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As you all know, Fall Weather Friends should come before Winter Wrap-Up.

There are many concerns about episode chronology when considering season one as a whole.  There are a bunch of monsters at the start of the season, while the CMC take over during the second half.  The first half is pretty AJ/RD/PP heavy, while the last half is overloaded with Rarity and Fluttershy.  The Gala episode has an Everyone Laughs ending, but to me it feels tacked on and anti-climactic, and doesn't work as a season finale as well as Cutie Mark Crusaders would.  (S2 update: we now know the Discord episodes were produced as the season/series finale.)

If we take the air order as the chronological order:
episodes 1-10 summer/fall, year 1000 of the Summer Sun Celebration
11 Winter Wrap-Up 1001
12 Call Of The Cutie 1001
13 Fall Weather Friends 1001
14-26: spring/summer 1002

This means the mane 6 got their tickets right after saving Equestria from Nightmare Moon, then 1 3/4 years later they go to the Gala.  Season 2 update: Although a royal ball may have a waiting list that far in advance, air chronology is also impossible because Secret of my Excess is focused around Spike's first Ponyville birthday.

This is my attempt to fix unbalancing issues and chronological flaws.  The season is re-ordered with these factors in mind:
- breaking up mane 6/monster/CMC clumps
- post-pilot episodes featuring most of mane 6 before Ticket Master turns them into selfish parodies of themselves
- putting bulk of apple-harvesting episodes pre-Applebuck Season
- mini-arcs of episodes that work well together
So here it is:

(revised 5/31/12)

Summer/Fall 1000:
01 - Mare In The Moon
02 - Elements of Harmony
08 - Look Before You Sleep
09 - Bridle Gossip
07 - Dragonshy
03 - The Ticket Master
10 - Swarm of the Century
16 - Sonic Rainboom
05 - Griffon The Brush-Off
20 - Green Isn't Your Color
06 - Boast Busters
12 - Call of the Cutie
04 - Applebuck Season
15 - Feeling Pinkie Keen
13 - Fall Weather Friends
30 - Luna Eclipsed (season 2)

Spring 1001:
11 - Winter Wrap Up
17 - Stare Master
24 - Owl's Well That Ends Well
14 - Suited for Success
22 - A Bird in the Hoof
26 - The Best Night Ever
21 - Over a Barrel
25 - Party of One
18 - Show Stoppers
19 - A Dog and Pony Show
23 - The Cutie Mark Chronicles


The reversal of Sonic Rainboom and Griffon The Brush-Off is something many have commented on:
Pinkie Pie: Hoof-biting action overload! She was like a stunt superstar, flying higher and higher, and then Rainbow Dash swooped down--swoosh--and right before she hit the ground--shoom-she pulled up--rrrmmm!
Twilight Sparkle: Uh-huh.
Pinkie Pie: And then she looped around and around like fwoom fwoom fwoom fwoom fwoom fwoom fwoom!

(The fwoom fwoom fwoom at the end doesn't match, but everything right before matches perfectly, although it could also describe any diving stunt.  She's Pinkie Pie, yet some accept her excited noises as exact canon for some reason.)

Mini-arcs:
Sonic Rainboom/Griffon The Brush-Off: Pinkie Pie describes Rainbow Dash
Applebuck/Pinkie Keen/FWF/Luna Eclipsed/WWU: seasonal changeover is unavoidably the bulk of Applejack-heavy episodes in the season, so I broke it up.
Suited/Bird/Best Night Ever: Fluttershy may be helping Rarity make the dozen of each dress for Hoity Toity, which is why she looks through a rack of them in her home in A Bird In The Hoof
Over A Barrel/Party of One: Pinkie's least effective song is followed by her least effective party invitations

Season 2's Luna Eclipsed fits thematically in the fall following Luna's return, and Twilight pens the letter, so it need not follow Lesson Zero.

Let me know if you see anything clearly out of order.  Apples and Gala dresses don't count; this show was not made to withstand logic hammering, per Lauren.  And please let me know if this enhances (or detracts from) your viewing experience.
Has it ever bugged you that Winter Wrap-Up aired before Fall Weather Friends? Does the last half of season one feel too full of Cutie Mark Crusaders? Why does Rarity complain about running out of time... 11 episodes before the Gala?

