I think you guys might not have heard the word, but there seems to be a pony around that calls himself TL;DR. I know! What kind of pony name is that? This pony is spreading rumours about the recent episode, he says things like, even though this isn't the best episode of Season 2 it's certainly one of the very best. Too bad that the only way to understand why he's saying this is by reading this entire review, that is, if you trust the word of a pony who's name is made up.
So the episode starts with me arriving way too late at home and having to wait five hours until I could get a hand on the 1080p version on YouTube. I know, it's whinny and all that but do you have any idea how difficult it is to avoid spoilers in the Internet? I had to sign off from Twitter and Tumblr to avoid getting the episode ruined for me. Thankfully, all my concern was for nothing. Now seriously, the episode starts with Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo with the blues as one of the ponies in their class got his cutie mark. His name is Feather Weight, funny how we've never met him until now, I guess Ponyville does work according to plot convenience. His special talent seems to be light as a feather, which makes sense because he is a pegasus. I mean they walk on clouds, they are either light, magical or both. Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo are depressed as I said, but then comes Applebloom, throws a newspaper at them and tells them, as she points to the newspaper, that there is a great idea in there for them. So, not wasting any time, Sweetie and Scoots grab the newspaper and proceed to show every type of thing you can do with it, from stuffing boxes for transport to building giant paper ships. Wow, I didn't know one newspaper could have enough paper to make a giant paper boat. But of course, rule of funny on one hand and brilliant writing on the other, Applebloom meant that they should work for the school newspaper and so they set themselves to do so.
|Exclusive photos from the last "News of the World" meeting.|
|Alternate title for the episode was "Rupert Maredock, the Early Years"|
It's not until a visit to Rarity's boutique when Sweetie Belle realises that they shouldn't limit themselves to the school. They should expand to all of Ponyville. So without wasting any time they embark themselves into finding more gossips and stuff for the newspaper to print out, which causes such an impact that even the news agents of Ponyville want to get copies from them. As silly as this sounds, think about it for a second. Ponyville is part of Equestria, which is already a pretty idyllic society. There seems to have no recession or war, and when no big problems hit the presses you know very well what people go for: Gossips. So, even with all the silliness, a news agents asking a school newspaper for copies, especially if it's only about gossips, it's perfectly understandable, I bet you not this has happened in real life before. We then cut to a scene directed by Quentin Tarantino and Joss Wheedon (you know very well why I say that) where the Mane Six minus Rainbow Dash are having a hooficure at the spa. This is probably one of my favourite scenes in the entire show, but not for the reasons you think. I liked how casually they introduce their opinions on the gossip column doing something I can perfectly imagine them doing in a weekly basis. Besides, seeing Applejack in the spa proves how far she's gone in character development. From not wanting to put mud on her face to enjoying a good back massage. That was lovely. When Rainbow Dash shows up to talk about "The Great and Powerful Trixie" (cue Sethisto's fanboy squeals) Rarity suggests her to try out a hooficure. In a rather subtle way we see Feather Weight taking pictures of the reluctant rainbow pony, who finally refuses to get her hooves touched. However, before leaving, she mentions how much she'd love to get a column dedicated to her. And then the entire Internet mumbled "Careful what you wish for". The CMC are told by Diamond Tiara that they have to step up and get meaner with their articles or else. So the three fillies, rather reluctantly and quite unhappily, get down to work and start ripping the mane six to pieces. They call Applejack lazy, they discover Big Mac is a brony (or a Smarty Pants fan, does that make him a Pantsy?), they call Twilight a snob, Pinkie Pie a party animal, reveal that Fluttershy has tail extensions and accuse Rainbow dash of enjoying hooficures. These are all fake of course, which makes it even worse than gossiping. There is invading someone else's privacy and then there is invading someone else's privacy with lies. It's not until rarity finds an article where they print her private diary that she finds out it was Sweetie Belle who wrote those columns with the help of Scootaloo and Applebloom.
|"She published my clopfic! MY CLOPFIC!!!"|
|I was going to show her covered in ink, but then I felt like trolling you guys a bit.|
Okay, that's for story and writing, what else did I like of this episode? Well, let's get out of the way the fact that, again, I didn't hate anything. Two for two, that's a good season ending right there guys, keep it up. But before I talk about what I liked, I can't go any further in this review without explaining why do I like Diamond Tiara so much.
|You know who I am? I'm the filly who's going to burn down your stable! With your apples!|
|"Yes, my little ponies. Play, prance and laugh. Your day is coming. And then you will all bow to me!"|
Out of all the episodes of this season, so far this was definitely one of the best. I just realised I've been saying that a lot lately. It was fun, it told itself really well, the characters were in character, it was funny, it had great memorable moments, and overall it was enjoyable. It's not M.A. Larson's best work of writing (but that's debatable as his work just oozes quality and it's hard to pick one) but that means nothing. His average quality level is many writers' highest quality level, so take that into account. It makes me feel rather odd however. This was a great episode, and it was about journalism! The only way they can top a similar subject again is by making an episode titled "All the Queen's Mares" where Twilight is Robert Redford and Pinkie Pie is Dustin Hoffman and they have to uncover the Cakegate incident.
|You gotta be bucking kidding me.|
- Defining Moment: The Cutie Mark Crusaders stepping out of the editing room saying "Yes, let's go get some stories!" and then cut to the three of them sitting at a table looking bored like the design team for Half-Life: Episode 3. "Got anything?" "Nope".
- Guilty Pleasure Moment: Anything involving Diamond Tiara.
- Moral: If you spread rumours or lies about other people you will only end up doing a lot of damage, especially to yourself.
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