We've now had six episodes revolving around the Cutie Mark Crusaders so far, which given all that they've ever suffered at the hands of Ponyville is too many. The episode "One Bad Apple" was definitely another nail in the coffin that makes up this pointless saga, so we can expect by now that the staff writes these kinds of episodes as nothing more than an excuse to jump right in and tea-bag them while they're still down for the count. But this episode, despite all three Cutie Mark Crusaders being in it, is not like the others at all. Not by a long shot. This time, the character of central focus is not Apple Bloom, not Sweetie Belle, but for the first time ever in the whole series... Scootaloo.
Now I'm pretty sure some fans have hoped that Scootaloo would have more visibility to her background, seeing as neither her home nor her family have ever been introduced to us so far, so you can imagine it's grounds for bronies and pegasisters to make up the fact that Scootaloo is an orphan. Yeah, I'm sure she is. But even in this episode, there's still no talk of any possible family or anything. And unless it has any relevance to the series so far, or even the lesson learned in the episode, we're probably not gonna hear anything of the sort anytime soon.
But get this. In the third generations of My Little Pony, Cheerilee is Scootaloo's sister. Now I can understand why they're not exactly sisters in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. For one, Cheerilee is a school teacher and Scootaloo is in her class and seeing how we've seen plenty of scenes that show them both on-screen at once with no real sisterly bonding between them... Yeah, we can assume by now that Scootaloo and Cheerilee being sisters in this series has been dropped. Personally, I kinda wish it wasn't.
Instead, Scootaloo idolizes Rainbow Dash and looks up to her like an older sister. This is actually the thing that gets further developed in this episode. You'll see what I mean.
Sleepless in Ponyville
- Apple Bloom: I dunno about all that.
- Sweetie Belle: It was a really nice compliment and all, but...
- Scootaloo: I know, I know. But all that stuff I said could happen, right?
- Sweetie Belle: Absolutely.
- Rainbow Dash: It's headless, not brainless. [spookily] ...looking for little lost ponies-
- Rainbow Dash: Ugh.
Heh... Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Wait... wait just a minute. Luna has the godlike ability to enter the dreams of sleeping ponies? Do you know what this means? Luna never had to become resentful and transform into Night Mare Moon to begin with! You remember the story of Night Mare Moon way back from the very first episode, right? Okay, so how did it all start again?
Narrator: But as time went on, the younger sister became resentful. The ponies relished and played in the day her elder sister brought forth, but shunned and slept through her beautiful night.
Okay, so Luna got mad over ponies sleeping at night, which is common for a lot of us living upon this Earth, I should add. But didn't she have the power to enter dreams back then too? She was still the princess of the night! Why couldn't she just go inside a few dreams and play with their dream forms? Then she wouldn't have had to feel left out! Didn't she just say it's her duty? Not to mention, the premiere episodes were written by Lauren Faust herself, so I'm gonna guess that she made an innocent mistake of probably not even taking dreams into consideration. Oh, well. I forgive you, Lauren. After all, it's always hard to come up with something for every contingency. I know what that's like.
Okay, this makes six episodes and the next one up is gonna mark the halfway point in Season 3. Can't believe we're here already. Three months into Season 3 and already three quarters of the episodes are gonna come and go by the time 2012 is over. Oh, well. The season's already had its biggest highlight anyway.
- [Pinkie Pie]
- Yes it does