1. Member Since 1st Apr, 2012
  2. offline for 35m, 49s

I'm a brony and a Pinkie Pie fan but I like all of the mane six, as well as Spike. I hope to provide some entertaining and interesting fanfics for the Brony community.

May
20th
2017

                *Sigh*. Wow, just wow. I can't believe that the 150th episode of the show, turned out to be like this. And from a writer who all by accounts, should've been much better suited to the task. We've got our first Rainbow Dash episode of the season, which coincidentally is in the same slot as "Newbie Dash" last season, and features The Wonderbolts (as well as Scootaloo). The new writer is Josh Hamilton, who previously wrote for Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Don't know much about the last one, but the first one was praised for being an amazing show for all ages, and the middle one was a sequel that never got the love it deserved thanks to Nick screwing the pooch and ultimately shunting it off to online only for its final season. So you'd think that with at least the first two writing credits under his belt, Hamilton would be more than qualified to write for the show. Well, not really, but we'll get to that eventually. For now, it's time for an episode review. Ready?

                We begin not with Rainbow Dash, but with Scootaloo, who is going to Cloudsdale to complete a report on the most supportive pony in her life. She decides to use a giant slingshot, rather than any number of safer options, including the hot air balloon. She is launched straight up to Cloudsdale, and as luck would have it, she ends up on the front lawn (cloud lawn I guess) of Rainbow Dash's childhood home.

                Then after a bit of Scootaloo screaming her head off (probably should've cut it down because the joke goes on for far longer than necessary), Scootaloo apparently recognizes Rainbow Dash's parents, and the episode doesn't address how she knows that, which is a problem considering what we'll learn later on. Apparently, Rainbow Dash's parents are super over supportive and have kept all kinds of memorbila from when she was just a child (including the diaper she was in when she said her first word, a lamp she broke when she first learned how to fly, and an apple she bit into when she got her first tooth). We do get a kind of funny joke about an angelic choir for a trophy room, but all in all this set-up takes up the entire first act of the episode and doesn't accomplish anything other than establish Rainbow Dash's parents as super fans and overly supportive. Considering what happens later on in this episode, that's a problem.

                 The episode doesn't REALLY start until Rainbow Dash's parents and Scootaloo show up at the Wonderbolts Academy, while the Wonderbolts are in the middle of flight practice. And unfortunately, Rainbow Dash's parents loud cheering creates turbulence that ends up disrupting the bolts, Spitfire even points out that civillians aren't allowed on academy grounds without permission. To this episode's credit, the Wonderbolts act rather nice, they're not snarky and mean, or quick to turn on Rainbow Dash, they act like the proper teammates they're supposed to (though I wish Spitfire would've gotten a bigger role later on). Rainbow Dash is a bit unhappy to see her parents again, but rather than immediately lash out at them and Scootaloo, she keeps it in.

                 Both Bow Hot Hoof and Windy Whistles meet Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle (not sure why they're in the episode at this point, we had all three of the CMC in the previous episode and they'll all be in the next episode, plus they've got two more coming up later this season, so it's not like there's a quota that needs to be filled. They only got three episodes last season, and the season before that only two), who decide to show up to every Wonderbolts show from now on simply because they know their daughter's a part of them, whereas before they couldn't care less (not really helping their case, especially if they knew their daughter idolized the Wonderbolts which they apparently do). We also get a pointless recap (when The Last Airbender did a recap it found a creative way to do so with "Ember Island Players", and Legend of Korra was probably forced to have a clip show episode to save on money when the animation budget got slashed thanks to Nick's meddling) of Rainbow Dash's arc to join the Wonderbolts. Then we get to something that the episode apparently seems to forget about afterward, Rainbow's parents start shooting off fireworks as a show of support, which I'm pretty sure is illegal to do if you're not a licensed pyrotechnician, and it's clear that doing so could put the Wonderbolts in jepoardy. And like I said, the episode doesn't seem to acknowledge this at all afterward, it's almost as if it were:

                Anyway, Bow and Windy keep piling on the over supportive, never leaving Rainbow Dash alone even for a minute. And she finally snaps at them and tells them off, yet when her parents start crying and leave (even though Rainbow Dash takes a moment to compose herself after the initial yelling before calmly telling them to go) their words make it seem like a subtle guilt trip. Not helping is that Scootaloo somehow sides with them even knowing full well what they did. And the episode seems to think the problem is that Rainbow Dash took her parents support for granted, which she did NOT do!

