Monday, February 2, 2015
Trot Topics, *How Canon Is Expanded Universe?: Friends Forever #13
It starts out with Sweetie Belle waking up one morning while holding a plushie doll of Spike. Now, what this means as far as any pairing between SB and Spike as hinted at the end of A Canterlot Wedding: Part 2 is unknown. It is possible that this was a peace of swag from the Crystal Empire where Spike is worshipped as a messiah, and Sweetie Belle might've just picked up an official Great and Honorable Spike the Brave and Glorious plushie at a gift shop while she was there for the Equestrian Games. Still, it makes you wonder if there's a little more validity to the "Spikey Belle" shippers.
Sweetie Belle has an ear infection and can't go to Manehattan with Rarity, so she goes alone. However, the Sweetie neglected to tell Rartiy that she invited Babs along for their daytrip. So Rarity decides to bring her on a downtown day trip. Along the way, we learn that Babs doesn't seem to have many actual friends, that apparently includes her older sister Sunflower who we've only briefly seen the Equestrian version of. Babs also is trying to start a Manehattan branch of the CMC, but so far hasn't solidified any genuine members as she hinted to in the Apple Family Reunion. This means that either Babs might have been exaggerating to Apple Bloom about enlisting any blank flanks at her school, or that there were some foals that were interested at the time but lost interest in joining.
After a few stops at a spa, hairdressers, and boutique, Babs very maturely realizes that she and Rarity don't seem to share the same interests, which she says the same problem between her and parents(who still haven't revealed as Aunt & Uncle Orange), so she bids Rarity goodbye.
Rarity then meets up with Sapphire Shores and spends most of the time whining to her about how she thinks Babs just snubbed her. Sapphire points out to her that Babs seems a lot like Rarity as her parents never seemed to understand her flavor for fashion when she was growing up. This is one of the only time so far in any official cannon is concerned that we get some kind of peek into Rarity's origin and how her sense of fashion came from making clothes for her dolls. We know Rarity's parents have pretty tacky taste in clothes(at least when they're wearing them), but it's still not revealed as to this is what started down the path of a fashionista.
To make up to this for Babs, Rarity takes Babs to a roller derby, which is the first time since Call Of The Cutie that they've brought up this obscure underground sport. It's weird to see something like this reintroduced that was originally used as just a cutaway gag, like when Rainbow Dash was curling when choosing a pet. The roller derby skaters have several of them using codenames like "Princess Skullestia" and "Shining Harmer", which makes you wonder if they can legally get away with parodying the names of current royal figures. I'm not aware of any female wrestlers called "Queen Elizabeatdown".
This issue made for a decent stretch outside of two of the established characters' comfort zones. But there's still some material that could be covered better without ruining future storylines when it comes to covering more of their family trees.