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S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Wayoshi (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 12:09 pm

It's Hearts and Hooves Day and Big Mac has big romantic plans for Sugar Belle, but the day takes a turn when he overhears his special somepony tell Mrs. Cake that she's planning on breaking up with him!
This thread is for discussion of the episode. This episode airs at 11:30 Eastern / 8:30 Pacific on Saturday, May 19!

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Kronos (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 12:22 pm

Hopefully we get more Sugar Belle, she's still relatively underdeveloped.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by The Doctor (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 1:13 pm

Hope they break up so Mac can get back together with Cheerilee.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Adiwan (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 1:45 pm

Yet another episode that was also leaked before. I'm glad I already watched the leaked episode because I engage in an activity that this show encourages: doing activities with your REAL friends. Magical talking horses are none of them.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Fizzbuzz (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 1:51 pm

Kronos wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 12:22 pm
Hopefully we get more Sugar Belle, she's still relatively underdeveloped.
Considering that this episode is starring Big Mac, I'd expect quite a bit of her. Even when he's the main character, Big Mac still doesn't talk too much.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Aramek (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 4:17 pm

There is a zero percent chance this all involves a misunderstanding that would be solved by talking about it.

That never happens in cartoons.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Octavia (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 6:12 pm

Aramek wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:17 pm
There is a zero percent chance this all involves a misunderstanding that would be solved by talking about it.

That never happens in cartoons.
Or sitcoms or romantic comedies, etc.

I've been pretty meh on all the romance-based episodes thus far, so I'm hoping maybe this one will be better.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by RudeCyrus (?) » Wed May 16, 2018 10:17 pm

Hopefully this isn't going to be some kind of miscommunication because I know the show can do better.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Highbrow Dash (?) » Thu May 17, 2018 3:10 pm

Octavia wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 6:12 pm
I've been pretty meh on all the romance-based episodes thus far, so I'm hoping maybe this one will be better.
Hearts and Hooves Day was good but that's about it, yeah :pinkieshrug:

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by King Sombra (?) » Thu May 17, 2018 3:13 pm

:sweetielarm: WARNING This animatic is spoilerific, even the thumbnail :sweetielarm:

https://youtu.be/6kjOx3j8s2c
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Aramek (?) » Thu May 17, 2018 5:28 pm

Animatic Mac is 100x cuter, holy crap.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by King Sombra (?) » Fri May 18, 2018 4:05 am

Aramek wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 5:28 pm
Animatic Mac is 100x cuter, holy crap.
Yeah he is, and I think animatic Spike looks like a pointy squirrel.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Madeline (?) » Fri May 18, 2018 5:55 am

I think this has been suggested before, but they should do a full episode in animatic style, just for fun. I’d watch it.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Aramek (?) » Fri May 18, 2018 10:44 am

Twilight and them go on a mission to a super sketchy dimension where the whole time it's not just animatics, but all the different storyboarders swapping off constantly.

Shit, have it be something malfunctioning in Discord's world, and have him the only normal finished animation looking thing.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Applepie2017 (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 2:30 am

this is like looking into my fics
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Octavia (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:00 pm

Octavia wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 6:12 pm
I've been pretty meh on all the romance-based episodes thus far, so I'm hoping maybe this one will be better.
It was not better. :bluh:

I feel like I've seen this episode in every comedy show that's ever existed. MLP is usually really good about staying away from the cliches or at least adding some sort of twist at the end to make the viewers think about it differently, but this was straight out of the Sitcom 101 book. :ohrarity:
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by The Doctor (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:04 pm

Cliche as hell, but pretty cute. Discord and Spike made it work.

Could have done without the CMC subplot. Felt like filler to get the episode up to time.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:06 pm

It was enjoyable. Discord and Spike really gives off each-other. (Did Spike ship Discord with Fluttershy? :-I )

The CMC plot did seem like a filler, even if it came together with Big Mac yelling at Sweetie Belle near the end.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by SlateSlabrock (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:10 pm

Octavia wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 12:00 pm
MLP is usually really good about staying away from the cliches or at least adding some sort of twist at the end to make the viewers think about it differently, but this was straight out of the Sitcom 101 book. :ohrarity:
Same. Nick Confalone is one of their best comedy writers, but I just couldn't get past the endless dealing badly with miscommunications story.

