Sorry for the delay due to work and video editing, but let's continue the Ron White analogy for Friendship is Magic.
Season 1 was "They Call Me Tater Salad." Everything was consistently good with moments of greatness.
Season 2 was "You Can't Fix Stupid." It hit higher highs but showcased more true misses and had true low points.
|Probably the best descriptor for this season.|
Season 3 is notable because it's only 13 episodes, half the length of a normal season. Additionally, I'm not 100 percent sure that the third season was being produced with the prospect that it would be the last, but if it wasn't I'd be in shock.
Many of these episodes feel like they're trying to get characters into a position where they can say their arc is in the books. Everyone needs to be in a good place in time for what appears to be the end of the series.
You have to make A LOT of assumptions during this season, and to me, that makes this season the weakest. Earlier seasons could be picked up at any time and you'd immediately have an understanding of the character. You might not get anywhere near the same interpretation through an episode in this season.
That said, there were some truly good episodes, so let's rank the episodes.
|13||Magical Mystery Cure|
|12||Just For Sidekicks|
|11||Crystal Empire I|
|10||Crystal Empire II|
|8||Games Ponies Play|
|6||Too Many Pinkie Pies|
|5||One Bad Apple|
|4||Spike at Your Service|
|3||Apple Family Reunion|
|2||Keep Calm and Flutter On|
|1||Sleepless in Ponyville|
Honestly, only the top two were obvious high-level episodes that compare to the early seasons. The bottom two were the authentically bad episodes. And everything else is fairly interchangeable and really are determined by what you value in your plots.
You'll get more information about my thoughts on these episodes in the audio/video (and even more on Magical Mystery Cure in the separate blog I'm setting for it), but yeah, not exactly the best set of episodes.
Best Song/Song Sequence: Raise This Barn (Apple Family Reunion)
Worst Song: Behold, Princess Twilight Sparkle (Magical Mystery Cure)
Worst Song Sequence: I've Got To Find A Way (Magical Mystery Cure)
Funniest Episode: Too Many Pinkie Pies
Best Joke: The full setup and resolution to the Discord paper-eating (Keep Calm and Flutter On), narrowly beating the G3 Pinkie Pie head (Too Many Pinkie Pies)