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I’m a sports junkie, so of course I was looking forward to this one. If I were to guess was buckball is based on, I actually have to say netball given the particular positions as explained by Rainbow Dash and Applejack. Anyway, Braeburn challenges Applejack to a game of buckball and it looks set to be Dash, AJ, and a unicorn not named Rarity because that would be too easy. (I really don’t need to go into why Twilight would not work in this episode, do I?) However, it turns out Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie are even better at it and Snails is a discovery at the buckets. Snails is shockingly fantastic in this episode.

So it’s Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Snails against Appleloosa—until Dash and AJ try to coach them as if they were coaching themselves. Unfortunately, Pinkie can’t focus when something is not fun and Fluttershy gets too nervous when the spotlight/pressure is placed on her. Ultimately, Fluttershy yells why it’s not become fun for her and Pinkie anymore and Dash and AJ have to make amends. So, Dash and AJ play a practice game with Pinkie and Fluttershy and the latter get so much better without the thought of letting Ponyville down if they lose. Of course, Snails doesn’t think about those things—or anything else for that matter—so he is focused. It works as Pinkie, Fluttershy, and Snails manage to get a 6-5 win over Appleloosa.

This was a very good episode. Snails is likable for the first time ever in the series. He really hasn’t had so much screen time since “Magic Duel” and it’s the first time he’s without Snips. This was by far the most pleasant surprise. The other is how Pinkie and Fluttershy are good at this game. We’ve seen Fluttershy in the relay race in both “Rainbow Falls” and “Equestria Games”, but she really brings an A-game to this game. The game itself is a terrific concept brought into the world of Equestria.

The only downside is that we saw similar over-competitiveness from AJ and Dash four episodes ago in “The Cart Before the Ponies” where it got out of hand and had to be called out by the ponies they were “helping”. Same thing happens here. In the grand scheme of things, this is a minor flaw in what otherwise is a very good episode.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  A new sport!
  • +  Snails
  • +  Pinkie and Fluttershy excelling at sport
  • + Good lesson
  • –  Dash and AJ get super-competitive again to somepony’s expense

GRADE:  A-

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My Little Pony 619 – Buckball Season Episode Guide

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619 – “Buckball Season”

Written by: Jennifer Skelly
When Applejack and Rainbow Dash discover that Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie are the two best Buckball players in Ponyville, the former pair agrees to train the latter.

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Pointless Ponies Update (08-29-2016)

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SU Review: “Future Boy Zoltron”

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Mr. Smiley is bringing back his old Zoltron fortune-telling machine and Steven accidentally breaks it—or put it out of its misery depending on your point of view. So to pay his debts, Steven fills in as Zoltron. He does a well enough job until he comes across a depressed soul named Mr. Frowny. He appears to have no answer for him until Garnet gives him a dose of her future vision to continue the plot.

It turns out that Mr. Frowny that Mr. Smiley’s former comedy partner and hasn’t seen Mr. Smiely for awhile. Mr. Smiley finally catches up to him and redid their routine finally getting a laugh from Mr. Frowny.

Now, this was a good episode with a fun twist and some good comedy. However, this is an episode that might have been better at 22 minutes than 11 because you can only tell so much of a story in 11 minutes. Plus, Garnet coming in to give Steven a dose of her future vision powers is a bit plot convenient, though it does work for Smiley and Frowny if only for fans wishing to know a little more backstory for the former. Still it’s a good episode, though one of the biggest handicaps once again ends up being its run time.

GRADE:  B+

StatManDan

Clip for “Buckball Season”


Clip for tomorrow’s episode is up on the MLP Facebook page.

Steven Universe 405 – Future Boy Zoltron Episode Guide

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405 – “Future Boy Zoltron”

Written by: Raven M. Molisee, Paul Villeco
Steven tells people’s fortunes at Funland.

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Synopsis for Friendship is Magic Episode 623

A new episode synopsis has shown up on Zap2It. Check out the details after the break.

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