Celebrating four seasons of MLPFIM!
MLPFIM is one of my favorite shows right now and to honor that and celebrate its four seasons I decided to write this article. I hope you guys like it!
Top Fifteen Best Episodes
15. Boast Busters
This episode introduces Trixie who has so far been in two episodes. Most fans like Magic Duel more, but this one is a little better to me. I just really like Twilight in this episode and how she fights off the Ursa Minor. The first episode written by Chris Savino.
14. Owl's Well That Ends Well
I guess a lot of people don't like this episode, but I think this is the best Spike episode. I love the opening with the shooting stars and "the punch is spiked" joke. I like Owlicious and how Twilight tells Spike that no one can replace him. This one is written by Cindy Morrow.
13. Feeling Pinkie Keane
This episode is one of the randomest and funniest episodes in the show and that's probably because its about Pinkie Pie. Some people criticize the episode saying its talking about Faith vs. Science, but I still like the episode. It is the first episode written by Dave Polsky.
12. Pinkie Apple Pie
I didn't know what to expect from this episode. I was shocked by the great writing and delivery from a new writer for season four named Natasha Levinger. The song "Apples to the Core" is so good and I love the animation sequence. Pinkie Pie is the best at taking selfies I really need her to teach me. Although, in the episode it is never proven that Pinkie is indeed an apple there are some evidence suggesting she is which is how she takes from the bottom of a pile like Goldie Delicious.
What team should I be in?
11. Winter Wrap
First of all, I have to mention the song! It used to be my favorite, but other songs have come out since then which I think are better, but Winter Wrap Up is still one of the best! I really like the idea of wrapping up winter and this episode is just really cute! This one is also written by Cindy Morrow.
10. Sisterhooves Social
This episode focuses on my favorite CMC, Sweetie Belle. Being an older and younger sister I completely understand both Rarity and Sweetie Belle and being a sister this episode really hits home. This episode is written by Cindy Morrow.
How to study?
9. Testing Testing 1, 2, 3
I didn't know what I expect from this episode, but it thoroughly surprised me with how good it was. I love how Rainbow Dash learns and what everyone did to help her. This episode is written by Amy Keating Rogers.
Its okay to be scared.
8. Sleepless in Ponyville
This episode was written by a new writer in season three named Corey Powell. I think this is a wonderful episode and a great way to start his writing for the show. I didn't know what to expect from this episode, but I ended up liking it so much and it helped me to like Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo more. This is Scootaloo's first episode as well.
That's when I learned 'never try to shine with my big sister around'.
7. For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils
I love the dream episodes they do now, but this one beats Sleepless in Ponyville. I relate more to this episode and Sweetie Belle is my favorite CMC. This episode is by Dave Polsky.
Make a Wish!
6. Pinkie Pride
This episode is actually pretty special to me because it aired on my birthday and is actually about a birthday (Rainbow Dash's). I enjoyed the songs (it is the second musical episode) and this episode is fairly important because it further shows Pinkie's element and connects to the Harmony Box. This is also the first episode to be written by Jayson Thiessen who normally just directs episodes and it has teleplay done by Amy Keatings Rogers. I am shipping Pinkie and Cheese so hard!
The Royal Wedding
5. A Canterlot Wedding (Part 1 & 2)
I really enjoyed this episode and it used to be my number three. It is written by Meghan McCarthy and I think in this episode her writing and story ideas really shine. She's also known for writing Party of One and Lesson Zero. This episode again has great songs and villain. It introduces two new characters Shining Armor (Twilight's brother) and Princess Cadence (Princess Celestia's niece and Twilight's foal-sitter). I like both of them and think they are great additions to the show.
The new princess
4. Magical Mystery Cure
I know this episode caused a lot of controversy, but I loved it. First of all its a musical and I love musicals and the music is just fantastic as you will see from my favorite song list. This episode also aired on my mom's birthday. Twilight becoming a princess bothered a lot of fans, but I actually saw it coming and even wrote a whole article about it. You can read it here: link
This episode is amazing and I don't think it deserved so much hate especially from fans of the show. It upsets me as well because M.A. Larson did not write for season 4 and I hope its not because of the negative criticism this episode got. I'm so happy he's coming back for season 5.
