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Writer, reviewer, creator of Filly Fantasy VI, occasional PMV maker, and uploader of mildly amusing image macros to Derpibooru

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Jun
8th
2019

Student Counsel S9E11 Review · 2:18pm June 8th

Busy today so Imma watch a leaked version and get this up early.

PS - the episode title is "Counsel", not "Council", counsel means to give advice or be someone who gives advise, as lawyers are called "counsel" in court. That's the episode pun.

Episode is great from the first scene, Trixie trying to have a picnic with Starlight while she keeps teleporting away to deal with guidance councilor things. As usual, Trixie and Starlight make for great comedy together throughout this episode, especially watching Trixie's angry faces. I love how when Terramar tells Starlight that Silverstream is missing, we hold on the shot for a second so Trixie can continue to eat cake and not care.

Mudbriar is back but they actually made him funny this time, and even Maud has to give him a look when he annoyingly critiques her party. And then later "You complete me", dammit how did this episode make me like Mudbriar? And then he gets turned to stone, and Maud is pleased by this. Every single second of Maud fawning over the petrified Mudbriar is comedy gold.

They find Silverstream at the treehouse, because of course that's where she is, Starlight even lampshades they should have looked there first. Naturally, she's befriended one of the cockatrices to finish her report on them, and it turns Mudbriar back and all is well again.

Even aside from how much of a sucker I am for Starlight and Trixie, this is a great episode. The secondary cast is used well, and they actually made me like Mudbriar. Terramar's return was very unexpected but not unwelcome, was cool to see him again. Bringing back cockatrices after all this time was also surprising, but cool, save for one in a cage in Tartarus in the Season 8 finale, we haven't really seen them since Stare Master all the way back in Season 1. There's great comedy, a good adventure, and a good moral.

It may not have Ember or Thorax, but this is as close to a Starlight Six episode as we're likely to ever get, and it's very, very enjoyable.

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Comments ( 13 )

This was a pretty good episode, though they needed to come up with a better in-universe justification for the mane six's absence here. It's really irresponsible of them to up and leave and just dump everything onto Starlight, Twilight especially since it's her school and it wasn't an emergency situation. I know they needed the mane six away for the episode to happen, but them leaving for a random celebration in Canterlot was a weak handwave.

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I'll buy it because, as you said, it was just an excuse for the Mane 6 to be out of the picture. Given the implied spring timeframe, the "Spring Solst-astic" is probably a festival on-par with the Summer Sun Celebration, so it's reasonable to think it's a high-profile thing they'd be called in for.

5071166 Still feel like they missed an opportunity to tie it directly to another episode. But I suspect this episode was a holdover script from Season 8 and was only slightly retooled so it could fit into Season 9 (I think the same would be true of "She's All Yak" if not for the treehouse it could've been said to take place during Season 8).

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Tying this episode to another episode would involve creating another, likely boring episode. So it's probably for the best that they didn't.

I do have to wonder what that one cockatrice did to get thrown in Tartarus. Also the constant reference to a spring solstice drove me up the wall, especially when they switched to an equinox for part, then switched back. Argh.

Aside from that, I agree, very fun use of the secondary cast.

5071184 I'm referring to "Between Dusk and Dawn" when the mane six and Spike take over Celestia and Luna's responsibilties so the royal sisters can go on vacation.

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Also the constant reference to a spring solstice drove me up the wall, especially when they switched to an equinox for part, then switched back. Argh.

Agreed. Though Oliver will likely have a field day with it.

5071195
Oh, that doesn't bode well at all. I'm surprised none of the bad consequences affected Ponyville - unless the cockatrice migration was such a consequence.

5071194
I also wonder about that cockatrice in Tartarus. If they are having a migration they are obviously a species, I think that was established in Stare Master, but one got the impression they were some sort of nasty "little animal" of the sort that Fluttershy ultimately had control over. But, if one is bad enough to end up in Tartarus, and another can communicate with Silverstream well enough to help her finish a report they sound down right sapient. Up to this point pretty much all the sapient species have been quadrupeds, it raises the question if ALL animals on Equestria's world are both sentient and sapient. The brain power on that planet must be staggering, if only it could be harnessed and synchronized.

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dammit how did this episode make me like Mudbriar? And then he gets turned to stone, and Maud is pleased by this. Every single second of Maud fawning over the petrified Mudbriar is comedy gold.

Basically just this. XD

5071569
Wow, you liked Maud in this episode? :pinkiegasp:

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5071571
Yes! Her fawning over rocked-up Mudbriar was great. Her one-liners were pretty much all on point. And Mudbriar is actually learning, changing his behavior to be a better pony. That's actual character growth! I can't believe this is happening in my Stupid Horse Show.

Also like, Trixie was the angriest pony ever and fucking perfect and no amount of Mudbriar being awful could make me hate this episode but he wasn't so it was amazing.

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You have begun your path to enlightenment, my child. Maud be with you.

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It really says something about this show that characters like Maud and Mudbriar could be introduced in boring, awful episodes that do nothing for their likability -- written by two different writers, no less! -- but then be used later on in ways that make them a joy to have around.

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