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MLP FiM: S8 E4: Fake It Til' You Make It Review by Cuddlepug MLP FiM: S8 E4: Fake It Til' You Make It Review by Cuddlepug

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Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 8 - Episode 4: "Fake It Til' You Make It"

Final score: B-

Next review (Season 8, Episode 5):  MLP FiM: S8 E5: Grannies Gone Wild Review by Cuddlepug

Previous review (Season 8, Episode 3):  MLP FiM: S8 E3: Maud Pie Gets a BOYFRIEND Review by Cuddlepug

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Smokey Joe was tragically murdered by an out-of-control pony named Fluttershy while working a job at Miss Rarity's Manehattan boutique. It turned out, much to everyone's surprise and alarm, that Fluttershy was suffering from multiple personality disorder and an aggressive form of schizophrenia. She took a knife, a mace and a trident to Smokey Joe after he accidentally spilled tea on her. He never stood a chance."

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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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:iconcrystalizedflames:
CrystalizedFlames Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The thing that killed me was the overuse of modern slang, even as satire, it was a cringefest.

I give it a C- tbh
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
A lot of people seem to have disliked this episode, it's interesting. I got massive deju vu watching - I swear I saw this episode, or one similar to it, years ago!
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:iconcrystalizedflames:
CrystalizedFlames Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Meh :p
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:iconscutterland:
Scutterland Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
TBH I really hope this season's episodes get better...
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
Why didn't you like about this one, friend :@(?
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:iconscutterland:
Scutterland Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I found it poorly written with confusing character motivations and inner moral D: It's not that I don't see what they were trying to do with the whole "Fluttershy's multiple personality" thing I just personally think they did a really crappy job of it XDD But who knows what future episodes have in store :la: 
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:iconspd243:
spd243 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I have a feeling a lot of people is going to think that she's out of character, similar to Pinkie Pie last episode; however, she's actually expanding that one side of her were usually see when she's in her profession or given a task: focused assertiveness. Whenever she is tasked to do something, that she makes sure to succeed in, she tends to get very carried away and kinda puts a whole "shield" around her during that moment of focus. That additional focus can sometimes lead to not being aware of who you're ignoring or hurting around you (I've regretting done that a few times). Nevertheless, I loved the different personas she had (Ahem...Goth Fluttershy was my fave).

Hmm...now that I think about it, each of the Mane Six had a rare personality trait that wasn't seen all too much. With seeing Pinkie's intolerance expanded and now Fluttershy's focus-assertiveness, I'm sensing an expansion characters personality theme here.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
A lot of people seem to have disliked this one. So far the season hasn't done anything noteworthy but, that said, it's still very early on :@)
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:iconspd243:
spd243 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
True, it’s rather a slow start for a new season. But there is one episode in particular that I am looking forward to :D
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:iconprince-harmony:
Prince-Harmony Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Wow. You rated a b- I rated it an F.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
What did you dislike about this one so much, my friend :'O?
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:iconprince-harmony:
Prince-Harmony Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
Fluttershy's forced changes. Don't get me wrong. The way she communicates with the ponies with dialogue and identity we're good. But as it went along it's as if fluttershy fell off the radar I hardly knew her anymore, calling the raccoons rodents, I don't blame fluttershy, technically it wasn't all her fault, I blame it on rarity for pushing all of her ideas and suggestions to fluttershy and asking for help at the last minute. So yeah that's why I'm probably the only one who's giving this one an F.
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MustLoveFrogs Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
Regrettably for a character who seemed to be going in the right direction development-wise, the recent take on Flutts is either "the doormat we all know and love" or "complete mindless asshole".  If that was actually part of her character arc that would be one thing (maybe she doesn't know the difference?), but praising Flutts for losing her mind and treating those around her like dirt (even her animals this time??) is something the Manes can't afford to do.  I don't know which episode was the most embarrassing... "AJ Forgets How To Farm and Twilight Needs To Teach Her How" or "Fluttershy Rejects Common Decency and That's a Good Thing".
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018
To me it seems emblematic of a show that is running out of ideas. The sheen of originality wore off long ago :@(
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:iconabrightside:
ABrightSide Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Well, for once my opinion is more negative than yours. This episode was just okay in my opinion.

