Hardly the big follow-up to one of the most significant events in the series so far. The episode really starts to falter here. The older ponies realize their mistakes and apologize, and the younger ones learn not to trust adults! Editing a title or pasting a vector into a submission that already exists is not allowed. They also miss how their little sisters clearly wanted to go outside their own comfort zones. They were wrong, and they get off without any repercussions and the race even gets a do-over. Finally, a story that absolves the track layout of any wrongdoing even though its architects are definitely not innocent and puts it squarely on the offending mares. They discover a father and daughter whose relationship is strained as they struggle to keep their restaurant open.
The actual race was also fun. Why exactly are the older ponies so gung ho in making carts for categories that fit their predetermined personality types? Prizes are awarded in three categories — Fastest, Most Traditional, and Most Creative — but only carts that finish the race are eligible to win. This is still worth looking at, because it does feature an original plot. One must wonder how they're defying gravity to do something like that. Instead, it feels like an overlong first act with a crammed in third act and none of it feels satisfying or all that interesting. Without missing a beat, the Crusaders headed straight to their respective relations to work on the cart, not thinking about the possibility that they'd do better to work with the pony specializing in their chosen category. It just seems like this episode didn't accomplish much but it still had the great animation and a fairly unique story.
This story shines a light on the girls' feelings, reasonings and concerns and what prompted them to act in the ways they did. Through the magic of their friendship, a rainbow shoots up from the throne room floor and travels across Equestria, where it is witnessed by Coco Pommel, the Wonderbolts, Cheese Sandwich, the Breezies Seabreeze included , and Silver Shill. We can get to that later. Did she make the Nolan Batmobile!? However, instead of letting the actions of the characters inform that lesson and organically guide us to the ending, it feels like they forced this story to fit that particular mold. I really do like how adorable these characters look.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders decide to enter in categories outside their comfort zones Fastest for Apple Bloom, Most Creative for Scootaloo, Most Traditional for Sweetie Belle and recruit their older sisters to help. Lost in a frigid and hostile land, he must find a new source of love to sustain him. No amount of effort will be enough to make sense of them, for what truly condemns them is not the bad choice of words, poop doodles or missing pieces. It will take three injured fillies and disqualification for these mares to learn their lesson. After Twilight's friends secure the other ponies' safety, Discord appears before them and imprisons them in a cage. But, the three older ponies are written as unreasonable and stubborn.
Everypony except for Starlight Glimmer. She isn't even trotting, she's just walking. Perhaps it's because I'm an action movie loving guy, but all the fashion Rarity stuff has even my kids bored. Compared to the parade of masterpieces that was season 5 apart from two or so episodes near the end , this is such a drop for me. Guess I won't be disappointed no matter what at least? And she's normally a daredevil! Just about all the lines from the Mane 6 members were very jarring and forced for the story. Feeling pressure to impress her teacher, Starlight attempts to tackle several friendship problems at once, with questionable results. However, each of the older mares soon takes over the entire project for her team.
Twilight realizes that the sun should indeed be up by now and uses her magic to awkwardly lower the moon and raise the sun. I hope they tie it all back together and knock it out of the park at the end of the season like they do most years. The final shot of the finale sees Twilight taking a photo with her friends. Oh what fun this is! No, not a soapbox Derpy, but we do get to see Derpy partake in this. Twilight is more than willing to sacrifice her magic as well, but Luna elaborates that their magic can't disappear into thin air; someone has to keep it safe, and Princess Celestia says that someone is Twilight, because they believe Tirek doesn't know there's a fourth princess of Equestria. The wings on Rarity's cart qualify it as a Wacky Racer. While I can appreciate this episode for the moral of how sometimes competition can bring out the worst in us as well as some great references and humor, the majority of this episode felt extremely predictable and boring and it reminded me a lot of Season 1's 'The Show Stoppers'-one of my least favorites from that season.
Though it's clearly shown but neither stated nor probably intended, a possible secondary reason is to get revenge on Derpy Hooves who, coincidentally, is taking part in the Applewood Derby as well. . To justify this, the writing throws in some backstory. Looking at The Cart Before the Ponies overtime now, it seemed to me that it was only dumb luck that Valentine wrote wonderfully for the Crusaders back in Season 4. Plus, Applejack's always been a bit of a control freak, who's to say she wouldn't have found out and tried to take over anyway? There needed to be some sort of crisis point maybe the crash by the end of the second act so as to set up the redemption in the third act and maybe even get into what was driving the older ponies to act the way that they did. Tirek sees a stained glass window depicting Princess Twilight and realizes that there's a fourth princess living in Equestria.
Realizing Discord's betrayal, Fluttershy is reduced to tears. The ponies are transformed and given rainbow-marked coats, manes and tails. Finally fed up, the Crusaders lash out at their sisters for commandeering the jobs of building and driving the carts and ruining the Derby. When Tirek appears and demands her magic, Twilight desperately avoids him. I admit that this wasn't that good of an episode, but it's still quite nice! Please make a bug bear or some giant crisis level the fashion district of Manehatten. There are still questions for Cheerilee, the participant board, and a number of other officials, though.
The same butler who last time he was seen she forced to do acrobatics for the class' amusement with little to no gratitude, showing her has continued offscreen. This was interesting how we didn't see how the race itself ended. So in the end, The Cart Before the Ponies sadly failed to give its concept a good storyline and just messed up part of the sisters' reputations for their relationships with their sisters, but since he's got at least one more shot at this season before whatever comes of him later on, I'll end this by saying better luck next time, Valentine. Writer Ed Valentine has a great handle of the Crusaders. Long Version: -So far, the Cutie Mark Crusasders have had a bit of a slow presence this season.
Nothing about this episode is making me in any way excited for it. Taken all together, and factoring in the design of the derby course, the end result was a disaster for all of the racers, even the completely innocent ones. Having writing for the Crusaders in their first Season 4 episode before Discord's second normal- lengther with Meghan McCarthy , it was simply amazing showing true determination for them to represent the nation for the win and developed them really well to deliver a stunning moral across the board. Rarity: Yes, that's what I said — my hooves. The latter is what happens in the episode; Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash all place more importance in building their carts to their liking than working as a team with the younger ponies. On a suggestion from Rainbow Dash, the mares help the Crusaders rebuild their carts in the styles they had originally intended, and the Derby is re-run with all the older ponies watching from the sidelines.