Wednesday, September 18, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers - Big Things Come In Small Packages | #RescueRangers30

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CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS:
BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

Now we're talking, 'Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers' was the famous chipmunk duo forming a team to help them save anyone in danger...think of them as an anti-Pinky and the Brain. You know Chip and Dale of course...but on top of that there was Gadget, Zipper and Monterey Jack. While these characters were memorable and extremely likable, it did suddenly make me realize the traditional team formula that lingered over most kid shows: for example you have the inventor, you have the muscle, you have the leader, you have the goof-off and of course the little cute one that's just so darn adorable. But let's be fair, this is when that formula was just starting to be put into effect and give the show credit for putting two popular characters on a team instead of just keeping it two people whose real voices sound like Babs Bunny and the Crazy Taxi guy fighting over the same woman. Most of their time was spent fighting off evil schemes usually from the diabolical Fat Cat...and surprisingly he has no political tie-ins despite the fact that his name is in fact Fat Cat, though I guess he does look a touch like Christopher Christie. While we're on the subject, did you know that Chip and Dale were actually modeled after Indiana Jones and Magnum P.I.? Gosh, wouldn't that have been a totally different show if it matched their personalities too?

The characters allowed for a lot of inventive story-lines and ideas like Gadget being the rodent equivalent of MacGyver-I mean, good lord just look at half the things she makes. A lot of the characters lent their way to learning some good lessons too like always be yourself, have confidence in your work...don't join cults?! Yeah, there was actually an episode about the dangers of following a cult and I like most kids around my age found out what a cult was by watching this episode-hey, it's better than finding out other ways! It's actually a pretty clever social satire where a group of mice mistake a Cola commercial-you know, the ones that always say you don't belong unless you buy our product-and they turn it into a literal interpretation...and I'll be damned if I can't remember one algebraic equation from all my days of school, but yet years later I still remember every f--king word of the Coo-Coo Cola song.

It was cute, it was clever, it had characters we could never forget...it was a whole lot of fun.

Friday, September 6, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - That's Too Much, Man/That Went Well | #BoJack

Season 3, Episode 11: That's Too Much, Man!
Written By Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

When we last left BoJack Horseman, what began as a dream come true when his movie 'Secretariat' was nominated for an Oscar soon turned into the ultimate nightmare when the admiration he was receiving was taking its toll on his friendships under the mindset that he wasn't the cause of all his problems but rather blaming others for it from his agent Princess Carolyn to his ruthless publicist Ana with the final blow coming from his former friend Todd after he found out that BoJack had sex with his high school crush Emily behind his back.  Can BoJack find a way to make things right once again?  Let's find out 'cause 'That's Too Much, Man'!

THAT'S TOO MUCH, MAN: On a drug-fueled bender, BoJack and Sarah Lynn crash an AA meeting and BoJack decides to make amends to the people he hurt

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PROS:
  • 'The Rise & Fall Of Sarah Lynn'-I may not have been a fan of Sarah Lynn when she first appeared back in Season 1's "Prickly Muffin" with how much a washed up celebrity she was in her drinking and overdosing addictions especially when she said at the end of the episode about how she feels she's at a place where she doesn't need to grow as a person and can constantly surround herself with sycophants and enablers until she dies tragically young, but it is here that we finally understand why she ended up the way that she did from when she first appeared back in Season 1 where she was just as big if not bigger of a washed up celebrity than BoJack himself...as she said on the bed of the hotel room with BoJack, she doesn't like anything about herself and everything about her is fake and "not her." She also states that even her shirt came from a company who paid her $8,000 to wear it despite her not needing the money, she just likes that someone still cared about her enough to want her to wear their shirt...and when I said that Sarah Lynn was gonna continue to surround herself with sycophants and enablers until she dies tragically young, I hope you enjoyed her while you could because this was her last appearance in the entire series via dying from drug overdose at the planetarium with BoJack!

CONS:
  • The humor-when I heard that there was gonna be another drug fueled episode of BoJack Horseman, I naturally got excited for the wild acid trip that awaited us and yet I was disappointed that it didn't go the full mile that I had anticipated despite the humor having its good moments since it mostly relied on jokes that weren't all that funny like BoJack and Sarah Lynn dressing like Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane only to end up breaking Diane's wrist again when they eventually flee their house or the repetitive gag of BoJack constantly trying to find the right way to apologize to his publicist Ana as well as the constant accidental sniffing of drywall which was believed to be cocaine or even some that were downright disturbing where it mostly relied on BoJack being a stalking sexual predator when trying to apologize to Charlotte's daughter Penny who rightfully so wants nothing to do with BoJack anymore or when he apologizes to what he believes is Todd but rather a young boy that is dressed exactly like Todd...this was a golden opportunity to have some surreal visuals and just go all out crazy, but this is not really what I had in mind!