Introducing a new way to watch MLPFiM Season One. With better character arcs and fewer apples after Applebuck Season, this revised viewing order will make you fall in love all over again.

MLPFiM is Hasbro's intellectual property, with deepest thanks to *fyre-flye AKA Lauren Faust for giving us this wonderful sandbox to play in.

Update - regarding the Gala dresses and the Suited/Bird/Gala mini-arc: I've been revising this playlist for at least three months. I tried and tried to put all the episodes with Gala dresses after Suited For Success, but other contradictions popped up, and any hope of avoiding character-focus clumping was ruined. At one point, the season had five Pinkie episodes in a row, and ended with ALL the Rarity/Fluttershy episodes. (When Lauren said this show doesn't stand up to logic hammering, she wasn't kidding.) So I ended up ignoring the Gala dresses on the racks most of the time. My excuse? They're prototypes, Rarity's house style, of which the Gala dresses eventually become the pinnacle.

The only attention I paid to the Gala dresses was A Bird In The Hoof. Rarity wore her pristine Gala dress, so it obviously hadn't been ruined yet. Fluttershy looked in her closet for something to wear, and brushed aside her own Gala dress, along with those of Twilight, Rainbow, and Pinkie. (There was a fifth dress, a blue-sleeved dress with purple parts which matched the "fru-fru, glittery, lacey outfit" Applejack briefly donned in Look Before You Sleep.) My explanation? Rarity knew she couldn't possibly complete six dozen dresses by "next Tuesday" like Hoity Toity wanted, so she asked Fluttershy to help her sew them.

As to why I put Suited For Success so close to the Gala, Rarity was stressing out about the amount of time the revised dresses were costing her. That could just have been time pressure regarding the upcoming (and presumably heavily advertised) fashion show. However, Twilight strikes me as a bit of a procrastinator, and I wouldn't put it past her to wait until two weeks before the Gala to ask Rarity to re-sew that button.

Between the first and second fashion shows, there was enough time for her reputation to get sunk by Hoity Toity's review, and for local customers to cancel their orders. (Pinkie said she hadn't come out "for days.") If she had been planning to use that time to make ultra-fashionable Gala dresses for other customers, it was all freed up to wallow in whatever it is that ponies are supposed to wallow in.

Season 2 edits: full Season 1+2 Revised Chronology coming soon!
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BejeweledApples Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Winter comes before fall, genius.
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AJPart Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
This is what makes sense to me, but does NOT make sense taking the base episodes themselves.

Expecting Twilight (Mrs. OCD/shut in herself) to make friends in ONE DAY is absurd.

Expecting the Summer Sun celebration to be ready in one day is also absurd.

Celestia sent Twilight down MONTHS in advance. Obstinantly to prepare for the summer sun celebration (Because they sometimes take a looooooong time to prepare for some events (gala)) but REALLY to give Twilight time to make some real friends.

Winter wrap-up is just too critical an episode and tells the story of an utterly virgin Twilight having NO place in town, but trying to do her assignment anyway.

The Cutie Mark Crusaders utterly destroy the illusion of continuity after show stoppers, so ripping apart the show and rearranging the bits is the only way I can think of to keep happy with the show.

So, for me it's:

Friendship is Magic, part 1 (during winter)
Winter Wrap up
Friendship is Magic, part 2

The rest of my timeline is basically then in order
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BejeweledApples Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hm...I guess I can't argue with that logic.
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BejeweledApples Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I said to ignore the seasons comment. But what?
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If you're talking about the thumbnail, it shows the original order of the episodes, not the rearrangement.
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BejeweledApples Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ignore the seasons comment. I just realized it doesn't make sense.
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BejeweledApples Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And also; I thought the orders for the dresses came AFTER the second fashion show.
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CelineSSauve Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
And now that Season 4's premier implies that it's only been a year since Episode one, it's time to do this all over again! ;D
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've got Season 2 pretty much laid out, but it's taking some tweaking.  Also, how does S4 premiere imply one year?  Equestria Girls makes it plain that Sunset Shimmer has been on Earth for either 2.5 or 5 years, and the comic showing Twilight as a foal when Sunset was Celestia's student makes 5 years more probable.
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CelineSSauve Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I'm not sure I buy that logic on Sunset Shimmer having any influence on the length of the series.

