No soup for you!
I'm watching episodes 3 and 4 again. The line deliveries are really good. There's this pleasing richness to Applejack's voice when she's monologuing. The more I think about it, the more I appreciate how the episode can do slower-paced dry humour. There's even some clever foreshadowing with the "playing with my food" line.
Here's a list of things I appreciate about or otherwise make me excited for Pony Life so far:
* They know how to structure jokes well. I was expecting something lolrandom and annoying, but the pacing of the jokes is pretty crunchy at times.
* There's an emphasis on The Mane Six just hanging out. It creates the sense that they're spending time together whenever they're not busy with other things.
* The writers have nine seasons worth of characterization to draw inspiration from. A lot of the better ideas came from later in the series, such as how solving mysteries is such a great fit for Rarity given her attention to detail. The fact that they alluded to "Rarity Investigates" in the very first episode was enough to make me excited. I like that we're getting season 5-9 characterization for Fluttershy, and that they made Applejack more contemplative.
* The episodes explore ideas. I only realized today that for a competitive pony like Rainbow Dash, "pick your battles" is a pretty great lesson for her to learn. With more materiel to work with, there's a greater chance the writers see an opportunity to explore an idea with a character.
* Shorter episodes means story ideas that couldn't fill up a full 22 minutes become more viable.
* This is effectively a soft reboot with a looser, less serious tone. This affords much more creative freedom, and is basically what I wanted anyways.
* Despite the simplistic style, they're still putting a respectable effort into things like camera movement and shot composition.
"Princess Probz" was not all that good, but I saw glimmers of potential. "How Applejack Got Her Hat Back" and "Cute-pocalypse Meow" have kind of sold me on the show.