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Overall...I'm-I'm not crying, 'That's Too Much, Man' really was too much as it not only brought an unfortunate end to what was probably a fan favorite character of the series but it also continued BoJack's trip into spiraling depression as he continues to lose everything that he worked so hard to achieve. It may have its problems in the humor department, but 'That's Too Much, Man' still earns a rating of an 8 out of 10...only one episode left to go, we can do this!

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Season 3, Episode 12: That Went Well
Written By Raphael Bob-Waksberg

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he had gone on a drug-fueled bender while crashing an AA meeting with his fellow 'Horsin' Around' star Sarah Lynn all while he tried to make amends to everyone he had previously hurt from his agent Princess Carolyn to his ruthless publicist Ana to his best friend Todd.  However despite his best efforts, reality took its toll as no one had wanted to forgive BoJack for his actions despite their best efforts to help him and another of his fellow cast members from 'Horsin' Around' finally kicked the bucket after dying from a drug overdose...but is there still hope for BoJack's future?  Let's find out in the Season 3 finale of BoJack Horseman because 'That Went Well'!

THAT WENT WELL: While BoJack hits rock bottom, Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd save the day and Princess Carolyn finds a new calling

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PROS:
  • 'Spaghetti Strainers To The Rescue'-throughout the entire season regarding Mr. Peanutbutter's arc of selling spaghetti strainers as a business, I had always thought that it was just a pointless plot that never really went anywhere...until this episode came out.  As we discover in the first act of this season finale, Character Actress Margo Martindale while on BoJack's boat spots a cargo ship full of pasta purchased by Sandro that she thinks wants to play chicken thus prompting her to speed up and resulting in the two colliding as the pasta begins to boil and destroy Pacific Ocean City...and just when all hope is lost, Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter arrive on the scene with their numerous spaghetti strainers along with a fleet of cars and the sexy orcas from Whale World resulting in Mr. Peanutbutter finding a way to sell the company from all the attention the rescue received!  Who knew that spaghetti could be a life saver...
  • 'I'm Poison...But There's Hope'-with the news that BoJack's fellow 'Horsin' Around' star Sarah Lynn officially passed away from overdosing on drugs as we saw in the previous episode, BoJack has been taking it so hard that he didn't bother showing up to her funeral under the belief that he keeps trying to change yet can't because he's poison and that nobody is better off having known him while having nothing to show for the life that he's lived...and despite the encouraging words from Diane about how 'Horsin' Around' helped her escape from her terrible home life while pretending that she had a good home as well as making it up to Bradley Hitler-Smith about doing 'Horsin' Around' after previously abandoning the project in 'Old Acquaintance', it still isn't enough to bring BoJack out of the spiraling depression that he is in when his fellow star of 'Ethan Around' says that she wants to be famous when she grows up resulting in BoJack fearing she'll suffer the same fate that Sarah Lynn did as we see him speeding through the desert in his car while letting go of the steering wheel in a suicide attempt until a miracle comes in the form of a group of wild horses running along the plane giving him a sense of hope for his future.  What BoJack doesn't know is that he is about to get a very big surprise next season...
  • 'Life Without BoJack'-with the more that BoJack continues to blame others for his actions while being a damaged individual, it would seem that everyone who used to be friends with BoJack are actually having much better lives without him from Mr. Peanutbutter's heroic rescue thanks to his massive inventory of spaghetti strainers resulting in him being asked to run for governor (foreshadowing much?) to Princess Carolyn and Ralph Stilton's happy relationship while Princess Carolyn finds a new calling in her life as a manager rather than an agent to Diane working as a blog writer with Ralph's sister Stefani for GirlCroosh to Todd receiving a check for eight million dollars which he accidentally tips a waitress with when sharing sundaes with his high school crush Emily after the events of her having sex with BoJack behind Todd's back from early in the season revealed in 'Stop The Presses'

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Overall...f--k, I think I need to lay down and stare at the ceiling for a while because 'That Went Well' brought everything that Season 3 had built up to a perfectly wrapped up ending while at the same time setting up events for the upcoming fourth season and giving BoJack a sign of hope in his life after he officially hit rock bottom. What adventures await us in the fourth season has yet to be revealed, but for now 'That Went Well' earns a rating of a 10 out of 10 and I am proud to give Season 3 of BoJack Horseman a rating of an 8.16 out of 10...not quite as good as Seasons 1 and 2, but still a pretty great season nonetheless.


