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Zap2It has updated to include a synopsis for episode 610. Find out the details after the break.

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The episode starts with Rarity mining for gems and Spike as her basket-holder bodyguard. Suddenly, Spike is glowing which sets off a colony of bats. Spike is glowing because the Dragon Lord has summoned all dragons to a meeting. Twilight and Rarity will follow Spike into the Dragon Lands, the former hoping to write a book on dragon history one day.

Dragon Lord Torch’s term as Dragon Lord is up and has announced a gauntlet of fire to determine a successor. Whoever gets the bloodstone scepter is the new Dragon Lord. Lord Torch’s daughter, Princess Ember wishes to compete, but her father will have none of it because the gauntlet is more geared towards brawn than brains which the Princess has. Spike initially back out, which the Lord allows him too, but changes his mind when he hears of the other dragons’ plans for the throne—especially those that relate to Equestria. Oh yeah, Garble is here as well.

Already this reminds me of the Gummi Bears episode “Girls’ Knight Out” where Princess Calla disguises herself as a knight in a competition to show her father that she doesn’t need protection—especially from the oafs she is competing against. Back to the episode here, the Princess disguises herself for the competition and nearly drowns after getting hit by a slingtail obstacle. They agree to help each other throughout the course in a friend-not friend sort of way and also to protect the cover of Twilight and Rarity which is more clever that from “Dragon Quest” and more effective a running gag.

It’s ultimately down to three and Princess Ember stops Garble and Spike grabs the scepter, which he then gives to Ember to be the new Dragon Lord and a new ally for the Ponies.

To cut a long story short, this is the best Spike episode the series has had so far—even better than “Equestria Games.” Spike does come through when the Ponies need him and this is one of those times and he doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Twilight and Rarity are good here in supporting roles here and their showing up at various points of the gauntlet is a nice running gag. Then there is Princess Ember who is the wise, strong-headed daughter to her father. Sure it’s been done before, but it’s done here better than most stories. Both her and Spike are not the strongest dragons in the field, but they use what the do have to the greatest effect. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of her in the future.

I can’t really say anything else but repeat that this is the best Spike episode that the show has had so far.

Pluses and minuses:

  • +  Spike
  • +  Twilight and Rarity throughout the gauntlet.
  • +  Princess Ember
  • +  Garble has more of a purpose here than in “Dragon Quest”
  • GRADE:  A+

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For some time, episode 606’s episode synopsis wasn’t given to us while we got synopses for future episodes. Discovery Family Channel’s website has finally given us one. Check out the details after the break.

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605 – “Gauntlet of Fire”

Written by: Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco
In order to save his friends, Spike is forced to compete in a perilous Gauntlet for the title of Dragon Lord.

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Clip for “Gauntlet of Fire”

The MLP Facebook page has put up a clip for Saturday’s episode. Check it out after the break.

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Episode Title for MLP 610

Zap2It has details on episode 610, though it only covers the title and the air date with no synopsis. You can check out the details after the break.

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Ratings Report: MLP, LPS, and WoY

It was a week of improvement for MLP. “On Your Marks” drew an estimated 300,000 viewers last Saturday on Discovery Family. That represents an over 40% increase from last week’s episode. Next up is “Gauntlet of Fire” on Saturday at11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.

Meanwhile, LPS also shot Northward from last week. “A Doggie Biskit” drew an estimated 132,000 viewers on Discover Family last Saturday. Through 17 episodes, the Season Four average now stands at 149,647 per episode. That is a little more than 5% off the pace of this time during Season Three (157,765). Next up is “It’s A Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy World” on Saturday at noon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

Wander Over Yonder wasn’t “The Waste of Time” on Monday night at Disney XD. The episode drew an estimated 411,000 viewers on Monday night. The Season Two average now stands at 444,611. The next two episodes—“The Hot Shot” and “The Night Out”–are scheduled to air on Monday, May 30th, presumably at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT on Disney XD.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.

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