Hello again. Sunday I watched my first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and posted my impressions in real time. The episode ended on a cliffhanger, so I’m back to do the same for the second part. You’ll want to read the first part first, if you haven’t already, to know where I’m coming from.
PREVIOUSLY ON MY LITTLE PONY
Twily gets a letter from a princess to let her know that her brother is getting married to another princess and didn’t bother to tell her about it. Twily is pissed and wants to go beat up her brother, the captain of the royal guard, in front of everybody. Big Bro tells her that he’s been too busy casting a GIANT FORCEFIELD around the whole city with his horn. I wish my horn did things like that, normally it attracts crazies, not keep them away. Also, the princess he’s marrying used to be Twily’s babysitter, who used to be a supersweet teenager (and might or might not have taken the job just to get busy with Big Bro while Twily was reading) but has grown to be the Princess of Bitchiness. She also has weird cupid powers that can keep people under her control, and an evil cartoon face. Twily catches her in the act of being evil, but rather than doing something like gathering evidence, she just yells that she’s evil during the wedding rehearsal, causing everybody to think she’s a jealous bitch and walk out on her. Big Bro fires her, and Bitchy takes advantage of the situation to cast a spell on her and make her disappear. Maybe she sent her to a place where she can learn to think before opening her mouth.
Theme song! Which was a tiny bit of mood whiplash right after Twily gets sucked away from the universe in an evil green bubble.
We next find Twily using her horn as a flashlight. Those horns are quite versatile! She’s been dumped in some caves, which is a lot less awful than I expected after the flashy green portal of doom. The rocks on the walls serve as mirrors, but also as giant television screens from where Bitchy can taunt and tease Twily. The caves are located under Canterlot, which again, sort of anticlimatic after the flashy spell. Twily cries for help and Bitchy tells her nobody can hear her and continues with the evil monologue. This is standard villain fare and not that interesting.
I have to point out that Twily’s brother can put a forcefield around an entire city with his horn, while Twily uses hers as a flashlight. She really got screwed in the department of magic.
Anyway, Bitchy continues teasing Twily until she’s pissed enough to fire a bolt of energy from her horn, in a room full of mirrors, where it reflects until it almost hits her. That was dumb, Twily. Bitchy continues to taunt her and she fires her bolt of energy (this time actually destroying the mirrors, for some continuity breaking reason) until she destroys an entire wall and reveals…
Um, okay. I did not see that coming. Behind the wall, there’s another Princess Mi Amore Cadenza. My years of watching cartoons instantly tell me that this is the good one, and Bitchy is actually an impostor who absorbed her cupid powers to take over. She looks like hell, too, she hasn’t had much to eat in those caves. How long has she been stuck there? Can’t be that long, or she’d be a pile of bones; but has to be long enough for Bitchy to put her plans in motion. Maybe there’s a source of water in the caves that we haven’t seen.
Anyway, Twily hasn’t watched nearly as many cartoons as I have, and she is in full on “thinking is for losers” mode, so she jumps on the obviously imprisoned princess and starts kicking the crap out of her. Goodence is scared out of her bones, but gets a hopeful smile when she recognizes Twily. She’s doesn’t say for how long she’s been imprisoned, but she tells Twily that Bitchy is an impostor. Twily is not buying it, but then Goodence starts singing the little song they used to sing together when she was a babysitter. It is a cute moment and much better when it’s not Twily singing it while embarrassing herself. Goodence smiles at Twily, but have I mentioned that she looks like crap? She needs a warm meal and a haircut, pronto.
Twily gets all happy about meeting her babysitter again, and Goodence says she was her favorite. So, being a babysitter was her actual thing, and not doing that just to get busy with Big Bro. At this point, I’m wondering if she even knows that Bitchy is going to marry Big Bro; if the wedding is part of Bitchy’s plans, Goodence might not be aware of that particular development.
The happy reunion is interrupted by Bitchy’s evil laugh coming out of the cave’s rocks, which seem to serve as a radio as well. Twily decides that they have to get out of there, and Goodence follows her.
So, let’s get this straight: Bitchy had just managed to get everybody to turn on Twily after she screwed herself up and nobody believes her, Twily is begging for forgiveness, and she could easily be told to go back home and stay there while the wedding happens and Bitchy takes over, possibly to distract Big Bro into lowering the force field for whatever her plans are. Instead, she reveals herself as a villain to Twily, gloats, and TRANSPORTS HER TO THE REAL PRINCESS. I can’t begin to grade just what a tremendous level of stupid that move was. Oh wait, she is keeping them prisoners in some caves under the same city she’s in, rather than in a super secure dungeon. Add some more stupid to the mix.
