My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Somepony to Watch Over Me”

Well, it’s a good thing this show introduced us to Applejack’s family, because without them, how would we ever get any family-related stories? This week, My Little Pony focuses on sisterhood, or more specifically, older sisters being overprotective of their younger sisters.

I guess I should be able to relate to this, being an older sister myself. But the truth is, I’m usually the one who’s a big messy head and distracted in my thoughts, and my little sister is the one doing all the eye-rolling and telling me to get it together. How can it be so difficult to pack a damn suitcase? I’m sorry! I’ll try to do better next time, I promise!

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However, the one thing I can relate to here is the feeling of responsibility. My sister and others in my family have always asked me: why do you always have to emphasize that you’re the big sister? Why does that have any relevance now that you’re both adults? I finally managed to give my mother an answer to this: “Well, Mom, I’m an adult, but I’m still your baby girl. That’s why you’re so protective of me, right?” That’s the same feeling I have toward my sister: She might be an adult and far more successful in life than me, but she’s still my little sister, dammit. So suck it up! I worry, okay?!

So the episode starts with Apple Bloom and her Cutie Mark Crusader friends anxiously standing around, waiting for Applejack, Big Mac, and Granny Smith to just leave already. It seems they’re heading out on their highly dangerous pie delivery route which, as it turns out later, is a route that gives Master Roshi’s milk delivery road a run for its money. Ten points to whoever gets that reference.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

This will be the very first time that Apple Bloom gets to be home alone for a couple of days. Which excites her a lot, but Applejack is worried sick.

Finally, Apple Bloom manages to get Applejack going already, and oh sweet, sweet freedom of being home alone! Now she can walk around naked just as much as she wants! But then again, Apple Bloom is already naked all the time. Huh. Well, I’m all out of good things to say about being home alone now.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

Unfortunately though, this universe doesn’t have cell phones, so Applejack is unable to send her all the texts that worried mothers nowadays send to their kids looking for just a little bit of reassurance. Kids, if you get these texts, I urge you to answer them. I know you want to just ignore them so you can continue to play video games and drink soda straight from the bottle and eat your tortilla dipped in melted cheese in peace, but if you don’t, next thing you know paramedics, the entire fire department, and the special forces will show up at your door. Trust me on this one, guys: just answer the damn text!

Somebody needs to invent the cell phone in this universe soon though, because Applejack decides to make one last check on Apple Bloom, and runs all the way home. She flings open the door, which shocks Apple Bloom so much that she falls down off the table (she was dancing on the table), pulling everything down with her.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

Applejack then freaks out, thinking her sister is doing all sorts of dangerous things with her CMC friends, and can’t handle herself. Clearly, Apple Bloom is just a little baby for sure, and Applejack has to be there every second of every day checking on her!

In truth, Applejack is acting more like a mother than an older sister here. But then again, since we never see their mother and father, we have to assume they aren’t around for some reason. They’re most likely dead, meaning Applejack actually is the closest thing Apple Bloom has to a parental figure, which makes the most sense in the context of this episode, really.

Or maybe it’s just me who’s so scared of my own little sister that I would never, ever refer to her scrapes as “owies”. In fact, it looks like Apple Bloom is just about ready to give Applejack a lot of owies.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

Applejack decides to stay at the farm and completely neglect her pie deliveries. So the Crusaders devise a plan to prove that Apple Bloom really can handle herself: she’s going to deliver the pies herself, while Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo distract Applejack by pretending to be Apple Bloom sleeping in bed. This plan doesn’t last for long though, as two impostors are discovered, and they reveal where Apple Bloom has gone.

Applejack freaks out, and asks if Apple Bloom even brought flameproof boots, a lion tamer’s chair, a snake-charming flute, or a hunk of ricotta cheese. Wow. That’s a very specific list of items. What on earth could they be encountering on that route? A basilisk? No, wait, then they’d have to bring a mirror and a rooster. So… the Chimera?

Holy crap! It is the Chimera!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

I’m a huge fan of mythological creatures, and this thing is pretty fun. Though, you’ve got to wonder how having more than one head works out for the creature. That’s got to lead to some issues.

Apple Bloom has to face the creature alone, and realizes she may have bitten off more than she could chew with this one. But she manages to save the pie cart, and avoids getting eaten just long enough for Applejack to show up and prove that she is indeed Wonder Pony!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

She saves the day, which in her mind totally justifies her watching over Apple Bloom every second of every day forever. Well, that’s not creepy at all. So at last, Apple Bloom pulls the pie cart out the bushes to make the point that she did manage to save the pies and not get eaten, and she did it all by herself.