As for the one-year: I doubt Celestia would have cut Luna out of the big Sun celebration (especially with the way she's so happy with being able to finally have Luna take part again at the start of Season 4). It's kinda like the point you made about Rarity and the button on Twilight's dress. When I watch that episode, I never think that Rarity is stressed to make the dresses before the _Gala_ but rather before Rarity's little Ego-boosting fashion show which she'd scheduled and has to be done before.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

You're right about the button; I'm in the process of re-revising S1 more minimally.

I also agree that the Summer Sun Celebration is probably the first one in Canterlot since Luna's return.  However, I see no reason to believe it was the very next one after Luna's return:

1. The Summer Sun Celebration of the pilot episode was held in Ponyville.  Since no remarks about the location being unusual were made, I assume it's held in a different location every year, small and large cities, so that all of Equestria has a chance to honor their sun princess.  Given that Twilight attended in Canterlot as a young filly, it is sometimes held in Canterlot.  The ratio of Canterlot to non-Canterlot hosting is unknown.

2. Scheduling the primary Royal event of the year is probably done at least a year ahead of time, to pick and vet the venue and vendors, and to give the host location time to prepare.  Possibly it's selected in a bidding process, or to honor a given host city/town's important anniversary.  If it's scheduled more than a year in advance, it's unlikely Canterlot was next on the list, unless Celestia planned ahead: Ponyville for the return, Canterlot for the celebration the following year.

3. Luna seems to work in or around Canterlot (source: Luna one-shot comic).  That is probably also where she socializes most often, to whatever degree.  It would make sense for Celestia to make the big announcement about shifting the emphasis of the Summer Sun Celebration in Luna's home of Canterlot, also the capitol of Equestria, instead of in another town.

4. In the pilot episode, the connection between the Mare in the Moon (the pony whose defeat is celebrated with the Summer Sun Celebration) and Nightmare Moon (a wicked pony of legend who provides the fright for Nightmare Night) is not well known in Ponyville, and probably not elsewhere either.  Since the defeat of Nightmare Moon and the return of Luna, however, scholars and reporters have probably uncovered and publicized more details about their rulers.  I can imagine it taking several years for ponies to call the Summer Sun Cele

5. Even Twilight didn't know that Celestia was one of the alicorn sisters from the legend.  I can imagine ponies in Canterlot talking excitedly about "celebrating the defeat of Nightmare Moon" without realizing how much it hurts Luna.

6. The mane 6 defeated Nightmare Moon again in the pilot, but Spike defeated Nightmare Rarity in the comics before the time of this episode.  That makes the defeat of Nightmare Moon less singular than the return of Luna (and the confidence she gained in the same comic to put her past behind her).

Your main point, I think, is the one which most clearly defends my own.  Celestia is indeed "so happy with being able to finally have Luna take part again," but I'm guessing that at the very next Summer Sun Celebration after the pilot, Luna DID participate, and was boo'd by the crowd as she lowered the moon.  This leads to Celestia making her proclamation at the Canterlot SSC in the episode.

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BlueSSunshinee Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The season 2 premiere takes place at the Summer Sun Celebration the next year...
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I've reviewed the transcripts of the S4 premiere episodes, and nothing I saw made me think that it took place only one year from Luna's return.  It's true that Celestia spoke about being glad that it's now about Luna's return, not her banishment, and her announcement at the end of episode 2 does make more sense on Luna's first year back.

However, it can make sense in other ways too.  First, the royal sisters have extremely long lives.  They might do things relatively slowly, like Luna attending the second Nightmare Night of her return, not the first, and Celestia not realizing the announcement would be necessary to change the tone of the Summer Sun Celebration.  Second, Celestia might not have realized until this year (Luna's second Summer Sun Celebration at home) that other ponies in Canterlot were celebrating Nightmare Moon's defeat.

