My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Bats”

Okay, what’s up with Fluttershy this season? This is the second episode in a row where they turn her into some freakish creature!

Is she to be the Jimmy Olsen of My Little Pony? If so, there’s something strangely delightful about dear little Fluttershy turning into these… things. What will they do next week? Turn her into a slimy mutant blob? That could work.

And now, this week’s episode, simply titled “Bats”!

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We start off with Applejack up bright and early because it’s Apple Bucking Day, where she bucks trees and watches the apples fall. But this time, the apples are mushy and rotten, because it turns out all the juice has been sucked out of them by “vampire fruit bats”. In fact, her entire orchard is infested with the critters.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

Since Applejack’s brother Big McIntosh and her Granny Smith are conveniently both out of town (in the middle of apple bucking season? …And heck if I know where Apple Bloom is in all of this), Applejack calls upon her pony friends to help her with the infestation, and they all agree to help.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

That is, except for Fluttershy, who would befriend a cockroach if it crawled under her bed. She thinks that the bats have a right to be there, and they should work with the bats. Umm, Fluttershy? I’m sorry, but I have to agree with the other ponies on this one. This is not a question of Applejack moving into some other animals’ territory and completely messing up their habitat. This is a critter infestation on Applejack’s farm. If you get a rat infestation or a cockroach infestation in your house, you don’t invite them to live there, because that would be disgusting and unhealthy. You’ve got to get rid of them!

Fluttershy suggests giving them a piece of the land, and there are several problems with this idea. For starters, if you invite critters to stay, it’ll just attract even more critters, while the critters settled there will reproduce, and eventually you’ll be swimming in critters and they’ll eat everything!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

But at least we get a song out of this one, and what an awesome song it is. I love how this is one of the more somber and scary numbers they’ve done, like something you’d hear at Halloween. I especially like the ending, as the five ponies sing together as a choir against Fluttershy. It’s just the right mixture between fun and a little bit creepy.

So at least they agree that they need to get rid of the vampire fruit bats. Twilight has an idea: she’ll cast a spell that’ll make the fruit bats hate apples. Oh yes, because this exact plan worked so well in season one, didn’t it?

But the ponies decide to go ahead with the plan anyway. In order for the spell to work, they need the vampire fruit bats to gather together and stand still for a certain amount of time. Fluttershy finds herself in a tight spot, as the ponies decides that her special stare, able to stun any animal, is the perfect way to do it. At first Fluttershy says no, but I guess peer pressure is a motherpony.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

They lure in the vampire fruit bats, and Fluttershy captivates them with her stare, and Twilight does her spell, and everything seems hunky dory.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

…Or does it? Because the next morning, Applejack discovers the apples are ruined again. It can’t be the fruit bats, since they refuse to eat the apples now, so what could it be? To find out, the ponies decide to investigate the following night.

Eventually, they discover that the culprit is Fluttershy, who’s turned into a pony-vampire, sucking all the juice out of the apples. Oh… kay.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

To explain how this happened, Twilight shows off one of the accessories she got along with her princess wings. Namely, a cybernetic projector that looks like something out of Star Trek, that shows how the vampire fruit bats’ lust for apples accidentally got transferred to Fluttershy while Twilight was casting her spell. In the process, it apparently turned Fluttershy into one of Princess Luna’s minions.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

To get Fluttershy back to normal, they have to keep her still, like the fruit bats from before. But since they now lack her stare to do it, Applejack sacrifices her prized apple, which appears to be just big enough to get Cinderella to the ball. The bait works and Vampire-Fluttershy closes in.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

Thanks to another spell from Twilight, Fluttershy is soon turned back to normal, but so are the fruit bats. So Applejack suggests going ahead with Fluttershy’s original idea of giving the bats a sanctuary among her apple trees. Apparently, this will create a healthy ecology where the fruit bats eat the apples and spit the seeds out, thus planting new and better trees. Which will then create more apples for the bats to eat, until there’s enough exponential growth in the bat population that the farm won’t be able to contain them any longer. I guess Applejack will just have to shoot the critters and serve up some Bat Wing Stew to Fluttershy’s bear friend. Can’t let ‘em go to waste!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

This episode is a mixed bag, and pretty average for My Little Pony. The highlight for me in this episode was definitely the song “Stop the Bats”, which was highly enjoyable.

