Wow, more Cutie Mark Crusaders? For some, that might be a bit tiring. But once you dig deeper into this episode, you realize it’s something a little more. The previous episode introduced us to Pinkie Pie’s older sister Maud. This one puts Sweetie Belle in the spotlight. It came kinda out of the blue, not much information was given beforehand. But, Luna was in the promo pics, and that’s good enough for everyone. Princess Luna actually hasn’t been seen since ‘Castle Mane-ia,’ which was sixteen episodes ago. So she was definitely overdue for another appearance.
Here’s the official episode description from The Hub:
Rarity designs a bunch of dresses for a play that Sweetie Belle made up. But the small filly becomes jealous when she finds out that everyone was more interested in the dresses than her play. To get back at her big sister for stealing her spotlight, Sweetie Belle sabotages a dress that Rarity was working on for an important client. Later that night, Princess Luna visits Sweetie Belle in her dreams to show her the consequences of her jealousy.
Dave Polsky returns for his third written episode of the season. I gotta say, his writing of Rarity is probably the best. The proof lies in the 5 star ‘Rarity Takes Manehattan,’ and further here. She is such a sweet sister. Sadly, Sweetie Belle doesn’t think so here. Is it for good reason? Well, let’s dig into that. At first the viewer can somewhat understand where she’s coming from. She went through all this work of writing and directing a play, but only to have the audience say the thing they enjoyed were the dresses Rarity made for Sweetie and her two friends. It’s truly sad when no one appreciates the work you put into something. But what Sweetie Belle did to Rarity in ‘retaliation’ seemed a bit overkill, even considering the circumstances. I just don’t see her actually going out of her way to sabotage Rarity’s work after all they went through in ‘Sisterhooves Social.’
Then Luna comes into play. The concept of her being the princess of dreams was introduced in the season 3 episode, ‘Sleepless in Ponyville.’ It’s a truly great concept, and it’s utilized well again here. I really like how she brought up examples of her sisterhood with Celestia to Sweetie Belle. Luna is a character no one dislikes, so seeing her in a role like this is just great. Here we see she enjoys showing fillies the errors of their ways and how to redeem themselves. While I still think Sweetie Belle sabotaging Rarity’s headpiece was a bit much, nonetheless the lesson learned was great.
Overall, a really solid episode. It’s pretty much what you get if you combine ‘Sisterhooves Social’ and ‘Sleepless in Ponyville‘ together. There’s a lot of heart and genuine emotion, not to mention that Luna is awesome.