Caught up on season 7 so far, and liking it for the most part. Perfect? Nah. I still think it lacks a bit of the whimsy and adventure bits of the early show but so far there hasn’t been any big conceptual problems, huge plot holes, or wildly out of character stuff. At least none that bothered me. Even one or two cool world-building bits.
Celestial Advice – Bland, but not terrible.
All Bottled Up – Predictable, but I found it amusing. Plus I liked the idea that Starlight Glimmer doesn’t have full control over her magic. Not just the bottled up anger spell, but she mentions in general that her magic can get out of control and do things. Plus the anger-possession was really cool.
A Flurry of Emotions – Another predictable one. The guard-turned-artist was actually a neat character. Silly, but not a over the top joke.
Rock Solid Friendship – Maud is best pony.
Fluttershy Leans In – I think the episode would be a lot better if Fluttershy had actually brought in one of the experts at the end instead of the continuity callback. Otherwise it was nice to see a Fluttershy episode that wasn’t about her learning to stand up for herself. It was about her actually standing up for herself because she can do that now.
Forever Filly – Really, this one just reminded me of the stories where Sweetie Belle is Rarity’s daughter. Also… Do the Crusaders even go to school anymore? Or is the cutie mark literally the moment you go from foal to adult and they are now just business professionals? Also, Sweetie Belle likes black box experimental theater. Which I had to look up and it cracks me up.
Parental Glideance – This one was decent for most of it, but I actually didn’t like the ending. Needed a bit more nuance. It’s shouldn’t be about appreciating or not appreciating parents. It’s about being a time and place for things. Heck, it should have had echos of the previous episode of Rainbow Dash’s parents still seeing her as a filly who needs a cheering section instead of a adult that has attained the highest aspirations she has. A Olympic athlete does not want their parents sneaking/breaking into the backstage locker room without permission to cheer at the top of their lungs about tossing a towel.
Hard to Say Anything – I actually enjoyed this. I mean, for one its always funny to be minded of the love poison incident. I was disappointed that Sweetie Belle referred to it as a love potion. Big Mac getting some actual romance was neat, and was a nice touch to make it neither a main character or a completely new character. I’m starting to think that distance in Equestria is actually malleable depending on reasons to travel there. The nameless town is quite far away, but Big Macintosh visited several times a week?
Honest Apple – Probably my biggest complaint of the season is a tie between the end of Forever Filly and the moment when Applejack takes all the feathers out of the hat in this episode. I just can’t see her as ruining someone else’s hard work. The filly just said she spend hours on putting in each feather individually. However, that is balanced out by the scene where Rarity shows Applejack how she messed up.
Royal Problem – Was worried about this one. The first actual royal sisters episode in the show? With the play it safe creative choices in the show lately and the corporate constraints, it could have been terrible and the royal sisters are one of my favorite parts of the whole thing. It turned out pretty well. Though I do wish that Princess Luna’s dream-walking duties had been a little better handled. Also, needed Raven as Celestia’s assistant instead of Starlight Glimmer doing the daily schedule thing. Oh, and Daybreaker is a great name for evil Celestia. I’m honestly surprised I haven’t seen it in any fanfic. So, point to show for that one. Still
All in all, between these episodes and re-watching season 6, Starlight Glimmer has grown on me. I kind of like her. Though some of that is just her wonderful deadpan expressions when Twilight is going nuts.
Also, are good peace-loving ponies are all bright pastel colors. Evil changelings are black. Then the Changelings overthrow their monarch and change into bright pastel colored people and are loved and welcomed by the ponies. So it is obvoiusly a metaphor for racism and British imperialism. Obviously.