After reading Dragon Theology’s top 10 FiM episodes blog, I got inspired and decided to make my own list. I’ve re-watched all 65 episodes over the summer, so I thought this would be a good time to make it. Four of the episodes on DT’s blog are on mine. Also, this is only the second blog I’ve made - I published my first one about a year ago XD
Anyway, this list is just my opinion, so there will probably be favoritism and stuff, but you should already know that. I’ll try to explain why I like each episode though.
So without further ado, I present to you my Top 10 Favorite FiM Episodes so far!
10. Party of One
Originally, my last spot was held by another episode, and Party of One was at number 11. Re-watching all the episodes, though, has made me reconsider. This really is a great episode and is probably the best Pinkie Pie one to date.
Starting off, I found Pinkie to be pretty funny in this episode, mainly in the first part. Her humor in the majority of season 3 wasn’t all that humorous, so it was nice to watch some of her better moments. The first time I watched Party of One, I remember myself sympathizing with Pinkie when her friends were avoiding her.
Yet the biggest reason why I like Party of One is because of Pinkamena. Even now, I still find myself feeling bad for Pinkie when she turns all depressed. It seems to me like she creates these inanimate friends to make up for her real friends not being there - but it doesn't completely work, as shown by her straight hair and zoned out expression. Anyway, this episode gives Pinkie some great development, and holds up a strong number 10 on my countdown.
9. The Return of Harmony
Just like Party of One, this episode wasn’t always on my list (I’m counting it as one episode, but I know it’s actually two). However, after re-watching it, I concluded that it was better than my previous number 9. And why wouldn’t it be? The Return of Harmony is a great all-around episode.
My favorite antagonist in the series is Discord. Unlike the other antagonists, he’s not exceedingly dark. I’ve always thought that Discord is the type of guy who just really, really, really loves to have fun, but is willing to go to great lengths to get it. It’s almost as if he views the mane 6 as “tools” for his own personal amusement, which gives him a threatening edge. His joking personality was done so well that it held my attention during all his transformations of the mane 6.
The ending of the Return of Harmony came together quite good. I enjoyed watching Twilight fight for her friendship and get the others back to normal. It was pretty exciting.
And now there’s only one thing left to say: Discord rules, Celestia drools :P
8. Sleepless in Ponyville
Before this episode came out, I remember that many people in the fandom wanted a Scootaloo episode. We got one, and by no means does it disappoint. It was great to learn more about Scootaloo, her true fears, and just how much she idolizes Rainbow Dash. The whole Headless Horse thing made for a good plot element, and there was a nice ending as well. In season 4, I hope we get to see more of Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo doing things together.
Getting to see Luna again was another positive about Sleepless in Ponyville. She can enter dreams; how cool is that? Also, she helped Scootaloo to face her fears. If Luna hadn't intercepted, there’s a chance that Scootaloo may not have confessed to Rainbow Dash. And that wink ;)
7. Apple Family Reunion
While maybe not the most exciting episode on this list, I did like Apple Family Reunion enough to put it here. Unlike other Applejack episodes, this one was based more around AJ’s eagerness to put on the perfect family reunion than her stubbornness. Applejack got some great development and learned an important lesson. I think it’s true that sometimes simple activities can mean a lot.
Apple Family Reunion had multiple small things that made me like it even more. Babs Seed’s appearance, for example, was an appreciated nod to the show’s continuity. In addition, I liked both the photo album and the pair of shooting stars which I believe represent Applejack’s parents.
Lastly, I thought Raise This Barn was a great song. I’m not the biggest fan of western, square-dance like music, but I was so glad to see AJ finally get to sing her own song. I’m sure the Apple Family made a lot of memories during it!
6. Hurricane Fluttershy
Alright, I’ll admit it. Fluttershy is my least favorite pony out of the mane 6. That isn't to say I dislike her; I simply prefer the episodes about the other ponies a little bit more. So I wasn't expecting to like Hurricane Fluttershy that much when I first heard about it. It turned out much better than I expected, though.
First, I liked how Rainbow Dash treated Fluttershy. RD didn't get too mad when Fluttershy didn't want to fly in the tornado. Sure, she tried to convince her, but she understood when that didn't work. Also, at the end, I could tell that Rainbow Dash felt really proud of Fluttershy, as evidenced when she calls her “my number one flyer”.
Going along with that, I thought Fluttershy was great in this episode. She didn’t only develop mentally, she developed physically. There was a pretty big increase in her wing power. In fact, one of my favorite moments in Hurricane Fluttershy is when Angel helps Fluttershy train. But that’s just the beginning - the part when Fluttershy enters the tornado is also really great. I couldn't help but feel happy for her when she overcame her fear of being teased.
Oh, and before I forget, this episode has one of the creepiest scenes in the series.
5. Sisterhooves SocialAs the first FiM episode I ever watched, Sisterhooves Social will always have a special place in my heart (wow, is it possible for me to sound any more cheesy?). But that’s not the main reason why I put it in my top 10 episodes list.
