Season 8, Episode 3: The Maud Couple
Written By Nick Confalone
Ah, Maud Pie...she may have come into 'My Little Pony' unknown back in Season 4, but she has quickly risen to the top of some of the fandom's favorite characters and when we last left Maud back in Season 7, she had not only earned her rocktorate in rock science but she had also become friends with Starlight Glimmer and taken up residence in a secret waterfall grotto near Ponyville...and it even sounds like she may have found her special somepony, but will her sister Pinkie's overeager meddling end this relationship before it even started? Let's find out...this is 'The Maud Couple'!
When Pinkie Pie's sister Maud gets a boyfriend by the name of Mudbriar of whom she can't stand, she fears that her super-best-friend-sister bond may be on the line and does everything she can to break up the happy couple.
After we went back to school for what was a really great start to another season of My Little Pony, it is now time to start this season properly with the return of one of my personal favorites in recent years-Maud Pie. Ever since she made her debut back in Season 4, the Maud Pie episodes have always been some of my favorites-even managing to end up in my top five favorites of the seasons that they debuted in...but will giving Maud a boyfriend result in another 'rock'-ing episode?
- Ingrid Nilson as Maud Pie-I've said it before and I'll say it again, Maud is a joy to watch whenever she's on screen and Ingrid Nilson always does an awesome job with voicing her
- Brand new reanimated opening titles-it took seven seasons of making minor changes to the same intro over and over again, but they finally reanimated the entire intro sequence to fit the theme for Season 8
- Getting to see more old locations from past seasons make their return like the Pie Rock Farm where the episode's moral of 'beauty is found within' (Beauty And The Beast much?) is presented and Pinkie Pie's Party Cave where we also get to see Mudbriar's vision board...NERD!
- Getting to see Limestone and Marble Pie again-having been reduced to cameos back in 'Rock Solid Friendship', it was great to see the other sisters of the Pie family have speaking roles again ever since Season 5's "Hearthbreakers" of which Ingrid Nilson also does wonderfully with voicing...just wish we could get an episode about either of them before the series eventually ends
- The story-I know that this episode is based on the play 'The Odd Couple'...but having not seen the play that this episode is based on, this felt like a rehash of Season 4's "Maud Pie" and Season 7's "Rock Solid Friendship" mashed into one-just replace Starlight Glimmer with Mudbriar, put Pinkie in the place of the Mane 6 from Maud's debut episode and you're all set
- The humor-it went from being hit and miss in the first act to just straight up repetition of unfunny jokes for the final two acts
- Mudbriar-let me just say right now that Mudbriar is not a bad character and while I like that they're giving Maud a romantic interest, but his mannerisms and the tone in his voice reminded me too much of Sheldon Cooper from 'The Big Bang Theory' for me to really like this character
Overall, sticks and stones may break my bones...but 'The Maud Couple' unfortunately broke the winning streak of Maud Pie episodes as I have to give it a rating of a 5.5 out of 10. Let's hope that Fluttershy and Rarity can get Season 8 back on track with next week's episode...see ya next time!
The Maud Couple-5.5/10
SEASON 8 OVERALL RATING: 7.25/10