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Moderated by: Jet Presto
Make Your Best Friend a Brony Episode Guide
Posted: Posted June 18th by mariomguy

I think I've developed a surefire sequence to turn anyone into a Brony. You don't have to watch all the episodes in chronological order, you just make sure the important moments are captured in order and get to the best episodes as quickly as possible:

1 - Start with "A Canterlot Wedding." It's easily the best, most mature episode of the series, featuring the best songs, the best visuals, and the best writing. It also doesn't spoil anything . If you're going to get someone jaded to like the show, you need to hit them hard with the absolute best. They'll soften up from there. The absolute best of MLP beats everything I've seen so far in Futurama, so if you're doing an episode exchange with a friend, this will hit them hard.

2 - Stick to Season 2 following the finale above. Show episodes that really subvert the childishness of the show like "Putting Your Hoof Down," "Lesson Zero," "Read it and Weep," and "Ponyville Confidential." They all show real issues, avoid dimming to childishness, make it easier to appreciate more idealism later on, and they're all expertly paced and great fun. This is the show's golden years. Try to stay away from the Season 1 weirdness (The E/I days) and avoid episodes that require too much backstory to enjoy. The best episodes to start with are character-based, self-contained, and punchy. No Winter Wrap Up here. After enough letter-lesson episodes, finish with the Season 2 premiere, "The Return of Harmony" as this sets up the fight with Tirek later.

3 - We have not reached this part yet, but after you've exhausted the good episodes from season 2, try to ascend the scale quickly with the Pilot starter, any relevant first season episodes to what you'll see later ("Cutie Mark Chronicles" for Season 5 finale, "Call of the Cutie" for the filly's storyline, Trixie's debuting "Boast Busters" and "Magic Duel" for the season 6 finale), interjecting the lesser, more plot-necessary episodes with "The Crystal Empire," and try to peak with Tirek's fight in "Twilight's Kingdom" as fast as you can. You can skip "Magical Mystery Cure" unless the person is absolutely interested in how . Now that the golden episodes have passed you may have to start digging into the lesser-loved ones, but as long as you keep alternating the lesser plot-necessary episodes with grand slam ones, the lessers can be forgiven if they lead to something epic.

Have caution about overstating the importance of a character introduction episode. Canterlot Wedding gets a pass because it doesn't just introduce characters, it was single-handedly the single most defining event that turned everyone into Bronies. You don't need an introduction for Thorax, but you will need one for Discord. You don't need an introduction for Sunburst, but you do need one for Starlight. Let the curiosity of the person you're introducing the show guide which episodes you show them. If they're interested in seeing more of Luna, show them "Luna Eclipsed." But keep this guide in handy:











We'll see how this goes...

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Lol isn't it a little late for April Fools?

Posted June 23rd by -Riku-
-Riku-
 

>a surefire sequence to turn anyone into a Brony

Um...I can get more of what I want out of other things that aren't a small children's show about cute, colorful ponies.

Posted June 23rd by nullfather
nullfather

mariomguy's account has been hacked.

Posted June 23rd by Dice
Dice
 

Nah, I know he likes MLP. He's talked about it here before.

Posted June 23rd by nullfather
nullfather

"a surefire sequence to turn anyone into a Brony"

i'd rather jam a fucking needle under my fingernail and jerk off to snuff films

Posted June 23rd by poptart!
poptart!
 

The absolute best of MLP beats everything I've seen so far in Futurama


I'm not sure why the need for comments like this all the time. Futurama and MLP are pretty different shows doing pretty different things with pretty different target audiences. I'm not sure why the need to take a random shot a show that isn't at all MLP's "competition" in the television market.

Posted June 23rd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Well, his friend is trying to get him into Futurama and mguy is trying to get his friend into MLP. I would assume that's why he's comparing the two, but of course I don't really know.

Posted June 23rd by Vandy
Vandy

So, it turns out A Canterlot Wedding was all that was necessary. My friend really liked the writing in the show, and said the writing was a LOT better than he expected. Also, he's kind of biased because he likes western things (what else should you expect from a Texan?), and 2D animation/art. I've also been showing him episodes of things he likes (more dragons, more western influence, the better written episodes over the weaker ones, etc).

I found out I really do like Futurama. it's really a show you need to watch in sequence to get its humor. Even though each episode acts kind of on its own, it doesn't make sense unless you just watch it through. Even now it still doesn't make much sense to me, but I guess that's the whole point of Futurama.

Posted June 23rd by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

>(what else should you expect from a Texan?)

The fuck you trynna say? Them duelin' words.

Posted June 23rd by nullfather
nullfather

Well, his friend is trying to get him into Futurama and mguy is trying to get his friend into MLP.


