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Two episodes I actually think are really bad: What About Discord? and Princess Spike. 

 

What About Discord? because Discord was dishing out nothing but paranoia fuel on poor Twilight and making her feel awful for missing out on a great weekend. It actually felt like something he would do when he was still evil. Also, it kinda dragged on. 

 

Princess Spike because three words: Spike. Torture. Porn. 

That episode felt just like that from start to finish. The whole world was against Spike and he acted like an idiot escalating it further. The only good thing that came out of this episode is that the writers have learned their lesson from this and improved Spike's character and episodes by leaps and bounds. 

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Definitely Stranger Than Fanfiction for me.

The fact that Quibble Pants kept denying that everything was real made me stop caring about what happened from that point forward. It was just like the pilot episode of South Park.

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I don't exactly have episodes that I dislike, just some I couldn't watch again more then a few more times at all. I think the only episode I've never rewatched, is Princess Spike. I just honestly had never been so bored watching a FiM episode, even then I felt bad about it but that's just kinda how it is. Though I love Spike and he's adorable, and that alone may get me to watch it again some time, but nothing really...happened. It just went nowhere. :s 

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Dungeons and Discord was sort of teeth-grindingly cringe. There were a few others I think that made me feel ill in that way but I can't recall the titles; I'm probably overdue for a second re-watch.

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35 minutes ago, WonkyStallion said:

How so? I thought it was a pretty cool episode.

For an episode promising DnD-themed adventures there was actually very little of that. Most of the episode consisted of a supposedly reformed Discord being an unreformed Discord. I can get him being the antagonist, but the level of jerk-wad he exhibited suggests he's still of a villain. By comparison Glimmer is a much better ex-villain than Discord, and in so far the lack of character development we've seen from Discord to distance him from his villain past to bring him more into the realm of reformation just does not exist. He isn't even a redeemed character.

 

I may not care for reviewers or analysts and I wouldn't give them my two-cents. But by chance a friend of mine sent this to me and it hits the nail on the head for me on my opinions of Discord and puts it into words better than I:

 

 

I don't find Discord particularly interesting, and I always shelved him in the back of the list for major villains and I wasn't really ever as excited for Discord despite being John DeLancie.

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I tend to be more forgiving of episodes. I don't really watch with a critical eye, just sit back and enjoy what I'm given. After all, I watch the show as an escape. Even if there might be something wrong here and there in an episode, usually it's able to shine in some other way. I don't think there's ever been an episode I've hated. Sure, some are of course not as good as others, but really I've always found them enjoyable at the least.

 

There is one episode that has always bugged me, however.  "Owls Well That Ends Well."

 

The reasoning for this is simple: Spike is portrayed in a way that annoyed me. I know Spike gets a lot of flack throughout the series, usually for being a butt monkey or being incompetent. This has never really bothered me, as he has always been portrayed as a younger brother. It sort of just felt like it fit into that role. And Spike always learned and grew from his mistakes and incompetence. What's the point of a character if they don't mistakes they can grow from? (As a side note, I am still happy he has been portrayed as more mature and competent this season, however. It's about time he's grown up a bit). 

 

However, what really irks me in Owls Well is the whole over-the-top-evil phase they throw Spike into as he tries to prove the Owlowlicious is out to replace him. It's completely unnessisary to the episode for it to make its point. 

 

Throughout the entire episode, Owlowlicious is kind of being a dick to Spike, even if unintentially. There's many things that happen that Spike unfairly gets the blame for. Spike his good reasons to feel the way he does during the episode. He keeps getting shat on, and legitimately feels like he is being replaced. So where does the episode go? Let's just make Spike get super jealous and evil, even though he shouldn't be at fault here. 

 

The episode should really have gone like this:

 

* Twilight gets Owlowlicious to help since Spike is overworked. 

* Spike throughout the first act begins to feel like he is being replaced as Owlowlicious begins taking over some of his tasks. 

* By the end of the second act, Spike untamately feels that he's been replaced, and that Twilight is better off with the Owl, and leaves. 

* Twilight and Owlowlicious need to find Spike in the third act. She realizes that she should have communicated with Spike better, and assures him he has nothing to worry about and The Owl is simply there to help, especially at night.

 

So, basically the same episode, but cutting out the part of making Spike the episodes villain. When I originally watched the episode, that really turned me off, especially after seeing Spike really getting upstaged by Owlowlicious over and over again. 

 

The episode could have been so much more emotionally powerful if they didn't go the comically over the top evil Spike route, and instead focused more on Spike's legit feelings. 

