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Final score: C +
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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"
Morals, Fluttershy's "solution", everyone ganging up against her to show how sad and unfairly treated she is - all of it seemed forced
And it made AJ looks like a villain, or a fool
In real life, such things don't work like this. Sad as that, but once a new species enters an old ecological area (made by nature, or humans) it causes chaos. In wild life it is a part of the evolution. in artificial areas this always ends in a disaster
"everyone ganging up against her to show how sad and unfairly treated she is - all of it seemed forced"
Ganging up on someone? Doesn't that sound like Suited for Success? Was it forced then when all the ponies took advantage of Rarity? I need a distinction between the two episodes.
"And it made AJ looks like a villain, or a fool"
It actually doesn't... at all. Remember, she was told stories that the Apple family had very little food the last time the vampire fruit bats invaded the farm. So, AJ is not being an idiot, she is only looking out for what she thinks is best for her farm's survival.
"In real life, such things don't work like this."
This is Equestria and a cartoon. Not real life. Also, this is a simple criticism that holds no weight without more clarification. Fortunately, you do clarify yourself. So, there's no problem there.
"once a new species enters an old ecological area (made by nature, or humans) it causes chaos."
For someone who just said that things are more complicated than the episode portrays <In real life, such things don't work like this.>, doesn't this seem just as simple? I would imagine that the results of a species in a new land aren't always disastrous just like how it will not always be beneficial. And if life really was so simple that introducing a species to a new land always yields the same results, then it would be too easy to gauge out which of the two is right.
"I guess the problem is that Fluttershy being of the most popular (and overrated) characters in the show"
1. No. Just no. Fluttershy is just as important of a character as anypony else in the Mane 6. I don't mind it when people say she's their least favorite, but she is not overrated. You wanna know who's overrated? Princess Luna. Because at least Fluttershy has done things like: tamed a manticore so they could make it passed him, protected Equestria from a dragon by intimidation, stared down a Cockatrice to protect the Cutie Mark Crusaders, underwent being a model just because she thought Rarity would be disappointed if she didn't, helped to heal the Devil-Bird Philomena (she failed, but that's because Philomena is a horrid creature), tried to befriend a group of animals in the Grand Galloping Gala, helped Rainbow Dash pick out a new pet, helped to improve Iron Will's assertiveness seminar (it seemed that he took her advice to heart), helped to calm Cerberus when he left his post at Tarturus, helped to bring water up to Cloudsdale by filling the gap in their wingpower, helped to fight against the Changelings, underwent a humiliating jousting tournament against Rainbow Dash just to lift the Crystal Ponies' spirits, gave Pinkie Pie a much needed butterfly massage in Too Many Pinkie Pies, helped to warn Twilight about Trixie and her Alicorn Amulet, reformed Discord, wished to protect a species of bat that could be beneficial to the ecosystem, and became a vampire pony. So, no, she isn't (and will never be) overrated.
2. How the hell does Fluttershy being overrated (which she's not) cause this episode to be called bad? The two concepts don't coincide. Are you saying that you don't like the episode, simply because you don't like Fluttershy? I hope that's not the case, because that would be petty on your part.
"every episode with her eventually ends with the other side of conflict apologising and changing their "wrong" opinion"
Here's a list of episodes with an substantial amount of Fluttershy in them:
Green Isn't Your Colour
A Bird in the Hoof
Putting Your Hoof Down
Keep Calm and Flutter On
Please go through each of them and tell me when the other side of the conflict ever admitted Fluttershy was right. You did say 'every episode', so I expect you to give reasoning for each and every one of them. To help you out, I will list whether or not that happens in these episodes.
Dragonshy- Nopony believed that Fluttershy could be any help with the dragon, except for Twilight Sparkle. They underestimated her. Simple as that. They could've never had them admit that Fluttershy was right all along, because she completely agreed with their sentiments about her.
Stare Master- Rarity was the only pony who thought that Fluttershy couldn't handle the CMC, but that's because the CMC are a hoof-full, even for her. It has nothing to do with the fact that she thinks Fluttershy is less capable or anything.
Green Isn't Your Colour- Both Rarity and Fluttershy admitted that they were wrong to keep their secrets from each other, since it helped to solve their problems. Rarity did not admit that Fluttershy was in the right, because neither of them were in the right.
A Bird in the Hoof- Isn't this the episode where they basically tell us in the moral that Fluttershy was in the wrong for stealing Philomena in the first place? This is exact opposite of what you said happens in every Fluttershy episode. Fluttershy basically admitted that she was wrong.
Putting Your Hoof Down- This is the episode where Fluttershy has taken her assertiveness training way too far. At the end of the episode, she apologized to Rarity and Pinkie Pie for insulting them. Please tell me when Pinkie Pie and Rarity admitted that Fluttershy was right in this episode.
Hurricane Fluttershy- I don't think there was anyone that was in the 'wrong' here. The conflict comes from Fluttershy's inner turmoil, not from some outside force. Thus, there is no one there to admit that Fluttershy is right about anything.
Keep Calm and Flutter On- Yeah, this does happen in this episode. Agree with you there.
So, basically only Keep Calm and Flutter On has this happen in the episode (along with Stare Master, maybe).
Your move, Bjarru.
What critique? All you did was spout allegations with little to no actual evidence or logic. There's nothing wrong with defending a character from blatant character assassination. Or, if you prefer, defending a character from a 'simple critique', since it was pretty simple.
What does 'miss Weepy Cardboard' even supposed to mean? That she cries more often than other characters or something? May I remind you that every single member of the mane 6 has cried, especially Twilight Sparkle and Rarity, so why is this an allegation apparently only suitable for Fluttershy? And, by calling her cardboard, are you saying that she's somehow simpler than the other characters? If you actually took the time to read my essay above, you would see a list of all of Fluttershy's accomplishments throughout the series. And going back to her crying, since when does crying make someone less of a pony? It isn't a weakness of her character.
All of my points still stand. You failed to counter any of them. The ball is in your court now, Bjarru.
I apologize for ignoring your assertion that I somehow prove that the fandom is crazy for Fluttershy, so allow me to counter your point.
The actions of one person is not a clear and accurate representation of any group of people that number over the thousands. To put in perspective, I would've also defended Rarity from the "she's a vain pony who only thinks about herself" complaint, Pinkie Pie from the "she's a fun-minded simpleton with no real character" complaint, Twilight Sparkle from the "she's a Mary Sue, because she's a princess now" complaint, Apple Jack from the "she's a background pony with no character development" complaint, Rainbow Dash from the "she only cares for herself and places others lives in danger" complaint, Spike from the "he is a useless side character who's only there for comic relief and the occasional quip" complaint, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders from the "they are completely blind to their own destinies" complaint. It has little to do with the fact that it's Fluttershy and I think you're confused on that part. The fact of the matter is, you hurled a baseless allegation at a character who did not deserve it and I defended her.
I also find it hilarious how you call my responses "hysterical attempts" like I'm struggling to write this. At least I'm doing something instead of spouting nonsense like you are.
Once again, the ball is in your court. It may help to hit it with the racket this time.