MLP:FIM season 4, episode 17 – “Somepony to Watch Over Me” – thoughts and review

I had no idea what to make of this one from the title alone. I mean, that sounds like a romantic story, if anything, but I figured the chances of that were pretty low. It turned out to be something much more silly.

To start us off, we’ve got the CMC in worry mode. Applebloom, in particular, can’t stop pacing. Something important is going down (or at least, important to them – with the CMC, that could be damn near anything). Muffled voices can be heard from behind the door, as the rest of the apple family discuss… something.

What were they discussing in there? Cutbacks they might have to make because of poor sales? A new type of apple they are considering using? What to do about the relative lack of Applejack-centric episodes?

What were they discussing in there? Cutbacks they might have to make because of poor sales? A new type of apple they are considering using? What to do about the relative lack of Applejack-centric episodes?

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 16 – “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies” – thoughts and review

Ah yes, the previously referenced Breezies. I like the little bit of continuity with Fluttershy heading off to see these previously unknown creatures back in “Three’s a Crowd”, and now the results of her interactions with them – an arrangement for Flutters and her Ponyville friends to help the Breezies get home – are occurring. So just what IS a “breezy”, anyway? Basically a fairy, as it turns out. But, since this is Equestria, not Earth, these fairies cleverly don’t look like little people, but like little ponies.

~My Really REALLY Little Pony~

~My Really REALLY Little Pony~

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 15 – “Twilight Time” – thoughts and review

All right! “Twilight Time” review. Don’t worry – I got this.

When I first saw the title of this episode (several days before it aired), my first thought was that it would be a sort of squeal or follow-up to season 2’s “It’s About Time.” I mean, come on! How can “Twilight Time” NOT make you think of that (amazing) episode? Sadly, this is not the case.

On the other hand, it’s a combination of a Twilight episode, which is always good, and another CMC episode, which I can also get behind, because I find that I love those three little fillies more and more as this series wears on.

Are you really going to question me on that point?

Are you really going to question me on that point?

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 14 – “Filli Vanilli” – thoughts and review

Just to make sure we all get it when the episode’s main plot swings into action, we begin this episode with a long, rather obtuse but undeniably cute montage of Fluttershy singing enthusiastically for her animals.

FLUTTERSHY ENJOYS SINGING. THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WILL BE ON THE TEST LATER.

FLUTTERSHY ENJOYS SINGING. THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WILL BE ON THE TEST LATER.

The end of the sequence is met with much appreciation from said animals, as well as utter shock from the rest of the mane 6, who – as it turns out – were standing nearby.

Even AJs HAT is surprised, apparently.

Even AJs HAT is surprised, apparently.

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 13 – “Simple Ways” – thoughts and review

The beginning of this episode makes it seem like might be something along the lines of season 1’s “Suited for Success” or season 2’s “Sweet and Elite”, i.e.: a classic Rarity episode. And it kind of is that, but not in the same way as those.

The episode opens with the fashonista being chosen as the pony of ceremonies for the “Ponyville Days” event, meaning she will head up the preparations for what is essentially a big celebration of everything Ponyville.

Amethyst Star: "Will you be my special so- um, I-I mean, uh, congratulations!"

Amethyst Star: “Will you be my special so- um, I-I mean, uh, congratulations!”

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 12 – “Pinkie Pride” – thoughts and review

Well.

This was certainly… a thing that happened.

Cheese Sandwich (no, seriously, Cheese Sandwich) was notable in large part for being voiced by “Weird Al” Yankovic. And while I found the character funny at times, it didn’t all work for me. The wackiness during the first half of the episode went a bit off the deep-end a few times. Some of the antics might simply have been lost on me – I’m someone who has generally found Weird Al decently funny but was never a huge fan; I don’t know how big a role that played, i.e. if a lot of the humor was very signature Weird Al stuff, or if it had little to do with him specifically and was just about the particular brand of wacky humor they chose for this ep simply not working for me. Either way, it didn’t – not entirely, anyway. There were times where it just felt like a bit TOO much. Not in the usual “Pinkie Pie you are so random!” way, but in more of a pure “uh… ok  O_o” kind of way. A great example of this: were the momentary live-action shots of Gummy and Boneless a reference to something specific? If so, then I have no idea what it was. If not, then… what. That didn’t make me laugh, it just made me raise one eyebrow and stare at my screen in bewilderment. Continue reading

MLP:FIM season 4, episode 11 – “Three’s a Crowd” – thoughts and review

This was another one of those episodes where I went in totally blind. I had no idea what this would be about until I saw it, so I was surprised (but certainly not disappointed) to see Discord making another appearance. I figured we wouldn’t be seeing him again for a while!

"Au contraire, Mon Capitan! Heeee's baaaaack!"

“Au contraire, Mon Capitan! Heeee’s baaaaack!”

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 10 – “Rainbow Falls” – thoughts and review

YEAH!

At first, I wasn’t sure if this episode would even have anything to DO with Rainbow Dash. Sure, with the word “Rainbow” in the title, one assumes, but then I thought, well, “Rainbow Falls” sounds like a place. So who knows! Maybe it’s about the place and not her. Turned out it was both.

Right off the bat, we have the return of Snowflake.

"Louder." "yeah!" "Louder!" "Yeah!!" "LOUDERRR!" "YEEEEEEAAAAH!" ... "too loud?"

“Louder.”
“yeah!”
“Louder!”
“Yeah!!”
“LOUDERRR!”
“YEEEEEEAAAAH!”

“too loud?”

I know, I know… he’s officially been given a name now, and that wasn’t it. Bulk Biceps isn’t a bad name, really, but I have to say, I think Snowflake is better. So I’m gonna keep calling him that, at least for the length of this review. It’s not like you can stop me anyway!

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MLP:FIM season 4, episode 9 – “Pinkie Apple Pie” – thoughts and review

We start off in a very appropriate manner for what is – at least in part – a Pinkie Pie episode.

SURPRISE

SURPRISE

I like the premise of this one. At first, I was expecting that the Apple family to react with more discomfort to Pinkie’s antics, but the events of the episode showed much the opposite. Immediately, they were all supportive and happy about the idea of her being part of their family. But right away, we are set up for some intra-family troubles, not so much involving Pinkie, but between the mainline Apples. Continue reading

MLP:FIM season 4, episode 8 – “Rarity Takes Manehattan” – thoughts and review

And now for something a little different. Here we have an episode so elegant, so bold, so refined and dignified as to almost b-

*loud crash as Dashie takes over*

Oh for pony’s sake, just stop beating around the bush and get to the point! It. Was.  AWESOME.

No, seriously, it was. It’s certainly been a while since we had a dedicated Rarity episode (though, to be fair, we’re only 8 episodes in to season 4, and prior to the start of that, it had been “a while” since there’d been any pony anything). Naturally, a Rarity focus means lots and LOTS of Tabitha St. Germain, who as you all should know by know, means lots and lots of absolutely fantastic dialog. Oh, and I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but as always, this review contains lots of spoilers for the episode! Ye be warned. Continue reading