Somepony To Watch Over Me · 4:32pm
I have the feeling that I'm going to need to watch this one again to really make a decision on how I feel about it. It seems uneven, but that didn't stop it from being very funny at times. Plus, I love chimeras.
So the Apple family all have special chores to do that will take them from the farm. They decide to leave Apple Bloom by herself for the first time, but this causes some stress to worry-wart Applejack. She abandons her responsibility to come back and helicopter parent Apple Bloom to the extreme.
Now, we have some precedence for this. Applejack is overprotective in Bridle Gossip, but here it's pretty exaggerated. I thought that the exaggeration worked on a comic level, but not really one a character level. I found myself laughing while shaking my head. To me, the Apples have been a no-nonsense type of family. They've got too much work to do for this kind of thing to go on. Most of the farm kids I knew growing up were told to grow up in a hurry. Those families didn't have time for coddling.
But whatever. That's just my idea of what it should be like. That has no bearing on how it is, and how it is, apparently, is Applejack checking in on Apple Bloom every five minutes and bubble-wrapping the house for her safety. These things made me laugh, especially the repeated helmet gag, but felt my mind rebelling that this was actually happening. Seems more like something Rarity or Fluttershy would think is necessary. One thing that did rub me the wrong way about this middle section is that Apple Bloom is shown as needing this coddling to some degree. I mean, she can't even get soup out of the refrigerator… I think it would be stronger to show Applejack just refusing to see Apple Bloom's capability.
To escape her sister's tyranny of kindness, Apple Bloom decides to deliver the Pies, and let's talk about the pies. This is the thing that really irritated me. I mean, sure, family first in the Apple clan, but it seems so un-Applejack to just not follow through on a commitment. Seems more like she'd insist that someone come over and stay with Apple Bloom so that she could make her deliveries, or arrange another way from them to get to the town. I don't know. That just bugged me.
So Apple Bloom sets off and we have some pay-off on what seems like Applejack freaking out to the extreme. Apple Bloom literally does need flame-proof boots, a lion tamer's chair, and a snake charming flute. She battles with a fairly personable chimera for a little while before finally running out of options. Well, they wanted us to think that, but she was trapped against a… well, nothing actually. She was just sort of standing there for no reason, but whatever. Applejack jumped in to save the day.
Monster dealt with, both sisters realize that the middle ground is the logical place for them to be and move toward it. Roll credits.
I love sight gags and a good comedic set-up. This episode had some of that. I loved many of the over-protection jokes. However, I felt like I was watching bizarro Applejack for most of the story, and that bugged me. Overall, I feel like this one is a mild positive, and I'll probably like it more on repeated viewings. This might not be Applejack as I know her, but there was enough funny going on to keep me entertained. Apple Bloom's expressions alone were gold.