We get a view of the bubbled city next, and I have to mention that there’s not much room for a lot of cave under it, especially if Bitchy can’t teleport them out of the forcefield; which would slightly forgive her choice of dungeon, but not teleporting them right next to each other so they can join forces.
We cut to Bitchy, who is trying on her wedding dress, and… ugh… singing. I mentioned already that I don’t like songs in my cartoons, and this one has a very Disney quality to it. Bitchy gloats about fooling everyone, while Goodence laments that she’s missing her own wedding. Oh, so she DID know she was getting married. Maybe she’s not been imprisoned long at all. Bitchy continues singing about how she doesn’t care about the wedding and has no room for love, but she does want Big Bro for herself. Goodence sings that she needs to escape (singing in that situation really doesn’t seem appropriate, really) and she and Twily find an abandoned minecart. While Goodence sings about how much she loves her brother, Twily does something useful with her horn and levitates some rocks away, then puts Goodence into the cart. The cart starts up and spirals downwards, which makes no sense, before smashing through an end of track barrier conveniently placed at the end of a ramp. She then opens her wings and soars, potentially against a wall to get herself smashed against it, since they’re still in a cave. But most likely she’ll find a convenient opening that will aid their escape, but she couldn’t have possibly known about when getting into the minecart.
Meanwhile, the wedding is starting, and Bitchy keeps her trademark evil cartoon face on while walking up the aisle, and still singing. Goodence, still trapped in the caves, somehow knows the wedding is starting and laments that Big Bro is going to marry a fake. This is the kind of thing why I don’t like songs in my cartoons; rather than let the plot develop in scenes that flow logically, we get bits and pieces framed with a song, and usually things that make no sense happen in order to make the song more exciting. While this song wasn’t nearly as bad as some Disney acid sequences, the whole minecart bit didn’t add anything to it (they are still trapped in the caves after going through it) and there’s no apparent sense of change of their situation at the end of it. Bitchy gloats that Big Bro is going to be hers, and the song ends.
The wedding is starting, and the white pony who was stalking the town with a telescope is presiding. The caves seem to be located DIRECTLY under the aisle, because we pan down to see Twily and Goodence still trapped in a ledge. Twily sees sunlight coming from a higher ledge, and then…
What the hell…
Then she TELEPORTS THEM THERE. She can DO that? What was the entire point of the escape on foot then? Sure, let’s make the tired and hungry princess even more weak by forcing her to run to places, that’s a great plan. Also let’s use that minecart we don’t know where it leads and smash through a barrier, just for fun.
The three bridesmaids from before block their exit, and tell them they’re not going anywhere with evil green eyes. We fade to black, because we didn’t just see that Twily can TELEPORT, so she can easily teleport herself and Goodence past the evilmaids, or maybe teleport the evilmaids themselves away.
Act break! And it was a really weak act, which thoroughly established that Bitchy is a terrible villain. When the last episode ended, transporting Twily away into potentially a really bad situation after fooling everyone really improved her villain rating, but now that we know she just ported her to a nearby caves, and RIGHT NEXT TO THE REAL PRINCESS, she loses a lot of points. She needs to go back to villain school and have the Evil Overlord list hammered on her head repeatedly. Last episode, Twily opened her mouth without evidence instead of thinking things through and making her move when it made sense, and she lost. This episode, Bitchy made a huge mistake transporting Twily to the real princess, and she’s going to lose. That action is made even more monumentally stupid once we learn that Twily can teleport; sure, teleport someone who can TELEPORT OTHERS right next to the captive princess. Great plan! That’s never going to backfire!
Wedding is still going on, and white pony is right about to pronounce them… something, when Twily burst into the room and yells at them to stop. She doesn’t do the intelligent thing and enter with Goodence by her side, but then again, she does seem to be missing a brain. Rarity facepalms and the others are certain that Twily is crazy by now, and Bitchy has an outburst of anger towards her, which honestly would be very justifiable if she was the real princess, but then she gets into innocent and crying mode about Twily ruining her special day. You’re a terrible actress, Bitchy. Goodence finally appears in the door and says that it’s HER special day that’s getting ruined, and the jig is up. Bitchy wonders how they could escape her bridesmaids, and while I was yelling “TWILY CAN TELEPORT, YOU DUMBASS” at the screen, we see that the truth was even worse: Goodence levitated a bouquet of blowers, that came out of COMPLETELY NOWHERE inside the cave, and waved it in front of the bridesmaids, who then chased after it. And here I am cringing at how horrible that scene is.
We cut back to the aisle, where Bitchy gloats that it was “clever” (NO IT WASN’T) but that they’re still “too late” (please, someone kill her already). Apple is still confused about there being two Cadences, and Goodence says that Bitchy is a Changeling who takes the form of someone you love and feeds on their love. Okay, let’s roll with it.
