After last week’s disappointing premiere, I was worried that it was setting a precedent for the season. At the very least, “Too Many Pinkie Pies” steps back from any sort of global conflict and brings the characters back into the character moment of the week that permeates throughout the show. It also promises a plethora of Pinkie Pie clones, which depending on your feelings about the character, can be either awesome or the worst thing mankind has ever created.
Thankfully, it isn’t the worse thing mankind has ever created, unless you really hate Pinkie Pie. Then, may god have mercy on your soul. Pinkie finds herself in traditional sitcom tomfoolery. She can’t handle that her friends are having fun without her and that she can’t be in more the one place at a time. Pinkie, being Pinkie, remembers an old legend of a mystical pool in the mountains that, if you say the right words, will duplicate you. She tries it out and sets two Pinkie Pies loose in the world.
Even two Pinkies are enough to have the level of fun they crave, so quickly two becomes four, four becomes eight and so on. There are more Pinkies than you can shake a party popper at and they’re running rampant through Ponyville. Well, as rampant as a horde of Pinkie Pies can run. Though, when you’re facing an army of Pinkie Pies demanding fun, I could imagine that it’s pretty frightening and quite annoying.
I was pleasantly surprised with “Too Many Pinkie Pies.” Last week left me worried that this season would be weaker than last, but this episode makes me think that the premiere was only a fluke. There is very little negative I have to say about this episode. Pinkie Pie is one of my favorite characters because all of the episodes focusing on her have a sense of joy and whimsy. One of the first things we see is Pinkie distract Twilight as she’s trying to turn an apple into an orange and she ends up turning a bird into a flying orange with wings, it’s just silly fun.
While I was a little weary of the magical macguffin to clone Pinkie Pie, the magical pool wasn’t the focus of the episode, it was simply a means to an end. I’m not sure why they decided to introduce this apparently legendary pool just so Pinkie could have more fun, but they didn’t dwell on it so they clearly don’t want us to. It’s just strange that after all the stories of people overworking themselves, this is the first time we hear of a cloning portal, though it was an interesting twist on the story.
In true, fantastic Friendship is Magic fashion, the test Twilight came up with to find the real Pinkie was brilliant. Even though it was obvious that the sad, moping Pinkie was the real one, I was expecting some friendship test, not watching paint dry. Even Rainbow Dash had some good moments this episode. “Too Many Pinkie Pies” has renewed my hope in the series and I’m once again excited for the next episode. Give us a good one.