Sunday, October 30, 2016

MLP:FIM Season 6 ~ Top Five Best Characters

Even some from MLP's 6th season didn't do so well or interest me much, these characters were all lovable, gripping, and just plain awesome. Welcome to The Super Mario Brony Blog, and today I'm counting down my picks for the Top Five BEST Characters of Season 6. For this list, I've looked at my favorite characters from some of the most favorable episodes this 6th season of Friendship Is Magic unexpectedly constructed that for whatever reason just worthy of honor as some of the best MLP characters of all time. I've judged them based on their personalities, talents, and their development. Although I'm not choosing them based on which species they are if some of them aren't ponies... which (Spoiler Alert!) a couple of these entries won't be.

Also, don't forget to check out my list of the Top Five WORST Characters of Season 6.

Another lovable griffon after the reformed Gilda from Season 5's The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone, Gabby is the very definition of optimistic and determined whenever she's willing to earn something like the Crusaders. Even if you don't like her that much for her cheerful personality, you'd have to be determined like her if you wanted something desperately too. And what better way to show her determination on what she wants than with trying everything she can to get a new cutie mark. Look, a cutie mark for a griffon may be impossible unless we're proven wrong in a future episode in some other season, but doing something just to find a well deserved purpose in life is clearly something you need in your's... besides true friends. This is a wonderfully developed character that I wouldn't mind coming back for a sequel with the Crusaders. So I don't really think one episode is enough for her.

Love him or hate him, Fluttershy's lazy but hilarious brother is one of my favorites because he's a character I can relate to in many ways. I'm often lazy and jobless even if I tried, and that's literally what I meant when I said I can relate to him. I'm also high in height too so if my OC was in Equestria, then Game Player would be like Zephyr, or at least just Cheese Sandwich with a not so funny or weird mane. With Zephyr's character, he's pretty funny when it comes to his affectionate love and interest in Rainbow Dash. I don't ship Dashie with him as that honor still goes to Soarin, but with enough detail in characterization for him and being a personal character for me, I have to give him a better rep for showing me what I'm often like, and for starring in an episode that teaches me to still keep trying at something (or nearly everything necessary) even if I fail at it.

Just when we thought Spike would be the only dragon in Equestria with actual likability, along comes Gauntlet of Fire's Princess Ember. Not only was she a dragon whom I knew would eventually earn my level of likability, she's also strong-hearted, brave, and pretty much a more royal figure of Gabby who's got a lot more determination to earn something that rightfully belongs to one who's got a kind heart. She helps Spike during their team-up, allowing him to get that scepter to prevent any cold-hearted dragon from getting it as to terrorize anywhere in Equestria, she learns a valuable lesson from Spike about friendship, she understands the importance of friendship and how to be a true leader of the dragons, or dragon lady I should say (not lord), and she's just... well, the second dragon in Equestria would actually has some quality and lovability to herself. I just hope they don't redeem Garble and instead just turn him into some love-to-hate figure of a baddie and not just one I straight up hate.

Their names are sided oppositely; Vapor (right) and Sky (left).

A dragon like Ember may be extremely cool since dragons of course are cooler than any particular pony, but since I have more sympathy for Sky Stinger and Vapor Trail via their backstories, I prefer them just slightly over a dragon princess. If I chose just one over the other, I'd say Vapor, but I'm giving them both an honor here since I love them both, especially Vapor since her looks just give it away while Sky admittedly looks handsome. Sky's and Vapor's voices were even lovely and their development as two best friends only makes them both more sympathetic. Seeing them go through training from Twilight and Rainbow Dash was entertaining and sometimes I can relate to Sky whenever he reminds of whenever I personally slacked off in class which also flashes back to Testing Testing 1, 2, 3 from just 2 seasons ago. Even still, they've developed greatly above other good characters from Cutie Map-themed episodes like Saffron Masala & Coriander Cumin (from Spice Up Your Life), that's for sure.

