Monday, July 30, 2018

MLEEP Reviews: A Matter Of Principals | #MLPSeason8

Season 8, Episode 15: A Matter Of Principals
Written By Nicole Dubuc

When we last saw Discord back in 'The Break Up Break Down', he had helped to save the lovely couple of Big McIntosh and Sugar Belle from breaking up for good on Hearts And Hooves Day...but what will happen when he tries to make Starlight Glimmer's new job a living nightmare?  Let's find out, this is 'A Matter Of Principals'!

When Twilight Sparkle leaves Starlight Glimmer in charge of the School Of Friendship while she tends to a friendship mission with her friends, Discord gets frustrated that he wasn't chosen for the job and decides to make Starlight's new role as impossible as it can possibly be.

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When this episode was announced, I was both intrigued and excited to see it at the same time not just for more of the wacky and creative comedy from Discord but to also see Starlight Glimmer really step up her role in the School Of Friendship and how she would manage her new position as well as if she is worthy of keeping said position...but can two formerly villainous characters make for an entertaining episode?

PROS:
  • The exposition and lore behind the 'Spell-venger Hunt'-from the helm of Yickslur to the crown of King Grover, it is so great getting to see the many different cultures of Equestria explored more and more throughout this season because of the development of the School Of Friendship...really hoping we get to see more of it!
  • John de Lancie as Discord-as I said in my review of 'The Break Up Break Down' and with every Discord episode I have reviewed, he always finds a way to steal the show with his brand of comedy and John de Lancie always does an amazing job with his performance of the character
  • The return of fan favorite characters-some would call it fan service and some would call it fan pandering, but it is so cool getting to see so many fan favorite characters return when Discord and Starlight hire substitute teachers like Iron Will and Trixie...even Maud and Cranky Doodle Donkey get involved as well!

CONS:

  • The story-it had a very interesting concept, but...upon further analysis, this was pretty much another rehash of Season 4's "Three's A Crowd"/Season 5's "What About Discord?" where Discord trolls the main characters of the episode in order to teach them a lesson...and some of the ways that he was making Starlight's new job as temporary headmare were a bit questionable like Trixie and the Ursa Major and the Bugbear in gym class, it even felt like his character had regressed back to his Season 3 self
  • The characters-since the story is a rehash of an episode that basically rehashed another episode, it effected the characters since all you really had to do was swap Twilight Sparkle with Starlight Glimmer and you're all set...although I will say that it was great to see the Student Six again and bonding with each other while on the 'Spell-venger hunt'

Overall...while 'A Matter Of Principals' does have its problems like a weak story and recycled characters, it is still an alright episode for what we actually managed to get and I am gonna give this a rating of a 7 out of 10


Horse Play-10/10
Yakity Sax-10/10
A Matter Of Principals-7/10


SEASON 8 OVERALL RATING: 8.1/10

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