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MLP FiM: S4 E8 - Rarity Takes Manehattan Review by Cuddlepug MLP FiM: S4 E8 - Rarity Takes Manehattan Review by Cuddlepug

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Review of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 4, Episode 8: "Rarity Takes Manehattan"

Final score: A

Previous review (Season 4, Episode 7): MLP FiM: S4 E7 - Bats! Review by Cuddlepug

Next review (Season 4, Episode 9): MLP FiM: S4 E9 - Pinky Apple Pie Review by Cuddlepug

These episodes are all rated in the context of the show - therefore, if I give an episode a score, it is in relation to how it compares to the standard set by the show itself and not external factors.

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1992andbeyond Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
What makes this season a little awkward is that they're suppoosed to like have the mane six show their elements, but so far they've been more like showing some of them not show their elements then show them. And THAT'S just stupid.

But despite Rarity being generous then not generous and back to being generous, this episode gets an A.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really did enjoy Rarity Takes Manehattan. A truly awesome episode. Oh and Coco is cutest pony.
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spyrofan923 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Rarity-centric episodes are usually really good I noticed. Why is that?
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deli73123 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
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allybear1995 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Hi. Firstly I want to say that I really enjoy reading your reviews (even if I have to download them) and I like the different insights you bring up. I can't wait to see more.

Now, down to business. I have a question that's kind of nagging me, and right now you're the only pony expert I can turn to (if "pony expert" isn't an appropriate title then my apologies). Recently, someone has stated that the only reason people like Coco Pommel is because she is basically a clone of Fluttershy, seeing as how Coco is shy, demure, and rises up to do a good deed. Personally that sounds really dumb and narrow minded to me, but I'm hesitant to reply in case I'm overreacting, or if I've overlooked something. Since you seemed to enjoy Coco's character, I was hoping that maybe you could shed some light on this.

Is Coco a clone of Fluttershy?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Hi Ally, nice to see you, as always.

Thanks for the positive feedback. In answer to your question, I wouldn't personally say that Coco Pommel is a clone of Fluttershy at all. I didn't get that impression from her character. From what I saw of the character, she was working in a competitive environment as an assistant to an audacious loud-mouth of higher professional ranking than her. Therefore, her behaviour wasn't so much 'shy' as it was basically her taking the abuse without kicking up a fuss based on her lack of authority and her need to suck up to the individual presumably employing her.

She wasn't a pushover - she tacitly resisted Suri with her reluctant facial expressions while Suri was showing her true colours and actively opposed her by giving Rarity the winning trophy at the end. If anything, her hesitance to overtly challenge Suri was pragmatic and completely realistic to how someone might act in that situation. If someone is going to accuse every character with timid tendencies (or, indeed, any character who rises up to do a good deed) as being a Fluttershy clone, then the show is already various shades of yellow and pink.
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allybear1995 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Thank you very much for the answer. My feelings were along the same lines, but you were able to put it into better words.

Also, thank you for adding me to your watch! I can't promise much content, since I haven't posted anything here for quite a while, but it's nice to know that you're keeping an eye out.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
If you run into anyone who disagrees with you, don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. You had a valid viewpoint - be confident in yourself.

Not a problem on the 'watch' front - I've been meaning to add you for a while.
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Rated-R-PonyStar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I give this episode an A as well. As a person who lives in New York, I kind of had a laugh about how Manehatten is all about "Generosity" and such. While you will find that in New York you will also find the opposite... a lot... but it's nice to be hopeful. Nevertheless, it felt like a good cartoon representation of New York. Rarity shines a lot in this episode both in her behavior and in her song, further convincing me she's the best solo singer of the entire group. Out of all the characters, Rarity feels the most developed since the first season and her episodes are very high ranked in my opinion.

The villain, Suri Polomare, is kind of like "Adult Diamond Tiara" in a way, and really worked her way up to top civilian quality in my book mainly do to her being a plagiarist. As a writer, those are the type of people I want to punch even it's not writing they are copycatting. Rarity pushing her friends to help her make a new line was done very well. I felt bad and understanding of both side. For Rarity, she really needs to get this done because this is important to her, but she's going to far and ruining her best friend's time here in Manehatten. I do feel sorry for the girls because they're missing out their own fun, but I have to admire them for sticking to their friend, even if she's acting demanding and guilt tripping them. It worked well for both sides.

When Rarity realizes her mistake, that's when the cheerful song before turns somber, and I actually liked that part more (I'm a sucker for sad stuff). But to her amazement her friends come back to her because even though they were upset, they're not gonna let one bad incident overlook the fact that Rarity, overall, is a good individual and that's an important lesson that reflects relationships we have in real life. No friendship is ever perfect, there are qualities we don't like in various individuals just as others don't like aspects of my own personality. But we still are friends because our good traits outweigh our bad and we know that deep down we are always there for each other.

And it was nice to see Coco get something out of this in end and I expect the fandom to use this character more. Overall, a great episode.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I'm not keeping track, but I imagine Coco is quite popular among the fans, yup.
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