I was looking forward to this episode, mainly because it gives us an opportunity to see what Josh Haber has on his agenda for his take on the series. While I wasn’t entirely disappointed by today’s episode, it could have been much better than it turned out to be. As it stands, it seems like a 20 minute Scooby Doo tribute that nobody really wanted.
Story - The story had a decent basis, but in the end it turned out to be a complete waste of time for the mane six. Sure, they found a diary that will lead to continuity improvements in the next episode, and also gives them a method of relaying morals that isn’t a letter to the princess, but that doesn’t bode well for this episode.
Animation - No complaints for the animation on this episode. In all honesty, this is the only field that just seems to be getting better and better, regardless of an episode’s quality. The rack focuses and motion blurs definitely put an interesting touch to scenarios that I wouldn’t have noticed in the past.
Characters - I’m trying to live by the policy that just because a pony is tied to an element doesn’t mean they need to represent it all the time, but it is becoming difficult. At this point, it feels like Rarity is just being written for cheap gags here and there about her being lazy or pushing work off on others. For instance, take into consideration her having Fluttershy come along to the castle. Rarity understands that Fluttershy is afraid, but ignores it and carries on. ‘Generoisty’, am I right?
Continuity - Right from the get go, this was a strong point in this episode’s timeline. I loved that the first thing they addressed was the important event that happened in the past episode. It means that they haven’t forgotten its importance just yet, and I definitely appreciate that; focus on bolder, over arching plot lines should clearly be the initial objective.
Message - I will not acknowledge the moral of this episode as having been an important one, because I have a direct relation back to season one. If I am correct, the message in this episode was ‘don’t let your imagination get the better of you’. Seem familiar? Good, because this message has already been covered by ‘Giggle at the Ghostie’ from season one. Normally I’m a forgiving person, but a direct recycle from a song’s message is not acceptable to me, nor to anyone else in this fandom. You can do better.
Final Score: 68/100 - [68% D]
Episode Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjHtMwblh5I
Submitted by: Sectus, RWG