Tuesday, April 30, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - The Shot/Yes And | #BoJack

Season 2, Episode 9: The Shot
Written By Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Back during the events of the Season 1 finale, BoJack Horseman had gotten the lifelong dream role in the movie about his childhood hero Secretariat with his former ghostwriter Diane Nguyen as a character consultant...and while the road to stardom hasn't been easy for BoJack from trying to maintain a positive outlook while on the film set to finding a way for his director to like him as a person, it would seem like their biggest challenge yet is on the horizon when a crucial shot for the film is missing.  Looks like it's time to dodge a bullet once again because it's time for 'The Shot'!

THE SHOT: BoJack cooks up a scheme with Kelsey, Todd, Princess Carolyn and Mr. Peanutbutter to steal a crucial shot for the Secretariat film.

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PROS:
  • 'Messin' With Nixon'-while BoJack believes that the former President Richard Nixon scene is the core of the whole movie with how it shows Secretariat being morally corrupted and the darkness of his soul, producer Lenny Turteltaub explains that they ran a focus group over the break and found out that people didn't want to see controversial stuff resulting in the scene being replaced with Secretariat giving Christmas presents to his nieces...this entire concept alone is a very good example of how the entertainment industry has changed so much throughout the years to the point where anything that may feel controversial or offensive is removed for the sake of profits and because it's show business-another good example being the rumor of the 'Jim Crow' scene being removed from the movie Dumbo for Disney+, the entire third act of the film wouldn't have made any sense since the crows played a crucial role in the movie with them being the ones to make the little elephant fly!
  • 'BoJack's Seven'-I find it hilarious how we just recently had one show about talking horses (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) doing their own 'Ocean's Eleven' parody almost two weeks ago and now it's BoJack's turn to do his own version of the heist from the recruitment of his closest friends and partners including Character Actress Margo Martindale to planning among his team using a model of the Oval Office that he stole to use as an example to ultimately failing in their mission resulting in Turteltaub finding out about everything and firing director Kelsey Jannings while going forward with using the replacement scene of Secretariat as originally planned...honestly, that's Hollywood for ya!

CONS:
  • Beatrice Horseman-from everything that we have seen and heard about BoJack's parents from throughout all of Season 1 and up to this point, I have felt so sorry for BoJack that he had to put up with easily some of the most abusive and harmful parents I have ever seen in media; his mother Beatrice taking the cake easily of the two by refusing to let her son put out a 'perfectly good cigarette' and making him finish it since she doesn't want to be the mother of a quitter despite BoJack clearly not being able to handle smoking from the coughing fit to the stream of tears when trying to emulate his idol Secretariat's signature smoke to the point where she punishes BoJack not for smoking/stealing the cigarette but for being alive...man, what a bitch!
  • Sebastian St. Clair-this is a character that I am literally scratching my head as to what purpose he serves in the series as a whole...he is constantly doing volunteer work for the people of Cordovia in order for Diane to write a book about him in the same way that she did for BoJack Horseman when in actuality he is only in Cordovia for the positive publicity and boost his image in the United States while spending most of his time making tributes to himself instead of helping those that are most in need due to the country being at war. I can see how this could be an interesting parallel as to the kind of egotistical monster that BoJack could've become had he not met Diane, but what purpose does Sebastian serve to the series if he's only in for this one season and that's it?!

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Overall while taking a couple of bullets mostly from characters who I still am not fond of relate to in the slightest, 'The Shot' still manages to pack a punch with its powerful take on how Hollywood has moved with the times from getting away with pretty much anything you can imagine to being so afraid of offending people that they have to remove anything they can...for me, 'The Shot' is definitely the episode where BoJack Horseman as a television series really becomes what it's really about and for that has secured a rating of a 9 out of 10.

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Season 2, Episode 10: Yes And
Written By Mehar Sethi

One of the most popular forms of theater as well as acting in general is improv comedy which for those who don't know is when most or all of what is performed is unplanned or unscripted being created spontaneously by the performers without use of an already prepared written script...and improv is something that I'll admit that I've done a few times by ad libbing extra lines in a few stage productions that I was in back during high school from 'Bye Bye Birdie' to 'Seussical The Musical' even getting to attend a free improv class with my fellow cast members in New York during a trip to see one of the original Daniel Radcliffe/John Larroquette performances to 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying'. But what will happen when Todd decides to give it a chance? Let's find out and make things up as we go with 'Yes And'!

YES AND: While Todd gets sucked into the cult of improv comedy, Wanda thinks Diane is a bad influence on BoJack when he has to deal with a career crisis.

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PROS:

  • Continuity with 'The Shot'-as we saw during the ending of the previous episode, producer Lenny Turteltaub wasn't too happy with BoJack and Kelsey Jannings breaking into the Oval Office to film the controversial Richard Nixon scene from 'Secretariat' resulting in Kelsey being fired and replaced by director Abe D'Catfish who doesn't care if things like boom mics appear in shots because everything can be fixed in post production...as for Diane, she ended up moving back to Hollywoo after having her fill of Cordovia and even not bothering to finish Sebastian St. Clair's book resulting in her crashing at BoJack's house where she may have now overstayed her welcome and is starting to become as washed up of a celebrity as BoJack was when they first met
  • Todd And The Shenanigags-with how harshly that Todd has been treated lately from BoJack and Wanda having their own work to do to being fired from the set of Mr. Peanutbutter's game show by J.D. Salinger and even Mr. Peanutbutter being too busy, seeing him join a comedy improv troupe makes for a very interesting concept since he believes that it will be a promise for social and professional opportunities only for it ends up being a cult
  • Foreshadowing to 'Escape From L.A.'-just when you thought that 'BoJack Horseman' couldn't get any more real as a television series, the final act of the episode comes at ya like a wrecking ball of emotions from BoJack breaking up with Wanda and traveling to New Mexico to meet with his old friend Charlotte to Wanda moving back in with her sisteer to Todd becoming a permanent edition of the Shenanigags to Diane telling Mr. Peanutbutter over the phone that she still loves him but she can't talk on the phone anymore since it's too hard for her...what will end up happening to BoJack during his time in New Mexico with Charlotte, that will have to wait until next week

CONS:

  • N/A

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Overall, BoJack Horseman is becoming more real and relatable during these past few episodes and 'Yes And' is a prime example of this because it honestly feels like BoJack's 'happily ever after' of being in his dream movie with the girlfriend of his dreams may now be coming to an end before it even started...for that, 'Yes And' gets a perfect 10 out of 10 and I will see you all next week for the final two episodes to Season 2 of 'BoJack Horseman'!


The Shot/Yes And-9.5/10

SEASON 2 OVERALL RATING: 8.65/10

Sunday, April 28, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - The Point Of No Return | #MLPSeason9

Season 9, Episode 5: The Point Of No Return
Written By G.M. Berrow


If Twilight Sparkle is ever going to become the future princess over all of Equestria, she is gonna need to work on some things before she even gets to that point-most notably her anxiety induced freak outs since we have known ever since Day 1 of the series that Twilight will overreact to everything that isn't organized and kept on schedule from an unexpected test/exam to what happened in today's episode regarding a long overdue library book because it looks like our Princess Of Friendship may have finally reached 'The Point Of No Return'...let's take a look!

THE POINT OF NO RETURN: Twilight realizes she never returned a book to the Canterlot Library and besides incurring the disgrace of a super-overdue book and huge fees, she may have caused her favorite librarian Dusty Pages to lose her job


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PROS:
  • 'Delivering The Plot'-with the fact that this is the final season of 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic', I can see that the writers and animators are trying to include all of the fan favorite characters from the entirety of the series...so getting to see and hear from fan favorite Derpy Hooves was truly an unexpected surprise as she delivers a large package to Twilight Sparkle from Princess Celestia of her old belongings during a cleaning of Canterlot Castle such as the macaroni picture frame that she made with Princess Cadence to her extra extra credit report on 'The Impediments Of Using Magic In Everyday Chores' and even a G1 Star Swirl figure...I swear, I am not making this up with how 'My Little Pony' has become this extremely aware of itself as what was presented in that very scene-while it would've been funnier if they actually had the figurine in the style of MLP G1 since it would've completed the joke and while I doubt that the kids are gonna get the joke, it was a nice bit of a 'wink wink, nudge nudge' to the audience!
  • 'Back To The Pilot'-with the revelation that Twilight Sparkle has had an overdue book since she left for Ponyville, we are treated to a recreation from the series pilot back in Season 1 showing the audience as to how Twilight's overdue book got lost in her Canterlot room all those years ago before leaving for Ponyville to defeat Nightmare Moon and learn the magic of friendship...in fact, I'm gonna have to go back and re-watch the series pilot to see if Twilight actually did throw this particular book away since it would make so much sense as to why they built an entire episode based off of this teeny tiny bit from the first episode and how the writing process for this episode more than likely went!
  • 'Tasty Treats And Fan Favorites'-while Twilight Sparkle and Spike try to find First Folio at her Office Of Overdue Returns, they discover that she has gone out to lunch somewhere on Restaurant Row and that place is none other than The Tasty Treat making its official return to the series ever since Season 6's "Spice Up Your Life'...and while Saffron Masala and Coriander Cumin are nowhere to be seen throughout the entire scene which would've been nice as a way of showing the audience that these characters still exist, we are instead reunited with fan favorite Moon Dancer after having not said a word at all since Season 5's "Amending Fences". I can't tell you enough how many members of the fandom that I saw practically begging for the show staff to bring Moon Dancer back, so it is great that we got to see her back and with veteran actress Kazumi Evans returning to supply her voice once again!
  • 'Perfection: The Impossible Pursuit'-considering the fact that 'The Point Of No Return' is written by G.M. Berrow, I can see that the episode fits with her style from her previous episodes with how there isn't that much that you can't see coming from a mile away and most of what G.M. Berrow writes has been low key 'slice of life' with nothing too exciting most of the time especially when we can clearly see the fact that Dusty Pages doesn't want to return to her job coming, you'd think there really wouldn't be that much to stretch out a story about returning an overdue library book until we get to the final lesson of the episode presented in the title of Twilight's overdue book that really managed to hit me hard with how the show staff were setting this lesson up throughout the episode since Twilight has never had an overdue book even having a framed record holder picture in the library while Dusty Pages was also trying to hold onto her own record and it wasn't until she failed in that tiny aspect of that one overdue book that she finally felt freedom again...this lesson was presented in a way that a little child could understand and yet still feel so relevant to adults as well since it is one that we don't take to heart all of the time and it is just wonderfully showcased!

