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Flutterbat: An animal-rights nut in a nutshell.
I can't help but think Hasbro is politically correct about this topic. I agree with Applejack. To think if the bats weren't stopped, think about Ponyville's economy. Some bakeries depend on the Apple family to produce them. No apples, no business, loss of business, loss of jobs/homes (and the loss of the farm). Fluttershy should have thought about the Acres in the long run. Those bats should have left to a wild apple tree forest. (ANYWHERE BUT PONYVILLE!!!!)
Also, when Flutters said the seeds would be spread to make more trees? The ratio looks terrible. Destroying more of a crop than rebuilding it is more like it. Does anypony know how many years it takes for a tree to grow and produce fruit??? (to be honest, I don't, but I know it takes YEARS....)
Yeah, I think Hasbro's growing soft on our furry intruders.
I honestly felt that this episode was a bit too...fanfiction-like for me, what with Fluttershy turning into a vampire and all. But that's more of a personal preference than anything. It's another episode that probably wouldn't have flown in the first few seasons along with 'Power Ponies'--which in itself isn't a bad thing, but besides that I took some greater issues with it.
The moral seemed a bit confused. At first the episode had me thinking it would be all about trying to find a solution for the bat problem, like the episode with the buffalos. You see the two extremes during the song; Applejack imagine the bats as monstrous and evil, while Fluttershy thinks that they're all cute and innocent. But then you see that the bats ARE actually monstrous and evil after the rest of the ponies side with Applejack. OK, so the moral must be about how Fluttershy has to learn about doing the right thing and learning that maybe she's going to far with trying to help out the bats, like with the parasprites.
And then she turns into a vampire; the rest of the episode is devoted to catching her, and the moral is now about how you can stand up for yourself against peer pressure if you want to. Now; this could work as a moral to the episode just fine--if the poor delivery didn't hold it back.
The main problem is the confusion involving Fluttershy's plan for a separate orchard. The vampire bats are not portrayed as being very nice. All of the ponies besides Fluttershy take one side, including Twilight, who has shown herself to be the group's voice of reason. The thing is, the audience is supposed to follow Twilight's example. Its not as though the writer's had completely forgotten this, because for the rest of the episode she resumes her leaderly role. So I assumed that the episode wanted us to see the plan as a bad thing, regardless of whether or not it would be realistically useful. But then at the end, Fluttershy's plan is put into motion to set up the flimsy moral. Suddenly, the characters view it as a good idea.
And all because Fluttershy turned into a vampire. Egh.
Fluttershy's interactions with Applejack were spot-on and very enjoyable, though. The song I felt was very well-done and showcases Fluttershy and Applejack's debate perfectly. I was thinking that they could have devoted more time to their dilemma than Flutterbat, but quickly realized that they said everything they could have possibly wanted to say in that song. Although on it's own it's not the best MLP song out there, it could possibly be the show's best example of weaving music with story. The more I think about it, the more I start to appreciate it.
I honestly didn't have a problem with Fluttershy's preachy nature because it works with her character. She always wants to give people the benefit of the doubt, and we've seen before that she can go too far with this--once again, like with the parasprites. And I don't feel as though this is setting a bad example for kids, either, because we see Applejack's point of view as reasonable and fairly justified--and in the end--even if it was poorly done--we discover that Fluttershy's is apparently equally so. Perhaps it'll even spark some lively debates as to which pony was truly in the right, which I am absolutely in support of.
The supposed cliffhanger at the end I'm almost positive was a slightly botched one-shot gag, and will remain that way. Putting dramatic music over zooming in on Fluttershy's fang...I can understand that giving off the impression that it would be a recurring plot point, but after thinking it over, the idea of Flutterbat just doesn't seem to me like an element they'll need to bring back.
But then again, who knows? This season is defiantly deviating from the older episodic formula already. Maybe they'll throw a few more surprises our way. This episode, however, just wasn't one of their better ones.
Hmm...your sarcasm confuses me greatly. Hear me; o mustachioed pony writer! Is your biting wit meant to be read for simple comedy value? Or do you have underlying intents suggesting that, perhaps, one shouldn't leave a long and analytical comment about a show of fluorescent ponies?
Most probably a bit of both--yes, quite.
But if it purely the latter case, I say...good day to you sir! AH SAY GOOD DAY!
...or maybe your just goofing around on the internet and messing with people again. :b
I've lost all faith in the show.
Besides, the writers now like to diss poor FLuttershy
Please be serious. Plus, I'm not a ma'am.
It's like as if they now hired the writers of the new bad SpongeBob episodes
Could you please respond to what I said that's actually important?
I said: "It's like as if they now hired the writers of the new bad SpongeBob episodes"