My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Wonderbolts Academy” Review

Spoilers for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic below
Spoilers for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic below

The universe works in mysterious ways. It refused to let Revolution be bad enough to be cancelled but just bad enough to drive me insane. It made me the object of curiosity because I don’t like everyone’s favorite pony. After two and a half seasons of trying its damnedest to get me to hate Rainbow Dash, last week’s episode managed to show a glimmer of hope. Regardless of my wishes, this week’s episode is only a Rainbow Dash episode and I didn’t hate it.

Rainbow Dash is quite an obnoxious character. For the most part, she is headstrong and arrogant. She doesn’t learn lessons and those it appears she learns she conveniently forgets by the next episode. None of the characters are particularly deep, but Rainbow Dash is the shallowest of them all. That and the way she’s voiced, which I complained about last week. I guess two seasons was enough waiting time, because My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic seems to be trying to get me to actually like Rainbow Dash this season and “Wonderbolts Academy” was a pretty good way to do it.

From the moment we were introduced to Rainbow Dash, we were told her dream was to be a member of the Wonderbolts, the elite Pegasus flyers of Equestria. We’ve seen the Wonderbolts in a few episodes and we’ve seen Rainbow Dash impress them before, so of course when they’re here this week we’ve hit the big old continuity reset button and no one knows who Rainbow Dash is. I guess when you save the entire world from the brink of disaster several times with your friends, everyone just forgets who you are.

My Little Pony Wonderbolts Academy

This week Rainbow Dash has applied to the Wonderbolts Academy, which is apparently a thing that is well known and respected all throughout the land. She gets in, of course, but after proving herself, she’s made wingpony to the Pegasus that the Wonderbolts feel is better suited to the task, Lightning Dust. They then go about their training, blowing the competition out of the water on pure skill alone. Rainbow Dash has actual interesting responses to the events as well.

When it’s decided that she’ll be a wingpony, Rainbow Dash is expectedly shocked. She is the best flyer on the show and, like I said, has proved herself on many occasions. While she’s shocked, she loves and respects the Wonderbolts, so she swallows her pride and accepts the role. Seeing her actually show some humility was a breath of fresh air and it didn’t feel like the writers heard my complaints and forced some lessons on Rainbow Dash either, everything felt natural.

Lightning Dust is everything I hated about Rainbow Dash turned to 11, so when she endangers all the other cadets just to show off, Rainbow Dash gets so fed up that she resigns from the Academy. The Wonderbolts are so impressed with her integrity that they refuse to accept the resignation, get rid of Lightning Dust and promote Rainbow Dash. Even then, she accepts it with some grace. I still don’t really like Rainbow Dash, but I can’t say I hate her. She’s finally growing and I hope that this isn’t a temporary thing.

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