My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies”

Okay, remember back when I wrote about “Three’s a Crowd”, and Fluttershy was going to go check out the “Breezies” and I asked, “What the hell are Breezies?” I could only assume it was a Pokémon. Now, however, I know what a Breezie is, thankfully. It might as well have been a Pokémon, given how useless they are, and how they can be crushed by a bloody acorn.

So, here’s episode sixteen of season four, “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies”.

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The episode starts out as Fluttershy gathers together the Mane Six and encourages them to do a special cheer, Fluttershy style. It’s that special whispering kind of cheering she specializes in.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

The reason for this is that small creatures called Breezies are about to fly across Ponyville. Breezies are tiny, fragile things who are carried around by the breeze.

And really, these damn things are just about the weakest creatures in existence. So weak are they, that when they arrive, Spike climbs a tree to see them and accidentally shakes a leaf loose, and the air power of that single leaf is great enough to knock one of the Breezies off course. So Fluttershy has to fly to the rescue, just so it won’t die (yeah, this really happens).

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

I’m all for animal kindness and so on, but creatures this weak should have died out a long time ago. I mean, come on! A butterfly has more power than this!

Fluttershy, always being worried about others, offers the Breezies her place to rest for a while, until they’re strong enough to continue on their journey. To which the coolest thing about these things are discovered: They are… Norwegian? I don’t know, guys, I’m Danish, so I should know this stuff, and they sound more Scottish or Irish than Norwegian to me. They actually sound like small leprechauns, if you ask me. Oh well, according to Beowulf, all Danish people sound like Brits, so what do I know, right?

Only one of them, the blue leader Seabreeze, is able to speak… and get ready for the shock of the episode. This thing here, with the big eyelashes and wings and so on. That’s a dude! Seabreeze is a guy!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

I’m not hung up on gender roles or anything, but with the design and high-pitched voice, there’s no way I would have known this was a guy if Fluttershy hadn’t said it. It’s just a little bit weird, that’s all.

Since Seabreeze is the only one able to speak, he’s also the only one not happy about Fluttershy taking the Breezies in and making them comfortable. In fact, he shouts at all the other Breezies that they should get going, and scolds Fluttershy over having taken them in at all.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

This ends with Fluttershy calling Seabreeze a big meanie—the worst insult you will ever hear from Fluttershy—and Seabreeze flies away in frustration…

…only to almost die instantly because of some bees. Breezies are useless! Fluttershy comes to the rescue once again, telling the bees off in a stern voice, and then realizing just how dangerous it is for the Breezies to be out in the open.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

To which Seabreeze explains that this is why he was in such a hurry to get moving with the others, to protect them. If they miss the portal to their home world, they’ll be stuck in the pony world for a long time and will most likely get killed. Did I mention Breezies are useless?

So really, Fluttershy could have potentially committed genocide on all of these small things with her kindness. Isn’t there a Doctor Who episode with that theme?

Speaking of Doctor Who, Dr. Whooves and Rose are out looking for void matter, apparently! They appeared together as background characters in several previous episodes, so I guess this pony just is the Doctor, somehow morphed into the MLP universe.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

Seabreeze teaches Fluttershy that sometimes kindness just doesn’t work, and you must stand firm. Seabreeze is not the big meanie he appears to be; he only did what he had to do for the sake of his people. Alright, that’s a pretty good message. Fluttershy demands that the Breezies get going, so they can reach home before the portal closes.

But once again, the Breezies are the weakest goddamn race in existence, because they’e only half a herd now, and they can’t even make it home because they need more Breezies to stabilize them.

Good thing Twilight can always conveniently come up with a spell to fix this week’s problem. She transforms the Mane Six into Breezies, because that’s not terrifying at all.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

Though, I have to say, Rainbow Dash’s mane looks absolutely epic in her Breezie form!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

Off they go to Breezie Land, where Fluttershy can see what a terrible thing she did by keeping the Breezies cozily entertained in Pony Land. And just to rub extra salt in the wound, Seabreeze turns out to be a father, so well… You almost turned a kid into an orphan, Fluttershy. Nice going.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

Still, Fluttershy leaves having gained a new friend in Seabreeze, who then hands Fluttershy a flower that has a rainbow glimmer. It’s just like the gifts that Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity got in earlier episodes, so I guess this is part of this season’s overarching plot.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

This episode… I don’t know. I actually thought Seabreeze was a quite funny character. For some reason, the accent and the leprechaun-like personality appeal to me. But the race of the Breezies just doesn’t. They seem like something designed just to be “cute” and sell even more toys. The thing is, this show is already about ponies, and they already have the Cutie Mark Crusaders to fill the cuteness quota.

