It’s always disheartening when a show goes on a mid-season hiatus. My Little Pony has rarely had to deal with that, until now. “Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?” is the mid-season finale, and like the previous few episodes people didn’t know what to expect. One thing was known however: it was a Luna episode, and that alone is enough for great hype. The Princess has had very little to do this season thus far. In fact, this is her first major appearance of Season 5. What’s perhaps most interesting about the series is how it can change gears drastically between episodes. The previous one, “Amending Fences” was a personal adventure, while this one does a 180 and makes it an action. It was definitely entertaining, especially for the fact it’s almost as fan driven as “Slice of Life.” It however does suffer from being a little too fast-paced.
Here’s the official description from Discovery Family:
Princess Luna enlists the Mane 6 to help her track down the Tantabus, a magical force that threatens to turn everypony in Equestria’s dreams into nightmares.
Writer Scott Sonneborn succeeds at giving this episode a truly “epic” atmosphere. The Tantabus is established as a major threat early on. The problem with the story however is that it moves way too quickly. It feels like it’s on fast forward throughout. Princess Luna goes into each of the ponies’ dreams extremely quickly. The visuals are fun and engaging since the viewer gets to catch a glimpse about what our favorite ponies dream about. It just happens so fast. It feels like they combined two-parts into a single episode. It would have been far better if the story had been two episodes so each pony’s dream could have been explored more.
One of the worst moments was when Pinkie Pie told Luna about what the former had done in her dream. It was as if Pinkie had no understanding of the situation and just came off as plain insensitive. The entire second half is what fans will be talking about probably forever. Since they’re battling the Tantabus inside a dream, anything can happen. When Big Mac turned into an Alicorn Princess I thought the show had lost it. Not only that, but we have Sir Knight Spike riding atop a giant Derpy. Once again, it’s great to see how the people behind the scenes listen to the fans. It’s a major part of what makes MLP such a special series.
Let’s face the facts: cloud-like creatures are rarely interesting. Maybe The Blob pulled that off, but non-form creatures whom are engaging are very rare. The Tantabus for the most part served its purpose very well however. The final battle is very anti-climatic. The show threw in a moral which is a good and bad thing. It’s good because the lesson of having to forgive yourself and let go of the past is fantastic. It’s also a bad thing since it makes Luna look way too melodramatic in a crisis like this, and then how it all ends is just summed up way too quickly. One thing that deserves mention in a positive light is the background music, especially the theme which played in Rainbow Dash’s dream.
Overall, this episode of MLP was a very entertaining one. Like “Slice of Life,” it features many fan-driven scenes which is just awesome. Unfortunately the episode just feels too rushed. It has all the elements of a two-parter, not something for all this to be crammed into a single adventure. The message was great, arguably one of the show’s finest. If only it wasn’t at the cost of the climax. Still, the story was fun.