Saturday, March 31, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: The Maud Couple | #MLPSeason8


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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.

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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?

PROS:
  • 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

CONS:

  • 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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: School Daze | #MLPSeason8

Season 8, Episodes 1-2: School Daze
Written By Mike Vogel and Nicole Dubuc/Story By Josh Haber

2018 may not be one of the best years for the My Little Pony fandom so far, but let's see if we can turn things around because Season 8 of 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic' has finally come upon us at last and with it comes the season premiere which not only brings back the return of the two-part openers after Season 7 changed things up...but we could also be in for quite a few surprises as we embark on a new adventure with our favorite Equestrians.  So, let's kick off a new season by hitting the books and going back to school with...'School Daze'!

When the Friendship Map grows bigger to reflect the world beyond Equestria, the Mane Six realize they'll need a way to spread the message of friendship far and wide; luckily Twilight knows just what to do-open a School of Friendship.  But when the school is closed by the EEA, Twilight Sparkle must reunite her students, inspire her friends and buck the rules to stand up for what she knows is right - every creature, pony or not, deserves to learn friendship together.

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So here we are at the start of a new season and after we had a season with a very weird broadcasting schedule as well as having a theatrical movie and dealing with massive leaks, can the start of a new season help to get things back on track or do the writers need to go back to school?

PROS:
  • Continuity with 'My Little Pony: The Movie'-expanding the map to include locations from the movie as well as providing exposition on what happened to Tempest Shadow after the movie
  • The concept of opening up a school of friendship-not only does it feel like a natural progression for our main cast to pass on their knowledge to the next generation, but the design of the school on both the inside and outside looks beautiful
  • Maurice LaMarche as Chancellor Neighsay-not only is it awesome to see another voice acting legend on the show, but his character's design is like a combo of Brain from 'Pinky And The Brain' and Doctor Strange...also this episode certainly won't be the last we see of him
  • Our six new characters-we may have just been introduced to them, but I have the feeling that they are gonna make some great new additions as the season progresses-having a hard time picking a favorite 
  • Getting to see so many old and new locations from both the series and the movie again from the Castle Of The Two Sisters to a newly updated movie-esque throne room in Canterlot as well as getting to see so many old returnees like Prince Rutherford, Thorax and Ember


CONS:
  • The songs-they weren't bad, but I feel that they weren't Daniel Ingram's best...they were alright at best

Overall, 'School Daze' is another awesome start to another season of My Little Pony and I'm gonna give it a 9 out of 10...the road to Friendship School has just begun, but join me next week when Pinkie Pie has to deal with a real 'stick-in-the-Maud'.  I'll just show myself out...