MMMystery on the Friendship Express
- Episode aired Apr 7, 2012
An investigation is ordered after a cake Pinkie Pie is guarding for a contest is ruined on the way to Canterlot.An investigation is ordered after a cake Pinkie Pie is guarding for a contest is ruined on the way to Canterlot.An investigation is ordered after a cake Pinkie Pie is guarding for a contest is ruined on the way to Canterlot.
"MMMystery on the Friendship Express" is a decent, albeit not a great episode. Was expecting more considering those two things, and the episode title come to think of it. The potential for it to be there was there, but it isn't fully realised and felt a bit bland and ordinary. There are a lot of great things and Pinkie Pie is done justice, more consistently and better so than the other Pinkie Pie-centric Season 2 episode "A Friend in Deed" (though that was a little better as an episode). What spoiled it was the at times bland execution and that the characterisation elsewhere felt off.
Whatever issues "MMMystery on the Friendship Express" has, the animation is not one of them. This is especially true in the attention to detail for the treats (everything with the desserts was so creative and one of the episode's most striking assets) and in the parodying, the episode even parodies 'Samurai Jack'. The music is as dynamic as one hopes, the placement and how it fits with everything being very cleverly done. Pinkie Pie is a lot of fun, as are most of the supporting characters.
As far as highlight moments go, the highlight is Pinkie Pie's theories regarding the ruination of the cake (who, how and why). Pure genius. There are a good deal of funny moments, especially in the theories and parodying. The voice acting from particularly Andrea Libman is great.
Not so great is the characterisation for some of the other characters. Fluttershy and Rarity are very unlikeable here and their out of character is rather left field. Fluttershy is particularly bizarre. Applejack is completely wasted, what was the point of her when she is barely in it and what little she has is forgettable.
Furthermore, Mulia Mild is a very bland, almost charisma-void character. Generally the supporting characters were more fun than the regulars but she was the exception. The ending finally felt a bit too contrived.
Summarising, nice episode but there was room for more here. 6/10
- May 21, 2020