CONS:
  • Similarities to Season 5's "Amending Fences"-while seeing Twilight Sparkle trying endlessly to make things right with her favorite librarian Dusty Pages by returning her overdue book may sound like original idea, the basic concept of Twilight forgetting to do something back in Canterlot and trying to make amends with somepony whose life has changed dramatically because of her actions feels very reminiscent of Season 5's "Amending Fences"...all you have to do is replace the overdue library book and Dusty Pages with Twilight's old friends from Canterlot and Moon Dancer and you're all set especially when they have to pad out the episode with a couple different montages of Twilight going around to all of these different places knocking on doors and getting nods from different ponies while getting nowhere close to finding Dusty Pages in order to return her overdue book! However despite having similarities, I will say that this is not a full-on rehash of said episode since 'The Point Of No Return' does in fact do some things differently as well to make it stand out even if there are very few...but in a way, I feel like it ties a lot into the moral presented in the episode showing how not every episode of 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic' is gonna be the best of the best since there will be ones that aren't perfect and these writers have shown this time and time again!

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Overall...as G.M. Berrow's final contribution to the 'My Little Pony' franchise from chapter books to episodes of the television series and while not quite the full-on recycled rehash of Season 5's "Amending Fences" like I thought it would be, 'The Point Of No Return' is still a great episode in showing how something that isn't perfect can still be something truly worthwhile and I'm proud to give it a rating of an 8.5 out of 10. With that being said, see you all next week when Rainbow Dash is reunited with an old friend from quite a daring adventure...


Uprooted-8/10
The Point Of No Return-8.5/10

SEASON 9 OVERALL RATING: 9.125/10

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Hank After Dark/Let's Find Out | #BoJack

Season 2, Episode 7: Hank After Dark
Written By Kelly Galuska

During the 60's and 70's, Hank Hippopopalous ruled the entertainment industry in Hollywoo with his 'Dance Pop Cosmopolis' program as well as his novelty rap album 'The Hank Hippopopalous Hip Hop Hypothesis' before developing a late night talk show called 'Hank After Dark' which earned him an Animal Choice Award in 1994 where he met face-to-face with Mr. Peanutbutter who was a long time admirer of his work since he was a kid...but are some careers truly meant to soar sky high or can they crash and burn before they even start?  Let's find out, this is 'Hank After Dark'!

HANK AFTER DARK: While Todd gets involved with international affairs, Diane goes off script during BoJack's book tour while jeopardizing Mr. Peanutbutter's new show

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PROS:
  • The humor-unlike last week's episode 'Higher Love' where the humor was basically just recycling the joke about autoerotic asphyxiation over and over again, the humor for 'Hank After Dark' mostly focuses on BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter's relationship in the world of entertainment with Hank Hippopopalous and it is absolutely hilarious especially during the flashback to the 1994 Animal Choice Awards from the mismatched announcers of Scott Wolf and Matthew Fox to BoJack wishing that his suit had more whiskey flasks...and even the humor during the present day portion is pretty awesome from BoJack's 'inbred Eskimo blubber-munchers' slam at Alaska while trying as hard as he can not to offend any internationals while promoting his book on tour with Diane Nguyen and Princess Carolyn only for Diane to be the offender when she mentions how Hank Hippopopalous has done far worse than BoJack and yet still has a career
  • Mr. Peanutbutter's connection with Hank-with Hank Hippopopalous being Mr. Peanutbutter's idol during the 60's and 70's, you can imagine how much Mr. Peanutbutter admires what Hank has done for entertainment to the point where he wants to do everything he can to impress his idol and wants to be just like him even if it ends up making even more egotistical than ever...as he says to Todd, 'this guy was the guy...I even bought his novelty rap album 'The Hank Hippopopalous Hip Hop Hypothesis'"-try saying that ten times fast!
  • "The Prince And The Todd"-in what can be described as the BoJack Horseman equivalent of the Mark Twain classic 'The Prince And The Pauper', we find out from Tom Jumbo Grumbo that the Prince Of Cordovia is visiting Los Angeles at the same time as Todd is out buying chili for himself and Mr. Peanutbutter...and from this point on, hijinks ensue in what ends up becoming a doppelganger story where everyone believes that the Prince is really Todd to the point where I was heavily reminded of 'Muppets Most Wanted'-all we were missing was the Prince and Mr. Peanutbutter singing 'I'm Number One' from the movie!
  • Foreshadowing to 'Let's Find Out'-while the news of Diane having allegations against Hank Hippopopalous breaks out, we see Mr. Peanutbutter at work planning his new game show which we will eventually see in the second of this week's episodes when he finds out the news via a site called Tit Puncher (yes, the immature kid inside me got a chuckle out of that!)...although not much is revealed as of this point, we will find out whether or not if Mr. Peanutbutter's new show is a success for next time


CONS:
  • Sebastian St. Clair-this is a character that I am literally scratching my head as to what purpose he serves in the series as a whole...he is constantly doing volunteer work for the people of Cordovia in order for Diane to write a book about him in the same way that she did for BoJack Horseman when in actuality he is only in Cordovia for the positive publicity and boost his image in the United States while spending most of his time making tributes to himself instead of helping those that are most in need due to the country being at war. I can see how this could be an interesting parallel as to the kind of egotistical monster that BoJack could've become had he not met Diane, but what purpose does Sebastian serve to the series if he's only in for this one season and that's it?!


