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Episode review: episode 21 "Marks and Recreation"

So here I am thinking that I'm going to be watching a good Cutie Mark Crusader episode, but then this happens. As always I'm going to talk about the plot set-up and then you're going to actually get to hear my full thoughts about this episode.

The episode starts with the Cutie Mark Crusaders giving Cutie Mark counseling to Kettle Corn, who really likes to draw circles. After a bit of time, they tell her that they don't have any more time for the day and that they'll meet again the next day. After they tell her that, they also tell the long line of ponies at the door to the Cutie Mark Crusaders clubhouse that they're done for the day and that they'll meet the next day.

After looking at the schedule for the next day, the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that a day camp would help them help other ponies get their Cutie Marks. While they're announcing their plans to the public, the Cutie Mark Crusaders talk to Rumble, who, despite not wanting his Cutie Mark, is forced to go there by his father Thunderlane. After many intentional failed attempts at trying to get his Cutie Mark and saying that Cutie Marks restrict ponies to one thing, Rumble decides that he's going to tell the rest of the fillies these thoughts and convince them to join.

From there, the episode basically goes where you'd think, so it's time for my review!

I'll immediately point out that I found most of this episode boring until the point where the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Rumble have an argument. That's about when I started to enjoy it, which was about a third of the way through, unfortunately.

Speaking of the fight between Rumble and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, I have an opinion on that as well! I thought that Rumble was being way more disrespectful than I would've liked and he kinda reminded me of Starlight Glimmer when she's on the losing end of a fight against Trixie (sounds familiar) and the Cutie Mark Crusaders were Trixie, fueling the fire with every single word they said. That bothered me a bit, but not enough to give this a really bad rating.

Now for the list of positives so short that I'm going to fit it into a single paragraph: I really enjoyed the relationship between Rumble and Thunderlane at the end for some reason and I slightly enjoyed the song, but not too much.

So with all of my thoughts out of the way, that leaves me with the final rating. Even though I didn't find this episode too enjoyable, I'm going to give it a 6/10 because it wasn't as bad as past episodes this season.

I really hope you enjoyed my brief review of the episode and below you'll find my ratings for every episode this season, including this one and the season average. I'll see you next week for another episode and make sure you stay Brony my friends! See you all later!

  1. Celestial Advice: 8/10
  2. All Bottled Up: 0/10
  3. Flurry of Emotions: 8/10
  4. Rock Solid Friendship: 8/10
  5. Fluttershy Leans In: 8/10
  6. Forever Filly: 4/10
  7. Parental Glideance: 9/10
  8. Hard To Say Anything: 8/10
  9. Honest Apple: 2/10
  10. A Royal Problem: 7/10
  11. Not Asking for Trouble: 6/10
  12. Discordant Harmony: 8/10
  13. The Perfect Pear: 11/10
  14. Fame and Misfortune: 2/10
  15. Triple Threat: 9/10
  16. Campfire Tales: 7/10
  17. To Change a Changeling: 7/10
  18. Daring Done: 8/10
  19. It Isn't the Mane Thing About You: 2/10
  20. Health of Information: 9/10
  21. Marks and Recreation: 6/10

season average: 6.5/10