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nenena ([personal profile] nenena) wrote2012-01-22 07:20 am

When My Little Pony fails, it fails hard.

It's rare that Friendship is Magic actually has a bad episode, but when it does (i.e. Season 1's "Bridle Gossip," "Feeling Pinkie Keen," and "Over a Barrel") they are spectacularly bad. So much so that Lauren Faust actually apologized for "Feeling Pinkie Keen" (although she and Jayson Thiessen are still holding their grounds on "Bridle Gossip" and "Over a Barrel" because oops we really borked the moral of a faith-vs.-science story is probably a lot easier to admit than oops we made an episode that was kind of racist but whatever).

And yesterday we had Season 2's first failtacularly bad episode, "The Last Roundup." How bad was it?

1. "Derpy." Others have already written at length about how uncomfortable and cringe-worthy her first official speaking scene in the show was, and I have nothing more to add in that respect. But I would like to quote [personal profile] the_sun_is_up from the comments of her own post on the matter FOR GREAT TRUTH: "The fandom portrayal of Ditzy-Doo ranges from okay to iffy to gross, but the canon portrayal just went straight over to the 'gross' side of things. When there are 4chan bros who are more sensitive and classy than you, that's how you know you've failed as a writer."

2. This is getting a lot less attention than "Derpy" but it still warrants mentioning in my book: In the episode Pinkie Pie claims to have invented chimicherrychangas, and the fandom seems happy to credit the show for introducing this culinary delight to the universe. Um, NO. Sorry, fandom, but a quick Google search for "cherry chimichanga recipe" yields over 113,000 results.

Has the majority of this fandom actually not heard of cherry chimichangas before?! Are they ALL sheltered neckbeards who never leave the confines of their parents' basements people who have never eaten at Mexican restaurants before?

Also, Equestria Daily managed to spell "chimichanga" wrong. So maybe I shouldn't be surprised that most of these people seem to have never heard of cherry chimichangas before.

The only recipe that My Little Pony CAN claim to have actually invented is the potato chip muffin recipe from Season 1, and even then not entirely. Potato chip muffins have been around since before My Little Pony. The only thing novel that the show introduced to the recipe was adding worms to the batter. And that is not perhaps a culinary contribution for which we should be thanking the show.

I hate being so negative about colorful cartoon ponies, so I will end this post by saying that last-last week's episode, "Family Appreciation Day," completely won my heart and (in my opinion, at least) is one of the best damn episodes of the entire series so far. So here's hoping that next week My Little Pony will be back on its streak of wintacular episodes. Because episodes full of awesome and win are just par for the course for this series anyway.

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