|[Mando touching himself in the distance]|
Current best link to this episode is here.
(the sound of fading grumbling)
Okay so we put Grandpa in bed and decided to continue on without him as best we can. He was as underwhelmed by this episode as most people were. It reminded fans all over what "mediocre" truly means. Nothing really outstanding happens in the grand scheme of the season, but they did use the opportunity to inch some character progress into the plot.
The result of this is the "My Little Shop of Horrors" plant you see here. Scootaloo is attempting to assemble a unicycle, again without the instructions, and Sweetie Belle is going full Luke Skywalker, trying to lift small objects with her magic, and struggling with it. Spike shows up to progress the plot and then it's time for the theme song. The only other important note from the first few minutes is actually a small detail in the background, in which we see a blueprint diagram of the
Ring Pop mystery box from the season premier.
Clearly PRINCESS Twilight Sparkle has been hard at work doing...something with it. Taped to the bottom of her Blueprint is a chart that appears to be diagrams of potential key shapes. 9 of them. Also the top of the box is shown in detail, with an 8-pointed star, as opposed to the 6-pointed stars we are accustomed to in most other circumstances. On the episode goes. So little happens that qualifies as interesting or worth-while that we can run through a good portion of the episode in a few sentences.
Pip is back. Hooray Pip.
School girls want to be popular. Shocker.
There's a Futurama cameo...and that's pretty much all the important things until this happens.
Princess Twilight, gobbling down, her face buried in a Big Mac, getting a little red between the buns.
Why is this important? Well first off its the first time we're aware of a "fast food" style restaurant in Ponyville. Second, we've never seen Twilight eat like this before. Pinkie makes a brief appearance. But most of all is Twilight's response to the crowd of children. Earlier in the episode Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon acted all excited to be hanging out with Twilight, but Twilight dismissed their behavior, probably as little more than enthusiastic politeness. Prior to the meeting DT and SS rattled off all the responses to Twilight's new-found "Local Alicorn Princess" status that we would have expected to see...12 or 13 episodes ago. Thusfar the only acknowledgement to her status this season has been from her friends (especially Rarity), Discord a few times, her fellow alicorns, and in one moment in episode 1, from the frightened townsfolk in search of a defacto-leader. Today, Twilight had every child in Ponyville asking for her autograph.
|It's what's on the OTHER side of the paper that concerns her.|
In this moment, Twilight's response is perfect, as she seems genuinely bewildered that anyone would think of her as a celebrity. But that's because...nobody HAS so-far. This is really the first time since the coronation over a year ago that we see this kind of fan-fare for her royal highness. Events continue to escalate as the CMC ride Twilight's coattails into popularity, until the
peasants storm the Bastille kids finally demand to be with their beloved Princess.
|Zombies WOULD have been more compelling.|
|Hang in there Spike.|
A vote following the episode ranks it as the least enjoyed of the season.How'd we do Grumpy?
"Best anyone could get out of that episode." - Grumpy Old Fart