Three pony episodes, three loads of blah. Spoilers below.
“Keep Calm and Flutter On” focuses on Fluttershy as she is given the task of reforming Discord. I had really high expectations for this episode, and the writers failed to deliver. Reforming Discord was just too easy; you don’t go from screwing around like he did and then deciding that friendship is magic in a blink of an eye. Neither ponies nor dragon-things change that quickly. Don’t get me wrong, the idea behind this episode was great. But it would have been so much better if the episode was more drawn out to allow for character development. Oh, well, I guess the magic of friendship can replace character development.
Oh, and I ship Fluttercord now; Fluttercord is cool.
“Just for Sidekicks” focuses on Spike as he petsits, and by petsit I mean that he keeps pets in his person and stares at his jewels. As much as I’ve voiced in other posts that I don’t think he has enough character development to carry his own episode, he is so much better in this one because he was balanced out with the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
Side-tracking a bit, the Cutie Mark Crusaders get too many episodes. They’ve been featured in two and a half out of thirteen episodes this season, when Pinkie, Twilight, Dash, Fluttershy, and Apple Jack each have gotten one and Rarity has gotten zero. I thought the mane six were called the mane six for a reason. They should rename the entire show Spike + Crusaders: Friendship is Magic at this point.
“Games Ponies Play” follows the mane six (sort of) while they escort the wrong pony around the Crystal Empire in an effort to get the pony Olympics. I cannot even begin to tell you how boring I found it. I found that random mare annoying as anything, and the real mare inspector did nothing for me. It was a major let down of an episode.
In short, we got three more unimpressive episodes in an underwhelming season. Let’s see if the season finale is any different.