Monday, October 28, 2013

S01 E11: "Winter Wrap Up"

S01 E11: "Winter Wrap Up"

goddamn fucking musicals...

Okay, this may be the post where I piss some people off, but I can deal with that because the whole point of this is to share my actual opinions and not to walk on eggshells to avoid potential butthurt. 

What I Liked

  • I liked that Spike did not give one actual fuck about Winter Wrap Up as a holiday. For a while now I've been of the viewpoint that traditions need to justify themselves every time, otherwise it's just empty ceremony. Earth Ponies may have started the tradition, but you have at least two fairly effective Unicorns in town-- Magi-kinesis that shit away and throw a party. That's what I'd do.

  • The Mayor of Ponyville is back! Please let the writers remember that she exists from now on instead of having Twilight do everything when she has no authority. Or at least make Twilight deputy mayor or something. 

  • "An outhouse?" More Spike snark! MOAR

  • Spike just called Twilight on her bullshit and pushed her out onto a frozen lake in skates she doesn't know how to use. Nice.

  • lol, Applejack was instantly skeptical of Twilight's ability to do physical work.

  • Twilight body-snatched a bird! That's fucked up, lol

  • God, not another musical number fuck this episode in particular-- Oh, wait, nobody sang. Good.

What I Hated

  • Twilight, one of the teams has a disproportionate amount of Unicorns in the intro, and you can't figure out which one to join? This is more of the bullshit from Look Before You Sleep where she's ridiculously uninformed-- The confident, competent Twilight from Dragonshy would have at least known where to go and what to do.

  • Where the fuck was autumn, exactly? And the rest of winter, for that matter...

  • No. No, no, no, no. NO. NOOOOOOOO! FUCKING MUSICALS! I HATE MUSICALS! Nothing pisses me off more than finding out I'm watching a story that will be constantly interrupted by expository song and dance numbers with no warning. Musicals by their very nature fuck with my suspension of disbelief, since more often than not there is no real in-universe reason for anyone to be singing. They used to at least relegate that shit to Pinkie Pie and have everyone give her some fierce side-eye, but to actually play these tropes straight? Fuck this episode in particular and any like it to come.

  • If I could throw a molotov cocktail at the idea of musical numbers, I would.

  • Okay, so say all these ponies get rid of the snow and shit and wake up the animals or whatever-- what effect will this have on the rotation of the planet? It should still be cold as fuck the next day, it's not like the climate just snaps back to warm sunshine and fucking rainbows the very next day. Ugh. The world building is so inconsistent.

  • Twilight, did you really just ask Rainbow Dash if you could help clear the weather in the FUCKING SKY WITH YOUR WINGLESS ASS WHY DO THEY WRITE YOU SO DUMB STOP IT

  • Rarity is making bird nests? WHYYYYYYYYYY THEY DO THAT BY THEMSELVES

  • Okay, Spike, I like the snark, but throwing Twilight under the bus after she followed your advice is rather dickish.


Final Thoughts

Bad characterization plus musical numbers equals FUCK OFF.

See you next time for Call of the Cutie!

-Apathy Pony


  1. The commentary on the DVD said that this was the first episode to feature a full length song and set a "standard" for the series. Honestly, I can't recall music this good in a cartoon other than an animated movie. The way the song starts and is presented at the beginning was cool. (pic.7) So brace yourself for more music and musicals. (The second and third part of 'Ticket Master') And Twilight smacking her face on the ice was darn funny. As well as the Snakes/Skunks/Bees mess helping Fluttershy. Call of the Cutie starts the story arc of the 'Cutie Mark Crusaders'.
    PS. How do you get to be mayor without organisational skills? Free Apples and Carrots!

  2. To be completely honest, the episode in and of itself isn't bad, but my hatred of musicals is completely irrational and utterly overwhelming if the singing and dancing isn't justified in-universe, funny or part of an already absurd setting, like South Park.

    I figured songs were inescapable from this point forward, but I was warned anyway. Perhaps the initial shock of this song coming out of nowhere will diminish in time to not let it bother me so much the next time it happens.

    I just find it rather annoying that they spent so much time mocking musicals and then proceeded to have an actual musical number with no irony. Admittedly the Winter Wrap-Up song IS catchy...but that kind of makes me hate it more. >_>

    Also, an actual story arc? Interesting...