Before I begin my statement, I have something to say: I LOVE "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." As an artist as well as a fan for all things that are animated, this is one of the best cartoons I have seen recently. I love their stories, characters, setting, and sense of humor in this series. I began to notice its popularity through parody comics (example: Veggie55 ) and flash cartoons (such as HotDiggityDemon's PONY.MOV series), so I started watching this series in Summer 2012. Anyway, now that that's out the way, let me explain my reasons for this comic.
*Warning: the statement you are about to read is based off my First Impression when I watched the following episode this comic was based off.*
So, I was excited to see "Wonderbolts Academy" because Rainbow Dash is one of my favorite characters in this series and it was exciting to see her getting closer to her dream: being a Wonderbolt. Well, on the day I was expecting that premiere, December 8, they showed a different episode "Sleepless in Ponyville." Despite the mixup, I thoroughly enjoyed that episode; it's probably my favorite episode out of the 3rd season.
A week later, I finally saw the Wonderbolts Academy episode, and although it was a very good episode, it wasn't just as good as the last episode. Don't get me wrong. It had a very good story and I love it from beginning to end. I had made some expectations on what the story is about, but thankfully those expectations were never met. I like the introduction of Lightning Dust and what she represents and I like how Rainbow Dash has handle herself throughout the episode as a Wing Pony. My main problem with the episode unfortunately has to do with Spitfire.
I was happy with Spitfire's appearance in this episode. And despite having a raspy voice in this episode, I like her take on being a Drill Sergeant. Plus, there were a few moments (such as the ending) where they were able show Spitfire's usual calm and collective personality that I adore so much. My biggest complaint with Spitfire is this: Why didn't she make Rainbow Dash a Lead Pony in the first place?
Compared to Lightning Dust, Rainbow Dash has accomplished a lot for herself as listed in this parody comic. Not to mention that Spitfire has witnessed some these accomplishments herself; heck she was saved by Rainbow Dash when they first met in person. If the Drill Sergeant was a different pony all together, I would have buy that on why that pony chose Lightning Dust as Lead Pony instead of Rainbow Dash. But since it was Spitfire who was in charge of the training facility, the episode didn't support itself enough with the misuse of continuity.
So I ask again: WHY WASN'T RAINBOW DASH A LEAD PONY IN THE FIRST PLACE?!
Actually, this problem made me reflect to a time where I too wasn't acknowledged for my experience. Okay, a few years back during the summer, I applied to be either a waiter or a bartender at a seafood restaurant. Despite my 4+ year-long experience as a caterer/bartender, the managers back then didn't see my catering skills highly qualified enough to be a waiter, so they made be a busboy. That hurt my pride. Half way through the summer, despite how I became one of the best coworkers they had, they took a waiter, who they hired at the same time as me, and made him a bartender. That infuriated me to no end because no only did the managers overlook my bartending experience, but the new bartender didn't have any experience in bartending beforehand! So in a way, I can relate to Rainbow Dash when she was put in this situation.
After watching this episode, I felt the need to express this matter about Spitfire's decision. But how? I don't make videos on Youtube nor do I have my own blog or whatever. So, I resorted to doing what I do best: making comics. It took a while to think this through, but it all felt worth it in the end.
As I've said, I really do l like this episode. I know I was trying bring out a point (mostly from my own experience and perspective) about not being recognized for your achievements, but a lot of commenters here bring out very good points on why Spitfire made Rainbow Dash a Wing Pony in the first place, to which I happened to agree with. Whether you agree or disagree with Spitfire's decision, my focus on this comic (and so many parody comics beforehand) was to make people laugh and enjoy it for what it is.
Here's the sequel to this comic, "Spitfire's Regret."
Your art style is so identical to the show its incredible. As for the impact I agree, it sort of bugged me how Spitfire almost seemed to completely ignore all of RD's accomplishments. Really Spitfire? Really! Its Rainbow Dash!!! The one that saved her sorry little flank while at the same time pulling off the Sonic Rain Boom and helped to defeat Nightmare Moon and Discord. It would have made more sense if its was a different pony and not Spitfire. But I guess they felt the need to please fans so that's why we got Spitfire. Great comic keep-it-up
This is excellent for a first comic,in my opinion. Nicely made comic , funny ,and the drawings are very good.
But There are some flaws I've seen on this comic such as any comic ever made; 1.In the 6th panel, Spitfire's hoof seems a bit weird. Or it may just be me. XD 2.In the second panel,it may have been better if there was actual writing on it,to make it a bit more 'realistic'. 3. And,in the last panel,it didnt look like the actual episode where Rainbow Dash found out that she was listed as a wing pony. The scene was indoors.
But Don't get me wrong,this is a lovely comic strip and I love the humor too.
Before setting out to train the cadets, Spitfire stole Chop Chop's Magic 8 ball just for tough decisions after seeing the Undead Knight's luck with that ball. What the Fire Skylander realized is that there is sometimes when a Magic 8 ball can give you a dose of rotten luck. Spitfire is hoping not to wake Spyro, who was napping in the academy outside her office window.
I haven't gone through all the comments so I don't know if someone mentioned this already, but there might actually be a logical explanation for this. Well Spitfire does know that Rainbow has leadership skills the fact of the matter is even when they make her a Wonderbolt there not going to make her captain right off the bat so Spitfire might have been trying to make sure Rainbow was just as capable of following orders as she was of giving them. It'd also have the added bonus of letting her see whether or not Lighting Dust had any leadership potential.
Well, I've just stumbled upon your comic (which is pretty good XD). About your rant over Spitfire's decision there are two things to consider: the first one is that it is a plot device to create drama (that is the main reason XD).
The second one (more overworked XD) is that even though RD has many accomplishes in his score, LD shows during his tests that she is willing to push herself more than recquired, which could be the signature of a good leader.
Pressing the affair a little bit more we could trace this situation back to how the military and the airline industry work to decide positions: although there's a person in command in the cockpit both pilots (and the flight engineer) have to act as one group regardless of duties and experience (and in the military no matter your previous achievements, once you're in you don't get respect and promotion unless you proof you have what it takes to get the job done).
Now, in civil aviation there is an interesting subject: in some countries it was common that military pilots tht retired from the army and began to work in commercial aircraft were given automatically the captain seat. The idea behind this was that they were experienced enough to avoid scalating positions again, besides it was considered an insult to put a militar as copilot to gain experience.
Unfortunately this idea prooved to be fatal many times: ex army pilots in the captain seat thought they were experienced enough to avoid team work or even following civil regulations of flying.
In August 23 of 2005 Tans Peru Flight 204 crashed killing 40 of its 98 passengers after the captain -an ex army pillot- decided he could reach the airport in the middle of a heavy hail storm and in 1999 a cargo flight of Korean Airlines crashed killing the 4 members of the crew after the captain -a retired colonel from the korean air force- decided not to listen the warning of his crew that his instruments were malfunctioning; said instruments got stuck when the plane entered in a turn, so the captain thought he wasn't turning and applied an ever harsh turn which made the plane roll beyond its flying limits and crash short out of the airport.
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