Wow. Who knew that Flurry Heart of all ponies would get some development? I mean, she's a frickin' baby!
But anyway, when I heard about this episode's synopsis and saw the promos for it, I expected this episode to be a superior version of Baby Cakes
. This was because Flurry Heart's abilities are notably much more powerful and potent that that of the Cake Twins, so this had the potential to be more fun and add a sort of twist to the typical babysitting story. Thankfully, it managed to exceed my expectations.
One cliche with babysitting stories is that the majority of it is spent on listening to the baby crying while whoever's taking care of them tries to calm them down. This happened with Baby Cakes
. This one, however, is more about Flurry Heart trying to create some kind of fun with whatever she finds around her. We very rarely hear her cry, and even when she does, most of it is more of the quiet sniffling rather than the high-pitched wails we'd expect. This makes her antics much more tolerable and more fun.
A lot of the comedy in this episode is really good, mainly from Flurry Heart's antics, but Spike gets some great one-liners and the B-plot is its own strange bit of funny. Said B-plot has Shining Armor and Princess Cadance go to an art museum, and their reactions to the strange art pieces are pretty priceless. And yes, that pun was intentional.
Just from this episode, I get the sense that Flurry Heart will grow up to be a very mischievous pony. One benefit I see with baby characters is getting hints as to what kind of character they'll grow up to be, and this episode is no exception. It's not much, but it does make Flurry Heart a pretty interesting character, even though she's just a baby at this point.
I really like this episode overall. I wouldn't say it's fantastic or anything, but it is a lot of fun. It takes a similar set-up to Baby Cakes
and improves upon it with its own clever spins on it. The lesson about not overwhelming yourself just to please everyone is also a very strong one. This is another great episode in the line-up.