The message (that you shouldn’t give into peer pressure, or you’ll just end up being turned into a vampire… or something) is worthwhile, but gets obscured by the fact that Fluttershy is actually in the wrong this time around. Yes, it’s pretty unfortunate that she got turned into a vampire pony, but who the heck even saw that coming? Twilight has used magic plenty of times before without any consequences; the episode is not even trying to tell a “use your powers responsibly” lesson.

This message of learning how to stand up for yourself has been told better in previous episodes. For instance, there’s the season two episode “Putting Your Hoof Down”, where the lesson is that you’re allowed to say no to your friends. It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that.

Yes, it was wrong of the ponies to force Fluttershy into something she didn’t want to do, but I don’t think any of them counted on her turning into a vampire.

That being said, there were a lot of fun moments, and the story was quite solid. It’s a completely average episode, so that would be two and a half ponies out of five. Oh, and one last thing…

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Bats"

What is this final image teasing at? Is Fluttershy a permanent vampire now?

See you next week!

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  • danbreunig

    That Vamp-Fluttershy’s just…I thought that was Imp from SheRa for a second. Still looks pretty bad-ass to see her break character for an episode–same with the Fluttershy-Hulk-thingy from the last recap.

    About the life-lessons seen here, I latched more onto the secondary lesson: taking responsibility and sacrificing your welfare for the sake of everyone else, as demonstrated by Applejack giving up her prized possession for the sake of the other Ponies. And she never got anything back for her troubles in the end, did she now? Just more bats eventually flooding her crops.

    Also I see another life-lesson found in a roundabout way: one rule or lesson is not absolute to all situations. In this case, the main Ponies peer-pressure Fluttershy into doing something she doesn’t want to do, and it backfires for all involved. Even in a supposed kids’ show, it would be refreshing to see these Ponies realize just once that just spitting out relevant Golden Rule wisdom in itself won’t fix every single problem–simply by showing (as lighthearted as possible for a kids’ show) that losing is a part of life. Just one episode of that would suffice.

    Please tell me they didn’t do a Twilight spoof in this episode–it’s especially easy when the head character IS named Twilight. I was never a big fan of vampire mythos, even though I understand their nature and how and why they do what they do; so when Twilight came around it made me want to stay even less interested. On the plus side, I got to see some neat video reviews out of them, as well as a Sofie villain, so…justifying its existence?

    I think that final image is teasing at a spoof of the ending for the “Thriller” music video.

    • Who’s in the wrong isn’t necessarily accurate in these sorts of situations, the viewer can draw those conclusions, but a show can present a conflict, be good enough to show both sides, even if one side does outweigh the other in terms of support (the rest of the mane six vs fluttershy), have a wacky happenstance in the middle (Flutterbat, hell yeah!) and then come up with a solution or a compromise that appeases both sides.

      That to me is what life is all about, compromise. You’ve GOT to find a compromise because this world is made up of many different and contrasting viewpoints, ideologies and moral standpoints. Trying to appease one side over another, no matter how they feel one side was in the right, will just lead to bigger problems and more complaints in the long run. Sure it may not be the solution that YOU want, but it isn’t YOUR planet you’re living on. It’s everyone’s planet and therefore, we have to at least try and give everyone as much leeway as each other as possible. Having someone appear “in the wrong” should be done only when an irrationally extreme behaviour is being exhibited such as Fluttershy in “Putting Your Hoof Down” where, sorry to say Sofie since I know you used this as an example to try and show up this episode, she’s acting needlessly mean-spirited to her friends and goes on a rampage over every one in Ponyville. I didn’t see that kind of extreme in this episode from either Applejack or Flutters, despite Bats and PYHD both being written by Meriwether Williams, an infamous writer in MLP!

      Just a point of contention from me to put in the comments that I’ve been saving up for a while as opposed to inserting them into the review. The editor’s got to be impartial!

  • Muthsarah

    “Apparently, this will create a healthy ecology where the
    fruit bats eat the apples and spit the seeds out, thus planting new and
    better trees.”

    It’s not “spit”, dear. That’s not how endozoochory works.

    My Little Pony: Friendship is Bats sounds like a fun one; the kind of creative lunacy I was hoping for from the show. I’ve only seen two episodes so far, and Fluttershy’s my favorite thus far. Marked.

    • danbreunig

      Probably simply because it’s ideally a kids’ show, they have to say that bats spit seeds instead of truthfully saying they shit seeds. I don’t know if that’s what bats themselves do, but that’s how seeds travel around nature via animals. I’m partial to Pinkie Pie–the crazy ditz who lacks some sensibility but is likable anyway. And she made cupcakes.

