And that's the recap, yay! Now that that's over with there's one thing I must address…
WHAT WAS YOUR FUCKING PLAN?! Seabreeze was mean to you so you went "Fuck you, we are staying here, I hated my family anyways!". I mean, seriously. There was this two-day window they had to hit or they would have had to wait who knows how long, assuming they even survived that long. So why were they all except Seabreeze faking a cold and making Fluttershy keep them there? Didn't they want to go home or were they just literally giving Seabreeze the finger? After those two days what were they going to do? Seriously, they seem like children who have no idea what they are doing at all, but clearly they were grown-ups and had their loved ones on the other side. Speaking of which, they sure were happy to see them back home. Must have been an awkward discussion back home. "So, what kept you so long? I missed you, honey!" "Oh, yes, eh heh, you see…" Bloody brilliant, that. Seabreeze was right all along. Morons.
As for Fluttershy, I know she doesn't want to hurt anyone, but being this much of a pushover and not seeing through all those excuses reminded me too much of Putting Your Hoof Down. She did sound a bit incredulous at their claim to all be sick, but went with it anyways. I would have thought she'd have had such problems earlier at some point. If she was like this all the time I guess it's no wonder Angel was the spoiled brat he was in PYHD. Honestly, though. She took care of the CMC in season one, and faced something similar to this situation way back then. But of course, they weren't tiny, cute magical creatures.
I also find it odd that at first it seemed she wanted to keep the breezies there just because they were adorable, just like she did with the parasprite in Swarm of the Century but soon she was just being too kind and didn't want to make them feel bad for some reason. Yes, I agree those could both have happened in this order, but it sure seemed odd to me. It would have given off a stronger message had they stuck to one or the other.
If you read the recap, you probably noticed I kept mentioning Flitter's cutie mark. They must have had two different people animating her in this episode or something, I can't come up with another explanation she'd be switching so often. What makes me doubt this, though, is that it was changed back and forth just when she moved from screen to screen. And neither of those cutie marks was even her own! I don't even know whose that rain one was. I know they don't really pay attention to background characters, but she was in an assisting role in this episode, her role was about as big as Rainbow's and she had a lot of screentime. Clearly not worth the attention. And speaking of background ponies, the Doctor and Rose sure were prominent in this episode. If something doesn't come out of this I'm going to be surprised.
Oh, and Twilight got a new spell that I'm sure we won't see again in the future, how wonderful. Is she able to turn a pony into anything she has available now? This, as a few of her other spells, are just so powerful and versatile… And horrible, in a way, too. How long would they have stayed as breezies? Can she turn unwilling targets into whatever she pleases and they are stuck until somepony turns them back? I really wish her recklessness with magic got her burned good at some point. Lesson Zero was a disappointment in that way, and after that her abusable spell repertoire has just grown and grown. Bats! could have had that happen, but she blamed every one of them, not just herself, and the situation ended up being fixed. She needs to face the consequences of being so careless at some point, she really does, or there will be a new Lesson Zero situation at some point, and Celestia might not be there to fix everything that time. Here's hoping… for her getting corrupted by some magic and becoming a villain, because come on, she'd make an awesome one.
On a completely different note I do have to wonder what Fluttershy would have done to the bees. I'd like to imagine she could have told them to behave or she'd tell Harry where their hive is and that it's okay to do whatever he wants to with it. Oh well. And for our weekly "How terrible was Pinkie this week?" watch… Not that terrible. Not Filli Vanilli levels, for sure, just overly excitable and loud, and she wasn't the focus of the episode almost at all so that is fairly okay. I wouldn't say she was good, either, but better than she has been in recent memory, anyways.
Overall, I think this episode was just… meh. It was fairly boring to watch Fluttershy pamper the buggers and the episode really was just going on and on. I do like a slow place but this was fairly ridiculous. Had the interactions been interesting I would have been just fine but as I wasn't entertained… yeah.
And of course, as I mentioned in my earlier post, this really makes me wonder about the key episodes and what the pattern is. Pinkie Pride didn't fit the pattern I had created but compared to this it was almost a perfect fit. In all the previous ones the pony in question had been acting against their element to some extent and when they realized this they saw the rainbows and made things right. Rarity ran off to find her friends, Dash got up and admitted what she was doing and told Spitfire what's what, and Pinkie gave up on the goof off because Dash wasn't having a good time and she hadn't had her priorities straight. Here Fluttershy was being kind, as she usually is, but to the extent of being almost a doormat. To me that isn't the opposite of kindness in any way, and when she saw the rainbows she realized her kindness and willingness to please had caused issues so she had to be firm and tell the breezies to get out. Like they say in a song, sometimes you need to be cruel to be kind. However, this doesn't fit the established pattern, and so I have to figure out a new one, if there even is one. Yes, Fluttershy ended up teaching Seabreeze about kindness and that arguably earned her her key, but her moment of revelation and what led to it don't match up. But yeah, if the data doesn't match the theory then it's probably time to rework the theory rather than disregard data…
But yeah, meh episode, not likely I'll be rewatching it too many times, though at least it isn't a CMC episode so it's at least a bit more likely I might.