I pity those who don't read my TL; DR's and then go below them to find massive walls of text all over the place and then complain about it! If you know what you're doing, you should always check the TL;DR that I put here in case you don't want to read the whole review! Let's put it simple. Is the episode good in Friendship is Magic standards? My non-existing biceps are outraged that you dare asking such question when the answer is YES! Is this the best episode of the season? Of course not, but that's not my fault at all! Keep reading if you really want to find out why!
|Iron Will mode OFF.|
|Minus the möe looks. And the pink hair. And the wings-Maybe I'm not like her at all.|
|Coming to Ponyville is turning...|
|...Into a running theme.|
Apparently this program does have a catchphrase for every situation Fluttershy needs to pony up and stand her ground, so she goes out to put it on practise. Things seem to start pretty okay for what the program is worth as she takes on those who actually are stepping on her terrain. She calls out to the old pony who over-waters her petunias with splashy results, dunks a pile of trash over two ponies who were blocking the only bridge that connects Ponyville to her cottage (kind of weird when she could've just flown over them) and pushes away the one pony who sneaks in front of her in line. So it looks like the program works really okay, right? Well not really, no. She starts enjoying way too much being over confident and begins to take over those who simply annoy her even if it's not their fault. She dunks a bowl of punch over Pinkie Pie just because she was laughing (she didn't know if she was laughing at her or not), stuffs the mail pony into a mail box for getting the wrong address due to his poor eye sight, and bucks away a tourist because he made her drop a letter on a puddle of water. Rarity and Pinkie Pie see this display and try to settle her down only to have Fluttershy verbally assault them in the meanest way ever. This is the part of the episode that was the hardest for me to watch, to tell you the truth. Fluttershy isn't just mean, she is bitter and hurtful, as she emotionally destroys them calling them banal and superfluous, and declaring their work pointless and useless being something nopony cares for. Now this is really interesting because Fluttershy insults that one thing many fans use to declare that Pinkie Pie and Rarity are worst ponies. Even to this day, with their personalities fully flexed and still getting expanded upon (with Rarity being a fashion elite in Canterlot and Pinkie Pie being the most popular pony in Ponyville), both of them are considered by the fans as some of the most shallow and flat characters in the show. Usually these complains use their interests in fashion and parties as ammunition to open holes in their personalities, which is why I find it so funny that Fluttershy, for that short period of time, channels the rage of some of the most picky fans. And then she almost drops the F word.
|Next time I will use the "C" word. That's right, I will say "Canteen"!|
|Seriously guys, he could only be more badass if he was on fire.|
|No, not this Stare. This one only works on Bronies.|
|Who got them!? Who did this!? Where's Scarecrow!?|
If I try to think on the bad stuff I could have a really hard time doing so, because the more I think about it the more I realised this episode didn't have any really major flaws, at least right away. There is a moment however that is really hard to watch for me, and that's when Fluttershy insults her friends (I said it's funny yeah, but I also said it was heartbreaking) making them run away in tears. I am the first one to enjoy seeing characters I love suffer that much, but this is getting downright saddistic guys. The crying counter is on the edge of blowing up this season! I bet you not we are going to have an episode which will be just twenty two minutes of ponies walking around and crying their eyes out for no reason. Without thinking too much about it (and why would you) this was a very straight forward episode that aimed to give Fluttershy an influx of personality. I guess we can call the success card on that one guys, because it worked really well. Now don't take so long for another Fluttershy episode, will you?
|Oh, okay, never mind.|
- Defining Moment: The dialogue between Fluttershy and Iron Will at the end of the episode which pretty much sums up into this.
"Give me my money!"
- Moral: Just because one is assertive and has a lot of confidence that doesn't need to change who he or she is, and it's definitely not an excuse to be mean to everyone. This is something I should apply more often, sometimes I get unbearable when I am over-confident.