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Episode directed by Denny Lu and Tim Stuby
We’re back with another episode of The Bad News Mares! Sports haven’t really come up in the show other than when it comes to the Wonderbolts, and even then it’s more akin to air shows and Top Gun stuff rather than any of the various ball based sports that other ponies can participate in. Sure, there was the Equestrian Games, but we the focus was on setting up for the games rather than participating in them, and probably spent more time with the CMC practicing their routine than on any of the events. Even with this episode incorporating a new sport into the series though, I get the feeling we’ll be talking about sportsmanship rather than… well sports. Does this episode manage to take full advantage of its premise and the give us an interesting game to go along with the drama, or are the writers just throwing darts at the wall and seeing what sticks? Let’s find out!!
The episode begins with Applejack practicing some sort of advanced bucking technique when she’s rudely interrupted by Rainbow Dash who’s just bored and is looking for something to do. Lucky for her, Applejack could use some help as her cousin Braeburn from Appleloosa challenged her to a game of Buckball after getting some badass partners and she needs a team for the big game… which is tomorrow… and in Appleloosa. So Applejack is out there polishing her own skills when she hadn’t even gotten a team together!? Eh, maybe she figured Rainbow Dash would come by to bug her at some point and she’d be an easy mark for anything competitive. Sure enough, Rainbow Dash is ready to kick some pony ass at the upcoming game, but there is one problem. SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT BUCKBALL IS!!