Exposed, Bitchy starts glowing green, and then HOLY CRAP she turns into a giant black insectoid pony. Neat. She claims she’s the Queen of the Changelings, and that she’s here to find food for her subjects, and because Equestria has move love than any place she’s encountered, they’ll gain a lot of power from it. Okay, still rolling with it, but you’re being supremely overconfident revealing that in a place surrounded by your enemies and with a truckload of guards outside. I would be expecting a bunch of guards to be rushing into the room right now; you know, all those guards that were there last episode? Where are they NOW?
Goodence yells at Bitchy that Big Bro’s spell will prevent the other Changelings from ever getting into Canterlot, but apparently she didn’t look at Big Bro’s zombie face with green eyes. Bitchy got Big Bro right in her control, and she begins to monologue again, revealing her plans and yadda yadda while I’m still wondering WHERE ARE THE GUARDS? Bitchy has been feeding off Big Bro’s love and weakening him, and thus the spell, and we pan to see an army of black insectoid ponies smashing against the barrier. Well, some of them, while the rest just fly around and chat.
Bitchy gloats some more about Big Bro being under her total control and unable to perform his duties as captain of the royal guard, and Goodence gasps instead of, I don’t know, CALLING THE GUARDS, while Bitchy ends her monologue saying she’s going to take over Canterlot and then all of Equestria.
Then, finally, someone steps in and says “no, you won’t”, this being the white stalker pony from before, and apparently the only pony with balls in the entire city. WHERE ARE THE GUARDS? She says that she’s going to protect “her subjects” from Bitchy, flies into the air, and blasts her with yellow magic. Bitchy blasts back with green magic, and her magic hits white stalker’s horn and sends her flying to the ground. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A NICE TIME FOR THOSE GUARDS TO SHOW UP. Twily yells “Princess Celestia”, revealing that white stalker was the princess who sent her the invitations, and rushes to her side, while the guards casually stroll outside, eating donuts and talking about the weather. Bitchy gloats some more about being more powerful than the princess, while on the floor, Celestia tells Twily to go get the Elements of Harmony and use their power to defeat the queen. Okay, that probably makes sense in a way I don’t know about. They all throw their dresses in the air and rush out, except Rarity, who stays behind to catch the dresses. The others yell at her, but come on, she worked her ass off to make those dresses, I can see how they’re of value to her. She waits a couple of seconds, then realizes that THOSE GUARDS ARE REALLY TAKING THEIR SWEET TIME TO SHOW UP, and throws her own dress in the floor to follow them.
Bitchy gloats some more and the ponies runs through the streets, which are extremely missing in the “guards” category. The forcefield around the city breaks, and the army of Changelings drop down, hitting the floor like meteors in an impact that looks like it should hurt a lot. Would be nice of Twily to teleport them out of harm’s way now, wouldn’t it? The six ponies run through the deserted city, until they’re cornered by the army of Changelings. The blue one says it’s time to kick some butt and runs forward, to meet… herself? She stares confused at herself and then gets punched in the face, and then a bunch of Changelings turn into clones of the blue pony, and a bunch of others turn into clones of the rest. Twily points the obvious (they’re Changelings, remember?) and a bunch of Twevilys echo the line. Twily reminds everybody they have to get to their Elements of Secret Weaponry, and a battle starts with ponies and changelings beating the crap out of each other.
The yellow pony with pink hair, while shown to be rushing to attack moments before, is now scared of the battle and pretends to be a changeling to avoid and attack, but then runs right into a crowd of blue ponies who are ready to jump her, but then one of them turns out to be the real one and rescues her. This is why disguising yourself as your enemy is a bad idea. As the battle rages on, Apple and her sugarcube find themselves back to back, but then Twevily reveals herself and Apple is weirded out and stomped on. Meanwhile, the real Twily is using her horn magic to turn the Changelings back to normal, one by one. Versatile, that horn. She rushes in to blast the Applevils off Apple until she identifies the right one and sets her free.
Meanwhile, Pink is… laughing at a Changeling’s impersonation of her friends, and even asks that the Changeling impersonates her. Pink is completely crazy. The Changeling rolls her eyes and turns into a Pink clone with a smile. Maybe it honestly wanted to be an entertainer and got drafted into the army of darkness, and now Pink is giving it a chance to redeem itself and follow their dreams.
Pink crushes its hopes by saying that she’s seen better clones of herself (again, Pink is crazy) and then grabs Twily which makes the sun of a gun cocking (seriously) and then starts flicking Twily’s tail, causing her to shoot Changeling-neutralizing blasts from her horn like a machinegun. Pink is INSANE.