Before I get to my top pick, here are some
Honorable Mentions

\/ Gladmane \/
Viva Las Pegasus

\/ Tender Taps \/

\/ Saffron Masala & Coriander Cumin \/

When it comes to guest stars, characters like Quibble Pants ultimately come out on top (albeit Coloratura beaten out just slightly by Moon Dancer in Season 5) as my personal favorite of the season. I think Quibble deserves to top this list for his voice actor Patton Oswalt alone. At times when people rant about him, I feel he's somewhat overrated. Other times I just don't see why others have to be too harsh on him when he basically represents any fans who instantly left the show after Magical Mystery Cure (when Twilight got new alicorn wings of course). This may have started with Oswalt explaining just how much his daughter loves MLP in one appearance on Conan, but even if that wasn't any case, it'd still be so cool just to see another voice actor like him make an appearance.

Whether or not he becomes a brony or just another fan in the fandom like his daughter, Oswalt's portrayal of the character makes for great writing and charm to an already incredible episode (that of which is arguably the best of the season). Now I'm wondering who will be the next celebrity guest star on MLP... What about another celebrity who mentioned My Little Pony on his talk show like- I don't know, Jimmy Fallon? (He did mentioned that his kid loves it as well after all, so that could be yet another build up to another great guest if you ask me). Even for those of you who love the sympathetically beautiful Vapor Trail more, Quibble is a close second above her for his voice actor as my personal favorite character who's newly introduced in Season 6.

Do you agree with my list? Who's your favorite character of MLP's 6th season?

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MLP:FIM Season 6 ~ Top Five Worst Characters

Some newer characters may not have done well, but these ones just didn't do so well throughout. Welcome to The Super Mario Brony Blog, and today I'm counting down my picks for the Top Five Worst Characters of My Little Pony's 6th Season. For this list, I'm looking at characters of this new season who didn't do so with development throughout the season, and have ranked them based on both that and how much they really irritated me. I've excluded characters that served a purpose in the episodes plot, but were eventually nonsensical while I progressed on throughout the season. So Pouch Pony from The Gift of the Maud Pie (as much as I would put him on here) won't be included. Be sure to tune in later though for my next list of the Top Five BEST Characters of Season 6.

The Crystalling/The Times They Are A Changeling

I know what you're thinking, but just let me speak. Flurry Heart is admittedly ardorable, but as with every other character you'll be seeing in this Top Five, she hasn't been given enough development since she was sadly overshadowed by Starlight in the premiere, and like both her and Sunburst, she served no purpose whatsoever in The Times They Are A Changeling. Another problem I have with this underdeveloped but cute little foal is how confusing it is that she was even born an alicorn unlike the other princesses before her. Celestia and Luna hardly gave any detail but I think even Celestia would've known about how a newborn foal as an alicorn before Flurry's birth is possible. So not a bad character, but to describe both her and the next two entries on my list, this Season 6 newcomer "left a lot to be desired" for me.

I'll give him at least some credit for his roles in TTTAAC and TWaBA, but the main reason he sadly makes my list of not-so-good characters is that his backstory in his first episode was hardly anything for the actual plot, and unlike Crusaders of the Lost Mark when Diamond Tiara had development and a reason for being so mean, Thorax doesn't easily earn my sympathy. I really just need to know more about him. He may have been respectable in the finale of this season, but his and the other changelings' newer reformed designs were just unoriginally cliched unlike the Mane Six's Rainbow Power forms in Twilight's Kingdom.

If they're really going to do anything with him as much as they should with Starlight (as I'll always want with her), just develop him more with more backstory than that he hardly ever got in his first episode.

The Crystalling/The Times They Are A Changeling

He may have been introduced as a little colt with a non-speaking role back in the atrocious Season 5 Finale, but his adult-self for this season sadly makes this list for how much of another pointless plot device he serves as in The Times They Are A Changeling. Haber may having been trying to develop him in The Crystalling, but that opportunity felt completely missed out on since the only real silver lining of character development we got was that of Spike. I really don't care about him as a whole, but if they're going to develop him, please do not let Starlight interfere with it in the wrong way; as in "let him tell about his own character, and don't make Starlight do it for him." Because nobody on earth knows you quite like you know you're self, even if everything in your future is completely unpredictable. And that's another thing about Sunburst, don't make him go all OOC like Starlight has since the awful Season 5 Finale.

