At times, one has to wonder if Ponyville is a nightmare. A dozen disasters a day, and do we see any police to help the citizens? Or fire & rescue? Are the national guard sent to aid Ponyville’s citizens?
Of course not! Because Celestia understands the principles of libertarianism. See, society just doesn’t degrade into a chaotic miasma just because the State takes a light role. No, the ponies realize that independent and free ponies choosing to take care of themselves leads to a happier and better society. Who better than Applejack to apply great strength to problems? (maybe her brother) Or who could match Twilight’s magic talent for solutions? Yet if the government was there, we’d find it getting in the way of the ponies and stifling their talents. Truly, Celestia is a wise and just ruler.
This was all one big tribute to superheroes. Which, as a fan, I loved. It would be funny to see a “mare do well” group form and act as the local police, fire, rescue, etc. At least until Celestia gets a hold of them and turns them into her jackboot thugs to grind Equestria beneath her hooves!
(if you write that fan fic, I just ask for a credit link to put a bit more traffic here ;))
I will say two RD-focus episodes in a row is just a bit tiresome if she’s not your favorite of the six. (I like her in small doses.) On some level I want to rank this one slightly below average, but on another, I do like the lesson that “helping people should be its own reward”. So add a shell to the score if you’re a big RD fan. If you REALLY don’t like her, you’ll want to drop one.
(I had watched much of this show before I started doing this review series. And… the previous episode was as far as I got. So from this episode on out, I haven’t watched any of these and avoid spoilers to make the experience more raw.)
(Those who are more familiar with the MLP:FiM culture, is Rainbow Dash the most divisive pony or is it just me?)