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Overall as an allegory for how the entertainment industry these days is filled with numerous scandals and controversies for pretty much any big name star that you can think of, 'Hank After Dark' came out of the shadows and shone bright as just the right pick-me-up that Season 2 of BoJack Horseman needed in order to get back on track while also managing to get a 9.5 out of 10 rating

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Season 2, Episode 8: Let's Find Out
Written By Alison Flierl and Scott Chernoff

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he was touring with Diane Nguyen and Princess Carolyn promoting his new book only to be caught up in a huge controversial scandal when Diane claims that Hank Hippopopalous had done far worse and yet still had his career all the while Mr. Peanutbutter was working on a brand new game show with the help of television producer J.D. Salinger.  But now, the big day has arrived...will Mr. Peanutbutter's new game show survive past the first episode?  Let's find out, this is...well, 'Let's Find Out'!

LET'S FIND OUT: BoJack is one of the celebrity guest stars on the first episode of Mr. Peanutbutter's game show, but the game doesn't go as expected.

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PROS:
  • Continuity with 'Hank After Dark'-while the news of Diane having allegations against Hank Hippopopalous broke out during the previous episode, we saw Mr. Peanutbutter at work planning his new game show when he finds out the news via a site called Tit Puncher (yes, the immature kid inside me got a chuckle out of that!)...although not much was revealed at that point, we finally get to see the debut of Mr. Peanutbutter's new game show 'Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let's Find Out! where he spends a majority of the first episode peppering BoJack with difficult and unfair questions like the average annual rainfall in Bora Bora to the addition of 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe where he gets all of the easy questions like green being a combination of blue and yellow all culminating to what was an extremely hilarious finale where BoJack intentionally gets the final question wrong burning the charity money he won!


CONS:
  • N/A


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Overall, 'Let's Find Out' is without a doubt the funniest episode of Season 2 and quite possibly the funniest episode of the entire 'BoJack Horseman' series so far...it may look mean-spirited with its humor upon first glance, but that's what made the episode so great in the first place and I am proud to give 'Let's Find Out' the first ever 10 out of 10 rating for Season 2.


Hank After Dark/Let's Find Out-9.75/10

SEASON 2 OVERALL RATING: 8.43/10

Saturday, April 20, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - Sparkle's Seven | #MLPSeason9

Season 9, Episode 4: Sparkle's Seven
Story By Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain,
Tara Strong and Cathy Weseluck
Written By Josh Haber and Nicole Dubuc


Back in the fall of 2017, the five leading actresses of 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'-Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Cathy Weseluck-were invited to a boardroom at DHX Media via Skype where they were asked to tell the staff the things they'd always wished that their characters had been able to do but had not yet done...and through the team-up of writers Josh Haber and Nicole Dubuc narrowing down the best ideas, they incorporated these into a cohesive narrative for what would mark a very special occasion: the two-hundreth episode of 'My Little Pony' simply titled 'Sparkle's Seven'...but was this milestone episode a match made in heaven?  Let's take a look...

SPARKLE'S SEVEN: Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor pit their wits against each other to settle a long-standing sibling rivalry, but they soon discover they are not the only competitors


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PROS:

