When a serious and important friendship summit takes a dreadful turn, it is up to Pinkie Pie to save the day.When a serious and important friendship summit takes a dreadful turn, it is up to Pinkie Pie to save the day.When a serious and important friendship summit takes a dreadful turn, it is up to Pinkie Pie to save the day.
Very like here in "Party Pooped". It is not one of my favourite 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' episodes and isn't even one of my favourites of Season 5. It is a big improvement over the disappointing previous episode "Princess Spike" which again made a mess of Spike and came over as mean-spirited, but at the same time it is no "Slice of Life", a wonderful love letter milestone to the show. "Party Pooped" does wonders with Pinkie Pie, but was severely flawed when it came to the conflict.
"Party Pooped" has a number of good things and they shall be mentioned first. The episode is beautifully animated, which is not a surprise as that was a near consistent good thing. The colours are always vibrant and beautifully varied, the backgrounds are fine detailed without looking too sparse or cluttered and the facial expressions and reactions are creative visually. The music has nice atmosphere and character, again as usual. All the voice acting is excellent, with Andrea Libman's nuanced Pinkie Pie getting the top honours.
There are some great jokes and funny dialogue, most of which belonging to Pinkie Pie and her best material is hilarious. The secret party planning cave was cool and insightful, loved seeing how she worked as a friend. Twilight is fun and actually really related to her worrying, being a notorious worrier myself. The message was a unique one for the show, or certainly at that point it was with it having not been attempted before in the previous episodes, and handled with force yet tact. The best asset of the episode was the characterisation of Pinkie Pie in her best and most interesting appearance by far of Season 5 up to this point of it and perhaps her best and most interesting appearance since "Pinkie Pride". She is immensely humorous here but she also shows that there is much more to her than comedy relief that had not been seen before in the season's previous episodes, due to having a character conflict that was engaging, touching and relatable.
Now onto the negatives. Almost all of it to do with the Yaks subplot, which was executed near-disastrously. Did not like the characters themselves, their actions were one-dimensional and extreme with not much of a reason, and it was a reason that was very difficult to take seriously, and little is done to set them apart from each other or flesh them out. So underdeveloped they were near-irrelevant. Their subplot goes way too far on the insanity and contrivances and lacks tension. The running gags tend to be tiresome, too silly (not what one expects when you see how maturely Pinkie Pie and her conflict is handled) and quite repetitive after a while.
Actually felt like the conflict was not much of one and what there was lacked tension and surprises, as well as being too silly. The lack of proper consequence was borderline illogical and far too pat.
Overall, one of Pinkie Pie's best appearances as a character that deserved a much better episode. 6/10
- Dec 21, 2020