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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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?

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight 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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

Run, Crusaders, run!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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…

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Twilight Time"

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.]

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  • danbreunig

    All those fillis chanting…chanting……chanting. Mixing kids’ naivety with zombie crowd mentality is just spooky. Just take a minute to imagine a wall of magical pony children slowly but steadily advancing towards you–freaky. Funny thing relating to Pokémon, too: when it was at its peak in the late 90s there was a U.S. TV commercial with a mom strapping herself into heavy-duty padded protective gear. When she was ready all she said was the quiet name “Pokémon” and was then immediately trampled by a huge stampede of little kid Pokefans. Ah, the nature of children mob mentalities. Imagery to sleep by.

    This had to be the season’s low point thus far. This plot feels more at home at the start or middle of Season 1, complete with behaviors that would establish all the major Filli characters in one sweep. It may be a new strange situation, but it really doesn’t advance the characters significantly. The lesson also feels shoehorned in, with little payoff for what’s happened prior. This late in the series, it feels more like a bank episode just waiting to be written as filler to get us to the next episode. And the next episode at least has a big payoff: Fluttershy gets her own rainbow-themed item from a new friend.

    …there’s just something pleasantly unorthodox about seeing Twilight Sparkle eating some fast food.

    Nerd franchises, yes. *Say no more, he writes her knowingly.*

  • Arturo Garza Flores

    -I was surprised by how “normal” the episode feels, particularly because Dave Polsky has written some of the more bizarre and/or high-concept episodes from the show. Just about everything he’s written has had a story or event that feels like a big game-changing event, whether it’s the Pinkie Sense, our first look at the buffaloes, the Pinkie clones, the reformation of Discord, the introduction to the Equestria Games arc, Daring Do being real, and our first visit to Manehattan / first “rainbow connection” episode. I still consider Polsky writing an episode that won’t provoke any major drama in the fandom for once a minor victory. Plus, I still think he did a good job here. He really can do “normal”.
    -I think the episode captures very well what the concept of “popularity” means to young children. It really isn’t about who you are, but about ypur social status and the people you hang out with.
    -I like how this feels like an ensemble piece, but also makes room to single out one of the CMCs as the lead, much like Flight to the Finish. Applebloom always feels like she’s the default leader, so it’s nice that this time that responsibility falls onto Sweetie Belle. Despite the fact that she’s in over her head right from the start, what makes it funny is how desperate she is of staying afloat and keeping up with everything around her, despite having very little chances to do so. That being said, it is a common theme of CMC episodes that the girls always mess up and they have to make ammends for what they do. Still, that’s OK becuse they’re kids. Screwing up, learning from their mistakes, and taking a lesson from elders is part of being one.

    -All in all, this wasn’t exceptional, but not offensive. Just a solid, watchable episode.

  • jbwarner86

    People ask (and with good reason) just what the hell Twilight Sparkle is the princess of. She certainly isn’t the ruler of Ponyville or anything. My personal headcanon is that “princess” isn’t strictly a governmental title in Equestria and can refer to former students of Canterlot who don’t necessarily rule a kingdom, but at least demonstrate an exceptional command of their talent and are entrusted with putting it to good use in the world. (I bet this is how Cadence became an alicorn too, since that’s never been explained on-screen.) We all know Twilight is all about the magic, which is basically science on this show, so her “royal duties” consist of educating others in the field of magic and strengthening the community through it. This episode seems to bear that theory out. Twilight is more than happy to have all these kids over as long as she thinks they’re genuinely interested in learning what she has to teach.

    • Sofie Liv

      She’s a princess of “Now we have a reason to make more toys we can sell! BUY OUR TOYS!”

      Every-one with a tiny bit of background knowledge of the show knows that.. I think Caddence was just a born an alicorn actually, she’s merely of royal family so that’s that.

      I suppose her royal duties consist in being a “Magic of friendship.” exspert.. no really.

      As in this world, the sciense of warmth and friendship seems to be the thing keeping every-thing together, so now it’s officially her job to keep a tap on all of that and learn as much as possible about the subject, as well as spreading the word and teaching others about it. I think.. that’s my best guess any-way.

      • Chris Palmer

        Cadance’s origins were addressed in the first tie-in book, but that book’s canonicity is unclear, as Twilight learns pretty much the same lesson in Equestria Girls

    • MichaelANovelli

      What little I can figure suggests that Twilight is what used to be called an infanta: a woman who holds a noble title but isn’t actually in line for the throne…

  • Cristiona

    Ugh. The CMC. The vast majority of these are awful and I half ignore them. Frankly, the entire central conceit of this episode is ridiculous. It’s not like Twilight is some stranger or hermit. Everyone knows where she lives and she’s always about town. Sure, becoming a princess was recent (for varying definitions of recent), but the whole thing smacked of shoehorning it in to make the episode happen.

    Utterly forgettable episode.