Season 6, Episode 13: Stranger Than Fan Fiction
Written By Josh Haber and Michael Vogel
Well…that was a short hiatus, but it feels great to be back reviewing episodes again and…no sooner do I get back from a Brony convention and the mid-Season 6 premiere is convention-themed. Not only that, we have Patton Oswalt guest voicing! I can tell we're in for an awesome episode, but will this short hiatus help or harm Friendship Is Magic? Let’s take a look at ‘Stranger Than Fan Fiction’!
Rainbow Dash attends the Daring Do Convention in Manehattan and meets a pony named Quibble Pants (voiced by Patton Oswalt) who despises the later Daring Do books as much as she loves them. The two of them soon get wrapped up in a real life Daring Do adventure and must settle their differences if they have any chance of surviving the convention. I’ll be honest, I was extremely excited to see this episode when I first heard about it-not only because of Patton Oswalt, but I was excited to see how the staff of MLP would go all out in poking fun at the many conventions that the show has and sure enough…this episode managed to exceed my expectations.
When it comes to the story, the way that the MLP staff poke fun at their many conventions actually contains a lot of subtext about the Brony community and I can guarantee that anyone who has ever been to a My Little Pony convention whether it's BronyCon or Everfree Northwest will easily be able to recognize the many things that makes these conventions so special from the varying quality of people cosplaying as their favorite characters to the fan-made merchandise in the vendor halls that you really can't find anywhere else...but speaking of the Brony community subtext, this is where the moral shines through as they show that it's okay for fans to not agree on what makes their interests so enjoyable as stated by Quibble Pants at the end.
As for the animation, it's great to see that the team at DHX hasn't lost its charm during the hiatus and it really comes into play when the show staff were poking fun at Brony conventions and also expanding on the world of Daring Do with the new locations and trying to make it as action-packed of an adventure as possible.
And when it comes to the characters...due to the hidden subtext of the Brony community, Rainbow Dash and Quibble Pants played off each other brilliantly as the dedicated fans who couldn't agree on everything that Daring Do has been a part of as neither side of the argument had the moral high ground and it was like watching an argument between Bronies on which seasons of My Little Pony are better than others as well as those who couldn't get into it when they first discovered it-bravo to Ashleigh Ball, Patton Oswalt and even Chiara Zanni as Daring Do for delivering some truly awesome performances!
Overall, 'Stranger Than Fan Fiction' is not only easily one of the best love letters to the My Little Pony community I've ever seen...but easily one of the best Rainbow Dash episodes ever and gets a rating from me of a 10 out of 10.