There are worldwide events that make you feel like you are witnessing something change: The Hiroshima Nuclear Strike; the death of a Dictator; a movie becoming the highest grossing film of all time. And then there are events that have no significance whatsoever that get a lot of attention because that’s what the public really cares for: A marriage between two celebrities; the re-release of an animated classic; or the death of a pulp writer. Today’s episode falls in the latter category, and the date 21st of January of 2012 will be remembered, not just by bronies, but by everyone who passed around the internet, as the day that fan content made its way into whatever it’s been based of. But I’m getting ahead of myself, and this whole review has a lot of editing in it already. So let’s go to what I’ve come here in the first: Reviewing the episode.
But first, like I always love doing because I know you don’t really want to go through the whole thing in one single sitting, allow me to give you my useful TL; DR. Is the episode goo-You know what? I am sick of putting it that way. Is this good in Friendship is Magic standards? Yes, it’s brilliant. Is this the best episode in Season 2? Nope, and if you hang around a bit more I will tell you why.
Cut to intro and then commercials. It was during this time before the episode resumed that somepony at Hasbro’s headquarters was sitting next to a button, covered in a transparent plastic casing, with the CEO behind him. The episode returns from commercials and this CEO orders to the guy: “Activate it.” And he did. And then the brains of every brony all over the World blew into smithereens. Okay, allow me to have a whole paragraph dedicated to Derpy Hooves before going back to the episode.
|I'm taking over the review! Don't worry! I know how to stir a wheel!|
|She was so happy she exploded three times.|
|I'm better than John McCaine! I can lift my front legs!|
|This is both heartbreaking and hilarious.|
|Even if a little terrifying.|
|"I wanted that cactus on my mane!"|
|Now go there and give Applejack a lot of hugs. LOTS OF THEM!|
- Defining Moment: I am going to put two, since this episode was as much about Applejack as it was about this fandom. In chronological order:
• Derpy’s two minutes cameo with speaking lines and slapstick humor. This moment will remain in the show forever.
• The cherry factory scene, which proves further how this show doesn’t need tireless modern, subculture references to be brilliant.
- Moral: I am also taking two morals out of this.
• If you can’t accomplish your goals, don’t be afraid about disappointing others. If they do care for you, and you tried your best at it, they will understand you and forgive you.
• When failing at doing something, the hardest thing you will have to do is to forgive yourself, but that doesn’t mean you have to be alone to do so.