis's name takes on an additional, ironic meaning now. A chrysalis is a hard shell that protects a caterpillar while it grows into a butterfly, but Chrysalis has a metaphorical hard shell (namely, her desire for vengeance and power) which is preventing her from achieving her final form.

Also, as well as the design being cool, I like the SYMBOLIC reason why they all look different now. Its implied Chrysalis conditioned the changelings to be absolutely loyal to her, which worked fine when she was the only changeling royal, but once Thorax turned into what seems to be another changeling royal, they had a choice. Combined with the thought that they were literally starving all the time, they would naturally jump at the chance to become full. :aww:

 

While I will admit that the last part of the episode got a tad rushed with the Changelings all jumping to a new leader (but I can see logical reasons why that would be), I do like the fact they added Celestia saying that they would help to establish connections with King Thorax, so yep – we’ll be seeing more of the changelings in later seasons, no doubt. Awww, and I’m happy too, because I really love Thorax – he’s really sweet, and he deserves this – it feels like a serious case of Earn Your Happy Ending for him, and I will admit throughout a LOT of the episode, I was going ‘AWWWWWW!!! Little cinnamon bun – I wanna give him a hug! Take my love! Take all of it!! We must protect you from Queen Cheese Legs at all costs! :love:’ I know, it’s probably a cliched response (I know Thorax is, understandably, a VERY popular character within the fanbase), and this episode only made me feel more love for him. :love: It was extremely heartbreaking when it went into EXACTLY how much bad memories the hive must have provided him, but it did make it all the more better when he stood up for what he thought was right, and I have to give HUGE kudos to Starlight for convincing him to do that. :aww:

(Also, on a side note, seen as Thorax was willing to give his love to someone as evil as Chrysalis, I was expecting him to leave parting words or something to her – that would have really been effective and shown he’s a much more generous leader than she is. :aww: )

 

So, all in all, I really enjoyed this episode. I appreciate the complaints towards the episode, and I can see some places for improvement, but I found myself liking it more than I was expecting. Not the best season finale, but it’s one of my favourite episodes of Season 6, to be perfectly honest. :aww:

 

Before I begin Season 7, I’ll be thinking about what my Top 5 Favourite/Least Favourite episodes of the season were, and I’ll tell you all when I begin watching Season 7 – I have a few ideas for fanart I’d like to draw first. :aww:

Just finished To Where and Back Again (the Friendship is Magic season 6 finale), and I'm writing my review right now, but I just wanted to share my overall thoughts on Season 6 before I upload the review. :aww:

I’m happy to say I really enjoyed it. It’s actually my second favourite season of the whole series so far, just behind Season 4. :aww: I understand the complaints against it and see why people may not have found it as good as other seasons, but none of those criticisms affected the enjoyment for me, and to be honest, there were only two episodes in the whole season I legitimately disliked. To be honest, I honestly don’t think this season deserves the amount of hatred it seems to have received. :aww: I'm deciding which episodes to put on my Favourite/Least Favourite journal, but I am a bit spoiled for choice when it comes to the good ones. :aww:
Started watching the MLP:FiM Season 6 finale. I'll start watching the second part after supper, but it has me intrigued. :excited: (I'll admit the pacing was a bit slow to get started compared to some other finales, but I'm liking the setup so far. :) And of course, seeing the cinnamaroll Thorax again made me squee with delight. :squee: ) I'll write a full review after watching the second part. :)

I'm a little scared to see our heroes enter the belly of the beast in the Changeling Hive though.... I remember why I found Chrysalis so creepy. :fear: She reminds me of Maleficent for some reason - which is a good thing. :)
After watching the next episode of Friendship is Magic, Top Bolt, I can proudly say that some of my respect for the Wonderbolts has been restored. :phew: (I mean, sure that one time where Spitfire called Rainbow Dash 'Crash' again made me want to clip her around the ear for bringing back unpleasant flashbacks :x , but it was MUCH better than their portrayal in Newbie Dash for sure.)

I haven't seen the Wonderbolts act this way since way back in Wonderbolts Academy in Season 3, and I did think it was really pleasant to see the Wonderbolts be more 'tough but fair' as opposed to the bullies we've seen from Rainbow Falls onwards. :phew: It's nice to see the Wonderbolts be supportive for once - it's been so long. :)

I will admit that throughout quite a bit of the episode that Sky Stinger did get on my nerves a little bit (I mean, there's self confidence, but he was pushing it a little bit ^^; - but with that said, I did appreciate his Freudian Excuse and I can see why he'd have a bit of an ego ), but I did like the friendship between him and Vapor Trail, and I did like the way Twilight and Rainbow Dash used their differing advice to help the friends come together - Twilight teaching Sky the basics and Rainbow helping Vapor become more confident. :aww: (I also thought Rainbow Dash and Twilight worked off each other really well in this episode, and a few bits were pretty hilarious - like the scene in the classroom with the klaxon, Dash falling asleep in class and when Twilight/Rainbow look ecstatic/hysterical when Vapor Trail told the truth. :lol: )

Also, Angel Wing, that one background character who was concerned about wings falling off  :XD:, was confirmed by Jim Miller to be an OC played by a little girl from the Make-A-Wish foundation who is a big fan of the show - similar to that one paraplegic pony in Trade Ya from Season 4. :aww:

I know this review is a bit shorter than some others I've made of episodes, but I did really enjoy this episode. And at last, Rainbow Dash is back on form, because, to be honest, she hasn't really had much luck this season, has she? ^^;


Well... just the season finale left to watch now. I can happily say I've been enjoying this season a LOT, and I'm excited to see how the finale goes. So, I'll probably review the finale all together as opposed to separate parts after I finish it tomorrow. :D I have actually heard that this finale was rather.... polarising, but as someone who enjoyed Magical Mystery Cure, Cutie Re-Mark and The Crystalling, unless this one does something REALLY weird and stupid, I think it'll be just fine. :aww:

So, stay tuned folks, as my next review will be for To Where and Back Again! See you real soon! :wave:
You know what's worse/better than having one earworm? Having THREE at once. :XD:

I currently have three songs that I've had stuck in my head for the past few days - Underground from Jim Henson's Labyrinth, A Changeling Can Change from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (this one's actually been in my head for about a week - ever since I watched The Times They Are A Changeling, I've had it stuck in my head) and the Parade song from Paprika. :XD:

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Xmen1991 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Hey, I know "Newbie Dash" bummed you out a lot, but I promise you, Rainbow Dash's story does continue and DOES get a lot better. I promise!
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will admit, I have kind of forgotten about Newbie Dash now - the episodes after it supressed the memory. :D
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Xmen1991 Featured By Owner 2 hours ago
Good to know. Can I tell you something else?
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Xmen1991 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
So, did "Top Bolt" help to ease the pain of "Newbie Dash" ?
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, quite a bit - it was a MILLION times better. :aww:
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Xmen1991 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Glad to hear!
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Crescendodragon Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Because you and I are huge fans of vampires, Duckyworth, may I ask if you have ever discovered Monogatari?
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen it, I will admit. Do you recommend it? :)
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Crescendodragon Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It is incredibly surreal and has a bit of fanservice which goes somewhere between nice and questionable but with its unique charisma from the characters and the decent amount of macabre, horror and humour, it is quite enjoyable.

I should not forget to have you know that the series' broadcast order is an anachronistic set of chapters, however I strongly recommend starting off with the prequel "Kizumonogatari", which comes off in 3 film parts, which actually leads to the starting point of Bakemonogatari. I watched the series in "correct" order entirely despite the majority of viewers recommending the broadcast order since they believed it will make more sense to the story. So I will leave the viewing order choices to you, but I will paste the "correct" order below in case you are interested.

• Kizumonogatari
• Nekomonogatari: Kuro
• Bakemonogatari
• Nisemonogatari
• Kabukimonogatari (eps. 7-10 on Monogatari Second Season)
• Nekomonogatari (Shiro) (eps. 1-5 of Monogatari Second Season)
• Onimonogatari (eps. 17-20 of Monogatari Second Season)
• Owarimonogatari ("Shinobu Mail") (eps. 7-12) /
• Owarimonogatari ("Ougi Formula" / "Sodachi Riddle" / Sodachi Lost") (eps. 1-6)
• Otorimonogatari (eps. 12-15 of Monogatari Second Season)
• Koimonogatari (eps. 21-26 of Monogatari Second Season)
• Tsukimonogatari
• Koyomimonogatari (eps. 11-12)
• Zoku Owarimonogatari
• Hanamonogatari
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TechnoPonyWardrobeDA Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your comment signature XD 
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
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AlphaDialga Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there, just a friendly reminder that I replied to your comments on the Arceus movie
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Kendell2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist
Thanks for the fav!
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Xmen1991 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
Best of luck of to you in regards to "28 Pranks Later"...
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Xmen1991 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
Glad to know that you liked "Flutter Brutter" considering that the writer, Dave Rapp, also wrote "Newbie Dash".
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? :o Well - goes to show you can't always say a writer will always turn out work of the same quality - like in real life, quality varies from one person's work to their next work. :aww:
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Xmen1991 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
Maybe he had a lot of constructive criticism from the staff.
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AilemaDragonPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Student Filmographer
Hey, Callum! I was wondering if you have seen the film, The Shape of Water. It’s a film directed by Guillermo Del Toro who also directed Pan’s Labyrinth.
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a film I would really like to see in the future. :D
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AilemaDragonPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Student Filmographer
When you see it, I hope you like it as much as you like Pan’s Labyrinth.
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NDC99 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Student Filmographer
Greetings, Duckyworth. I am NDC99. I shall humbly thank you for reaching over an entire decade at Deviantart.
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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NDC99 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Student Filmographer
Hey Callum, you should do a review on Charlotte's Web movie with Julia Roberts.
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Nuclearzeon2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I must admit, I'm a little nervous about you catching up to MLP.

Mainly because I feel like I'm the only one who likes the current episodes. Everywhere I go, I see "Starlight is a horrible character! The princesses are so useless! This episode was shit and I want the old writers back! This character looks like a bad OC!" and that kind of thing. I'm worried you'll hate all the recent episodes like so many other people do.

Whenever I bring this up, people claim I'm cherry-picking a vocal minority, and that the show is still well-liked and hasn't gone the direction of SpongeBob and The Simpsons. But if that's the case, why do these negative comments get so many upvotes on sites like Equestria Daily?
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