You know what’s fascinating? It’s when you have this small moment early on in a show that will just be shrugged off, but then the writers acknowledge it and expand upon it. That’s pretty much what “Amending Fences” does.
Apparently Spike immediately starts the plot by reminding Twilight how far she has gotten since the first episode, and how she wasn’t great with friends in the beginning. This reminds Twilight of her friends from Canterlot, whom she cannot remember their names. Wait, I thought Twilight wasn’t the one for making friends when the show started and only had her brother Shining Armor as her best friend. Whatever.
A Pinkie Pie episode? Yaks? Pony versions of the Beatles? Funny faces this side of Star vs. the Forces of Evil? I think I’m down with that.
The episode starts with Twilight looking nervous and showing hints of her “Lesson Zero” self with Funny Face number 1:
I’m scared now.
The Mane Six are looking forward to meeting the delegates from… Yakyakistan? As if the cities full of horse puns weren’t so phoned in. Twilight’s main goal is to befriend the yaks, hoping to impress Princess Celestia in doing this task. Then comes Prince Rutherford and two other yaks, who look like Vikings, except Vikings never wore horned helmets. They reveal that if nothing is even remotely close to what it’s like in their home, they get angry. Oh, boy.
I’m not impressed. Episodes centered around Spike are very lacking, almost like the writers have no idea what to do with the little dragon. Then Season 4 came along and gave us “Inspiration Manifestation” and “Equestria Games,” all of which challenged the character and helped him grow. It’s a shame to see an episode that is neither of those two and takes a step back. I don’t hate “Princess Spike,” but I don’t love it either.
It starts at a summit in Canterlot, where ponies from all over Equestria join together and learn about one another. We are introduced to a statue that Princess Cadence carved up with gemstones, each representing the cities. That will come into play later.
After an exhausted Twilight speaks to the crowd, Spike proceeds to say a few things. However, the crowd doesn’t even notice him and give praise to all four princesses. Way to start things off, episode, as if that wasn’t contrived enough.
Happy 100th episode! So what do the producers have planned to celebrate this milestone? An episode centered around background ponies. Yep, this is pandering to Brony fandom, but a good one at that. This episode actually shows that the producers are indeed aware of the fandom and are giving thanks by providing some fan service and referencing the many interpretations they have made on the background characters.
The episode starts with Cranky and Matilda from “A Friend in Deed” preparing for their wedding. However, they find out that the invitations indicate that it takes place today. Cranky finds out that Derpy messed up the invitations. She tries to apologize by handing him a basket of muffins, which had me busting a gut, and also sets the tone for this episode.
Remember that episode of Gravity Falls early this year that pretty much redeemed Pacifica Northwest? A similar thing applies here as well.
The episode starts with Pinkie Pie baking some cakes with her pet alligator, Gummy, when suddenly her Cutie Mark starts flashing, telling her to report to the Cutie Map. She leaves Gummy in charge of the baking, resulting in a brief, hilarious moment of Gummy plopping on the counter. The last shot in the episode also reveals that he hasn’t moved at all, making it even funnier.
Pinkie arrives at Twilight’s castle, finding Twilight and Rainbow Dash in there. They examine that the map is summoning both Pinkie and Rainbow to a kingdom called Griffonstone. An episode centered around Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, when was the last time that happened? Oh, yeah, “Griffon the Brush Off” in Season 1. Why do I get that feeling one element from that episode will return?
Hooray for an episode centering around Discord. Even after he reformed in Season 3, he is still a lot of fun, being the mischievous draconequus that he always is. Not to mention that he is voiced by Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, doubling the fun. It seems as though we have yet another great episode in this season, taking advantage of Discord’s comedy, while still providing a relatable situation.
The episode begins with Discord and Fluttershy having a tea party. Fluttershy reveals to him that she is taking someone to the Grand Galloping Gala, the show’s equivalent to a ball. Discord is a little ticked off about this, but tries not to show it in front of her. Yup, it’s a jealousy episode.
Dave Polsky is one of my favorite writers in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. While he is a great comedic writer with episodes such as “Feeling Pinkie Keen” and “Over a Barrel,” he stepped out of his comfort zone in the fourth season. He tried out different things that weren’t heavy on comedy like “Rarity Takes Manehattan” and even a surreal episode, “For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils,” all of which he succeeded at. Now that we have an episode written by him this season, I was pretty excited for how it was going to turn out. However, it seems as though he stepped back into his comfort zone, but does that make “Appleoosa’s Most Wanted” bad in any way? Not really.
The episode begins at Appleoosa’s rodeo show. Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo are interested in taking part so they can get their Cutie Marks. They learn that the town is keeping a close eye on a criminal, and we get a glimpse of his shadow and his hoof print.