So really, both ponies are learning a lesson here: Apple Bloom learns she shouldn’t be so reckless, and Applejack learns not to be so overprotective of her sister. Well, that’s sweet. They manage to deliver the pies to a village which is in a completely insane location (who would even want to live in the middle of a forest like this?) aaannd… end episode.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

Well, I always like it when something focuses on sisterhood, probably because I’m a sister myself. And I think this story was pretty well handled, as well as having some rather amusing jokes and good moments in it. The Chimera is not quite as cool as it could have been, but it’s nice seeing it anyway.

I really enjoyed this one. Three out of five ponies, and a pretty entertaining sit.

[—Editing/cleanup/revisions to this article provided by Dr. Winston O’Boogie and Elliot Hodgett.]

TV Show: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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  • Muthsarah

    Hmm…so you’re telling me there are no cell phones in Equestria, but there are Chimerae. And pies are plentiful.

    Kiiiiiids! Pack your things, we’re moviiiiing!

    • Sofie Liv

      Well, you can also note that every-body are vegetarians in this world. But yeah, as long as you have apple pies right?

      And Cider is the beverage of choice, oh them ponies, drinking cider all night long in the winther time, tsk.

      • $36060516

        the ground all around there smells like cider pee

        • Muthsarah

          I wonder if the ponies just poop in the street like our ponies do. I don’t wanna wonder that, but now I am.

          • danbreunig

            It’s the questions like that which make me think likewise how super-heroes and -villains do their business, especially when trapped or inside a cockpit or on assignment for days on end with no excretory evidence. Having receptacles or high-tech diapers in their costume-suits a la Dune is an easy enough explanation.

            Magic ponies though…because Magic, that’s why! Courtesy of the the friendly neighborhood Sani-Pony unicorn with the scoop-shovel cutie mark.

            I have to give Applejack credit for being the first in the whole series to verbally suggest that they too have to go to the bathroom. *That’s* the true moment when “Big Sister Is Watching You” reaches its scariest.

      • Ares Lancaster

        And also Cerberus and Tartarus canonically exist in Equestria too… And about the vegan thing, isn’t pizza technically an agricultural product?

        • Sofie Liv

          Well, they have “Hay-burgers.” and “Dandilon Sandwiches.” so I am quite sure that Grass pizza must also be a thing over there.

          You can even have cheese on that, Cheese is oki in this world, just not meat!

  • Arturo Garza Flores

    -I feel like the episode almost wants to play against what one could’ve expected to be the obvious route that a premise like this would take. Going only by the description of the episode in press releases, it was easy to assume this was going to be some episode in which Applebloom must prove herself independent to her sister, yet constantly fails at it. After all, what are these two characters if not a hyper-competent big sister with a good head on her shoulders and a little girl with the bad habit of walking into scenarios where she’s way in over her head, respectively. Instead, it almost feels like the characters are playing against-type: Applebloom is basically the straight-man character in this scenario, while Applejack is the whacky one. I can’t really confirm whether playing against this specific expectation was the writer’s true intention, but it still comes out as a welcome surprise.
    -I’m of the state of mind that Applejack is a very underappreciated character, and I like to think I understand why that seems to be the case. At her core, she definitely has the least bit “flashy” personality. Most of the time, it’s her job to be the “serious” one, she doesn’t get to do as much outlandish things as her friends, basically the big sister of the group. With thatin mind, I really appreciate that we get an episode that lets AJ flex her comedy muscles a bit. Between this episode, Simple Ways, and maybe that one scene from Filli Vanilli, it almost feels like the writers are making the concsious decision of letting AJ do more comedy.
    -I think it was a very smart idea to conclude the episode without feeling like either sister was 100% right about what they were doing. Applebloom did something reckless and stupid, but even then was able to prove that she could handle herself in a pinch (to an extent), and even prioritize the mission over her own safety. AJ proved that, as the big sister, she does know best, but admits that she really was being overbearing with her sister. If it ended with one of them admitting that they’re right and the other is wrong, it wouldn’t work as well.
    -My favorite part of this episode is when AJ is scolding Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo and is being very particular about what gear AB should’ve brought. What feels at first like a bad joke, it suddenly turns out to be exactly the kind of gear AB would’ve needed to fend off the chimera.