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Reviews Comments: Disturbing My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic S 2 E 19 Putting Your Hoof Down episode/issue review by Styx D
I'm generally a calm and easygoing brony. I shrugged when people were bashing "Mysterious Mare do Well". I rolled my eyes at "Derpy is being censored!" rage. But this is the first episode that I actively dislike. I was off-put by the amount of meanness in this episode. Since the beginning, it feels like this is not the same setting the previous episodes established. Rather, it's like some fan-made A Day At The Bizarro piece, where everyone, including Pinkie and Rarity, is being a jerk to one another for no reason at all. Like Friendship Is Witchcraft, though without the spark. Why would they put this in an official episode? Well, the answer is probably "Lazy Writing 101: We Don't Have Time To Introduce Proper Conflict, So Let's Just Exaggerate Stuff To The Point Of Absurd." Unfortunately, most of the episode's humor revolves around those displays of jerkiness (and a Looney Toons gag repeated over and over), so I didn't find it amusing at all. Well, except for Iron Will himself - I found him a great and funny character. That appears in only two scenes. Way to throw away your best card. It all culminates in a scene where Fluttershy aggressively humiliates Pinkie Pie and Rarity and seriously insults their lifestyles (as the two of them criticized her "new" personality), than in a fit of self-hate she locks herself in her house and decides to never come out. Wow guys. Those that theorize about Fluttershy being abused in the past can pat themselves on the back. Sorry, writers, but you can't just open a whole can of seriously unpleasant implications about Fluttershy's issues, then go ahead and never address it again. Or for the matter, call out no one but Fluttershy on the crap they were doing. And all's magically well and good, as soon as the ponies find a scapebull to blame for, basically, everything that happened in the episode. Funnily, Iron Will's approach would plainly appear to be too extreme, if only the bullying of Fluttershy by other ponies wasn't so grotesquely exaggerated, that her reactions seem almost justified. Maybe I'm taking it too personally. But even disregarding all that, it's just a mean-spirited, unfunny episode.
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