[source] 809 - “Non-Compete Clause” Written by: Kim Beyer-Johnson "Applejack and Rainbow Dash take the friendship students on a teamwork learning field trip, and accidentally show the students the opposite… (More)
“Neither Starlight nor Sunburst have visited their parents in a long time, but when both are called by the map to their hometown, they discover their parents are at the center of the friendship problem.“
Here are a few short stories about Beach City from Steven to help Lars catch up with things at home. Mayor Dewey is feeling worthless after no longer being mayor. Nanafue organizes an emergency plan in case gems attack again. Pearl has a cell phone! Ronaldo and Greg are lookouts and now have a huge telescope to work with. Sadie Killer and the Suspects are planning their show in Beach City. Jamie has formed an improv group featuring Amethyst, Peridot, Barb, and Mr. Smiley. Peedee has taken over Bill Dewey former van and turned it into a food truck for tater tots. Oh, the Big Donut is still closed and Mayor Dewey is still feeling useless. Steven puts two and two together and Bill Dewey is now running the Big Donut and a gives a few to Lars’s parents.
This episode was a breather and a (no pun intended) gem. Everything about this episode was fun and it was tied together nicely by finding a new purpose for the former mayor given all the changes that have occurred recently. And we all cannot wait for Lars to meet Peridot for the first time!
Twilight is planning to celebrate Celestia’s “ones-versary” (1,111th) of her raising the sun for the first time by staging a play at the school. Since being in a play is one of the things Celestia has never done before, though she has a love for theatre, Twilight decides in her infinite wisdom to cast Celestia in lead role as a way of doing something nice to someone who has always put herself before others.
Celestia is uncertain since she has zero acting experience. Despite Twilight’s reassurances, Celestia’s inexperience shows and no amount of acting lessons will help her. No amount of Twilight’s over-willingness to make the play work for Celestia instead of telling her the truth about her acting skills will help either. Rainbow Dash telling every creature she knows definitely doesn’t help—ruling out Spike’s suggestion of cancelling the play. Pinkie’s attempts of replacing the prop sun damaged earlier just makes things worse—especially when she imitates an Illinoisan looking to put on a fireworks show (where such amateur acts are illegal) and smuggled the fireworks from Wisconsin to do that.
Twilight goes over the edge and the cat escapes the bag—upsetting Celestia that her pupil had been lying to her all this time. Celestia tells Twilight that honesty is always better than the best of intentions paved by lies and has an idea to save the play. Celestia plays the role of production assistant and helps salvage the play with Fluttershy (some pony who has acting experience) as Celestia.
To some, this is a bit of a retread of “Inspiration Manifestation”. However, this is someone attempting to hide the truth from someone who has been like family and a mentor to her.. Also, this is not to help someone get out of a creative funk, this is someone trying to give back to said mentor. Twilight’s real fault is that she puts Celestia so far high a pedestal, that she does not realize that there are things that even the ruler of Equestria cannot do—such as act.
However, in both situations, honesty is still the best policy despite best intentions. However, this episode is still better than “Inspiration Manifestation” as Twilight isn’t one to be so dismissive about the lesson like Spike was in the former. The biggest problem with Twilight is placing Celestia high on a pedestal that some of things she feels she needs to do to pay Celestia back are unnecessary.
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.
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.