The biggest thing for me to say here is that I loved how Rarity’s and Sweetie Belle’s relationship was explored. We start out with Rarity getting upset at Sweetie Belle’s attempts to do nice things for her, and end with Rarity and Sweetie Belle finishing the Sisterhooves Social event together. Yeah, this episode was chock-full of development. It also has one of my favorite friendship lessons.
Like I said, Sisterhooves Social was the first FiM episode I watched. At that point, I didn’t know enough to remember the eye colors of Rarity and Applejack. So it came as a pleasant surprise to me when I found out that Rarity and AJ switched places at the first mud hole. Deep down inside, Rarity did care for Sweetie Belle. It just took awhile for her to realize that.
4. Read It and Weep
To be completely honest, I’m not sure why I like this episode so much, or why I put it so high up, either. Indiana Jones is cool, sure, but I’m not into it enough to be completely wowed by all the references. That being said, Daring Do is awesome! I found myself really getting interested in the Sapphire Stone story. It was quite a thrilling adventure, and just like Rainbow Dash, I was eager to find out what happened to Daring Do after she got captured by Ahuizotl.
One of my favorite parts of this episode would have to be when Rainbow Dash has her own Daring Do-style adventure towards the end, when she tries to escape from the hospital workers. It was fun to see RD take on obstacles similar to the ones Daring Do faced.
One final thing I would like to mention is that I thought Read It and Weep gave Rainbow Dash some good development. If RD’s friends want her to read, why does she try so hard to conceal her new-found love of reading? It’s likely that RD still believes her friends would think she’s weird for turning into an egghead. She soon learns not to “knock something” until she’s tried it, but maybe she also learns that her friends won’t think her weird for having an odd hobby.
3. Luna Eclipsed
Because we haven't seen Princess Luna since season 1, it was great to get an episode based around her. And what better time than Halloween/Nightmare Night? Luna Eclipsed had some great writing, and it came off really well. Luna is my favorite princess for a reason - she gets development (something Celestia and Cadance don’t have enough of). It was very interesting to watch her progression throughout the episode. We got to learn a lot about her! I also found Luna to be somewhat relatable; pretty much everyone can relate at not being able to fit in at one point in their lives. She has an excellent color scheme as well.
I might as well mention that the costumes were another thing I enjoyed about Luna Eclipsed. It was funny how everyone except Luna mistook Twilight’s Star Swirl the Bearded costume. Some of my other personal favorites include Rainbow Dash’s Shadowbolt-esque outfit, the mayor’s clown get-up, and Zecora’s wig and robe.
2. The Cutie Mark Chronicles
Gosh, do I love this episode so much! Once I started to really pay attention to the episodes, I found myself wondering how the mane 6 got their cutie marks. So there’s no doubt The Cutie Mark Chronicles kept me intrigued the whole way through. Not to mention that the fillies were just so adorable! I thought Just for Sidekicks was cute, but nowhere near as cute as this. My favorite cutie mark story would have to be Applejack’s (big surprise, right?). I felt so happy when AJ realized that she truly belonged on the farm.
Still, there was one part of this episode that used to never click with me. That part was Rainbow Dash’s story. The sonic rainboom is a legend because of its difficulty to pull off, and RD does it as a filly? A filly?! She shouldn’t have had half the flying experience to do it! Now, however, I realize the race that the sonic rainboom was performed in all started with defending Fluttershy. Rainbow Dash was extremely loyal even then, and I admire that - so much, in fact, that it’s become one of my favorite parts of this episode. But that’s just what I took from it, heh.
Despite all the praise I’m giving here, I don’t think The Cutie Mark Chronicles is as good as the episode below it...
1. Hearth's Warming Eve
Are you surprised to see an episode written by Merriwether Williams as my number one? If you don’t know me that well, you probably are. So I’ll explain.
First, I loved how this episode explained the history of Equestria. I thought the “three tribes” idea made a lot of sense, as each tribe depended on the other two for different reasons. The parts the mane 6 had in the play were also well done. We get the feeling that the 6 founders of Equestria were very similar to the mane 6, yet different enough to give off an interesting vibe. I’ve heard some people say the mane 6 in Hearth’s Warming Eve were out of character, but they were supposed to be. The mane 6 weren’t the founders!
Again, Applejack was my favorite character in this episode. Her sarcasm when talking to Pinkie was quite enjoyable, with lines like “That’d be a first,” “Where should I start?” and “Heaven forbid that should happen, your chancellorship.”
Hearth’s Warming Eve is also home to some of my favorite background music in the show. All of it was great, but the best would have to be the music that plays during the unicorn parts. I’m not sure why I enjoy it so much, but I do. Top off the episode with a short, but sweet song and you’ve got my favorite episode in the series thus far ;)
And... that covers it. Leave a comment if you want. Oh, and thanks for reading :D