    • Sofie Liv

      My articles run through two different editos.. and still mistakes pop up -_-;
      Just be happy you don’t have to read the original article directly from my computer..

  • Muthsarah

    Oh God. There’s an upcoming episode titled “Filli Vanilli”! Much…catch…up….

  • Arturo Garza Flores

    -This is the perfect example of an episode I like, but don’t quite love.
    -I feel that the story couldn’t find an adequate balance between the pathos and advancing the plot. Pairing Applejack and Fluttershy for the leads in an episode is a dynamic the show hadn’t explored until now, so I think it’s a missed opportunity for the series to take that dynamic and establish a conflict between the two characters, but as the episode progressed, it drops that in favor of turning the episode into a mini-monster movie. There’s a throwaway line about how AJ feels sorry about what she’s done, but the show doesn’t give her a chance to let the viewer sink in that remorse, especially after being at such odds from the beginning and how Fluttershy wanted nothing to do with their plan to get rid of the bats and she got to pay for it worse than her friends. Yes, they make up at the end, but it still feels that something was missing. It’s like the episode had these two ideas that couldn’t come together very well.
    -The design of Flutterbat is really good and just the idea of turning Fluttershy into a literal monster is a very appealing scenario. I still feel that they should’ve tried to do make her do something funny.
    -If there’s one aspect the show has been very good at all season, it’s atmosphere. The transformation of SAA into something that could very well be a part of the Everfree Forest is very seamless and uncanny.
    -All things considered, I’m willing to call this the best episode written by Merriweather Williams since Putting Your Hoof Down.

    -As for the lesson, I like to think that Putting Your Hoof Down was more about standing up to bullies, and also about how someone who is basically the world’s punching bag can become an even more terrible monster when given the chance, while this episode is about peer pressure and learning to say no to a friend when you don’t agree with them.

  • JD

    I have noticed all recent episodes this season

    have not advanced the plot they set up at the beginning.

  • Muthsarah

    Wow, these people are militant. I bookmarked this episode to watch later today (when I would be reasonably free from interruptions). I come home, and it’s already down. Copyright claim, I’m sure we’re all familiar by now. Just…how did you view it, repeatedly, with screencaps…Miss Liv?

    • JD

      They repeat episodes each week on the hub

  • Cristiona

    This was a somewhat frustrating episode. I really liked the song, but the rest was just too heavyhanded.

    Also, what were the bats supposed to eat? They’re vampire fruit bats who no longer like fruit. I guess the plan was to starve them to death? And on top of it all, I remember the last time Twilight “fixed” a pest problem with magic. How’d that parasprite spell work out again?

    Feh. This was probably the weakest of the season. I rank it right up there with that gawdawful one with the buffalo.

    • Muthsarah

      OK, I’ll be the one to bring it up, because no one else has the guts to do it. Does anyone else think this episode was a parable about immigration? Not just the general “they’re different, and now they’re here” stuff, but accusing them of being vampires, as in inherently leach-ful, parasitic evil, even though that’s completely incongruous to their being fruit bats. Bats either feast on blood, or on fruit (for the record, most prefer fruit, or blood in bug form), not both. Upping the ante and implying they feast on blood (FWIW, vampire bats prefer animals, like….ponies, over humans) seems like populist scaremongering.

      And I love Rainbow Dash’s cheer about “We’ll be drinkin’ cider all winter long”. We know what you’re talking about, Dash. Ponies be trippin’, gettin’ crunk all through the New Year.

      And geez, if this is a “weak” episode of the show, the first three seasons must be crazy good.

      I think I’ll watch ’em.

      And Applejack’s realistic desire to have Flutters get better rather than save her own crop….maybe I’ve been jaded by watching too many humorous reviews of bad TV shows, but that’s a kind of realistic sweetness that…just seems lacking. It’s comparatively adorable.

      Damn, Dash is a total lush. I like her!

      Overall, this was my favorite of the three episodes I’ve seen. Though I’m saving the John de Lancie one for Friday. Because that’s the day for when special things are saved.

      I….may be a new convert. Belated to the fad, as always.

      • danbreunig

        That’s a pretty neat theory, especially because it’s not too obvious. Reminds me of the Sneeches in that light. Yet one more life lesson squeezed in, about prejudice in that case. No worries there about being “belated to the fad”; that’s me with half these discussed series. :/ My own FIM conversion’s a possibility, at least with the flood of info on the show I gain from the remakes and spoofs alone.

