Believe it or not, but I'm woefully behind on Friendship is Magic. I still need to see the second half of season four (except for the Breezies episode and the epic finale) and most of season five (except for the premiere, "Castle Sweet Castle," and #MLP100). I have of course been itching to catch up sooner than later, and that itch morphed into a full-on desperate need after Lori watched the last three episodes of season five and implored me to hurry up and watch them because they are stellar. Today I have watched five episodes (so far), and these are my thoughts.
4x13, "Simple Ways"
Quite possibly my least favorite episode ever. I mean, I do love stories that focus on Rarity & Applejack's friendship, and yes, it did a good job of hammering home its Friendship Lesson about being yourself, and yes, if anypony is going to care about romance at all it is going to be Rarity, but come on, really? Really? A love triangle? Rarity is so much better than that! She's so fiercely brazenly confident. There is no reason she should be throwing herself out the window and (poorly) attempting to emulate Applejack so a boy will like her more
That said, I did really enjoy her conversation with Spike.
4x14, "Filli Vanilli"
LOVE. A capella quartet? Zecora? Reference to season one? Fluttershy pretending to be Big Mac? Pinkie Pie being an oblivious jerk? This episode has everything.
4x15, "Twilight Time"
All I have to say is it's HILARIOUS.
4x16, "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"
I actually saw this one when it aired because I knew I wanted the merch. I still want the merch, because all I ever bought was the Fluttershy & Sea Breezie set.
I had to verify his name on Amazon, so I have added the Twilight & Sunset Breezie set to my list.
4x17, "Somepony to Watch Over Me"
Never thought I'd say this, but Applejack was actually pretty annoying! It clearly came from a place of love, though, and I liked how it was clear to the audience that none of the mishaps were in any way Apple Bloom's fault, and she could see that too, but from her perspective the whole thing looked pretty hopeless.
Oh, and I was seriously irritated with Scootaloo when she blew their cover.
But I did really enjoy getting to see just how dangerous it was to deliver those pies.
4x18, "Trade Ya"
Again, LOVE. It's another story that focuses on Rarity & Applejack's friendship, which is always great, but this is even more great because all of the Mane Six get paired off into three groups, and the other two groups are Pinkie & Twilight and Fluttershy & Rainbow Dash. Any combination would have been great, of course, but I really enjoy watching how all of these particular personalities play off each other.
Next up is "Maud Pie," which I understand will probably make me want to buy a plush.