Season 7, Episode 11: Not Asking For Trouble
Written By May Chan
Prince Rutherford-the last time that you and your yaks visited the ponies of Equestria, you left a really sour taste among many Bronies and Pegasisters in the fandom…let’s see if you can redeem yourself by learning to ask for help in today’s episode…this is ‘Not Asking For Trouble’!
When an avalanche falls on the entire rustic village of Yakyakistan while Pinkie Pie is visiting Prince Rutherford and his yaks, she suggests that she go to get the other ponies to come help but the proud Prince and Yaks refuse. When this episode was announced, I was split on it since I was open to the idea of Pinkie Pie working with a culture that is so radically different from her own…but at the same time, Prince Rutherford and his yaks didn’t leave a lasting impression on me when they last appeared back in Season 5’s “Party Pooped” and I really didn’t want to see more of their constant complaining and smashing again…but I did my best to go into this episode with an open mind and it was okay at best.
When it comes to the story, it seems that new writer May Chan gets the show’s humor and overall tone…but the moral that she chose to go with for this episode is pretty redundant and one that we’ve seen before in the show as far as back as Season 1’s ‘Applebuck Season’; that moral being ‘never be too proud or stubborn to ask for help’. Granted that it does kind of work with characters like Prince Rutherford and the yaks, but they make it so obvious throughout the episode to the point where it feels like the writers are repeating themselves from past episodes…but thankfully, the humor of Pinkie Pie managed to save the story even if some jokes weren’t as funny as others.
As for the animation, it’s great that we actually get to see what Yakyakistan looks like this time unlike in ‘Party Pooped’ where we only get to see the outside only to be sent back to Ponyville within a few seconds and I have to say that the team at DHX did a great job in representing the country with things like the authenticity of the many different huts around the palace as well as the ceremonial yak fire pit-even though we’re stuck in Yakyakistan for the entire episode, bravo to all the animators for another job well done.
And when it comes to the characters…the story really played a factor in representing them because while Pinkie Pie gave a much better and more humorous performance than she did alongside Maud and Starlight back in ‘Rock Solid Friendship’, Prince Rutherford and his yaks haven’t really changed a whole lot since their last appearance back in Season 5-granted they have let up on their complaining and smashing routine and also declaring war which even I thought was way over the top and their reasons are understood much better in this episode, but they still aren’t that likeable due to how overly stubborn that May Chan wrote them to be. But for what Andrea Libman and Gary Chalk were given script-wise, they still did a great job as Pinkie Pie and Prince Rutherford.
Overall, ‘Not Asking For Trouble’ didn’t cause too much trouble…but still gets a rating of a 6.5 out of 10.