What do you get when you transfer Ratatouille's Anton Ego into Equestria (obviously for the first fact), genderswap him, and take away all of his likability he eventually received from both moviegoers and Pixar fans of all kinds? Zesty the stuck-up and snobby food critic apparently. You could tell that this character was going to be terrible just by her instant reaction to even entering Saffron's and Coriander's restaurant. She could have been done more respectably like Ego got towards the end of the 8th Pixar flick, but sadly since Vogel didn't take that necessary opportunity, she's one you just straight up hate. As much as it pains me to talk about her other black/dark spots of character qualities like not even taking soup landing in her face as an accident from restaurant owners, I do have to admit that despite being unlikable, she did serve a true purpose in the plot without being too pointless... unlike Number 1 cause if she didn't, she would have been on the same level as my top worst... (only of this season though)

No (honorable- or in this case) dishonorable mentions this time around...

I'm starting to have similar opinions with the Railfan Brony nowadays, with one of those cases being that we have the same least favorite character of the season; the bratty and irritating Plaid Stripes. I may not have listened to this spoiled brat's voice in like forever, but I'm glad I didn't. Prince Rutherford's voice is annoying too although unlike Plaid, his dialogue is completely corny talking often like Marvel's Hulk. Both characters are extremely terrible since they are complete and utter brats without development if I should mention, but Plaid is worse since she's more irritating and feels pointless a little more than she does serving as one here. Don't get me wrong, The Saddle Row Review is decent enough in my book, but it could've been done a little better if this brat was nonexistent. As if the old Diamond Tiara wasn't bad enough, this brat even looks bizarre and slightly ugly the more I think about her. Her father Mr. Stripes isn't a character that interests me, but Plaid herself is just unlikable and has to have THE most annoying voice a My Little Pony character has ever had.

She isn't exactly my new worst character of the series as I find Starlight and the Shadowbolts from Friendship Games to be more pointless, but bottom line, she's definitely one of them and my most hated character of this season above any other new character from Season 6.

Do you agree with my list? Who do you think the worst character of My Little Pony's 6th season was?

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

MLP:FIM Review - To Where and Back Again (Season 6 Finale, P132, OE141/142)

It was quite an anticipation for the Season 6 Finale of Friendship Is Magic to give it reputation and make another great two-parter as mind-blowing as previous ones like A Canterlot Wedding and maybe even Twilight's Kingdom. But as such, with a fulfilled *promise* by Haber and Vogel, I'm still waiting for another good two-parter since I only felt betrayed here. For those of you who like it, I respect it. But if you think I'm missing the point as I have with around a whole 1/3 of the season's episodes, you all should seriously hear me out first. Now don't get me wrong. I had really high hopes for it to be something better but in the end, I got yet another forced, cliched, and bankrupt script that I never even expect to be as terrible as I currently consider to be.

Part 1

Starlight is invited to attend a festival at her former village. Remembering her act of removing the villagers' cutie marks, Starlight fears they have not fully forgiven her, so she brings Trixie to accompany her. The villagers happily put Starlight in charge of the festivities, but she feels overwhelmed by the idea of leadership and flees. She and Trixie return to Ponyville to find Twilight and her friends being strangely dismissive of Starlight's misfortune at the village, despite earlier showing their support. That night, Princess Luna alerts Starlight in a dream that the changelings have replaced herself and all of Equestria's protectors, including Twilight and her friends, in their plan to conquer Equestria; Thorax also approaches to warn Starlight and Trixie of his kind's occupation of the Crystal Empire. Discord, the ponies' last remaining powerful ally in Equestria, transports himself, Starlight, Trixie and Thorax to the changelings' kingdom, where their friends are being held.