That's Too Much, Man/That Went Well-9/10

SEASON 3 OVERALL RATING: 8.16/10

Thursday, September 5, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Best Thing That Ever Happened/It's You | #BoJack

Season 3, Episode 9: Best Thing That Ever Happened
Written By Kate Purdy

Throughout this third season of BoJack Horseman, we have seen a heavy focus on relationships whether they be with friends like Todd and his high school crush Emily who feared of hurting her friend's feelings if she told him about her having sex with BoJack or with significant others like with Diane Nguyen and Mr. Peanutbutter who had trouble putting their thoughts together on how much they truly loved each other until Diane got high at a client's party and was about to have children until they both decided to abort...but what about BoJack's previous relationship from long ago with Princess Carolyn, what's the story behind that and what happened that led them to where they are today?  Let's find out and see if this relationship truly was the 'Best Thing That Ever Happened'!

BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED: BoJack meets Princess Carolyn at Elefante leading to a night of soul-searching as they help the staff impress a food critic.

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PROS:
  • 'The Fall Of BoJack & The Rise Of Carolyn'-being based on another flashback to the days of BoJack's relationship with Princess Carolyn just like earlier in the season with 'The BoJack Horseman Show', this is an episodes that delves into the concept of abusive relationships: while Bojack loves Princess Carolyn as much as is possible for him and Princess Carolyn keeps believing she can change BoJack for the better since she always forgives him no matter how badly he messes up and yet BoJack doesn't appreciate it no matter how much Princess Carolyn does for him asking for more and blaming her for things that go wrong since he believes that people are the problem for why 'The BoJack Horseman Show' was a disaster for insisting on using a mock-umentary format which was already an overused trope during that year...the cold hard truth is that separating their relationship is what was good for both of them but neither one recognized it until too late, but this mindset of BoJack blaming others for his own actions would soon come to bite him the flank as we'll discover in our next episode!

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Overall for an episode about abusive relationships, 'Best Thing That Ever Happened' certainly did its job in showing how sometimes romance isn't all that it's cracked up to be since it takes understanding and communication to make a long lasting relationship and that is why I'm gonna give this episode a rating of a 10 out of 10...but what BoJack doesn't realize is that his falling out with Princess Carolyn will soon lead to him about to lose everything as we're about to find out in what is easily one of the most talked about episodes of the entire series.  See you next time...

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Season 3, Episode 10: It's You
Written By Vera Santamaria


When we last left BoJack Horseman, what was supposed to have been a long lasting romantic relationship with his agent Princess Carolyn had finally hit the skids when he started to blame her for everything bad that happened to him especially with the critical disaster of his overused trope of a mock-umentary style television series...and as if his belief of other people being the cause of his problems wasn't driving others away already, what BoJack doesn't realize that this behavior of his is about to cost him everything as we're about to find out in one of the most talked about episodes of the entire series simply titled 'It's You'.  Let's take a look...

IT'S YOU: While Mr. Peanutbutter announces the Oscar nominees, BoJack surrounds himself with admirers but his real friendships are falling apart

