MLP:FIM-Review-S4ep17 – Somepony to Watch Over Me

Posted: March 8, 2014 in My Little Pony- Reviews

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…And it loops around

I find that I can write the most when an episode is generally pretty memorable… but that’s a double edged sword. Something can be terrible, yet memorable (last weeks episode), but it can also be memorable and be absolutely fantastic (see Pinkie Pride). So when the show comes with an installment like this, I feel as though my mouth is dry. I don’t, and can’t have much to say.

I don’t see any deeper meaning, as this episodes entire structure was based around sisterly bonding. I suppose I can go out of my way to criticize it for characterizing Applejack and Applebloom as obviously really close and trustworthy of each other (as seen in season two), and in this episode they are a little… less so, I suppose. But I can also bring out the fact that these familial bonding sessions go on in the public, while in private a family can be all sorts of chaos (as seen in Pinkie Apple Pie)

So… i guess I looped around. All this episodes visible issues (except one) are very easily explained, so they aren’t really issues after all, are they? The one error I mentioned is that Applejack felt as though she was noticeable dumbed down to fit the plot. And although you may argue that it’s because she loves her sister… it still doesn’t explain the way she acted, as she’s shown before to still be level headed even in really difficult situations to handle.

So yeah… a solid episode, with solid entertainment, perhaps slightly low on laughs, but that’s not an issue. I’m just happy it’s back from the slight funk we’ve seen in the past two episodes, especially with such a downer like Breezies. Lets hope that the next installment is a little more… spunky? Is that the right word? Spunky? I just want to be shocked and entertained, and while the chimera was a welcome sight for the mythological background of the show, it still was a more “Slice of life” installment that this show does so well. However, recently, i’ve been noticing that the entire idea of  a “slice of life” has been getting ignored. Or at least… MY own idea of a slice of life.

One that revolves around main characters being explored in a deep and meaningful way…but once again, this lack of exploration may be explained by the fact that these are cartoon characters, they can only be so deep in a show like this. I just need to shut up and be entertained.

Grade: B

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Comments
  1. narrator007 says:

    “However, recently, i’ve been noticing that the entire idea of a “slice of life” has been getting ignored. Or at least… MY own idea of a slice of life.”

    Nice job catching yourself and clarifying that your idea of what ‘slice of life’ means may be different from what others might think. That shows some maturity, an ability to look at something from outside of your own perspective. I think that’s something that not everyone is able to do.

  2. Boris says:

    I think that the reason Applejack acted like that this episode is because she is kinda filling the role of the mother since the their are noticeably not around and even if granny smith is the oldest applejack assumes this position because she is the older sister. I understand why she was shown this way.

  3. Luffyiscool says:

    Yeah, I also felt that AJ was dumbed down.

    Applebloom regularly travels through the everfree forest to meet with zecora.
    Applejack happily let her get fitted for water skis.
    And surely ponies are somewhat aware of the potentially dangerous things the CMC do on a regular basis (zip-lining, skydiving, everfree creature catchers, scuba diving, etc)

    I dunno… I decided I could overlook it, but the more I think about it, the more it irks my continuity senses.

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