  • Inverse

    Actually, Fluttershy was not wrong. She was the only one who WASN’T.

    She was literally the only one who understood how mutual ecosystems work. She tried to explain this and no one even listened. She started out right, and ended up being legitimized as being right when Applejack just took her advice in the end and it worked out fine. It was that simple. No overthinking needed beyond that.

    If you didn’t get this from the episode, than you weren’t paying attention to it, or looking for things to bitch about.

    But then again, this is a show that is primarily aimed at a young audience, yet these incredibly ridiculous overly militant nitpicking fans keep harping and over exaggerating and overhthinking every tiny detail as if it’s supposed to be some kind of realistic interpretation of physics and scientific accuracy down to the smallest detail, and will actively look for and find any detail to harp on and hate an episode for, as if they’ve never seen a cartoon show in their lives before this one. As a cartoon, it’s a fine one and all, but it’s still My Little Pony, this isn’t fucking Star Trek or Doctor Who. It doesn’t warrent this level of nitpicking, and wasn’t written or designed for that, either. I watch the show on occasion, but I think many “bronies” completly forget the fact that they’re supposed just watch it, not obsess over irrelevant, trivial, nitpick like picking fly shit out of pepper grains.

    And yes, I’m aware that I’m saying not to overthink it, yet I mentioned “mutual ecosystems”, but I’m just putting that in the context of this particular entry-level kid-understandable presentation Fluttershy brought up of “fruit bats help trees and trees help fruit bats” explanation that was self-explanatory enough for this context. It’s simple and the only line you needed, as it was the only one given. But anything outside of that, are fans putting things into the episode that weren’t there and didn’t need to be there just to make their incredibly negative, nitpicking points about a child’s cartoon.

    This whole article and especially the comments here, get me to think there reaches a point where fans have to step back and realize they’re being over-analytical to the point of obnoxiously self-righteous pedantic stupidity over something that doesn’t deserve THAT level of absurd scrutiny. Just watch it and judge it on how well you’re entertained. Not on if the fucking science of how Equestria works pleases your OCD well enough.

    • Muthsarah

      The show is aimed at a young audience, but it’s made by adults, probably with an eye for what the show’s by-now-extremely-well-known-and-documented adult fans will expect and notice. Really, even as a noob to the show, I can see it’s one of those many “kids’ shows” that aren’t really that kids-orientated, just kids-appropriate.

      Reading between the lines of the show is totally justified. Hell, I think that’s what the showrunners are hoping its viewers do. They slip in references, or introduce plot elements that could be read in more than one way, in the hopes that their audience would read in on multiple levels. If someone wants to watch the show and “shut their brain off”, great, if they can enjoy it that way. But other people can enjoy it without shutting their brain off, and they’re not missing the point of the show by doing so.

      MLP:FiM invites every bit as much fan nitpicking as any other show. Yeah, it’s not Star Trek complex (and, yes, I’m talking TNG/DS9 Trek and nothing else), but it still has layers, and it’s not only ripe, but begging, for analysis, beyond the level of childish understanding. Let geeks be geeks.

      • Mike

        I think the Nostalgia Critics video editorial
        about nitpicking summed this up pretty well. http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/nc-is-it-right-to-nitpick-6616873 Pointing out inconsistencies,
        plot holes, or strange artistic license that stretch believability, doesn’t
        necessary make the work in question less enjoyable. Any work that you look over
        with a magnified lens or simply view multiple times is bound to show some flaws
        or head scratching oddities. The important thing is that the story, characters,
        or spectacle are involving enough that those little things don’t because a big
        distraction. This is true regardless of medium, genre or the age range of your
        audience.

        I especially like his model of magic acts and puppet shows. Many of the early pioneers of cinema as an art form started out as magicians, as recent films like Hugo and Oz: the Great and Powerful so perfectly illustrate. When you follow any story told in moving pictures even as a kid, you’re going along with an illusion. I think that even when kids get old enough to realize some of the mechanics of optical effects and story telling among other things, they continue to embrace the movies and shows they like if they still feel personally involving in some way.