 

Probably could have explained this better, but that's what I get for writing this at 6 in the morning on little sleep. :P

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Alright so I personally love almost every single episode that comes out of that show but some seem to come across as rather odd to me. For example, the episode "A Bird in the Hoof" was (in my opinion) one of the silly episodes that didn't really need to be put into the show, sure it showed Fluttershy a friendship lesson but it was almost unnecessary to even add that episode in. And of course there's the infamous one that everyone hates: "Spike at Your Service".

I'll say this once even though I've said it before, Spike is my least favourite character and when the show gives him is own episode I actually watch it because I want Spike to redeem himself for not being an annoying character. It seems that day will have to wait D:

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49 minutes ago, NastyPastyPants said:

I'll say this once even though I've said it before, Spike is my least favourite character and when the show gives him is own episode I actually watch it because I want Spike to redeem himself for not being an annoying character. It seems that day will have to wait D:

 

Out of curiosity, have you seen the season 6 episodes, more specifically "Gauntlet of Fire" and "The Times They Are a Changeling?" Heck, even the season 6 premiere?

 

If so, what are your thoughts on Spike in those episodes?  I thought he was portrayed much more maturely and competently in those compared to earlier seasons. 

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I generally don't dislike many episodes, as even the most earthbound, slow and even the earlier Spike episodes make me feel good inside, but for some reason I can't stand Magic Duel. I'm alright with Trixie but I just didn't like the episode. Another episode I didn't like too much was What About Discord, though it had some very good references like Bob Ross in it.

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9 hours ago, AaronMk said:

For an episode promising DnD-themed adventures there was actually very little of that. Most of the episode consisted of a supposedly reformed Discord being an unreformed Discord. I can get him being the antagonist, but the level of jerk-wad he exhibited suggests he's still of a villain. By comparison Glimmer is a much better ex-villain than Discord, and in so far the lack of character development we've seen from Discord to distance him from his villain past to bring him more into the realm of reformation just does not exist. He isn't even a redeemed character.

 

I may not care for reviewers or analysts and I wouldn't give them my two-cents. But by chance a friend of mine sent this to me and it hits the nail on the head for me on my opinions of Discord and puts it into words better than I:

 

 

I don't find Discord particularly interesting, and I always shelved him in the back of the list for major villains and I wasn't really ever as excited for Discord despite being John DeLancie.

Ah, I understand what you mean. I still like the episode though,

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12 hours ago, AaronMk said:

I may not care for reviewers or analysts and I wouldn't give them my two-cents. But by chance a friend of mine sent this to me and it hits the nail on the head for me on my opinions of Discord and puts it into words better than I:

 

 

That video hits home so hard it's not even funny. DWK's not even a legit reviewer as most of his videos are incredibly satirical but end up being way more entertaining and spot on than other "analysts".

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On 12/09/2016 at 1:07 AM, RK_Striker_JK_5 said:

I'll go into more detail later/lits some others, but for me? A Friend In Deed was the worst episode/thing of the franchise, let alone this series. Pinkie Pie was an obnoxious, oblivious little asshole, and got the mother of all asspulls at the end with knowing Matilda. She learned that sometimes you have to keep your distance... but that moral was shot in the head because she got Cranky's friendship-underservingly-by bugging the unholy hell outta him.

 

By the end, I wanted to kill her, hurt her, end her.

 

Although it isn't the worst for me, I do often cite this episode to show when Pinkie is written the worst. Sorry guys, the catchy song at the beginning did nothing to endear me to her because the rest of the episode showed her terrorising and old man(donkey) who just wanted to be left alone and worst of all, she pretty much got away with it and was even rewarded at the end.

 

But the worst episodes for me is a double, Secret of my Excess and Spike at your service. The first one makes no sense to me since few episodes later Dragon Quest clearly shows to me that this is not how Dragons grow up and Spike at your service totally demolishes the one trait Spike was always shown to be good at, assisting others. These are the only episodes I skip when binge watching MLP.

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4 hours ago, Askre said:

 

Although it isn't the worst for me, I do often cite this episode to show when Pinkie is written the worst. Sorry guys, the catchy song at the beginning did nothing to endear me to her because the rest of the episode showed her terrorising and old man(donkey) who just wanted to be left alone and worst of all, she pretty much got away with it and was even rewarded at the end.

 

Admittedly when it comes to A friend In Deed, a not-small part of the reason I loathe it so is personal. My brother committed suicide about a month before it aired, and all I've really got of him are photos and some other mementos. When Pinkie destroyed Cranky's possessions, I literally had to stop the VCR, turn off the TV and walk away, or else I would've put my fist through the ****ing screen.

