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That part about drawing parallels between season 3 and season 6 was pretty darn hilarious! :lol:

 

For the constant party cannon jokes, I figured the writers intended to hammer in the fact that Pinkie Pie loves her party canon to make sure we understand the weight of her sacrifice when she does the trade. Forced as they may have been, they served their purpose. That would be my take on it anyway.

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That part about drawing parallels between season 3 and season 6 was pretty darn hilarious! :lol:

 

For the constant party cannon jokes, I figured the writers intended to hammer in the fact that Pinkie Pie loves her party canon to make sure we understand the weight of her sacrifice when she does the trade. Forced as they may have been, they served their purpose. That would be my take on it anyway.

Actually, at 3:37, I did initially intend to write "though admittedly, they do emphasize the canon itself a lot," but doing so kinda seemed superflous. I still give them credit for never having Pinkie directly say anything about how much she loves her canon or show any extra affection for it before the trade. (You could make the argument that showing the canon more than once was just so first time viewers know it's a thing.)

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Good review, it's nice to see you so happy about an episode. The general reception of this episode is that it's decently entertaining but you and me seem to actually really like this episode.

 

I just loved how Pinkie Pie, Rarity and Maud played off each other and how it made each other's traits stand out more because of the contrast. Everyone got some character development in some way: Pinkie had to make a huge sacrifice, Rarity's business is expanding and she got more on the same page as Maud, and, like you said, Maud was the most lovable as she's ever been.

 

Also I must comment on how you look at episodes. You seem to like it when the "dramatic and emotional" parts are more subtle and intertwined with the humor and overall cheery atmosphere, rather than being more explicitly dramatic. Am I on the money?

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Good review, it's nice to see you so happy about an episode. The general reception of this episode is that it's decently entertaining but you and me seem to actually really like this episode.

 

I just loved how Pinkie Pie, Rarity and Maud played off each other and how it made each other's traits stand out more because of the contrast. Everyone got some character development in some way: Pinkie had to make a huge sacrifice, Rarity's business is expanding and she got more on the same page as Maud, and, like you said, Maud was the most lovable as she's ever been.

 

Also I must comment on how you look at episodes. You seem to like it when the "dramatic and emotional" parts are more subtle and intertwined with the humor and overall cheery atmosphere, rather than being more explicitly dramatic. Am I on the money?

Happy to go to bat for this one! I think Rarity was a great choice for a straight man here, because she has an eccentricity of her own, but it's brought out by the stuff she doesn't fully understand. Usually, her response is either to turn up her nose or (even funnier) try to go along with it and take every bit of it seriously.

 

As far as when I like drama and when I don't, I'm sure I've been more positive overall when it's more subtle and not the whole focus, since that usually stops the team from overdoing it. But I did enjoy episodes like Party of One, Hearthswarming Eve, Hurricane Fluttershy, Flight to the Finish, Tanks for the Memories, and The Mane Attraction, so I'd like to think I can enjoy straight drama too. (In fact, Winter Wrap Up and Canterlot Wedding are two of my favorites.) I guess I just feel like drama should come from the story, not the other way around. If an episode seems like it started out just wanting to be dramatic, so the characters go through maximum tears and anguish and "touching" revelations, regardless of whether the story they came up with is anything that should ever lead to that, I'm not buying it. In fact, it feels condescending, like I'm just such a sap head, that all I really want to see is characters "like me" being validated in the most dramatic way possible.

 

Why not go wherever your story actually would lead? (Or should?) There might be fewer tears, but they'll feel more real.

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