I prefer to think that two winters have passed, and that all of S3 took place between the Hearth's Warming pageant starring the mane six, and the S4 premiere.

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BlueSSunshinee Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... I'm gonna have to rewatch the premiere.
But yeah, when I think about it, I don't think they directly stated anything about it being a year.
Guess its all just been us assuming. :/
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KayJayAre Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Too full of CMC" Impossible!!
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reccaman2 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
dude if you want a real messed up order of chronological order wacth the melancholy of haruhi you would have to watch it all the way through before you realize which episode is the 1st and so on
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Bigstrital Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This is the best thing after butter! I think I gonna use this time-line in my future fanfics.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've revised it somewhat. I currently put Luna Eclipsed in S1 because it makes more sense for the town to freak out.
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AgentTasmania Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I've contemplated similar issues myself.
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MCmkII Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Hi! Have you made any progress on adding season 2 to this list?
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've got a framework for the episodes that must or should be in a certain timeframe. I think I'll work on it some more after today's Running Of The Leaves. The key will be putting both A Friend In Deed and Sweet and Elite on the calendar.
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chibi-jen-hen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I keep saying to myself that ONE DAY I'll watch all these in this order! Quick question, are you going to add Season 2 episodes to this list or consider it the "year after" and start a new list? Just curious. :)

I commend you for going through the trouble of putting this together in the first place!
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
There will be a Season 2 list when I make the time. S1 took three months of revision before I posted it, and I have since revised it based on my iPod listening playlist and other feedback. S2 won't take near as long. The main points to hit, in this order:
1. Identify "structural" episodes: Secret Of My Excess (and therefore Lesson Zero) must occur before Summer Sun Celebration #1001.
2. Declump season: scatter the season-opening CMC episodes amongst the rest of the season. Break up the pairs of episodes focusing on one pony.
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Midnoon-Gamma Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I know it says this is for Season 1, but since you included one in there, I think another S2 episode needs to be in there - Putting your hoof down. It looks like this one goes before Stare Master chronologically, as she is a giant pushover with no tactic of getting her way. It appears that "The Stare" has already been invented in Stare Master. I also think that it should also go before Dragonshy, as she uses "The Stare" in that too. Otherwise, a very good list.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
From her description in Stare Master, I think she doesn't like to use The Stare; I think it makes her feel mean. I also don't think she'd ever willingly use it on Angel, given whatever their untold back-story is, and especially given her traumatic blow-up at the Gala. I feel Putting Your Hoof Down works best in Season 2: a Fluttershy who is trying to find less fear-based ways of being assertive.
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Midnoon-Gamma Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I could be wrong but I think she just uses the stare at the end of the episode anyway on Angel.
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RadiantVoid Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Twilight. The "neurotic Twilight must be on time" Twilight? The "I wouldn't want to impose" Twilight? The "I re-shelve my books" Twilight? The Twilight who gets upset when a book isn't in the right place Twilight? That Twilight Sparkle strikes you as a procrastinator? The Twilight who was able to reorganize all of Winter Wrap-Up in the span of hours strikes you as a procrastinator?

My good man, while i applaud your efforts to form a timeline (and which follows my indefinite 'skeletal' timeline), I must say that such a statement makes you look extremely foolish. Unless you can provide compelling evidence and examples, I am inclined to say your ability to judge the characters is terrible.


"As to why I put Suited For Success so close to the Gala, Rarity was stressing out about the amount of time the revised dresses were costing her."

She does have other orders to fill you know. Six dresses is a lot to take, and I don't see any time she actually stated why she was stressed - perhaps she was simply overworked? To state that she was "stressing about the amount of time the revised dresses were costing her" is an overreach. If anything, it's the difficulty in getting the revised dresses just right "Customer's always right", "Rainbow dash what is on your mind", etc.

