Twilight Sparkle and friends follow a map to a pseudo-Utopian village where the inhabitants have given up their cutie marks. At first glance, the ponies of this village seem happy, but when the Mane Six investigate further, they realize that the village leader Starlight Glimmer has a sinister view of friendship and individuality.

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Tabitha St. Germain ...
Rarity (voice)
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Spike (voice)
Kelly Sheridan ...
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Party Favor / Shopkeeper (voice)
Brian Drummond ...
Double Diamond / Village Pony (voice)
Rebecca Shoichet ...
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Twilight Sparkle and friends follow a map to a pseudo-Utopian village where the inhabitants have given up their cutie marks. At first glance, the ponies of this village seem happy, but when the Mane Six investigate further, they realize that the village leader Starlight Glimmer has a sinister view of friendship and individuality.

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Trivia

The repetitive slogans broadcast in a soothing voice are a reference to Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", published in 1932. See more »

Quotes

Starlight Glimmer: [to Twilight Sparkle] Perhaps it would be easier to understand if I gave you a tour of the village.
[a military drum beat starts as she exits the house]
Starlight Glimmer: Heads high, ponies! Marching proud! All together now, every one of you! No pony left behind!
[the villagers march behind her as she sings]
Starlight Glimmer: Life is so grand in our town/We're always filled with cheer/We never have to look around/To know that we're all here!
Villagers: [singing as some of the villagers march in a circular motion around the Mane 6] In our town!/...
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

In Our Town
Music and lyrics by Daniel Ingram
Performed by Kelly Sheridan and choir
Orchestrated by Caleb Chan
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A Great Opening to Season 5
4 April 2015 | by (kansas) – See all my reviews

This episode did a great job of setting up the stage for Part 2. The town's twisted view on friendship and freedom and individuality is established very well. Got me very excited for Part 2 and it easily, for me at least, is the best season opener of the series. All of the bronies who were speculating whether or not this was an anti-communist episode... I think your speculations are confirmed... even if it wasn't intentional, the episode puts a lot of emphasis on the individuality, personal responsibility-esque values that we should all hold dear to ourselves. This might be my favorite family-oriented show simply because it's not afraid to have a message like this. Love it.


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