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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Worst MLP:FIM S5 Eps (Thus Far!)

Some episodes are so lackluster that it's not really worth writing entire recaps for them. So here, I'm just going to give you all a quick recap of the worst episodes of MLP:FIM Season Five (thus far!) Don't worry! I will get to writing full recaps of the remaining episodes--EVENTUALLY!

Appleoosa's Most Wanted

With this being the first time since Season One that we’ve had an episode set in Appleoosa and to feature Braeburn, you’d think this episode would have been a bit more spectacular. Instead, we end up with the exact opposite: with a lackluster episode that could have easily been set in Ponyville.

Seriously, why did this episode even need to be set in Appleoosa? We barely get to see much of the town. We don’t even get to see much of Braeburn, especially because of his condition. So what's the point of coming to this desert town? To host a rodeo? Wouldn’t Ponyville work just as well? As much as I was looking forward to seeing Appleoosa and Braeburn again, this episode simply didn’t make good use of either of them.

The lesson was rather creative, to say the least: you can always take the shortcomings in your life and turn them around for your own favor, because it’s all depends on how you look at it. However, the overall execution was rather predictable from the start. ("Oh look: we have a character whom others assume is a bad guy who’s not really a bad guy!")

Also, I seriously question some of the obvious plotholes. Sure, Applejack, just leave your injured cousin to look after three little girls. What could possibly go wrong? Also, what respectable sheriff would leave his post just to watch a rodeo act?

I’m one of the few bronies who enjoys watching Cutie Mark Crusader episodes, but this was not one of the best—though in all fairness, it also wasn’t one of the worst. (That would be “Somepony To Watch Over Me.”

Princess Spike

Worst. Episode. Of the season! And it’s a Spike episode, no less. Why am I not surprised?

Look, I don’t actively hate Spike. I want to like him. Unfortunately, most of his episodes suck. “Equestria Games” and “Imagination Manifestation” are the only exceptions. Sadly, this episode were not one of those exceptions.

At first, I feared (and loathed) that this was going to be an episode where Spike was merely going to spend the entirety of it to try and ensure that nothing disturbs Twilight’s sleep. Seriously, that plot has been overdone, and it’s nearly impossible to stretch out in the span of a half hour. Fortunately, that wasn’t the plot of the episode. Unfortunately, the actual plot wasn’t any better.

No, instead, we have Spike abusing his (self-appointed) authority to take over the convention in place of Twilight. First of all, shouldn’t these events have someone who’s second in command so that, if the person in charge isn’t able to be in charge, someone else can cover for them? Presidents have vice presidents. Managers have co-managers. And Twilight should have had someone to take over in an emergency such as this.

Aside from that, everything else about this episode goes predictably bad: Spike abuses his authority to make self-gratifying decisions, and he overall makes bad decisions that makes everything go from bad to worse. Nothing about this episode was redeemable. It fell as flat as the flimsy premise that its own series of unfortunate events were hinged upon.

If there was one good thing I could say about this episode, it’s that it isn’t as bad as “Spike At Your Service”—the worst Spike episode, if not the worst episode of the series EVER! It’s sad that the only good thing I have to say about this episode is that it wasn’t as bad as the worst episode.

Also, Spike, here’s a tip: try giving Twilight earplugs next time!

Party Pooped

This episode no make me happy. Makes me angry. And when me get angry—ME SMASH!

In all seriousness, the yaks were the most obnoxious part of this episode.

Dude, I don’t care if your race is prone to throwing a temper tantrum when things don’t go exactly your way.  (Almost like Tumblr SJWs!) You’re supposed to be foreign dignitaries here. You’re supposed to convince us that our country should ally with yours. Why would we want to form an alliance with a people who gets offended at everything we try to do for them? Twilight shouldn’t be trying to kiss your butts to make you happy. She should be kicking your butts back to where you came from and calling the treaty off.

Yes, I know this is a children’s show. Yes, I know we should expect the yaks to act cartoonish. But you need to allow for the suspension of disbelief. What respectful ruler would allow for such rude behavior from an ambassador? There is nothing about these yaks that make me believe in the slightest that they’re supposed to be foreign ambassadors whom anyone should take seriously. I mean, could you imagine if Obama were to have lunch with Putin, only for Obama to jump onto the table, kick away all of the dishes, and then proceed to take a huge dump on Putin’s face—all because his tea was too lukewarm? (Okay, I admit, that would be worth watching.)

As for Pinkie’s side of the story, it was too random—even for Pinkie Pie. I’ll suspend my disbelief long enough to assume that one mare can travel to another country and back in time for an afternoon party—fine! Everything else, well, it was simply too random. The train breaks down in Dodge City (which is supposed to be hundreds of miles away in the opposite direction!), for some reason. Pinkie Pie has a flashback of her time with The Beetles, for some reason. Once she reaches the gates of Yakistan, she ends up accidently sledding all the way back to her room in Ponyville, again, for some reason. Again, I know this is Pinkie Pie, but even this is too random to even be considered humorous.