Also, i don't really even mind the not fighting, but the fact that RD was shown as being afraid, they could have simply given Twilight couple lines to tell RD to run instead of fighting (get egg/spike to safety as justification maybe?), and make RD make a rude gesture at the dragons and leave, which would be more in character imo.
People - and ponies - are supposed
to be afraid of Dragons, what with the whole giant, flying, breathing fire deal.
Rainbow Dash also got singed by dragon fire in the first minutes of the episode. You'd think that after that, and the staggering ineffectiveness
of her kicking a Dragon in Dragonshy - which just made the Dragon angry and attack everyone at the same time (Oh, and btw, first thing she did after the kick? Flee!
) - would teach her a lesson.
Well, it did, and she opted to run. Looks like she has a brain after all.
1. It ignored the events Dragonshy & Fluttershy's development in that episode for the sake of a cheap joke. This is more insulting to the character than Luna Eclipsed Flanderizing her into a coward who's afraid to leave her house on the Halloween stand-in. Dragonshy is possibly the best single episode of the series and it pisses me off that the writers choose to ignore it. A simple reference would've fixed it but no, instead it's forgotten as if whoever wrote this isn't familiar the show & its characters. (Oh wait)
Dragonshy wasn't about Fluttershy learning not to fear Dragons at all. It was about overcoming her fear for the purpose of not leaving her friends alone in a life-threatening situation
. And a situation that wasn't threatening not just them, but Ponyville, nay, Equestria at large. She overcame her fear when it was necessary, that doesn't mean - and shouldn't mean - that said fear was completely eliminated. Once again, not fearing Dragons at all
is just plain stupid.
Dragonshy wasn't ignored - Fluttershy's Dragonphobia is referenced, after all -, Dragonshy was simply interpreted in the 'Helping out your friends is important, even if it means overcoming your fears' fashion, rather than in a 'Dragonslayer Fluttershy' fashion.
Frankly, it's the much, much, much
better interpretation. If I wanted powerlevel escalating superhero animation I'd watch Dragonball Z.
* Why did they bring up the question of Spike's origins if they're not gonna follow-up on it? And no, don't say anything about the moral because that just raises further questions & you just can't mention an elephant in the room once and choose to ignore it for the rest of the episode. Where did they get the egg? What was the point of that test? Why didn't Twilight & Spike write to Celestia to find out?
For starters, it's a lot of material that is much better covered in multiple episodes than in one. As for Celestia, presumably she doesn't know either? She's not omniscient. If she did know it, the episode would lose its plot point. If she didn't know, asking her without getting an answer would just take thirty seconds of screentime that could be better used elsewhere. That aside, it's fairly reasonable to assume that Celestia doesn't keep such things to herself - basic information about Dragons should
be available in books, and if it isn't, it's quite likely Celestia doesn't know, either. She's not a secretive creation-goddess.
* Why did the dragons migrate anyway? Why are they flying to a volcano? Do the wingless dragons migrate too? Are there even any wingless dragons besides Spike? Explain!
FiM isn't a documentary about dragons.
* Rarity doesn't come off as Rarity and how come we have an entire episode about Spike with Rarity in a major supporting role & not once is Spike's crush on her is mentioned?
What has she/ hasn't she done that 'Wasn't Rarity'? Her facial expressions and vocalisations were quite, quite Rarity, IMHO.
Granted, I'd have expected her to make a better Dragon costume.
* The climax is weak. They just ran even though Twilight once took down an Ursa Minor, Rainbow Dash is the 2nd strongest of the Mane 6, & Rarity once kicked a manticore in the face. They spent way too much time on the phoenix egg stuff to give something more satisfying.
an Ursa Minor that was simply angry about being woken up. Note the distinct lack of hard force employed by her. And Rarity kicking a Manticore in the face did noticeably little to actually stop it. Rainbow Dash didn't succeed, either. And that Manticore was in pain
and lashing out at random, rather than fighting seriously.
You're dramatically overestimating the martial prowess of the mane cast. If
they have to fight, they generally fight intelligently, not through brute force, and sometimes running away is a pretty smart thing to do, especially when your opponents are serious about the whole deal - which the Manticore and Ursa Minor kinda weren't.
Edited by Rezo, 18 March 2012 - 07:15 PM.