I sometimes find myself thinking if what I’m doing is the right thing. I don’t mean something deep as “Should I be watching ponies instead of studying law or medicine?” No, no, no, I’m not that shallow. I mean things like “Should I keep an eye on this website for updates, or should I work on the next drawing? Or should I reply to all the emails and messages I get (between 1 and 2), or should I go downstairs and finish Fallout: New Vegas once and for all? It’s a mess, I know, but I usually end up wasting three to four hours of my day down the drain because of my inability to choose what to do. Thankfully, now that I have a job, I’ll be able to admin my time better.
So after three hours of doing nothing but refreshing my Twitter feed to find news about SOPA, let’s get down to review a new MLP: FiM episode! But first, allow me to give you my neatly wrapped up TL; DR of it. Is the episode good? Oh God, people, why do I keep putting this one? It’s “Friendship is Magic”! Of course it will be good! I think I keep putting it just in case we have another Over a Barrel. Is it the best Pinkie Pie episode? Actually, yes, it is. I am going to go as far as calling it one of the best character-centric episodes of the series, right up there with Lesson Zero, Suited for Success or Dragonshy. And if you want me to tell you why, just keep reading. Or you can skip to the chart; either option is fine by me.
|Five O'clock shadow is not only realistic, but it also makes you look badass.|
After we get through the theme song, we jump cut to one month later, and we see Pinkie Pie playing with the twins and doing silly stuff. The Cakes are preparing themselves to close the store for the evening, and we see them acting like the good parents they are. And I must address this right here, you may or may not like Mister Cake, but we all must agree that he is The Best Dad we’ve seen in the show. I love how well he takes care of his kids, and I never thought it could be badass to see a pony making his kids burp. He is awesome. I already liked him, but this settled him as one of the coolest ponies in the show. So as they are closing the store, Pinkie Pie reminds them that there is a big shipment they have to deliver, and this forces them to find a babysitter for their babies. After failing to hire any other of the Mane Six, they resort to Pinkie Pie, who is presented with a challenge she would’ve never expected: Face reality.
|Yes, for Pinkie Pie this is facing reality.|
So what follows is a series of original, yet a bit watered down, situations where Pinkie Pie tries to take control over the kids, failing miserably. She tries to give them a bath, but she fills the bathtub with floating toys, making the kids cry. She tries to feed them, but the food ends up covering the floor instead. She tries to cheer them up, but nothing seems to bring a smile to their faces, not even trying to impersonate Ronnie Dangerfield. There is a running joke where Pinkie pours a sack of flour all over her, which is the only thing that makes the twins smile, but after the second one it gets a bit grating. Right after an epic fail diaper change, Pinkie receives the visit of Twilight. At first she welcomes her friend to pass by and help her, but when Pinkie learns that she is there only because she expected Pinkie to fail at taking care of the babies, Pinkie kicks her out of the house and decides to muscle up and take care of it herself. I loved that! I loved to see Pinkie standing up for her pride and getting ready to show to everypony that she’s more than able to do it. That detail alone made me appreciate her a lot more, as I didn’t see that one coming. Pinkie Pie shows she has the same strength and will power as anyone else in the cast.
|She also has the ability to turn into Surprise once every five weeks.|
|Come play with us. Forever. And ever.|
It’s a cliché, I know, and it’s very sappy, I know that too, but it is really adorable, and after seeing Pinkie Pie getting her flank kicked up and down the Sugarcube corner it’s quite a satisfying conclusion to this episode.
So that was Baby Cakes. How is it? Well, it’s really good. It’s not my favorite, and it would definitely not make my top ten, but as a character development, and universe-expanding episode it’s really good. The characters stay in character. The rhythm is consistent, it has really memorable moments, and the moral is very strong. There were a few things that didn't make much sense though, but quite a lot of fans have pointed them out already, like "How can the pegasus baby fly when Scootaloo can't?" or "How can the unicorn be so freaking powerful?" Those details didn't bother me, mostly because of the tone the episode was going for: It's a good ol' slapstick routine that lasts for twenty two minutes, more reminiscent of Roger Rabbit than Tom and Jerry. It’s not on my favorites, but it’s one of the best written and planned out episodes of the whole season. If there was any doubt out there about Pinkie Pie’s quality as a character, this episode will serve to clear them up.
|And if they don't, Pinkie will cry and cry until they do.|
- Moral: Never take on more responsibility than you can handle, and don’t expect that taking care of someone is just fun and games, as it requires hard work.