Headless Horse wrote:
Just to preface this, I'm not going to try to keep saying the Pinkie Sense nod was pandering or anything—this is just an academic point I'm going to try to address.
I remember someone, pretty sure you, pointing out in an earlier thread something about the Rainbow Dash pushing around a little cloud like she had done in the series pilot as an example of the way the creators were reintegrating cool world-building elements that feel by the wayside during the first season, and I took it as another one of those things. Luna needed an episode, but Pinkie sense is not that
earth-shattering as the time the librarian literally saved the world, is it? I feel it's closer to the creators remembering Twilight can teleport. It's like when you pick up the phone to call your aunt and she calls you while it's in your hand, pinkie-pie is just really adept at that, and not getting hit on the head with potted plants and doors.
Maybe pinkie sense will make more appearances later in the season and be folded into the universe? I couldn't guess. It's esoteric enough at the moment
that they felt they had explain to the audience what it was (in a cute way, that "iz alright" makes me smile), so they may like it as an idea but fear they'd have to re-introduce it EVERY TIME. Its illogical nature makes it tough for this... Pinkie Sense can very easily act as a kind of Chekov's Gun, becuase if someone doesn't understand what is it or misses a cue, Pinkie would just acting in a peculiar way without any clear reason to. But if it was presented confidently enough... I dunno, I'm eager to find out if and how we'll see any more of it this season. They could have her say "twitcha twitcha" maybe, but what if someone is about to go skating on too thin ice? Like how would you even know, it's not all about falling objects you know.
Wylie wrote:Yeah, it actually does. If there's one criticism I have for our new writer, it's this: She seems to have read the Cliff's Notes for the show bible, and not the actual document itself. Viz:
Twilight: Amazing magic user, values book study
Applejack: Strong, athletic, foil for Dash. Apples.
Pinkie Pie: Go watch Feeling Pinkie Keen.
Rarity: Fashion pony
Fluttershy: Can fly, doesn't say much
Rainbow Dash: Rainbow Dash's #1 fan
I mean, if that was all you knew about pony, and you had to write an episode, you could conceivably come up with the script for Mare-Do-Well, or something much like it. There's so much more to these characters, though, and that's what was missing in this episode.
Aww I agree that this hardly seem fair. RD absolutely dominated this episode, and Rarity and fluttershy speak literally two lines a piece, but when the characters did appear on screen they behaved like they should have. I remember thinking while watching it that Twilight acted perfectly twlightly when talking about that fantastic mare. I just bring it up because I feel the writing in this episode was valid and she be considered as such because there are cool things in it. Like for example, I thought this scene and the following cloud scene
(which was pitch perfect imho), and I suppose the whole episode, shows that RD isn't just cocky and all about going fast and being rainbows, but has need to be appreciated that's a lot stronger than all the other characters, which I didn't really think of as part of her character before. But that may be me uh, projecting, as that's a trait I see in a lot of real live cocky people, but you know, more cartoonish here obviously
Anyway, I liked this episode, but I like all the episodes. It faltered in some ways as a story and ended up less compelling than it should have been, maybe because of the sequence and editing. I've been re-watching many of these scenes to pull frames for .gifs and things and they are ALL very fun to watch on own. And I do want to add that the reveal that the masked mare is actually her friends may seem tedious to an adult but I'd bet that kids would find that extraordinarily clever, and I'm not trying to imply they are dumb when I say that.