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PROS:
  • 'The Life Of An Oscar Nominee'-despite BoJack finally succeeding in getting nominated for an Oscar with his movie 'Secretariat', he unfortunately still feels the same...but after some really bad advice from his ruthless publicist Ana (who I am still not a fan!), BoJack decides to continue living the fake fantasy that is stardom and instead celebrate this achievement in his life by partying like it's 1982 which apparently was the year that Prince released '1999' with a huge party full of drinking and loud music where we also see that BoJack is receiving a plethora of free stuff because of his nomination from complimentary Rolex to a giant chocolate Oscar to famous DJ David Guetta...while I am a fan of the chili cheese fountain since I love me those chili dogs from places like 7-Eleven and Hardee's, but we can see that Diane is genuinely concerned that BoJack might be sending himself into a spiraling depression of which ultimately happens when BoJack lets the celebrity life cloud his mind as well as his judgement and start destroying not only his house but all of the relationships and friendships that he has had throughout the series one by one from his ghostwriter Diane to his publicist Ana as well as Mr. Peanutbutter who even tries to assure BoJack that everything will be okay even without his Oscar and the worst of all is yet to come!
  • 'Life Without BoJack'-while BoJack continues to walk over everybody and blame them for his actions yet still getting what he wants, it would appear that the people who used to care about him in his life are both getting on well and poorly without him at the same time from Mr. Peanutbutter's brother Captain Peanutbutter having a successful surgery for his twisted spleen to Diane becoming more and more like BoJack ever since she returned to Hollywoo from Cordovia to crash at his house to Princess Carolyn getting a call from Ralph Stilton who admits that he can't stop thinking about her even after meeting a ballerina with a twisted ankle who didn't speak a word of English in what was a very clever reference to the kids' series 'Angelina Ballerina'...and as we will soon discover next week in our final episodes of Season 3, removing BoJack from their lives may have been the 'Best Thing That Ever Happened'-see what I did there?
  • 'You Need To Be Better'-in keeping with the golden rule of the series of which the word 'fuck' can only be used once per season only when BoJack has permanently ruined a relationship, Todd finally finds out about how BoJack had sex with his high school crush Emily behind his back which led to Emily abandoning Todd with their female Uber business out of fear that she might hurt Todd's feelings if he were to find out resulting in Todd finally snapping at BoJack for constantly walking over everybody while still getting what he wants by finally telling him that he 'can't keep doing shitty things and then feel bad about himself like that makes it okay' while also cutting off his apology by telling BoJack that all things that are wrong with him have nothing to do with alcohol or drugs or anything that happened to him in his career or as a kid but rather that he is the source of all his problems...he's lost his mentor, he's lost Charlotte and now he's lost the best friend he's ever had in recent years! Just...fuck, man-what else is there to say?


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Overall...why do I always love the episodes where BoJack has permanently ruined relationships, but 'It's You' manages to be quite a trip on the feels train as BoJack has now lost everything he worked so hard to achieve: his fame, his admirers and now his friends...and a powerhouse of an emotional episode like this definitely deserves a rating of a 10 out of 10, but will BoJack be able to make things right again with everyone he has wronged before or has his career truly hit rock bottom? All I can say at this point is...see you all next week as we bring Season 3 of BoJack Horseman to a close!


Best Thing That Ever Happened/It's You-10/10

SEASON 3 OVERALL RATING: 8/10

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - The Last Problem | #MLPSeason9


Season 9, Episode 26: The Last Problem
Written By Josh Haber

Well, everypony...it finally happened: after being initially being stunned by the sudden decision of her fellow royal mentors retiring and after what was easily the biggest battle of good versus evil that Equestria has ever seen in years, Twilight Sparkle has risen up in the royal court and officially gone from the Princess Of Friendship to the Princess Of Equestria while her friends have also gone on to bigger adventures in their own lives as well from Fluttershy's animal sanctuary to Rainbow Dash being a Wonderbolt to Applejack taking charge over all of Sweet Apple Acres.  But after a final chapter has been closed and a new adventure has gotten started, will everything in Equestria truly be magical as we look towards the future?  Let's find out as we bring the fourth generation of My Little Pony to a close as we set out to solve 'The Last Problem'!

THE LAST PROBLEM: When Twilight Sparkle's student Luster Dawn believes that friendship is a waste of time, she tells her the story of how her own friendships almost didn't last forever

