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Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 4, Episode 6: 'Power Ponies'

Final score: B

Previous review (Season 4, Episode 5): MLP FiM: S4 E5 - Flight to the Finish Review by Cuddlepug

Next review (Season 4, Episode 7): MLP Review: S4 E7 - Bats! by Cuddlepug

These episodes are all rated in the context of the show - therefore, if I give an episode a score, it is in relation to how it compares to the standard set by the show itself and not external factors.

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:icon1992andbeyond:
1992andbeyond Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I...don't know...B I guess.
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j4lambert Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Bakuretsu Sentai Ponyranger!
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Bonsai-Tree009 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought Fluttershy's hulk-like transformation was extremely predictable, I just rolled my eyes at that scene. I know spike spoiled it beforehand.
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Raven: I don't rate episodes, to be honest, but c'mon. Give us an explanation to your ratings!
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Is the review not explanation enough, That's So Raven?
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
(OoC: Not that Raven. An-OC-of-mine Raven)

Raven: What review??
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
If you spent less time roleplaying and more time looking at your surroundings, you might have realised that you're on a review right now. Open up the pdf.
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
(OoC: Don't like me RPing my OCs? Tough break, buddy, but you'll have to cope with it every time we cross paths.... Which will be a lot, since - I have no idea how, but it still happens - your reviews enter my inbox somehow)

Raven: Open what??? There's nothing to open!!
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
DeviantArt isn't a roleplaying site. If you want to do that, why not go to a website designed for that purpose and detach yourself even further from reality?
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
DeviantArt isn't a roleplaying site.
(OoC: Too bad. I'm RPing here, like it or not, and there's nothing you can do to stop me. Tatty-bye)
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AkaTheSnake Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
I like your optimism Cuddle, it warmths me to see you look at the positives of everything including dark times.  I think some bronies should learn from seeing these weird episodes in more ways (preferably a brighter one)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Optimism?!
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Dr. X: Optimism means having a positive perspective on things usually.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Look at this guy.
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Dr. X: I do not understand your point.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
You're roleplaying when nobody else is. It's cute.
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
(OoC: Very mature)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
You're calling me immature, when you appear to be in a perpetual state of roleplaying? What are you, 10?

Try being yourself for a change - it has to be a more attractive prospect than tumbling further down the rabbit hole of escapism.
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AkaTheSnake Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
you're very positive I mean...
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I'm just surprised you got that impression about me. I'll take it as a compliment.
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AkaTheSnake Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I intended it to be a compliment. XD
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
:iconfakecudpug::iconsaysplz:"Cough cough...ahem...I...um...Mr. F. C. Pug, wish to say that no matter what that heathen *Cuddlepug does, you can always count on me to save the day --stay on, you darned moustache!-- ahem! Ah, mmmyess...good day to you, sir!"
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AkaTheSnake Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Okay.
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funman1994returns Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Photographer
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Thanks for the feedback!
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funman1994returns Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013   Photographer
your welcome. :meow:
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I barely remember what the hell happened in there when I watched it last night with my family -- I was, erm, getting hammered for the holidays (we celebrate the yule solstice), since Mom was able to find the recipe for my favorite margarita drink ^^;
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5krunner97 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yule cant remember what that is for heard it mentioned the other day from a co worker
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:iconmirakhall:
MiraKHall Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the Wiccan's holiday, I think; we were generally celebrating the winter solstice, when the days will become longer as the months progress (a good thing for us folks with SAD :XD:)
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5krunner97 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My managers are paegan so they celebrate it thats how i found out about it. Lol well thanks xD
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, neat.  I like to think of me'self as 'worldly', since I've taken a course in world religion just to see where I do fit in, if at all (born and raised an an atheist, I am, but my father's behavior and attitude can be a major turn-off).  You're welcome.
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5krunner97 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So you believe in a one world religion? Lol
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:iconmirakhall:
MiraKHall Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like to believe we're all capable of a little altruistic behavior if we TRY at it :greetings:
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5krunner97 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool
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evangelian007 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Awesome review Cudpug!
I saw the episode and I was surprised. It was really fun, entertaining and it had a pretty good morale. I found it interesting that the whole episode was pretty much a friendship lesson of Spike learning his importance to the group. I thought that the gags with Rarity and Pinkie were the best. I believe that it was really clever that they decided to make her a Green Lantern like character. And Pinkie's gags as Fillysecond were really cute and funny.

