Technically, Snowdrop beat this episode out by a week, but from what I could tell, Double Rainboom finished first Snowdrop beat it out during the wait for its public release. If I'm wrong, I'm sure you all will tell me, but I'm going to go with that and review Double Rainboom first.
|*Using actual characters from the show|
Does it succeed in that boast? Kinda.
With the exception of one really weird sequence, the Ponyville-based scenes are show quality. Where the show quality claim doesn't match up is in the backgrounds. It feels like the characters are speaking against a green screen instead of physically being in the setting like DHX's animations.
Because of this, the fact that these characters are animated becomes more apparent because you can't suspend your disbelief at the setting and the illusion an animated world tries to create becomes more apparent.
|See what I mean about the backgrounds?|
I don't take anything away from this project, though, because that's a production situation that could be fixed if this thing had had a proper budget. Again, I don't knock fan-made work for things that can be fixed with having money for better equipment.
Where critiques can really come are in the writing because you do have the ability to change a script without affecting costs. The writing is pretty solid. The long-form jokes remind me of the circular Abbott and Costello style and the premise is something the show would probably have done in Season 1.
I'll save most of my detailed opinions for the audio, but as someone who likes delayed gratification jokes and universal crossovers that are given a reason to happen, I didn't have much issue with this MLP episode that turned into a cross with the Powerpuff Girls.
My only remarks would be that the PPG team trying to forcibly adopt Rainbow Dash was out of place, they rushed the finish which hurt the moral, and it makes no real sense why Twilight would give her potion to Pinkie Pie when she didn't know for sure what it would do for her and she could have used enhanced magical abilities to bring Rainbow Dash back.
That all said, though, it's a longer-than-normal episode, so I treat many of the callbacks to memes as extra scenes that would be cut in a TV version and I really don't see anything that invalidates the episode.
Where would it rank among the show's proper episodes? Below the average, but I definitely think it's better than at least one or two, which technically makes it show-quality.
Check it out and judge for yourself.
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