Do you think it would've made more sense if they used Pinkie Pie instead?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
I think the whole thing didn't make a whole lot of sense at all, to be fair. After eight seasons are they really gonna be treating each other like this ;'O?
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ABrightSide Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, Fluttershy's behavior made me wonder if she had multiple personality disorder. :)
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8-BitBrony Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
10/10 pretty bad episode, to be honest. It seems for the last season or so Fluttershy has been written as Bitch-Fluttershy, or as Same-Shit-Different-Day Fluttershy, but to be the extreme end of both in the same episode seems wrong. I agree with the previous commenter who pointed out that Fluttershy not knowing anything about fashion is a pretty massive inconsistency. I guess I really couldn't care less though, she's has always been one of my least favorite Mane 6, and the episode was still entertaining enough. Overall, it's just always good to see more Twilight. I know we're only 4 episodes in, but she hasn't been used as much as I'd like.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Tara Strong is probably off doing other stuff, such as attending brony conventions!
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:icon8-bitbrony:
8-BitBrony Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wel, that would be great if true. That means she may have a chance of appearing at the Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee, and I could get her signature on my movie poster. I met Tabitha there last year, pretty cool experience.
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Senene9986 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
The episode was kind of heh for me. I did, however, enjoy the kind of making fun of stupid trend words like Woke and Squad.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Fluttershy threatened me and forced me to give this one a good score :@(
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:iconsenene9986:
Senene9986 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Me too! I still got the gun barrel imprint in my back.
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:iconzeereeno:
ZeeReeno Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Press F to pay respects to Smokey (ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣ ہ ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣ ✿)


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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Taken before his time by sword, mace and trident :@(
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:iconzeereeno:
ZeeReeno Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fluttershy has gone too far this time >:O This tyrant must be stopped!
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
She's used to faking it with Discord.
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:iconzeereeno:
ZeeReeno Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How disgraceful (≖ Δ ≖)
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:iconsupergameplayer:
SuperGamePlayer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Certainly, a Rarishy collab episode hasn't come around since Season 1's Green Isn't Your Color.

A good episode, but not exactly a rewatchable one...
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Feels like we're reliving the same plots over and over again. I swear I've seen an episode just like this one before!
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:iconsupergameplayer:
SuperGamePlayer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
I see.
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:iconredfields:
Redfields Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
This episode was so bad i don't even have strenght to write how bad it was. F- never write Fluttershy again and if i meet Hamilton i will kick his ass.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
What do you think it did so badly, friend?
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:iconredfields:
Redfields Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Fluttershy was comepletely out of character for couple of giggles and absolutelt incosistent with rest of her character in previous seasons. I hate newbie wirters and i want them to be decapitated by ISIS.
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:iconlaszl:
Laszl Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
i give this episode a 6/10, sorry but this episode felt kinda flat and seeing how Fluttershy was being a bitch towards her friends and everypony else was really uncomfortable to watch. What was Fluttershy's motivation to be such a jerk to all of her friends? Just to impress the customers? If so then it clearly didn't work, because the customers hated her too. This episode overall just felt like a copy of "Putting your hooves down". And an another thing I don't understand is why Rarity decided to pick Fluttershy to maintain her boutique in Manehatten when she could've asked Coco Pommel, who's obviously has more experience at fashion than Fluttershy. I don't know this season has some really flat episodes, I mean except the season opener pretty much all the episodes had a low score on my ratings.

Episode 1&2 was an 8/10
Episode 3 was a 6/10
Episode 4 is also a 6/10 
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
I agree that this one seemed a bit weird. Behaving like that she wasn't really making anyone happy, making me question a bit why she was bothering. Perhaps the power went to her head?

Either way, Smokey Joe is dead and the blood is on Fluttershy's hooves.
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:iconlaszl:
Laszl Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Yeah, obviously she got too carried away.
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TheDragonWarlock Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Honestly, this episode felt like it was trying to be an improvement over Putting Your Hoof Down, but was riddled with its own problems. The massive inconsistencies from Fluttershy not knowing anything about fashion, to no explanation as to why Coco couldn't come and run the shop. The ending itself fell flat and was rushed.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
They forgot Coco as a character, didn't they? Or was she in it briefly?
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:iconthedragonwarlock:
TheDragonWarlock Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
I'm leaning towards the former.
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:iconegondalatz:
EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Smokey Joe, may Rao's eternal light shine upon him -_-

Anyways, I decided to give this episode an 'A-', because I just loved Fluttershy in this episode - even though it turned out that there is something really wrong with her psyche and she should be thrown into the nuthouse for her actions. (Your diagnosis of schizophrenia is correct, I'm afraid.)

However, there is one other thing that needs to be addressed: Manehatten turns everypony into snobbish fashion-loving dumbbells! Manehatten must be leveled down to ctop the contamination in time! Also, the moral of the story: never out-Rarity Rarity, because it turns you an asshole :XD:

But in all seriousness: Fluttershy not being punished for her actions in the end is so stupid I don't even wanna waste a single character on it. :/
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
It ended with a goofy laugh scene which seemed irresponsible. Also Smokey Joe is dead and no one seems to care :@(
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EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I care for him...
TrueHeartHardDecision

Eww, why did I even put that bear there? :')
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
This show is going to some dark places in recent years :@)
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EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We can all agree on that :nod:
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