How appropriate for a mid-season break, though really it shows off how this feels like Season 5 being split into two half seasons like Season 3. This is the last time Season 3 will be compared against other episodes until the finale. So, here's what we have this week.
Season 1: Fall Weather Friends
Season 2: Baby Cakes
Season 3: Magical Mystery Cure
Season 4: Simple Ways
Season 5: Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?
I feel like I'm having trouble deciding on the order again. At the same time, I feel like I might be in the minority on what I go with here. At least I know what my bottom two are. Let's... go with my gut here, I guess.
Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep? > Magical Mystery Cure > Fall Weather Friends > Simple Ways > Baby Cakes
I still like Amending Fences better overall as a story, but I still really enjoyed this week's episode. Yes, I'm a bit of a Luna fanboy, so that probably helped this episode in my eyes, but I was also quite amused by the dream sequences, especially the shared one near the end. The dialogue was a bit repetitive and Luna trying to fight the Tantabus alone at the beginning just seemed cliche at this point, but I really missed these sort of high action stories, and for it to also feature Luna? This was her best appearance since Luna Eclipsed. (Though that, again, was still superior.)
Magical Mystery Cure only gets second here because even though it had some great highs, you had to get through that mess of a first half first. The pacing was just... too quick at the start, and it really needed to be a two-parter to get the most out of the story. Even then... does anybody else think that this was a weak story to lead in to Twilight's Ascension? I really do feel that there could have been something more... grand to lead to her ultimate epiphany. That said, there were still some great moments that really capped off the series thus far.