Season 6, Episode 10: Applejack's "Day" Off
Written By Michael P. Fox and Wil Fox
Ah, Applejack…your hard-working and honest attitude is one of the reasons why you’re my second favorite…but have you ever considered taking a day off? Let’s take a look at Applejack’s “Day” Off!
While Rarity struggles to get Applejack to relax at the spa, Twilight and Spike find covering her "simple" farm chores to be a more difficult job than they thought. I’ll be honest, this was another episode that I wasn’t really looking forward to since it reminded me of a Season 1 episode that I found to be mediocre; that episode being ‘Applebuck Season’. But I did my best to go into this episode with an open mind and to my surprise…I was totally right.
While the story did have a good moral of how getting stuck in the same routine can add extra work, it was exactly what I thought it was gonna be…a re-tread of ‘Applebuck Season’ but with Twilight and Spike in Applejack’s place and the humor was very hit-and-miss ranging from chuckle-worthy to downright cringe-worthy. If anything, this episode reminded of the ninth season Thomas & Friends episode-Thomas' Day Off...and look how well that episode turned out!
In terms of animation, I did like how we got to see more of the Ponyville Spa and the various montages that we got throughout the episode…but it suffers from the same fate that ‘The Saddle Row Review’ did where we don’t really get to go anywhere except for the spa and Sweet Apple Acres. But like ‘Saddle Row Review’, it still looks great for what we got for this episode.
And when it comes to the characters…while I felt that the dynamic between Applejack and Rarity wasn’t as strong as in previous episodes, the staff did their best to highlight Applejack’s best traits. And for those of you who thought that Twilight and Spike acted like idiots, I’m happy to report that they were not-in fact, as Applejack said herself...”just because Twilight is an alicorn princess, that doesn’t make her a farmer”…also, I have to agree with everyone that Rainbow Dash’s cameo didn’t need to be in the episode.
Overall…what happened, Fox Brothers?!? While ‘Applejack’s “Day” Off’ is not the worst episode of the entire series, it’s easily our first bad episode of Season 6 and I give this episode a rating of a 6.5 out of 10.