Monday, September 29, 2014

Picking Apart "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic", Season 4 Episode 16


WARNING!  From this point onward, the following reviews will consist of using heavy profanity.  It is advised not to proceed past this point unless you are 18 years of age or older.  Profanity will be used to express personal opinions only, so there can be no one responsible if anyone is greatly offended because you have been warned.  If you can handle profanity and you're ready to proceed, by all means do so.

"I used to wonder what friendship could be; until I surpassed those who first showed it to me."

- Russet Burbanks, Fanfiction.net

Hey, guys.  Before I start this episode's review, let me tell you a funny joke about it made by Meghan McCarthy.


On April 1st, 2013, she tweeted that Justin Bieber of all celebrities would guest star in a two-part episode, with the second part being this one.

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And there was a fair share of reactions ranging from laughing at this April Fool's Day internet prank to taking it somewhat seriously and flipping out over it.  Now apparently if there's any reason why anyone would cringe over this joke, it's obvious that it's because Justin Bieber is said to be hated by many.  My mother doesn't care for him either because she thinks he has no talent.
Now I may not care for some of Meghan McCarthy's episodes that she wrote for the series, especially that DUMB-FUCK "Canterlot Wedding", but if there's one thing I like about her, it's that she knows how to troll those idiotic bronies.  Why?  Because they deserve it, of course.


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And for numerous reasons from my point of view.  But pardon me for getting carried away here.  I'm throwing in video clips and I haven't even begun to introduce this episode yet!  So let's begin.  This is the episode that is of course completely devoid of Justin Bieber, "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies".

We start with Fluttershy telling her friends that Breezies will be flying through Ponyville and that Rainbow Dash, Flitter, and Thunderlane will be making the breeze to get them through in one piece.  Fluttershy also suggests that her friends work on a cheer...
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...to encourage the Breezies.  But this isn't brought up again until the end of the episode, so it's considered pointless, especially when they can't get it soft enough the first three times.
Rest of main cast: [shouting] You can do it, Breezies!
Fluttershy: Oh, my.
Applejack: Heh, sorry, Fluttershy. I had no idea how hard it was to do a cheer quietly.
Fluttershy: Oh, it's okay. Quiet doesn't come naturally for everypony. Let's try it again.
Rest of main cast: [quieter but still loudly] You can do it, Breezies!
Fluttershy: Perhaps just a little bit quieter.
Rest of main cast: [quieter] You can do it, Breezies!
Fluttershy: Just a little quieter.
Rest of main cast: [practically whispering] You can do it, Breezies!
Fluttershy: [loudly] Perfect! Oh, um, I mean... yay.
With that useless little bit out of the way, the Breezies, hailing from G3, soon arrive and everyone gets to see them.
But Spike wants a closer look and in his excitement, he accidentally knocks a leaf loose from a tree branch and this somehow screws everything up.


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Fortunately, Fluttershy saves the group of Breezies that were knocked off course and is obviously able to understand their native tongue.


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Meaning... we're not gonna see Spike for the rest of the episode, are we?  Fine, go kick the little guy out of your life for all I care!


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So Rainbow Dash offers to get the breeze going again, but when the Breezies protest, Fluttershy decides to give them a break for a while.
Now this doesn't start out too bad, but it doesn't take long to figure out that the Breezies are just taking advantage of Fluttershy's hospitality, much to the chagrin of Seabreeze, who apparently is complaining because he just wants to go home.  Can't say I blame him.
Seabreeze: Supa laipas data kurpa! Mise neku ersken laika maur! Siripat sulat!
Applejack: Uh... what did he say?
Fluttershy: I'd... rather not say.
Heh...  Does this mean that Seabreeze was swearing in his native language?  I think even a kid could figure that out.

You know, I was kind of hoping Seabreeze would have the miniscule-sounding voice that he has, even if it is a Scottish accent as well as sounding similar to those worms from Worms Armageddon, knowing he was voiced by Brian Drummond, who also voiced Mr. Cake, because I cannot begin to fathom how weird it would be if he sounded masculine and it didn't go good with his tiny size.


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Anyways, Seabreeze is trying to convince Fluttershy that being too kind to the Breezies is a bad thing, especially given their situation, but it also seems clear that Seabreeze is taking out his frustration on them and this just makes them want to stay with Fluttershy.  By the way, did you know too much kindness and virtue can kill you?
What do you think happened to this guy?!


So Seabreeze eventually gets so fed up, he tries to head home on his own, but ends up crashing headfirst into a beehive, which of course upsets the bees.

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Luckily, Fluttershy comes in to save the day.

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So then Fluttershy finally realizes that the Breezies were taking advantage of her, despite also saying that Seabreeze wasn't helping by being mean to them.  Seabreeze then points out that Fluttershy stood up to the bees and this sets off the fourth rainbow spark.


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And with that, Fluttershy finally tells the Breezies off.

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Okay, was that really necessary?  So maybe she's sad to see the Breezies go or that she had no choice but to be firm with them, but isn't that just confusing?

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But cry, kindness just doesn't pay, at least if it's used to an nth degree or if you end up suffering the same fate as Brenner for that matter.  Well, it's like I always say...
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So the Mane 6 find out that there aren't enough Breezies to ride with the right gust of wind.
Luckily, our main heroine Twilight Sparkle comes through with the answer... by using a magic spell to turn them into Breezies!

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*snickers* Sounds like becoming Breezies just made their voices more high-pitched!

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It's like "talk like you're on helium day".


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I'm not sure if Brian Drummond, Andrea Libman, and the other voice actors either made their own high-pitched sounds or if they just cheated using that Time Stretch feature in Adobe After Effects.  Speaking of that, can you imagine how I would sound like that?

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Seabreeze: You can do this! I am sorry for how I treated you before! It was not right that I called you names! I did not even really believe those things I said! I was worried we would never get back to our home, and I lashed out... I know you can do this! I believe in you!


So after Seabreeze fesses up, he and his group finally make it back to their world and they reunite with the first group.
Seabreeze reunites with his wife and widdle baby...
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...and gives Fluttershy a parting gift.

So she and her friends make it back to their world just as the portal closes.  And the episode ends by revealing that Seabreeze's gift is the fourth key.  No surprise there, folks.

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And that was "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"... without Justin Bieber, of course.  While it's actually a good episode, I suppose, it's definitely not up there with some of the greatest episodes in the series.  To learn that there is such a thing as being too nice is an important lesson to learn, especially for kids, and this episode kind of played it well.  You think Fluttershy would snap more often, especially if she tends to get pushed around just for showing up in Ponyville and everyone going, "Oh look, it's sweet little Fluttershy.  She won't complain no matter what we do, so let's just do whatever the fuck we want with her."  Hell, back then she probably wouldn't even complain if she got raped.


But hey, look what it did give us.  Fluttershy was crying and no one had set her off!  Beat that, fucking Fluttershy fanbots!  What are you gonna do now?  Blame the Breezies?  Or just murder someone at random because you want to spill blood in the name of Fluttershy crying?


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You know, I'm starting to think that friendship in this series is becoming like the equivalent of hearts from the Kingdom Hearts series in the sense that friendship is more like an essence that keeps Equestria safe or something instead of actual relationships and feelings between characters.  And I think it's fair to say that you'll see what I mean once I get around to discussing the... *shudders* ...Season 4 finale.  Not looking forward to that.  Nope.  Hell, I'm not even looking forward to the next episode!  So again, I continue to suffer from watching and reviewing this goddamn series so you don't have to!

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