  • The story-while the one hundredth episode "Slice Of Life" from back in Season 5 was made for the fans with the backgrounds characters embarking on their own wacky adventure, this two hundredth episode was made for the five leading actresses who have been voicing our main cast since the very beginning...and through the brilliant idea from Tabitha St. Germain of doing a heist episode along with the contributions of her fellow actresses and the writing team of Josh Haber and Nicole Dubuc, we have an episode that pushed the boundaries with what the ponies we've come to know and love can do in what is basically a ponified version of the 2001 movie 'Ocean's Eleven'. It may sound like they overhyped this special episode upon first glance, but you can definitely see why they did as you watch...and I am so happy that the voice actresses got a special 'Story By' credit when the opening titles appear after the intro!
  • The Sibling Supreme Competition-through Tara Strong's contribution to the writing for this two hundredth episode of Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor having a sibling rivalry as well as an exposition dump from Twilight Sparkle, we learn more about the Sibling Supreme Competition and how it was a long standing competition between her and Shining Armor from kite flying to getting good grades with the winner that had the most gold stars would earn the crown/title of Sibling Supreme...and during the flashbacks if you're really paying attention, you can see where the episode will ultimately lead to in what was a very touching moment for Spike and we even got to see that Twilight and Shining Armor aren't the only ones with sibling rivalries in Equestria which would ultimately lead to a truly surprising and hilarious moment in the ending!
  • Shining Armor's Line Of Defense-in order to ensure that he wins the ultimate title of Sibling Supreme forever, Shining Armor really went above and beyond with the security setup in Canterlot for this friendly competition and I have to say that even I was amazed by his efforts...I mean, working with Star Swirl The Bearded to surround the castle by anti-magic shards of Queen Chrysalis' throne from numerous giant fans to prevent flight to the tunnel entrances being sealed off to doubling the ranks of security to a trap door in the throne room to a geese alarm system-this guy thought of everything and he was even able to guess Twilight's plan before anything had even been done! Bravo, Shining Armor...bravo
  • The continuity nods-through Rarity's suggestion to Twilight Sparkle about doing the opposite of what Shining Armor expects the Mane 6 to do, we are then treated to a wave of continuity nods from previous episodes like Rarity's 'Shadow Spade' outfit from Season 5's "Rarity Investigates" with Rainbow Dash acting as Dr. Watson to Rarity's Sherlock Holmes as well as Fluttershy's stealth outfit from Season 3's "Magic Duel which was actually Andrea Libman's contribution to the writing of her wanting to see Fluttershy have a 'badass spy moment'...and I guess her contribution of Pinkie Pie going to space was in a way a nod to the Equestria Girls special 'Dance Magic' especially when she quotes and ponifies the iconic 'Houston...we have a problem' line from the 1995 film Apollo 13 based on the true story
  • Applejack's alter ego-through Ashleigh Ball's contribution to the writing as part of the plan for Twilight to be 'Sibling Supreme' with the idea of having a secret past as famous country western superstar Apple Chord giving a farewell performance to the guard ponies, we get to see more of why music has been so important to the Apple Family...like Applejack says, 'playing music was about making her family smile' and it was all she ever wanted from her music when the real shows kept getting bigger and bigger resulting in her giving up the spotlight to return to where she came from. In fact, does this alter ego for Applejack sound a lot like what happened with her childhood friend RaRa from back in Season 5's "The Mane Attraction"?
  • The return of Zephyr Breeze-not counting his appearances in the Equestria Girls spinoff series, we haven't seen Fluttershy's brother Zephyr Breeze since his debut episode back in Season 6's "Flutter Brutter"..and through Ashleigh Ball's contribution to the writing for this two hundredth episode, he finally makes his return albeit with the realization that his mane therapy career never took off after his debut and finding his new career as a member of Shining Armor's Royal Guard in Canterlot in order to ensure that Shining Armor stays 'Sibling Supreme' where we get to see some hilarious lovey dovey moments between him and Rainbow Dash whose disguise is bearing a strong resemblance to Megara from the Disney film 'Hercules'
  • Spike's sibling relationship with Twilight-through Cathy Weseluck's contribution to the writing when Spike and Fluttershy accidentally set off the geese alarm system and trap door in the Canterlot throne room, we find out from Spike that feeling like Twilight and Shining Armor's little brother during their sibling rivalries have him unsure if they felt the same way about him resulting in Fluttershy assuring him that he is special and can even teach her brother Zephyr Breeze a lot about being a brother...in a way, this actually helped Fluttershy deal with her claustrophobia from being similarly trapped back in the Castle Of The Two Sisters during Season 4's "Castle Mane-ia" and it all resulted in what was a very touching and heartwarming moment of Spike ultimately being the true Sibling Supreme at the end of the episode with what could possibly be the best Princess Luna moment in the entirety of the series in a nod to the James Bond film franchise cliche of Ernst Stavro Blofeld stroking a cat!
  • The return of Maud Pie-when it is revealed that Applejack cannot buck through solid rock, Twilight Sparkle brings in a specialist and it is none other than the return of fan favorite Maud Pie...even though she ultimately doesn't speak in this special episode, it was still great to see her again for this special I have no doubt that we will be seeing Maud again hopefully at some point during this final season and it was even a nice little birthday surprise for her voice actress Ingrid Nilson today!

CONS:

  • N/A
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Overall...for the two-hundreth episode of the series and especially as a thank you to the five actresses who have brought 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic' as far as it has, 'Sparkle's Seven' was an emotional yet funny celebration of everything that has made 'Friendship Is Magic' the cultural phenomenon that it is today proving that even the voice actors of a popular television series can create something truly magical for the fans to see and I'm proud to give it a rating of a 10 out of 10. As Andrea Libman said herself, 'there's no way that we would be doing a two hundredth episode without the incredible fans that we have...so we are incredibly grateful'

Even though Twilight Sparkle ended up losing the title of 'Sibling Supreme', she may have lost a lot more than that for next time to where she might have reached 'The Point Of No Return'...see you all next week and congratulations to the cast and crew of 'My Little Pony' on their two-hundredth episode!

#MLP200


Uprooted-8/10
Sparkle's Seven-10/10

SEASON 9 OVERALL RATING: 9.33/10

Monday, April 15, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Chickens/Higher Love | #BoJack

Season 2, Episode 5: Chickens
Written By Peter Knight

You know...it's not often that you get a new episode let alone two from one of your favorite television shows airing on your birthday especially within recent years like the My Little Pony episode 'Bloom And Gloom' which aired back in 2015.  Little moments like this in the world of entertainment can really help make this special occasion feel all the more memorable if you're someone like me...and now BoJack Horseman can officially join the ranks with birthday released episodes in today's double feature of 'Horseman Hoedowns', so let's start things off by getting clucky and strutting our stuff with 'Chickens'!

CHICKENS: While BoJack Horseman really wants his director Kelsey to like him, Todd and Diane along with Kelsey's daughter help a chicken who's on the run from the police.

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PROS:
  • Chicken 4 Dayz-imagine if chicken farming commercials were brutally honest with how they raise their chickens in order to be made for consumption and you get 'Chicken 4 Dayz' of which the commercial managed to get a really good laugh out of me with how dark the humor could get...I know that chickens raising themselves for harvesting is basically an allegory for cannibalism especially with how they inject them with hormones and keeping them cooped up in cages, but that's what made it so friggin' hilarious in my opinion since it perfectly mocks everything that organizations like PETA are against in every way
  • The humor-seeing as this episode of BoJack Horseman is centered around chickens, the humor within the viewing experience was truly a 'Grade A' egg from the Chicken 4 Dayz commercial like I said earlier to Todd's chicken themed wordplay in trying to hide Becca from the police for her to be taken to Chicken 4 Dayz to Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface quoting the classic joke of 'why the chicken crossed the road'...I know some people would see that as the laziest chicken joke that a television show or movie could make just like the repetitive and lazy 'Who?' joke for Owlowiscious from 'My Little Pony', but I guess it all depends on your taste of comedy.


