Stare Master (S1E17)


Watch as Fluttershy learns an important lesson about children and about herself.

When Sweetie Belle demonstrates her true talent is creating disasters (what a cutie mark that would be?), Rarity realizes she cannot host a slumber part for the fledgling Cutie Mark Crusaders club.  Fluttershy volunteers for the task, thinking how much harder could baby-sitting pre-teens be than managing woodland creatures.  A lot, as it turns out.  When her inability to control these unparalleled pipsqueak forces of nature leads to a midnight journey into the Everfree Forest, the slumber party turns seriously dangerous.

Fluttershy develops enormously in this episode, slowly growing into a normal person that can interact with people from a weird clueless nature hippy introvert in the woods who talks to animals.  She may be the element of kindness, but she proves keenly protective.

What to watch for (and comment upon):

  • When Rarity finds holes cut in her gold silk, what music from what movie plays in the background for about two seconds?
  • How many halos appear in this episode?
  • This is our first look at the highly detailed interior (and exterior) of Fluttershy’s cottage.  Could there be more butterflies, flowers, or hearts in the woodwork or decor?  How many butterflies do you see?
  • Fluttershy and Sweetie Belle both sing well, and for the first time in the series.
  • How do you call a chicken?
  • Is the scene with Twilight and the snail nightmarish, or is it just me?
  • Did Fluttershy and the girls conspire to troll Rarity in the epilogue, or did their ignoring Rarity’s commands just happen naturally?

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