(Yep, apparently Netflix puts these in production order.)
Once again we see how rampant racism is in Equestria! You’ll notice in the background the token team of griffons (which we previously established as the conquered people). Then we have Rainbow Dash refusing to even consider her friend Twilight as a team member even though she’s clearly a better physical match for the contest than Bulk Biceps! Clearly alecorns are totally discriminated here!
Actually it does make you wonder about the big BB. Does he have small wings because of steroid use, or are his small wings a birth defect and he became obsessed with fitness to compensate? RD might be encouraging his ongoing depression and self esteem issues! Bad Rainbow Dash! What kind of lessons are we teaching our kids in this animated show about completely fictional animals? Griffons today… they’ll be mistreating their roc’s before you know it!
Weird Al showing up as a major guest in a musical episode? Done. Perfection! Humanity has reached our apex (at least until James Farr does a super-smash up of the star wars prequels). Pack it in everyone, Jesus will be coming again to pick up His copy when it’s on disc. (Because you know Jesus don’t pirate.)
Also nice to get a glimpse at how Discord’s church recruits adherents. And we see Cheese Sandwich traveling the world… making disciples of all towns we might say…
Three’s a Crowd
I wasn’t sure how well the whole “Discord reformed” story was going to work out but I’ll admit this passive-aggressive fighting is getting downright entertaining. Like consider some of these comic panels from MLP:Friends Forever issue #2:
Yep, Discord joins the CMC to help them out and we get a stupendous meta joke as well as a nice fandom shoutout. (yes I am confirming that I watched Friendship is Witchcraft) That issue was actually really really good and I recommend any fan to get themselves a copy even if they don’t care much about the rest of the comic. The CMC & Discord teaming up is so brilliant I wonder they haven’t devoted an entire season to it!
Where was I…
So there’s further proof of Pinkie Pie’s devotion to her chaotic lord (notice how eager she is to help him yet he has to brush her off lest the others get suspicious). Instead he targets the two allied most strongly with Fluttershy before moving on to tormenting Celestia’s chief supporter with the next probable in line to boot! At best he eliminates two more of the best soldiers his rival has. At worst he’s dug his claws in a little deeper, drawing them to his fold. Yes… the Game of Saddles continues to play out in tense political struggles week after week…
There’s also some lesson about how quality time IS quantity time when it comes to our loved ones or something but who cares about that.