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I think "One Bad Apple" is my favorite episode of Season 3 so far, even though I'm not usually a big fan of CMC episodes.
I thought they addressed the idea of bullying in a surprisingly mature way, even compared to shows for older audiences. The fact that Babs decides to join the bullies in Ponyville because she was being bullied in Manehattan, and wanted to escape that, is something that is incredibly common with people who are bullied (as much as I hate to admit it, I definitely participated in some of that in middle school), but so many shows fail to address it or don't address it at all. I was really impressed to see it in a show for little kids, even if it was hitting you over the head with it sometimes. (Also, I was confused that, if the whole point of Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon picking on the CMCs is that the latter are "blank flanks," why do they accept Babs into their group? But whatever.)
I wasn't a huge fan of the premiere, at least compared to other two-parters, and even as a Pinkie Pie fan I thought "Too Many Pinkie Pies" overdid it. But I really liked this episode. I even liked Pinkie better in this episode! The whole thing with her in the lettuce float was hilarious.
Just watched Magic Duel.
Just Saw the new episode as well....
I liked this episode a lot more than Trixie's first episode. And I really enjoyed all the nods to previous episodes; that pretty much made the episode for me.
Yeah, I agree with @Insanish Danish; I prefer this one to the earlier Trixie episode, where I felt like "what was all the fuss about?"
When I first heard about the Magic Duel episode, I feared it would be bad because I thought it would just be fan-service, and boy, were my expectations blown away.
They pulled this episode off so well, Trixie's character was more fleshed out than it was back in Boast Busters, which is good, and I found Zecora's training methods very interesting. I'm really hoping that wasn't the last time we saw Trixie in the show, but even if it was, she'll be forever remembered by the fandom, much like Discord.
This episode most definitely receives a 10/10 from me.
I had so high expectations of this episode, and yet didn't get disappointed! This episode was so incredibly awesome. I just loved everything about it. The plot was great, it kept me on my toes throughout the episode, and the reveal was cool too. And then the end. I loved the end. I don't think I've ever got such a big uncontrollable smile on my face ^^
I LOVE THIS EPISODE SO MUCH
Let me be honest:
I don't like Trixie, not even a little. After this episode, I still don't care to see her anymore.
But even then, this episode was amazing!
Everything was well-executed, and the final duel was humorously played up.
Really, this season just keeps topping itself with better episodes. Here's hoping next week's will be even better (It has to be—It's our first Scootaloo episode.)
Thoughts on Magic Duel.
I think Magic Duel is the best of the season so far, too. It helped me feel better about season 3; before this episode, I've been a little disappointed with the season for various reasons.
My thoughts on S3E05:
The episode was pretty fun to watch though. loved the look of the ponies from Saddle Arabia.