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514 – “The Big Show”

Written by: Hilary Florido, Amber Cragg
Steven shoots a documentary that follows a local band as they get their first big break.

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Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night
And the feeling’s right
Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night
Oh, what a night (oh, what a night)

—“Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang

If it’s the best rollercoaster ever, why is it closing? Anyway, Rainbow Dash wants to ride it before it closes. However, she also has to chaperone for Grannie Smith, Apple Road, Auntie Applesauce, and Goldie Delicious (aka The Gold Horseshoe Gals). Applejack gives Dash a series a things she should not let them do. Hilarity ensues.

Rainbow follows the instructions to the letter—much to everyone’s disappointment. Even when the Gals are selected to be part of Big Bucks’s and Jackpot’s magic act, Rainbow Dash stops the trick and it’s a whammy (in a bad way a la “Press Your Luck”). Once the Gals realize AJ put Dash up to this, everything is forgiven and Dash gets to ride the Wild Blue Yonder thanks to their line jumping pass.

Yes, this was a very silly romp and a very funny one. That’s all the episode is trying to accomplish as the fast pegasus has to watch over what she thinks are slow grannies. The grannies are typically anything but slow and most of the humor (and flirting) in the episode comes from them. The other highlight was how AJ acts as Rainbow’s conscious to get her to act to make sure the Grannies don’t over-exert themselves.

It was just a funny episode and a breather one and works in what it was intended to do.

GRADE: B+

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805 – “Grannies Gone Wild”

Written by: Gillian M. Berrow
Granny Smith and her friends are headed to Las Pegasus; Rainbow Dash tags along as a chaperone so she can ride the best rollercoaster ever before it closes.

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We’re back on Captain Lars’s ship and Steven returns through Lars’s head to find that the ship is drifting in space with their nova thrusters busted. Steven then brings Garnet to meet the off-colors and starts to tell them the story of Rose Quartz (different from what they were apparently told on Homeworld).

This is quite an interesting take as Rose was initially created on Earth (meant to be Pink Diamond’s colony) to do Pink’s bidding, but started to take notice of the beauty of the planet and asked that the life on Earth be spared. Pink would have not have any of it and sends Rose back. Rose then organizes her revolt with other gems such as Pearl and Bismuth while Pink turns to Yellow and Blue Diamond for help of her own. While Rose’s forces were overwhelmed, Rose took her sword and shattered Pink Diamond and the other three Diamonds launched their attack to end the fighting—only unbeknownst to them the fighting is set to continue as Garnet rallies Lars’s crew.

So we have our setup for the next set of episodes even though the transition from “Jungle Moon” is a bit choppy as we suddenly turn to Steven bringing Garnet to Lars and the off-colors. Yet, we get the story of how Rose shattered Pink Diamond to eliminate any doubt and how the revolt started on Earth.

Garnet is one of the best characters in Western Animation today and here’s one of the reasons why and we have a setup for the rest of Season Five.

GRADE: A

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513 – “Your Mother and Mine”

Written by: Katie Mitroff, Paul Villeco
Steven takes Garnet to meet some of his new friends.

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No song to intro this review because I have nothing on that end. Anyway, Rarity needs to finish a centerpiece dress for the Canterlot Royal Fashion Show and needs all her assistants from Canterlot and Manehattan to help. No pony else can help, so that leaves Fluttershy. While she has developed self-confidence, it does not extend to confronting the brazen and super-judgemental Saddle Row shoppers. Rarity advises her to access the strength confidence within her. She’ll have the assistance of her raccoon friends from “The Saddle Row Review” to help her.

No sooner does a customer ask about the number of threads on a suit does Fluttershy develop a “sophisticated” character that is able to please him. She adopts two more personas to accommodate the valley-girl and goth sets. However, she gets swept up in her characters that she becomes them drives away the raccoons, her friends, and the customers.

Rarity comes back to Manehattan to rectify things by sacking all three of Fluttershy’s personas before Fluttershy herself apologizes explaining that acting like the ponies of Saddle Row gave her the confidence to interact with them. Rarity explains that she only needed to be Fluttershy to run it. Fluttershy does give her the inspiration to finish the centerpiece dress.

Fluttershy’s timidness is not the problem here. It’s her getting too involved in something to conquer it that’s the problem here. We saw this in “Putting your Hoof Down” when she did a 180º from a doormat to a monster. The 180º here is from a newbie at running a shop to a snooty Saddle Row salespony. She talks about “baby steps” to overcome her fear of performing on stage in “Filli Vanilli”, but there are other situations where that is the appropriate approach when it comes to timidness. We’ve seen twice now that she flies before she trots into to something to conquer her timidness.

This had the potential to be an A-episode, but it gets derailed by Fluttershy getting too much into the characters she develops and leaves no time for inflection prior to the apology.

GRADE: B-

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320 – “Divide”

Written by: Dominic Bisignano, Gina Gress, Aaron Hammersley, Zach Marcus, Sarah Oleksyk, Brett Varon, Cassie Zwart
Star becomes acting queen and plans for Marco and his warriors to delay Meteora from reaching Castle Butterfly long enough for Star to find Moon and destroy the monster princess.

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321 – “Conquer”

Written by: Tyler Chen, Sabrina Cotugno, Casey Crowe, Aaron Hammersley, Charlotte Jackson, Amelia Lorenz
Star must find the courage to face Meteora alone and make a decision that will change the kingdom forever.

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