Aug 4, 2014
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”.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though, I have to say, Rainbow Dash’s mane looks absolutely epic in her Breezie form!
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.
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.
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.
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.]