Sunday, November 18, 2012

Too Many Pinkie Pies Review

Dear God.
Having finally dispersed the vengeful cumulonimbus of darkness, it looks like the mane 6 are finally back to having fun.  What better way to illustrate that than cloning Pinkie Pie dozens of times over?  This episode was certainly a hectic one, so let’s waste no time jumping right in.  Just click the break, if you’d be so kind.

Covering the humor seems like a nice place to start, since it was the focus of the episode.  And when it comes to humor, perhaps the first thing I noticed was that this episode had a LOT of fandom references.  From doubling the fun to Gen 3 Pinkie, you can tell that the creators are getting comfortable with their fan base.  Yet, despite how much I enjoyed these little nods to the fandom, I still agree that the silent splash joke was the best in the episode.  No matter how many references you pull out, there are still times when nothing beats a simple joke.  Overall, the humor in this episode was well rounded, and generally worked.  Really, what else could you ask for?

Besides more of this
Alright then, on to the plot.  Being a joke episode, there were some times where it would definitely take a backseat for the sake of gags.  This lead to some bizarre moments involving secret compartments in Twi’s library and Pinkie’s mother using directions to a legendary magic fountain as a bedtime story.  Personally, it worries me that Pinkie not only knows the location of unspeakably powerful artifacts, but also uses them for extremely mundane purposes.

Ah, hey, do you guys mind if I use this as a coffee table?
It’s supposed to be silly, though, so once again, it works.  What was nice was that Pinkie still managed to have character moments in the midst of the chaos.  Here, Pinkie showed that her dedication to her friends takes priority over her desire for fun.  Either that or she just didn’t want to be annihilated, but for the sake of the character, let’s go with the former.

Who knows?  Maybe she thought this looked fun.
Once again, the visuals are stunning.  To be perfectly honest, in the break between seasons, I’d forgotten how well animated the show was.  As usual, the frame rate is smooth, the facial expressions are hilarious, and the direction is clear and concise.  Nothing’s new there, though so, let’s move onto...

What did I think?  I liked it.  It wasn’t my favorite episode in the world, but everything came together, and the episode, is, well, it’s good.  It’s hard to complain about simple gag episodes when they’re this well executed.  After all, they made a clone saga work, and that’s not something you see every day.

Or ever.