Okay, so, "Winter Wrap Up". Does anyone remember anything about this episode apart from the song? Serious question. I actually had to rewatch this one, because my memory of everything else was so hazy. Anyways, one humorous bit is that Twilight laments the fact that she doesn't have wings. Oh, Twilight. You have no idea what's coming to you. Beyond that, the episode offers very little. It's mostly just "ponies being cute in the snow". And, of course, the song. DEAR GOD THIS SONG IS AMAZING. Sadly, though, that's just about the only high point of the episode.
"Hearth's Warming Eve" is a decent backstory for Equestria. You know, if not for the fact that it contradicted EVERY OTHER backstory of this place ever. Like, seriously. Star Swirl was Clover the Clever's mentor, but Scorpan was friends with Star Swirl in "Twilight's Kingdom"'s backstory, and that was when Celestia and Luna were in power, so it was therefore also after Discord's defeat, yet was when Star Swirl was a "young unicorn wizard", and it just makes no sense. If this episode existed in a vacuum, just on its own, I would like it. But when you put it with everything else, it just falls apart. Because the story and characters are genuinely good. It's just that it doesn't fit. But I still enjoy watching this version of the story. Like the title says, it is "heartwarming". Like, I just get good feelings while watching it, I dunno.
(UPDATE: Yes. I realize that I talked about the wrong episode here. See Day 12's entry for details on why and for me talking about the right episode. Sorry.)
And on the topic of Discord in Season 4, "Three's a Crowd" in particular is pretty good too. If for nothing else than for John de Lancie singing. Yes please. Also, fun fact, John de Lancie has now appeared in just as many episodes of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic as he has of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Woo! Princess Cadance is also one of my favorite characters (never thought I'd be saying that after "A Canterlot Wedding"), so it is nice seeing her again too.