|Starlight doesn't half go through manestyles :P|
As with the first episode, this one is fairly low-stakes and could have fitted into the middle of a season reasonably comfortably. It is also Starlight-heavy. Let's face it, if what you want out of Pony is for Glimmy to be given a harder time, I suspect you're not going to be thrilled this season. I'm not entirely happy myself with some aspects of her post-redemption development, but as I said last week what I want from the show is a fun 22 minutes. I doubt it would have made seven seasons in the first place if it still worked like S1 did.
This ep is largely about the dynamic between Starlight and Trixie, which ends up being pretty funny. Some people on Equestria Daily have decided that they're basically being shipped by the writers, but I think that's just the usual thing of fans reading way too much into stuff. They're obviously close and physically affectionate, but so are the Mane Six. Talking of whom, Twilight and co provide the backup plot with their "Manehattan Escapes" visit. (Note to show: other cities are available.) It's slight, but breaks things up well enough.
|I think this is a ballot paper I could get behind!|
I really like the explanation Starlight tries to give to Trixie about how simply making something disappear is impossible. That's the sort of magic limitation that I've always liked in the show's lore – another example being the lack of pony healing magic – and it makes perfect sense. The reason for the map table ending up in the spa is contrived, but it's still funny so I'll accept it. I'm also interested in the almost throwaway comment by Trixie that Starlight was becoming boring. Will that have future relevance?
"All Bottled Up" brings us our first song of S7. Unfortunately, it's not one that impresses me much. It's mildly catchy – but it's not particularly memorable, it contains some badly smushed-in lines ("a door with a key" has entirely the wrong stresses to go where it does) and its style fits Equestria Girls more than it does Friendship is Magic. The visuals are a bit on the uninspired side, too. The one thing I do love about the song is the way it's incorporated into the plot. I've always liked it when that happens, going right back to "Giggle at the Ghostly" in S1E02.
|Granny Smith most definitely looks the most sinister of the lot|
Best quote: Trixie: "Teacup! Teacup! Teacup! Teacup!"
- Starlight and Glimmer make a fun double act
- "Disappearing" really being teleportation – still tricky, note
- Bulk Biceps and his multiple jobs
- Some very amusing dialogue throughout the episode
- The Mane Six wrecking their prospects by singing
- The song itself is a bit below par
- Trixie's annoying personality is played up too much
- It's fun filler, but it is still filler