Marks for Effort  

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  1. 1. Like or Dislike?

    • Cozy Glow: "I…FAILED!!!" *wails away* ("I HATE IT!" >__<)
    • Apple Bloom: *pulls gum off desk* "I bet ther's no wonderful world of cleaning lesson at Twilight's school." ("I dislike it!")
    • Yona: *jumps, eats cupcake, accidentally flattens Pinkie into a pancake* ("…meh…")
    • Apple Bloom: "We wanted to go to Twilight's school more than anything, but helping you has been even more fun!" ("I like it!")
    • Cozy Glow: "Kindness! Loyalty! Honesty! Generosity! Laughter! Magic!" CMCs & Cozy: "YEAH! WOO-HOO!" ("I LOVE IT!" <3)


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A nice episode overall, twilight may have been a bit harsh on the cmc but it was kind of understandable. The interactions between cozy and the cmc was great and this episode got me intrigued in cozy glow. Starlight face was the highlight of the episode to me. Still, the episode did not really helped me understand the concept of the school, the cmc do not need to study friendship? The students seems quite friendly so why they need to study? Who can study and who can't? It just annoys me, but as the episode itself, its pretty good. 7\10  

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You know on rewatching this as part of my effort to make a timeline I've just realized how many hints to Cozy Glows true personality are scattered through it like her mistaking the symbol for the magic of friendship for "control" when she's being tutored.

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Cozy Glow seems genuinely sincere here. Aside from mistaking Twilight's cutie mark for "control," all of the hints to her true personality are really subtle; at times she seems faintly manipulative, but it seems to me like she really did care about the CMC. I'm not entirely sure what her game is in this episode. There's an alternate universe where her power-hungry attitude was slowly eroded by the school until she learned what friendship was really about. Then we wouldn't get some of the best episodes of season 9 though...

You can see for a brief moment that Twilight is genuinely sad to tell the CMC to stay away. She doesn't know what they actually did for Cozy, and she was already a little frustrated with them after they kept making a fuss about joining the school. And yet, I wonder if she would cut them more slack if she didn't have to consider what was best for the school. It also leaves room for the best scene Starlight Glimmer ever got. The school has been so good to her that I can barely imagine her without it anymore. 

Also, the mane six's classes seem pretty cool; contrast these with what they were trying to do in the premiere, and the new classes just seem so much more naturalThere are a lot of episodes this season which use the school gimmick to great effect, but this has a good claim to being the absolute best of them; this episode would absolutely not be possible before this season. The high points of season 8 are so fresh that I would have happily watched a whole show at that level of quality. 

Edited by AlexanderThrond

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