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Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 7 - Episode 17: "To Change a Changeling"

Final score: C-

Next review (Season 7, Episode 18):  MLP FiM: S7 E18: Daring Done Review by Cuddlepug

Previous review (Season 7, Episode 16):  MLP FiM: S7 E16: Campfire Tales Review 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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spd243 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
In a way, Phraynx was almost going through a similar phase as his brother, Thorax was in "The Times They Are A Changeling". Both were treated unfairly because of who they were (Thorax = too nice amongst sinister, Phraynx = too harsh amongst innocent), and both weren't trusted except for one person (Thorax = not trusted amongst ponies except Spike, Phraynx = not trust amongst his own pack except Thorax). However, their acceptance is different with a few minor details.

Thorax was accepted in a new life and family with the ponies, full well knowing he was shunned back home with the changeling hive. Where as with Phraynx, he was already welcomed in the pack, yet his fear was more so of not being accepted as well as shunned by his own kind. Like I said, a minor difference but quite an interesting one. Also, is it just me or do I get a Celestia & Luna vibe from these two brothers.
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happyshorty Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Grade: F.
So many bad lessons are taught here.

1, being good means your weak and helpless.
2, An origonal character can't retain their image when they have a change of heart. You cant be who you are, you have to look a certain way.
3, sharing an emotional dilemma with others will get you laughed at.
4, blaming others for your failures is ok.

Just a terrible episode anyway I look at it. 

WOW THIS IS TRAGICAL!
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Scutterland Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
No one I know personally watches MLP so I never get to talk about it D: *insert forever alone meme here* 

but on this magical internet place~ :giggle: 

I was super disappointed with Starlight in this episode, she's usually one of my fave characters - I see her as an intelligent slightly-badass character but her idea to lure the monster to the front door was idiotic. Also she gave up on Pharynx way too fast - she spent what, a single afternoon with him? 

I admit that I disagree that Pharynx was forced to conform - or at least, I don't think it should be looked at that way. He was destructive, threatening, and extremely disruptive. The other changelings had a problem with his attitude, not his appearance. So I don't think they were racists or conformists - they just didn't like an asshole always yelling at them and destroying what they were trying to build. And he may have stayed because he cared for the hive, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a complete jerk. A jerk with good intentions is still a pain in the butt. 

But of course, that's just my opinion :shrug: I could elaborate further buuuut I don't want to write an essay XDD
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foxred1988 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thorax created a Hippie Community. Hmmm... that explains all those "green" things they talk too much about. 

Geeez
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broqentoys Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
dont you mean trixie the unscarable
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LeafyMerriz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I noticed your reviews never gets A lol
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
I've given out lots of As over the years - including a few A+s :@)
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LeafyMerriz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah :'P
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EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Originally I wanted to give this episode the same rating as you did, but after much consideration I gave it a D+, because To Change a Changeling put Starlight from the 'neutral' category into the 'just bad' one in my eyes. I'm so done with how crude her solutions for certain situations are.

I agree that under Thorax the changelings became pussies, but it still bothers me less than Starlight and her devilish witchcraft.

And yes, Trixie is a silly witch - but in a good sense. ^^ (Although she was way too annoying in this ep.)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
She's an irresponsible tyrant and a poor Twilight impersonator :@(
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EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed on all levels. :(
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SuperGamePlayer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
This is so good it makes The Times They Are A Changeling look like What About Discord? or Legend of Everfail. (In terms of reception they both get)
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OchiYuki Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
I actually really liked that episode


Fffffuu
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
Glad to hear it, friend. Are you a fan of Trixie :@)?
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OchiYuki Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
Oh hell no
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Redfields Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
I like these kind of reviews like this one where you actually write what you didn't like about the episode instead some wierd meme or exaggarated story that didn't happen. I'm looking forawrd to something like this.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
There's a Pokemon reference - does that count as a meme?
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Lattynskit Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Worst episode since the last one to feature Thorax. What a waste of a powerful kingdom as well.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
Thorax is pretty pointless and most likely secretly wants to devour Twilight Sparkle's muff.
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Lattynskit Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is my headcanon! :D
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1992andbeyond Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
I like this episode.
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meiyeezhu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
I get the feeling that some of the royalists may had secretly defected from the hive in search for Queen Chrysalis, so as to breed a new coup de tete swarm
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Annomaniac Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2017
I really try not to dislike episodes, but this one was just... weird.

Changelings. Change-lings. Can change. But apparently not when they have to defend themselves, then they are just defenseless hippies...? Errrrr. Something just doesn't add up.

As long as that one key info for why they don't seem to be able to defend themselves is missing, the episode just seems weird to me. Weird weird weird.

