Episode One-Hmmm-dred · 11:25pm
I'm divided. I liked it, but not as much as I'd like to like it, or maybe it's a matter of how critically respectable it might be to like it. The sincerity of the ending graciously offset a lot of the wink-wink-nudge-nudge stuff, which is lucky because MLP is pretty much the only show from which I tolerate that kind of guilelessness. But because it is MLP, namely its own specific show, it was sorta like, a little bit here and there is great, but leave the Doctor and Jeff Lebowski back in their own stories—It's not their place to do any heavy lifting here. It was sorta like the Tirek fight: This is awesome and fun and all, but does it belong here? It's always been a pretty self-aware and playful show, though, so I dunno.
But that bit with Gummy was great. And the writing and pacing were snappy, which is something I thought was lacking in season 5 up until the Discord episode, making everything seem kinda clunky before that.
All that aside, though, Tabitha killed it as Derpy Muffins.
I'll have to watch it again in a few days before my opinion on it will congeal. While I felt like I could hear DHX behind it going "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??," well, I was, so...
I mean, on the one hand, wow! 22 minutes of fanservice!
But on the other hand, ugh, 22 minutes of fanservice...?
In any case, they clearly worked hard and went out of their way to make something for the fans, so I hope they get a positive reaction, which so far it seems like they are. Hopefully people don't turn against it in a month, because it'd make me really sad to see that kind of playful effort backfire on them.
...Wait. So this show is based on a toy line, right? What if all this reification of fanon is a mirroring-back of the way people play with the ponies?
Think about it.