Gwuh, didn’t like the episode at all. Opinionated review follows, feel agree to agree or disagree.
The new OC cousin who, as usual, has no light shed on her backstory personally. We are told, not shown, that she has been bullied before and deserves our sympathy. Bab Seed has no deeper character besides what is strictly necessary for a hollow plot foil. She is a blank flank, becomes accepted into a group that bullies blank flanks and becomes the bully herself. The CMC then attempt to apparently assassinate her for a hilarious prank and realize that that they, too, have become bullies. This could have been a really strong “nobody wins” moral but they end up apologizing first and it comes off as amazingly hollow, like you should just lay down and accept the bully in the hopes they will wise up and become a better person [url=http://www.leaderpost.com/life/Alberta+school+trustee+apologizes+suggesting+students+less/7596159/story.html]except that attitude is usually not well-accepted in society at large[/url].
It’s akin to suspending the victim after an attack by a bully, and I know that feeling all too well. Instead of properly preventing it, it becomes easier to just punish one student until it stops and they usually learn not to open their mouth after that.
This particular writer, Cindy Morrow, has most of the bad episodes under her belt as well: Griffon the Brush Off, Owl’s Well That Ends Well which doesn’t surprise me one bit. On the other hand, she gave us Winter Wrap up. The problem is, the CMC were treated as one unit with barely any special distinguishing dialogue or traits again, same as Hearts and Hooves. I wish we could see each filly stand out a little more. I feel like Apple Bloom is quite uniquely fleshed out, but the other two barely get their time to shine.
The moral was instead of standing up for yourself, you should rat your enemies out or backstab them. That’s not a great message to send to kids or adults.
I want Larson back. Return to Harmony, Luna Eclipsed, Secret of My Excess…
Griffon the Brush Off was a bad episode?
Personally, I liked Babs’ design. It was somewhat unique, and while her voice felt strange to me at first, it grew on me. She seems akin to the tomboy that struggles to find a place where she can belong. Not that I condone a single one of her actions, mind you. She does seem to only lash out as an excuse to fit into the ‘popular’ group and as we are told she’s been bullied before, it’s possible she’s picked up on this behavior that way. I’ve been bullied before myself, and as massive tomboy like Babs, I know it’s hard to fit in anywhere.
The CMC do seem to be treated as more of a group this time, yes, but that’s just it - they are a group. They’ve been treated this way before (a.k.a. The Cutie Mark Chronicles) and I don’t see anything bad about them being seen as such. I agree that not much character development went into them, but we haven’t seen a group CMC episode in a while. Applebloom did get a little more screentime, and did get a little more character development, but due to her relation to Babs it only seems logical.
And finally, the moral. The moral is really what you make of it in this one. You could take a number of things from this - that ‘one bad apple spoils the bunch’ is a big one and is most likely what the title, and Babs’ name, is alluding to. My personal take on it is that bullying, no matter if you are the victim or the bully, is never right, and will only lead to pain on both sides, embarrassment and anger. More effort should be made to just try and get along, or ‘love and tolerate’ on both ends of the spectrum. Also, Sweetie Belle suggested telling Applejack about their problems, and whilst both Bloom and Scoots were greatly against it, for fear of being called a snitch, in the end it is obvious that’s just what they should have done, instead of letting the resentment escalate.
While I agree this probably isn’t the best episode, or even a very good one (kinda hard to follow up after the awesome Pinkie episode) but it is still a fairly nice episode. Nothing stellar (we did see a song, though, and that was cool) but nothing too downgrading either. It may not have been the best, but it hasn’t been the worst, either.
As an ending note, I really liked the song in this one. Maybe not as lyrically strong or as aurally varied in this one, but it’s catchy as all hell.