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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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:icon1992andbeyond:
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  Student 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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:iconcuddlepug:
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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FireWario Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'd say this episode does deserve an A. My view on this episode did peak my interest as the setting of Manehaten did depict the actual Manhattan thoroughly. Certain locations were an obvious give away, but also the average behavior, such as the cutthroat competitor, the shy apprentice, etc. Some seemed cold and rude at first glance, and others were cheerful. Rarity was almost warped into believing she had to put herself before others, but instead realizes her mistake and decides to reconcile. It interested me how she topped her own fabric design with the hotel decor as her dress designs. All of the new ponies were fascinating as well as appearances by Photo Finish and Sapphire Shores. Overall, this was a great episode. Carrot dogs, lol. Plus, didn't the pony at the broadway show hanging in the air look like Applejack?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Someone sounds happy as a clam.
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:iconfirewario:
FireWario Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
^_^ lol yeah!
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:iconbobthelurker:
BobtheLurker Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This episode and Flight to the Finish are definitely the best of the season so far. I've been struggling to enjoy the rest as much but it does look like the promised story arc may be picking up some steam.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Bet you're excited, Milton!
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AydinPrower7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   General Artist
I've been browsing your ratings of the show so far, and I can see from this one that we clearly have a vast difference in opinions towards it.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
What was your favourite this season?
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AydinPrower7 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   General Artist
I actually thought that Princess Twilight Sparkle was an excellent season opener, and that Bats! was pretty clever in the reworking of the basic story plot of 'oh no, my friend's a vampire.' Granted, Daring Don't wasn't exactly what many people, myself included, were expecting in another story about everyone's favorite Indiana Jones parody, but I still think it was good enough. To be honest though, I haven't really made up my mind over my absolute favorite, and considering that the season is less than halfway finished, thee are probably going to be a lot more episodes to choose from.
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Skoonie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Couldn't agree with you more.  My favorite episode of the season thus far, and quite possibly my favorite episode of the series!
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
A familiar face and a bold statement!
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VladimirMacHolzraum Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really liked this episode, but I'd say my biggest complaint with it is that it teaches kids that it's OK to steal from hotel rooms.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
The only thing stolen from me in a hotel room was my virginity at aged 19 by a big burly man named Clyde.
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Suffer360 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Was Clyde at least gentle?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist

Definitely my fave of the season thus far. :nod: It would be really hard to beat, but not impossible. Only two things bothered me in this episode, so that's not too bad. :)

*cough*twilicorn:cough:

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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
What about it bothered you?
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, other than Twilicorn being an alicorn princess, demonstrated to be pointless/meaningless in this episode, was that no one thought about flying her to the hotel. I realize that would defeat the purpose, but it's really not a big issue, just a nitpick. ^^ Would've been awesome to hear something like "I can't see where to fly to in a city this big" though. :)
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mangakashadowx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist
By my opinion I give this Episode a B- just beacuse they don't show enougth of manehattan... I mean where is the maneson square garden or central horse park? and twili walking around the big apple without bodyguards.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I'm not sure what kind of review it would be where you critique what isn't there rather than what is.
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Cryzeu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting to read the motivations behind you giving an episode an A rating.
I did thoroughly enjoy this episode, and found it to be quite wonderful, however one thing that bugged me to a lesser extent was Twilight's excitement towards the play that Rarity provided to her friends. This because, as an alicorn princess, shouldn't Twilight have a degree of authority that should surpass that of the general population? Surely 1 of 4 rulers of the nation should be able to secure some seats at a play without problems?
This issue was more prominent when it came to her inability to secure a cab from some pedestrians. I usually don't mind most fallacies of the show, but Twilight's continued lack of authority despite her new title and status is starting to bother me somewhat.
Her lack of authority here felt like a contrivance to allow for Rarity to show and receive generosity to help establish the whole "Do good things and good things happen" setting of the city.
It's nothing I would call major though, just something I took note of. I feel that the rest of the episode greatly redeemed this, and therefore agree with the A rating of which you gave it.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Always a pleasure!
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist

Heheh, that’s one of the things that bothered me as well, the middle finger of the entire series. People might call it canon, but that doesn’t mean if will ever fit in canon. :hmm: The other thing that seemed a little buggy is why Rainbow Dash couldn’t get her back to the hotel. Still an awesome episode that would be very hard to beat since it fits well with the standards of seasons 1 and 2. :)

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Tr33Atm0s Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who doesnt love the letter A
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
A-holes and *TheWrongestTrousers 
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TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Me!
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Tr33Atm0s Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i told them the letter A
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naruto32 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
do you have a link to the episode?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Just Youtube 'Rarity Takes Manehattan'
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:iconkxp71:
kxp71 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love this episode and I love Rarity :love:
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Was it simply the best?
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:iconkxp71:
kxp71 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh ya =D
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:iconverdant-frost:
Verdant-Frost Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Well then, guess I'm going to stick to my word and watch season 4 after all.
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Bits and pieces of it are decent!
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Bjarru Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Good, good. Well-deserved A
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thank goodness!
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Beckyboo94s Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
WOW, I gave this ep for self a C- and Flutterbat an A because

1. I am not BIG of rarity
2. talk about fashion(i am not into)
3.true pinkie is kinda funny
4. it not excitement that I want get off my sit like the flutterbat ep did.

soo I am saying flutterbat ep is best for me
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SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I like Flutterbat episode better than the Manehattan episode too, if you compare them back to back.

However, I like the Manehattan better in context of season 4.
It was nice to see a character driven episode again, after all the fanservice episodes.
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Beckyboo94s Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
i know right!! and I am happy that fluttershy is a vampony because i know one of my Oc is vampony before this ep show up.. and her name is Black rose
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Spectacular!
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:iconbeckyboo94s:
Beckyboo94s Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
...... what? shows I do not this ep?
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
How are you even functioning?
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