Well, that was a fun ride! While a lot of attention was placed on the Movie (and of leaks and other countries jumping ahead of the US schedule), Season Seven was a step up from the previous season. It was also unique in that the comics were tied-in more closely to the events of the show from Issues 51-53 (“From the Shadows” Arc) to the Legends of Magic series. Everything got tied up in a neat little package called “Shadow Play”. Oh, and we finally got to see Starswirl the Bearded, Rainbow Dash’s parents, and Applejack’s parents. I showed my hand a bit after the “Shadow Play” review on what was best an what was not, but here’s the full list from 25 down to 1:
25. Triple Threat: After two great episodes for Spike in Season Six, this episode reminded me of a Brady Bunch episode where Peter double-booked dates and he’s going out of his way to not have one see the other.
24. Not Asking for Trouble: Much like “Party Pooped,” this episode came down on the Yaks and how they absorbed the lesson in the end about asking for help. The comic that followed about Pinkie being an honorary yak was a bit better.
23. Marks and Recreation: A little switch from what I put down in the “Shadow Play” review upon further review. Rumble was being too much of a jerk in this one.
22. Honest Apple: This reminded me of an old Monty Python saying, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.” That fits AJ to a T here when it comes to fashion.
21. Rock Solid Friendship: Here we have an example of Pinkie at her worst. Luckily, Starlight and Maud manage to hold things up in this one.
20. Forever Filly: Two words best describe this one: Helicopter Sister
19. Hard to Say Anything: I hope they are not typecasting Vincent Tong as a waifu thief. The song duel got very cringeworthy.
18. Daring Done?: Good lesson, but scene setup is too predictable even by this show’s standards.
17. Uncommon Bond: Sunburst was a little too inconsiderate of Starlight in this one.
16. A Flurry of Emotions: Twilight could have saved herself a bit of trouble by either delegating some of her duties to Spike and/or paying more attention to Flurry Heart.
15. A Health of Information: Fluttershy was a little too disturbing in this one. This was her “Applebuck Season”.
14. To Change A Changeling: This is where Starlight’s impulses are not a good thing, though her dynamic with Trixie was good here as was Pharynx.
13. Secrets and Pies: Rainbow did not have to overcomplicate things in making up with Pinkie. She also did not have to be so dishonest, either.
12. Campfire Tales: This episode initially set up the Legends arc for the show while the comics preceded it a bit. Just a nice sequel to “Sleepless in Ponyville”.
11. Fame and Misfortune: There are lessons here for both show staff and for fans however harsh they may be. The town ponies were too harsh in this one.
10. All Bottled Up: It was a funny episode. There were just nine episodes that were better than this one.
9. Fluttershy Leans In: I still enjoyed this episode a lot. I still say Fluttershy is in the right here. This is that Monty Python saying done a little better than in “Honest Apple”.
8. Celestial Advice: This was a good way to start the season with some focus on Celestia for once and a nice follow-up and breather to “To Where and Back Again”.
7. Discordant Harmony: Discord hasn’t been the best in single-part episodes (“Dungeons and Discords” an exception), but he was much better in this one with Fluttershy reminding him of how chaotic he is.
6. It Isn’t the Mane Thing About You: If you suspected Season Seven was slacking off a bit, in comes Rarity and this episode to pick things up.
5. Parental Glidance: We meet Rainbow’s parents for the first time and they were quite the cards, but Scootaloo is the MVP of this episode.
4. Once Upon A Zeppelin: If “A Flurry of Emotions” didn’t do as good a job of showing that Twilight needed to balance duty to others and duty to herself and family better, this one did. Everypony in top form here.
3. A Royal Problem: A few episodes delivered on what fans were hoping for such as this episode focused on Celestia and Luna. This episode had everything except a song and it was still the third best episode of this season.
2. Shadow Play: This was an outstanding way to tie everything up this season and with the comics. It also sets up the potential for future storylines for the show if it wants to. That’s something for a show in its seventh season.
1. The Perfect Pear: While a Celestia/Luna episode was something much cdesired. One about Applejack’s parents was even more so. This episode went above and beyond all expectations for it and it is still the highest-rated episode on IMDB. Need I say anymore?
So that was Season Seven. I already mentioned the top five songs in the season—which were the only ones this season. Here are the top ten character debuts in the season:
1. Pear Butter
2. Bright Mac
3. Grand Pear
5. Starswirl the Bearded
6. Mage Meadowbrook
8. Bo Hothoof
9. Windy Whistles
10. Burnt Oak
Other Unofficial Awards this Season:
Most Surprising Return: Iron Will
Best of the Mane Six this Season: Twilight
Best Parents: Applejack’s
Lingering Question of the Season: How were Rainbow’s parents allowed to bring a cannon and fireworks to the Wonderbolts show?
Best non-Mane Six Character of the Season: Starlight Glimmer
Something I Thought I Would See in Season Seven, But Didn’t: Chrysalis (let alone her planned revenge)
Final Thought of Season Seven: This show has a lot of life in it, yet!
See you in Season Eight!