Part 2

Starlight, Trixie, Thorax and Discord mount a rescue of their friends from the Changeling Kingdom, where their magic is negated by the power of Queen Chrysalis' enchanted throne. The others turn to Starlight to lead them; despite her reluctance, Starlight manages to direct the others in misguiding the changeling drones they encounter. When Discord is caught in a trap of Fluttershy impersonators, Trixie sacrifices herself to his impostor so Starlight and Thorax can find and destroy Chrysalis' throne. Thorax attempts to distract Chrysalis by disguising himself as Starlight, but Chrysalis sees through his deception and begins forcefully draining the love he has accumulated from the Crystal Empire. Encouraged by Starlight, Thorax willingly gives Chrysalis his love, causing a powerful burst of magic that metamorphoses him into a new, benevolent form. His transformation inspires the other changelings to do the same, destroying the throne and freeing all of Starlight's captured friends. After Chrysalis flees, vowing revenge, Thorax becomes the hive's new leader while Starlight returns to her village's festival with her friends.

As if one character torturing herself instead of going to her friends for problems like for Luna in Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep? wasn't bad enough, Vogel & Haber upset me even more with an episode that literally tried way too hard to make Starlight what I like consider a showoff in which they purposefully made everyone around her look stupid while the entire thing basically focused on her only without giving a decent amount of true focus to the other characters like Trixie, Thorax, or even Discord especially. Too much negativity is to be said about it since it made Starlight look better than everyone else with no development for any other character whatsoever. Not even with the changelings or Chrysalis.

Several other things to be ranting about this episode is that hardly any focus on the REAL Mane Six and not Chrysalis' minions who only made it just downright mean-spirited. The plot may have looked clever in its concept at times but its pacing is let down badly since it lacks any potential between any characters other than Starlight, and the overall layout is flawed with Chrysalis' castle being a cliched replica of the Crystal Empire castle and even the reformed changeling designs which felt completely unoriginal unlike the Mane Six's rainbow forms in the Season 4 Finale. As with every last redemption after Diamond Tiara's, for every last changeling, it was just rushed and forced, and not to mention when Starlight pointed out the moral to every changeling, it felt completely automatic like she just pushed a button to reverse their antics. The plot is also let down once again with pacing that is far too rushed, with boring execution before Part 2 and even the ending being completely predictable as it feels this way like 90% of the whole plot. Oh, and did I mention that even Starlight's nightmare scenes are hard to watch since they too are far too mean-spirited? And that's also without reason.

To give it credit, Discord's character half the time suffered from when his only plan was to save Fluttershy above anypony else and maybe a few of his complaints during the trek to the castle though admittedly some of them were funny along with his standup comedy when he was distracting a crowd of changelings. Trixie's and Thorax's performances though really just felt hit-or-miss (at least for me) which makes it hard for even Discord's to make up for them most of the time. The script was somewhat acceptable, but lines like that code "klutzy draconequus" Trixie and Starlight made up bruise it up a bit. So while Discord's characterization comes of as the best of the episode (above anyone else's), keeping it from making up for any of the other flaws in character traits are very few good interactions between our four main characters despite some of them being hilarious. Chrysalis hasn't changed as villain as with Starlight, Thorax and Trixie as their own newer current selves, but the good part about Chrysalis is her not accepting another unwanted redemption which really makes for a major relief for auidences who want the show to keep at least a few antagonists.

I may have a few small pros to consider within To Where and Back Again, but the biggest factor that destroys more than enough of its reputation is what it clearly represents which as the Railfan Brony told me "Basically, it tries to make a character they made irredeemable in season five look good and everyone else around her incompetent." Mike Vogel may have been off to a mediocre start with A Hearth's Warming Tail and eventually stunned me with chapters like Spice Up Your Life and especially Stranger Than Fan Fiction, but due to this atrocity of a season finale and Every Little Thing She Does, my interest in wanting him to be a regular for the show's writers has died down a little too much as I feel he's best left just visiting once every few seasons like Ed Valentine. The episode is especially bad with both of its morals being entirely forced on a whole swarm of changelings as I said and just felt that that's all it would ever take to redeem any character in an instant. I may been anticipating it but everything basically just fell apart for it... that which was from how much more I think about its cons.