Ah, right. Glossed over that bit.


Also, he's kind of biased because he likes western things


There's nothing wrong with that. I like a lot of Eastern and European stuff (and that seems to be where stuff gets funded these days, for full-length features), but not everyone is going to gravitate towards it. That's totally fine.

Posted June 23rd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I thought the show was enjoyable. Season 4 was a bit more hit-and-miss for me and I haven't watched beyond that.

Posted June 23rd by Jo Nathan
Jo Nathan

The fuck you trynna say? Them duelin' words.

Haha, if only you knew my friend.

There's nothing wrong with that. I like a lot of Eastern and European stuff (and that seems to be where stuff gets funded these days, for full-length features), but not everyone is going to gravitate towards it. That's totally fine.

I mean, the Canterlot Wedding episode was based on the wedding of Prince William and Katie Middelton, so that's as European-ish castle-classy you can possibly get, and he loved that, but there are a lot of in-between episodes that aren't absolutely epic two-parters. A Canterlot Wedding was a special television event, it's not something that's going to happen in the series more than once. The more western and Applejack-centric episodes are more his speed.

Posted June 23rd by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

I thought the show was enjoyable. Season 4 was a bit more hit-and-miss for me and I haven't watched beyond that.

Oh dear God you HAVE to watch the season 4 finale with Tirek and the season 5 premiere in Our Town. And the season 5 finale. That's when the show hits its strides. The writing does get more mature later on. Season 4 was mostly "so you're a princess," but season 5 is full-scale mission mode.

Posted June 23rd by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

A Canterlot Wedding is not a strong starting point and it's not a strong story. Celestia is shown to be useless, which becomes a trend throughout the other big disasters, and we're just now introduced to Twilight's big brother, Shining Armor. The problem with this is that he was never mentioned in the first season nor have the other mane 5 ever heard her talk about him even though Twilight and her brother are super close.

I will say you're right about season 5. 4 was all about the mystery box revealed by the tree of harmony and the episodes that focused on that were, for the most part, really good. Season 5 focused on the cutie map and introduced Sunset Shimmer as the villain for the season. Mending Fences is, imo, the best episode of the whole show.

Posted June 23rd by -Riku-
-Riku-
 

A Canterlot Wedding is not a strong starting point? Or a good story? First off, the fact that you're introduced to new characters is great for newcomers because the focus is on the new characters, not some season arc or plot point. Introducing new characters help newcomers feel less alienated. Starting with season 4+ would smack you in the face with spoilers and season arcs that do not make sense chronologically, and most Season 1 episodes are rather weird, so you have this small narrow window of episodes that can really work to show someone for the very first time. It's a very maturely handled subject: Twilight disagrees with her brother's choice for a wife, finds something very off about her, feels very left out of the decision, and she burns all her bridges before her suspicions turn out to be right. The episode was EPIC, culminating in the foreshadowed attack on Canterlot and the reveal of Queen Chrysalis (best villain reveal ever). Then you have the songs. All the songs are good, but special credit needs to go to This Day Aria. For what is essentially a kid's show to make an episode this ambitious between the locations, the mass quantity of characters, the cinematography, the acting, the editing, and the writing is something really quite remarkable. Few animated shows in existence have episodes as good as this, you might find one episode as good as this every couple years or so for the entire medium. In relation to the other episodes it's more focused, more driven, more mature, more unpredictable, more epic, and more awesome.

But we can pretty much disregard further explanation: my friend liked the show immediately after watching that episode because it was such a bang. He even told me if I didn't start out with an episode that was THAT good, he wouldn't have bothered giving the rest of the series a chance.

Amending fences was a great episode, and M. A. Larson's last, but the series' best? No. I could write a whole page on just the perfection of that outro scene, but Twilight fixing one friend is just not epic enough. For the mix of personal relationships with magic and royalty, A Royal Problem was far more interesting. Crusaders of the Lost Mark ending a 5-season arc was more incredible. If we're just going for best episode ever you have to top the battle with Tirek, Starlight Glimmer as a villain, Chrysalis as a villain, and the zombie apocalypse episode, and Twilight's hilarious episode-long mental breakdown. There are a LOT of well written episodes throughout the series. Amending fences may have been one of the most well-written and mature episodes, but that doesn't automatically make it the best. Nothing was that mature about Brotherhooves Social, but boy was it fun to see Big Mac in drag as a southern belle! And that ending shot with the two siblings was just gorgeous. You know, The Perfect Pear from Season 11 might also give Amending Fences a run for its money.

Posted June 24th by mariomguy
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What up, 1-up
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