#15. The Cart Before the Ponies
Writers: Ed Valentine and Michael Vogel
Storyboard: Patricia Ross and Megan Willis
Characters: Cutie Mark Crusaders, Cheerilee
Season: 6, ep. 14 Overall: 131
Summary: The Cutie Mark Crusaders enter the Ponyville Applewood Derby Race. They each ask Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity to help. Scootaloo wants the “Most Creative” trophy, Sweetie Belle wants “Most Traditional”, and Apple Bloom wants to win the “Fastest” award. However, each of the adults has her own idea.
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#17. On Your Marks
Writers: Dave Polsky and Josh Haber
Storyboard: Ward Jenkins and Hanna Lee
Season/Episode: 6, ep. 4
Characters: Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Tender Taps
Summary: Now that they’ve finally gotten their cutie marks, the Cutie Mark Crusaders have another problem: What to do next? And can they even still be the trio they’ve always been?
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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.
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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