So what are the odds that we might encounter a second pony equal to, if not greater than, to that of Pinkie's "partyiness?"
Apparently better than we previously thought.
But that's pretty much what happened. New party pony, Cheese Sandwich, comes into Ponyville and inadvertently starts upstaging Pinkie Pie in the party department, which she takes offense to, enough that things come to a head long enough for a "goof-off" challenge. But Pinkie, ultimately seeing this was interfering with Rainbow's big day, as it was her birthday and anniversary of the day she first came to Ponyville, she calls it off, realizing that letting her own pride mess that up for any of her friends wasn't worth it. Peace is then made, Pinks and Cheese team up to host the most epic party ever, the end.
And that's pretty much all I've got to say about this episode. Which is rather worrying, actually.
As you've probably noticed, normally I have a lot more to say about any given MLP episode, good or bad, but I really just wasn't feeling it with this one. It seems something is missing, but I'm not sure what, or if it's even a legitimate problem, or just me not having the right tastes for it.
But something is amiss, so let's try and break it down, shall we?
First off is that I might as well admit that I was put off by the songs. As I've said time and time before, I never got into MLP for the songs, and actually wouldn't have any problem with it if the show didn't have the songs altogether. Every now and then they produce a worthwhile song that even I like, but more often than not, I'm just indifferent about them. Its the same with this episode; all the songs featured I'm indifferent about, and it's a very song-heavy episode, so it wasn't long before all of those songs just got overbearing and wore me down.
Then there's Cheese, who's a decent enough a character. Initially, I had him figured to be some relative of Pinkie's, but apparently not. He fits the demands of the role adequately and as expected, but, I have to admit he comes off a little campy every now and then...and maybe a little forced. To be fair, Pinkie has her campy moments too, but what sells her character is that she's believable. You really believe she's actually that happy and go-lucky. And I can't feel that for Cheese. Which is sad, because I want to, he's otherwise a likeable character.
Then there's the writing...which there wasn't much of, because the songs filled that all up. This wasn't all that unexpected given the episode's theme, but what writing there was wasn't anything special. Outside of Pinkie, nothing really changes or anything of real significant note happens to...anything. At the end, everything goes on like before...except know Pinkie owns one more rubber chicken that may or may not be a "key" to that mysterious box of theirs (where are they keeping that box right now, anyway?). So the episode feels...insignificant. The sort of episode you can just skip because you aren't missing anything. Because you aren't, not really.
So the episode felt...less than notable and maybe a bit more flat than I had hoped, which is a pity, too, because it had a lot of great ideas in it. I mean, the whole goof-off thing could've been outrageously funny...but it didn't strike me as particularly funny, and what were perhaps its funniest moments just seemed more..."out there" than funny. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I was a little disappointed with this episode. But oh well. Life moves on, I guess.
On the upside, we did get photographic evidence of Pinkie's family, though, which puts to rest any and all remaining doubts (not that there could've been that many at this point) that Pinkie's origin story was absolute truth.
I'm still at a lost as to why Equestria needs rock farms, though...
BTW, on a totally unrelated note, I finally figured out what the deal is with the Breezies and why it was bugging me as being something significant. So there's that.