Thursday, 15 September 2016

Text Review Roundup: "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks"

Gabby peeks out at friendship in Griffonstone
"Sorry, I don't buy cutie marks from cold callers"
Note: I've upgraded "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks" from three to four stars on another viewing. It's just too adorable.

I really want to write some ponyfic simply for fun, and to get me past a block. I've actually always wanted to do an old-fashioned adventure – think a less ambitious version of It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door – and to hay with recent-season canon world-building, but never quite got round to it. Maybe I should just start writing and see where it takes me. Anyway, here we have a summary of the non-video reviews of "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks". This was a really well received episode. No Batbrony Reviews this week, but here are the rest:

ArthurCrane – very positive ("exactly the kind of thing I’ve wanted to see [since the CMC got their marks]")

Articles of Destroyer – very positive (rated 9/10; "starts a little choppy but [ends] up being a great episode")

Derpy News – extremely positive (graded A; "one of the best entries for Season Six")

happylemur – very positive ("a great story with great pacing, great characters and great humor")

Louder Yay – very positive (four stars; "[Gabby is] absolutely adorable")

MLEEP Reviews – extremely positive (rated 9.5/10; "truly feels like a step towards the next stage in the CMC's lives")

The Railfan Brony Blog – very positive (rated 9/10; "wasn't perfect, but ... had potential that didn't feel wasted")

The Super Mario Brony Blog – wildly positive (five stars; "Ed Valentine can be [a] stellar writer")

Super Recaps – positive ("a lot of fun all the way through")

TheDragonWarlock – positive (graded B+; "harmless fun for all" but song "okay at best")

Thrond Media Pony Corner – extremely positive (rated 98%; "[weak song apart, it's] cute, funny, and poignant in equal measure")


  1. I must have just been overly tired when I watched this. Didn't think much of it, but everyone else raves about it.

    1. No need to follow the crowd! Though I was a bit surprised, given Scootaloo. :P

    2. I can't deny Scoots was awesome here :D. She has been given lots of love this season. I wouldn't want to become used to that; "too much of a good thing" and all. I actually wouldn't mind seeing some focus on Sweetie Belle. She hasn't had a leading role since season 4.

    3. I'd go along with that, actually -- a Sweetie episode would definitely be one I'd look forward to.

  2. Man, I'm going to have to listen to that song again. I didn't really think it was terrible, but everyone seems to be pointing it out as a weak spot. Granted, I can't remember it all that well, so that says something, but it didn't grate.

    1. That's the problem for me: I feel it's unnecessarily complicated and so doesn't stick in my mind. "Derby Racers", despite being in an inferior episode, has done much better on that score.