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515 – “Pool Hopping”

Written by: Katie Mitroff, Paul Villeco, Joe Johnston
Garnet and Steven explore the most unlikely timelines in Beach City.

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The map is calling the Cutie Mark Crusaders to Mount Aris for a friendship problem. It is their first and the first time the map has called some pony creature to a place outside Equestria. It’s either been Ponyville, Canterlot, Manehattan, or where the Pony of Shadows hung out.

Twilight is coming along for an excuse to visit Mount Aris since the events of the movie research and to get Silverstream’s parents to sign a permission slip so she can go on field trips (shouldn’t that be Silverstream’s job?) They come across Silverstream’s brother Terramar who can’t decide between living on land as a hippogriff (like his father Sky Beak) or in the sea as a sea pony (like his mother Ocean Flow). This being Hasbro, they are not going to mention that the parents are separated/divorced. (Is it only Arthur who really goes that far?)

The CMC get a tour of Mount Aris and Seaquestria and Sweetie Belle is in love with Harmonizing Heights on Mount Aris while Scootaloo enjoys Seaquestria (while Sweetie Belle does not). That doesn’t help Terramar with his problem which he believes he needs to choose between the two. Actually, no hippogriff or pony told him to choose and Terramar’s parents realized that he shouldn’t be compelled to choose either and he can go back and forth.

While fans may not appreciate Hasbro possibly going end around with the parents living separately, they do establish that some of the hippogriffs got used to the sea while others returned to Mount Aris after the defeat of the Storm King. In the case of Terramar, it splits down his family. There does not seem to be any animosity between Sky Beam and Ocean Flow, and there are ways hippogriffs can go back and forth as the magic pearl has been split and distributed throughout the realm.

I guess Twilight has been forgiven for trying to steal the pearl in the movie as she is treated like a celebrity here. Of course, the bar is low for forgiving characters here.

Overall, this is a very good episode, though some may find some aspects a bit off. Terramar, Sky Beak, and Ocean Flow seem like nice characters and we get a decent bit of world building.

GRADE: A-

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806 – “Surf and/or Turf”

Written by: Brian Hohlfeld
With family members on Mount Aris and Sea Pony relatives in Seaquestria, the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to help a young Hippogriff figure out where he belongs.

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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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