OK, welcome back everypony to another addition of "Batbrony Reviews." Today's episode is a... perplexing one. Not so much because of the shenanigans, that's to be expected with almost any Pinkie Pie-centered episode, but largely because of the pacing and the execution of the "moral," if you want to call it that. That's not to say it was a bad episode, just kind of puzzling. Without further ado, let's take a look at "Party Pooped."
Beaver-yak is best yak.
So to start, let's address the elephant in the room, and possibly the best example of just how bizarre this episode was: the Yaks of Yakyakistan. I both loved and hated things about these guys at the same time. On the one hand, their designs were great, they're basically, as I saw one brony describe them, an entire nation of Hulks (in both size and mannerisms), and dear Lord is their pickiness legendary!!! I mean, my gosh, these guys overreacted at everything, and every time they went on an epic smash rampage, even though I knew they were being gigantic douches, I couldn't help but laugh. What infuriated me, however, wasn't their behavior so much as it was the ponies' reaction to it. Let's be clear: the yaks were being gigantic douches from start to almost the finish, there is no denying that, anyone would say. Anyone EXCEPT apparently the ponies of Equestria. Because my gosh, from start to finish they kept blaming themselves for the yaks' terribly undiplomatic behavior, and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why! The ponies are smart, and they've stood up to jerks before, so why all of a sudden were they chalking up the yaks being colossal douches to their failure to exactly reproduce the culture, mannerisms, and aesthetic of a country completely foreign to them as a country could be? It was terribly infuriating and really took away from the effectiveness of any message that was here (because trust me, there was a message here, it was the message I expected, it's just it wasn't executed like it should have been), especially when the yaks threatened war over... actually, I still don't know what they were threatening war over, that's just not how diplomacy works, DHX. So yeah, I have no idea why the ponies not only put up with the yaks' crap but also blamed themselves for it; it's incredibly silly and it took away a lot from the effectiveness of the message. But that said, the yaks were still incredibly entertaining to watch, and for that I mostly forgive this episode.
BUCK YOUR TABLE!!!!!!!!!!!
Next, let's cover the main character of the episode, Pinkie Pie. Like the rest of the Mane 6, she never really blamed the yaks for any of the ponies' troubles, and like I said, that was frustrating to watch. But besides that, she was perfectly fine. She was incredibly, furiously productive in her efforts to put together the perfect party for the yaks, and of course she went on a zany journey across all of Equestria and foreign lands even in a single afternoon (while running into Cherry Jubilee on the way, falling down a ravine, forming the Beatles, going through an entire career with them, and breaking up in the Crystal Empire because of creative differences, and then proceeding to Yakyakistan only to be flung by the craziest breaking of the laws of inertia ever all the way back to Ponyville, again, in a single afternoon, as you do when you're Pinkie -_-). The revelation that she has a Secret Party Cave was too funny, her mannerisms were spot on (even if at a few points they felt just a tad forced), and she saved the day as only Pinkie can. All in all, a solid episode for Pinkie, even if again I wasn't buying how the moral was executed.
Sergeant Pinkie's Lonely Hearts Club Band!!!
Finally, the Mane 6. Besides the already aforementioned idiocy with how they kept blaming themselves for the yaks being the biggest douches ever, the Mane 6 were fine too. Panicky Twilight is always fun to watch (though we are seeing a lot of her this season, it seems), they all maintained unwavering faith in Pinkie to do what needed to be done, which was fun to watch, and their interactions with the yaks and each other were too funny. Fluttershy had the single best line of the episode with her deadpan delivery when she asked how the buck they were supposed to get out of Pinkie's Party Cave, we learned that Twilight apparently has a fear of quesadillas, and Applejack took fiscal conservatism and the phrase "waste not, want not" to a whole new level when she said she'd rediscovered a set of Granny Smith's dentures under the Apple family's farmhouse. Also, Spike got body slammed by a yak, that pleased me very much. Overall, they were fine, besides, again, the problems with the moral itself. The other supporting ponies were cool as well. We've now seen both Princess Celestia and Princess Cadance three episodes in a row, which is some kind of record, it was cool to see Cherry Jubilee return, the Beatle ponies were absolutely epic, and the little yak calf at Yakyakistan was absolutely adorable!
Quesadilla: Not even once
Overall, like I've said throughout this review, this wasn't a bad episode, it was incredibly entertaining, more so than other episodes this season. But that said, I really didn't buy its message, because the writers had the characters behave extremely uncharacteristically and, at times, stupidly in reaching this moral. Diplomacy simply doesn't work that way, and the yaks should've been called out on their crap at least at some point. It was like if the United States blamed itself every time North Korea did something irrational or refused to come to the table to discuss diplomatic matters, and it made just as little sense as that would. So yeah, that's a big complaint, and it makes for an episode that's more entertaining than smart or thought-provoking, but all the same it was still so entertaining that I can for the most part forgive its shortcomings. That's all I got for ya, everypony, this is Batbrony signing off. I'm off! *cue dramatic exit*
Yakity Yak, don't talk- on second thought, I'll just stop.