19. “Owl’s Well That Ends Well”
Writer: Cindy Morrow
Storyboard: Mike West & Sherann Johnson
Season/Episode: 1, 15
Characters: Spike, Owlowicious (1st appearance)
Episodes focused on Spike tend to be the most poorly written episodes, and that’s really a shame. That’s not to say he hasn’t gotten some good stories, “Equestria Games” and “Gauntlet of Fire” are my favorites. But I think part of the problem is that Spike is essentially a satellite character. Unless he has someone to play off, he’s not all that interesting. He’s really at his best when he’s the voice of reason and supports the other characters, particularly Twilight Sparkle.
My main problem with this episode is Owlowicious. In the episode’s climax, we are told that Twilight allowed him to stay in the library because he was helping her at night. There’s just one problem, Cindy Morrow. All the scenes where he helps Twilight take place during the day! And what was the point of those fake jump scares every single time he turned his head all the way around? They accomplished nothing, and he wasn’t even meant to be a scary character, much less a villain.
I’m ranking this episode so low as a means of forgiving it. It’s a season one episode, and while the first season wasn’t necessarily bad, it was easy to tell the writers hadn’t really gotten the hang of some of the characters. As I’ve always told people, it wasn’t until I got to the tail end of season 2 that I was hooked. This is part of the reason.
Now we come to the only prequel that seems to receive positive opinions. I’ve even heard people say you should just skip Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones and just watch this one. I disagree. Both movies do set this movie up, and let’s not forget the original trilogy wasn’t perfect.
If the original trilogy can be called an outer space version of Campbell’s famous “Hero’s Journey”, then the prequels can be its polar opposite: “The Shadow’s Journey”. The Hero’s Journey is a quest for glory. The Shadow’s Journey is a journey not to glory, but to darkness.
Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship has taken a turn for the worse. His romance with Padme is far from secret, and now he has a child on the way. But dark visions plague him–he sees again and again that his wife will die during childbirth. Anakin has never really gotten over the death of his mother, and still wants to find a way to stop people from dying, as he had promised in the previous movie. And now Palpatine is offering him a chance to fulfill that promise.
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My last post started the top 20 worst episodes. But, I am a fan, so I will be posting the top 20 best episodes as well. Let’s start with one of the gems of Season 6.
20) The Fault In Our Cutie Marks
Writer: Ed Valentine
Storyboard: Karine Charlebois, Patricia Ross, and Nicole Wang
Season/Episode: 6, episode 19 (note: aired early in Poland)
Characters: Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, Gabby (1st appearance), Twilight Sparkle
The episode is already off to a good start with three of the show’s best writers, Josh Haber, Meghan McCarthy. McCarthy has been with the show from the very beginning. She also wrote for the upcoming movie as well. Josh Haber and Ed Valentine are late entries, starting in season 3. (The show has a habit of bringing in new writers whenever a new direction is being taken.)
At this point in the Cutie Mark Crusaders’ arc, they’ve finally gotten their cutie marks. Now it’s time for them to apply what they’ve learned in their struggles. They’ve found their purpose, which is to help others understand their own purpose in life.
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With the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie coming in a couple months, the time is ripe for Bronies everywhere to spread their Love and Tolerance and assimilate new members into the herd! But how? By showing those who are still on the fence just how good the show is!
For the next 10 weeks, I will be talking about my picks for the top 20 best episodes, and the top 20 worst episodes. I’m starting with the bad ones to get them out of the way quicker. These are the ones I feel you should avoid showing to those fence-sitters you wish to recruit. Bad writing! Characters written way out of character, even for Pinkie Pie! (one of the flaws of the show is that the writers seem to think because Pinkie is the crazy one of the group, they can write her any way they like) I will present these episodes by degree of increasing annoyance. The higher we go on the countdown, the more they annoyed me. But what about the worst episodes? Oh, that’s another countdown, don’t worry. So, here’s our starter.
#20) “Somepony to Watch Over Me”
Writer: Scott Sonneborn
Storyboard: Nicole Wang & Steve Sanderson
Season/Episode: 4, 17
Main Characters: Apple Bloom, Applejack, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle
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