How many of you airheads honestly thought that Rainbow Dash would achieve her crowning moment in this episode? ...Well, not technically at least. But to my surprise, this episode brings her one step closer at the very least.
Okay, this is the halfway episode of Season 3, so let's take a minute to review what's happened so far. For starters, Ditzy Doo has been notably absent or barely showing up, possibly due to the controversy, meaning she was somehow edited out due to Season 3 being in production before the controversy, and seems to be replaced by the duo of Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops and due to the number of times they've been seen together in the series so far, fans have turned them into lesbians for some reason. Now it's fine by me, but I really don't know the reason why that is. Another thing is that this season has been pretty much devoid of friendship letters written to Celestia, the only one so far being in the episode "Too Many Pinkie Pies". I guess it seems that these so-called friendship reports are being discovered in other ways and no letters have to be written in these circumstances. Well, whatever the case, so far Season 3 has, as I expected, not been able to make up for the horrendous events that transpired in the Season 2 finale, what with the continuity kicking the bucket at all, but there have been a number of surprises like in the past two episodes that I didn't really expect. In the episode "Magic Duel", Trixie reforms and in the episode "Sleepless in Ponyville", Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo bond for the first time in the entire series. Now in this episode, I initially believed that due to the given synopsis, Rainbow Dash would be flat-out not fit to be a Wonderbolt due to self-doubt. Well, it turns out, she doesn't get self-doubt until she meets another cadet willing to kick things up one more notch beyond even her. So let's find out what happens.
Spitfire: You look like you're the worst flyer in the whole academy! You'd probably quit after the first day!
Now before we jump the gun here, it should be noted that this is an academy and that Spitfire is doing her job not singling out any Pegasus here or picking favorites. Besides, she may still not know Rainbow Dash personally, but she is testing her here to make sure her guts are in top form.
That's when we're introduced to this gutsy Pegasus gal named Lightning Dust. She becomes fast friends with Rainbow Dash and it seems that they're gonna get along. So to me, when I first heard of the episode synopsis, I assumed that Lightning Dust was gonna get all the glory while Rainbow doesn't get jack. Well, it turns out there's a little more to this episode than just being fit for flying under any extreme contingency.
Meanwhile, Pinkie Pie is practically worrying herself sick because Rainbow hasn't written her a letter yet and after three days, she gets pretty desperate. I have to say the relationship between the two hasn't been touched upon this much since the episode "Griffon the Brush Off".
Well, with Pinkie Pie playing the role of Rainbow's girlfriend, the others propose that they deliver a care package in person, so they decide to pay a visit. But things don't exactly go as planned.
So Rainbow Dash ultimately reports to Spitfire that if this is the way things are, she wants nothing to do with being a Wonderbolt at all.
Rainbow Dash: I quit.
But just before she leaves, Spitfire catches up to Rainbow Dash and tells her that she was in the right the whole time. After all, Rainbow Dash has something that Lightning Dust doesn't. She's got heart.
So with that, Lightning Dust is stripped of her position and promptly escorted away by securities while Rainbow, having proved her worth, becomes lead pony of her own team, reprising her fan girl cry of...
Rainbow Dash: OhmygoshOhmygoshOhmygoshOhmygoshOhmygosh!
Well, that was Episode 7, and again, for the third episode in a row, I get pleasantly surprised with the outcome. It's got a nice slice of life attached to it which isn't just a friendship lesson. It's a life lesson. No matter how good someone is, if that someone does anything potentially stupid, risky, treacherous, or any of the sort, that someone is not gonna make it anywhere, regardless of skill level. You know, I honestly take back everything bad I said about the episode what with ol' Dusty proving that there's always someone worse than Rainbow Dash. Now, it wasn't better than the last episode, but at least it's a small comfort to know that Hasbro isn't totally bent on disappointing its fans as I thought they would be. But the Cutie Mark Crusaders are another story, so that's a good reason for me to stay ambivalent about the series so far, even with its occasional turning points. Oh, and one more thing. This episode was apparently leaked somehow and found its way to YouTube some two days before it was supposed to air. Pretty cool, huh? I mean, it was nice to find out early that Hasbro was not about to make a huge disappointment out of Rainbow Dash anytime soon. So how many of you still think she's a jerk now?
This is it, people. We're halfway through Season 3 and there's no visible signs of stopping now. And with pleasant surprises for three episodes in a row now, who knows what could potentially be in store for us for the rest of the season.
- [Pinkie Pie]
- Yes it does