And we are back! Ok, so how did this season resume? Was it good, was it bad? It was pretty good, I'd say. Rarity was a pretty fun protagonist, and it was nice to see her finally initiating the next step of her ambitions. She wasn't as crazy out there as she sometimes is, but it still worked. And this story really spoke to the artistic struggle between pursuing one's passions and having food on the table. When making art for others, you have to give them what they want. But it's not art if you're not invested in it. It's a hard argument. I think this episode struck an idealized middle ground by the end.
Now that said, Sassy was not an interesting character. She was the pushy, helicopter manager/producer/publisher who's more concerned with numbers and margins than with the project itself. Bias notwithstanding, she was not entertaining to watch. UNTIL a brushed over addendum to one of her lines: "I can't have *another* failing boutique" (Paraphrased.) Her reasons for being so pushy, so obsessive, so orderly and planned out suddenly change. She's not like this because she got an MBA and this is how the book says to do it, and she has no flexibility. This is her attempt to counteract failed attempt after failed attempt, taking lessons and pulling together the pieces that worked. This was desperation. And that's a lot more interesting. Too bad it was zipped past and never really regarded.
All in all, a fair episode. It was nice to see Rarity evolving professionally and artistically, and it was nice to see her at odds with doing art in an economy. Also yes, jelly bean pony, go ahead and get it out of your system.
I don't have a lot to say about this episode. I like Rarity just fine (certainly more than Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie), and I know that she's had some fantastic episodes before, but I feel like this wasn't one of her best ones. The song was pretty cute, Sassy Saddles started out as an unlikable character but then got better, the new background ponies looked nice and the episode's moral was pretty solid and I think they hadn't used it before, so that's a plus. I liked all those things and there actually were very few things I disliked, so... I dunno. It was a decent episode on its own, but I just think the second half of the fifth season should have started out with a little more bang. Oh well, at least Rarity is finally getting more spotlight this month after everyone else had their share of it in the first half of the season.
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