How to get a cutie mark?
3. The Cutie Mark Chronicles
Another Larson episode and such a cute story. I love how it begins with the CMC trying to find their cutie marks, but this time they actually have good idea which was listening to the Mane Six (specifically Rainbow Dash) about how they got their cutie marks. I think each story is unique and the mane six are so cute as fillies. Also, I like how they learned that they were all connected.
2. Twilight's Kingdom (Part 1 & 2)
This episode blew my mind. The fight scene was so beyond epic that words just can't describe. I loved the pacing and how it had so much feels. I almost cried and definitely got teary during some parts. Plus, the callback to the very first movie was awesome even though I saw it coming. It was extremely well executed and I had a hard time placing it, but I settled at number 2. However, I feel like it's more of a tie. This episode is written by Meghan McCarthy.
"Twists and turns are my master plan."
1. The Return of Harmony (Part 1 & 2)
I love this episode because it has such amazing dialogue, animation, and the best villain Discord. M.A. Larson is also my favorite writer and he did such an amazing job doing his first two part episode. I think this episode is great to get non fans to like the show.
Top Twelve Worst Episodes
King Sombra AKA King Disappointment
12. The Crystal Empire (Part 1 and 2)
Its not really that this episode is bad its just that it really disappointed me as well as other fans. This episode is written by Meghan McCarthy and well she has a pretty good lists of episode including the episodes that came before which is A Canterlot Wedding which was awesome so I was expecting something just as awesome from this episode. And don't get me wrong there were some great parts the whole 7 minute teaser that was released was great, the songs were good, and the door scenes with Twilight and Spike were specially good. There was also Shining Armor throwing Cadence and I like the Crystal Pony forms of the ponies. The big let down was of course King Sombra because in the teaser they showed him to be really evil and I had so much time to think of what I wanted to happen that when I watched the episode I got really disappointed that he didn't really interact with the characters. I know he's supposed to be like a Sauron presence, but then King Sombra should have had an army or henchmen to make him seem scarier. I really think if they didn't release the teaser I probably would have liked the episode more.
11. The Best Night Ever
This episode is also not bad it's just that I feel like this wasn't the best episode to end the season. I know they had everything leading up to the gala, but they could have easily made this one the second to last episode of the season and then have Cutie Mark Chronicles as the finale. Cutie Mark Chronicles is noted as one of the best episodes by critics and one even mentions that it would have made a great finale. This episode is written by Amy Keating Rogers.
10. Equestria Games
This episode was a bit of a disappointment for me I liked the conflict with Spike, but I really wanted to see more of the Equestria Games and we didn't get to see much like we didn't see the CMC perform or the much of the races. They wasted a couple of minutes with Spike singing which I felt was not good management because with an episode that to me had more to offer they kind of blew it when they decided to include this scene.
The bullying episode
9. One Bad Apple
This episode just didn't really interest me. The best part is really the song and Babs Seed is a good character, but I don't think they should have justified her actions. Bullying is always wrong! I see why they did it, but I kinda wish they didn't. It is written by Cindy Morrow. Its not a bad episode though I just didn't really like it.
Is this what dragons are like?
8. Dragon Quest
I just didn't like how this episode puts dragon in such a bad light. I don't think all dragons are like that. I do like Peewee though.
One of the parts I actually like
7. Flight to the Finish
This episode was kind of disappointing. I like the cheer of the CMC and I like how its building up to the Equestria Games, but other than that this episode didn't do much for me. This episode had the first song of season four and I didn't really like it. It is also written by a first time writer Ed Valentine though he redeems himself with Three's a Crowd.
Fluttershy - The Assertive Monster
6. Putting Your Hoof Down
I really don't like how this episode portrays Fluttershy. It was like she was holding in all these emotions and was finally letting out her true colors. I really feel like they could take out this episode and replace it with something else. Something more like Hurricane Fluttershy. Putting Your Hoof Down was written by Charlotte Fullerton and had teleplay done by Merriwether Williams.