After a montage of ponies beating the crap out of changelings (and Pink shooting them with a canon full of confetti, which reinforces my feelings), the battle is over. Six ponies are left standing, and countless Changelings are beaten in the floor. Now, if six bridesmaids could defeat several dozen Changelings, I am quite certain that the guards, trained for fighting, would have no problem beating them. IF THEY WERE ANYWHERE TO BE SEEN.
But they’re not, and more Changelings are approaching, so the ponies run away while being chased. They burst into a building and head inside, to be greeted by… even more Changelings. Surrounded by all sides, they stand there helpless, even though Twily could just TELEPORT THEM AWAY. Apparently she forgot that she can do that.
Act break! And this act improved things, but it still has issues. The main one being, where the HELL are all the guards that were all over the city last episode? We didn’t see a single guard fighting back the army of Changelings, and nobody was there to protect TWO princesses during the wedding. Princess Celestia was the only one with guts to try to attack the Changeling Queen, and nobody lifted a finger to help her. Meanwhile, Bitchy is being even more of a terrible villain, gloating in front of someone she wasn’t even sure she could beat. And Twily’s teleportation ability would have come in handy repeatedly during the confrontation/chase scene, but it’s not even attempted. The attack of the clones was fun, though brief, and it keeps exposing Pink as a crazy, crazy pony.
Celestia wakes up trapped, hanging from the ceiling in a green cocoon with several Changelings guarding her, rubbing their tummies and holding forks ready. She has a suitably horrified expression in her face. Goodence is also trapped, but just with some green goop in her feet, since it’s been established that she’s a wimp that won’t fight, only scream things like “you won’t get away with this!” at Bitchy. Twily and her friends are led into the room by some Changelings, and I am still noticing that no guards seem to be even trying to mount a rescue operation. Bitchy gloats some more about how Twily was the only one suspicious about her and yadda yadda, and sends her minions out to feed. Yeah, stay alone with the only ponies who showed any resistance and don’t even bother to restrain them, that’s smart. Then again, the guards don’t seem to be bothering to try anything, so at this point it’s less Evil stupidity and more Good ineptitude. Apple apologizes to her sugarcube for not listening to her, and Twily points that Bitchy fooled everyone. Bitchy, flattered, starts singing again, while staring out of the window at her changelings shooting everybody.
Let me repeat that. She is trapped, alone, in a room with the only ponies that showed any resistance, UNRESTRAINED, and she’s LEANING OUT OF A WINDOW and singing. And Twily can LEVITATE other ponies, and TELEPORT them. She could easily run to Goodence and Celestia and teleport them away. But no, she just presumably stands there listening to the villain sing.
We finally see two guards during the song, and they’re restrained and surrounded by Changelings. Two guards. WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHERS? Canterlot is in total chaos, surrounded by Changelings, because the good guys are morons.
To add insult to injury, Twily sneaks to Goodence and sets her free with a blast from her horn, but then tells her to go to Big Bro while she still has the chance. Yes, she even has the ability to set them free, and she doesn’t think of escaping via teleport. This is terrible.
Goodence doesn’t tell Twily “ARE YOU NUTS? GET US OUT OF HERE WITH YOUR TELEPORTING MAGIC!”, but instead walks to Big Bro and has an emotional reunion with her zombie-faced boyfriend. She uses her cupid powers to wake him up, reestablishing that indeed, she has freaky cupid powers that would have made for a much, much more interesting villain than Bitchy. Big Bro wakes up and wonders if the wedding is over, and Twily yells at him to perform his spell, there where Bitchy can see and stop him, rather than teleporting to ANYWHERE ELSE to do it. Bitchy, however, just gloats that her Changelings already roam free, and doesn’t even bother to try to stop Big Bro when he’s attempting it. Bitchy is a moron.
Big Bro attempts his spell anyway, but it doesn’t work. Goodence claims her love will give him strength, and Bitchy once again turns her back to THE ONLY PONIES TRYING TO STOP HER THE WHOLE TIME and goes to stare out of a window without bothering to restrain them. Bitchy is a complete moron. Big Bro and Goodence touch their horns together and combine to form a new spell, and they start levitating with energy radiating all around them, something they couldn’t have done if Bitchy WASN’T A COMPLETE MORON and tried to restrain them or even LOOK at them.
By the time bitchy decides to look, it’s too late: the music is blasting a very heroic tune that would have gone better with a resolution that didn’t rely on the villain being stupid, and she’s blasted out of the room. A giant shockwave pushes all the changelings away and frees the only two guards we ever see from their restraints, then grows to cover all of Canterlot, expelling every last invader out. Even the one who just wanted to do impressions for Pink. Big Bro and Goodence (her hair magically brushed and looking great) step on the ground, and Twily rushes to help Celestia, who says she’s fine.
