Aug 29, 2015
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Twilight Time”
Well, if this episode reminds me of anything, it is how happy I am that I’m a grownup and never have to deal with these issues, and haven’t had to bother with them in a looong time. Nope, as an adult nerd, I can enjoy all the pleasures of childhood, wasting my time on Pokémon as much as I want, without having to deal with anything else. (Money problems are, of course, a whole other issue, but let’s save that for another day.)
This week, we have another Cutie Mark Crusaders episode, where we witness what adventures those three small fillies shall embark upon next as they continue their crusade to get their cutie marks. The last time we had one of these episodes, we got a long wished for and well-handled character exploration. This time… we have children going nuts. Joy.
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We start off with the Cutie Mark Crusaders crusading over at Twilight’s, as she helps them with various projects. Mainly, Twilight just enjoys teaching for the sake of teaching, and loves the idea of people coming to her to learn things.
If there’s anything you need to know about Twilight, it’s that she’s a gigantic nerd herself. She’s the Hermione Granger of ponies, since she thinks that the best way to relax and have a good time is to make lists and read as many dusty books as humanly possible. So the idea of somebody wanting to get in on her knowledge appeals a lot to Twilight. And she’s also a librarian, after all, so sharing knowledge is just kind of her thing.
But back at school, Diamond Tiara (the bitchy-bitch character of this show created solely to antagonize the Crusaders) is being her usual snooty self, hogging all the attention as she makes her butler do tricks, and then takes all the credit for herself.
And to top it all off, Diamond Tiara decides to mock the Crusaders, telling them that she’s going to hang out with celebrities in Manehattan and the Crusaders are not. To which Sweetie Belle has a pretty awesome reply, if you ask me: she just straight up tells Diamond Tiara that they don’t need to go to Manehattan to hang out with cool ponies; they hang out with a princess (i.e., Princess Twilight) all the time. And the way she says it, she might as well have just told Diamond Tiara to suck it. Nice! I think we’ve all wanted to see that happen for a while. I mean, I know Diamond Tiara is designed to be annoying, but… does she really have to be this annoying, all the time?
Diamond gets pretty awestruck at the idea of hanging out with a princess, and immediately asks if she and Silver Spoon can come along. Personally, I think this is the only moment in the episode where the Crusaders actually do anything wrong. What they should have done is just straight up tell Diamond Tiara that if she can’t be nice to them, she doesn’t get to come along, plain and simple. But the Crusaders aren’t as mean as Diamond Tiara or Silver Spoon, so the two get to come along.
Unfortunately, things snowball very quickly from there, and the next day, Diamond Tiara is busy telling the entire school that they hung out with a real princess, and the rest of the students are completely enthralled.
Of course, somebody could just tell them that Twilight is, in fact, the librarian of the town, and anyone can go visit the library at any time. But you know what? Them being children, I can completely see them just not thinking about it that way. And I actually can’t blame the Crusaders for anything that happens next.
They agree to introduce a few of the other fillies to Twilight at the Hay Burger, only for all of them to show up at once.
And then soon, everyone’s just giving free stuff to the Crusaders, without the Crusaders even having to ask for any of it. And I’m sorry, but if my adoring fans ever stooped to buying me things and inviting me to be their guest at special occasions… Do you really expect me to say no? Free stuff! Sweet! And if it’s nerdy stuff from the franchises I like, even sweeter! Hint hint, nudge nudge.
In fact, according to my beliefs (Buddhism), it’s very rude to turn down presents given to you from others, because that’s turning down their kindness. Still, who could foresee that the kindness could turn into the freaking zombie apocalypse?! Suddenly, all the other fillies are out to eat braaaaains… or something like that. I think.
Run, Crusaders, run!
No, don’t lead them to Twilight’s house! Clearly, Twilight is the one they actually want to eat!
But the Crusaders head there anyway, followed by all the zombie-like fillies. Twilight sees them all, and just assumes they’re here to join her class. It then sucks to be Twilight when the beans are finally spilled and she finds out none of the fillies are actually interested in what she has to teach, and are only interested in her popularity and status as a princess.
Ouch, Twilight, that’s gotta hurt.
That right there should be the real lesson of the episode: don’t act stupid just because of someone’s perceived popularity. It doesn’t seem like the Crusaders themselves did anything dumb here, or perhaps that’s just me. They’re sent away and the Crusaders apologize to Twilight, and resume their weekly classes with her, though they have to go there incognito from now on, or the zombie apocalypse may start again. Sheesh…
This episode is… quite frankly, I don’t know what I should make of it.
I get what it’s trying to say, but in order for it to work, the Crusaders would have had to have acted a lot meaner and a lot more full of themselves. But since they didn’t, I really don’t see what they did wrong, except perhaps getting just a little too swept up in all the attention. But even that I can’t really blame them for.
There were a few funny moments, but this episode was just all around average for me. I give it two and a half ponies out of five this week.
[—Editing/cleanup/revisions to this article provided by Dr. Winston O’Boogie and Elliot Hodgett.]