But for me the one who stole the show was Mane-iac. I don't know why but I really like her. The way she's written, the way she behaves she is really creative! Even though she's pretty much a Joker like villain it was very well done. The Hair puns were pretty funny and to be honest It reminded me of Sedusa from Power Puff Girls. And the way she laughed even when she was defeated was kind of adorable.

About the whole thing that the Mane 6 was transported to Maretropolis because the comic book was enchanted I think in a way it makes sense within the story. 

The only thing I didn't liked was the Flutterhulk part. The joke was fine but her design it took awhile for me to get use to it but her jokes worked pretty well.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Good points raised across the board!
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Rated-R-PonyStar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Out of all the episodes that are known, this was the one that I was looking forward to the most. I am a huge comic book nerd and I was not disappointed in this. I had no qualms about the gang being sent into the comic, I actually found the animation pretty cool. The design of Maretropolis feels very comic bookish and the overall plot felt like a classic comic plot you would see in something like the Silver Age, maybe even Golden. The characters and their powers I easily recognized for who they were portraying and fitted their characters each.

First you have Applejack who is obviously based on Wonder Woman, with maybe a bit of Batman in her costume design (Or maybe that's just me). And you can have no better character be Wonder Woman then Applejack. Wonder Woman is known in the DC universe as the Spirit of Truth while Applejack is the Element of Honesty. Both are hard workers who find no task to small or demeaning for them, they hold great emphasis on family (Wonder Woman's entire home Island Themyscira is like on big sister group). And finally, both are good examples for female role models as they are characters with strength, wisdom, and a good heart that show the best qualities of women that prove that they are just as capable and respectable as any man.

Dash is very much based on Thor with some powers based on Storm from X-Men. Both characters have huge amounts of pride, and take loyatly very seriously. They are willing to help others and won't hesitate to use force to battle the forces of evil. Both are headstrong and have had to go through lessons in humility to become greater individuals. Plus, it's actually refreshing to see Dash not be the "fastest" thing alive in a super hero concept.

Pinkie is the Flash. Enough needs to be said there.

Rarity was very ingenious of the writers. She's the Green Lantern of the group, but instead of a ring she has bracelets that can create whatever she wills for them to create. However, she's more based on the Star Sapphire Corps, another lantern corps in the DC universe whose powers are based on Love in the Emotional Spectrum. And Rarity, is a perfect candidate for this. She focuses on matters of the heart, bringing beauty and trying to make everything around her look lovely. She wants other ponies to feel loved and adored by giving them dresses and styles that will show who they are on the inside and outside.

Fluttershy is the Hulk, and her part was my favorite. And Fluttershy herself makes a pretty good comparison to Bruce Banner, who is a nice guy that only wants to live in peace, but has anger issues. And we've seen that Fluttershy has her moments where all her bottling of her rage does get unleashed and she'll turn a complete 180 of her personality and this makes her the perfect Hulk Character.

Twilight was very hard to figure out but I finally realized that she was based on Cyclops from the X-men. One would think she's based on a magic based character like Zatanna or Dr. Fate, but her powers are limited to certain energy blast from her horn, sort of like Cyclops Optic Blasts. I think the metal surrounding Twilight's horn is kind of based on the Ruby Visor that Cyclops needs to use to keep his powers in check, otherwise they are always on and shooting out. This can also be a shout out to Twilight's exam where she didn't have control of her powers at first. Plus, Cyclops is the leader of the X-Men. Twilight is leader of the mane six. It fits.

