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PONY LIFE 5-6: Bad Thing No. 3/Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:54 am
by Fizzbuzz
Bad Thing No. 3
Rarity tries to get rid of her bad luck before it can ruin her relationship with a new friend. As Rarity continues to deal with her bad luck, she receives some much-needed advice from an unexpected source: herself.

Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper
Pinkie Pie struggles to help out her friends while preparing for the final round of the Royal Jelly Juggernaut. As Pinkie Pie enters the final round of the final round of the Royal Jelly Juggernaut, the other ponies rally behind her.
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Re: PONY LIFE 5-6: Bad Thing No. 3/Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:30 am
by Fizzbuzz
Something I found myself considering last week is that Pony Life feels an awful lot like it's The Pinkie Pie Show first and foremost, and it just happens to be featuring the other five. I'd certainly expect her to be the most important in an episode about her, but being shown next to Bad Thing No. 3 provides a good contrast for how much she appears even in an episode about Rarity. I wonder if Hasbro asked Boulder Media to focus on Pinkie Pie this much, if it was a product of using the Royal Jelly Juggernaut as a recurring plot device, or what.

More than anyone else on the cast, Tabitha St. Germain makes me hope the recording sessions for Pony Life were filmed and will see some sort of release. It feels to me like she's the one who has gained the most from Pony Life's wackier setting in terms of how she acts. Even with a premise as wacky as "a magic headband gives ominous insights into the self and the future," she makes it seem natural.

Re: PONY LIFE 5-6: Bad Thing No. 3/Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:09 pm
by SigmasonicX
These episodes weren't as entertaining as last week's Applejack one, but they were nice and cozy.

Oh my god Tabitha's Gollum voice. In general, they're playing up Tabitha's dramatic voice and Rarity's accent more, which I definitely don't mind. We're starting to see more characterization differences with this episode. Rarity here is clumsy, but with this episode, has canonically gone on more on-screen dates than FiM Rarity. Gummy is more protective of Pinkie here and... actually does stuff. I thought the bandana was oddly incorporated, but it led to fun moments. Plus it is a good look for Rarity. The ending with Rarity dumping Fancy Pants was good.

It was interesting how the second episode actually presented Pinkie as being really responsible and reliable. I was concerned about how the others were presented at first, but they all came together to help her once they knew there was a problem. The Royal Jelly Juggernaut sequence was good. I'm glad they acknowledged Rainbow is sick and really should not be helping, and that bringing in a group would probably break the rules (and it did). Interesting that they're continuing the reality show thing by having Pinkie participate in a spinoff show, now that she lost this one.

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Re: PONY LIFE 5-6: Bad Thing No. 3/Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:54 pm
by PonyHag714
I was caught off guard by Celestia's voice at first, but I have gotten used to it. Nicole has made it fit in well with the style of the show. The gag with Celly inhaling the cake was good as well.

Re: PONY LIFE 5-6: Bad Thing No. 3/Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:33 am
by Adiwan
In comparison to the previous episodes these turned out a tad better in my opinion.
I cannot say if it actually improved or I got accustomed to the hyper-ness of this spinoff.
However There were some good scenes, especially Rarity's Gollum scene.
I don't know how to feel about Fluttershy's creepy bad side.

Re: PONY LIFE 5-6: Bad Thing No. 3/Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:07 am
by Fizzbuzz
Adiwan wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:33 am
I don't know how to feel about Fluttershy's creepy bad side.
For me it's been one of the most consistently funny things about Pony Life so far.

Re: PONY LIFE 5-6: Bad Thing No. 3/Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:14 am
by SigmasonicX
What makes it work is that it's pretty clear that Fluttershy is just try-harding rather than it being a PONY.MOV thing.