5. Hearts and Hooves Day
I didn't like this episode because it was so cliched and very similar to other cartoons I've seen and well I just expected more from the writers especially Meghan McCarthy who was in charge of writing this one. I do like that Cheerilee and Big Mac played a big role though.
What saved this episode!
4. The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000
I honestly do not like this episode, but it hurts me to list it because it is written by Larson who is my favorite writer. I don't understand the point of the episode it has no moral which is stated by Applejack and ironically Applejack saying this saves this episode from being put higher.
Seriously! Gonna waste apple pie.
3. Over A Barrel
I just didn't like this episode written by Dave Polsky. The beginning with riding the train is great, but the rest is just not that good. The fight between the ponies and buffalo is just really stupid and I'm just glad I didn't watch this episode first because I probably would not have become a fan of the show.
What were they thinking?
2. The Show Stoppers
This episode is I'm sorry to say pretty awful which is too bad because its written by a good writer Cindy Morrow. This episode is about the CMC and it just annoys me that the episode shows us there supposed talents and then suggests that the CMC are too stupid to figure out what they are good at. And the song is just bad. A funny story when they were writing the episode Daniel Ingram had to redo the song because Lauren Faust said it wasn't bad enough.
At least this picture is cute...
1. Ranbow Falls
This episode annoys me so much! Okay this episode is important because it deals with Rainbow Dash's element and the Harmony Box, but it just wasn't that good because it highlights a big criticism of season 4 during the first ten episodes (tenth being Rainbow Falls). It was only in Princess Twilight Sparkle (Part 1 and 2), that we really see Twilight using her wings and addresses her princess hood during those ten episodes. I mean they were like I wonder who can replace Rainbow and I'm like I have an idea how about the new princess and one of your best friends Twilight. I feel like the conflict of the episode could have been easily resolved as well by Rainbow just talking to her teammates about joining the other team. In addition, why does the "Yeah" pony (Bulk Biceps) suddenly suck at flying in Wonderbolt Academy he held his own fairly well as pointed out by other fans. Probably the only thing that saved this episode was Soarin and seeing Derpy. This episode is written by Corey Powell.
Top Fifteen Characters
1. (Princess) Twilight Sparkle
From the start of the show I have always liked Twilight. However, she and Fluttershy used to be tied for number, but after watching the series further Twilight became number one for me. I love her character design and how she is based on the G1 Twilight who is my favorite pony from the previous generations.
2. Pinkie Pie
Pinkie Pie has always been fairly high on my list and used to be my third favorite. However, after watching season four I find myself liking Pinkie more. If you look at my top fifteen list Pinkie has three episodes on it and I feel that she has more development in the series so far.
Fluttershy is so cute! I love her voice and how sweet she is, but i feel that her character hasn't developed as much and I think the episodes dedicated to her aren't as good.
Discord premieres in my favorite episode so naturally he makes my list. He is so funny and great as a villain and reformed. I loved the Glass of Water song it was just hilarious and it's so cute that he writes to Fluttershy. I also like the pendant of him and Twilight. I love how in the season finale we see Discord as more than a trickster. He becomes a true friend.
I really like Spike and other than Applejack he's the only character that has been in most series of MLP. I love his relationship with Twilight and I used to want him to be with Twilight, but now that Twilight has a crush on Flash Sentry I've changed my mind. I also don't think he's going to get with Rarity i don't know if you guys have noticed this, but since the end of season 2 it seems that Spike isn't that infatuated with Rarity anymore. Sure he likes her and will always like as a friend, but I think his crush on her is not as strong as it once was.
I know some people don't really like Rarity, but I personally think she is a great character. She's generous and while she is a drama queen she genuinely cares for others and is quite funny as well.
7. Sweetie Belle
My I love her! She's my favorite CMC and I think she is so cute. I personally think she is prettier than Rarity and I would like to see her get more episodes and develop more as character (hopefully getting her cutie mark).