And just like in the first part we had several scenes of Bitchy visiting the ponies to establish her villain status, now we have some scenes of Goodence eating and approving of Apple’s snacks, loving the wedding dress Rarity made, listening to the choir of birds from pink-haired yellow pony, and dancing weirdly with Pink. Then the real wedding starts.
Well, it’s a wedding scene. Twily fixes Big Bro’s clothes, the bride comes in with birds carrying the tail of her dress, Twily teases Big Bro about how he convinced Goodence to marry him, he says he told her she’d be gaining a great sister. Celestia gives a speech about The Power of Love while Huey Lewis blasts in the background, and puts rings on their horns. She never asks the “I do” bits, so I guess they’re married whether they like it or not. Celestia tells Twily how she saved the day by trusting her instincts or something like that, even though that’s completely not what happened, and the lovebirds kiss. Celestia tells Rainbow Dash (who I’ve been calling blue pony) that it’s her cue, and she flies up and makes a rainbow appear on top of the city, making sure I never forget her name again.
Some time later, Big Bro and Goodence are slow dancing, which I must say looks really awkward, and the black watchtower pony from before shows up and asks if she missed anything. Um, yeah, you missed a lot. Also, she’s the sister of Celestia, so that makes her a princess too, making it really weird that she missed the wedding. Maybe she decided to stay away until everybody stopped being stupid.
Twily nods at Pink, who gets a big goofy smile and rushes to the DJ table, grabs a DJ pony from under the table (Pink’s crazyness has been established enough that this makes perfect sense), and starts playing danceable music out of vinyl. Then throws a microphone at Twily and she starts singing, but fortunately this soundtrack song and not plot stopping song. We get some shots of Pink stuffing her mouth full of cake, Apple playing a stringless violin with her teeth, Spike dancing with one of the flower girls, Rainbow Dash and some pony dressed like a pilot, Rarity making eyes at a pony that looks like he has money, and then we cut to the happy couple getting into their Just Married chariot, which is being pulled by four guards, more than we saw during the whole disaster.
Big Bro and Twily have a final hug, and Goodence remembers she has to throw the bouquet. Rarity pushes every other pony away while yelling “MINE!!!” and catches it with a maniacal face; it looks like she really, really wants to get married pronto, and preferably to a rich guy.
The chariot drives away, and Twily comments that it was a great wedding, then Spike reveals just how clueless he is about the whole thing by saying to wait until they see the bachelor party he’s planned. Pink has a hilariously goofy face during this, and everybody laughs while fireworks shoot into the sky.
Well, this episode had major problems. Before I go on, I’ll explain how I rate things, which is a 0-10 scale. 0 means I absolutely hate it and I wish it had never been made. 2 means it was horrible, but I’ll accept its existence. 4 means I didn’t like it at all. 6 means it has problems, but it’s decent. 8 means I liked it. 10 means it’s absolutely brilliant and added to my favorite episodes.
The first part was hard to grade on its own because it was pure setup. Twily forgetting to think, then rushing in to attack someone with no proof whatsoever was the low point. The ending with Bitchy trapping Twily with a portal of doom pushed up the score a bit, but it ended in a 7; not breaking into “I liked it” territory, but quite watchable.
The second part, though, was a mess. Twily was neutralized and begging for forgiveness at the end of the last episode, and Bitchy should have run with it instead of exposing herself. It worked at the cliffhanger because there was no telling what she actually did to Twily, but when we finally see, it’s just a completely stupid move.
Rather than getting rid of Twily by sending her somewhere secured by her army of Changelings, she ported it to some caves under the city. If that’s the only location she can send her to, because of the forcefield, she would have been better off by keeping appearances and letting Twily stay in the surface. But even accepting that she wanted to teleport her away to keep her from messing with her plans, she should have NOT teleported her right next to the real princess. Those caves were massive; she could have sent her to get lost elsewhere, not allowing the only two people who know she’s evil to join forces. And I’m going to be generous and assume that she didn’t know that Twily can teleport, because otherwise she might have just teleported the real princess out of there herself. Horrible move all along.
Then when the attack takes place, where are all the guards? The place was flooded with guards in the last episode, but now that an attack is happening, they’re all gone. We only see two guards and this is after they’re already trapped. The sister of the groom and the five bridesmaids cause more damage to the Changeling army than the huge amount of guards that we never see, as they rush to get some Elements of Irrelevancy that they never get to, while Twily forgets the chance to use the teleporting abilities she’s shown to have.
And then, once they’re trapped, Bitchy is completely overconfident and leaves them, unrestrained, while she leans outside of the window and ignores them. Again, Twily forgets that she can teleport people out. This was a lot of villain stupidity. The day is saved by Goodence and Big Bro combining her powers, something they should have never been able to do if Bitchy had half a brain cell and kept them restrained. It wasn’t a satisfying resolution; the whole episode relied on both the villain and the heroes being stupid.