        This is why I have sort of a problem with the phrase “you have to suspend disbelief” that you hear ever time the story gets harder to go along with due to various inconsistencies, plot holes, and strange license tend to provoke nitpicks. If you really involved in an act or story (and storytelling is a big part of most magic acts) you don’t need to remind yourself it isn’t real. You shouldn’t HAVE to suspend disbelief. The performer should be able to suspend it for you, at least for the bulk of the time there working there act. A good magician does not say, “Okay I want you all to just look at your feet now and don’t look up again until I tell you to.” Even if there is the more critical members of your audience may be more likely to say your strings exposed, you’ll still keep them engaged if they are sense and appreciate what your pulling off and if you do it well. Nitpicking is only unreasonable if those layers of production, writing, and performing, (be the little oddities or big ones) are all the critic seems to talk about.

    • Inverse

      In other words, I get very annoyed by this fanbase, and this is why, for as much as I like it, I find it a very aggravating show to be a part of the fandom on. Keep in better mind, what the intent of this show actually is. What these writers are working for, working on, and what they’re being paid to work on. Treating this show like Star Trek or Doctor Who is grandly missing the point of it all. It’s a fun cartoon, that all it’s trying to be.

      This fanbase ends up being some of the most negative, nitpicking, pedantic people i’ve ever seen to a point that often defies explanation sometimes. Did Ducktales ever require this level of intense scrutiny? No. Did it have fun episodes? Yes. Did anyone ever question the political debates that come from an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? NO. Are the Turtles cool? Yes. Is there some kind of multifaceted, thematic layer of religious icongraphy associated with The Transformers, other than The Autobots fight the bad guy Deceptions, and it was awesome? No.

      And Friendship Is Magic is a cute little show about kid-friendly morals that teach interpersonal values between friends using premises and situations relevant for that episode to teach what it has to say, with occasionally a funny joke or a fun song in the mix here and there. Take it for that, sit back and have fun with it. LET yourself have fun. But taking it THIS seriously to have scientific debates about what it realistically portrays in EVERY setting? Even when they aren’t present and you have to bring in other factors to make your points using a bullet list of nitpicks and comprehensive comparison like counting blades of grass? Really? Really guys? …Come on.

      I think there’s a reason that if the actual writers looked at most of these fan complaints, they’d stare at you confusedly like your head was suddenly transformed into a purple tomato with green spots.

      • Muthsarah

        Star Trek and Doctor Who can also be enjoyed without nit-picking. I mean…I assume. Lord know >I< can't do that.

        You enjoy the show as animated kids-friendly fluff. Other fans enjoy it as parable. What's the big deal? If you think they're nitpicking, well…A) is that really distracting from your own enjoyment; B) is that distracting from the enjoyment of third parties, and C) is complaining about it likely to change anything?

        FWIW, I grew up with Duck Tales (and Rescue Rangers, and Tale Spin, and Batman: TAS, and Tiny Toons, and Animaniacs, and Darkwing Duck….), and I will go ahead and say that NO, on the whole, none of them offer quite the same level of alternate interpretation as MLP. And that's based on three episodes, mind. Sure, they're all fun shows (or I wouldn't have bothered remembering them), but meta-ness is a fairly new thing methinks. These shows occasionally referenced pop-culture (Tiny Toons and Animaniacs moreso), but all of them could both be enjoyed on their own level, a show intended for kids, looking for brightly-colored, fast-paced animated adventures with slapstick and general moronic behavior to be laughed at, or enjoyed on a more culture-savvy level closer to that of the shows' creators, all of whom were adults, who grew up with older shows and movies they loved, and who would occasionally inject references to the stuff they liked into the shows they were working on. Bond references in Darkwing Duck, music references in Tiny Toons, Golden Age cartoon references in Animaniacs, Adam West Batman references in Batman: TAS.

        Fundamentally, there's more than one level of entertainment being attempted here. Think of the mindset of the writers, and animators, and voice actors working on these shows. They have very, very different perspectives on these shows than would some eight-year-old watching them. They would be far closer wavelength-wise with that eight-year-old's parents, and would pitch certain jokes, or references, that would go WAY over the head of most of the children (even if, perhaps, the children would still enjoy them without understanding EXACTLY what the joke was referring to, because it's just one joke or character among many), but would be immediately picked up by any adult watching it. Now, growing up, my parents (and my friends' parents, and my schoolmates' parents) didn't watch our cartoons, like ever. But, today, childrens' cartoons have a wider audience. They're not just made by adults, they are frequently viewed by adults, so it stands to reason that the creators will throw some jokes in there just for the adults. They understand their audience, and they're being inclusive by broadening the show's appeal to not be JUST for children. And that's great.

