Personally I like this episode more. There may have been more emotion in PG, but the handling of it was questionable. We may have got some sad Scootaloo feels with her absent parents, but that was through guilt tripping Rainbow Dash for feeling bad for being angry that her parents are too supportive and invasive. It's only her angry outburst where the episode points out her parents flaws, but the story treats it like it's simply wrong for her to not just be happy for the support, but after that outburst neither she, Scootaloo, or Dash's parents ever bring up that Dash still had a point about not being too invasive. It's just Rainbow Dash admitting she was wrong and them giving the big support treatment to her parents and later Scootaloo. At most Bow Hothoof mentions their celebration is a bit much, but it still feels too indirect for my tastes, and still not reflective of his own actions.
In this episode, I felt like they handled the message a lot better. When Starlight and Sunburst hurt their parents feelings, they don't take it back, they make sure they understand that Firelight can't keep babying his daughter and Stellar Flare can't map out her son's life. Sunburst specifically says he's not sorry for that. They're only sorry that they didn't talk to them about it and solved these problems sooner, and their parents do accept that they weren't doing things the right way.
Also, I found this episode funnier than PG. I loved the joke with them repeatedly going back to the announcement made when the gate opens until even Stellar admits it's annoying.>>36828617>And the jump cut to Starlight's weirdly Goth "old room" with all the skulls tells us a huge amount about her in a fraction of a second.
I'd say it's less goth and more punk rock, given the instrument. Firelight even calls her "Punkie Wunk" when talking about her room. It would better represent Starlight going through a "rebellious" phase.
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