Because of that, I’m giving this episode a 5. It has major problems that can’t be ignored. Some scenes save it from being unwatchable, and granted, I’m unfamiliar with the series and maybe there’s some reason why Twily can only teleport once in the whole episode, but there’s no excusing the villain’s behavior. That was the weakest villain I’ve seen in a long time.
Hello there. I am a 30 year old guy who just finished watching all 8 seasons of Fairly OddParents a few days ago and I’m going through cartoon withdrawal. A certain online friend who shall remain nameless keeps shouting “PONIES!” at me every time the subject of animated shows comes up; so, I am about to push play on today’s episode, which just finished downloading.
Let’s get this started!
Alright, so we start with a picnic. Simple enough. And the little dinosaur pukes letters… ew, cute, I guess. Everybody’s getting recruited for a wedding, and they’re being called by name, which is great because now I know who is who. Pinkie Pie stepped on a cake… hyperactive, that one. Rarity REALLY likes to design dresses, apparently. Little dinosaur didn’t puke out the letter this time, so I assume he was running to deliver that one and the puking is not a normal means of delivery, fortunately. And Twilight’s brother is marrying a Princess and she only learns this because she got a wedding invitation? That’s not even from her brother? Twilight’s brother sucks.
Theme song! I’ve heard it before. I won’t be singing it along anytime soon, but at least it’s energetic.
Heh, called it. Twilight’s pissed that her brother didn’t bother to tell her in person. The bit with the sandwich is funny. Also, she doesn’t know who the Princess is? I figure that’s the kind of information that everybody should know, unless it’s a foreign princess or something I guess. Anyway, Twilight’s pissed, can’t blame her for that; she didn’t even know her brother’s girlfriend?
Those other ponies don’t have any imagination. I got what BBBFF meant without the explanation. Also, didn’t the theme song say she “used to wonder what friendship could be”, yet here she’s saying that her brother was her best friend? Doesn’t seem like she had to wonder much. Bro still deserves a punch in the face for not telling her about the wedding though. Or about the girlfriend.
Oh boy, song. I was warned about this. I don’t particularly enjoy songs in my cartoons, they intrude in the story. It’s weird that her friends join in the song, too. At least it was short. Seems like she hasn’t seen her brother in a while and suddenly he drops this bomb on her.
PFF was also pretty obvious, those ponies have no imagination. I hope this isn’t a running joke unless it’s to state that ponies get confused by initialisms, because it’s lame. And Rarity is getting a girlboner about Twilight’s brother being a captain of the royal guard. Shoo, girl, did you miss the part where he’s getting MARRIED? You should have asked your friend what her brother did if you wanted a piece of that action. Too late, diamonds girl.
Dang, Twilight’s on a mood. Bro is SO getting punched in the face. And they let the little dinosaur host a bachelor party? Dinosaur strippers at a pony bachelor party sounds really, really bizarre. Awww, “sugarcube” is such a cute way to call your… um, girlfriend? Actually, Apple was the first one to congratulate Twilight and the only one who got the initialism, looks like those two are particularly close.
And Twilight is really jealous of Princess Mi Amore What’s-Her-Name. Apparently she lives pretty far from her brother, which is a good explanation why they don’t see each other that much. Though they DO have little dinosaur mailmen who barf letters, so that’s no excuse for not keeping in touch. Apple is really trying to calm down her sugarcube, but Twilight’s having none of it. Bro and Princess are getting punched.
Cool forcefield. And that’s a lot of guards. And Pink sneezes confetti… weird, that one. No TSA checkpoint for them, though, being the sister of the royal guard’s captain has its advantages. And boy, she still looks pissed. Those two guards look like they’re scared of what she’ll do to their captain.
Act break! Impressions so far: Twilight’s pissed, her bro is getting punched, Apple is Twilight’s best friend, and Pink is weird. Not much to grade yet, but it hasn’t sucked so far; very watchable.
Why is the white pony pointing a telescope towards the GROUND? Is she spying on someone? And Twilight really doesn’t give half a fuck that’s she’s walked into an extremely defended position, she just yells in front of the entire royal guard that she wants to kick the captain’s ass. That’s the kind of stuff that soldiers will laugh about for ages; “the captain’s little sister can kick his ass!”
Yeah, yeah, you go ahead and try calling her “Twily” all you want, but I’m surprised she’s not started kicking you yet. So, there’s an external threat that is not elaborated upon. Who made the threat? A force field around the city seems pretty useless if they already put a bomb inside. So, her brother is single handedly keeping a HUGE ASS FORCEFIELD ALL AROUND THE CITY? Damn, that’s a lot of magic. No wonder he’s the captain of the guard. Though, again, if bomb goes off inside the forcefield, that’s not going to help.