You also make a very potent mistake: You assume that character episodes cannot be clumped with no reason as to why that would be so. Frankly that is a major weakness: Why would the timeline of the show, dictated by what we observe in the episodes, be influenced by who happened to be the focus? I mean, if "Winter Wrap Up" had starred AJ, would that mean it couldn't be placed immediatally after "Fall Weather Friends"? Of course not, the evidence that Fall > Winter is more important than something as stupid as "clumped episodes".

I nonetheless do appreciate the timeline, and hope that this comment is constructive in its criticisms.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We're a year and a whole 'nother season past when I wrote that, and still it feels like I posted it yesterday, after days of rejiggering and refiguring. And soon, I shall embark upon the same quest for Season 2, Secret Of My Excess being, of course, the key to the timeline.

Last comment first: a comment as long as yours cannot help but be constructive in some way.

When I said Twilight was a procrastinator, I meant that in the sense of my own procrastination. I do not leave the house until the exact minute I've calculated I need for my travel time. I do not set my alarm earlier than I estimate I'll need. Consequently, I end up late too often. Despite her punctuality on other matters, I see Twilight as assuming the new button is all she'll need. In my mind, her ignorance of social niceties (modeled on Asperger Syndrome) would lead her to be unfortunately late in ordering a Gala gown, something Rarity would normally take months to plan.

I envision Rarity spending the winter months toiling indoors on her customers' clothing (and fretting that they'll be fatter or skinnier by the time the date rolls around). Suddenly, during the time she's set aside to create her own Gala gown (with the freshest of fashion sense, to outshine the dresses she's been making all winter), she has five more to design and sew before the Gala. Then five more before the fashion show. Stress, stress. And finally, after her success, a dozen of each; 72 pret-a-porter versions of her Gala dresses "by next Thursday". No wonder she didn't want her dress getting dirty at the party in A Bird In The Hoof; she was still stressed.

As for clumping, I as an audience member felt it would be in poor taste to put the two major AJ episodes back-to-back, and follow it with Winter Wrap-Up, where she plays a major part in the central conflict. A sprinkling of variety is what I felt it needed. (Season 2 was "worse" from that perspective, with double Rarity, double Dash, double Applebloom episodes. I've got a LOT of work cut out for me. And I relish every moment I'm logic-hammering.)
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Alesiopdv Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Am the only one who missed the gala dresses on previous episodes? I never noticed them! Someone has screen caps because I honestly I onyl watched them on tehir respective episodes and no place else...
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64SuperNintendo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm... I think you should place Sonic Rainboom after Applebuck Season, because in the latter, Rainbow Dash still hasn't impressed the Wonderbolts. Other than that, great job!
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're thinking pretty clearly. However, I still like my placement. Remember, by the time the Gala rolls around in spring, Rainbow still wants to impress them (see her part of the musical number).

In addition, if I moved it, it would change the character dynamics. Part of this project was to de-clump the season as much as I could, while putting character introduction episodes toward the front of the season. This change would put three of season one's four biggest Rainbow Dash episodes pretty close together, in the middle of the season.

I also like the Rainbow Dash / Pinkie Pie / Fluttershy character arc that emerges in this manner:

Dragonshy - Rainbow makes things worse, but Fluttershy saves the day.
The Ticket Master - the tickets are for Fluttershy to attend with Twilight, for chasing away the dragon; Rainbow is the last to give up her ticket.
Swarm of the Century - Fluttershy makes things worse, Rainbow fails due to Pinkie, Pinkie annoys Rainbow but succeeds in ending the parasprite menace.
Sonic Rainboom - Rainbow works to improve Fluttershy's cheering, thinks Pinkie is ditzy enough to jump on clouds without protection from falling through.
Griffon The Brush-Off - Rainbow is no longer annoyed by Pinkie, Pinkie protects Fluttershy, and Rainbow declares her new friends to be her best friends.
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64SuperNintendo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Well, by that I meant the Best Young Flyers Competiton presumably hadn't taken place yet by Applebuck Season as she was practicing her routine, then she pulled off a Sonic Rainboom in the eponymous episode and got the chance to spend time with the Wonderbolts, which she did in The Best Night Ever. Just pointing it out.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah. The prize for the Best Young Fliers was a day with the Wonderbolts, a prize which was immediately awarded, if her flying away arm-in-arm with two of the male Wonderbolts was any indication. At least that's how I took it. From the way Spitfire talked at the Gala, it sounded like she wasn't present for the day with Rainbow Dash (due to a kick in the head from Rarity), or she'd surely remember her better.