               So in a flashback with questionable cameos (featuring the Wonderbolts as fillies and colts, and a filly Lightning Dust, though we also get a filly Derpy who slowly becomes more and more cross eyed, and falls from her position at the pedastal as a result), we learn that Rainbow Dash's parents were always over supportive of her in every thing she did. This apparently is supposed to explain how Rainbow Dash could become such an ego maniac, but it feels more like an excuse. Then we get to Scootaloo's line that I'll talk about later. So, much like "Flutter Brutter" and "Top Bolt" it becomes kind of hard for me to root for these characters to be given another chance, even though I don't think they're as bad as Zephyr Breeze or Sky Stinger. Rainbow Dash holds a private performance for her parents, and apologizes to them for taking their support for granted, but never is it seen or implied that her parents learned any kind of lesson about their over support and how much of a danger it was becoming (not to mention an annoyance for others). The entire resolution clearly feels rushed, which could've been fixed had they cut the set-up down, particularly since we know Rainbow Dash never told her parents she was a Wonderbolt, and probably didn't mention them all that much considering the way they act. I really think they needed to devot some time to having Spitfire address what Bow Hot Hoof and Windy Whistles did, so we could see for ourselves how the two had changed, and thus making the resolution feel more appropriate and believeable. It doesn't really help that they seem to just change their target of affection to Scootaloo when she gives her presentation at school and gets a B.

              And that's the story, so what do I think of the episode? Well, I don't know if I would say it's disappointing or bad, but at the same time I can't call it very good. It's probably the very definition of a mixed bag, there are some things it does good, but other things it really screws up. Rainbow Dash and The Wonderbolts are handled flawlessly here, sure Rainbow Dash may have overreacted a tad, but she had every right to chew out her parents for their behavior. They should know better as adults, yet they act like little kids idolizing a wrestling or sports star. Bow Hot Hoof and Windy Whistles are probably supposed to be sympathetic, and to an extent they are, but they go way too far with making them obnoxious and over supportive and embarrassing, so we clearly end up sympathizing with Rainbow Dash when we were probably supposed to root for both sides (like last episode did). On the subject of Scootaloo, I really can't believe she'd be this blind to the problem, if anything she should be taking Rainbow Dash's side. Yes, I know she mentions never having that kind of support growing up (she's pretty much a teenager now), but I feel like she's ignoring the fact that she's had the support of her friends and Rainbow Dash, her more or less adopted big sister. You'd think she'd be a tad more sympathetic towards Rainbow's cause, rather than immediately siding with her parents. I already talked about the excessive jokes about Scootaloo's screeching, and how the set-up needed to be toned down so the resolution could be given more time to work properly. So now we have to discuss Scootaloo's line. Well, basically, you can interpret it however you want. There's nothing that says one way or the other what kind of family (if any) she has. Me personally, considering how much Scootaloo idolizes Rainbow Dash and still very much wants to be like her, I could imagine her own desires being projected onto her parents. If they were even slightly less supportive of her dreams and ambitions than Rainbow Dash, to her it would seem like they don't support her. I like to interpret this as pretty much what my headcanon already suspect, she has parents, but they're the overly embarrassing kind (though not as bad as Bow and Windy), and more recently given their daughter's love of extreme sports, kind of over protective (not to the smothering level, but they do lecture her a lot about proper safety procedures and insist she be home at a reasonable time). Plus, Scootaloo's a teenager now, and teens often tend to be the ones who most often find themselves on the outs with their parents, because they feel like they're more mature and deserve to be treated as such, but their parents usually still air on the side of caution (the entire concept of the teenager first came about in World War II and the 50's soldified it, in recent decades pyschologists have upheld as a recognition that there's a time frame for mental development between childhood and adulthood, when things such as critical thinking and concerns about morality and judgement may still not quite be fully developed). But if you want to interpret the line as Scootaloo having unsupportive parents, or being an orphan, there's nothing stopping you. In the end, I give this episode a borderline B-/B, just narrowly putting it above "Fluttershy Leans In" but below "Celestial Advice" which at least knew what it wanted to do but like this episode would've benefitted from a rewrite. Season 7's kind of bobbing up and down in quality right now, which could be a problem.

