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Hello everypony and welcome once again to another text based version of My Little Pony: What Works? Seeing how we are halfway through the sixth season (still can't believe we're on a sixth season) let's go episode by episode to see how I would rank them as well as my general thoughts on them.

The Crystalling (Written by Josh Haber)
Overall solid follow-up to the Season 5 finale. The episode makes Starlight likable, all three male characters in the episode are well written, and the episode balances both plots well. Fluttershy probably could've been written out of the story and the episode had its fair share of "because the plot says so" moments, but I enjoyed this episode thoroughly. (3 1/2 Stars)

The Gift of the Maud Pie (Written by Will and Michael Fox)
THEY DID IT! THEY BROKE THE MEDIOCRE MANEHATTAN STREAK! And all it took was Best and Second Best Pony to pair up for an episode along with second best Secondary Character. (First is Gilda XP) A very good lesson about the act of gift giving not being a contest. The new facial expressions from Pinkie Pie are showing the staff is improving their animation prowess. The only gripe I have is Pinkie should have known better when it came to the swindler pony. (3 1/2 Stars)

On Your Marks (Written by Josh Haber and Dave Polsky)
Holy Hell. I didn't think there could be a worse Cutie Mark Crusader centered episode than One Bad Apple. This episode feels like there's too many plot lines going on throughout the episode. At first it tries to be a Cutie Mark Crusader episode addressing "What next?" now that they have their cutie marks. Then it drops that plotline to focus on Applebloom sulking about not doing things together, and then it shoehorns in a third story with a tap dancing pony with stage fright. Not only that but it was boring to watch. (1 Star)

Gauntlet of Fire (Written by Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco)
Spike is best character, Ember is best tsundere, and Garble is punished throughout. I love this episode. Well...the first act has its problems. In particular, reminding me of the problems in Dragon Quest as well as some of the dialogue setting up predictable conclusions. But as soon as the competition started everything turned out for the better. (3 Stars)

No Second Prances (Written by Nick Confalone)
I don't care what anyone says, I still really hate this episode. Twilight goes back on her word about not dwelling on the past, Trixie hasn't developed since her redemption in Magic Duel, and Starlight, the only likable character in the episode, is a plot device in her own story. I don't think it's worse than On Your Marks since I know what's going on plus I laughed more times than in the CMC episode. I just wish it didn't spit on my favorite episode of the show. (2 Stars)

Newbie Dash (Written by Dave Rapp)
Oh boy. This can of worms no one wants to talk about. Okay let's talk about it. I thought the episode was fine. Rainbow Dash's descent was natural because she was doing it to herself instead of someone else making her look bad *cough* Mare-Do-Well *cough*. The lesson was always about putting your pride and ego aside for the betterment of the team. Sure, it did get cringey in the second act, blame Rarity, but the message was clear and I did enjoy myself. AND I'M NOT EVEN FROM A MILITARY BACKGROUND!  (2 1/2 Stars)

A Hearth's Warming Tail (Written by Mike Vogel)
The first 4 Star episode of the season. Great songs, great story, and overall heartwarming feel to the episode. This adds to the lore of Hearth's Warming by talking of the stories inspired by the "legend" while the previous Hearth's Warming episode explored its traditions. This episode left me with a warm satisfying feeling after my first watching and I hope we get more episodes like this.

The Saddle Row Review (Written by Nick Confalone)
Okay. One good story from Confalone. Definitely a fresh face when it comes to storytelling in My Little Pony. The inter-cut, interview style that is well known in sitcoms today, such as The Office, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, was a welcome change of pace that was brought on by a gut-bustingly hilarious script. Also, Plaid Stripes will haunt my nightmares for all eternity. (4 Stars)

Applejack's "Day" Off (Written by Neal Dusedau, Will and Michael Fox)
Great lesson. Bad pacing. I think the episode should've taken its lesson to heart and cut out the filler. All I was thinking about during the pipe following was: 

(End at 18:26)

Boring beyond belief, yet didn't piss me off. (1 1/2 Stars)

Flutter Brutter (Written by Dave Rapp)
Zero seconds. It took zero seconds for me to hate Zephyr Breeze. I wanted this episode to hit me in the gut emotionally. This was going to be the episode that showed me the error of my ways and not being afraid of failure. It had the set-up and had Fluttershy showing character growth. The problem is Zephyr Breeze is unsympathetic. When I should feel pity for him, I feel disdain. When he fails horribly with Rainbow Dash, I'm ecstatic that he's given what for from the new Wonderbolt. The biggest sin, however, the story TELLS us he's brilliant but it doesn't SHOW us he's brilliant. What should have been this season's Amending Fences turned out disappointing. (2 1/2 Stars)

Spice Up Your Life (Written by Mike Vogel)
I'm glad this episode exists. Because now I can recommend this over the terrible comic that talked about criticism. Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. Rarity's an idiot for the second act and they got the map back up and running too easily. There. Now the good stuff. Pinkie was best character, Zesty Gourmand is the perfect straw man character to follow the moral of not shoving opinions down everyone's throat, said moral is great, interesting pony diversity with Coriander and Saffron, and "It's Gonna Work" is the catchiest song of the season so far. (3 Stars)

My Little Pony returns July 30th and I can't wait to see this season improve. I'm the Voice Of Reason, and I'll see you next time.

Best Episode So Far: A Hearth's Warming Tail
Most Surprising: The Saddle Row Review
Most Disappointing: Flutter Brutter
Worst Episode So Far: On Your Marks
Hello everypony and welcome once again to another text based version of My Little Pony: What Works? Seeing how we are halfway through the sixth season (still can't believe we're on a sixth season) let's go episode by episode to see how I would rank them as well as my general thoughts on them.

