Edit: I just realized how bad I am at spelling lately. There are 2 spelling errors in the title, and they are the same word each time.
...Ok, from now on guys, you're just gonna have to accept the fact that these won't be regularly released, because no matter how hard I try, I can never find enough time to review any of these episodes. But luckily, I'm not doing anything much for the next week, so hopefully I can get more reviews in. I know I've said that a lot lately, but it will always hold true. I don't try to disappoint you guys, but if I can't get to reviewing episodes, then, well, that's just the way it is.
(Let's just get to the good part already.) This is my newest review: "The Show Stoppers!"
Meh spoilers and stuff
The CMC's role: Now since this episode has an almost complete focus on the Cutie Mark Crusaders, I guess this will end up being the only section for characters. With that in mind, this section has many strong points. The CMC are all likable and hilarious wrapped up into three tiny, adorable packages. The CMC are all well-developed in this episode, and to me, that is one thing that makes good episodes. Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo are all on near perfect levels here. First off is Apple Bloom. I haven't been such a huge fan of Apple Bloom, but she's been growing on me recently. With that said, I still don't appreciate her here as much as the other two. She isn't particularly interesting to me, but luckily the other two members of the CMC more than make up for the areas where she is lacking. Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle are both on pretty equal levels here, and I just adore both of them. Sweetie Belle, while a little bit more girly than the other two, is not afraid to speak her mind, as seen multiple times throughout the episode. Her outright personality, in my opinion, makes her quite likable. Scootaloo is more towards the tomboyish side of the spectrum, and shows off her skills often. Even when she is being just plain ridiculous, I love every second when she is on screen. Her love for action usually appeals to me a little bit more than Sweetie Belle's somewhat refined personality, but I would say that here they are pretty equal. Just a shame that nothing stands out for Apple Bloom in particular.
The CMC's performance: 9.1 / 10
The plot: The episode here is about (surprise, surprise) the Cutie Mark Crusaders trying to find their true talents and get their cutie marks. Normally, I would be sick of this kind of plot by now, but in this episode's defense, "The Show Stoppers" was one of the first CMC-based episodes ever released. So I guess I can cut it a bit of slack there. Actually, I think the idea works better here than most of the CMC episodes. They actually try to find their talents by doing what interests them, and not a billion other things at once. The CMC invest their time and effort into performing in a talent show to see what ability they are truly gifted with. Scootaloo takes up singing, Apple Bloom tries dancing, and Sweetie Belle makes props and costumes for the performance. However, they are all reversing their own true roles unknowingly, as Sweetie Belle constantly shows an ability in singing, Scootaloo in dancing, and Apple Bloom in decorations. After the talent show, they realize that they don't excel in the areas they each tried, but they end up winning an award for comedy (no doubt because of how badly they were all failing in their performance). When they come to the realization that they should stick to their true talents, they all think that since they won a comedy award, they should all try comedy acts. The writing is well done here, the jokes range from funny to downright hilarious, but one area it lacks in is that there doesn't feel like there is much substance in this episode. More than half of it is just building up to the last 5 minutes, while admittedly kinda funny at some parts, don't seem all that spectacular to me. There were a couple missed opportunities here and there, but what we did get from this episode was enough to satisfy me.
Also, before I forget, the CMC theme song is both fun and ear-destroying to listen to at the same time. (Scootaloo's inability to sing hurts my ears quite a bit, but at least she gets better in later episodes.)
The plot: 8.6 / 10
"The Show Stoppers" Final Score: 8.9 / 10
Well, let's wrap this review up. Give thanks to ImperfectXIII for requesting this episode for me to review, be sure to request more episodes, and as always, keep up your support! You all know I love to hear your guys' opinions, and that I accept all constructive criticism. (And if you didn't know that before, well, you do now.) Until next time, this is EHAN, and this has been yet another of my reviews.
(Seriously, if you value your ears, have earplugs on standby to wear during the song. Trust me on this one.)