My Little Pony Rewatch Project

Deconstruction is Magic

Episode [3.13] – “Magical Mystery Cure”

This week, on My Little Pony

“A mark of one’s destiny, singled out alone, fulfilled. From all of us together, together we’re friends. With the marks of our destinies made one, there is magic without end!”

You thought you'd see the "usual" header image for this episode that you see /everywhere/ else, eh? Well, that destiny got switched!

Twilight Sparkle wakes to find that not only have her friends’ Cutie Marks have been swapped, but their entire sense of self and destiny have also been altered as well. Worse still, they are completely and utterly incapable of fulfilling the destinies they think they’ve always own, which leads to the precipitous erosion of Ponyville and its surroundings. In what can only be considered My Little Pony: the Musical, Twilight rushes to put her dear friends’ destinies back on track… and unknowingly moves to fulfill her own destiny in the process.


Episode [3.12] – “Games Ponies Play”

This week, on My Little Pony

“Cadance said the Games Inspector really puts folks through the wringer on her visits. There’s no margin for error here. And this time we need to practice the steps.”

“On a train car?”

“You heard the pony! On your hooves!”

Good job girls, we definitely identified the right pony with 100% certainty, guaranteed!

A case of mistaken identity leads to Twilight and her friends pampering the wrong pony in preparation for the Equestria Games. Will this mixup ruin the Crystal Empire’s shot at hosting the Games?


Episode [3.11] – “Just for Sidekicks”

This week, on My Little Pony

“Look, you don’t wanna be with me. I’d rather not chase you around all over the place when I could be enjoying some jewel cake. Watch me solve both of our problems.”

Spike and Angel butt against one another to see who can be the buttiest butt.

Episode [3.10] – “Keep Calm and Flutter On”

This week, on My Little Pony

“You know what I see? I see that Discord’s far from perfect, but I also see none of you giving him a chance!”

“What’s gotten into you?! Why do you keep cutting him so much slack?”

“Because that’s what friends do.”

Twilight and friends have a monumental task from Princess Celestia – help reform a newly freed Discord and convince him to utilize his powers for good. Discord, however, has no intention of changing his ways, and only the threat of re-imprisonment by the Elements of Harmony are keeping him from running amok. With the others quickly running out of patience, Fluttershy thinks she might have the answer for bringing Discord around, but is she just being played for a fool by the lord of chaos?


Episode [3.09] – “Spike at Your Service”

This week, on My Little Pony

“Oh, uh, okay… I would like you to… hmm… huh… eh… help me take some of the pie you made to…”


“Uh, sure. Why not?”

If you hold that card up to a mirror, it /almost/ reads "Spike Dragon Code." It could also just as easily read "Space For Rent," though.

Upon being granted a surprise day off, Spike gleefully runs off to check off items on his list of activities he wants to accomplish during his free time. However, that list turns out to be woefully short and trivially completed; what else to do? Naturally, this moment of boredom immediately cascades into a sequence of events that leads Spike trapped in the Everfree Forest and hunted by Timberwolves. Applejack jumps in to save the day, and Spike pledges his life in service to the orange mare out of gratitude. However, that “service” turns out to be anything but, and AJ tries her absolute darndest to free Spike of his “Spike the Dragon Code” and return to a life free of one catastrophe after another once again.


Episode [3.08] – “Apple Family Reunion”

This week, on My Little Pony

“We got the whole family together this time ’round. Who knows if they’ll all be able to make the next one?”

That awkward moment when you realize exactly what you've gotten yourself into.

In which Applejack takes up the great responsibility of organizing the Apple Family Reunion, and learns that sometimes what you do isn’t as important as who you do it with.


Episode [3.07] – “Wonderbolts Academy”

This week, on My Little Pony

“The Wonderbolts are the fastest, best precision flyers in the world. But spin-outs can still happen. And when they do, a Wonderbolt must be able to recover quickly. This is the Dizzitron. It’s gonna make you very – I repeat – VERY dizzy. Your task is to try and recover and fly straight again, as soon as possible. Once you have recovered you must come in for a smooth landing. Now, who’s first?”

*insert any number of NSFW R. Lee Ermey quotes*

Rainbow Dash is accepted to Wonderbolts Academy and meets another version of herself. Speedy hijinks ensue, lessons are learned.

Episode [3.06] – “Sleepless in Ponyville”

This week, on My Little Pony

“Oh, yeah… Wait, is this just a dream? But it feels so real!”
“I assure you that you are asleep. But when you awake, the thing that frightens you most will still exist.”
“Eh… The Headless Horse?”
“Hmmm… Is The Headless Horse really what frightens you the most?”


The Cutie Mark Crusaders are going on a camping trip with Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash, and Scootaloo is desperate to impress her idol. After she’s a bit too eager to look brave during Dashie’s scary campfire stories, she starts having horrible nightmares. Will Scootaloo be able to make it through the camping trip without letting Rainbow Dash know she’s a scaredy-pony?

Episode [3.05] – “Magic Duel”

This week, on My Little Pony

“Why is she so mean to us?”

“Yeah, I miss the days when she was just a fraud!”

Does this look like the face of somepony who trusts wheels? That's right.

The Great and Powerful Trixie has a personal vendetta against Twilight Sparkle, and she’s willing to go to great lengths to exact her retribution… even if that means allowing herself to be corrupted by a powerful magical artifact that drives her to seal all of Ponyville in a glass bubble and transform the village into her own personal kingdom. Or maybe she would have done that absent ancient magical influence anyway? In any case, Twilight must figure out a way to save the village from tyranny, but there’s just no way she can overcome Trixie’s impossibly powerful magic. But what if there was a way to sidestep it completely and attack Trixie at her weak point for massive damage: her own vanity and blind pursuit of power?


Episode [3.04] – “One Bad Apple”

This week, on My Little Pony

“Oh, why does life have to be so ironic?”

Literal ominous foreshadowing.

In which an Apple cousin from Manehattan comes out to the farm for a week, falls in with the wrong crowd, and becomes a worse bully than Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. No, really.


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