Written By Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco
Ever since Day 1 of ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’, there has been only one question on the minds of everypony in the fandom: where have Applejack’s parents been all this time?!? We’ve never seen them on the farm nor during any flashbacks or when Apple Bloom finally got her cutie mark…what have they been doing?!? And after seven years of waiting and hoping and praying for an answer, we have finally gotten our wish…let’s take a look at the highly-anticipated episode simply called ‘The Perfect Pear’!
The Apple Siblings learn about their parent's love story and find out that they're half Pear. When news of this episode first surfaced long before Season 7 premiered, the entire fandom including myself was going crazy with excitement. Finally…after seven years, we were finally getting the story about the Apple Parents and maybe even learn about what happened to them in order to explain why they haven’t been around for the entirety of the show’s run. But did our excitement and hype all pay off in the best way possible? The answer is…yes, yes it did.
When it comes to the story, it is a loving tribute to the classic William Shakespeare tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and writers Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco knew to include the key moments from that story into this truly heartwarming episode with a moral of how loved ones need to put aside their arguments for the sake of others…but as we all know, we couldn’t have it end like the original story of ‘Romeo and Juliet because 1) this is a kid’s show and having young lovers take both of their lives would really be pushing it…and 2) they would both have to live long enough to bare three children…still, it would’ve been nice to see what happened to the Apple Parents and why they aren’t around in the show at all.
As for the animation…with an episode as highly-anticipated as this being told through flashbacks, the team at DHX really had to bring their A-game and man did they ever as we got to see so many old and new locations like Sweet Apple Acres and the Pear Farm as well as finally getting our first look at the parents of the Apple siblings Bright McIntosh and Pear Butter. But where the animation truly shines is in the song ‘You’re In My Head Like A Catchy Song’ and…while it is a weird name for a song, it is truly beautiful in how it feels like something straight out of the time period that ‘Romeo And Juliet’ is set in but with a country flare that fits with both the Apples and Pears.
And when it comes to the characters, you really do feel for the Apple siblings in this episode since they knew absolutely nothing about their history nor what happened to them…and if it weren’t for Apple Bloom, they would’ve spent the rest of their lives asking questions about their past and getting no answers at all. Speaking of family members, this is also the highly anticipated episode to have both William Shatner and Felicia Day guest star as the voices of Grand Pear and Pear Butter and let me just say that they both did an outstanding job with their performances. Shatner knew how to make Grand Pear a truly interesting character in how he held on to his resentment of his rivalry for a very long time while at the same time is the catalyst as to why it’s been so long since the Apples and Pears realized that they have stronger family bonds than they thought while Felicia’s kind and loving performance makes her seem feel like that hometown girl that you can’t help falling in love with-even Bright McIntosh!
I didn’t think there was gonna be an episode that was gonna top ‘Parental Glideance’ as my favorite of Season 7 as well as the entire series, but ‘The Perfect Pear’ is easily the perfect episode to answer the questions we Bronies have asked for years and I’m proud to give it a rating of a 10 out of 10.