Category: My Little Pony

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We’ve been waiting for this one! Well, at least those in the US who did not wanted to be spoiled by the early Canadian releases. Scootaloo takes a page from Wil E. Coyote’s playbook to vault herself up to Cloudsdale to research on Rainbow Dash for a school paper on the Most Inspiration Pony. Unlike Wli E. Coyote, Scootaloo is successful in getting to Cloudsdale and right into the yard of Rainbow Dash’s parents—Bow Hothoof and Windy Whistles.

Bo and Windy give Scootlaoo a tour of Rainbow Dash’s foalhood home and Scoots is like a foal in a candy store. Plus, Bo and Windy are extremely supportive of her daughter. However, when Scootaloo tells Dash’s parents that their daughter is in the Wonderbolts, we find out why Dash did not tell them.

There’s being supportive of you children at what they do, and there’s taking it to eleven like Dash’s parents do. To put it lightly, they can be a bit embarrassing while Scootaloo does not see anything wrong with it. Dash finally snaps when her parents cheer her putting away a towel and asks them to leave. This upsets Scootaloo because she has not had parents as supportive as Dash’s are.

Dash then tells a story about how she wasn’t always the best at racing, but got better as the years past with her parents supporting her all the way from participation badges to gold medals. Realizing that she has taken her parents for granted, she tries to make it up with them. I’ll skip the working title and say that Dash and the Wonderbolts put on a show in honor of her parents. And then the episode ends with Dash and her family giving the same supportive treatment to Scootaloo with her report (which only got a B since it was heavy on photos and a moldy sandwich).

We have seen the evolution of the CMC as the show has progressed and they have become much better characters from Season Four onwards. Last week, we had Sweetie Belle giving a lesson to Rarity about how the former is no longer the sweet little filly from years past. Here, Scootaloo is giving Rainbow a lesson about how important it is to have supportive parents—even it is to the point of embarrassment which sometimes parents do.

Admittedly, Bo and Windy are very likable in this episode and sometimes reminded me about those MasterCard ads with Peyton Manning. Rainbow is also not completely unreasonable here. It does get embarrassing if your parents cheer every single little thing you do, but the point here is that they have been very supportive and helped give her the confidence to be who she is today. That’s something you just do not take for granted.

Overall, this was a fantastic episode with a lot of heart in it. Not just for seeing Rainbow Dash’s parents for the first time, but the role Scootaloo plays as well.

Post-Episode Notes:

  • CUT THAT RIBBON! CUT THAT RIBBON!
  • Dash’s parents are very likable
  • Scootaloo does very well in central role
  • A ‘B’ for the report?!?

GRADE:  A+

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707 – “Parental Glideance”

Written by: Josh Hamilton
Rainbow Dash is pushed to the brink by her parents’ unbridled enthusiasm after they learn she is a Wonderbolt.

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As a reminder, reviews for both MLP and for Steven Universe will follow when the show officially airs in the United States. So the review for “Parental Glidance” will be after next Saturday.

Rarity has been busy with the Spring Transition at her Canterlot shop when she comes across a picture of her and Sweetie Belle—and then realizes it’s been ages since she last spent time with her. Determine to make amends, she sets aside a day with her to do the things they used to do together (or so she thinks).

Sweetie Belle and her fellow CMCs are working with Zipporwhill to help her with her cutie mark and her dog Ripley who does not seem to want to play with her anymore. However, Sweetie Belle is pulled aside when Rarity wants to spend time with her. They do all the things they used to do when Sweetie Belle was younger and things the latter is clearly not interested in doing now. She’s grown up a bit and wonders if Rarity even realizes that.

Sweetie Belle does realize that Ripley is a bit older and suggests to Zipporwhill that he may not want to play with puppy toys, but rather chase sticks, etc. Rarity sees this—after jumping to the conclusion that Sweetie is being ungrateful—and is proud of the pony that she has become as they try to find new things to do together.

So here’s yet another episode that is an example of how things have changed over time with the show. Sweetie Belle is more mature than in earlier seasons and of course Rarity now has three stores instead of one. The CMC are now in the business of helping others with cutie marks. I have a feeling we are going to get quite a few of these episodes this season. This was still a good episode, it just does not add anything special or does anything new. However, many will get a kick out of the sister photos, especially with Rarity being a ham.

Post-episode notes:

  • Another episode of how times have changed
  • Does not really add anything
  • Photos are hilarious
  • Rarity overdoes things, but that Rarity being Rarity

GRADE:  B

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706 – “Forever Filly”

Written by: Michael P. Fox, Wil Fox
Rarity tries to surprise Sweetie Belle with a day filled with all of her favorite activities, but quickly learns her little sister is no longer the little foal she used to be.

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As you may have guessed, we are refraining form jumping ahead and only reviewing episodes as they air in the United States. So, the “Forever Filly” review will be next week.

This episode begins with Fluttershy taking parkour hopeful Angel to the vet to check on his injured foot. However, Dr. Fauna is completely overwhelmed with animals in her building which was indirectly the result of Fluttershy’s recommendations.

Fluttershy sees an opportunity to pursue a dream of building an animal sanctuary. This is a Fluttershy that is much more confident and has her vision. Three of the Mane Six recommend ponies to help her. However, each of the ponies have their own ideas that directly clash with Fluttershy’s. Fluttershy wants an open-air facility while Hard Hat (Pinkie’s recommendation) thinks she would be better off with something similar to the hospital. Fluttershy wants natural decor. Dandy Grandeur (Rarity’s recommendation) feels the place could use something more lavish. Fluttershy does not want any cages. Wrangler (Applejack’s recommendation) brings exactly that.

None of Pinkie, Rarity, or Applejack can be blamed for their recommendations. They were just offering advice on ponies who have helped them in the past. It’s just the visions of Hard Hat, Wrangler, and Dandy Grandeur clash with those of Fluttershy’s. Fluttershy is upset and fires them. Her fears are confirmed when Dr. Fauna brings the animals and they disapprove.

Undeterred, Fluttershy decides to call on a pony whom she can trust in building the sanctuary the way she wants. That pony is Big Daddy McColt. The McColts are good at building stuff and the sanctuary is designed the way Fluttershy wanted with help from her friends. It is also a big success as the animals readily approve of the new Sweet Feather Sanctuary.

The star of this episode was unquestionably Fluttershy and this was an episode to show not only how more self-confident and assertive she’s become, but to give her a chance to expand on her role of animal caregiver. The episode did its job.

Are there a few nitpicks? Maybe. We never knew until now that Fluttershy had a dream to build an animal sanctuary, but she’s never been this confident and self-assured before. As for Dandy Grandeur, Hard Hat, and Wrangler; they could have gotten away with trying to impart their visions on Fluttershy if this was an earlier season, but not this season. It’s similar to “Suited for Success” when Rarity’s friends tried to impart their visions on what their Gala dresses should look like.

But overall, this was a fantastic episode which set out to show how far Fluttershy has developed from the timid pegasus all those years ago, and how there was something beyond just caring for animals at her cottage.

Post-episode notes:

  • The evolution of Fluttershy
  • Relatable problem with pursuing dreams and visions.
  • Gave Fluttershy something beyond just caring for animals.

GRADE:  A+

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705 – “Fluttershy Leans In”

Written by: Gillian M. Berrow
Determined to make her career dreams come true with the help of some very special ponies, Fluttershy must find a way to stand up for her ideas.

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