...Anyone here still remember me? Good. Because I'm back with a brand new review!
I know it's been a while, guys, and I'm sorry for that, but it just couldn't have been helped. The end of the third quarter got the better of me, so it's been pretty hectic these last couple of weeks. Hopefully the start of the final quarter will be more forgiving to me. But enough about my personal problems, you're probably all sick of hearing that kind of thing.
Let's not waste any more time, and jump straight into my review! Next up is: "Hearth's Warming Eve!"
...You guys should know what goes here by now.
Since this episode is entirely story-based, this will be a special case where I will base the score solely on the plot. So what I give this episode's plot also acts as the final score.
The plot: This episode is pretty much just a retelling of Equestria's history, made by the Main 6. They talk about how there were originally three tribes: the earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns. The earth ponies grew the food, the pegasi controlled the weather, and the unicorns brought the day/night cycle to the land. One day the land experienced a severe blizzard, and the earth ponies couldn't grow any food. Tension grew between the tribes and the blizzard grew worse as they argued. They eventually decided to hold a council to discuss the issue and try to find a way to resolve it. The leaders of the tribes all met together to converse: Commander Hurricane of the pegasi tribe (played by Rainbow Dash), Princess Platinum of the unicorns (portrayed by Rarity), and Chancellor Puddinghead (Pinkie Pie). They cannot come up with a solution and only blame each other. They return to their respective territories and speak with their comrades: Private Pansy (pegasus played by Fluttershy), Clover the Clever (unicorn portrayed by Twilight Sparkle), and Smart Cookie (earth pony; Applejack). They all coincidentally decide to abandon their territories to find a new land, and, coincidentally, they all reach the same land at the same time. The storm follows them there, and they have to take shelter in a cave. After the leaders bicker over their space in the cave, the blizzard causes the entrance to freeze shut.The ice spreads inside the cave and the leaders are all frozen, causing the remaining three to huddle together in fear of what would be their eventual imprisonment in the ice. The three advisors all say that they don't hate each other as much as the leaders did to each other, and hug it out in their last moments: that is, until Clover the Clever casts a spell which frees the three from the ice. They realize the power of friendship and begin to bond as friends. Their warm friendship also begins to thaw out their leaders, who all decide to not fight anymore and to all share their new land, which they call Equestria.
So what do I think? This is actually a pretty interesting story. Instead of being only about the Main 6, it's more of a prehistory of Equestria. It's pretty amazing to see how the land of Equestria came to be what it is today. The main characters all seem to fit their roles well. Commander Hurricane apparently is a stubborn and quite bossy leader, Private Pansy is timid but extremely kind, Princess Platinum is pretty demanding, Clover the Clever is knowledgable and quite modest, Chancellor Puddinghead is sporadic and has a kind of logic exclusive to herself, and Smart Cookie is a nice sarcastic counter to her leader. It's almost as if they were made for these roles. This isn't the best episode I've ever seen, but it's definitely pretty far up there.
The plot: 8.9 / 10
"Hearth's Warming Eve" Final Score: 8.9 / 10
Be sure to give thanks to PowerStar89 for requesting this episode, and again, I really apologize for the delay here. Hopefully my reviews will start to become a little more constant. No promises, though, so I'm sorry if you have to wait for weeks on end again. But for now, I hope you enjoyed, keep up the support, and stay tuned for more reviews in the future!
A bit of trivia: The first clip of the show that I ever saw was the scene when Commander Hurricane had returned to Private Pansy and was telling her of how the meeting went. Needless to say, probably the worst time to watch the show, because for a while I thought that was the actual show and not them putting on a play. Until I watched the episode in full, it left me completely confused. (I know, I know, epic fail.)