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The more I think about it, the more I feel like having to take my original 3/5 back; Fame And Misfortune actually gets a 2/5, IMO.
SenorCornholio (TV Tropes) sums it up best:Quote
You know, the more I think about this episode, the worse it becomes in the long run. I could care less that this is basically a 22-minute long "Take That, Audience!" with none of the complaints addressed in the episode being valid anymore. And I could care even less that the Straw Fans are treated as unlikable jerkwads. Heck, I don't even care that this went as far away from M.A. Larson's original idea for the episode as it possibly could go. Those are all pretty awful, but the worst part of it is the treatment of the Mane Six. These are Equestria's heroes, who have saved the entire kingdom time and time again, out of the kindness of their own hearts. And what do they get for essentially showing their lessons to the world? Either dismissed (Twilight Sparkle), treated like dirt and boycotted (Rarity), continually laughed at (Pinkie Pie), harassed (Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack), or objectified (all six of them). And even ponies like Lyra and Bon-Bon, as well as Twilight's old friend Lemon Hearts, are a part of these groups. The worst part is, even after all is said and done, none of them learn their lesson at the end! I thought this was the land of Equestria, not fucking Quahog! I never expected this to be worse than Mirror Magic or 28 Pranks Later, but that's just what happens when you basically treat your series' heroes like absolute shit the entire way through! And at least those two ended on a sort-of happy note; this one "tries" to do the same by saying it'll all blow over soon, but are you really expecting me to believe that our heroes would willingly help these assholes, some of which have, in Pinkie's words, "known them for years", after all they did? This depiction actually nearly killed my enjoyment of the show in general; at this point, if I was one of the Mane Six, I would have just let the Storm King and Tempest Shadow wreck the entire kingdom.