For a second, I was worried I was watching the beginning of "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" by mistake, since that also started with Rainbow eavesdropping on her fan club. This episode actually does have a sort of similar story to that, with Rainbow getting jealous of a new pony taking all of her glory, but laser focused on the Scootaloo part. I remember back during season 2 that people thought Scootaloo becoming a Mare Do Well fangirl was out of character, but it all made way more sense here.
Oh shit, whipcrack when Applejack talked about Apple Bloom possibly liking bananas more than apples. We're Johnny Test now!
Nice to see the Student Six appearing in random crowd shots now. Jelly Rainbow was fun.
I was spoiled about Lightning Dust being in this episode thanks to YouTube recommendations showing her in the thumbnail. Back then, it was a big surprise, because I thought they'd never revisit her. I'm happy they didn't make her a straight up villain, and she's still just really reckless. I would have given her credit for rejecting Scootaloo, but then she let her on anyway, so (shrug). It was cute seeing her blasting off again, though it was a bit odd that Rainbow was fine with them being rivals like this.
Continuity issue, Scootaloo already knows about Lightning Dust, since she explained her to Dash's parents in "Parental Glideance". And Dash's parents appear at the end, so you can't do the season 1-2 fandom "episodes are out of order" thing.
The bit with Spitfire should have been funny, but I don't know, I just found Spitfire's voice annoying here. Plus, with her and that angry Washout, we have two yelling ponies, making it feel even more like Johnny Test.
It was nice to get another sequence of Twilight and Rainbow flying and talking, like in "Testing Testing 1, 2, 3". Twilight was in this more than I expected.
This was a nice bit of development between Scootaloo and Rainbow. Rainbow just took for granted that Scootaloo should look up to her, and had forgotten that she should provide a reason why Scootaloo should idolize her. The fact is, Scootaloo can't be a great flier like Rainbow, but she can be a stuntpony, and Scootaloo accepts this now, so she needs a different reason to look up to Rainbow. Compared to "Mare Do Well", this did a much better job showing Rainbow why it was bad to be so egotistical and how she should actually act.
Overall, good episode.
Fizzbuzz wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:16 pm
Before I forget: props to the first couple seconds being a shot-for-shot remake of MMDW's opening. What a trip-up.
Oh, so that was what they were doing after all.