Greetings, fellow Wikians! It's time to compare the fifth episodes. Here they are.
- Fun fact: Three of these episodes were written by the same writer, Cindy Morrow.
All you need to do is to rank the episodes above from your favorite to least favorite. It's also appreciated if you give your thoughts on these episodes too.
Here's my ranking.
- Sisterhooves Social: This is a great episode that manages to portray a sister relationship very realistically. Through this, we get to see more of Rarity and Sweetie Belle's relationship, which we see has a lot of issues, which mostly comes through their different personalities. By showing this, it manages to highlight Rarity's negative and positive personality traits, which I found very interesting, and gives us some much-needed character development for Sweetie Belle. This episode also features a wonderful contrast to their difficult relationship, that being the far-more stable sister relationship between Applejack and Apple Bloom. Speaking of Applejack, this features one of her best supporting roles in any episode, if not the best, as she serves the role in helping both Sweetie Belle and especially Rarity concerning their relationship. Overall, I really love this episode.
- Flight to the Finish: From the premise alone, this episode gets points for trying to tackle a touchy subject matter: disability. It gets a lot more points for executing the story very well. It does a great job of showing us Scootaloo's pain as she's faced with a conflict concerning her inability to fly, which ends with an incredible resolution with Rainbow Dash presenting us two great lessons, with one concerning how the CMC's routine represents what makes Ponyville special while the other concerns Scootaloo and how she's still awesome whether she can fly or not. However, what I loved the most about this episode was how well it handled the CMC, showing just how strong their friendship is (very well-demonstrated with Hearts Strong as Horses), the challenge they face that could affect their friendship (that challenge being Scootaloo's insecurities affecting their routine), and the overcoming of that challenge. Overall, this is a great episode, and one of Season 4's biggest highlights.
- Tanks for the Memories: Cindy Morrow made quite a great comeback with this episode. It deals with Rainbow Dash's inability to accept the fact that Tank has to hibernate and will not be with him for a few months, and the episode handles it beautifully. It shows Rainbow experiencing the five stages of grief, which allows for the writers to showcase Rainbow experiencing a wide array of emotions as a response to the situation she is facing. I also felt that the episode does a great job of showing just how much Rainbow loves Tank, even if the reasons may be selfish. In addition to that, a few other characters also got their time to shine, with Fluttershy applying the lesson she learned It Ain't Easy Being Breezies to help Rainbow out of her depression and Pinkie Pie offering some funny lines ("Applejack cries on the inside, Twilight!"). Speaking of funny, the homage to Abbott and Costello's "Who's on first?" comedy routine was quite hilarious. All in all, it's a great episode.
- Magic Duel: There are plenty of things I liked about this episode. For one thing, Trixie is back, but this time with an evil edge. She's just as enjoyable, if not more than in Boast Busters. I also quite liked Twilight and how she decided to use wits to defeat Trixie by getting the help of her friends instead of facing her head-on, which does a good job at reiterating the show's central theme of friendship. The two duels that Twilight and Trixie had was pretty fun to watch, and it allows for the animators to exercise their creativity a little bit. The one thing I wasn't a big fan of is Fluttershy. I think her timid nature is too exaggerated for my taste, and I wish it could've been more toned down more. Overall, while I don't consider this episode is one of the best episodes of Season 3 like many people seem to do, it's certainly an enjoyable one.
- Griffon the Brush Off: When it comes to the good, I do enjoy some of Pinkie and Rainbow's antics, which I think further develops their friendship pretty well, and I appreciate that Pinkie tries to make Gilda happy, which really ties well to her element, even if her efforts ultimately failed. When it comes to the bad, I am not so fond of Gilda. Her characterization as a stereotypically '90s jock character really hurts the chances for her character to interest me in this episode. With all that said, I found this episode to be pretty average and definitely not one of Cindy Morrow's better episodes.
How would you rank these episodes? Comment below and tell me what you think!