Season 7, Episode 4: Rock Solid Friendship
Written By Nick Confalone
Ah, Maud…you may have come into the show unknown, but you’ve quickly risen to the top of some of the fandom’s favorite characters and it is a very special occasion as today is not only your return into the show…but it is also your graduation day. So, let’s welcome Maud back as well as celebrate her achievement with this week’s episode-Rock Solid Friendship!
When Pinkie Pie learns that Maud might move to Ponyville, she does everything she can to make sure her sister sees that it has more to offer than just rocks. When this episode was announced, I was actually rather excited by the fact that we were seeing more of Maud and the fact that I’ve realized that Season 7 has been putting so much more focus on developing secondary characters that it could possibly be a big part of the show staff’s plan moving forward…but at the same time, I was unsure about this episode since I was getting vibes of Maud’s debut episode from Season 4-don’t get me wrong, I loved ‘Maud Pie’ even to the point where it was one of my Top 5 favorite episodes of the season…but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see the episode done all over again. But I did my best to go into this episode with an open mind and I can safely say that this episode rocked…heh heh, no pun intended.
When it comes to the story, who would’ve thought that Maud would have a prior connection to Starlight Glimmer from all the way back in Season 5? I mean, the idea that Starlight might not have ever been able to seal cutie marks away without Maud’s help as well as how one could have the power to take over the world with the right stone and right amount of magic really has me excited for what might be happening further down the line in the series. I know that they play it up for laughs, but you can never tell with a character like Maud and I hope that this plays a part in a future episode at some point…and that moral, how I love it so much. The moral of how you really shouldn’t assume that your methods will always work for someone else even though you may be an expert in a particular subject is such a perfect fit with Pinkie Pie’s excitable nature and is something that we have wanted to see her learn for quite some time…but what would an episode about Pinkie and Maud be without its comedy and we got a ton of it here with highlights like Pinkie’s highly entertaining interactions with her sister and Starlight.
As for the animation, the team at DHX never fails to rock our minds with their creativity and we get some rather amazing visual eye candy here especially with things like Pinkie Pie’s interactions with her sister and Starlight like I said earlier as well as in the gem cave where I swear that the animators were making a reference to ‘Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan’ when Captain Kirk and Dr. Carol Marcus walked into that underground garden…and it actually does manage to play a significant part in the story itself, so kudos to all the animators for another job well done!
And when it comes to the characters, the idea that Maud would potentially be moving to Ponyville in the hopes of making a friend with Pinkie Pie’s overly excitable nature being the biggest obstacle towards Maud reaching that goal makes for a very clever conflict as neither one of them were going outside of what we’ve come to expect from them to the point where it feels all the more natural and heartwarming…and while adding Starlight Glimmer to the mix may have been surprising at first, it actually fits extremely well as they are both characters with the same difficulty of socializing with others around them and each of them have their reasons as to why they are that way today…bravo to Ingrid Nilson, Kelly Sheridan and Andrea Libman for some truly rocking performances!
Overall, ‘Rock Solid Friendship’ makes for a truly rocking episode that has ended up becoming one of my favorite episodes of Season 7 and gets a rating of a 10 out of 10…congratulations and rock on, Maud!