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Synopsis:

On seeing Applejack, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie return from a Seaward Shoals boat trip, Twillight Sparkle and Spike are stunned to find them angry at each other and refusing to talk to one another. As getting them together to talk it out proves impossible, Twilight visits each one individually and gets a different account of how the boat trip was a disaster: each one claiming their attempts to make the boat trip something new and exciting was frustrated by the others before they sank the boat and ruined the trip all together. After reviewing notes she had Spike take about the experience, Twilight is able to find common elements in spite of how different the accounts were. She invites the girls (still angry at one another) out on a second boat trip and demonstrates how the boat capsizing was none of their faults, but rather was the result of an accidental capsizing by a Tri-Horned Bunyip attracted to food that accidentally went overboard. Furthermore, she points out the reason everyone frustrated their attempts to make the boat trip something new and exciting was because each one tried to make the boat trip something different for the others: a luxury cruise (Rarity), a boat party (Pinkie Pie), and an adventure for buried treasure (Applejack). Realizing how wrong they were, the girls make up and get to have a boating trip combining all three ideas, including Twilight, Spike, and even the Bunyip. Twilight reminds the girls that even long-time friends sometimes have problems communicating to one another.

Review:

There are a number of episodes that get considerably better on the second viewing, and, thus far, this is the biggest one of Season Six to me. The first time I thought it was another “thoroughly average” episode, but on the second go around I’ve seen a lot more.

The biggest thing I noticed was that this episode is essentially a Season One episode transposed. Take away Twilight Sparkle’s wings and relocate her to the Golden Oak Library, and this would easily fit in with Season One or Two. Since I know there’s been some pushback from older fans that the newer episodes have a different feel from the older ones, I would think that would be pleasing to them. It had Twilight using her “nerdiness” to solve a friendship problem and even giving a lesson at the end of it.

Aside from that, while the various antics of the girls aren’t the most outrageous they’ve ever been, they are entertaining in this episode; especially when the girls makes charicatures of one another. There’s a lot of body language sight gags with Spike in this episode as Twilight keeps subtly making him take notes. And, on top of all that, this was an interesting narrative: telling the same incident from three different perspectives. (Which couldn’t have been easy with four different writers…)

So…on the second viewing, I actually think this episode was pretty good for this season. Not the best by any means, but nice.

Fun Facts:

The title is a knockoff of F.P.O.V., or “First Person Point of View”, which can refer to a style of video game play but also is considered one of the four main ways in which a story can be told, of which the others are “Third Person Limited”, “Third Person Narrative”, and “Third Person Omniscient”.

This episode is tied with Season Five’s “Rarity Investigates!” for the most writers for a single episode (four).

No wonder Opalescence warms up to Twilight. After everything Rarity has put her through… :X

The return of Rarity’s drama queen bit of throwing herself on a fainting couch. Looks like she’s gone for a new style since Season Two’s “Lesson Zero”. She’s also gone back to scarfing ice cream.

When Twilight interrupts Pinkie Pie’s story, Spike has somehow gotten popcorn.

In Applejack’s version, Rarity is dressed like Rose from “Titanic”.

Applejack, in an “honest” moment, admits in her version of events she’s the reason the food went overboard.

One of the details that’s never resolved is exactly how much luggage Rarity brought and what she was wearing. None of them seem to agree, but it’s pretty clear Rarity is understating her own baggage and attire. (And based on “majority rule”, she appears to have been stretching the truth the most out of the three for the story overall, as both Pinkie Pie and Applejack agree she had more luggage and wasn’t willing to hit the pinata.)

It’s interesting to me that only Applejack is really angry at both of her friends. Rarity mostly blamed Applejack for the whole thing while Pinkie Pie blamed Rarity.

There are indeed bubbles in every version of the story when the food goes overboard, but I’m surprised that wasn’t just blamed on the food releasing air.

Pinkie Pie, in another show of cartoon physics, doesn’t run up to Twilight on the docks but simply pops up between Rarity and Applejack.

Applejack didn’t believe the story about the Bunyip at first…which is surprising as her map had a picture of one on it. 😛

A bunyip is a monster from Australian Aboriginal mythology. In the 1800s it seemed to share some characteristics of the Loch Ness Monster in people claimed sightings of it, although skeletal remains found were usually those of ancient marsupials. Its description varies, but this particular one is made from a number of shared traits among accounts, including a dog face, walrus tusks, and flippers.

Rating:

3 Stars out of 5

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