If this is the last we'll ever hear from Haber as he confirmed whether or not he would stay via one of his tweets, then thank goodness because this goes to show that whenever you have HIM write for a two-parter with or without another writer, it ultimately just wrecks all of its true potential it could've had.

- NEGATIVE 5/5 -

Breif Note: I may have given a negative rating only to Every Little Thing She Does at first, but since I've toned down may hatred for Starlight (and believe me, I was trying to be as calm for this two-parter review as possible without yelling aggressively), I've given it a small bit of respectability, but not even enough to take it out of my worst episodes category.

So what could be worse than this (you may ask)? Simple; the so-called *Holiday Special* of the EG comics come to life since it was more than sadistic enough on a lovable character like Sunset Shimmer which was all about cyberbullying, and whether it's brutal against a beloved character like any of the Mane Six, the Crusaders, or Spike all over again, or even DISCORD (when they all simply did nothing wrong), is basically an even worser rehash of Ponyville Confidential. This small factor may make you wanna read it out of curiosity, but trust me, for even any of you parents who are letting your children watch this series or read the comics, Don't! And I especially don't even recommend showing to or buying it... For. Your. KIDS!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

MLP:FIM Review - Top Bolt (S6, E24, P132, OE141)

After Rapp utterly failed to make another good Wonderbolts-themed sequel; Newbie Dash in the first half of Season 6, as well as Rainbow Dash being derailed by Marco in the catastrophic 28 Pranks Later, the last of the season's Cutie Map-themed episodes Top Bolt was supposed to be another episode that would fix up those wrongs that a previous installment of a similar theme had. Upon learning that Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco were writing for it (with or without McCarthy), I had more hope for it than I had at first. And you know what? The end result results in not only one of the best of the season, but also the whole series in general (at least by my own standards).

Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash are called by the Map to the Wonderbolts training camp. They find Spitfire training a new set of recruits for the Wonderbolts, including one of the best students she has seen, Sky Stinger. Both Twilight and Rainbow recognize that Sky Stinger is being silently helped by Vapor Trail, another recruit who is not fairing as well for herself despite being a good flier, something she's done since they first met as children. Twilight and Rainbow separately try to help them improve but this results in Vapor admitting having helped Sky get this far, and this ruins their friendship. Twilight and Rainbow realize they've been approaching the problem the wrong way, and instead help the two teach each other. This proves effective as both Sky and Vapor successfully pass the Wonderbolts exam.

Not a lot of episodes have gotten to those standards of being incredible, but as with Viva Las Pegasus and The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone, Top Bolt reaches them thanks to a plot constructed with good care and detail without being anything mean-spirited or boring. The entertainment factor is backed up with fantastic moments like Twilight and Rainbow Dash training our two newest characters Vapor Trail & Sky Stinger while providing a few (if not a lot of) funny moments which always makes for good humor. Portrayals for every character, especially the newer ones like Sky's and Vapor's were all done greatly and never go all mischief in the wrong direction. Filled to the brim with sympathy for our two newest characters, other moments like Vapor's tale of how she and Sky met was emotional and really makes for proper character development. For character portrayals, Rainbow Dash and Spitfire may have acted a little tough in a few brief moments, but at least they aren't taking themselves too far to the point you'd want to punch or attack them. All in all, they were understandable great in being teachers here.

For an episode, this got everything right that Newbie Dash got wrong, all except for one small thing in the opening sequence before the intro (which is the exact same minor problem I had with Spice Up Your Life but still); Starlight's random plot device cameo. Now don't get me wrong, I still love this on so many levels, but Lewis & Songco could've at least left her out of this since of course, she's not even an important part of the plot. That con aside, other small ones I may have are when Spitfire briefly referred to Rainbow Dash as "Newbie" or some of Sky's character but it's understandable considering his sympathetic backstory with Vapor. For more pros, the episode's morals of becoming better at something with a great deal of practice, not becoming a back seat with any of your friends, and even realizing that true friends would help you instead of steal your spotlight were all great and are something valuable in both life and friendships.

