Season 6, Episode 17: Dungeons & Discords
Written By Nick Confalone
Ah, Discord...with your brand of comedy, no wonder they call you the Lord of Chaos! But what brand of chaos will you bring to Spike and Big Mac's guys night? Let's find out with 'Dungeons & Discords'!
When the Mane 6 leave for a overnight goodwill tour of Yakyakistan, Discord joins Spike and Big Mac's secret guys night...but it turns out to be a night of fantasy roleplaying. When I first heard about this episode, I was extremely excited to see it-not only because of the way that the show staff were going to make a parody of 'Dungeons & Dragons', but because I was excited to see what new chaotic comedy that Discord was going to provide...and considering his last appearance back in Season 5's "What About Discord?"-one of my least favorites from that season, I was hoping for a truly entertaining episode to make up for it...and man did this episode deliver!
When it comes to the story...sure, it may be a bit jumbled in certain places and that we all wish that the show staff spent more time on certain elements, the concept which was comedy gold in my opinion mixed in with the characters that they chose made me more than willing to just sit back and enjoy this episode for what it is. Also, there's actually more of a lesson to this episode than what you might you think in terms of those people who can't stand being alone and aren't willing to put aside their pride on how others see them-even trying to drive activities to their own preferences during those opportunities of having someone to spend time with. Personally, I think it's a relatable moral for everyone in the Brony community as we should be grateful to the show staff for creating these once in a while episodes that cater to the adult audience where they get to show what they consider creative entertainment.
As for the animation, you know you're in for a wave of creativity especially when you have a character like Discord as the star in the episode and the staff at DHX once again truly go all out with the many references that Discord makes of which you will need to spot after several viewings to truly understand them...who knew Discord was into jazz and zoot suits?
And when it comes to the characters, Discord is once again the comedic center of attention as he tries to take over the festivities since he has a fear of being alone even after all these years without friendship especially without Fluttershy-the first pony who was even willing to give him a second chance. As for Spike and Big Mac, it say seem weird that they would fantasize about a world that is very similar to the world that they're living in already...it actually speaks a great deal about their characters with Spike going from being a knight in shining armor rescuing his fair lady Rarity to wanting to master magic after helping Twilight to do so throughout the years as well as Big Mac wishing he could have some form of his own unicorn magic despite him just swinging a sword around. Bravo to John de Lancie, Cathy Weseluck and Peter New for delivering some awesome performances with their characters!
Overall, 'Dungeons & Discords' is a marvelously magical and comedic episode to welcome Discord back into the series and gets a rating of a 10 out of 10. All hail the King Of Chaos!