It’s nice having a Fluttershy episode that’s not about her having to overcome her anxieties. And keeping people back due to her being overly kind is a thing you could do a lot with. It’s actually a little sad this is what they ended up with, when the idea itself has so many possibilities.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"

All around, I didn’t hate the episode or anything, but I also found it a bit dull, I must say. So, well… two out of five ponies. It was enjoyable enough, but it doesn’t stand out at all.

And now, only Applejack and Twilight herself are lacking a shimmering rainbow gift from a friend. So let’s see what kind of friends they’re going to make later this season!

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

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  • Arturo Garza Flores

    -Of all the “rainbow connection” episodes so far, I think this is one that feels, for a lack of a better term, the most intimate. Whereas Coco Pommel taking inititative comes as a final surprise in “Manehattan”, Spitfire remaining in her same basic position of unflappable coolness after taking a lesson from RD in “Rainbow Falls”, and Cheese Sandwich already being where he needs to be character-wise throught “Pinkie Pride”, here we have Seabreeze and Fluttershy bouncing off each other through banter and eventually learning an important lesson from each other in real time. Seabreeze learns how far kindess can go, while Fluttershy learns about knowing when to be firm. We get to see both characters grow together, front and center.
    -Seabreeze was all around very likeable. He has the bravado of a military leader, yet so tiny that he can’t even defend himself. This makes for a fun character, but I do appreciatte the episode going the extra mile with the reveal of his family towards the end, which is noteworthy considering that 98% of the population of Equestria is apparently single (Funny how he’s not the only dad on the show voice by Brian Drummond).
    -The transformation scene towards the end feels like its mostly there just to give the episode a more exciting ending (not a bad thing in and of itself), but it’s put to very good use, mostly just so we can see how gorgeous the home of the Breezies is (I admire how it’s barely in the episode, yet someone must’ve put a lot of craftsmanship into it) and also give Seabreeze a moment to put into practice what he learnt from Fluttershy.
    -Much like the other episode written by Natasha Levinger this season, this is an episode that knows exactly what it needs to do and carries it out with plenty of efficiency. It may not be one of the best episodes, but it is certainly a very charming and very rewatchable episode. I’m excited to see what else the writer can bring to the series.

    • danbreunig

      That may explain something that confused me about the rainbow connection element of this episode. There were two rainbow moments: the one at the end where Fluttershy finally gets her item as the flower, and the earlier moment shortly after she saved Seabreeze from the bees. They both stand silent for a moment as the rainbow washes over them. The three previous ponies each received their rainbow items and lessons, while their new-found friends were better off beforehand. This time, Fluttershy and Seabreeze both gained a lesson–two characters each gaining a friend and lesson results in twice the rainbow volume.

  • danbreunig

    Just a few more thoughts about this one:

    Seabreeze is the hot-headed leader of a small band of his kin on a mission towards their homeland, and the one member of his group with the most exposed personality and backstory. Likewise, Fluttershy is the reluctant hero who saves both him individually and his fellow Breezies earlier on. So in this light, we have a Thorin in Seabreeze and a Bilbo in Fluttershy. Especially considering she also dealt favorably with a huge nasty dragon earlier in the series…

    If the Breezies are unfit for surviving the Ponyville environment, they can take refuge in an animated Disney movie. That way they can either be the fragile but all-wise and sophisticated fairy race, or just be tag-along annoying comedic sidekicks. Either way they won’t die and they’ll get to sing half the songs.

    The Breezies’ speech sound like a mix of something Gaelic and something Scandinavian, like the Scottish/Norwegian thing mentioned above. Either their words are one word from each real European language or else more likely the writers just made up some gibberish sounding like it to stateside ears.

    Fluttershy saves Seabreeze by talking the bees down. How interesting would it be for her to hear the bees’ side of the story? “Fluttershy, this campy militant male fairy-thingie pierced our drywall job! He/she/it’s gotta pay for damages now!…”

    To support the argument about how functionally useless Breezies are: why would Ponyville need Breezies to pollinate their flora once a year when we clearly see bees? Bees, who naturally perform the same duty all the time anyway? So that’s why they were upset with Seabreeze: he’s their natural competitor!

  • jbwarner86

    For an episode all about introducing a new species of creature to the MLP:FIM canon, it’s amazing just how little we learn about the Breezies. What purpose do they serve? Where were they coming from at the start of the episode? How come most of them don’t want to go back to their own dimension? I know the writers like to keep Equestria’s mythology as vague as possible to give it an air of mystery, but at this point, it’s just starting to get confusing when you don’t know why the hell anything happens.