There is absolutely no way this could go wrong.
And...it doesn't. But try telling that to Applejack, who in a fit of anxiety for Apple Bloom's safety, suddenly becomes very overprotective of Apple Bloom and is hovering over the filly's shoulder every step she takes. Now Apple Bloom has to figure out how she can prove to Applejack that she's old enough to be able to look after herself...if only Applejack would leave her be long enough to give her that chance...
And thus arises this episode's theme of Applejack having a hard time to set down her worries and let Apple Bloom not only prove she can look after herself, but actually do it too.
A really hard time.
I mean, I understand Applejack having her worries and being more than a little overprotective, but seriously, this whole instance seems to have unlocked some hidden away smothering-mothering trait that makes itself apparent with a vengeance. You can't help but pity poor Apple Bloom who's practically getting chocked by all the overprotection, nor blame her from wanting to escape, and prove she didn't need it, and could look after herself, do things on her own, etc. This becomes such a high priority that singing a song about it even got interrupted part way in favor of this (which got a good laugh out of me).
Anyway, it's not a bad theme and lesson, and true to MLP style, they manage to shake it up enough to keep things interesting for a generally pleasing viewing, but I think largely I'm going to have to say that it was a pretty average episode. Some Apple family bonding to be found, of course, which I'm always for, but nothing too major. Some fun scenes, but nothing notably that special or hilarious. Writing was solid all throughout, but though written well, I don't have much else to say about it. Again, nothing remarkably special about it, just fairly routine stuff, really.
But I did like that whole fire swamp scene. Speaking of, you know what else that fire swamp needed to have? Some lightning sand. And some Rodents of Unusual Size (assuming they exist, of course). *wink*
Anyway, that's really all I've got to say about this episode today, so I won't muck about with fluff trying to lengthen it. Till next episode!