CONS:
  • Irving Jannings-granted it was cool to meet the daughter of the director behind BoJack's newest leading role project 'Secretariat' and while she isn't a bad character per say since she does find a way to help save the day in the end, her 'valley girl' mannerisms just really took me out of her for a majority of the episode...kinda stereotypical if you ask me and I know that BoJack is a series that mocks these kinds of characters, but this concept of 'valley girls' is so overdone by now

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Overall...for an episode with subject matter as dark as what was presented here and while it does have one character that took me out of the experience for a while, 'Chickens' makes for easily the best episode of Season 2 so far with a majority of its greatness coming from the non-stop humor whether it be word play or poking fun at today's society...a 'Grade A' episode like 'Chickens' definitely deserves a rating of a 9.5 out of 10, but is it just me or is anyone else getting hungry?

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Season 2, Episode 6: Higher Love
Written By Raphael Bob-Waksberg

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he had been trying endlessly to make his new director Kelsey Jannings like him while working together on the set for 'Secretariat' only to receive his answer being friends with Drew Barrymore who even managed to help Diane and Todd with their 'Grade A' problem involving an escaped chicken on its way to a fast food restaurant...but now that the chicken has officially crossed the road towards a delicious defeat, time for things to return to normal as we soar to new heights with 'Higher Love'!

HIGHER LOVE: While Princess Carolyn sees an opportunity when Mr. Peanutbutter's agent dies, BoJack flips when he says the "L" word out loud to Wanda.

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PROS:
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CONS:
  • Vincent Adultman-if you saw my review of 'Horse Majeure' from a while back, you already know how I feel about Vincent Adultman and how the concept of Princess Carolyn who is forty years old and dating who is as BoJack described in that episode as 'very obviously three kids stacked on top of each other under a trench coat' raises some serious red flags for me with how pedophilia is on the rise in both the entertainment industry as well as the online world and how I was betrayed by the very people who gave me my start on YouTube because of pedophilia...I get that that's the joke with this character, but I don't find it funny in the slightest and I instead find it really really disturbing!
  • The sex/masturbation jokes-I didn't think that these kind of jokes in the series could get any worse than what we have already seen so far with what is pretty much a horse having sex with human women (bestiality much?) and also pedophilia regarding Princess Carolyn's relationship with Vincent Adultman, but to have Mr. Peanutbutter's former agent Ronnie Bonito die from autoerotic asphyxiation which for those who don't know is limiting the oxygen supply to the brain in an attempt to heighten sexual pleasure resulting in intentionally strangling oneself when masturbating is where I cross the line in terms of the adult humor regarding this series and the fact that they keep mentioning it and making jokes about it throughout the episode only makes it worse...it's disgraceful, it's disgusting, it's despicable, either remove these kinds of jokes at once or I'm just gonna constantly bring up this point over and over until something is done!


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Okay...I know that no television show is perfect and I get that you will have plenty of bad episodes among plenty of good episodes at the same time, but I didn't think anything would top 'Live Fast, Diane Nguyen' from last season and yet here comes 'Higher Love' to take the cake entirely because it is so mean-spirited in its writing and so f--king disturbing with its humor that it definitely deserves a new low rating of a 4 out of 10.  I was close to giving this a five for the Princess Carolyn/Mr. Peanutbutter plot line, but everything else completely clouded my thoughts on 'Higher Love' entirely...and I guess in a way that this was kinda a metaphor for Hollywood in general: you can't always get what you want.


Chickens/Higher Love-6.75/10

SEASON 2 OVERALL RATING: 8/10

Saturday, April 13, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - Uprooted | #MLPSeason9

Season 9, Episode 3: Uprooted
Written By Nicole Dubuc


Just when the Mane 6 thought that they had defeated the resurrected King Sombra last week in the season premiere 'The Beginning Of The End', King Sombra played the ace up his sleeve and had the Mane 6 lead him right to the source of their power for him to destroy it-that being the Tree Of Harmony that also contained the Elements Of Harmony!  But now that the Tree Of Harmony has been destroyed and the Elements shattered, what will become of Equestria and how will the Tree and Elements be remembered?  Well, that's something that the Young Six have to figure out in this week's episode...hope you brought your gardening tools 'cause it's time to get 'Uprooted'!

UPROOTED: The Young Six respond to a magical summons from the Tree of Harmony, only to learn it has been destroyed and it is up to them to figure out how best to memorialize it.

