Spice Up Your Life
SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!
The last episode before the mid-season hiatus, “Spice Up Your Life” begins with the Mane 6, Spike, and Starlight in Twilight’s castle, sitting around the Cutie Map. Twilight and Starlight were able to come up with a spell to fix the map, and they cast it. The map calls Pinkie Pie and Rarity to Canterlot to solve a friendship problem there.
In case you haven’t noticed, this season is involving a lot of Rarity. Although I like her and she’s one of my favorites, I was beginning to get tired of so many episodes revolving around her. Out of 12 episodes, Rarity played a major role in nearly half of them. Below is a list of the episodes she has been a large part of. Despite having so much Rarity already, I still enjoyed the episode.
- The Gift of the Maud Pie
- Gauntlet of Fire
- The Saddle Row Review
- Applejack’s ‘Day’ Off
- Spice Up Your Life
I do enjoy seeing Rarity, but not at the expense of other characters; it should not have taken 11 episodes to see one centered around Fluttershy. With the Mane 6, plus the Crusaders, plus the princesses, plus Starlight, nopony should be a large part of 5 of the first 12 episodes. I would have rather had a Twilight Sparkle/Pinkie Pie match up or something.
Anyway, back to the episode. When they get to Canterlot, Pinkie’s stomach starts grumbling, so Rarity leads the two of them to Restaurant Row, the best place for fine dining in Equestria. Rarity leads the way into a restaurant with a 3-hoof rating, meaning Zesty Gourmand approved of the place. The food is terrible, though. In all of the 3-hoof restaurants they go to, the food is terrible.
Pinkie chooses the next place, following her nose to an Indian-themed restaurant in an alley behind Restaurant Row. Tasty Treat, as it is called, has no 3-hoof rating, (or any hoofs at all, for that matter) so it is empty. The chef, Saffron Masala is happy to have customers, and her father, Coriander Cumin hosts, but he is worrying about closing the restaurant due to lack of business. Saffron and Coriander bicker about this. When the food comes out, Rarity is wary of trying it, since there is no rating. Pinkie loves it, and makes Rarity try it; she also loves it. All the while, Coriander and Saffron argue about the state of the restaurant; Zesty will not even bother to rate it since it is so empty.
Rarity and Pinkie realize this is the problem they need to solve, and they know how to take care of it: Rarity will get Zesty Gourmand and Pinkie Pie will pack the place with ponies (holy alliteration)! Coriander remains doubtful about the whole thing but Saffron tries to convince him. Rarity assures him she will make the place like Restaurant Row and it will be great. Pinkie and Saffron go to drum up business. A great, Bollywood-esque song ensues.
I thought it was already taught in “The Cutie Map” that being different and unique is a good thing. Rarity must not have learned this though because she wanted Tasty Treat to be the same as all of the other restaurants that Zesty Gourmand gave her approval to. When Pinkie and Saffron get back, they are horrified to find that the restaurant is just like the other restaurants on Restaurant Row. Rarity is horrified to learn there are only two guests.
With all of this disagreement, it is no surprise that Zesty’s arrival doesn’t go well. Saffron makes a dish she enjoys, but Rarity does not want it to be served. The end result: food splashed all over the guests’ (including Zezty) faces. Zesty isn’t pleased and tells Rarity she could ruin her reputation for recommending such a terrible place and an obvious flavour is not art.
Over some spicy flat-noodle soup, Saffron reminisces with her father about having fun cooking together. Rarity decides they do not need Zesty’s approval, and the ponies’ word of mouth is good enough. She gathers a crowd with her social status, and Pinkie helps get the original decor back while the owners cook.
There is quite a crowd at the re-re-opening, including a Gordon Ramsey pony in the background. Zesty is drawn in by the crowd and delicious smell, and comes in. Rarity tells her that everypony is entitled to eat whatever they want. This inspires other ponies to cook the food they want to cook rather than what Zesty says is good. The problem is solved and Saffron and Coriander are getting along again. Happy ending! Yay!
All in all, this was a good episode. I loved Saffron and Coriander, although Zesty was not so great. Seeing some Indian ponies was great, and added some exciting diversity to what we know of Equestria. And Saffron is so cute! The fact that she and her father had an elephant as their restaurant’s logo makes me wonder: is there some part of Equestria with more Indian ponies, and elephants too? We have yaks and zebras, so elephants don’t seem too far-fetched.
The song, “It’s Gonna Work” had a great sound, even if Rarity seemed foolish in it. She definitely learned the “same is not good” lesson already, but the fantastic notes and rhythm allowed me to pretty much overlook this. The lesson is obvious yet important, so I can see why it was done again. Also, this time around, it added the importance of not letting others influence what you think/do… sort of. Everypony still took Rarity’s word just because she was a famous fashionista. Oh well. It is a kids’ show.
I am a bit sad that we will not be getting any new episodes for a while. During the short hiatus before the second half of the season, I will go back to doing reviews from season one. And of course, there will be all sorts of other pony-related posts as well. Do not let the hiatus get you down, because here at MLP fanatic, I want to keep giving you regular doses of pony awesomeness. Thanks for reading and try not to go crazy during the wait for new episodes!!