Rainbow Dash is always practicing for the Wonderbolts. She's spent her entire life practicing for the Wonderbolts. And from the Rally we saw last episode, once she's in the Wonderbolts, she'll need to keep practicing every day until she retires (voluntarily or not).

I wouldn't really mind putting Sonic Rainboom after Applebuck Season, except the rest of that mini-arc I mentioned doesn't really fit after the apples have been harvested, because of the Apples defending their apples from the parasprites.

But as I've said before, this list is my personal continuity. Feel free to watch them in any order you choose.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I just noticed another mini-arc I inadvertently set up:

Dragonshy - Twilight's letter says Fluttershy defeated the dragon, saving Equestria.
Ticket Master - Celestia initially only sends two tickets - Twilight and Fluttershy?
Swarm of the Century - Fluttershy brings the first Parasprite to Ponyville, and keeps one in her cottage; if either even had not occured, Ponyville would have been safe.

So, Fluttershy saves Equestria, but later destroys Ponyville.
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Midniteprophet Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait a minute
Swarm of the Century can't come before WWU
In SotC, you can see the birds nests made in WWU
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You mean those baskets of flowers they hung in the trees to celebrate Princess Celestia's visit, in the second scene of the first segment?

(SotC directly preceeded WWU in airdate order.)

And even if that were the case: "Darling, those nests are SO last year!"
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invinible Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
21 - Over a Barrel can't occur after 04 - Applebuck Season as it was clearly stated in the former that applebuck season was coming up right around the corner.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Braeburn: First harvest should be any day now.

Applebuck season is the biggest harvest of the year, but some apples can be picked as early as summer. (See Ticket Master.)

I went with the idea that the Gala is late Spring, that earthponies can make trees fruitful nearly year-round, and that the arid climate in Appleloosa makes them blossom early. (I bet they've got a few pegasi in town for irrigation.) Keep in mind that airdate order makes even less sense.

I put it post-Gala instead of pre-Applebuck because the friendship moment at the end of Best Night Ever leads pretty well into the train ride.
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mousesquisher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Some RL info:
I lived in southern GA for a couple years and it was so warm for so long that most farmers were able to get two full growing 'seasons' a year, so it would be quite possible for AJ's harvest to be 1-3 months (depending on weather) before Braeburn's.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Good point. I live out here in New Mexico, east of Arizona, and the Dixon Apple Farm was famous for its yearly Fall harvest. (I say "was" because, sadly, the surrounding area and most of the farm buildings burned in a huge wildfire this year, and the flooding that followed took out most of the orchard - the parts last winter's horrible frost didn't kill. It looks like that farm is done.)
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mousesquisher Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Geez, that's the kind of bad luck you only hear about in fiction.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The wilds of the West are harsh and unforgiving. There's a reason there's a whole genre focused on life on the frontier. Read the original "Little House On The Prairie" sometime.
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Tempestwulf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Didn't detract whatsoever but makes alot of sense.
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SwordSaint32 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Also in green isn't your colour you can see the dresses rarity made for the gala (11:21), so that episode has to be put after she has made them.
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Mason1729 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
second
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SwordSaint32 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I found a flaw in this but when i checked that flaw is actually in the normal order to. In swarm of the century at 14:10 you can see a pony wearing a nature vest from winter wrap up even though that's a episode later. So swarm of the century has to go after winter wrap up.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Rarity wanted to test the vests, to see how they would function during actual work. Would the fabric stretch or tear? Would the seams hold? Although Swarm might work between - no, no, I promised myself I wouldn't re-order them again! :)
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mousesquisher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Or maybe that pony is wearing a vest from last year and is like that woman in RL who refused to take off her Starfleet uniform for jury duty. :p
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coralus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Looking at the list again it also seems to be in the correct order of Fluttershy going from (:> to D:<
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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