This episode... is mostly about the Breezies. Which I predict will either be people’s favourite part, or most mediocre part.
By this I mean that the focus of the episode is much more on the breezies than Fluttershy or anyone else. The main story is for the first third of the story about splitting up the Breezies, with the rest of the episode being about getting them back together. During this time, the most of the Breezies choose to stay and one Starbreeze wants them to go and tries to go alone. It feels like Fluttershy is just reacting to these creatures, their demands, that the biggest arc is Seabreezes’. In short the Breezies steal the show the plot is about them and they are the ones with the most agency and story to them.
To be fair though I kinda liked Fluttershy’s part in this episode. She is reasonably mature and confident this episode, she’s kind but balanced person much like how she was in S1. Seeing her go through an arc where the conflict isn’t due to her confidence is a breath of fresh air, even if the dynamics of caring for others has been done before with Philomena, the parasprites and CMC.
Buuuuuuut... I was really really bored this whole episode. Both the Breezies and Fluttershy failed to engage me. Fluttershy felt too distant to me, her ‘arc’ wasn’t particularly dramatic because all she did was realize something that I thought would’ve been very obvious for her more mature demeanour this episode. Her story felt a little perfunctory, she had to ‘learn’ from the things she was already doing feels like the writer is artificially dramatizing/explaining her story to help the final moral. I am not sure what to point to right away, but the moral being obviously built up to this episode kinda shook my suspension of disbelief or maybe it shook my engagement of that story. When the moral is obvious to a five year old, the build up to it isn’t that interesting to me because there’s nothing to wait unexpectedly for.
Fluttershy despite acting generally like her more balanced self of S1 (sans the fear ofc), still felt off to me. I still don’t like how she ‘speaks’ the animals language rather than trying to empathize with them using body language. I don’t like how she name drops “kindness” as her motivation several times this episode, just like “generosity” with Rarity Takes Manehatten, the main characters being built around their elements feels hollow and odd given their elementless depictions thus far. Fluttershy does remain meek this episode but she feels a little off, she’s sotra confident and self assured this episode.
The Breezies also REALLY didn’t engage my interest. It feels like we are supposed to like their journey... just because... they are cute? But they are so weak and diminutive, who only barely affect Equestria (other than being a pathetic hassle and taking some pollen I guess). There’s so little stakes in their story to me, I know little to nothing about them or their home they also have little to do with Equestria in general, I don’t like their designs they look silly and stupid and they have little to do with Equestria or our main characters. When Seabreeze is getting upset about not going home, I don’t have any reason to be engaged with his story. He is a silly clown looking insect who sounds annoying, who spends his time yelling to a bunch of idiots about going to a distant home that I also don’t care about. I mean, the cause of the conflict of this episode, was that the group got split up by a leaf! By just a leaf! Petty people, with petty problems and consequences... colour me disinterested and bored.
Lastly, there’s a great lack of polish and care to this episode, that really hurt it in my eyes. The main 6 being too stupid to cheer quietly (without several attempts, when even 5 year olds could do this). Rarity bringing a ridiculous dress to the thing. Fluttershy calling the shiny things sequins when they were obviously strips of material (and not circles). Rarity being stupid enough to forget that she brought a even more ridiculous dress under the original one. Pinkie acting like a total idiot about being quiet (then being loud later anyways). Spike acting like a total idiot jumping up and down on the branch (then being a drama queen about it). The breezies had mini saxophones, wut. SeaBreeze flew fast enough to breach the side of the hive, despite how slow and weak he was (not to mention all the acorns that just happened to land near him on the way). Twilight whipping up a really powerful transformation spell out of nowhere (for the plot). Twilight transforming everyone for contrived reasons when teleport or telekinesis could’ve done the job as well (and with less risk). How the pegasi are blowing gently by flying slowly (because flying normally doesn’t displace any air.. oh no). The very long journey to Appleloosa type lands (but with the mysterious disappearance of the two pegasi powering the whole thing) and ofc the long walk back to do (starting at sunset, so soon the desert’ll get very cold for their long trek back). Not to mention the whole lack of detail on the Breezies, why they need pollen (I mean your own trees should reproduce fine on their own) or anything about the other dimension this episode created. All these little moments and details of this episode don’t stick to me very well, because of the lack of detail, thought and consistency put into them. Characters acting really stupid for the episode are ‘jokes’ but they don’t help me get engaged with the troubles of any of the characters because it sets the tone that all these guys are morons.
In conclusion then. This episode left me bored and disinterested throughout. I couldn’t care about Fluttershy, because while she was so familiar, she was so different and patronizing. I couldn’t care about the Breezies because they were just weaklings who need help to return to their homes and lives far away from anything relevant to our characters or universe.
It feels like the premise of this episode was fairies! Which does sound kinda interesting and could captivate us just for the novelty of the idea. It’s just that the fairies are ‘just’ cute weaklings who steal the show when in actuality they are obviously the creatures in need of constant saving.
In the end I have a nagging suspicion that this was all done for toy potential, Hasbro recycling a very girly premise of a prior gen to keep their product fresh. Unfortunately that does mean did toss Natasha Levinger a lemon, which she had to try to turn into lemonade...better luck next time I guess.
Lastly. I dread to think what will happen if the fairies travel Equestria during the start of Autumn when passing by any nearby trees...