Okay, we have to note the elephant in the room. Flimflam artist -- casino developer -- racist policies -- fake for-profit university -- compelled to return tuition?
Right. This elephant is wearing an orange toupee.
Plusses: Good animation (Starswirl's beard pull, Flim and Flam's enhanced range of expressions). I loved Plainity's disguise, especially the bubblegum. Nice to see Treehugger and Saddledor Dali again. I liked the final seconds, in which Rarity casually confronts the fact that Sewing for Friendship makes no sense. Good story, with compelling suspense (Twilight getting caught with her saddlebags down doing something discreditable) -- up to a point.
Minuses: The story falls apart towards the end. If you're teaching real and valuable lessons, is there something wrong
with running a for-profit school? If there isn't, why did Flim and Flam stand down when it was discovered that they had plans for those profits? Why did they cave so quickly and easily, especially after getting Neighsay's official approval for being a racist institution? Why did all those western students who couldn't travel all the way to Ponyville instantly cheer upon being invited to do so?
Does Twilight charge tuition at her
school? If not, where does she get the school funds (that Rarity swore she wasn't using to buy sewing machines)? Research grants? Royal endowment?
In short, the plot was as full of holes as Chrysalis's legs. Also, the song wasn't up to the standards of previous Flim and Flam production numbers, which have gone progressively downhill from SSCS6000 through Leap of Faith to this episode.
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