Season 5 is still a long ways away, but it's always nice to hear news about it. In particular, according to EqD and Meghan McCarthy's twitter, we finally know who is returning to write for the season and who's new. Let's not waste time though. Let's see who's behind the next season.
M.A. Larson - Ah, the man who brought us a lot of thrilling episodes such as Magical Duel, Return of Harmony Pt. 1 and 2, Sonic Rainboom
, and gave a huge boost to Sparity with Secret of my Excess
. Could we see more Sparity from him in the next season? Hard to say for sure. It would be nice, but I'm not going to get my hopes up too high. It's nice to see him finally return and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us. With Larson, good things will happen, if you ask me.
G.M. Berrow - Some of you should be familiar with this writer already, for she is the one who wrote those MLP books like Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity
. She's working on a Pinkie Pie episode and while I haven't read the book she wrote about Pinkie Pie, I have heard a lot of good things about how she handled Pinkie's character. I have confidence in her.
Amy Keating Rogers - Another good writer to see back. Rogers has written some really good episodes like Pinkie Pride
and Testing, Testing, 1,2,3
, The Ticket Master, etc. Hopefully though, if she writes Pinkie as a side character, she'll try not to do what she did to Pinkie in Filli Vanilli
. But I think she won't do that again.
Cindy Morrow - I am very
torn on whether I should be glad to see her back, or not. On one hand, she's given us Griffon the Brush Off, Family Appreciation Day,
and Sisterhooves Social
. However, when it comes to her and Spike, she always loves to torment or abuse him for no reason. In Winter Wrap Up
, she decides to let Spike freeze nearly to death for "laughs". Owl's Well That Ends Well
put Spike in a very bad light and abused him more. Getting a pattern here? It's no secret she hates Spike. She's even said she doesn't like Spike from what I understand. All I ask is that she please, please, please
not be given a Spike episode, or even write him as a side character. Just keep her far away from Spike. Because when it comes to Cindy Morrow and Spike, nothing good can come from it.
Dave Polsky - One of my all time favorites, along with Larson, returning is a good sign. I certainly hope after how he handled Spike in Equestria Games
that he be given some more Spike episodes. He also does a very good job with the other characters as well and can expect good things to come from him.
Josh Haber - I find some people actually seem a bit divided on Haber returning. Some say his episodes were kind of bland and felt a little too comical, while others don't. If you ask me, I think he's a talented writer who does a good job in the comedy department, while keeping a good story going. With episodes like Castle-Mania
and Simple Ways
under his belt, I look forward to whatever episodes he's writing.
Natasha Levinger - Like Haber, she came in for season 4 with two good episodes: Pinkie Apple Pie
and It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
. I do admit the latter episode wasn't as good as the former, but Levinger writes the characters very well and the song from PAP was well done. She's only written for something really obscure, but she's done a good job for someone who hasn't written much.
Scott Sonneborn - The Beavis and Butt-Head
and Celebrity Death Match
writer turned MLP writer returns with two episodes under his belt. Somepony to Watch Over Me
, despite what others think, was a really good episode. Then we have, in my opinion, the worst episode of season 4, Trade Ya!
. I'm okay with Sonneborn returning for another season though. He's written the characters, with the exception of Rainbow Dash, decently enough. Maybe this season, he can improve. Though, if he's given a Rainbow Dash episode, especially after how horribly written she was in Trade Ya!
, I'm not going to have a very good feeling about this then.
Noelle Benvenuti - Only one episode under her belt, Maud Pie
and no other writing history. I have heard that the team wants to bring Maud back next season, so it's very well possible Noelle could be given that episode. If Maud isn't back, then I confidence that she'll do well with whatever she's given.New Writers
Nick Confalone - I'm not exactly enthusiastic about this guy. I'm sure he's a good writer and I'm not saying I don't trust him at all. The reason I'm a bit hesitant is because of his past work he's written on: Fish Hooks
and Johnny Test
. Fish Hooks, if you ask me, is a boring and bland show with very lackluster writing. Johnny Test . . . just go see my review on it www.imdb.com/title/tt0454349/r…
. I'm not trying to sound pessimistic at all, but getting a writer from a bland show and a bad show doesn't really sit well with me. Still, maybe Confalone will be able to put those shows behind him and give us some very solid episodes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that.
Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco - . . . . Oh . . . . Dear . . . . Lord . . . . This is a big risk. I mean a BIG risk here. These two writers are known for writing these "hit" shows.img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20…www.kidzcoolit.com/wp-content/…
This seriously is a big risk and honestly, I have a pretty bad feeling about it. The Mighty B!
and Fanboy and Chum Chum
are regarded as two of the worst cartoons ever and share a lot of similarities. Extremely obnoxious characters, horrible dialogue, and even worse jokes that are either extremely crude or fart and poop jokes. Seriously, this doesn't sit well with me. I know Larson worked on that failed George of the Jungle
cartoon on CN from a couple years ago, but these writers have written on two awful cartoons we wish to forget ever happened. I really don't have a lot of confidence considering what they've written in the past, but, hopefully, they've learned their lesson and are going to try to write something of quality, not stuff like The Mighty B!
and FB & CC
. Still, I'm very hesitant on these two and I hope the MLP Team knows what they're doing with these two.Mentionable farewells
Merriwether Williams - In a way, I'm kind of sad to see her go. Williams was honestly making progress, but very slowly. Ever since the Mare Do Well fiasco, she's struggled. She's either written really good episodes like Bats!
or Wonderbolt Academy
, but then you had stuff like Spike at Your Service
. It's probably for the best she's not back considering how inconsistent her episodes were and how she could never truly get any of the characters, except Fluttershy, down right. Maybe she will be back if we get a season 6, but not going to cry knowing she's gone. Williams honestly tried to get better, but sadly could never really find her groove.
Charlotte Fullerton - I'm sad to see her go. She wrote Power Ponies, Baby Cakes, A Bird in the Hoof,
etc. It's a bit of a shocker she's gone considering her episodes are usually very solid. She's been around since season 1, so this is a bit disappointing to see someone who's been in the show from the beginning to go. Who knows why she's gone. Maybe she's tired of the show, or maybe she's got other projects to do. Regardless, I'll miss her.
Ed Valentine - One season and he's gone apparently. Known for writing Flight to the Finish
and Three's a Crowd
, two very good episodes, it's kind of sad to see him leave. He had a lot of potential in him and he could've written some more solid episodes, but sadly not. Maybe if we get a season 6, he'll probably be back.
Corey Powell - He's a very mixed bag. He wrote Sleepless in Ponyville
and Inspiration Manifestation
, two really good episodes. Then he wrote two mediocre episodes: Just for Sidekicks
and Rainbow Falls
. He wasn't a bad writer by any means, he just wrote some characters, especially Spitfire, rather poorly. No real issues if you ask me. He was a decent writer to me.
So there we have it. All the writers coming and going here. What are your thoughts on these new writers? Do you like some of them coming back? How do you feel about the ones leaving? Leave a comment and let me know.