MLP:FiM Episode Reviews: Character and Story Analysis by Half the Battle

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Episode 130: "Stranger Than Fan Fiction"

Aired 7/30/2016, written by Josh Haber (his eleventh episode) & Mike Vogel (his third)
Quick Take: I've mentioned in past reviews that I don't care for squabbling or contemptuous snark, so this episode really wears me down personally. And I'm undecided whether Quibble Pants' obstinacy is believable. But the story has its charm, the vocal delivery and comic timing are excellent, and the creators have gone all-out with the set design and background gags. I enjoyed the over/around bit adapted from Indiana Jones, and the Cipactli is just beautiful. The lesson's a good one for kids and adults, and it's one Rainbow Dash can take to heart, although the episode focuses the lesson more on Quibble. On balance, this is objectively a very good episode (my own tastes notwithstanding) about on par with Rarity Investigates! and Spice Up Your Life.

Stranger Than Fan Fiction armor rating: Golden Vest
Ranked 21st of 26 season-six episodes
Ranked 93rd of 147 stories overall

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