This is my theory as to why season three has been so awesome. It's actually the same amount of awesomeness that would normally be in a whole season, but squeezed into half as many episodes - leading to what, so far, has been a whole season of episodes that are better than any episode of the previous two seasons.
Round of applause for everyone at DHX.
I honestly hope they release these seasons over here in the UK, or atleast on Region 2 DVDs or Regionless Blu Rays. Because seriously, I would love to be able to throw money at the show, but the UK doesn't even get iTunes releases, and it's not like we can watch it on TV since the channel that has the rights chooses not to air it. (That, and my family's TV package doesn't even get Boomerang anymore...)