|Gabby tries to get a cutie mark in creating a neutron star|
Sadly, the episode fell victim to that curse of My Little Pony,* the dreaded early release. I did manage to resist the temptation to watch a subtitled Polish or Italian version, though, so after the break are my thoughts on the episode as it was meant to be seen.
* And various other shows – but really, who cares about them?
This episode is yet another to follow the recent trend of confining the action (mostly) to Ponyville and providing plenty of echoes of earlier seasons. This works best when, as in "Buckball Season", the writers don't simply regress characters to their S1/2 personalities. Valentine got that right with this episode, since I really couldn't imagine the CMC of three or four years ago dealing with Gabby's problem in the largely clear-headed way that they do.
Talking of Gabby, she's absolutely adorable, and easily the cutest griffon character we've ever seen in the show. She is pretty hyper, almost enough to rival Pinkie, and perhaps that will start to grate if she continues that way in any further appearances. As a one-off, though, I think she works well. I like the flashback to "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" to explain her motivation to come to the CMC, though would their fame really have spread that far?
|"Oh, wonderful! This would make a really amazing fanfic!"|
Twilight plays a fine supporting role in this episode. She's in full-on adorkable mode and I love it when she's like that. She's also written like a true scientist: thrilled to discover that her previously accumulated knowledge may be rendered obsolete by an amazing new discovery. She even reminds the CMC that using magic won't bring them cutie marks – a callback to both "The Cutie Pox" and "Call of the Cutie". (Mind you, given AB's history there, perhaps she should have been a bit more suspicious of Gabby's fake cutie mark.)
"Find the Purpose in Your Life" has a rather unwieldy title, and this is unfortunately apposite as it's a rather unwieldy song. When it started, I loved it and thought it might be a nice companion piece of "Hearts Strong as Horses", a song with which it shares a few features. Unfortunately, it's severely let down thereafter by being made considerably too complicated, especially for a CMC song. This isn't the first time that Daniel Ingram has perhaps let his undoubted talents run away with him a bit.
|This is a really touching scene, the more so for not being dwelt on too long|
Best quote: Twilight: "You know what this calls for? A full-scale research project!"
- Gabby has an infectiously cute character (and design)
- The CMC not having everything go their way
- Adorkable Twilight is adorkable
- Nice flashback to the Griffonstone episode
- Fairly predictable in the end
- The song is too complicated
- Paeleontologist, surely, not archaeologist