 

Anyway, other bad episodes for me besides A Friend In Deed? Well, I'll do the really bad ones...

 

1. Dragon Quest: Basically turns the entire dragon species into assholes, based on the actions of some teenagers. So much waste in one episode. Thank goodness for Gauntlet of Fire in season six!

 

2. Keep Calm and Flutter On: Celestia frees Discord, because... his magic might be useful. One of the dumbest actions in the show. We have an unrepentant villain, who was gleefully evil and did some horrific things... and you're gonna free him. Because his magic might be useful. We also have a massive asspull at the end with him and Fluttershy. And before anyone brings up 'Twilight's Kingdom', note that Discord made things a hell of a lot worse. He aided Tirec in capturing all the cutie marks, and Tirec sucking his power dry enabled him to stalemate Twilight. So if had been kept in stone, things would've gone a lot better for the good guys.

 

3. Magical Mystery Cure: Oh, dear sweet Primus. This episode is so rushed you get whiplash. What could've been a two or three-parter gets crammed into about ten minutes, then we've got the damned coronation and ascension. Not to mention how Twilight gets her wings. She has a spell written by the Merlin/Dumbledore/Einstein/Edison of Equestria and screws up using it so badly, words cannot convey it. And she gets rewarded for being such a massive idiot. Also, apparently without the Mane Six, Ponyville falls apart. Bull.Shit.

 

4. Bats: Applejack is wrong because... Fluttershy is cute? No, seriously. Applejack's got a famine, the bats are destroying her trees, and Flutterhsy says the seeds they spit out are better... despite having no evidence whatsoever of this.

 

5. Rainbow Falls: This episode is a contrived mess. It makes the Wonderbolts assholes for no really good reason, except for forced conflict. The Mane Six are massively flanderized. Seriously, how the hell did Rarity think those outfits were any good? Did she get discorded again?! I bet she did.

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On 2016-09-11 at 5:07 PM, RK_Striker_JK_5 said:

I'll go into more detail later/lits some others, but for me? A Friend In Deed was the worst episode/thing of the franchise, let alone this series. Pinkie Pie was an obnoxious, oblivious little asshole, and got the mother of all asspulls at the end with knowing Matilda. She learned that sometimes you have to keep your distance... but that moral was shot in the head because she got Cranky's friendship-underservingly-by bugging the unholy hell outta him.

 

By the end, I wanted to kill her, hurt her, end her.

 

Well can't be as bad as Squidward vs Spoungebob *shiver*

Bats - never liked that one much. I'm still on AJ side here considering it her propertly and Fluttershy cared more about the dang gum animals then her own freind well being. (see the beginining of Keep calm and flutter on) Where Fluttershy literally berates AJ for something the beaver did..on purpose I might add. yest Fluttershy like "nope aj you appligize even if the beaver flooded yoru farm it your fault" ugh!

Carts before the ponies yeah that one just cringy
Applejacks day off..feels very very very season 1 ish and boring

What about discord - Yeah him purposely leaving Twlight out of his fun and trying to westle his way out with "oh but it was for lession" not buying it, nope he just likes to watch Twilight squrim.  kind of a Packard vs Q thing going on eh

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What About Discord basically confirmed for me that the whole reformation with Discord is a complete failure, in and out of universe. He's still a complete bastard who admitted to taking joy with Twilight's distress.

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On 9/19/2016 at 8:35 PM, RK_Striker_JK_5 said:

What About Discord basically confirmed for me that the whole reformation with Discord is a complete failure, in and out of universe. He's still a complete bastard who admitted to taking joy with Twilight's distress.

I disagree. I like that he hasn't done a complete 180 overnight and still has to struggle with his compulsion to create disorder while trying to fit into a circle of friends.

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7 hours ago, ABronyAccount said:

I disagree. I like that he hasn't done a complete 180 overnight and still has to struggle with his compulsion to create disorder while trying to fit into a circle of friends.

There is a difference between "Struggling" and "Giving in to being an asshole". He's still an evil asshole. I wanna see some damned progress with him.

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8 hours ago, RK_Striker_JK_5 said:

There is a difference between "Struggling" and "Giving in to being an asshole". He's still an evil asshole. I wanna see some damned progress with him.

You mean like cooperating with Spike and Big Mac of his own volition because it's fun for all of them?

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2 hours ago, ABronyAccount said:

You mean like cooperating with Spike and Big Mac of his own volition because it's fun for all of them?

Very begrudgingly, and at first putting them into the setting with any safety features turned off, after they accepted him into guy's night, even though they didn't have to.

 

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