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S02:E10 - Secret of My Excess

  

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Spike disappointed me in this episode. I had a lot more respect for him prior to it. I know he was all protected from seeming too much like a jerk due to the dragon biology plot device, but I just didn't like it. I have a low tolerance for brat-like behavior though. Spike is better when paired with Twilight in a Twilight episode, he's so helpful in those!

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Both Spike and Rarity do potentially have a lot in common, except Spike is smitten and a child in Rarity's eyes. No idea how Spike's life cycle works, but if he's forever a kid without his own treasure horde, looks like he's out of luck on the Rarity front - since the advice to Spike would probably be to age a few years and then blow away the competition with dragon smoke.

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I literally JUST finished watching the episode. Dang! Spike's greed is really interesting to see. Are there any more episodes that bring this up? The only ones that come to mind are Dragonshy and Dragonquest and the former doesn't talk about the growing thing, just that dragons can sleep for a hundred years.

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The episode has a bad stigma attached to it simply for being a Spike episode but it isn't that bad. I'd say it's one of the deeper and more genuine of his episodes. The exploration of dealing with one's lower instincts and the affects greed can have on one's personality were illustrated creatively in a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sort of fashion. It was neat to see what Spike is capable of becoming.

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spike's such a brat there. never gonna rewatch that episode again

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As with most Spike episodes, I didn't like it

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I really like this episode a lot.

It is one of my favorites to come out of season 2.

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5outof5.

This episode was really interesting to be for a very special reason.

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You see at a very early point It occurred to me what Spikes role in the show is.

He's the little brother.

To be specific he's the brother that is only a year or so younger then 'you' the you in this case being Twilight.

The interesting point is that I was that brother as a kid.

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Grew up with a bunch of sisters, and a bunch of sisters friends. Spent way more time with girls then with guys (Thank goodness)

And fit pretty much every point of this trope.

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Spike is basically a cool little brother.

 

And at some point in that brothers life... they hit puberty.. and ya...

That's what this is about....

 

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This was the episode that got me into the show. I've only seen the first three seasons so far, so I'm not sure if it's ever brought up later, but this was the episode where it seems that Rarity acknowledges that she knows Spike is in love with her, and I hope to see that come up again in later seasons.

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It was a good Episode and it ended on a pretty good note. Not much else to mention for me.

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This is a pretty entertaining monster movie riff, and there's a lot of nice little jokes to boot. The usual Spike issues are a bit more justified here, but there's implications to his dragon transformation which the show has never really addressed. If growing makes Spike greedier, and if he only grows by collecting things, will he stay a baby forever? Can dragons grow normally, like ponies do? Spike seemed to start collecting entirely by accident, so how is Twilight going to prevent this from happening again? Plus, the way this treats the Rarity/Spike relationship is icky. He's too young for her! Those things bug me, but this episode is funny and relatively action-packed. My favourite scene is Pinkie Pie assaulting Spike with cakes, but most of the fun just comes from Spike nabbing random things, which never quite goes fully over the top but is nonetheless just absurd enough. A somewhat lesser season 2 episode, but that's a high standard to live up to, and this one's entertaining nonetheless. 

Score:

Entertainment: 8/10

Characters: 8/10

Themes: 9/10

Story: 6/10

Overall: 78/100

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@AlexanderThrond

I think you said just about everything I wanted to say about this episode. ^_^

The dragon aging thing is very strange. Spike is a “baby,” but he clearly isn’t one mentally. The Rarity/Spike thing still doesn’t work for  me though because she is grown, and he looks like a child.

In addition to that, I hope we see the Wonderbolts in action (outside of shows) without completely failing at it. Spike trapped them way too easily.

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Iiiiii.... <<checks old blog post>> love this episode!

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3 hours ago, Meushell said:

The dragon aging thing is very strange. Spike is a “baby,” but he clearly isn’t one mentally.

Funnily enough, this has actually been dealt with in the show recently, but parts of the greed-growth thing are still confusing. 

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On 6/5/2018 at 10:29 AM, AlexanderThrond said:

Funnily enough, this has actually been dealt with in the show recently, but parts of the greed-growth thing are still confusing. 

That’s interesting. I am not current, but I’ll get there.

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This episode is pretty good up until the ending. There was a huge missed opportunity here to end Spike's crush. Rarity could've finally told Spike that she just doesn't care about him like that. The visits with the vet and doctor could've been cut to make more time for this. But no. Instead they drag this crush on longer than it needed to be and make Rarity look like she's taking advantage of him. That problem isn't as bad here because she does look really thankful, but it's still a problem that this episode refused to end.

Aside from that I enjoyed this episode enough. It had some fun action and comedy, although it also felt a bit dull at times.

Score: 6/10

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This one's such a missed opportunity. Rarity seducing Spike out of his gem in the beginning is just wrong. I thought it was going to be a flaw for Rarity to overcome. When Spike turns into a monster and grabs Rarity, she'll realize that it only happened because she kept leading him on. But that didn't happen. Instead, the episode doesn't acknowledge that what Rarity does is wrong and instead fans the flames of a dumb crush that should've ended here. 

Everything else is just okay. A lot of it is pretty boring and the visits to the doctor and vet feel like filler, but I guess there are a couple good jokes throughout. Just not enough.

Score: 5/10

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