Spike is obviously based on Robin, but the joking idea for a time was that Robin was Batman's damsel in distress. Spike and Robin share a lot of similarities in that they are the background character in a sense despite being seen a lot in the show, but that Spike dreams of being a hero or somebody in important. Spike is worried that he'll be the useless one for comic relief and while many times that is true, we've seen that Spike has come through for the girls on more then one occasion even before this episodes, he just needed the confidence boost to do so. Interestingly enough, Spike is the one who is the first to help the group out in the new world because of his knowledge. It's because of him that they know where they are, how to escape, and what each of their powers do, thus helping them adjust. And, of course, Spike gets his big hero moment when he gives a wicked entry kick to the bad guy that frees the others. Like Robin, Spike has a lot of potential and I hope that we see him grow more as a character over time.

The Mane-iac I love because it's a very big shoutout to the Joker with the abilities of Doctor Octopus. They even gave her the original backstory of the Joker, that's just awesome! She laughs like him (Sure no Mark Hamil, but hey get what you can), speaks and monologues like him, and is as crazy as him. She even laughs after she is defeated, something the Joker did often when he lost.

The action was supurb, showing all the powers at their finest and the story's conclusion ended at a grand scale. I like the mentioning of "Enchanted Comics", kind of nice.

Grade: A

This is my favorite episode of all season and maybe in my top ten. I just wish there was more comic references, but I got enough to make me happy.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kind of a stand alone episode huh?
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LARS777 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Not a bad score :)
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wolfman-al Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I really donīt know what to make of this episode. The premise was stupid but it was well executed.I liked that the characters had a very good balance of screentime and I love how they used Rarity as a Ersatz-Green Lantern, was very fitting to her creative personality. But since when do superhero comic books exist in Equestria? Enchanted or not, that seems like an anachronism to me, like throwing a digital watch into Lord of the Rings.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I agree that the premise was fairly ridiculous, although I found it hard to knock the episode down based on that central premise when the actual execution was done well. I suppose I'd argue that I don't like the journey, but I think the destination was good.
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EchoRelicArt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
In my own opinion, "Power Ponies" was a somewhat welcoming but largely indifferent episode. It was substandard as a chapter in the story of My Little Pony, but what more would you come to expect from an episode that spends a day inside the story of a Marvel-esk comic book? 

Very well written review, it's always a pleasure reading your intriguing words.


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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Thanks for the compliment, friend. I think on its own merits it was well-written (the dialogue; the action sequences), although I do think it was a bit weak having them get sucked into a comic book because 'magic'. It's clear that the show is becoming more of a typical cartoon in its set-up, though, throwing the characters into whacky situations - of the episode which suggest that, I'd say this was one of the better ones.
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EchoRelicArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Of course, you put a lot into your reviews. That is to be respected, most definitely. 

Anyway, I would have to agree with you on the dialogue and actions scenes. They were quite impressive all on their own. I do agree that the magic route they took was an absolute cop out, most definitely. However, I personally believe it was the more suitable of two choices I saw coming. Those being: Magic OR Spike is just having a dream and none of it ever actually happened. My Little Pony has definitely become more cartoonish this season than in ones prior.

However, between "Daring Don't" and "Power Ponies", I'd have to say that I find "Daring Don't" a bit more enjoyable as a brainless cartoon thriller where fiction becomes reality. "Power Ponies" is far from bad, but these nothing really groundbreaking about it I felt. Just like "Flight to the Finish", just far less unlikable. 
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dastrax64 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student
i find the beginning of the episode taking place at the old castle just an annoying tease, it is little more than a blank setting. however i do see that the writers are basically using it as a diving board into some sort of bigger plot element later on...as they are known to do.
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CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
You know what would have made this episode 100 times more awesome? Since this is a superhero episode, what if Stan Lee had a guest appearance in it!?
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yeah!
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EchoRelicArt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I was thinking the exact same thing
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Tatsurou-san Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
How about a ponified Stan Lee, and just don't name him or give him a line?  Just slip him in in the background where bronies would notice?
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