“The Making of My Little Pony the Movie”
“Behind the scenes for the making of My Little Pony the Movie.“
In this episode, Zecora is helping Fluttershy gather moss for oxen visiting the latter’s sanctuary. However, a flower spews its poison and Zecora comes down with Swamp Fever. Because this is MLP, Zecora will turn into a tree if she cannot be cured.
Fluttershy takes it upon herself to find the cure no matter the costs. Twilight helps her research and they come across a healer known as Mage Meadowbrook and she lived in a place called Hayseed Swamp. There, they meet one of her descendants called Cattail. They find the cure, honey from flash bees who are immune to the flower’s poison. However, just as they figure out the cure, Fluttershy has contracted swamp fever and is in full determinator mode to the point of exhaustion that takes her three days to recover. The stare doesn’t work, magic won’t work, and whatever Cattail tried didn’t work.
They try again and finally come across disguising Fluttershy with the mask that looks like the face of a queen bee. They get the honey and cure both Fluttershy and Zecora.
Now we’ve seen Applejack work to the point of exhaustion in determinator mode some 159 episodes ago. But here, Fluttershy takes it to another (distressing) level. She nearly kills herself trying to help Zecora. She prides herself on being a caregiver and caregivers sometimes go at all costs to treat their patient—to a fault.
If you have read some of the comics, then you can see where this ties into the Legends of Magic and one of the issues of the main series. There’s also a strong hint that all of this will build up for the season finale in five weeks.
Back to the episode, this was a very good one that has a lot going for it such as building up the Legends of Magic, to Fluttershy and Twilight, to the fact that the show can worldbuild so well in its seventh season. However, fans might get a bit disturbed by Fluttershy’s determinator status in this episode. Outside of that, this is another solid Season Seven entry.
“While helping Fluttershy gather supplies, Zecora comes down with a terrible disease called Swamp Fever; even though a cure has not been discovered, Fluttershy mkes it her mission to heal Zecora no matter what it takes.“
Rarity is getting ready for a photo shoot for “Vanity Mare” with Photo Finish with emphasis on her mane. She goes around town enhancing business for the Flower Ponies, a Scottish pony selling fans, and Davenport (Quills and Sofas). However, Rarity’s mane gets messed up by some super sticky string from Pinkie Pie celebrating the Cake Twins’ one-year sneeze anniversary. (It’s Pinkie Pie. Don’t question it.)
They both go to Zecora for a mane conditioner and a magical cleaning potion. Of course, without labels to tell which is which after Zecora pointed out what Rarity should take, the potions get switched. (By the way, those asking about labels have a more legitimate point than those asking why Rainbow Dash didn’t try to fight off/fly away from Caballeron’s hench ponies in last week’s episode. That said, this is a cartoon and the switcheroo is as old a trope as time.)
So instead of a soft, bouncy mane; Rarity has most of her mane removed. Since a new potion would take a while, she frantically goes to her friends to help fix her mane with the expected results that they are not super effective. This hurts Rarity since after the switch, ponies appear indifferent to her presence and now she has to cancel photo shoot.
The rest of the Mane Six and Starlight remind her that her mane isn’t the main thing about her and bring up her accomplishments on the show. Rejuvenated, Rarity inspires many a fandom artist by shining from the inside out. Oh, that photo shoot did take place thanks to Rarity’s friends and Rarity ends up on the cover of Vanity Mare.
If there is one given about MLP over the years, Rarity episodes are usually on song and wind up some of the better episodes of the series. This is no exception. Rarity’s MO is to bring the beauty out in everything, so it’s understandable that she wold get distraught if she can’t bring it out of herself after this incident. That’s why you have friends to help bring it from the inside out. Of course, when Rarity sports the punk look, that sets the episode alight.
Just when you think Season Seven might have been tapering off a bit (not that it really has), here’s Rarity to get every pony energized again.
“When Rarity’s shampoo is accidentally switched with Zecora’s magical remover potion, she does everything she can to fix her devastated mane in time for an upcoming photo shoot.“
A.K. Yearling retiring? Not on Rainbow Dash’s watch! She and Pinkie Pie travel to A.K.’s home to find out what is going on. What is going on is that Daring Do is getting a negative rap in a village of Somnambula Southern Equestria where she is accused of wrecking a statue of Somnambula among other things while on her adventures.
The three travel to try and clear her name and come across a hooded figure (read: Dr. Caballeron) who is spreading the story of Daring Do’s supposed recklessness. We get to hear the Legend of Somnambula and how she defeated a sphinx through hope (Subliminal message**Read Legends of Magic #5**end subliminal message).
When Rainbow confronts the hooded figure at the statue, Caballeron reveals himself and takes Dash to the temple “thanking her” for breaking Daring Do’s spirit. Just as Rainbow is about to sink into a pit of slime (because TV-Y), Pinkie reminds Daring Do that she would never let anything happen to Rainbow and they use the steam vents below to rescue Rainbow Dash.
Caballeron’s plan was to defame Daring Do so he could carry out his deeds uninterrupted such as pilfering the village of its glowpaz. Caballeron is chased off and A.K. Yearling will not be retiring after all.
The moral is supposed to be to never lose hope as was the case with Somnambula in the legend when things don’t go as intended. It’s a good lesson, but the episode is bit too predictable in its setup. You could tell it was Caballeron under the hood. The episode is still enjoyable, but it suffers from predictability if you have seen the previous episodes with Daring Do.