Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, January 10, 2014

Pony Recap: Rarity Take Manehattan

Finally, after two seasons, Rarity finally gets another episode—and it was awesome! This episode was by far a better Rarity episode than “Sweet and Elite”, which, if you remember from my Top 5 Best/Worst Episodes list for Season 2, was one of my least favorite episodes that season. This episode more than makes up for it. Here we get to see Rarity’s element at its best, with karma playing an important role.

And no other episode better highlights the new art direction than this one. The new setting of Manhattan is huge and brimming with detail, almost making you feel like your actually there. With an episode about the big city, it’s best to make everything feel big, and this episode does just that.

Perhaps the best part has to be the song. I know many fans really enjoyed “Hearts As Strong As Horses” or “Stop The Bats”, but this is clearly the better song. Its grandiose feel makes it sound almost like a Broadway musical, which is extremely fitting for this episode.

But enough talk. Here is the episode along with my comments on it:

Looks like the Doctor has decided to take a train rather than the Tardis.

Spike, are you really surprised about this?

Here's something that's been bothering me this entire season. Seems like the Mane 6 has been crammed into every single episode thus far. I'm not sure if the writers are doing this to ensure that no one's favorite character is left out, but it makes the episodes feel rather overcrowded. Writers, it's okay if you leave out a few characters. They're not always needed, and it's sometimes good to focus on a few rather than force all of them into one story.

Time to play every pony's favorite game this season: is Pinkie pie acting in-character. I have to say she is.

"I could. I do." Cute!

"I love jumping up and down! Wee-hee!" And yes, she is acting in character here, too.

Finally, after three long seasons, we finally have an entire episode set in Manehattan, a city that was slightly featured in AppleJack's flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles." Already, we can see some recognizable landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, though I have no idea what the horsehead on the top of the building is supposed to be. Looks like something you would find on the cover of an Ayn Rand novel (which is ironic, since this is an episode about altruism, which Rand despised.)

And here we have Grand Central station.

This scene is one of many which highlight the improvements of the new art style in this season. There is attention to detail everywhere, making the city setting feel much bigger, as one would expect in a big city. With such attention to detail, there are sure to be hidden references that would take multiple viewings to spot. But I'm sure most of you can spot more than I can.

If you look carefully throughout this episode, you will find many reused character designs, not only from past episodes, but this very episode. Again, it will take many viewings to spot them all, but I'm sure you all can find more than I can.

Cheerilee? When did you arrive in Manehattan? And when did you start wearing pants? LOL!

"Ponies just bursting into song in random places at the drop of a hat? Who does that?" And cue the song!

And finally, after two seasons, we not only get a new Rarity episode, but a new Rarity song, and while it isn't as great as "Being Popular (The Pony Every Pony Should Know)", it does fit the feel of the episode, what with it sounding like a song you would hear from a Broadway musical.

I wonder what a carrot hot dog would taste like?

What is with this episode and season treating Spike like the punching bag of every joke? Didn't we have an entire episode where the moral being shoved in our face was that Spike wasn't just here for comic relief? Hypocritical much?

How do you make change for a jewel? Again, are these things normally used as currency?

Looks like Fancy Pants and Fleur-de-Lis are vacationing in Manehattan, too. (And what is up with that one pony's lips?)

Many bronies have been claiming that these ponies are references to Mad Men. I've never seen the show, so I can't comment on it.

What talent does one have to gain a grumpy cat cutie mark? Sheesh! I hate to be stuck with that.

Look: Applejack is an Apple "Jack"!

Leave it to Rarity to only make it to an important event ten minutes until it starts. This is the same pony who thought she could procrastinate creating her best friend's birthday dress until she was only left with enough time to pass off the half-flanked base as the actual dress.

"The line ends back there, buddy!" I'm not you're friend, buddy!

Sure, guy, go ahead and snub an alicorn princess from taking your cab. I know Twilight was only recently coroneted as a princess, but clearly even now people would recognize her as one, what with her wings and horn.

Looks like Spike got his carrot hot dog back. (Though you have to wonder where it's been. A bird took it. Not sure if it's hygienic to eat now.)

This secretary pony looks and sounds like a blonde Janine from Ghostbusters.

I wouldn't be an episode without a Rarity breakdown.

How exactly did the bellhop manage to make it all the way from the hotel to theater in time.

Prim Hemline seems to be a reference to someone, but I don't know whom. Hey! Don't blame me. I'm not into fashion.

At first, Suri Polomare sounded like she was voiced by Kristen Wiig, who also voices Lola Bunny in The Looney Tunes Show and Lucy from Despicable Me 2, but apparently, she voice by none other than Tabitha St. Germain herself. So, essentially, Rarity is talking to herself. Talk about vocal range!

Hmm. A competitor wants some of your fabric to use on her clothing and you offer to lend her some? Gee, what could possibly go wrong?

Small town filly moves to city to become big fashion designer. Apparently has enough money to hire an assistant to boss around. Logic?

Never imagined that a rough country pony like Applejack would be excited about getting her mane done at a salon.

Might want to be careful there, Rarity, you're hyperventalating. That's not healthy.

I think Rarity should be left alone to wallow in...whatever ponies wallow in.

This moment right here shows how creative Rarity can be at the spur of the moment. That's the sign of a true artist.

Did Rarity ask permission from the hotel to use their sheets and curtains as fabric for her clothing?

Disregarding that this is a fantasy setting, who still uses spinning wheels these days?

"Isn't friendship magic?" Meh, close enough.

"Congragi-pony-lations!" Remind me to use that word more often!

At least Spike is getting a good night's rest. He deserves it.

Tic-tac-toe! Three cameos in a row!

Oh looks, its a bunch of cheap looking costumes made from random trinkets one would hastily put together at the last minute. Clearly this is the height of fashion!

Not sure what the significance of this effect was.

"But Miss, I didn't do anything." Technically, you did relay to her important information. Maybe that's not a compensational task, but...

Return of the wet mane!

How did they get any sleep? It looked as though they were working all night long.

"Yeah, you were pretty rotten!" Best one-liner of the season!

I had guessed that "Hinny of the Hills" was a parody of "Sound of Music", but I can't recall anytime in the musical where the main character was suspended by wire--er, rope.

"I loved it!"

"I mean, it was a'ight!"

Looks like Spike is hurt the most about Rarity being away.

It's official. Coco Pomell is best side character this season!

Considering how Coco managed to imitate Rarity's style perfectly, she seems like a suitable replacement for Rarity.

Not sure how practical multicolored thread is.

Ah, I see what you did there creators. SYMBOLISM!

I want to say that this fake out ending will amount to nothing later on, but considering how the future toy line is called "Rainbow Power," it probably will.