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PROS:
  • 'In The Future'-set some time after the coronation of Twilight Sparkle as Princess Of Equestria now that Canterlot Castle has been rebuilt, we can see that every pony and creature of Equestria is truly embracing the magic of friendship ever since they all came together to help the Mane 6 stop the Legion Of Doom's attack on Canterlot from back in 'The Ending Of The End' even if they were initially skeptical about the very idea of friendship to begin with back during the early days of the series...and as we can see from the designs of our futuristic main and supporting cast, everypony is either showing signs of age like in the Mane 6 from Rarity having gray in her mane to Pinkie Pie having little fillies of her own with Cheese Sandwich (CALLED IT!) to Applejack now sporting Granny Smith's shawl which leads to believe that all of the elders in the Apple Family have pretty much passed away or has truly grown up like the Cutie Mark Crusaders who are now teachers at Twilight's School Of Friendship as well as their original classmates like Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon-this is especially fascinating when it comes to Twilight Sparkle who has been given a new design to match that of her formerly royal mentor Princess Celestia along with having a student of her own in teaching friendship to who we'll get to in a second as well as Spike whose new adult appearance thankfully is not induced by greed like it was back in Season 2's "Secret Of My Excess" as he goes about his new position as friendship ambassador while also being Twilight's royal adviser
  • 'A Coronation Catastrophe'-when Twilight Sparkle's very own student Luster Dawn doesn't want to make friends under the belief that friendship is a waste of time (like mentor, like student...am I right?) and that friendships will eventually fade over time, Twilight Sparkle while understanding what her student is telling her takes it upon herself to tell her student the story of how she too thought her friendships with the Mane 6 wouldn't last forever now that everypony is moving on to bigger and better things from the day that she moved out of her own castle in Ponyville where even Spike feels he doesn't have to read 'Power Ponies' comic books anymore to asking her friends how they feel about this huge change in their lives where it feels like they all say that change in natural to make their friend feel better much to Twilight's dismay to the day of Twilight's official coronation as Princess Of Equestria where everypony's plans to make this celebration perfect all come crashing down from the Wonderbolts routine by Rainbow Dash to the food preparations left for Big McIntosh to handle on his own without Applejack's help which was brought to a close by Starlight Glimmer giving Twilight a scrapbook full of clip show photos featuring all of the memories and friends she has made while living in Ponyville before her big move to Canterlot!
  • 'The Magic Of Friendship Grows'-when Luster Dawn realizes how wrong she was about how friendship was a waste of time but doesn't know where to start in making friends, her teacher Twilight Sparkle and her council know the perfect place to send her...the very place that started our adventures with the Mane 6 nine years ago-Ponyville, and it is here where we are given an emotional final farewell to the series with our final song of the season as well as the entirety of the series 'The Magic Of Friendship Grows' which not only shows us how every pony and creature is going about their new lives as well as giving us one last look of the characters we have come to know and love these past nine years from Big McIntosh and Sugar Belle having children to Starlight Glimmer as the new headmare of Twilight's School Of Friendship...but this song is also here to remind the audience as well as the fandom that the friendships and memories they've made throughout these past nine years of the series will last forever even after this generation of My Little Pony comes to an end since they can now share the series with their loved ones as well as their own children!  Few things last, but friendship carries on through the ages...

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Overall...I'm not crying, you're crying because we all knew this day was coming and man was it a powerhouse of a final farewell since 'The Last Problem' brought the fourth generation of My Little Pony to a close in a truly heartwarming way in telling its audience that the friendships and memories they've made throughout these past nine years because of six little ponies will last forever even after the book is closed and that is why I'm giving the series finale a rating of a 10 out of 10.

And thus, the fourth generation of My Little Pony has officially come to an end...while I know that there are gonna be people among the fandom who still believe that the end of the series means the end of everything from their friendships to the fandom itself, but it's like Twilight Sparkle and her friends said: just because this chapter of our lives is ending, that doesn't mean that we're never gonna see each other again since the world of My Little Pony is the whole reason that so many people got to meet their best friends ever and you're sadly mistaken if you think that you're not gonna be friends anymore just because your friends are about to go on new adventures with new opportunities.

We've sure had some wild times, haven't we...throughout these past nine years, the music scene inside the fandom keeps getting bigger and better with the musicians really knowing how to blow the roof off whether online or performing at conventions all around the world and not to mention all of the amazing talented people in the community from the cosplayers to the special guests from the series that come to conventions to meet their many fans and we've been able to make such amazing memories together and I am so glad to have gotten to share them with all of you.

From the very beginning, this was all about all of us within the fandom from our very beginning at the start of the decade...this whole franchise would've never reached the scale that it accomplished without all of us-the fans.  From the numerous of created OC's and fan art to video games along with music and cosplays and so much more, all because of the one thing that brought us together...My Little Pony helped so many people discover their inner artist while reigniting the spark of creativity in others and it even helped people find their calling in life all because of this show.

The title says it all, doesn't it...some of you have met your significant others whether it be your best friends, husbands or wives and some even have little fillies and colts of their own that they can now share this show with and you've gone on so many amazing experiences and grown together all because friendship is magic.  This isn't goodbye and it doesn't matter if we are miles apart, we're still a part of each other and all of you.  So...continue to rock out, continue to create and continue to be you.

And now on behalf of everypony in Equestria for one last time, I'm True Blue saying...THANK YOU, MY LITTLE PONY!


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - The Ending Of The End | #MLPSeason9


Season 9, Episodes 24-25: The Ending Of The End
Written By Nicole Dubuc and Michael Vogel


When the final season of My Little Pony first began, Princess Celestia and Luna announced to the Mane 6 that they had decided to retire with Equestria enjoying its longest period of peace in years and to leave the protection of Equestria to the Mane 6 much to the stunned worry of Twilight Sparkle at the thought of being Equestria's new ruler...but what they didn't know was that the legendary Grogar summoned some of Equestria's greatest villains to join forces in defeating Twilight Sparkle and her friends once and for all.  But as Twilight Sparkle's official coronation draws near and the Legion Of Doom prepares to carry out their master plan, this could be 'The Ending Of The End'...let's take a look!