Skelenor's a cutie, though.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by PonyHag714 (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:11 pm

I liked it. I like the depth that has been given to Big Mac's character in recent seasons. I almost felt a pang when he cried out "Words hurt!" The episode did have a bit of a "Three's Company" feel with the misunderstanding, but it didn't bother me.

Big Mac and Suger Belle make a great couple. I liked how Discord made sure they'd get back together in time. :eeyup:
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Fizzbuzz (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:20 pm

Maybe I've not watched enough other shows to have grown tired of this sort of story, but I loved this ep. And even then, FiM has generally excelled at taking classic plots and making them fresh thanks to its characters, which I felt we got here. We had a whole lot going on: more of Big Mac and Sugar Belle's love, Discord finding something new to learn about interpersonal relationships, the two of them and Spike still being friends even outside of their elfgame, and even Sweetie Belle being tossed into the new situation of possibly having a secret admirer. It's a lot, but it was handled well (tossing us right into the action at the beginning was definitely appreciated) and I enjoyed it in the end.

A couple other things I appreciated: first, the pie box's label and subsequent misdirection came off to me as a subtle joke about Sugar Belle's and Sweetie Belle's names being incredibly similar. I remember thinking about that way back when S5 began and I like the show gently lampshading it. Second, it's always nice to see more of Discord the helpful trickster, with the reveal that he was the one who broke Sugar Belle's wagon wheel. Maybe he did learn something after all!
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by The Doctor (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:44 pm

:3: Cheerliee found a special somepony.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Niels Olof (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 12:51 pm

I enjoyed it, Big Mac was adorable throughout, and Discord was not a jerk.
Best line was Big Mac's callback to Spike's far-off theory.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Captain Rufus (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 4:26 pm

That was a good cartoon. Derpy delivery service! Mac pleading face. Mac crying. Discord. Not DnD. Even fuel for the Lyra and Bon Bon folks! CMC and a dig at Snips n Snails! Button Mash callout. No actual Mane Six!

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by RudeCyrus (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 5:48 pm

I don't care if it was cliche, this was a cute episode. Big Mac and Sugar Belle are adorable. :3

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Highbrow Dash (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 7:34 pm

That was funny and cute :allears: I'll admit I didn't expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised.
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Best line was Big Mac's callback to Spike's far-off theory.
Huh? :rariwhat:

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 7:40 pm

Highbrow Dash wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 7:34 pm
Huh? :rariwhat:
After he found out that Spike's far-off theory was correct, Big Mac exclaimed "Wait 'til Spike hears this!"

Which, yeah, got a huge laugh out of me :lol:

I love how, in the pre-credits sequence, they're so used to Discord that they call for him when they need to use him for convenient means.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Perpetual Lurker (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 7:43 pm

I enjoyed this well enough. I think my favorite part was the line at the end saying "There's probably a lesson in all of this...". It was self-aware while still being something a person would naturally say about a situation. A lot of times shows will bend characterization and dialog in order to fit in winks to the audience like that.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Octavia (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 7:52 pm

My favorite line was "aaaaand he's crying again." :here:
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Highbrow Dash (?) » Sat May 19, 2018 7:53 pm

Mr. Big wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 7:40 pm
After he found out that Spike's far-off theory was correct, Big Mac exclaimed "Wait 'til Spike hears this!"

Which, yeah, got a huge laugh out of me :lol:
Oops, I missed part of that line and didn't realize he nailed it :v: Nice touch.

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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by Adiwan (?) » Sun May 20, 2018 2:00 am

I really liked many moments that happened in this episode but man, the plot kills me. Big Macs misunderstanding and Discord escalating the problem makes it harder to like the episode.
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Re: S08E10: The Break Up Breakdown

Post by SigmasonicX (?) » Sun May 20, 2018 2:48 pm

Good episode.

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