Why “For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils” is my Favorite Episode of “My Little Pony”:
1. Like Sweetie Belle being angry at her older sister Rarity for stealing the spotlight, I have, at times, been angry at my siblings for a variety of reasons. This episode helped me to realize that these feelings of anger are ultimately fruitless. That I wouldn’t be satisfied with any “justice” I could exact on my siblings: That, in fact, I would be horrified and sorry. This episode also reminded me that, no matter how angry I get at my siblings, I love them and would go to the ends of the Earth for them. (I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true.)
2. I liked Sweetie Belle’s nightmare. For a show called “My Little Pony,” her nightmare came across as creepy, bold, and powerful — like a slap in the face that brings you back to your senses. I liked Sweetie Bell’s humility. Falling through the nightmare world, Sweetie Belle screams for Princess Luna to save her. Sweetie Belle is under no illusion that she can handle this nightmare, and her cries for help — being humble enough to ask others for help — is an inspiration to me: I struggle with pride, and seeing a character be humble inspires me to be more humble, too. It also helps that Luna is seen as a godlike figure. (She is the queen of the night, and dreams.) I like to think that, were I in Sweetie Belle’s position, I would say my own version of what she says as she falls through nightmare world: “Make it stop! God, can you hear me? Wake me up, God. Wake me up! Wake me up!”
3. Luna controls ponies’ dreams. That makes Sweetie Belle’s nightmare more creepy. Sweetie Belle can’t wake herself up: She is dependent on someone else — someone who can keep her in the nightmare for as long as they want.
4. The title of the episode — “For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils” — is a reference to the novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway. The episode’s plot is very “A Christmas Carol”-esque, too. Props to the writers for the literary references.
5. The comedy. Despite the creepy elements, this episode is funny, too.
6. The ending. I like that Sweetie Belle explains her feelings to Rarity. It is a heartfelt moment that makes me go “Aw.”
7. I like the character development that Luna has. Luna admits that, at times, she was jealous of her sister, Princess Celestia, but now knows she was at fault: She knows that her jealousy brought out the worst in her.
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