            Well, maybe next week things will be better with "Hard To Say Anything", in which the CMC find out Big Macintosh has a crush on Sugar Belle, and must help him win her over before Feather Bangs does. I just hope they don't make Feather Bangs an unsympatehtic jerk in this love triangle story. They managed to avoid it with Trenderhoof, though poor Cheerilee's going to have no one.

Latest Stories

  • E A Great and Powerful Apology

    (Takes place after "Rock Solid Friendship".) After Trixie accidentally infects Starlight with poison joke, Starlight becomes fed up with Trixie's inability to listen and threatens to break off their friendship. Maud and Twilight try to prevent this.  · SuperPinkBrony12
    7,955 words · 614 views  ·  30  ·  3
  • E Starlight and Sunburst's Misadventures in Flurry Sitting

    (Prequel to "Birthday Built For Two".) On a trip to the Crystal Empire, Starlight finds Sunburst acting rather strange. Before she has a chance to ask him though, she gets roped into helping him foalsit Flurry Heart for a day.  · SuperPinkBrony12
    7,188 words · 422 views  ·  26  ·  1
  • E Pains Unspoken

    Shining Armor must do one of the hardest things he's ever had to do in his entire life, apologize to a powerful leader for uintentionally being hard on him. But what if Thorax wishes to apologize as well?  · SuperPinkBrony12
    3,390 words · 490 views  ·  24  ·  0
  • T Fleetfoot's Foal Day

    (Unofficial sequel to "Mistaken For A Foal" by Matt11, features light diaper useage. Reader discretion is adivised). Fleetfoot wakes up one morning to find that she's been turned into a foal, and she's forced to stay at a daycare run by an old mare.  · SuperPinkBrony12
    7,628 words · 698 views  ·  24  ·  5
  • E Sassy Saddles' Foalsitting Service

    Sassy is asked to foalsit Sweetie Belle for Rarity on very short notice, much to Sassy's displeasure. But just how much of a hoofful can one filly be? And more importantly, is Sassy really as bad at foalsitting as she thinks she is?  · SuperPinkBrony12
    7,230 words · 400 views  ·  34  ·  1
  • E Scootaloo Runs Away

    (Based on a concept teased by Lauren Faust). Scootaloo's parents are going out to celebrate their anniversary, which means Scootaloo needs a foalsitter. But Scootaloo doesn't think she needs one and decides to run away! Was it such a good idea?  · SuperPinkBrony12
    5,993 words · 477 views  ·  31  ·  3
  • E My Little Pony Friendship is Magic What If?: Volume 4

    The fourth installment of a What If series, that involves the rewriting of episodes. This collection contains episodes from Seasons 1-6 (Warning!: Episodes rewritten based on personal opinion, please respect it. Thank you.)  · SuperPinkBrony12
    142,337 words · 630 views  ·  29  ·  4
  • T Rara Baby

    (Warning!: Contains diapers and light AB/DL themes. Read at your own risk!) After another successful concert, the recently re-defined Countess Coloratura decides to indulge in a little bit of pampering and foaling out to help her relax.  · SuperPinkBrony12
    1,968 words · 909 views  ·  41  ·  17
  • E Order of the Dragon Lady

    Starlight accompanies Spike to the dragon lands when he's summoned by Dragon Lady Ember. Once there, the two discover Garble has been stirring up trouble. But will Starlight be able to overcome her self doubts to help Spike and Ember?  · SuperPinkBrony12
    8,962 words · 769 views  ·  35  ·  1
  • E The Diamond and The Apple

