Friday, July 6, 2012

Picking Apart "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic", Season 1 Episode 15

Feeling Pinkie Keen

Why does it seem like every five episodes so far that something's up with Pinkie Pie and it isn't entirely acknowledged properly?  In Episode 5, she knew that Gilda was trouble and Twilight thought she was just being a pain.  In Episode 10, she knew what a parasprite was and no one believed she knew how to get rid of them.  Now, in this episode, she has these strange senses and Twilight is not about to take her seriously for the umpteenth time.

We start with Pinkie Pie attempting to take cover wherever and we learn that whenever her tail starts twitching, it means someone or something is about to fall.  Of course, Twilight doesn't believe her, being the insensible idiot regarding just about anything about Pinkie, but then a frog falls on her face.  Fluttershy was on her way to the Froggy Bottom Bog to relocate a group of frogs and one of them just happened to drop in on Twilight.  Oh, and here's a rather awkward conversation that's almost unnecessary.

Pinkie Pie: Um... Twilight? You gotta little somethin' on your face there.
Twilight Sparkle: Oh, really? Did your Pinkie Sense tell you that, too?
Pinkie Pie: Nah! I could just see it. Lalalalalalalala!
See, what did I tell you?  Awkward.  I mean, anyone could see that there's a frog on Twilight's face.  Why did Twilight have to go and think that?  Totally skeptical, maybe even sarcastic, if you ask me.

Now Applejack comes around we learn that she actually believes Pinkie's animal senses, even claiming that everyone in Ponyville knows it.  Now hang on a second here!  Just five episodes ago, Pinkie was trying to tell us how to get rid of parasprites and no one took her seriously, which consequently led to Ponyville's destruction, and now Applejack comes along and says...

Applejack: ...if Pinkie's-a-twichin', you better listen.

This is what really doesn't make any sense, not Pinkie's remarkable senses.  So do the others diss Pinkie or not?  And another thing.  The characters in this show are animals, right?  We all know that animals have much stronger senses than people do.  They know instinctively when something's coming up, even if Pinkie has an odd way of showing it.  But these animals have been shown to do animal things, so what's up with Twilight's skepticism on Pinkie lately?  I know parasprites are one thing, but the idea of understanding Pinkie is generally the same.  Think about it.

Oh, and while Twilight is getting a bath at Pinkie's apartment room, we get to meet Pinkie's pet, a toothless alligator named Gummy.  Now, being toothless for an alligator is scientifically wrong for two reasons.  One, alligators are born will a full set of teeth.   And two, even without teeth and even as a baby, an alligator's jaws are remarkably strong, so Pinkie should have felt pain or her fur should have gotten at least some damage.  And what's gonna happen when Gummy starts growing some teeth?  Time does pass in this series, so it should be only a matter of time.

Well, Twilight tries to scientifically figure out the reasons behind Pinkie's senses that predict the future, and by future I mean a few seconds later, but all that really happens is that Pinkie's stomach growls, which as everyone knows means someone's hungry.  Apparently, not being able to comprehend these Pinkie senses is now starting to frustrate the living hell out of Twilight, so she keeps following Pinkie around, trying to figure this mess out.  Oh, and here's another reference to Phineas and Ferb.

Pinkie Pie: Hey, Applejack. What'cha doin'?

There it is.  Now who do we all know that says this famous catchphrase?
Yep!  That's right!

Eventually, Pinkie Pie's whole body starts shaking and even she can't figure it out, only surmising that something big is about to happen, and in this case, it's at Froggy Bottom Bog where Fluttershy is helping the frogs settle.  Now never mind that this is a new sense for Pinkie, Twilight now hopes to prove her wrong about this whole thing she somehow got herself into.

They find Fluttershy and Twilight gets all triumphant, believing everything Pinkie ever did was complete hogwash, but then a hydra appears and starts going after everyone!  They escape from the hydra only to learn that what Pinkie sensed earlier was not the hydra.
Twilight gets all Rapidash in sheer anger and after cooling down, she finally comes to the one conclusion from never being able to figure her out this whole time.

She gives up.

Having learned that when unexplainable things just happen when they do and are not necessarily false, she has Spike jot down her latest letter to Princess Celestia and the episode is pretty much over.  So Twilight now believes in these Pinkie senses and also seems to be warming up to her erratic behavior.  Could they now finally be in the same boat?  Well, one thing's for sure, these senses aren't brought up again in the series... at least not until next season.

The continuity in this episode is somewhat screwed over because of no one taking Pinkie seriously five episodes ago and in this episode, Applejack takes her seriously.  The only real continuity here is that Fluttershy remembers the hop, skip, and jump Pinkie taught her in Episode 7.  Other than the continuity shit, this episode has some pretty sweet animation to make Pinkie Pie go nuts in every scene.  By the way, I tell you, what's wrong with being able to sense things before they can happen?  Nothing wrong with being a little out of the ordinary once in a while.  But it's this episode that really makes me warm up to Pinkie to be honest.  Maybe it's because I can cope with chatterboxes, but in any case, Pinkie Pie's not stupid.  She's just being lovably fun.  It's her charm!  After all, she does represent the element of laughter.  So if any of you still find her annoying, which I don't, I got some simple advice.  Deal with it.

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