So what do they do next? That’s the question facing the Cutie Mark Crusaders in this episode. They first decide to continue helping others defining their destinies and callings in life, but that’s few and far between in Ponyville. In some cases, very fleeting as displayed with Bulk Biceps.
So, the three decide that they can do what fancies them individually, and that’s when this becomes an Apple Bloom episode. She struggles on that question mightily while Sweetie Belle tries crocheting and Scootaloo tries bungie jumping. Apple Bloom tries dancing, but the instructor feels she has more potential as a soloist, like a student called Tender Tops. She gets distraught at the idea that she and her fellow CMCs are not doing things together anymore, so she thinks. But Scootaloo never said such thing and she and Sweetie Belle tell her that you don’t have to be good at it to try something fun and being good at something isn’t always fun, either. Nice moral.
So, they try to help Tender Tops with his problem. He has stage fright. Sweetie Belle handles the “costumes,” Scootaloo with the set design, and Apple Bloom shows him that he looks good as a dancer compared to Apple Bloom. So, Tender Tops dancing like he can and gets his cutie mark. The CMC decide that they’ll be three times as likely to find a pony in need of their help by trying things on their own. And so begins the new phase in the CMC’s adventure.
The lesson is very strong and helps carry the episode. However, the episode seemed a bit out of focus at times and there was a bit of mood whiplash with that scene of Apple Bloom in the dark. Outside of that, it did answer the question of what the CMC do next and there are some possibilities on that end in the future. In addition to exploring new lands this season (so the theme “Explore Equestria” goes), there’s also an exploration of what’s next for the ponies (and baby dragon) we know and love. That’s where the show has the potential to excel right now. For this episode, a strong lesson, and question answered, and it could’ve used a bit more focus.
Pluses and Minuses:
- + Strong moral
- + Answers the question of what’s next.
- + Easter eggs galore
- – Episode loses focus at times
Stats of the Episode: This is the first time in show history that none of the Mane Six make an appearance. Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy made three straight non-appearances in Season Five (“Rarity Investigates!,” “Made in Manehattan,” and “Brotherhooves Social”). Spike had three no-shows in a row in Season Two (“Hearts and Hooves Day,” “A Friend in Deed,” and “Putting Your Hoof Down”)
More season 6 news rolling in from the world of technicolor ponies.
Seems tv schedule site Zap2it has revealed three more episodes of Season 6, (Eps 4, 5 & 6). Titles for all three, synopsis for only episodes 4 and 5. Details are below behind the page break. We hope these are correct, as it wouldn’t be the first time Zap2it has given us weird details, granted those situations usually involved a show’s name being displayed over a synopsis of a totally different show. In this case, thankfully it looks fully legit. Also in previous seasons, Zap2it had a tendency not to post any info beyond two weeks. Either way, delicious spoiler like MLP material behind the break.
In other MLP News, its been recently revealed that M. A. Larson and Natasha Levinger are no longer working for the show. We have Larson’s Tweet below, while it seems Ms. Levinger is taking a more private route, as the screencap below (via EqD) shows her Tweet on the subject, while her actual Twitter seems bare (or we looked in the wrong place).
That’s all for now.
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