Well it seems this episode isn’t exactly a favorite with fans, as so far its fetching about a 3.5 out of 5 on DHN’s fan rating poll (which is still open). There is only one other episode this season which has fetched such a low rating (and currently 3.5 has been the lowest). From my understanding this episode is the first we’ve seen from writer Merriwether Williams, so some people are giving her a little slack.
Here’s the wikipedia about Ms. Merriwether Williams. She was a junior executive at Nickelodeon Cartoons who issued Network notes to the shows’ creators. After leaving the executive ranks, she wrote one episode of The Angry Beavers and was responsible for writing three paragraph outlines for SpongeBob SquarePants. She performed the same work for Camp Lazlo at Cartoon Network. She has also written two or three films with actor James Franco, and most recently has written episodes for Adventure Time.
Now on with the episode. Many people have placed this episode in the not so great tier of episodes, but its hard to say. Compared to other episodes it does have some bumps in it, but in general I’d call it a different style of episode than what we’re use to seeing with FiM. Gauge wise I would place this at the “alright” tier. The episode is fun to watch, it wasn’t an epic adventure like Dragonshy but wasn’t fully a slice of life style that some episodes can be.
Sadly Rainbow Dash is catching a lot of flack for her attitude during this episode, but that’s one of the points. Her ego is inflated from the hero worship, and when someone else appears on the horizon and starts to take her down a peg or two, she of course goes into the panic to reclaim her fame. The breakdown.
The cold opening establishes that RD has one of the more famous ponies in Ponyville, enough that she has a fan club ran by Scootaloo and many followers. Suddenly Ponyville becomes a voilent and dangerous place where multiple rescues are required of Rainbow, making her a hero, and of course causing her ego to go into overdrive. We have a total of 7 accidents in this episode, but it only takes three for her skull to bloat up beyond capacity.
Accident 1: Filly in the well: Simple enough, RD hears someone calling out for help, happens to becoming from the old abandoned well, she rescues the filly. A small crowd gathers, she blushes and flies away, proud of herself.
Accident 2: Run Away Baby Carriage on the Hill of Death: A carriage is out of control flying down a hill where there is the classic cartoon cliff waiting for its certain doom. RD saves the baby, and her ego begins to take over. Photographer ponies start taking pictures, and she starts posing.
Accident 3: Old Folks Home: A bunch of old ponies are enjoying the afternoon on a second story deck that ends up breaking off. RD catches the porch and rescues them. Ego fully inflated now, as she is greeted by a large crowd, and moments later is recounting her tales at Sugarcube Corner. After just these three accidents she already has Spike writing her autobiography. This is also the turning point in which her friends take notice of her ever growing ego, and apparently formulate a plan to take her down a peg or two.
Accident 4: RD is signing autographs in the middle of Ponyville, and someone cries for help as a hot air balloon falls towards the ground. RD is not worried, even signs a few more autographs before flying to the rescue. Mare Do Well shows up, does a Batman across the roofs of Ponyville and catches the Ballooon Pony just in time, while RD fails. Crowd goes wild, Mayor names her, and RD starts the decent of being forgotten and of course, becomes mad.
Accident 5: Runaway Carraige on the Hill of Death: This time its a wagon full of adult ponies, RD tries to rescue them but fails to stop the carriage. Mare Do Well uses her super strength to stop it, RD descends even more into madness and jealousy.
Accident 6: Ponyville High Rise: Kind of cool though very out of place for Ponyville, as a tall building is being built. The crane malfunctions, RD jumps in to save everyone though is almost killed by a flying beam coming off the crane, that hits the building and causes it to come down. Mare do Well shows up, saves four workers, RD manages to barely save one, and attempts to take credit. Of course credit is given to the Mare do Well.
Accident 7: Personally this one is less of an accident and more caused by Rainbow herself. As she passes a large dam near Ponyville, she takes notice to a leak. More or less half nuts now, she uses her hoof to clog the leak and declares victory, only to have the dam rupture. She is caught in the wall of water, rescued by Mare do Well. The dam is fixed by magic via Mare Do Well.
At this point Ponyville goes to celebrate Mare Do Well, and RD plans on unmasking the hero. She fails to do so in front of the crowd, and ends up on a chase through Ponyville. Mare Do Well runs circles around her as if she has super speed, RD finally catches up to her and unmasks her to reveal its Pinkie Pie. The rest of her friends show up to reveal they are all Mare Do well, RD now sees the folly of her ways, write a letter and roll the credits.
I’ve seen many complaints about certain aspects of this episode. The cliff that we’ve never seen before, the tall building being built. But keep in mind this is a cartoon, one made for young kids. I’ve actually rewritten this part due to a comment left this morning and felt it was more proper to point this stuff out. Of course not everything has to make sense. The cliff we’ll probably never see again, but its not like we have a engineered map of Ponyville. The High Rise building was there just for the fact, personally I liked the fact we saw actual heavy equipment being used, interesting the crane itself is made of wood rather than steel.
In the end this episode is catching about the same love that “Look Before You Sleep” or “Ticket Master” had caught during Season 1, and in the end those episodes have gained popularity as time moved on. Its not catching the unanimous love many episodes gained, but more in the realm of love it or hate it. And always remember folks, it is a cartoon, and many have the habit of over analyzing things. But then again, many of us find that to be fun, in a not so serious way.
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