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PROS:

  • Continuity from Season 8-not only is having the Young Six in the leading role for another episode about the Tree Of Harmony a genius idea, but I love how the prologue reflects on how the students faced their greatest fears for the sake of each other back in Season 8's "What Lies Beneath" like Gallus' claustrophobia or Smolder admitting that she likes cute things even...they even reflect on Yona's fears of plummeting out of the sky from back in the Season 8 finale 'School Raze'! At the same time, writer Nicole Dubuc also presents new fears for the other members of the Young Six like Ocellus missing an entire year's worth of classes/having to take a final exam in order to graduate or Silverstream becoming the first non-Pegasus member of the Wonderbolts...but I will say that what Sandbar was given in terms of a nightmare only proved my point that he is honestly the least interesting of the students to the point where he even clears away the Tree Of Harmony to plant a new tree as a way of honoring it without telling any of his friends-not cool, Sandbar!
  • The Young Six honoring the Tree Of Harmony-despite Twilight Sparkle not telling the Young Six about the Tree Of Harmony's destruction along with the Elements Of Harmony from last week's season premiere, seeing the students all work together to find a way to honor what brought the Mane 6 and the students themselves together from last season made for a really heartwarming viewing experience especially when they reflect on how much of an impact that the tree and elements had on all of Equestria ever since the Pillars Of Old Equestria first planted the seed years ago and especially with how the tree even helped the Young Six become even closer as friends...the ideas that this basic concept decided to go with however is another story!
  • The return of Thorax, Ember, Grampa Gruff and Silverstream's family-seeing as we haven't seen any of these characters since both the Season 8 premiere 'School Daze' and 'Surf And/Or Turf', getting to see so many fan favorite and new characters from past seasons like Thorax and Ember and even Terramar was so great to see since it acknowledges that they still exist in the massive world of Equestria even if they only make a non-speaking cameo during a montage sequence...like Mayor Mare said in Season 5's "Slice Of Life", 'everypony is the star of their own story and it's not just the main characters in our stories that make life so rich...it's everypony-those who play big parts and those who play small'!
  • The Place Where We Belong-as the first in what will hopefully be many songs for this final season of 'My Little Pony' and while it may be just the Young Six equivalent of 'Make This Castle A Home' from Season 5's "Castle Sweet Castle", it is still a very heartwarming and endearing song through the beautiful orchestrations of series composer Daniel Ingram...on top of that, this is the first time that we have heard the Young Six sing in the series ever since the Season 8 premiere 'School Raze' in the song 'Friendship Always Wins' and I'm just gonna say right now that the voice cast behind the Young Six have some pretty damn amazing singing chops!
  • The Treehouse Of Harmony-even though this is just gonna end up being another shameless merchandise plug for Hasbro to basically say 'buy our toys...complete your collection', seeing the Young Six come together and make a treehouse for each other out of the destroyed Tree Of Harmony reawakening the spirit in order to give the students a proper treehouse made for a really heartwarming experience...it even showed that the Tree Of Harmony despite being destroyed is still alive as it changes and adapts into whatever Equestria needs and that the Elements Of Harmony are still with everyone in their own way. As Twilight Sparkle said, 'the Tree Of Harmony has always been good at surprises'...

CONS:

  • Similarities to Season 5's "Castle Sweet Castle"-while seeing the Young Six find a way to honor the Tree Of Harmony makes for a great followup to last week's season premiere, the basic concept of the main characters figuring out a way to memorialize an important part of their lives in the form of a tree feels very reminiscent of the Season 5 episode 'Castle Sweet Castle' where the rest of the Mane 6 figured out how to make Twilight Sparkle's new castle of friendship feel like home after the Golden Oak Library was destroyed via making the roots into a chandelier decorated with gems reflecting on the memories they have had with Twilight since she first moved to Ponyville in the series pilot...in fact, the Young Six end up going through the exact same arguments and discussions that the Mane 6 went through to the point where you just want to skip to the end and see what would the ultimate plan be to honor the Tree Of Harmony
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Overall despite being a recycled rehash of Season 5's "Castle Sweet Castle" all over again with the same concepts and ideas, 'Uprooted' still made for a pretty great episode that was full of heart and emotion...while the Tree and Elements Of Harmony may be gone, this is just the beginning for the new Treehouse Of Harmony and I'm proud to give this episode a rating of an 8 out of 10. With that all said and done, I will see you all next week for what will be a very special occasion as we mark another milestone for 'My Little Pony': the two-hundreth episode of the series! All aboard the hype train...


Uprooted-8/10

SEASON 9 OVERALL RATING: 9/10

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Still Broken/After The Party | #BoJack

Season 2, Episode 3: Still Broken
Written By Mehar Sethi

Way back in Season 1 of 'BoJack Horseman', BoJack had received a call from his old friend/mentor Herb Kazzaz who had developed colon cancer telling him to come visit his home in Malibu if he had anything to say to him...but despite BoJack's efforts to try and make things right with his friend, Herb refused to forgive his friend after BoJack refused to stand by his sexually scandalous behavior during their days on 'Horsin' Around' thus ending their friendship all together leading up to the day that Herb eventually passed away.  Now as we continue on in Season 2, the funeral has finally arrived...time to pay our respects with 'Still Broken'!

STILL BROKEN: A funeral turns into a treasure hunt for the 'Horsin' Around' cast and a potential schmooze-fest for Princess Carolyn and Mr. Peanutbutter.