8. Princess Cadence
I think she is the prettiest pony so far. I liked her in A Canterlot Wedding and in the other episodes of season 3 that she was in, but I felt that we really didn't get to see much of her character. That's why Three's A Crowd made me really happy because it expand Cadence's character and relationship to Twilight. She was great in the finale I think she may believe in Twilight more than Celestia does.
9. Cheese Sandwich
He is an amazing character and the episode he premieres in makes my top fifteen list. I am shipping him and Pinkie so hard.
He is an awesome villain. I am happy that they choose him to redo from the original MLP. I totally saw it coming, but I don't care because he was great and they gave their own twist on his character. Aside from Discord, I think he is the best MLP villain.
11. Flash Sentry
I know a lot of people complain that he's the generic nice guy, but to me there's nothing wrong with that and I think his character will become more developed. I like his relationship with Twilight. He's sweet and likes her for who she is. He didn't even freak out when her true form was shown. She's part animal (actually more than part) and he still liked her.
12. Big Macintosh
I like his relationship with his family and I love that he sings! He has a great voice and the comic about him was pretty enjoyable. I was never that crazy about his character in the beginning, but now I really like him.
13. Coco Pommel
I really like her character design and how she was introduced.
14. Shining Armor
Twilight's brother is a fairly attractive stallion. I think he is so cool. I've always wanted a big brother so I am jealous of his relationship to Twilight. And can I just say something Shining and Twilight's parents are like the luckiest parents in the world their son is Captain of the Royal Guard and married to a princess making him co-ruler of The Crysta Empire and then there daughter is Celestia's prodigy and now a princess. However, I feel like they need to have him do more. I know this show has girls as leads, but that doesn't mean they have to make the men seem weaker.
15. Maud Pie
I think she is so funny! I love how different she is from Pinkie and yet they get along so well.
How I became a fan of the show you ask. Well I'll tell you. I became a fan of the show in 2012. So before I actually watched the show I went to Target and saw a poster for MLP:FIM I thought the character designs were really cute, but I didn't really look into the show. Also, I used to watch MLP a child and it brought a lot of nostalgia seeing it being revamped (I was born in the 90's though not 80's). So months later my family and I go to a concert for a band called Nightwish and there was a board there where you can text things and it displays them. So people were writing things about the band and then some one wrote "Who's your favorite pony?" I thought maybe that was code for something, but then people started giving responses like Twilight and Pinkie Pie and then I was like wait they are really talking about MLP. I was thinking how weird it was because the concert is filled with mostly adults. So a week or so later I had some free time since it was my senior year in high school and I decided why not give it a try. So I asked my youngest sister to watch the first two episodes with me and we have been fans ever since. What's your becoming a fan story? If you want write your story in the comments section and maybe I'll give a few props out to the stories I like most.
My thoughts on the writers? Well as you know my favorite writer is M. A. Larson and the second would have to be Cindy Morrow since she has three episodes on my favorite list. Next would probably be Meghan McCarthy who is the current show runner since Lauren Faust left. I'm very impressed with Natasha Levinger because she is a new writer and both of her episodes are amazing! Dave Polsky has also written quite a few good ones. Jayson Thiessen should write more episodes he normally directs, but he is a talented writer.
My thoughts on seasons 1-4? Season 1 was pretty solid I have to say my highlights would be The Cutie Mark Chronicles episode, Winter Wrap Up song, Pinkie sense, Owl's Well that Ends Well, and the Ursa major scene. Other highlights are the pilot, the slumber party, zecora, the making of the gala dresses, and Pinkie's mental breakdown. Season 2 I think is the second best season with highlights such as the pilot and finale and Sisterhooves Social. There's also Twilight's mental breakdown, the return of Princess Luna, Spike becoming a full grown dragon for a brief time, Heart's Warming Eve play. Daring Do, and future Twilight. Season 3 even though its the shortest season I still like it more than season 1 highlights include Magical Mystery Cure and Sleepless in Ponyville. As well as the songs from the Crystal Empire, the fear door scenes, Princess Celestia and Luna's talk about Twilight, Shining Armor throwing Cadence, Babs Seed, return of Trixie, Applejack's first song, the return and reformation of Discord, and the cheer from Games Ponies Play. Season 4, I believe is the best season because its the first season where they actually have a main story arc plus it had so much highlights such as the premiere and finale, Luna, Discord, Equestrian History, new powers, and just so much more. This season also expressed continuity by bringing back characters and connecting present events to the past. Overall if I had to rate the seasons it would be 1). Season 4, 2). Season 2, 3). Season 3, and 4). Season 1.
