Compared to what we had in the first six seasons, what do I think about each episode of Season 7? I've seen a lot of other people making blogs similar to this, so I've decided on mine. Here's what I think about these episodes:
|1. Celestial Advice||Important||The story had to continue from where the Season 6 finale left off. The show couldn't end in a cliffhanger now, could it?|
|2. All Bottled Up||Neutral||I'm not so sure about this as a useless episode, seeing as though the Cutie Map was still part of the show.|
|3. A Flurry of Emotions||Neutral||Twilight babysitting her niece for the first time -- while it could be considered a "waste" episode, Flurry Heart needed a major role somehow.|
|4. Rock Solid Friendship||Important||For the first time, Starlight interacts with a Mane Six pony other than Twilight, and of course, Twilight isn't in an episode that Starlight is in, which we may need more of in the future.|
|5. Fluttershy Leans In||Neutral||While mostly a "waste" episode for Fluttershy, there is one important thing about her here -- she achieves her own goal of opening a new animal sanctuary.|
|6. Forever Filly||Important||This is the last important episode Rarity will ever have, IMO, since she hasn't spent much time with Sweetie Belle in the last two seasons. Plus, for the first time, Rarity has an episode where she's the only Mane Six pony.|
|7. Parental Glideance||Important||This is the last important episode Rainbow Dash will ever have, IMO, since she hasn't spent much time with Scootaloo in the last two seasons. Plus, we do see Rainbow Dash's parents for the first time here.|
|8. Hard to Say Anything||Useless||It's just another Cutie Mark Crusaders adventure with NO Mane Six ponies, and Starlight is only mentioned.|
|9. Honest Apple||Useless||It's yet another episode about Applejack and Rarity. But hey, at least Pinkie Pie took Rainbow Dash's place in an episode like this (the last one was Applejack's "Day" Off").|
|10. A Royal Problem||Important||I decided on this episode as important because for the first time, Celestia and Luna play a major role together, after six seasons of nothing like that.|
|11. Not Asking for Trouble||Useless||Arguably, just a sequel to Party Pooped, which was also a useless episode for Pinkie Pie back in Season 5.|
|12. Discordant Harmony||Neutral||Not that great, but there's something new in this episode for the first time on the show ever: Discord appears without ALL of the Mane Six.|
|13. The Perfect Pear||Important||After seeing it again, I have decided to re-classify this episode as important, since it not only features Applejack's parents, but also her grandfather as well. Either way whatever happens, this will be the last important episode ever for Applejack.|
|14. Fame and Misfortune||Neutral||Seeing as though we haven't seen a Mane Six episode all season, I'll say Neutral on this one.|
Although Season 7 is only halfway finished, all further episodes focusing on Twilight, Applejack, Rarity or Rainbow Dash from this point on will be automatically useless, for these reasons:
- They've all had episodes where each of them are the only solo Mane Six ponies with appearances (i.e.Somepony to Watch Over Me, Princess Spike, Forever Filly, Parental Glideance).
- They've all had episodes where only two of within all four of them and no other Mane Six ponies made appearances (i.e. Gauntlet of Fire, Sisterhooves Social, Brotherhooves Social, Rarity Investigates!).
- They've all had at least 1-2 episodes focusing on at least two of within all four of them (i.e. Look Before You Sleep, Top Bolt, Simple Ways, Fall Weather Friends, Rarity Investigates!).
- Most of them have already achieved their dream goals (i.e. in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2, Newbie Dash and The Saddle Row Review).
However, there may be very rare occasions where some of them may get another important episode in the future that could affect those ponies from then on. Who knows?
Remember, there is a Season 8 coming up, but I'm sure more than half of that season is expected to be useless as well.