Sorry folks, but no more Ron White comparisons for the seasons. (I know how disappointed you all must be.)
However, early season episodes, especially ones setting up the new status quo and trying to have a plot that continued the absurdity of Season 3, fell flat on their faces.
I will say, Season 4 is freaking Apple Season. Applejack and Apple Bloom combined for some excellent, excellent episodes so far this go-around. Rarity and Pinkie Pie have had their shares as well, and surprisingly, this season has been weakest for Fluttershy and Twilight.
Any time outside those specific instances, she might as well be a background character.
On one hand, this has allowed great episodes to exist and kept a Twilight that everyone has enjoyed for three years. On the other, it makes the move feel borderline pointless.
I said with Magical Mystery Cure that this was a game-changer. Twilight would either need to take a more central role or fade out of the picture to let the others develop. It seems like they're trying to do both, but while other characters are stepping up, Twilight feels like she's losing ground.
She's hitting that sweet spot where she's not gone long enough for us to appreciate her few appearances of note, but is too out of the picture to mean anything in most stories. She's usually just a catalyst to start plots and then she's largely out of the story.
In any case, let me give my thoughts on how the episodes rank to date. This could all change by season's end, as the last three episodes are supposed to pay off plots that started the season (and yes, I'll give a final season review when those come to pass).
|21||Princess Twilight Sparkle II|
|18||Princess Twilight Sparkle I|
|15||Three's a Crowd|
|13||It Ain't Easy Being Breezies|
|12||Leap of Faith|
|10||Flight to the Finish|
|8||Rarity Takes Manehattan|
|4||Somepony to Watch Over Me|
|3||For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils|
|2||Testing Testing 1, 2, 3|
|1||Pinkie Apple Pie|
Best Song: Apples to the Core (Pinkie Apple Pie)
Best Song Sequence: Tie - Apples to the Core/Super Duper Party Pony (Pinkie Pride)
Worst Song: Bats (Bats!)
Worst Song Sequence: Find the Music in You (Filli Vanilli)
Funniest Episode: Pinkie Apple Pie (narrowly beating Inspiration Manifestation, Somepony to Watch Over Me and Simple Ways)
Best Joke/Funny Moment: Tie between "We don't have a raft (bout the only thing that didn't get packed)" and the hide-and-seek sequence with Maud's pet rock. (Pinkie Apple Pie and Maud Pie, respectively)
|Deal with it.|
This could very well be a case where she was saying "I'm, uh" but given that it's the first love episode they've really tried with the Mane 6, and how abruptly Rarity interrupted, I felt like something was understood between the two.
Obviously, they'd never state it outright, but I do think it's good that this show will allow ANY ambiguity.
Did anyone else pick up on it? Or am I reading too much into a line's delivery? Feel free to address it in the comments!
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