As I was expecting it to be, Top Bolt is yet another step in the right direction for My Little Pony after continuous flops from one good episode to the next since as I've said, its potential is being badly cutdown from time to time. In spite of a few small seconds of grudges with things like unneeded plot devices or even momental throwbacks to bad episodes, Lewis & Songco have proved that they're some writers that the show deserves (even if they're not the ones it needs right now). With multiple morals with a factor of excellence to them, a very fun and entertaining plot (like those of Wonderbolts Academy and even Testing Testing 1, 2, 3), even more (and new) lovable characters like Vapor Trail and Sky Stinger (who are easily some of my new favorites of all time), and great character development, the list of reasons as to why Top Bolt is one of the series' finest outings goes on and on.

Note: Since this episode leaked out in the UK before airing on TV in the US, I did not warn you of a spoiler alert here, and be advised that I won't be giving/warning you one next week when I review the finale after watching it on TV this Saturday.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy 6th Anniversary, Friendship Is Magic!

Besides being a part of the show for over two years now, today is, as all of you may know the 6th anniversary of when Friendship Is Magic first aired on television. There have been plenty things I've discussed about MLP over the past year here aside from the characters, songs and episodes, but I barely have anything to state here. So for today's anniversary, how's about revisiting my original anniversary post of it here and my review on Season 5's best episode; Crusaders of the Lost Mark? That's about all I got for this subject.

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MLP:FIM Review - Where the Apple Lies (S6, E23, P131, OE140)

Working with Polsky on Newbie Dash felt like it was worth a shot at writing for for Dave Rapp, but sadly he failed. But later with Flutter Brutter with the help of McCarthy, he surprisingly succeeded. With the same case going for Where the Apple Lies, I feel he's best left working with an expert on the rest of his episodes he plans to write as much as the same case goes for Josh Haber. Despite a few mixed reviews at first, but Apple Lies felt like step in the right direction for the season after the utter flops that were Every Little Thing She Does and P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View).

And obviously, a Spoiler Alert! is clearly in order here.

After Apple Bloom tells a lie to hide a mistake, her family tells her a story of an even bigger fiasco caused by a series of lies told by Applejack. In a flashback, Granny Smith disapproves of a business deal Applejack hastily makes with Filthy Rich, who threatens to cut ties with the Apple family when Applejack tries to withdraw the deal. Because her family relies on the Rich family's funds, Applejack stops Filthy Rich by falsely claiming that Granny is sick. To keep him from learning the truth, Applejack continues to lie by saying Granny is hospitalized with apple blight. When he and his future wife Spoiled Milk go to visit her, Applejack convinces her to come to the hospital in a doctor's disguise and leaves her reluctant brother Big McIntosh to pose as Granny, who obliviously prepares to perform public surgery on him. This forces Applejack to tell everyone the truth, resulting in her present value of honesty.

We may not have gotten a heartfelt backstory about the Apple Family's parents, which would've added to WTAL's greatness, but looking at least at the pros it gave us via Applejack's detailed backstory of how she valued honesty as to becoming her element that she clearly is, I found the story to be quite interesting and a huge step forward from other great backstories like Granny Smith's in Family Appreciation Day (which that by no means is now a bad episode to me) which really gives a season powerful potential and I seriously expect them to do better eventually. Its pacing gets too off hand, but the biggest shine is Big Mac giving so much speech and showing how the plot all lead down to where he got his Eeyups and Nopes. Although his endless dialogue may be a little overshadowing over Applejack's part, AJ's moments of showing her lying teenage-self sure makes for fascinating moments even if this isn't her greatest portrayal in any episode to date.

The morals come off wonderfully although I kind feel that all of them should've been told in Applejack's backstory only but then again, Apple Bloom wouldn't learn one from it herself besides the ones the older siblings came to learn. The plot is greatly paced with plenty of good entertainment to keep hooked on AJ's backstory with not too much to be ashamed of. It's an irritation to see Diamond Tiara's mother/Filthy Rich's wife Spoiled to come back after the ever so masterful Crusaders of the Lost Mark but like her own husband, she did serve a purpose in the actual story. Filthy Rich wasn't anything that good of character and one you don't necessarily hate, but one you just love to hate unlike his wife Spoiled. Every performance was done greatly even if they come off as a little iffy at times, but even those of Granny Smith and especially Big Mac were all nearly flawless.

