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."
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*MLP: Friendship is Magic is copyrighted to Hasbro & Lauren Faust