There wasn't a lot of hype around this week's episode. Applejack and CMC episodes seem to do the worse when it comes to pulling in the viewers, so I can't imagine a lot of people getting excited about the prospect of them being together. Instead of taking a break this week I soldiered on and ... it was pretty bad.
This reminds me of when I first started to watch pony. Back before I knew a lot about the show I made a lot of assumptions. One of them being that Applebloom was Applejack's daughter. They seem to have closer to that dynamic than a sisterly one like Rarity and Sweetie Belle have. Considering that I thought I might enjoy that type of interaction. I would've ... if they hadn't run the joke into the ground. I liked the dynamic they had in Sisterhooves Social more.
The Chimera was a neat. I think I would've enjoyed seeing Applebloom handle that on her own more though. She was pretty much out of the swamp by time Applejack came. I was really obvious that she only stopped just so Applejack could have a moment doing ... pretty much what she did in Spike at your Service where she was in the reverse situation. I guess you don't learn anything if the moral wasn't directed to you.
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When I saw Applejack with the double helmets in this episode, that sort of reminded me of Scootaloo. Also, the writers really kind of obviously made the monster in this one a metaphor for how Applejack was behaving.
I know it's a kids show, but they were really trying to hit us over the head with it weren't they? The long winded joke, the title dropped no less than three times in five minutes, the aborted song, and then the bossy goat-head.
I guess it's to say that something felt missing from the episode because they tried so hard to focus on Applejack and Applebloom and push everyone else out of the picture, but in truth this episode would've benefited greatly if there was just one more pony around for the two to bounce off of. Even Big Mac, who says next to nothing, could've offered great contrast.
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I think the point of Applejack saving the day at the bitter end was to show that not only can Applebloom take care of herself but it's also ok to rely on others more; just in moderation. It was kind of a double meaning but at the same time it was awkward for her to just give up after the cart was safe. This episode also reminded me of when I first watched MLP as well. It reminded me of how unpredictable it can sometimes be. I had no idea that such a path would be taken to deliver apple pies. I figured hard meant a rocky terrain where things like a rock-slide could happen or you could easily get lost not a fire spewing swamp (Princess Bride?) and some evil monster. It kind of makes me wonder what Big Mac had to go through...
On a separate note, I was hoping to find out if anyone else was thinking about the extra star added to Twilight's cutie mark. If the six stars represented the elements of harmony which also appear on the tree then would having an extra star mean that there is a new element?
I also noticed last episode, and I may be slow on this, that Discord is waving from Fluttershy's window in the current opening - that really made my day!
Well ... this one deserves a Spoiler.
There aren't many other places she can get it. There's only one more episode title to reveal before the presumably two-part finale.
I think Trade Ya is Twilight's Key episode.
As for Twilight's, I don't think it's Trade Ya. Key episodes usually involve one of the Mane 6 helping another character learn some sort of friendship lesson, since Twilight + some other pony isn't the focus of that episode's plot, she probably won't get it. I'm thinking she'll either get it in 24 or 25.
Since it's going to be a test of Friendship I assumed it'd be Twilight.
She's the only one I can think could get away with pawning off her friends like chattel, at least.
Edit: Episode 24 (spoilers obviously) -
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This was easily one of my favorite episodes overall. I love ensemble episodes, and everyone was wonderful here.
This was the second time this season the episode went in a completely different direction than I thought it would, and it showed how much the characters have grown. After reading the summaries I thought that Dash was going to try and cheat, but she actually made a legitimate attempt to do things the right way. I kind of like the character that Dash has grown into. At first she was very childish and kind of annoying but she's matured a lot since then ... while still giving a nod or two to who she used to be.
... anyone else here a few bars of Celestia's Ballard after Dash told Twilight what she saw? The second time.
On another (debatably brighter) note we have Titles/Briefings for Episodes 25 and 26. It'll be a one hour special aired on May 10th. Major Spoilers within.
Pinkies rap wasn't what I was expecting when she was about to break in to a musical number this episode. I was thinking "Oh, she's going to break in to one of her usual kind of numbers." But, nope. I was wrong. I should say I 'm not complaining about this, just in case it sounded like that.
I have a theory that the writers have to put Vinyl Scratch/DJ-Pon3 in the show at least once a season.
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I thought the castle would be like a museum or a tourist spot.
You got that right! The Legend of Korra is returning on October 3rd! Mark your calendars!
It was almost frightening how natural it was seeing Rarity as a " villain ".
If she ever actually snapped this is totally the type of thing I'd imagine her doing.