Yay for lazy copy-paste from Pchan! Mayhaps I'll get back and comment more after reading this thread and stuff at some point.
Anyways, I only got home a few hours ago, and just saw the episode. Can't really do the "usual thing" right now and these are just my first impressions, which might of course change on subsequent viewings and all that. I also haven't really read the thread yet, so I don't know what the general consensus was. I thought it was a pretty solid episode. The cold open felt good, it was clearly a reference/callback to how Scootaloo was scooting around in The Show Stoppers. I especially liked the Granny Smith part, made me chuckle. Also moo-ves.
It was nice to see Scootaloo obsessing about RD again. Not that obsessions are healthy or that I particularly like seeing it, but for me it is one thing that separates her from the other Crusaders. It's her thing, and it's great it's seen again. Speaking of Scootaloo, I liked how she actually was her own separate character all the time, not just the Crusader with wings. She wanted to be awesome, she wanted to be cool, she wanted to be Rainbow Dash. But she wasn't or isn't, of course.
Hmm, RD… I'm not an expert, but at least she wasn't a dick here. In fact, I liked her in this episode. Not sure if she lied to make Scootaloo feel good or was genuinely afraid. I'd like to believe she didn't lie. I also liked how she took Scootaloo under her wing (oh I did see what they did there…) and became sort of a "big sister" for Scoots. Still no clue about Scootaloo's real family, though I guess it can be presumed she doesn't have a real sister. Was actually something I was hoping to hear about, at least a bit. Can't have everything, I guess.
Other characters were fine, though I found Apple Bloom sounded a bit wrong a lot of times. I also wonder, how come Sweetie is a terrible singer? I appreciate the song itself, but making a canon great singer into a terribad one isn't really something I approve of. Rarity was quite… hmm. Don't know the proper word for it, really. Not sure if it was good or not. For the most part she was good, I'd say at least for now. AJ was, well, AJ. That's about it.
Luna being able to visit other ponies' dreams is canon! Also Luna is back, and is awesome! Well, great, at least. Not motherly in the same way Celestia is, but clearly cares for her subjects and helps them in her own way. I like her and I like how they used her like this.
The conflict in the episode was pretty generic, someone who wants to look tough gets scared and has to admit it in the end when it turns out it's okay. Not to say it was bad, of course, just a teeny tiny bit predictable. I'm not sure what the lesson here was, though, since all Scootaloo learned here was that even Rainbow Dash can be scared and therefore it's okay to be scared or something. I guess it was about facing your fears. I really want my letters to Celestia…
Oh, and also more spooky stories. Maybe I would have liked another new one instead of hearing about the Headless Horse again, but I'll take what I can get.
There was a lot of other stuff, too, but then I'd have nothing to mention if I ended up going full-length at some point. Suffice to say it was a pretty good episode even with some things that I didn't really like, like some faces and poses and so much focus being put on Scootaloo being scared (though that was the main point of the episode, I guess). I'm really looking forward to future episodes from this new person. I wonder how she writes Fluttershy…
Also no score because just first impressions. I'd like to say it's the best episode of the season, though.