Pinkie Pie, while traveling in the Everfree Forest (for an undisclosed reason), is suddenly ambushed by an old sentient house on legs, and is captured and locked inside. Once within, she’s surprised to find Cheese Sandwich and three other fillies are already trapped within. They explain that Cheese was entertaining the fillies at a birthday party when the house, which Cheese has nicknamed “Housey”, suddenly arrived and captured the four of them. Unfortunately, the reason it captured Pinkie as well was because Cheese accidentally mentioned aloud he knew the other greatest party planner in Equestria, causing it to seek out and capture Pinkie. Housey is seemingly unbreakable from the inside so the five decide to do a conga line through it in order to try and find another way out without “alerting” it. However, when one of the fillies mentions aloud she’s having fun, the lights in the house grow brighter; leading Pinkie and Cheese to conclude Housey likes it when its residents are having fun. They use whatever is on hand to make the biggest party they can muster but, although Housey grows brighter, it still won’t let them leave, and Cheese makes it worse when he accidentally says the only thing that would make the party better was more partygoers–prompting Housey to look for more victims in Ponyville. However, while it’s running along it accidentally dislodges a photo album that Pinkie picks up on, and sees that, years earlier, when the house was first built by a pony family a protection spell was placed on it, but the spell ended up interacting with the love of the family for three generations and came to life. Once the family moved away, the house grew lonely for the happiness from celebration and parties that used to take place in it and longed for more. Pinkie and Cheese end up making Housey an offer: in exchange for letting them go, they’ll enable Housey to have a continuous party in which new ponies are free to enter the house and join the party whenever they wish, provided they are allowed to leave again when they want. As a result of the constant input and output of guests, the house will be host to a never-ending party. Housey agrees and lets them depart as it takes on its first new guests, and the house departs Pinkie and Cheese comment on how the best parties are celebrations of life and love, and now Housey, who saw a lifetime of parties, now has become a lifetime party machine.
It went without saying that the odds of Cheese Sandwich ever appearing on the main show were very slim. Although hiring different voice actors for celebrity characters is not unheard of, Weird Al Yankovic is such an icon that it’s unlikely they’d ever be able to replace him without getting some backlash. (Although he does have a regular series in Milo Murphy’s Law now, so maybe…) The comic, however, is free to use whatever character it wants, and so thanks to this issue we got a return of one of the more popular one-shot characters ever in the series.
Unfortunately, Cheese doesn’t get a chance to do too much here, and the writers didn’t really think to have him do much in the way of Weird Al parodies either. There are a few gags, but with the big open panels there wasn’t much room for too much over-the-top humor. Rather, this plotline does something that’s a bit more “big picture” with a hint of science fiction in it, similar to Spike’s “Pony Tales”, only this one deals with a topic normally you wouldn’t expect from “My Little Pony” in how to satisfy the basic need of a machine-like object once it gains sentience. Normally these end in one of two ways: destruction or finding a way to fulfill its desire, the second of which is usually more fun and intriguing. Such happened here. It made for an intriguing conclusion that required a bit more thinking outside of the box than your basic friendship lesson, which was kind of ingenious on the part of the writers.
I will say this story was a bit of a downer, however. By constantly interspersing Housey’s own somber story, it detracted quite a bit from the plot with Cheese and Pinkie, who normally should be such funny characters that it should have been able to elevate any situation. It does end happily enough, although a house walking around the countryside is still a tad odd, but it didn’t seem to have the humorous punch one would expect from this sort of tale.
Overall, it’s a good entry. Just not one that really sticks out as much as the others, and one that brings back Cheese Sandwich only to not do much more with him than you would expect from Pinkie Pie alone being there. So, it’s a tad disappointing.
The plot to this issue shares some similarities with Star Trek episodes. In particular, the Star Trek episode “Metamorphosis”, in which an alien entity fell in love with a Earth human and kept him immortal and alive like her and, when he mentioned he would die of loneliness, rather than let him go captured the crew of the Enterprise to entertain him; and the original Star Trek movie, in which an inanimate satellite is given sentience threatens the Enterprise and Earth until the crew makes it possible for the newly-sentient entity to gain the fulfillment it longs for.
A “starry-cloaked” unicorn named Magical Miasmo casts the protection spell on the house, and based on the cart and appearance he seems to be related to Trixie.
Aurora Muffin’s sketch features Cheese Sandwich trying to ward off the house with a balloon animal…and muscles.
Kwinkles are obviously parodies of Twinkies, and the fact that Cheese Sandwich mentions “they stopped making them a few years ago” indicates that this comic might have been written in between Hostess going bankrupt and it’s product being picked up by a new company. He also mentions the infamous Twinkie myth that they’re so processed they never go bad…which is a lie, by the way. Don’t believe me just leave a Twinkie sitting out and see how long it takes to mold. 😛
3 Stars out of 5