Although I found the latest episode quite entertaining, I found the message to be a bit unclear. I think it was supposed to be something about blessings in disguise, but that didn't sit right with me. To me the message seemed more along the lines of "Fake it 'til you make it." Yes, I did get that line from Fallout 3.
I can happily say that "fake it 'til you make it" is a pretty good motto, or at least it worked for me. I used to simply feign happiness, until it became a reality. After all, a lie is the truth to people who believe in the lie. I'm sure there's a line in V for Vendetta that would be perfect here, but I don't remember it.
In the episode: a big stallion is having problems with his cutie mark. He believes his cutie mark means bad luck, it depicts an upside down horseshoe, which is a symbol for bad luck, even his name name, Trouble Shoes, means bad luck to me. The Cutie Mark Crusaders, however, are not convinced, and they believe that his cutie mark is a sign for him to become a rodeo clown.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders were able to convince Trouble Shoes, and the rest of Appaloosa, that his cutie mark was really a blessing in disguise. It appeared to him, and everyone else, that his cutie mark would bring bad luck, but The CMC decided it was more fun to laugh at him breaking things, hurting himself, and making a mess. So they decided that his cutie mark should be to make people laugh, as a rodeo clown.
To me that seems a bit cruel, but it meant that Trouble Shoes could get into the rodeos like he wanted to, and it meant everyone else gets their laughs. I guess that shows that not all things are quite as they seem, and maybe that is the true message of the episode.
- George "Kitty" Booth