The Crystalling (Written by Josh Haber)
Overall solid follow-up to the Season 5 finale. The episode makes Starlight likable, all three male characters in the episode are well written, and the episode balances both plots well. Fluttershy probably could've been written out of the story and the episode had its fair share of "because the plot says so" moments, but I enjoyed this episode thoroughly. (3 1/2 Stars)

The Gift of the Maud Pie (Written by Will and Michael Fox)
THEY DID IT! THEY BROKE THE MEDIOCRE MANEHATTAN STREAK! And all it took was Best and Second Best Pony to pair up for an episode along with second best Secondary Character. (First is Gilda XP) A very good lesson about the act of gift giving not being a contest. The new facial expressions from Pinkie Pie are showing the staff is improving their animation prowess. The only gripe I have is Pinkie should have known better when it came to the swindler pony. (3 1/2 Stars)

On Your Marks (Written by Josh Haber and Dave Polsky)
Holy Hell. I didn't think there could be a worse Cutie Mark Crusader centered episode than One Bad Apple. This episode feels like there's too many plot lines going on throughout the episode. At first it tries to be a Cutie Mark Crusader episode addressing "What next?" now that they have their cutie marks. Then it drops that plotline to focus on Applebloom sulking about not doing things together, and then it shoehorns in a third story with a tap dancing pony with stage fright. Not only that but it was boring to watch. (1 Star)

Gauntlet of Fire (Written by Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco)
Spike is best character, Ember is best tsundere, and Garble is punished throughout. I love this episode. Well...the first act has its problems. In particular, reminding me of the problems in Dragon Quest as well as some of the dialogue setting up predictable conclusions. But as soon as the competition started everything turned out for the better. (3 Stars)

No Second Prances (Written by Nick Confalone)
I don't care what anyone says, I still really hate this episode. Twilight goes back on her word about not dwelling on the past, Trixie hasn't developed since her redemption in Magic Duel, and Starlight, the only likable character in the episode, is a plot device in her own story. I don't think it's worse than On Your Marks since I know what's going on plus I laughed more times than in the CMC episode. I just wish it didn't spit on my favorite episode of the show. (2 Stars)

Newbie Dash (Written by Dave Rapp)
Oh boy. This can of worms no one wants to talk about. Okay let's talk about it. I thought the episode was fine. Rainbow Dash's descent was natural because she was doing it to herself instead of someone else making her look bad *cough* Mare-Do-Well *cough*. The lesson was always about putting your pride and ego aside for the betterment of the team. Sure, it did get cringey in the second act, blame Rarity, but the message was clear and I did enjoy myself. AND I'M NOT EVEN FROM A MILITARY BACKGROUND!  (2 1/2 Stars)

A Hearth's Warming Tail (Written by Mike Vogel)
The first 4 Star episode of the season. Great songs, great story, and overall heartwarming feel to the episode. This adds to the lore of Hearth's Warming by talking of the stories inspired by the "legend" while the previous Hearth's Warming episode explored its traditions. This episode left me with a warm satisfying feeling after my first watching and I hope we get more episodes like this.

The Saddle Row Review (Written by Nick Confalone)
Okay. One good story from Confalone. Definitely a fresh face when it comes to storytelling in My Little Pony. The inter-cut, interview style that is well known in sitcoms today, such as The Office, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, was a welcome change of pace that was brought on by a gut-bustingly hilarious script. Also, Plaid Stripes will haunt my nightmares for all eternity. (4 Stars)

Applejack's "Day" Off (Written by Neal Dusedau, Will and Michael Fox)
Great lesson. Bad pacing. I think the episode should've taken its lesson to heart and cut out the filler. All I was thinking about during the pipe following was: 

(End at 18:26)

Boring beyond belief, yet didn't piss me off. (1 1/2 Stars)

Flutter Brutter (Written by Dave Rapp)
Zero seconds. It took zero seconds for me to hate Zephyr Breeze. I wanted this episode to hit me in the gut emotionally. This was going to be the episode that showed me the error of my ways and not being afraid of failure. It had the set-up and had Fluttershy showing character growth. The problem is Zephyr Breeze is unsympathetic. When I should feel pity for him, I feel disdain. When he fails horribly with Rainbow Dash, I'm ecstatic that he's given what for from the new Wonderbolt. The biggest sin, however, the story TELLS us he's brilliant but it doesn't SHOW us he's brilliant. What should have been this season's Amending Fences turned out disappointing. (2 1/2 Stars)

Spice Up Your Life (Written by Mike Vogel)
I'm glad this episode exists. Because now I can recommend this over the terrible comic that talked about criticism. Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. Rarity's an idiot for the second act and they got the map back up and running too easily. There. Now the good stuff. Pinkie was best character, Zesty Gourmand is the perfect straw man character to follow the moral of not shoving opinions down everyone's throat, said moral is great, interesting pony diversity with Coriander and Saffron, and "It's Gonna Work" is the catchiest song of the season so far. (3 Stars)

My Little Pony returns July 30th and I can't wait to see this season improve. I'm the Voice Of Reason, and I'll see you next time.

Best Episode So Far: A Hearth's Warming Tail
Most Surprising: The Saddle Row Review
Most Disappointing: Flutter Brutter
Worst Episode So Far: On Your Marks

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Hello Voice.
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What is your favorite "Animaniacs" episode? You've given it praise in some of your videos and I was wondering. My personal favorite is "Hot, Bothered And Bedeviled".
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:D Hi there VoiceOfReason! I thought I would wish you a Merry Christmas!! :D
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