        And…because adults are watching, yes, that invites the analytical viewpoint, of fans looking to interpret the show's actions in a less than totally-literal light. But, y'know what? I think it's pretty clear the showrunners WANT their adult viewers to do that, or why else would there be so many references in these shows that only adults would be likely to pick up on? It's not about scientifically-accurate depictions of…anything. Geez, it's about flying, talking, magical ponies. But if a show references some hot-button political issue, or makes a reference to an iconic movie (especially one that a typical child viewer wouldn't have seen), how else would you explain that other than by saying that it was a reference made consciously by an adult FOR an adult viewer. And thus, adults are included, and that the analytical sort would be especially welcome, as who else would be so likely to notice or make a big deal of this probably-unnecessary reference that the showrunners specifically made room for?

        It's a kids' show, certainly. But it's not JUST a kids' show. It aims for a wider audience than that. And it has succeeded in finding one. That's really cool, we should be happy that a show, especially a reasonably-well-made one, has found such wide appeal.

        • Sofie Liv

          You make some good points.

          I just hope this wont develop into a comment war..

      • Sofie Liv

        Look, nitpicking is what I am supposed to do.

        To be on this site, and do this stuff, I have to approach the things I review as a critic.
        Telling my opinion about it, and well.. nit pick.

        I am a Trekkie and a Whovian, and I enjoy these things in spite of obvious flaws, I look upon the flaws, acknowledge them, and love the entire picture regardless, I am even one of the few advocates defending Moffat, saying he is not as bad a writer as every-one claim he is, and I really love his run.
        In fact, I find MLP to be a show good enough, that I will approach it the same way as I approach both Star Trek and Doctor who, I think the show deserves to be taken just as seriously.
        I don’t care whether the show is made for kids or adults, if I had any respect for the show, I need to approach it with the same kind of seriousness as all my other favourite shows.

        Also, I am an advocate for difference of opinion, my tag line in my videos are.

        “If you feel otherwise, feel free to disagree.”
        Because, I feel, that difference of opinion is in fact, healthy, and being able to listen to other peoples opinions and consider them, in spite of them being in a stark contrast to your own opinion, helps us grow.

        I also enjoyed this episode, I even wrote that in the article, and average score for MLP FIM is actually a quite high score, because, the overall quality of the show is on a big high.. which means, Average is not bad, not bad at all.

        I ended up comparing Applejacks critter problem to real life, and in real life, even if you have animals walking freely around that helps the crops grow but on the cost of eating them.. you are still inviting more critters, and inviting those who are all-ready there to re-produce.

        And well, if this was real life, you would still have to keep the number of critters down to a place where the balance is upkept, and they don’t eat all the apples.. and well, you would kind of have to keep the number down by getting rid of some of them.. which in real life would mean kill them.. it’s the harsh reality of nature.

        But this is a cute little show for girls, so physics works different here.. and no, I shouldn’t question it. The only reason that I do, is because I am ones again, required to approach these articles, from a critics stand-point.

        Not a fan whom don’t want sweet little fluttershy to be in the wrong.. a critic.

        A coldhearted, nitpicking, ass-anying, critic. It’s kind of in the word, I have to be “Critical.”

        That’s the only reason I am here.. and no this is not my job, it’s my hobby, because I enjoy it.

        believe it or not, I do it out of love for movies, television shows and fictional media, because I feel like we can learn from discussing it. These MLP articles.. also a declaration of love, I wouldn’t waste my time on this show if I hated it.

        And, we can learn a lot from MLP, I even made a video like two years ago title. Talking about how MLP is probably the best thing to happen, to show-case how to write female characters probably.

  • kdcky

    First of all, “realistically speaking” Sweet Apple acres probably wouldn’t end up swarmed with bats because unlike many other creatures bats have an incredibly low birth rate.

    Second, when I first saw the episode I thought the main message was that it’s better to work with nature than to work against it (it sort of ties in to what Applejack said about shot-term solutions and long-term problems). If that’s what they were going for it would have gotten the message across better if they’d shown thing going wrong with the plan on the bat or tree side of things. As it is the only clue we have of what the bats were doing before they came to the farm is that they don’t leave when thier desire to eat apples was taken away, which might mean that they don’t have anywhere else to go. On the other hand, that might not even be the message the writer was going for. I’m probably conditioned to read that one into things because I had high school geography in the Netherlands where we talked a lot about how we used to dam the rivers up way too much and that’s been causing problems.

    Plus on some level having Flutterbat is more fun than making sense.