“Okay, okay, I get it”? Really? Not even a little punch? Force field duty or not, if he had time enough to get busy with the princess, he had enough time to send a letter via magical barfing dinosaur mailman. Aww, he made Twily sad. Look at her face at 8:41. YOU ARE MAKING YOUR LITTLE SISTER SAD, YOU BASTARD! Now Apple’s going to have to pull extra duty comforting her.
Or not. Twily’s happy enough being “best mare”. That was too easy.
Or not. She’s still pissed about not knowing who princess Mi Amore Cadenza is. Geesh, Twily sure has mood swings!
Old babysitter? Sooo… this brings up the scenario that while Twily was reading in the living room, big Bro was getting busy with the babysitter. Bad, bad big Bro. Though, is it normal for a PRINCESS to have to work as a babysitter in this universe? Maybe she just took the job so she could get busy with big Bro. Man, so much subtext in here!
For a bookworm pony who spent all her time reading and had no friends, she looks like she spent a lot of time playing with Caddy. And ewww, this flashback is too cute. Especially the shared song bit. Can we go back to where she wants to punch her brother?
Or, we can just see that Caddy has cupid powers. Um, that sorta freaks me out. She can either make people fall in love, or she can reinforce existing love to make them forget about arguments. This is DANGEROUS, CREEPY STUFF. Sure, they’re presenting it as innocent and sweet, but that’s the stuff that makes supervillains; be nice enough to get someone to fall in love with you, and then you get a willing slave forever, by reinforcing their love for you while you’re an abusive little bitch.
Yet Twily seems to be perfectly happy with that power. And she’s bouncing around like she suddenly reverted to being a little girl. Yeah, those mood swings I mentioned? Absolutely confirmed.
And now the bride showed up! And Twily forgot to switch her mood back to “adult” and is horribly embarrasing herself. Caddy is not impressed. And they telegraphed the evil look! Hah! Looks like they’re going to explore the horrible side of having cupid powers after all.
MAN, Twily is in a funk now. And Apple is too busy to cheer her up. She’s making an ice sculpture in the same room where she’s baking? Wouldn’t the heat from the ovens screw up her statue? Apple is either super talented or doesn’t give a rat’s. “Screw you heat, I’ll make this ice sculpture right here!”
Hehe, at least Apple got her sugarcube to smile again with one of her appetizers. Those two are cute together. Apple is the responsible one.
And the little dinosaur is playing with dolls in possibly a Spaceballs reference. Facepalm. Twily is no fun.
And look, it’s Your Bitchiness coming to supervise! Apple doesn’t give her any opportunity to argue and acts submissive, so Caddy gets outta there after further establishing that she’s a bitch. Twily avoids upsetting Apple, but makes a mental note to punch her sister in law in the face.
And she goes out to rant at Rarity. I would have liked to see how Rarity responded to the rant without Your Bitchiness interrupting, I haven’t seen much of the characters besides Twily and Apple. Rarity’s being a complete asskisser to the princess. Professional to criticism, though. Good attitude to difficult clients, and boy is Princess Demandiness a difficult client. Twily leaves without getting a response to her rants.
Pink is crazy. I know this for certain now. Her hyperactiveness, hinted at the opening, is in full blown here. Sneezing confetti seems perfectly logical now; maybe she sleeps in a playpen full of balls and confetti. And she’s oblivious to sarcasm. Boy, Twily is now in full stalking mode.
White pony is still stalking homes with her telescope when her black sister arrives to take over for the night. If that’s their idea of surveillance, it’s a rather weird one.
Twily has a drink with her friends to discuss Your Bitchiness, and little dinosaur (now revealed to be named Spike) is STILL playing with the doll. Heh. From the shocked looks, this won’t go well.
Rarity is still being professional or an asskisser. Can’t decide which. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and go with professional, since her argument is good; it IS her wedding day. Apple is too nice, though this is the kind of information that would have been received better in a private setting; Twily is trying to rally the troops and the troops are having none of it.
Aaaand, now Pink and Spike are playing together. Got a good laugh out of that. Pink’s train of thought is like half a wagon long, and one way to crazytown.
Twily is about to snap and start punching faces. Apple is trying to be helpful, but calling her out on being posessive to her brother in public is a bad move. And yep, Twily snapped. PONY BEATDOWN INCOMING!
Act break! That was a very slow act. Didn’t get to be too boring, but wasn’t too fun either. Established that the bride is an evil bitch who can control love and thus manipulate people, and that Twily is an unstable pony who needs emotional support or she becomes violent. Apple is too busy to give her emotional support, so Twily is on her own to go punch people. With only one act to go, I’m guessing Twily will have to unmask that Caddy is controlling her brother with the freaky powers so the others will see things her way, or she’ll stop the wedding all on her own and unbrainwash her brother. And I hope she takes the time to find a good psychiatrist, too, because she sure needs one.