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PROS:
  • The dark humor-now this can all be up for interpretation depending on your taste of comedy and especially since this is a followup to one of the most highly praised episodes of the entire series, but seeing what was a happy and silly flashback from the days of 'Horsin' Around' with Herb Kazzaz saying they needed to stick together suddenly jump into the funeral of the series creator was definitely a healthy dose of shock humor and finding out that he died from his peanut allergy when crashing into a peanut truck was a healthy dose of dark humor...like I said, the humor can be debatable depending on your style of comedy and how you felt about Season 1's "The Telescope" but it can definitely hit the bullseye at the right time when it wants to!
  • The return of Joelle Clarke and Bradley Hitler Smith-after seeing how Sarah Lynn ended up becoming a washed up celebrity after the days of 'Horsin' Around' back in Season 1...of which she still is by the way, getting to see her co-stars Joelle and Bradley and what has become of their lives was quite a treat to see especially with how Joelle acquired a British accent while during her time working on theater at London's West End and Bradley now owns the largest hardware store in Washington while not keeping in touch with any of his fellow cast mates mostly because his parents separated due to BoJack having an affair with his mother. Guess you could say 'BoJack Ruins Everything'...can I get a rimshot for that?
  • Honoring Herb's last wish-after being given Herb's last will and testament from his blind executive on a floppy disk, seeing the cast of 'Horsin' Around' come together to honor their old friend and mentor with promising to get his 'gold' book published despite wanting to part ways when they first reunite shows how much they care for the man who gave them their start in the entertainment industry...even if their egos are constantly getting in the way and turning out that Henry Winker stole Herb's book which he believed was horrible which would end up turning him into a laughing stock-not to mention seeing BoJack stand up to Henry saying that Herb already had a legacy with 'Horsin' Around' and not wanting to believe Herb died for nothing shows signs that BoJack really is trying to change for the better!

CONS:
  • Princess Carolyn and Mr. Peanutbutter's schmooze fest-all because Princess Carolyn wanted to shut Henry Winkler up about how people take advantage of the funeral for business offers, this sideplot succumbs to the tired and lazy 'liar revealed' plotline which as many of you know I can't stand especially with the fact that Mr. Peanutbutter is only making it worse by calling everyone at the funeral over and asking for more details...it's not funny, it's not suspenseful and it's not dramatic because we know everything that's going to happen!

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Overall despite having a overused sideplot, 'Still Broken' is still a really great followup to one of the best episodes of 'BoJack Horseman' and not to mention a great conclusion to the Herb Kazzaz story arc of the series...whether or not we see more flashbacks of Herb later on in the series is something we'll have to wait and see, but for now I'm gonna give 'Still Broken' a rating of a 9 out of 10

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Season 2, Episode 4: After The Party
Written By Joe Lawson

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he and his fellow cast mates from 'Horsin' Around' set out on a mission to help honor their old friend and mentor Herb Kazzaz's last will and testament of publishing his book...and while they failed to accomplish their goal in honoring his legacy, they realized that Herb already had a legacy among his cast mates.  But now that the hatchet has finally been buried for Herb Kazzaz, it's time to celebrate the birthday of Diane Nguyen in our next episode for this week...'cause there's some real juicy stuff that is gonna go down 'After The Party'!

AFTER THE PARTY: Princess Carolyn, BoJack, Diane, and Mr. Peanutbutter learn some important lessons about love in the wake of a surprise birthday party.

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PROS:

  • Mr. Peanutbutter-despite the conflict of our episode being started because of something that really shouldn't be talked about at social gatherings and didn't make sense, seeing Mr. Peanutbutter go out of his way to convince Diane not to go to Cordovia for six months with an eligible bachelor billionaire because he wants every day to be a happy one shows how much he cares for his wife...while he may not always understand Diane and while he may think of himself a majority of the time, Mr. Peanutbutter always tries his hardest to please her and make her feel happy together with him
  • BoJack, Wanda And The Deer-whereas Mr. Peanutbutter was putting himself before his wife, BoJack and Wanda put the needs of others over themselves when they accidentally hit a reluctant deer who doesn't have healthcare with their car and offer to both take him to the hospital as well as paying his bill...despite BoJack initially thinking it was a stick that he hit, seeing him go out of his way along with Wanda to help this deer and fix their mistake was truly heartwarming to see especially when it shows that BoJack does have a soft side for helping others in need and you can see how much he's changed like I said earlier especially now that he has a relationship with Wanda who I'm just gonna say right now that her brand of comedy makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I don't know if she suffered anything else during that thirty year coma, but she needs to work on her jokes quite a lot...

CONS:
  • Vincent Adultman-if you saw my review of 'Horse Majeure' from a while back, you already know how I feel about Vincent Adultman and how the concept of Princess Carolyn who is forty years old and dating who is as BoJack described in that episode as 'very obviously three kids stacked on top of each other under a trench coat' raises some serious red flags for me with how pedophilia is on the rise in both the entertainment industry as well as the online world and how I was betrayed by the very people who gave me my start on YouTube because of pedophilia...I get that that's the joke with this character, but I don't find it funny in the slightest and I instead find it really really disturbing!
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Overall despite me getting more and more irritated with every appearance of Vincent Adultman, 'After The Party' makes for a pretty great entry into Season 2 of 'BoJack Horseman' with the relationships between most of the characters like Mr. Peanutbutter an Diane or BoJack and Wanda...with four episodes down and eight to go in Season 2's lineup, I'm gonna give 'After The Party' a rating of an 8 out of 10.  See you all next week for a birthday double feature...two episodes premiering on my twenty-fifth birthday, yay!


Still Broken/After The Party-8.5/10

SEASON 2 OVERALL RATING: 8.63/10