Watching “Find the Music in You” again, when Fluttershy is singing for Big Mac, and I can’t decide between two interpretations of it.
On one hand, it really looks like Cheerilee’s “fainting” is affected. It’s so over the top and she gives Big Mac this sly glance afterward, and it makes me think she’s doing it as a joke. I like to imagine that the two of them like to make jokes like that about being attracted to each other, after what happened between them, more to play with the rest of the town than each other. They’re good friends but many ponies are left confused about what their relationship is and they have a good laugh over it.
On the other hand, I like to think that she’s genuinely excited by that voice, but kind of concerned given its source. She’s heard Big Mac sing a million times, but she’s never thought of him like that, especially not after their potion-induced romance. So when she later finds out who was really singing that night she’s pretty relieved, if a bit surprised.
But then for some reason when she passes Fluttershy in the street, she can barely stutter out a “Hello.” And Fluttershy’s usual gentle voice makes her feel just as faint.
kyronea said: “The ecstasy could still be heard in Canterlot” Oh AJ we all know what you’re thinking.
Heh, I’ve actually been overthinking this line for the past few days.
I like to imagine that being “heard in Canterlot” would have a particular connotation to ponies. Imagine if someone in our culture said they’d be heard in Washington DC. It would mean more than just being loud, and in fact it might not mean that at all. To be heard in Canterlot would mean that you’ve done something grand and important, perhaps even something revolutionary, which gains the notice and attention of ponies in power. Being heard in Canterlot means you’re saying something big that changes things.
So Applejack would be understood by everypony as proposing something much greater than just a large, loud party. Everypony’s working in harmony, swept up in the magic of the music, and Applejack asks Pinkie to fill Ponyville with a joy so pure and powerful that it changes the world.
And she does.
sherwood-sureshot asked: Any thoughts on the A.J./Apple family episodes we've had this season?
My first thought is that I’m pleasantly surprised that we’ve had so many! And even a few from Applejack’s perspective! It’s a new era.
With the exception of Bats! I’ve liked all of this season’s applesodes pretty well. Pinkie Apple Pie was fun and had a really great song. And I was happy to see an AJ/Pinkie episode that has them not only on such good terms, but that makes it clear that Applejack wants her to be a part of her family and that she cares enough about what Pinkie thinks to want to look good for her.
Somepony to Watch Over Me was really good! I always like seeing more of Applejack and Apple Bloom’s relationship, and I feel like it was a really good character episode for both of them. It’s easy to imagine that Applejack is remembering all of the foolish, dangerous things she did as a filly and doesn’t want Apple Bloom to do the same. Or perhaps that she remembers the last time she lost family and doesn’t want to go through that again.
I don’t have much to say about Leap of Faith, but I enjoyed it, and it was fun to see Flim and Flam again even though I didn’t care much for their first appearance.
Fluttershy gets really stressed out when she sees her friends fight but also she actually gets them to stop fighting and that’s why she’s my hero.
I wonder if Luna’s interest could be spun into a spin-off series… you know, age them up to adults, and their bond as friends is special and magical in a way that has to do with Luna’s magic, and so on.
It is easy, and pleasant, to imagine a series about grown up (or partially grown up) Cutie Mark Crusaders, and I like the idea of Luna having more of an active role in such a series. I rather like the idea of her having a more active role in the current series too, haha.
It could easily be a slice of life and sometimes adventure kind of thing much as the current show is. I can imagine the CMCs being Luna’s agents in helping ponies follow their dreams (possibly earning their cutie marks in the process, but some might already have them or not be quite there yet). Luna will see ponies struggling in their dreams who need help, and she’ll call on the CMCs to help them. The CMCs know a lot about being unsure about who you are, and about trying to find your dreams and make your own future, and they can help encourage ponies who need it and help them find their way. And then the rest of the time the show can just be the daily life of three cute girlfriends.
That’s a really nice thought, actually. And yeah, I just caught up last weekend as well: been feeling good about this season.
I’ve been feeling pretty good about it lately too! I wasn’t that into the beginning of it, but I’m curious now about going back and rewatching some of the earlier episodes to see how much of it was actual problems with the episodes and how much it was just anxiety about whether the new season would be as good as it used to be.
I suspect it’ll be a mixture of both, because there are some things I can specifically name that have changed about the show, some of which I like and some of which I don’t. But every time a new season starts I have to work at tamping down my instinct to look at every little thing through the lense of “is this as good as it used to be???” so I can just enjoy the show.
Rewatching would also help because, at least for myself, it’s really unfair to compare my initial reactions to new episodes to the reactions I’ve formed to the older episodes over time. I really enjoyed the first season but I didn’t think, at first, that it was the most amazing thing in the universe and I didn’t have half the feels about it that I do now. That’s something that happened as a result of rewatching and thinking and writing and talking about it. Many of the feelings and thoughts I’ve talked about here were things I discovered while writing about the show. And that’s one of the reasons I’ve started writing here (at least a little) again, because it’s always been a part of how I enjoy the show.
I like to think Luna sees herself in the CMC and is trying to guide them away from her mistakes. Sweetie Belle’s jealousy and anger, Scootaloo’s blind worship …
I think this is probably why she’s intervened with Sweetie and Scootaloo, and hasn’t and perhaps won’t with Apple Bloom. Sweetie and Scootaloo aren’t particularly like Rarity and Rainbow respectively, and in some ways it’s unlikely or impossible that they ever will be, but they desperately want to be so. Apple Bloom loves and respects her big sister, but I don’t really feel like she wants to be her. In fact I feel somewhat that she’d reject the idea, though I couldn’t really say why.
It puts an interesting spin on how I think about Luna and Celestia’s early relationship. Despite their conflicts, I think it’s generally pretty clear that Sweetie Belle thinks Rarity is the greatest pony in the whole world. There’s nopony whose esteem means more to her, and there’s nopony she’d rather emulate. But it hurts, because she sees so many things in Rarity that she doesn’t have and never will. And that’s why Luna looks at her and sees herself.
(Honestly I think one of the reasons this applies more to Sweetie Belle than Scootaloo is that Rainbow seems a bit better than Rarity at the whole “you can be awesome without being me” thing. Rainbow’s really grown up and she’s a good big sister and positive role model.)
I choose to believe that among ponies the word “gay” is still in common usage in its original meaning of happy and carefree because I just find it fun to imagine.
It’s probably just a coincidence that Princess Luna has intervened in two episodes about the Cutie Mark Crusaders and their relationships with their older sisters or sister figures, but I really hope it’s not. I think it’d be really neat if she’d taken a particular interest in them and we got more episodes featuring that.
I bet Luna spends a lot of time in the dreams of little sisters.