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Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 8 - Episode 11: "Molt Down"

Final score: C+

Next review (Season 8, Episode 12):  MLP FiM: S8 E12: Marks for Effort Review by Cuddlepug

Previous review (Season 8, Episode 10):  MLP FiM: S8 E10: The Break Up Break Down Review by Cuddlepug

Choice quote: "
Leaning in to kiss Rarity during the episode's climax, Spike gets what he always wanted...but realises that going out with Rarity involves dealing with her constant whining and having to listen to her endless complaints about work colleagues. Welcome to adulthood, mate."

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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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:iconspd243:
spd243 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Very enjoyable episode! It was very interesting to see the process of how dragons goes through puberty; also, the I thought they handled the topic of growing up (both its pros and cons) was well done. On a curious note, I wonder if way Spike was hatched (aka Twilight’s magic burst as a filly when panicked) was a result of such a supposedly “late” growth?
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:iconsazerlite:
SazerLite Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Poor Spike.
I just want to hug him and be his best friend.
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:iconfoxred1988:
foxred1988 Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah Dude... Finally Spike is going towards adulthood. After... 8 seasons, Spike finally grew up! 
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:iconbroqentoys:
broqentoys Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
bro's gone through puberty???? hold up i gotta watch the episode
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:iconabrightside:
ABrightSide Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Rarity was kind of annoying, wasn't she? Her and Spike's yelling kinda got on my nerves.
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:icondivides:
Divides Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!!! 

THIS IS MY INSIDE VOICE!!!
 
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
They just need to bang it out :@)
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:icon8-bitbrony:
8-BitBrony Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this was a pretty good one; we got a major character development, and some references to the series' long history to show just how far it's come. I mean, if this show lives to see Season 9, can you imagine how different the theme song will look if they keep changing it to reflect the growth of the characters? I'm already mind-boggled every time I see Shining Armor, Cadance, and Flurry Heart up there with Celestia and Luna. It's a constant reminder just how unprecedented this is for a kids show, to have side characters who were introduced to us during Season 2 starting a family four seasons later.

On top of that, we got plenty of my two favorite Mane 6, and they were both written pretty well, I think. So while I probably wouldn't be eager to rewatch this episode personally, it was still enjoyable, and important for where it fits into the legacy of Friendship is Magic. 
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
I do think MLP's continuity is quite surprising for a show of its kind. Spike will look weird with wings!
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:iconsupergameplayer:
SuperGamePlayer Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
If the promotion didn't spoil that bit of Spike's new wings, I'd give it that +. But regardless, it's definitely A material - not C+. (Give me a break)
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Disagree, personally, but I can see why people enjoyed this one :@)
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Laszl Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
This was a really good episode even though I got spoiled about it thanks to Youtube I still managed to enjoy it. It's really good to see that Spike has finally left the childhood behind him and reached the gateway of puberty to teenage. This episode has also managed to prove wrong the theory that Spike can't get wings because he was magically hatched from his egg. I definitely enjoyed this episode , is this the best Spike episode? I would say not since I enjoyed "Gauntlet of Fire" better. I kinda wonder how old Spike is now actually... since dragons live for over a millennium I assume that childhood at dragons extends way further than at ponies. At dragon age I think he's 14 in pony age he's probably like 20-22 , considering that Twilight was a filly when Spike was born. I kinda find it interesting that Spike just got his wings and he can already fly really damn good. Dragons are quick learners. I don't really have anything else much to say about this episode , other than that it was a good one. Finally after so many years Spike get's something. Also at the end , really Rarity now that Spike has wings you're gonna make him your bitch even more... (I still love Rarity though :D)

Episode score: 8/10 (great)

So far we have:

Season 8 episode 1&2 "School Daze" - 8/10
Season 8 episode 3 "Maud Couple" - 6/10
Season 8 episode 4 "Fake It 'Till You Make It" - 6/10
Season 8 episode 5 "Grannies Gone Wild" - 7.5/10
Season 8 episode 6 "Surf and/or Turf" - 8/10
Season 8 episode 7 "Horse Play" - 9.5/10
Season 8 episode 8 "Parent Map" - 7/10
Season 8 episode 9 "Non Compete Clause" - 5/10
Season 8 episode 10 "The Break Up , Break Down" - 8.5/10 
Season 8 episode 11 "Molt Down" - 8/10

Side note: Poor Scootaloo , now even Spike is flying before her.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
I reckon Spike is now able to pursue Rarity without being a baby :@)
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:iconlaszl:
Laszl Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Yep.
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:iconredfields:
Redfields Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
Yeah, beside getting wings, this episode wa pretty damn weak. Haber knows how to ruin big episodes.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This to me earns an A because after years, Spike finally gets something and to me it's pretty good.
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:iconredfields:
Redfields Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
What would you give it if he didn't get wings in the end an just got over the molt?
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be around a B-. Only nitpick I have is that Rarity was just annoying.
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EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Edited May 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Just 'C+'? Interesting; I thought this was an 'A' material and it earned 'the best Spike episode by far' title from me. It didn't make such a great impact as the CMC getting their tattoos cutie marks, but it was still a decent allegory of hitting puberty and was definitely a huge turning point for this little purple dragon.

Although I have to admit that Rares was a bit annoying throughout the episode - but what would you expect from a delicate marshmallow that only accepts being melted in Nesquik?

Also, your humor is on spot like always, Cuddle :D
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Thanks buddy - glad to hear you enjoyed this one! They're running out of ways to develop these characters now Spike got wings :@)
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:iconegondalatz:
EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. But I don't mind the change if they make more episodes with the quality of Amending Fences :)

Also, you're welcome ^^
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Redfields Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
Gauntlet of Fire wa a much better episode. Haber just added wings with shit writin for first 20 minutes where everyone is shouting. Good episode is something more than visual additon to character. This episode will be as memorable as Dash becoming a Wonderbolt in a bad Newbie Dash episode.
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rizegreymon22 Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
Although I do not like it when they give a permanent change to the design of a character, in fact I like the idea that Spike has wings, that is, it is not so shocking compared when Twilight got its wings, because all the dragons in the show are winged but they are all older than Spike, clearly Spike some day was going to grow wings like when a pony gets his cutie mark, I also expected more because his molt was very similar to the phases of puberty.

Besides, I find a dragon without wings very weird
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
He's no longer a baby - which means puberty has hit and now he's gonna be trying to bang everyone :@(
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MrRexyy846 Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor of my Chicken- I mean, Scootaloo 
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
Don't feel bad for her - she has far too many sins for that sympathy :'O
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:iconmrrexyy846:
MrRexyy846 Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welp, I guess you're right :P
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Two-in-the-Belfry Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Scootaloo, now even Spike is flying before her :iconscootaloosadplz:
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
I don't think Scoot will ever grow up :@( She's like Peter Pan!
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:icondivides:
Divides Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No... Peter Pan could fly XD. 
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