    Takes place in the background of "A Hearth's Warming Tail". Apple Bloom tries to comfort Diamond Tiara when her parents don't show up for the Hearth's Warming Eve party at Twilight's castle. Before long, the two friends start to talk about family.  · SuperPinkBrony12
    5,059 words · 931 views  ·  62  ·  2

My Best Work

  • My Little Pony Friendship is Magic What If? A rewrite of a few Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3 episodes I felt could've been done differently. (WARNING: the rewrite choices are my personal opinion) by SuperPinkBrony12 83,735 words · 29,237 views · 134 likes · 19 dislikes
  • The One Where Diamond Tiara and Scootaloo Have A Sleepover Takes place after "Crusaders of The Lost Mark" but before "The Mane Attraction". When Filthy Rich gets called out of town, Scootaloo agrees to let Diamond Tiara come to her home for a sleepover. The two soon learn just how much they have in common. by SuperPinkBrony12 15,605 words · 2,382 views · 158 likes · 8 dislikes
  • The Princess And The Dragon (Takes place immediately after "Luna Eclipsed", colab with yodajax10). As Twilight and her friends set to work on cleaning up after Nightmare Night, Spike decides to spend some time with Princess Luna. But what will they learn about each other? by SuperPinkBrony12 3,298 words · 2,556 views · 171 likes · 11 dislikes
  • Restoring A Lost Bond Takes place between "Amending Fences" and "Brotherhooves Social". Scootaloo finds out that her mom, and Rainbow Dash, attended the same high school. Because of this, she assumes they aren't friends anymore, and sets out to correct that mistake. by SuperPinkBrony12 6,728 words · 729 views · 35 likes · 4 dislikes

Fics I'm Currently Working On (Subject to Change)

My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic: Stallion Edition (R63 Fic with Show Canon Stallions) - Tirek Arc, Chapter 5: Coming soon

Parental Adjustment (Accusation fic after "Parental Glideance") - Scheduled for release by mid June

Top 5 Favourites

  • You Will Never Be Alone One Day When Scootaloo Is At Home Being Foalsat By Princess Twilight Something terrible Happens To Her Mother While She Is On A Date by Matt11 33,186 words · 6,292 views · 264 likes · 21 dislikes
  • Three Gems and a Scooter For Rarity, what starts as a simple quest to help her sister turns into an unexpected journey of what family really means. by RaylanKrios 72,890 words · 8,987 views · 1,208 likes · 22 dislikes
  • A Sweet Taste of Cake As they make a gingerbread house the Cakes reflect on their struggles, their lives, and their love. by The Descendant 108,789 words · 4,524 views · 368 likes · 6 dislikes
  • How a Pie Became a Cake How did Pinkie Pie come to live at Sugarcube Corner? Fresh off the success of her first party she heads off to increase happiness in others, and finds a struggling shop to aid. by Never2muchpinkie 11,581 words · 4,468 views · 350 likes · 3 dislikes
  • Starlight's Promise Starlight makes an important promise to both Twilight Sparkle and Spike. by yodajax10 1,199 words · 2,635 views · 101 likes · 1 dislikes

Groups I'm a Part Of

Who's Following Me and Who I'm Following

531 members follow SuperPinkBrony12

SuperPinkBrony12 follows 185 members

  • Viewing 469 - 473 of 473
#473 · 6w, 6d ago · · ·

>>2424712 You'll have to wait and see.

#472 · 6w, 6d ago · · ·

>>2376686 Are you making another Batmare story?

#471 · 11w, 2h ago · 1 · ·

Good point on poor Minuette in "Moondancer Reborn".  I forgot she had a job.  I wonder if caring for Foal Moondancer will make her never want to have foals of her own?

(I apologize for responding this way, but I'm completely blind and my software for working the computer won't allow me reply to messages nor start new messages.  I can write comments and reply to messages, though.)

#470 · 14w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Thank you for the favourite :ajsmug: means a lot. Really, it does. :pinkiesmile:

#469 · 15w, 2d ago · 2 · ·

Look who they got to make a special guest appearance in Season 7 of MLP: FIM.

  • Viewing 469 - 473 of 473
Login or register to comment