Rarity is faced with a decision: Stay with her friends or move to the high social life in Canterlot?Rarity is faced with a decision: Stay with her friends or move to the high social life in Canterlot?Rarity is faced with a decision: Stay with her friends or move to the high social life in Canterlot?
To my relief, "Sweet and Elite" is in no way a let down and is a massive improvement over "The Mysterious Mare Do Well". Again Rarity is done justice, one can argue even more so, her characterisation being one of the episode's biggest attractions and strengths. And to me it is one of Season 2's best episodes and up to this point of the season the best since "Sisterhooves Social", which is saying a lot considering it was from that point when the season started to vary.
Other than the occasional lack of finesse in the animation, with some of the drawing not as smooth as usual, "Sweet and Elite" is great.
Most of the animation is fine, with the colours positively popping out and the backgrounds are rich in detail. A big standout visually is the fashions, fashions that would be heaven for anybody that likes clothes. The music is pure funkiness that stays in the head for a long while after. A brilliant job is done with Rarity, who overall was one of the better written characters this season and "Sweet and Elite" is one of the strongest examples as to why. She is well worth relating to here, with her inner conflict having tension and poignancy.
"Sweet and Elite's" writing is an adept mix of laugh out loud humour and emotion, taking the subject seriously while also having enough of a light touch to avoid it from being too heavy. The episode has a great story that develops Rarity beautifully, with powerful inner conflict, great character moments of all kinds of emotions with the other ponies, one of Season 2's and the overall show's most hard-hitting morals (especially if you have been in Rarity's situation) and it basically hit home with me being somebody who went through it when younger.
The first ten minutes are genius, boasting first-rate inventive animation and surprisingly complex writing. A big cliche being turned on its head, something that the show at its best was often great at doing. The voice work is uniformly terrific, powerhouse in the case of Tabitha St Germain.
Concluding, great episode and a big improvement over the disappointing previous episode. 9/10
- Feb 24, 2020