Even though I like Thorax and the new Changeling design. And I wanna see fanart of that one groupleader-hippie changeling with Treehugger havin' some dope now.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
Are the hippy Changelings still able to transform or did they lose that ability?
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Annomaniac Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
I think it's safe to say they can. Wasn't there even a whole "group" regarding changing of changelings in the hive? Not to mention we saw Thorax change in his new form as well. Don't want to get into too much detail. Still changelings, still can change.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
You're right it was a bit of a weird one. Obviously the show is focusing on other characters outside the main cast nowadays, but some of these 'other' episodes are questionable!
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Annomaniac Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
And a little fun fact. "Maulwurf" is German for mole. I guess German makes everything sound more angry! Roar!
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99liberty Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Student General Artist
If I'm being honest, I really enjoyed Trixie and some other aspects of this, but it could have been better.

In my opinion, Pharynx should have stayed in the classic changeling form since it felt like it would be the best for his character...but nope
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
If you don't change and adapt you are exiled :@(
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99liberty Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Student General Artist
That sure says a lot about the society we're in... a lot of people deal with this sort of idea daily. We can't avoid it though, we are only humans.
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Annashingekinokoijn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
When will this come out,or has it already been released?
mlp-episodes.tk/
I usually get my episodes from this!
Cuddlepug help me plz XD
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
You can find it on Equestria Daily / Daily Motion, my friend :@)
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Annashingekinokoijn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Ah senpai replies! That's senpai!
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cowboyjt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
All I have to say is: If I was "free to choose" between giving up my identity, thoughts, and visage for a King so that he may rule unchallenged, or death.
I would choose death, no matter the means.

I mean, they could of had him stay in his normal form, but no. Only 'evil' changelings look like that.

       Smrt fašizmu, sloboda narodu!
(
Death to Fascism, Freedom to the People!)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
Changeling society is racist, you could argue.
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cowboyjt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
Very, very, racist. -And seeing that they are written as 'good guys', and what they are doing is 'good', what does that tell you about the writers?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
What do you think it suggests about the writers?
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cowboyjt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
That they are (at least a little) xenophobic.
"You are only good if you look like this. If you don not, then you are evil." is the main message I got from this.
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Anon200 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
On thinking about this episode, my initial thoughts were that this was taking a swipe at the modern cultural idea that rather than work through disagreements by focusing on common ground, it's better to just brand your opponents as "wrong" or "no good" and then shun them from society. Yet...on thinking about it a bit more, I realized that might have been something else I was overlooking. 

Pharynx found himself in a situation where he felt his society, one that came from a background he admired rather than hated like the others, had changed to the point where he was made to feel as if he no longer belonged in it. People who feel that way in real life usually respond by withdrawing and trying to form their own counter-culture. Now granted, Pharynx didn't have anyone else to do that with (unless he went going to go find Chrysalis...), but the point was made that he stuck around regardless, because no matter how much hive society had changed and how much he disagreed with it, even hated it, he still valued the well-being of the hive as a whole and considered that to be paramount. Even if none of the other Changelings appreciated it, he still felt it was his responsibility to defend them. Heck, he clearly thought Thorax was a coward and a weakling, and yet he still followed his orders.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
You make Pharynx sound like a really nice dude despite his evil appearance. Perhaps he was too quickly judged by his kin.
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Anon200 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
Oh, and here's a fun fact: this is the first episode of the series to not feature a single original cast member from the pilot episode.
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Thoraxfan123 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
To be honest, I really hated this episode. To start off, all of the changelings were really cringy to listen to/watch. Thorax's explanation of what the changelings where doing now (Crafts, Dancing, Plays, Artwork) just seems too.......weird to say the least. Pharynx is an okay character, but I wished they had more screen time with him. Also, the message is non-existent....WTF?! They always have a lession to give at the end. In the end, I give this episode a 3.5 out of 10. Also, Pharynx's transformation was nice on my eyes (no bright colors), but it was too soon. 
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
What would you prefer the Changelings to be doing now they've found inner peace, friend :@)?
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Thoraxfan123 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
Anything other than that crap......
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Geobukseon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Student Writer
Is it just me or are they focusing too much on the opinions of the fandom?  I mean, they did publish 'Fame and Misfortune' to make the point that people shouldn't be overtly critical, so it does feel a bit hypocritical here.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
What fandom opinion is being expressed here, would you say?
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Geobukseon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Student Writer
Well, that they shouldn't mock the show so much, such as with the 'sissyness' of the changeling designs.  People made it the butt of so many jokes, so they decided to make a representation of that in Pharynx; the 'anti-safe space' changeling.  
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
I think throughout the whole thing Pharynx was just looking for acceptance. He secretly loves safe spaces and herbal tea.
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Geobukseon Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2017  Student Writer
Well, that's what they were going for.  I'm not saying the story wasn't bad (I liked it alot), but the fact that they made the changelings a bunch of sissies both in Triple Threat and To Change a Changling shows that the fans were right in their jokes.  This episode was an attempt to appease those fans by saying 'they can be tough too' through the changelings accepting Pharynx.  It's like "Ok, we get it.  You happy now?"

Meanwhile, Fame and Misfortune's message was "let us write our stories.  You're overly critical and are just causing problems.  Stop it.  Get help."
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
Nobody likes Trixie - she is a silly witch :@(
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