I've only done one with two Mario games, but now I think it's about time for another showdown post only with My Little Pony instead. Today I shall be looking at two writers who have only written one episode of MLP. Power Ponies by Betsy McGowen and The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows by Gillian Burrow. For this post I'm judging these episodes on the countdown to which one I prefer or call greater than the other. Based on a mix of their overall stories, morals, writing, memorable moments and more.
Let the competition begin...
Betsy McGowen: Power Ponies
This has to be one of my most rewatchable episodes of the series since I first started the off on Netflix (all the way up to Twilight's Kingdom) just two months before Rainbow Rocks was released. What I cannot believe though is that it earned a bit hatred by some. The first I watched it, I found it to be very thrilling and I gave a few rewatches at random because its not everyday (or maybe even every season) that we get something as amusing as this, but other episodes in all fairness have been better in their plots. The episode's villain is cliched, but to be all honest here, because of her motives and intensity to destroy the Power Ponies (even though she was defeated and failed), I found her to be threatening enough. So the episode might feel like a bunch of other superhero franchises crammed into one, all of which are ponified, but for me, it was just awesome and I think deserves to be cut a little slack.
As much as Power Ponies, I just can't believe some people hate this episode. This is due to most its humor failing and Pinkie acting rather corny, which I thought that applied to her in Party Pooped, but not this episode. While this wasn't exactly the best ideal episode for My Little Pony, this episode had something that Nick Confalone's Party Pooped didn't: An episode with a heart of gold and surprise with one of the most surprising plot points for future episodes for the series, and one I felt I can relate to. I didn't exactly laugh so hard that I just couldn't get enough of it, but I will give a rep of positivity and say that it really doesn't deserve all of its hatred that fans gave it.
Everyone is different. In the end though, for me, the ultimate winner here is Gillian Burrow's The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows. Both episodes are underrated in my eyes, but why I chose TOWPPK is because it's surprising that somepony who is usually known for writing the comic book series of Friendship Is Magic would write one TV episode and that it reminds of when I first got my own niece from my oldest adult sister back in 2000. And you know what, I feel happier at times now that I'm an uncle since then thanks to how much this episode reminded me of it. One of my only other few problems with it is that the moral didn't come across clearly from Pinkie and that Shining Armor and Cadence's baby wasn't immediately shown, but for everything else that makes it fantastic, this episode stands tall as one of my favorites.
This was quite easy decision to decide which one would ultimately win, so let me know which one you'd prefer more than the other, and for more fascinating posts updated weekly, be sure to tune in to The Super Mario Brony Blog.
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