My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
Season Five Episode One Review : The Cutie Map
Review done by Fanie Barnard
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Season Five is finally here! The hype was high for this episode and now that it has arrived I wonder how fans are going to take it. It seems to me that this is one of those episodes that you’ll either love or hate, depending on what you want from the show.
The story begins with the mane six getting a map in their new castle. This map leads them to one of the creepiest towns in children’s fiction; seriously, I expected to see Stephen King’s name on the end credits. All the residents have the same cutie mark, their smiles are too wide and they stare at the newcomers. Just by entering the town you can feel that something isn’t right.
The new antagonist and leader of the village is Starlight Glimmer. While most of the main villains in MLP are extremely powerful, Starlight is just an ordinary unicorn with strong magical abilities. There isn’t anything extraordinary about her and yet I still wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley. Her overly sweet personality at her introduction made her all the more wicked when she was found out. I don’t know if it’s because she yells at Twilight during her ‘friendship is magic’ speech or because I got the feeling that she has no intention of reforming, but I really liked her as a villain and hope to see her return.
The most enjoyable aspect of these episodes had to be Pinkie Pie. During recent seasons Pinkie was sometimes used as a bad comic relief that sometimes came across as annoying. In this first episode of the new season, she was her old hilarious lovable self again, being the first to become suspicious of the town and their smiles. This should be said about all of the mane six, everyone was in character, none of the jokes or actions was forced, and they all fitted perfectly with the plot.
The Cutie Map has set a tone for the rest of the season, making it look as if there is going to be less slice of life episodes and more episodes that are going to contribute to the story arc. This may disappoint fans who just want a look into the day of their favourite ponies, but just because there may be less slice of life episodes doesn’t mean that they are going to be gone for good. The writers know that fans enjoy these and will most probably still include them in this season.
All in all this was a good beginning to season five. It wasn’t great and we have had some better episodes but it was a good way to get the ball rolling. The Cutie Map gave us an idea on what to expect this season and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I love stories, I don’t care if it’s a movie, a series or a book any good story is welcome to me. I enjoy many different genres and my favourite medium has to be animation. The way anything is possible in animation filled me with wonder as a child, and it continues to do so now that I’m all grown-up. Whether it’s a sweet and innocent cartoon like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic or an anime like Elfen Lied with its blood and murder, I just can’t get enough.