On July 17 2012 12:39 LittleJoeRambler wrote:
What is everyone's top 5 episodes and why?
What is everyone's top 5 episodes and why?
No two parters, eh? Let's take a gander.
- The Cutie Mark Chronicles - M. A. Larson
- Sonic Rainboom - M. A. Larson
- Sisterhooves Social - Cindy Morrow
- Luna Eclipsed - M. A. Larson
- The Last Roundup - Amy Keating Rogers
The perfect episode. I've even managed to convince people as to why this is the best episode when they disagreed with me. Firstly, it's an origins story. Most people love origins stories. Due to this simple fact, in a character, empathy driven series such as MLP, that means the more you watch and grow attached to each character, the greater impact an episode like this will have. This factor alone gives it an insurmountable advantage over every other episode right there. The execution was also quite perfect. Despite how much content there was in each flashback, the need to drive the story between flashback to flashback, all ramping up to everything getting neatly tied together in the end, and using the CMC to move the story along, it all worked, somehow. That said, I believe this embodies the spirit of the show in its purest form. Yes, parts of it sound really cheesy, but they get the job done. For example, when Pinkie says "I wanted to keep smiling forever, and I wanted everyone I knew to smile, too". At first glance, it looks pretty terrible, but if you hear it in context by watching the episode, and know the character, then it's touching as fuck, because you know it's pure, simple, and genuine. Most really good episodes, like Sisterhooves Social, have a few incredible moments that make them so good. This episode is almost entirely comprised of said moments. I don't think it's possible for them to top this episode, honestly.
What can I say? This is the episode that made me a passionate fan. The pacing. The buildup. The music. The "welp, I know how this is going to turn out" Icarus reference. The last act. Everything Rainbow went through, from start to finish. All of it was perfect, culminating in what is perhaps the most epic single moment of the entire series. While this isn't my top episode, it's probably my favourite, considering its immense sentimental value. Those that know me know exactly what I'm talking about. Between that sentimental value, this episode, and Chronicles, it's pretty obvious as to why Rainbow Dash is my favourite pony.
It was a huge tossup for me between this and Luna Eclipsed at number 3. I ended up going with Sisterhooves because it was more true to the show, and is an emotionally provocative episode, whereas Luna Eclipsed is more along the lines of a ton of fun and epic. Although I'm an only child, I found the episode to be quite touching. As per usual with this list, the pacing was perfect. The reveal at the end may have been very obvious in hindsight, I'm oh so happy that I was too busy being caught up in the rest of the episode to notice that it was Rarity the entire time, because when the reveal happened, it hit me pretty hard.
There isn't a great deal to say about this episode that isn't redundant. Luna's return had an insane amount of hype, as well as speculation about how exactly they'd portray her, and how far they were willing to go in the season's "scary" episode. They pulled her off perfectly, from how she carried herself down to her voice, which isn't too much of a surprise considering that Larson wrote the episode and Tabitha voiced Luna. Those two, in my opinion, are the clear best at their respective roles in the entire production crew. The rest of the episode was paced well, had great visuals, and is easily one of the most widely popular episodes. I had an incredibly difficult time ranking it only 4th.
This episode did a ton of things right. I loved the pacing, Derpy out of nowhere, Pinkie being herself, and the amazing I Love Lucy reference made this one a ton of fun. I even remember watching that particular scene referenced when I was a child, since my parents would occasionally watch I Love Lucy. Even though the ending was a bit cheesy, it was really heartwarming in spite of that, which concluded the episode very well. Perhaps I liked the ending because of how well-written the episode as a whole was.
Bonus: Return of Harmony is my favourite two-parter. While Canterlot Wedding is more epic and has my favourite song in This Day Aria, there's something about watching characters that you've grown so attached to getting emotionally and mentally broken by John De Lancie that gives me epic feels and nerd chills that Canterlot Wedding couldn't match. That, and it's the closest to grimdark the series has gotten thus far.