So speaking of Scare Master, now that it's out officially what does everyone think of it?
Personally, I wasn't such a big fan of it back when I saw it during the initial leak, and watching it again just recently didn't improve my opinion any. To me, it was just one of those episodes that felt significantly longer than 22 minutes - and not in a good way; just too many separate things happened without quite solid enough connections to keep them feeling like a progressing story, and it ended up seeming more like a series of vignettes with a loose storyline tying them together.
Don't get me wrong, there were things that I liked about it - as there are with any episode for me, otherwise I probably wouldn't still be watching - but overall it felt like something was just missing that would have made it truly engaging to me.
...I've got it. There was no real raising of the stakes, save for the chase scene towards the end - and even then, we as the audience already knew Fluttershy was planning to scare the rest and so already knew there wasn't any real danger. Even Princess Spike, pretty much the default go-to bad episode this season, raised the stakes progressively throughout the episode; this one just felt more like a flat 'no tension' throughout the episode until (debatably) the last 5 minutes or so, where we reached a relative climax.
Man, this probably isn't the best place to post essays on each new episode as they come out, is it? Oh well, chances are I'll be doing it each week anyway - I just hope they'll be more positive than this for the most part. Once again, don't get me wrong, I DID like this episode - it's just not a great one for me, and probably not one I'm ever gonna rewatch outside of if I ever decide to do the whole season or series.
TL;DR The episode was okay but suffered from pacing and tension issues IMO. Also this is probably going to become a weekly thing for me, so sorry in advance for the huge boring walls of text every week. To make up for it, have a Flutterscream.