My thoughts on Equestria Girls? Truthfully I was really looking forward to this as a TV series, but I guess they changed it to being a movie. I thought the movie wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I was expecting either. I really wish they would stop reforming their villains I think Sunset Shimmer could have played a better and bigger role. However, we did get our wish of getting a movie and it was fairly good. It just could have been better. They are having a sequel to and I'm not overly excited, but I will watch it. Hopefully we see Flash Sentry and Sunset Shimmer again! Loved the song and scene Helping Twilight Win the Crown. The second movie Rainbow Rock I think will be about as good as the first one. I'm not really sure why they choose music as their theme for the movie, but if they have amazing songs like Helping Twilight Win the Crown then I think it will be enjoyable. I'm not sure why everyone is freaking out about this movie. I don't think it will be terrible. Sure Equestria Girls wasn't as good as the series, but it was fairly enjoyable. I think people are having such high expectations. Remember that they aren't used to making movies so give the first one a break. I think the writers are smart enough to learn from what fans didn't like in the first movie and will improve this upcoming film.
My Thoughts on Rainbow Rocks: I actually just recently wrote an article about this so I will just provide the link here - link
My thoughts on the comic? I actually really enjoy them. Each comic is very well done, but I think I enjoy the Return of Chrysalis (Issues #1-4) and Nightmare Moon the most (Issues #5-8). The next comics are two part arcs one about Big Mac (Issues #9-10) and Shining Armor and Cadence (Issues #11-12). Then there's the pirates on (Issues #13-14) and the bookworm arc where it makes the book become alive (Issues 15-16). The newest arc will have four parts and it features Star Swirl the Bearded and also King Sombra (I think). There's the micro- series featuring arcs dedicated to each of the Mane Six, Spike, Princess Celestia and Luna, and the CMC. After the micro-series there's the Friends Forever books which focuses on pairs of friends the first being Pinkie and Applejack, then the CMC and Discord, Princess Celestia and Spike, and Twilight and Shining Armor. The last is My Little Pony: Annual which features stories from the Equestria Girls story line. I haven't read all the comic I've only gone up to issue 15 and have read one of the micro series the one about Twilight. The comics include lots of things I wanted to see in the show like the return of villains, a beach episode, and merponies/sea ponies. There are two YouTube channel with videos.
Both are complete its just one filmed faster than the other.
*Note: There are more comics then what was mentioned I just didn't feel like editing it more. Plus I feel like I already gave too many spoilers.
My thoughts on shipping? Well to be honest I'm not really big on shipping, but there are some that I really like (list not really in any order). And sorry, but I don't really like same-sex pairings so you won't see very many or possibly any on my list.
1). Twilight and Flash Sentry
I know Flash's character is a little common, but he didn't really have a lot of scenes so I feel like his character can be made quite interesting given the proper screen time. I just really liked how nice he was and how him and Twilight seemed to have love at first sight or maybe just puppy love. I am a big fan of this pairing.
2). Pinkie Pie and Cheese Sandwich
Honestly these two are perfect for each other. I can see them getting married and opening their own party planning business or possibly taking over the Cake's shop if and when the Cakes decide to retire. I love how it was Pinkie who helped him get his cutie mark. I am shipping these two so hard!
3). Fluttershy and Big Mac
I have seen lots of pictures and fan fiction about these two and while I did think they look cute together I didn't see much evidence in the show that would support them being together. I used to think that maybe Big Mac liked Twilight because of Lesson Zero and him keeping Smarty Pants (which they still haven't explained). However, when I watched Filli Vanilli I loved the idea of them getting together.
