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Old April 7 2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

"On their way to a contest in Canterlot, a cake entry made by the Cake couple is suddenly chomped. Pinkie Pie, who was in charge of keeping it safe, undergoes an investigation to find the one responsible (with some help from Twilight)."
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Old April 7 2012, 11:13 PM   #2
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

I loved it. So many Pinkie Pie moments, so silly, and even my mouth watered at the descriptions of all the desserts. Mmm... is right!




Still, all in all, a very fun episode, one to take lightly with a grain of salt, er, sugar, and definitely watchable because of, if for nothing else, Pinkie Pie's antics.

I gave it a solid "A".
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Old April 7 2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

Eh. I didn't like it. I didn't care much about the setup – the cake was baked by peripheral characters to enter a contest we're not invested in and their competition was a host of characters we'd never met before. (Well, okay. We met pony Joe. But we don't know anything about him.) If this had been the wedding cake for next week's royal wedding, I might have cared; there's a personal connection there. Ditto if Pinkie herself had baked it so there was something personal riding on the outcome. I had sort of suspected I wouldn't care based on the synopses, but I kept waiting for the usual brilliant detail this show does that would sell me on a silly premise. Alas it never came.

Anyway, like "The Mysterious Mare Do Well," the episode hinges on the reveal at the end, and also like TMMDW, what we find out makes no bucking sense. I don't buy that those three would do what they did, and I really don't buy that the chefs would do what they did in response.

I did enjoy the small details, as always: the parody short films "explaining" Pinkie's deductions were great, and the opening sequence of trying to get the cake to the train was a lot of fun (though it does raise the question of how Big Mac would have so much trouble carrying a cake when he was able to drag an entire house behind him in "Hearts and Hooves Day.") But man cannot live on gags alone; cap it all off with a moral that has next to nothing to do with the rest of the episode, and you've got a solid C at best.
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Old April 7 2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

I also give the eppie an A. Perhaps it's because I'm an amateur baker myself that I enjoyed the premise. And Gep, I think Pinkie did have something riding on the outcome. She represents the Cakes at this competition and that's a huge deal if you're representing a bake shop like that. Pinkie wants them to trust her with something that serious. Sure they trust her with Pumpkin and Pound, but they don't with a cake.

As for Big Macintosh's difficulty, have you ever tried carrying a tiered cake like that before? It's a nightmare even if the cake is three tiers together. A multi-tiered cake with columns is next to impossible to carry like that in the human world. For Big Macintosh, it's an awkward package. A house is something that can be dragged.
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Old April 7 2012, 11:53 PM   #5
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I enjoyed it a lot for all the little gags. I liked that we got some new background characters and revisited a known one. The desserts were great in their insane creativity. I loved the Sherlock Holmes skit and the little movies illustrating Pinkie's suspicions, especially the silent movie. Pinkie's antics were hilarious throughout the episode but Twilight also had her moments.

I do understand Gep's concerns but I somehow found it plausible that our pony friends would be compelled by Pinkie's enthusiasm to eat the cake just as the bakers were later on.
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Old April 8 2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

Peach Wookiee wrote: View Post
As for Big Macintosh's difficulty, have you ever tried carrying a tiered cake like that before? It's a nightmare even if the cake is three tiers together. A multi-tiered cake with columns is next to impossible to carry like that in the human world. For Big Macintosh, it's an awkward package. A house is something that can be dragged.
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I just reviewed the scene in question, and AJ specifically calls out the cake's weight as being the problem, which is confirmed by Big Mac as he buckles under the strain. So my objection stands!

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I do understand Gep's concerns but I somehow found it plausible that our pony friends would be compelled by Pinkie's enthusiasm to eat the cake just as the bakers were later on.
I suppose got spoiled by speculation going into the episode that Pinkie was sleep-eating and damaged the cake herself, because I like that idea much better than what we got. It works better with the "don't go accusing others before you know everything" moral, and Pinkie's the only character crazy enough for me to buy that kind of behavior, especially if she wasn't in full control of her actions. Plus it would add that bit of personal relevance I thought was missing.
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Old April 8 2012, 12:08 AM   #7
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I suspected that, too, although I didn't read any spoilers.
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Old April 8 2012, 12:11 AM   #8
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

I also would have accepted Princess Celestia.

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Yeah, I had to laugh at the end. You could see how greedy she was for that piece of cake. Pinkie will get lonely on the moon.
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

Pinkie ate the blue ribbon along with the rest of the dessert. That girl's loco in the coco.
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Old April 8 2012, 03:11 AM   #11
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

I can picture it if the ponies all had the Equestrian equivalent of cell phones...

*Twilight dials hers* "Hello, Cantorlot Urgent Care?... Yeah, Twilight Sparkle again... Yeah, Pinkie Pie... Yeah... Yeah..."
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Old April 8 2012, 04:05 AM   #12
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I just came here to say!

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Old April 8 2012, 04:08 AM   #13
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

I gave it a B. Decent, but not among the best of the Pinkie Pie episodes.

BTW did anyone notice Derpy. I usually spot her, but I didn't see her in this episode.
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Re: MLP:FiM 2x23 "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"

^She wasn't in the episode.

"C", mostly agreeing with Gep's assessment, the episode just felt 'off' the entire time, never really got going and the final reveal just felt forced and weird. Really not a great effort this week.
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Old April 8 2012, 05:35 PM   #15
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I initially gave it a B, but I would change it to a C if I could now.
The gags and references were good, but Rarity, RD and Fluttershy's actions just seemed out of character. I would've preferred sleep walking Pinkie over "I just couldn't help myself". Without a proper motive, the whole thing felt like a waste, the plot felt like it belonged in a G1 episode.
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