-Since I heard about this episode, I've been kind of dreading it. I didn't like the decision to make Yearling literally be Do, so I wasn't terribly on-board with the premise here to begin with. Add to that that I haven't much cared for the more meta-themed episodes of the past, and my expectations were low. To my surprise, though, I ended up liking this one quite a bit.
-A lot of my appreciation comes down to Quibble Pants. "True fan parody" was not something I expected to turn out well, and while I couldn't help but feel that I was being mocked for much of the episode (I mean, I don't deny the existence of, say, Twilicorn, but that doesn't mean I didn't prefer her as a unicorn, or feel like they could have handled the ascension a thousand times better). And yet... well, okay, I did feel mocked for significant portions. But hell, I've got a thick skin; I can handle a little ribbing, as long as it's funny. And Quibble's felt more like friendly fun-poking which comes from a place of understanding, rather than mean-spiritedness borne of incomprehension. Big difference, humourousness-wise.
-That said, I wasn't big on the "Quibble can't figure out what's real" running gag. It was fine as a jumping-off point, but I would have been happy with him getting it a lot faster.
-Another minus? No Carrot Top! Oh well, in lieu of best pony, have some best produce.
When the carrot roller-dogs are selling for eight bits a root, you would assume Carrot Top must be making a tidy profit on those sales, right? Wrong! Almost all of that markup goes to the concessionaires and venue; in fact, since those carrots were bought by a wholesaler before being repackaged to the convention center, Carrot Top actually pulls in less than half a bit per pound of roller-dogs sold. Pity the farmer: of all the people who are involved in getting your food from dirt to digestion, they certainly put in the most work, and turn the least profit.
-Those pillows, though. I don't even.
-It's been a while since I saw Daring Don't, but does Daring have the same voice in both episodes? I ask because I really liked her voice acting in this episode, and I was probably too distracted by all the things I disliked about Daring Don't to really notice the voicing then. Anyway, yeah: between her and Patton Oswald (and Dash, of course, whose actual voicing I probably like best of the main six), with an assist from Mr. Ambiguous Accent, this was a really solid episode, auditorially.
-Here's the question I haven't seen asked enough in the last few days: why is there a significant tonal difference between the original Do trilogy and the later installments? It's not just something Quibble made up, or something minuscule enough that nobody but a quibbler would notice: Dash is the one who notes the salient differences between the original trilogy and
-All in all, this was a much better episode than I expected. Maybe it was just a result of low expectations, but this was a very pleasing kick-off to the back nine (fourteen) of the season.