THE ENDING OF THE END: As Twilight Sparkle's coronation draws near, the Legion Of Doom carries out their ultimate plan for ruling all of Equestria

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PROS:
  • The Rise And Fall Of The Legion Of Doom-throughout the entire season, we have seen the Legion Of Doom go from enemies to allies as they learned to work together as a team in order to backstab Grogar using his bewitching bell while getting all the  different races of ponies to turn against each other as the day of Twilight Sparkle's coronation drew nearer for them to carry out their master plan of draining magic from everypony in Equestria including from the Royal Sisters sending Twilight Sparkle into the biggest anxiety attack she has ever had throughout the entirety of the series...and when it came to the final chapter of their arc with this episode, I had spent a majority of the season hoping and praying that the last three remaining true villains of the series would not be redeemed in a similar way that so many other villains from the past few years of the series had done so-thankfully my prayers were answered after the Legion Of Doom was defeated with the ultimate 'Taste The Rainbow, Motherbucka' moment from throughout the entire series and being turned into stone for framing Discord for what they had done by the very creature that they set out to frame in the first place along with the help of the Royal Sisters before their retirement...but man did the fandom as per usual find something to complain about with how the villains were defeated in the same way they complained with how Cozy Glow was punished during the Season 8 finale 'School Raze'...'putting a child in hell', my flank!
  • 'What A Twist'-I know that there is gonna be a ton of people in the fandom who are gonna loathe this plot twist entirely of Grogar secretly being Discord in disguise and setting up all of the challenges for the Mane 6 to conquer, but here's why I think that this plot twist actually works out brilliantly especially after the Legion Of Doom drains him of his chaotic powers in order to frame him for their villainy: earlier in the season with 'The Summer Sun Setback', everypony was under the belief that Discord was the one responsible for what the Legion Of Doom had done during the preparations for the Summer Sun Celebration considering his track record of how the draconequus had brought Equestria into a chaotic state twice and had worked with Tirek to drain the magic from Equestria before his eventual reformation on top of being a trickster in how he teaches the ponies of Equestria the friendship lessons in his own way...also, listen closely to how Discord says his last line of dialogue and the expression on his face during said episode and tell me again if you didn't think that Discord was hiding something the whole time-in a way, it reminded me of how the Changelings worked as a unit during the Season 6 finale 'To Where And Back Again' to capture Discord: not only did Discord realize that their plan of using his love for Fluttershy against him was obviously a trap, but they were counting on that and had a backup plan of using multiple Fluttershys to fool the trickster!
  • 'Twilight Sparkle: Princess Of Equestria'-I find it absolutely convenient and ironic at the same time how I made a joke about Twilight Sparkle becoming Equestria's new princess back at the 'Dear Princess Letter Reading' panel during BronyCon 2016 and in came the season premiere 'The Beginning Of The End' and this series arc concluding two-parter to finally make my joke a realistic dream come true...and to be honest, I'm totally on board with this idea since Twilight Sparkle has shown time and time again through every adventure she has had with her friends that she has truly mastered the magic of friendship and is ready to ring in the new generation of Equestria...and as the Royal Sisters pass on their duties to Twilight Sparkle with her making Spike her royal adviser as a reward for being there by her side throughout the entirety of the series, it definitely feels like a nice payoff for the dragon who has been Twilight Sparkle's number one assistant since Day 1!
  • 'Equestria: Endgame'-holy Celestia, I knew that the show staff were bringing back so many of the fan favorite characters for one last celebration of everything that made My Little Pony what it is today...but through pep talks from the students of Twilight's School Of Friendship, I didn't think that they would be bringing back every single character from throughout the entire series together to help Twilight Sparkle and her friends defeat the Legion Of Doom-in what can the biggest case of 'blink and you'll miss it' since two years ago with the My Little Pony movie, every pony and every creature that has ever been seen from throughout the series comes together for the ultimate battle of good versus evil from ponies to changelings to dragons to kirin to yaks...and if you thought the cameo from Capper from 'My Little Pony: The Movie' back in 'Between Dark And Dawn' was amazing, then get ready to open up your eyes all over again with the highly anticipated return of Tempest Shadow/Fizzlepop Berrytwist along with Queen Novo and Princess Skystar albeit without Emily Blunt or Uzo Aduba and Kristin Chenoweth supplying the voices which is understandable considering how big the guest stars we had for the movie are in the entertainment industry whether on the screen or stage!