And Twily is off to visit her brother. I’m sure this will go well. Caddy is there, not missing a chance to be a bitch to her future sister in law. And DAMN she is a bitch. Love control totally confirmed. Too bad Twily doesn’t have a cellphone to record what’s going on, now nobody’s going to believe her. Yawn. This story is quickly running into boringtown.
Black pony is indeed in a watchtower of sorts. That seems pretty inefficient with all the guards already on the street.
And Twily’s friends are too busy checking their new clothes to pay attention to the panicked pony. At least they’re not doing the horribly cliched scene where Twily says she found out she’s evil and the others say she must be inventing things because she’s jealous (and then they have to eat their words); they’re just busy and Twily walks out. From their perspective, the bride’s done nothing wrong, and Twily is just overreacting. And considering that I just recommended that she sees a shrink, I’m sure I’d agree with them if I hadn’t seen the princess so clearly using the evil face. I wish they hadn’t telegraphed it so obviously that she was evil with her facial expressions; if it had been just the way she acted, it could be justified as being a power tripping princess having a better-than-you attitude, but there were a few times where her eyes formed the classic “cartoon evil” which pushed it to the other side and made it clear she is not just stressed, she’s a villain. The cupid power still freaks me out, but without the facial expressions I would have been left wondering whether she’s evil or not.
Anyway, moving on. Twily walks out on her friends, and the wedding starts! White stalker pony is directing the wedding. And Spike is STILL playing with dolls! That’s just too funny. And this is the part where Twilight exposes Caddy with… um… no proof at all? Just running in and yelling, and acting like you’re having a combined jealousy fit and panic attack? Great plan, Twily. And she covers Apple’s face with her hat (heh) and pushes onwards with being an idiot in front of everyone.
Your Bitchiness is doing a great job at acting innocent, but again, CARTOON EVIL FACE earlier! I really wish they hadn’t shown that face, because this would have been a great way to sell her innocence; Twily’s doing a great job at looking like a complete moron attacking an innocent girl because she’s jealous.
Hahaha, great reaction faces from the blue pony and Rarity there. And Twily might have just realized that she screwed up BIGTIME. She didn’t think this through AT ALL and her stupidity helped Caddy. Big Bro is pissed. All the justifications check out. And I’m confused; I saw the CARTOON EVIL FACES, dammit! But OH BOY, Big Bro is really letting Twily have it. With perfectly good reason, I might add. That was the worst way to face the problem that Twily could have picked. She should have spent some time with Apple calming her down so her brain could work again.
So Big Bro is pissed, fires Twily, and even Apple walks away on her. Harsh. Right now she could really use Apple’s healing treats. White pony also tells her that she screwed the pooch.
ARGH, NOT ANOTHER SONG. Oh wait, reprise of the first one. Heh, animation switch.
Aww, Bitchiness is back. Didn’t she just leave from the other door? GLOWY GREEN EYES! I KNEW IT! SHE’S EVIL! I CALLED IT!
WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED? TO BE CONTINUED?! ARGHHHHHHHH!!! Not cool!
So, now I have to very much yell at a certain someone who convinced me to watch today’s episode, but didn’t tell me it was a FREAKING CLIFFHANGER. First impressions are good, though it’s hard to grade a first part alone.
Twily is quick to open her mouth without thinking and has wild mood swings. Not my favorite character. She was right, of course, but she didn’t THINK, and she deserved to lose. Now she got, um, trapped somewhere? Her fate is unclear. Maybe she’ll learn to be less stupid next time, though since this is the second season finale, I assume being impulsive and needing a shrink are part of her character.
Apple stood out as a caring and talented character, and she was the only one who took a second of her time to cheer up Twily, by stuffing a treat on her mouth. And calling her sugarcube. If she’d got to talk to Twily before she’d exploded, things would have been greatly different. I like Apple a lot.
Rarity is a professional criticism-taker. Seeing how she is a clothes designer, I’m sure she deals with all sorts of demanding bitches and has evolved a great sense of asskissing.
Pink is crazy, but in small doses she was very funny.
Spike is, um, a little dinosaur who burps letters and plays with dolls. Not much to comment on.
Again, I wish they hadn’t telegraphed the evil face so early. The reveal at the end lost all its impact. I thought she was creepy the second she showed her love-controlling powers, but I would have given her the benefit of the doubt if they hadn’t used the evil faces.
Again, it’s hard to grade the first part of a two partner, but that was kind of like a 7. A lot of set up, and I don’t like Twily much, but it wasn’t too bad. It’s no Fairly OddParents, but it might fill the void.