Where the Apple Lies as I said is yet another step in the right direction to a season with sadly a mixed bag for installments. Some may love it and some may not care for it that much but personally for me, I just like it if not intensely love it. A memorable cast of great characters with excellent portrayals, a well-paced storyline with all the characters, wonderful morals, and plenty of good moments to enjoy, this is a story scripted nicely that you'll most likely enjoy even if you're not a fan of Applejack or the Apple family.

Monday, October 3, 2016

MLP:FIM Review - P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View) (S6, E22, P130, OE139)

It's been a little over four months since writers Wil & Mike P. Fox have written an episode after the neutrally acceptable but boring Applejack's "Day" Off, alongside nearly half a whole year since their very first episode after the abysmally bankrupt finale (that is The Crystalling); the surprisingly outstanding The Gift of the Maud Pie. Since they're a team of two, they've had a good start with their audition for a couple new writers, but with this installment which sadly suffers things like a lack of entertainment just goes to show that if they're trying to be like say Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco 2.0, then they're utterly failing as I felt writers like them were just lucky on their first shot at an episode.

There is an obvious Spoiler Alert! inserted in, but I guarantee you won't be missing out on much with this episode with my own review here...

I couldn't pick just one pony's story, so I just went with this shot instead.

A furious Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Applejack return from a disastrous boating trip, refusing to speak to each other. Twilight questions the three over what went wrong, each giving a contradictory story that ends with their boat capsizing: Rarity blames Applejack for ruining her luxury cruise idea by steering the boat into a storm; Pinkie Pie blames Rarity for getting rid of her party snacks; and Applejack blames both Rarity and Pinkie Pie for disrupting her planned seafaring treasure hunt. After comparing the stories, Twilight notices a common thread in the form of a plate of cucumber sandwiches falling into bubbling water. She brings the three on another cruise to demonstrate that a cucumber-eating sea monster is responsible for sinking the boat. The three realize they have been fighting for no reason, and they promise to talk out their differences in the future.

When it comes to character development and portrayals, the term OOC is what drops P.P.O.V. off the spectacularly good scale and more on the sloppy and subpar one. We have their backstories told to Twilight and I felt that they were confusing at times and just drag on to where the pacing makes the overall episode bore you to death. There are one too many confusing moments, but the other thing that adds to its flawed execution is how predictable the plot felt at times and much was left to be desired like most episodes by flawed rookie writers who started in Season 5. (Nick Confalone for Party Pooped and Neal Dusedau for What About Discord?, anyone?) Plotholes are con-like enough already, but missing out on opportunities certainly is another thing to add into an already boring installment. I have to give credit to its concept of being out on the seas in terms of both visual design and how much idea they put into it, but it's nowhere near enough to save this flop from making you yawn so long 'til it's entirely done.

Lastly, the moral of the episode is just ungodly forced. The moral of this episode involving communication being needed to talk out your problems made Pinkie, Rarity and AJ act even more OOC. It certainly had it's fair share of interesting moments, but it unfortunately also lacks any charming humor, and at times, all of Twilight's friends can best be described as total snobs. Rarity and Applejack have already been derailed in The Cart Before the Ponies (an episode I can stand more than this at least), but now even Pinkie has a dark spot in her development throughout this season after doing so well in pretty much all of Season 5. Twilight's performance was the only exception here along with Spike's but sadly due to its poorly done moral, predictable and cliched storytelling, lackluster writing for our other three main characters and tedious value of a plot and pacing, P.P.O.V. (despite being an episode I had strong hope for) just doesn't help the season and makes me feel that the Fox brothers(?) should just move on to better things than MLP whether or not they take another class of storytelling for TV episodes of any series in general.