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Hey, everybody. Rainbine here with a review for My Little Pony Season 8, Episode 8; The Parent Map. So this is a Starlight and Sunburst episode and if you all know me, I absolutely LOVE Starlight Glimmer. And I also like Sunburst. I think he's a very underrated character in my opinion. So as both a Starlight fan and someone who likes Sunburst as well, I loved this episode. It has flaws, but I still loved it. And as always, if you disagree with my opinion, that's perfectly fine.

What do I think the Positives of the Episode are?

1. Like the previous two episodes of Season 8, I had a lot of laughs out of it. Most specifically, with Starlight and Sunburst being embarrassed by their respective parents.

2. This episode is basically a Starlight/Sunburst version of Season 7's Parental Glidance, however I think this episode did the theme and moral better than in Parental Glidance and this is coming from someone who actually liked Parental Glidance. The reason why I think that is because with Parental Glidance, RD's parents were like Scootaloo in the sense of their super fans of their daughter and very proud of her which causes RD to be embarrassed. Some people might relate to that, but me, not so much. With The Parent Map, I related to the situation in the episode. Not really with the situation with Starlight being treated like a filly by her dad, but with Sunburst getting pressured into figuring out his future by his mother. I understood what Sunburst was going through and to be honest, that's what I go through with my family. They were always on my case about me trying to figure out my future when I was in school because I didn't know what I wanted to do yet, so they kept pressuring me.

The episode already gets a really high score just because of how relatable the Sunburst situation was to me. Not saying that Starlight situation wasn't relatable, just so we're clear. I think someone who's been in either of these situation can relate.

And when Starlight and Sunburst yelled at their parents, that's also relatable, because if you were treated like a child or getting pressured every day by your parents, you'd probably snap too. And don't any of you say otherwise.

3. Both Firelight (Starlight's father) and Stellar Flare (Sunburst's mother) were both interesting characters. Very funny. Very charming. Not the most developed, but they're likable enough. But what I liked about them was their reason as to why they did what they did. With Firelight, he treated Starlight like a filly because he knew things were tough when she left the village, so he wanted to keep her safe. With Stellar Flare, she was getting on Sunburst case about his future is because she knew how he felt when he dropped out of wizard school and she didn't want him to feel like that ever again. And to me, that's them being parents and that's what parents do. They look for there kids and sometimes they go overboard with it.

4. It was very nice to actually see Starlight and Sunburst's old village. And I liked how they noticed that some part of the village was the same when they were little, but also noticing that some parts have changed dramatically from when they were last there.

5. They ending was both very sweet with Starlight hugging her father and Sunburst talking to his mother and very funny when the two parents started talking about taking a road trip to see Starlight and Sunburst.

As much as I loved the comedy, the sweet moment at the end, and the relatable stuff throughout, I do have a couple of issues with the episode. So, let's ask;

What do I think the negatives of the episode are?

1. You know what, I'm just going to ask this because it will drive me crazy if I don't. Why is Sunburst connected to the Map Table? First, the map table calls the Mane 6 to solve a friendship problem, then Starlight, then Spike (which still to this day makes no sense because he's a dragon, not a pony) then the CMC get called, and now Sunburst. Is there no limitations to this damn thing?

And I get it. It's a magical object, but there has to be a limit to what these thing can do.

2. We didn't get much backstory into the village. Most specifically, what it was like for Starlight after Sunburst left and how her father tried to handle it? How Sunburst's mother reacted to Sunburst leaving? I know that might be considered nitpicking, but I would've liked if the writers went into a little more detail about that.

So, like I said, I enjoyed this episode. Is it my favorite episode featureing Starlight Glimmer? Not really. Every Little Thing She Does holds that torch and holds it proudly. However, this is one of my favorite Starlight episode featuring Sunburst and this episode gets...

...a 9 out of 10. It's an Amazing episode and defiantly a highlight for Season 8 at least for me.

Anyway, What did you guys think of The Parent Map? Did you overall enjoy it and found the episode very relatable? Or did you find it boring, dull, and you hated very moment of it? Let me know in the comments. Thank you so much for reading and I'll see you guys tomorrow with the May Q&A.
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glarbonoko Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
I can totally relate to both of the parents. They share the characteristics of my parents. Also, great review.
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rainbine94 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Thank you, man
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glarbonoko Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
You're very welcome! You're a great dude.
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alditoquerido Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2018
Yeah, this episode was amazing.

And about the Cutie Map, maybe the writers still haven't give a proper explanation. Either way, bronies are still gonna be divided, regardless the explanation.
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jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student General Artist
My only nitpick was this: Where the heck was Starlight Glimmer's Mom?!!


You would think by showing Starlight Glimmer's parents in this episode in addition to Sunburst's Parents that Starlight Glimmer's Mom would at least appear but alas, we only saw Starlight Glimmer's Dad.


I hope Hasbro/DHX Media can at least provide an answer as to why Starlight Glimmer's Mom was absent. Know what I mean?
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