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Overall...HOLY CELESTIA, that really was the biggest battle Equestria has ever seen and what an epic one it was too!  'The Ending Of The End' brought the overarching plot of Season 9 to a close in the most epic battle of good versus evil that has ever been while bringing an perfectly fitting end for our legion of villains as well as the dawn of a new era as the Princess Of Friendship herself officially becomes Equestria's new ruler and that is why I am giving 'The Ending Of The End' a perfect rating of a 10 out of 10.  But now that the Royal Sisters have retired and Twilight Sparkle is now the official Princess Of Equestria, what will the future of the home we've come to know and love these past nine years be like?  Well, all I can say at this point is...see you all for the final goodbye!


Uprooted-8/10
The Ending Of The End-10/10

SEASON 9 OVERALL RATING: 8.36/10

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - The Big Mac Question | #MLPSeason9


Season 9, Episode 23: The Big Mac Question
Written By Josh Haber and Michael Vogel

When the Cutie Mark Crusaders followed Big McIntosh on a delivery of apples to Starlight Glimmer's old village, they were surprised to discover that he had a crush on Sugar Belle and set out to help him win her heart against Feather Bangs...and throughout these past few seasons, their relationship has only grown stronger especially when it almost hit the skids after a heartbreaking misunderstanding on Hearts And Hooves Day and now the time has finally come when love truly is in bloom at Sweet Apple Acres as we prepare to ask ourselves 'The Big Mac Question'!  Let's take a look...

THE BIG MAC QUESTION: Big Mac is going to propose to Sugar Belle, but his perfect plan may end up backfiring on him when Sugar Belle has a surprise of her own for him

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PROS:
  • #SugarMac-ever since the Season 7 episode 'Hard To Say Anything' that kicked off the road towards Big Mac's engagement with Sugar Belle which was eventually followed by the universally acclaimed 'The Perfect Pear' which featured the debut of the Apple Parents having very similar designs to our newlyweds, I had predicted that the story of the Apple Parents and how their love got them through everything in life even if they were far apart because of a long-standing feud was the reason for why Big Mac had a crush on Sugar Belle in the first place and why he wanted to seal the deal with the perfect proposal to her in this episode...and in came this closing chapter of their story to make my two-year theory finally come true since everyone who has played a part in the SugarMac trilogy of episodes from the Cutie Mark Crusaders to Spike and Discord along with Mrs. Cake and Mayor Mare as well as the Golden Horseshoe Gals, Grand Pear and Burnt Oak who played a part in the love story of the Apple Parents having the wedding in front of the very intertwined trees that the Apple Parents planted at their wedding to conceal their vows made for a truly heartwarming experience as the episode was told through a flashback mock-umentary that we had seen before back in Season 6's "The Saddle Row Review" along with the classic wedding drama that we saw back in Season 5's "Slice Of Life"-you would think that recycling plots like this would bug me and lower the rating, but I am perfectly fine with it this time considering what we have going for us in this episode!
  • John De Lancie as Discord-I've said it before and I'll say it again, but John de Lancie always finds a way to steal the show whenever he voices Discord especially since he has played a part in now two episodes in the journey of SugarMac's engagement which started for him back in Season 8's "The Break Up Break Down" when he managed to save their relationship from hitting the skids after what was a heartbreaking misunderstanding...even if he still has a lot to learn about the art of romance since his own attempts of helping with Big Mac's perfect proposal backfiring with a huge apple monster to deliver his messages to Sugar Belle, Discord still managed to supply some great laughs especially with the idea of him being a big mouth who can't keep secrets especially when he tells his friends about Fluttershy's fear of clowns or when he caught Twilight Sparkle sleepwalking through town and the rather surprising secret that Octavia Melody went on a date with Bulk Biceps of all ponies!

CONS:
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Overall as the final chapter of the SugarMac trilogy, 'The Big Mac Question' was one of the most heartwarming and romantic episodes that I've ever seen throughout the series these past nine years...and considering how My Little Pony has helped so many people meet their special someponies, the fact that one of our last episodes of the entire series was a highly anticipated wedding made the two years of waiting worth it in the end and that is why 'The Big Mac Question' gets a rating of a 10 out of 10.


