SU Review: Pool Vision

Past performances are not an indication of future events. Garnet is being a bit random lately from taking a job at the Big Donut, ordering 20 pizzas and giving them away, to wanting to chase a kitten with one eye. Well, she wanted Steven to tell her to chase the kitten while posing for a Vidalia portrait.

Garnet has been struck by how her future vision has not accounted for the decisions Steven has made recently and it’s been vexing when people want her to use her future vision to help predict things. That’s because Steven has grown up and taken responsibility for himself. Steven helps Garnet along by focusing on what we want to have happen instead of using her future vision to see what will happen.

Obviously, what we want to have happen with the kittens is for them to get a good home. The kitten with one eye will get one at the temple and will be named “Cat Steven”.

You really have to stay for the whole 11 minutes to figure out what was going on here. You can’t merely predict that Garnet was going off the rails for no reason. Those who stay for the whole episode are well rewarded for it. Even me as a statistics buff who is interested in probabilities, it’s a waste to focus on what the statistics say and it’s more useful to focus on what you want to have happen.

For example, you’re “future vision” would have had Loyola Chicago maybe getting to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. What Loyola fans would want is for them to go as far as they can and they were well rewarded with a trip to the Final Four.

This episode requires people to stay for the whole 11 minutes and they will be rewarded for it.

GRADE: A

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SU Review: “The Big Show”

We take a break from the arc about the diamonds to present this documentary about a local Beach City band as they get their first big break in the form of a concert in Empire City produced by Steven. Sadie Killer and the Suspects (aka, Sadie, Jenny, Sour Cream, and Buck) have been playing in basements until Greg takes them on as their manager and books a gig for them in Empire City.

Sadie still has issue with her Mother being so involved in her life and how she doesn’t want her band to be encumbered in it as well. The group holds their concert, complete with effects, and the song and performance were excellent. We even get a cameo from Joan Jett as Sunshine Justice, an old friend of Greg and booking agent. After the concert, Sadie wants to play the next show in Beach City so that her Mom can see it.

So yeah, Sadie slayed it tonight. Everything about this episode was excellent. I liked how Steven filmed this on an old camcorder to give it that old effect. Greg is also fantastic here telling Sadie that he would’ve enjoyed the support Barb is giving her instead of his parents telling him he was wasting his life (turns out he wasn’t). It gets Sadie to eventually accept Barb’s support (even though she really wasn’t at the concert as Sadie thought).

Just everything about this episode was excellent from the song, to the performance, and every character was in top form.

GRADE: A+

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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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