4). Princess Celestia and Discord
I don't really know why, but its always been my head canon that Celestia and Discord were dating or maybe liked each other. The way they talk to each other kind of reminds me of how people who have broken up talk to each other.
5). Rarity and Fancy Pants
Now this shipping only works if Fleur de Lis is not Fancy Pant's wife. I just think they look good together. He played a big role in Sweet and Elite and he was the one Rarity was with at the wedding of Princess Cadence and Shining Armor.
6). Princess Luna and King Sombra
I never really thought about them together until I saw some fan videos and I have to admit that they do look fairly good together.
7). Applejack and Trenderhoof
I actually quite enjoyed Simple Ways and I think that by the end of the episode Applejack is starting to like Trenderhoof. I could see them getting together.
8). Rainbow Dash and Soarin
I think a lot of people ship them and it makes a lot of sense. Soarin is actually my favorite Wonderbolt since the other two are kind of jerks. After watching Rainbow Falls my opinion of the Wonderbolts expect for Soarin has really dropped down.
9). Spike and __________
Spike is honestly a really hard one because I can basically see him getting with almost any of the mane six or CMC. However the pairings I like the most are Twilight and Spike, Rarity and Spike, and Sweetie Belle and Spike. I know a lot of people don't like Twilight and Spike as a couple, but I like them together more than I like Spike with Rarity. In seasons 3-4 it is shown that Spike still likes Rarity, but there hasn't been much development in their relationship. It is also noteworthy to mention that Spike almost always chooses Twilight over Rarity such as in The Crystal Empire he was already with Rarity, but left to be with Twilight. It is also shown that his biggest fear is Twilight no longer loving him. It is unknown to us if Spike is older or younger than the mane six. Many of us assume he is younger, but we have no knowledge of how dragons age. If he is in fact younger then I feel he should be with Sweetie Belle(and even if he isn't they are still cute). The first reason is she is Rarity's sister and therefore looks a bit like her. I also find Sweetie Belle to be prettier than Rarity. The second reason is they were dancing at the royal wedding.
10. Discord and Fluttershy
I never really thought of them as a couple until I watched Twilight's Kingdom. These two really brought the feels in this episode and they have such a cute relationship.
Honorable Mention: Lyra and Bon Bon
As I said I'm not really big on same sex pairings, but these two are almost always together so its either they really close friends, family, or are dating.
Ideas for the club? Well before season 3 came out I had asked people to give at least ten things they want to happen in the season. I wrote an article about the top choices and then wrote another article talking about what we got right. I had pretty good participation with this idea. However, before season 4 came out I had asked if people wanted to play a bingo game and I didn't really get any one to participate. I think it would be really fun and would like to do it for season 5 if you guys are interested. There are two options I think would be fun to play. The first is people giving their list about what they want to happen in season 5 and then getting the top results to make a bingo board. For this one I will probably make different versions of the bingo card (same items just shuffled) or I will give you guys the items and you can make your own. I will let everyone who is playing know when they can mark their board and we can have discussions if people think something should count. I will most likely make a forum (for both ideas) so I can post the cards and so people can show when they get a bingo. I will provide a bingo template for both (you are welcome to make your own though). For the second idea I will just leave it to whoever is playing to decide what they want to be on their card. The only bingo square that will be the same for everyone is the middle one which will say free hugs (free space). I will give props each time a person gets bingo (not every time they mark a square). However, I may give out props for the most unique ideas or the boards that I think are made nicely. For both options I would like a few people to help me out in giving out the props and I will let you guys know as well when to give it. For me to make the game I would like at least ten to fifteen people to let me know in the comments section of my article that you want to play. If you would like to help out giving props also let me know in the comments section. I will need four helpers for every ten people that say they want to play. I will also be making a poll at the end of season four, but I wanted to get the idea out there by two ways. Please also specify which option you would like to play and if you have any ideas let me know.
Thank you so much for reading my article and if you would like to give me your lists and any of your opinion feel free to do so. I always read the comments on my articles and if you have any questions for me I will answer them quite promptly. Please don't forget to mention if you are interested in the bingo game.