Uprooted-8/10
The Big Mac Question-10/10

SEASON 9 OVERALL RATING: 8.29/10

MLEEP Reviews: My Little Pony - Growing Up Is Hard To Do | #MLPSeason9


Season 9, Episode 22: Growing Up Is Hard To Do
Written By Ed Valentine


When we last left the Cutie Mark Crusaders, their friendship was in danger of being torn apart at the seams when Scootaloo's parents Snap Shutter and Mane Allgood happily returned home to their daughter after their traveling adventures to announce that they were moving to Shire Lanka to take on a new job assignment...but through the help of Scootaloo's aunts Holiday and Lofty, her parents soon realized that Scootaloo's job of helping other ponies find their purpose with her friends wouldn't be the same if they were separated thus allowing their daughter to stay in Ponyville with her friends. These three little fillies have certainly come a long way and have grown up so fast, but they're about to get a big dose of adulthood in our next episode because 'Growing Up Is Hard To Do'...let's take a look!

GROWING UP IS HARD TO DO: When the Cutie Mark Crusaders are magically transformed into grown-ups,they discover that growing up the right way means gaining experience and wisdom that simply can’t be rushed.

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PROS:
  • 'I Need An Adult, We ARE Adults'-one of the most common things that the My Little Pony fandom enjoys doing in terms of content whether it be for fan fictions or art and animation is aging up characters especially with the kid characters in seeing what their futures would possibly be like as well as to fuel their mostly perverted sexual fantasies especially after the huge rise of pedophilia that we had in the fandom last year ever since the events of the scandals that unfolded regarding the analysis community, so to see an episode that basically takes this concept that the fandom has done practically since Day 1 of the series and goes all out with it via wishing upon an enchanted rose which gave me serious vibes of 'Beauty And The Beast' in order to teach the Cutie Mark Crusaders a lesson made for a pretty great experience as we see the three adult-turned fillies use their aged appearance to get into the Appleoosa County Fair on their own as well as getting to do whatever they want without any consequences ultimately backfiring on them as they discover what it truly means to be a wise and experienced adult and to grow up at a natural pace...and with now having adult designs for the Cutie Mark Crusaders, there's sure gonna be a ton of new fan art and plushies and cosplays among the fandom from this episode alone.  But while it was great to see a fandom-adopted concept finally come to life, you'll soon see in the Cons section that this concept may have aged a little too well..
  • 'Being Big Is All It Takes'-while this song is unfortunately the last one for the Cutie Mark Crusaders in the entirety of the series, their songs have been getting better and better since their less than stellar debut back in Season 1 with the most infamous example being the song from the episode 'The Show Stoppers'...but man did Daniel Ingram create a great song to send these three fillies off with a bang as we see the now adult Cutie Mark Crusaders sing under the delusion about how being big is all it takes to do whatever you want accompanied by some pretty creative and humorous imagery like Apple Bloom messing with the controls over the locomotive taking them to the county fair which I'm pretty sure that the Bronies who are into Thomas The Tank Engine will be using as parody material for some of the earliest episodes of the series like Season 2's 'Old Iron'/'Thomas Comes To Breakfast' and the one that got the biggest laugh out of me being when the Cutie Mark Crusaders are literally on the set of 'My Little Pony' filming the episode that you're currently watching with their younger selves acting out the prologue-if that's not an example of how meta this series can get in terms of its humor, I don't know what is!

CONS:
  • 'Fairly Odd Similarities, Gotta Blast'-while the concept of turning the Cutie Mark Crusaders into grown-ups via an enchanted rose in order to teach them a lesson about what it means to be grown-ups is a great idea to officially bring their story to a close, I can't help but feel like it's not the most original concept out there in kids' entertainment since I have seen this idea done before in a few other shows prior to becoming a member of the fandom with the most prominent examples being the Fairly Odd Parents episode 'The Big Problem' where Timmy discovers that cute things he did as a kid are just plain creepy when he is an adult like helping the elderly across the street or standing up to bullies as well as in the Jimmy Neutron episode 'Grumpy Young Men' with the difference between the two shows being that Jimmy along with his friends Carl and Sheen would continue to age until they turned to dust if they couldn't find any titanium to power Jimmy's invention and revert them back to their original age. On top of that because I've seen this particular concept done before in other shows, you're kinda just sitting there in the My Little Pony version waiting for the Cutie Mark Crusaders to realize their mistake and start growing up at a natural pace thus making the overall episode while having its good moments feel predictable to get through

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Overall as the official final chapter in the story of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, 'Growing Up Is Hard To Do' while having a concept that other shows in kids' entertainment have done before still managed to be a pretty great experience which is sure to generate a wave of new creativity among the fandom as well as teach the kids watching that even grown-ups can mess things up sometimes...and for that, it earns a rating of an 8.5 out of 10


Uprooted-8/10
Growing Up Is Hard To Do-8.5/10

SEASON 9 OVERALL RATING: 8.21/10