Rarity has been working herself to the bone getting ready for the upcoming Canterlot Fashion Extravaganza. To try and get her to relax, Applejack suggests she tries out a place called “Flax & Wheat’s New Age All-Natural Wellness Center” she found in one of her farmer’s almanacs. Rarity, expecting a luxurious spa treatment, soon finds out that the “center” is little more than a run-down hippie commune, and instead of rejuvenating treatments Rarity finds herself doing farm labor and chores every day. The only silver lining is every evening she’s given a complimentary all-natural beauty product that works amazingly well. Yet after three days of it she refuses to slave any more and goes up to Flax and Wheat demanding the money she paid for the remaining days back so she can be off. The two nervously admit they spent it already. They’re a month from losing their home and having the property turned into a new Rich’s Barnyard Bargains if they can’t come up with a great deal of money, and the “wellness center” was their last hope, but Rarity was the only guest they received. Furthermore, all of the labor she had been doing on the farm had actually gone into making the beauty products she had gotten each night. Realizing their all-natural products are high quality items, Rarity assists in streamlining, merchandising, branding, and finally advertising the commune’s products so that they become a smashing success in Canterlot. On the night of the Canterlot Fashion Extravaganza, Rarity’s own line is a success as is “F&W”‘s. Twilight Sparkle writes a letter to Celestia about Rarity being able to see past her own discomfort to help ponies in need, and Celestia, while giving herself a beauty treatment with F&W goods, wonders why Twilight just didn’t walk 40 feet toward her while she was there and tell her in person…
Of the various Micro-Series, Rarity’s is one of the ones that’s the most “spot-on” with the show’s nature. It definitely feels the most like one of the comic arcs so far, and perhaps has a bit too much older-centered goofiness in it, but overall…this one feels much more in the spirit of the show. They might do it a bit differently, but I can totally see this one becoming an episode.
It’s funny, charming, has a bit of heart and drama in it, and does what the Micro-Series should do and highlights Rarity well, both her good points and bad. Sure, she seems like a bit of a prude and priss earlier in the story, but in the end her generous nature comes to the rescue. She conveys both being ladylike as well as intelligent and clever. The various OC ponies in this series are all well done too. I like how Flax Seed’s pupils are never “normal sized”, as if he’s always spaced out (which he is), and the other characters are kind of nice too. Very colorful and well-drawn too.
All in all, another great entry in the series.
Also known as “How Rarity Got Her Groove Back”, a takeoff of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”.
While fumbling for compliments for Rarity at the beginning, Spike ends up saying: “Punctual?” That might be an allusion to a similar scene in Disney’s “Aladdin”.
At the party, Rainbow Dash appears to be drunk off of cider.
Flax Seed definitely looks like his brain has been fried by too much LSD. 😛
When Rarity calls Flax “Mr. Flax”, he answers: “Whoa, whoa, whoa! Mr. Flax was my father.” This is a knockoff of a similar joke in Pixar’s “Finding Nemo”.
The posters in the barn include “The Baboons”, a takeoff of “The Monkees”, and “Celestia Superstar”, which might be a takeoff of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. O_O The panels in which these are featured are in the shape of a peace symbol.
In the panel where Rarity is sleeping and dreaming, Luna shoots by holding a banner with Fluttershy’s Lullaby from “Stare Master”.
Rarity has pictures in her luggage of Spike, Opal, and…Applejack… Take that however you like.
Tempeh goes on and on about soy products in a way similar to how Bubba in “Forrest Gump” went on and on about shrimp dishes.
The Flim-Flam Brothers scammed Flax and Wheat out of their land. That “side plot” would later be continued in the tenth and final Micro-Series.
Derpy appears as a mailpony in this comic. I’m not sure if this was the first depiction of her delivering the mail or if it came from the fandom.
In spite of being a hippie mare herself, Wheat Grass seems to hate Flax Seed’s own “spacey” personality.
While it hasn’t appeared in the show yet, this issue ended up referenced by G.M. Berrow’s novel “Daring Do and the Marked Thief of Marapore”, as at one point Daring Do ends up using a muscle relaxant labeled “Goops for Stuff”.
3.5 Stars out of 5