EQUESTRIA GIRLS: SPRING BREAKDOWN
Written By Nick Confalone
Back in the Equestria Girls special 'Dance Magic', it had been mentioned by Sunny Flare of the Crystal Prep Shadowbolts that Principal Cadence would let them have the spring dance on a yacht if they raised the money necessary from the 'Chance To Prance' music video contest...and with the help and teamwork of the Mane 7, they became the Crystal Rainbooms and won the contest to have the maritime spring dance. Two years later after winning the contest and the dance is about to get underway, but could stormy seas end up rocking the boat? Let's find out, this is 'Spring Breakdown'!
EQUESTRIA GIRLS - SPRING BREAKDOWN: It's Spring Break and the Mane 7 are about to board the most glorious yacht ever for a relaxing cruise, but Rainbow Dash is convinced that Equestrian magic is on the loose and won't let anyone rest until she finds it leading to disaster on the high seas when Equestrian magic related to the Storm King has seeped into their world and is threatening everyone on board the yacht!
- Continuity with 'My Little Pony: The Movie'-over halfway through this special, we finally get to the part that I'm sure mostly everyone appreciated: Sunset Shimmer, Rainbow Dash and Sci-Twilight Sparkle in the world of Equestria...seeing them sneak around Ponyville and interacting with both Princess Twilight and Spike were really fun to see like when Spike talks about having been to a dragon wedding of which I'm sure the fandom is gonna make several fanfics about this concept over the coming weeks. Also on a side note if you look really closely, you'll notice that Spike does not have his wings that he received during Season 8 which leads me to believe that this takes place right after the movie and it makes sense because this is the Storm King's magic that has seeped into the Equestria Girls universe and I can get behind the months of waiting before finally showing itself in true threatening fashion in the form of the storm that is threatening the cruise
- The story-unlike in last year's "Forgotten Friendship" which was ten times more memorable than what we got here especially with the way that Equestria was integrated into the moral they were trying to teach with Sunset Shimmer finally making amends with Princess Celestia actually working into the final conflict when she returned to Canterlot High feeling more like a much more flowing story, the story for 'Spring Breakdown' is all over the place where you get really excited to see certain parts of the special and invested in what will happen next...but much like Rainbow Dash herself in this special, it honestly feels like you're just waiting for something to happen for a majority of the time and hoping that they will move on to something much more exciting
- The sideplots to Rainbow Dash's primary story-I know that there are plenty of people who want to see their favorite characters again through their adventure on this cruise, but I really don't think it was a good idea to try and focus on little tidbits from the rest of the Mane 7 especially when the sideplots are really not interesting from Pinkie Pie's obsession with a bundt cake to Rarity's 'liar revealed' romance...it would've helped if they spent more time focusing on what Rainbow Dash was trying to do instead of rushing through everything to get to the main conflict because the way that they step up her arrogance for this special so that she can get her own way whereas the rest of the group is clearly not interested makes it a little hard to swallow-this is not the first time that this has happened in either Equestria Girls or the main 'Friendship Is Magic' series!
- The humor-throughout the entirety of the special, the humor is either hit or miss or just falls flat on its face...sometimes the humor can be funny like with Applejack's all too relatable scenario of getting seasick on the cruise and Sci-Twi's initial freak out to becoming a unicorn when she enters Equestria with Sunset Shimmer and Rainbow Dash, but the joke that made me groan the most was when Rainbow Dash was trying fondue in Equestria with Sunset Shimmer and the two Twilight Sparkles and says that it needs to be 'twenty percent cooler' due to how hot it initially is
Overall, I really wanted to like 'Spring Breakdown' since it did have a lot of potential going for it from what I had seen via the teasers shown at last year's San Diego Comic-Con...but to have a story that is all over the place either moving too slowly or too quickly along with sideplots that really didn't need to happen and with humor that is hit or miss or falls flat, it resulted in me being nearly taken out of the adventure if it weren't for the scenes in the world of Equestria to keep me invested. For that, I unfortunately have to give 'Spring Breakdown' an average rating of a 5 out of 10...but speaking of Equestria and ponies, be sure to join me next week as we kick off the final season of 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'!