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  1. Title: Gauntlet of Fire Air Date: April 16, 2016 Written by: TBA Synopsis: In order to save his friends, Spike is forced to compete in a perilous Gauntlet for the title of Dragon Lord. Remember to watch with us live at the CMC Clubhouse on Equestria.tv 11:30 AM EST/8:30 AM PST "Please be a good me episode. Is that too much to ask?"
  2. Having Starlight and Trixie together in the movie means it has to take pace after "No Second Prances" sense that's the first time they met. Not having the Royal Guard would explain why Celestia had Flash Magnus be the new drill sargent after season 7. Having it take place then would also explain why the changelings and the Pillers of Equestria were not in the movie but I'm not sure about the yaks but if the movie takes place after "No Second Prances" the mane 6 haven't been to Yakyakistan yet, unless you count Pinkie kinda. But griffins probably wouldn't want to help, and sense Ember just became Dragon Lord she probably needs to impose her rule, and that I don't think the ponies would trust all the dragons yet to listen to Ember. As for the map expanding, remember the map was broken after "The Cutie Re-Mark", which would also explain why it took so long and that Mount Aris needed to be repaired and the new train station there. As for Twilight saying "This happened while we were gone?" could be when they went after the Pony of Shadows instead of the Storm King. Why Sandbar mentioned The Storm King but not Queen Chrysalis nor the Pony of Shadows is that no pony would probably know that Chrysalis replaced the mane 6, the princesses, etc and that the Pony of Shadows never appeared in public, and why Apple Bloom was recapping the movie in "surf and/or Turf" was because The Storm King was what directly affected the hippogriffs. This I the best I can do saying it takes place between season 6 episodes 6-7 and explaining how. But there is one thing that contradicts all of this unless you can help me, the new throne room, it is possible they were working on a new throne room for a while and was finished in the movie in a different part of the castle and was going to turn the old throne room into something else but for what happened to the new one in the movie they had to go back to the old one while that was being repaired, but the whole of Canterlot got repaired when they retuned all the magic at the end of the movie? Write below if you can think of any reason why Celestia and Luna would still be using the old throne room until season 8.
  3. Note: Credit to @Truffles, @Sparklefan1234, @PathfinderCS, and Silver-Quill for this review, which I C&P'd from here with extra edits. This review has been revised to include a little more content. Sludge may be the most hateable non-villain of the series, if not one of them with Svengallop, Garble, Zephyr, and Spoiled Rich. Garble's someone to just hate, but Sludge you love to hate. This slob knows how to con others with no remorse. He wants to lives the luxury life and make you work for it, all the while tugging the right strings to make you fall for his tricks and divide you from who you love at your most vulnerable state. While he freeloads, he's not a stereotype, as he always cleans up after himself and trades his laziness for his brains. Smart, calculating, and very manipulative, he catches himself, remains convincing, and uses Spike's want for biological parentage to bypass all doubts. Several clues indicate his scheming ways before he became more brazen: He stopped jogging on the treadmill to chug the fresh cider…with hilarious results. XD The Wonderbolts held him above them, but he won't fly until Dash lectures him. He doesn't admit to being his father until after he fully recovers (just as he's about to depart) and walks with Spike back inside. Just by his stops and gestures, he's making up his backstory as he goes along, including not answering other questions the RM5 asked, but his tale's canonically logical, and his tears sound real, adding a layer on uncertainty. Silver-Quill brings up this point. Look at the image below: In this shot, she's nearly as tall as Torch, a monster-sized dragon. In the next, she's nearly as tall as Sludge, who's much smaller than him: After his song, he cackles, cutting into Act 3. ^ The synopsis gives away a very important clue: "dad" and "real" are in skeptical quotes. Dismisses Spike after being asked if he wanted to do anything with his son and then casually accuses him of not being a "real" dragon, cutting deeply into his psyche. His name has negative connotations related to muck and sewage. Despite being clean, his personality perfectly fits his name. Because he's so conniving, I'm really glad he's not his father; if he was, he'd be a deadbeat. However, as excellent he is at crafting a façade, this leads to a few big problems I have with it, echoing from @Truffles's review, @Sparklefan1234's comment, and Discord conversations with @PathfinderCS. Spike's hurtful comeback to Twilight absolutely crushes her, but doesn't have the weight. From the beginning of Act 3, the RM6 were already suspicious of him thanks to his sleazy manipulation of Spike and major holes in his backstory previously. Unfortunately, they can't prove anything, and Spike grew so close to him that telling him the truth without being delicate risks fracturing his relationships with the ponies. They must give him the benefit of the doubt and hope he doesn't brainwash him further. Emotionally, the delivery of disappointment feels stilted, further hurting its importance. Spike doesn't truly figure out he was being used until after his conversation with Smolder, and their plan takes place off-screen. Afterwards, everything starts falling into place. Because he figured it out late and needs Smolder's off-screen advice for some closure, the pacing feels a little off. No one can blame Spike for being so disappointed with Sludge revealing to be a phony. After getting so acquainted with him, his reveal's a major slap to his face. Yet, just before it concludes, he starts getting over it and feels mostly satisfied with the only family he has. But as this and DQ demonstrate, wanting to know his family roots matters to him, and he thought he was so close to actually figuring out who his biological father is. Heck, he revealed his scroll of things to do with them and was so happy to do them. As a result, Father Knows Beast's ending feels really hollow and forced. Sludge's backstory, even with the holes, is plausible, and you can fill in the cracks with them. His sobs after telling them his story also feel real. The script and Allspark even built interesting and complex lore behind it with a very unique art style of its own, suggesting a degree of reality into his tale. At the time, he looked very sympathetic and acted like he wanted to reunite with his "lost son." So for FKB to use the Liar Revealed trope feels like a gigantic letdown, and Sludge's reveal alone is anticlimactic. Previous clues indicate he set Spike up, but one big unmentioned red flag is stating he searched everywhere for him. Why does it hurt the story? Because he never recognized Spike nor said his name until after he fully healed. It was only a matter of time before Smolder and Spike craft a plan to out himself for being the fraud that he is. I don't like to harp on predictability in FIM nowadays, because the journey determines the episode's success above the destination, but that blatant piece of foreshadowing really risks sucking the audience out of the story. It's no surprise why many, myself including, feel dismayed. By revealing to NOT being his dad, the episode reverts to the status quo. After all this time, Spike's past remains a mystery. So despite a competent, nicely written story with a nicely song, great comedy (i.e., Sludge chucking SG out of the castle as she bathed ) and one of the best non-villain antagonists of the series, the resolve feels hollow. More could be done to tighten the plot or not feel so isolated from the rest of the series. At the end, I still feel uncertain whether I like it or not. Even after I submitted my initial review in the discussion thread. Nevertheless, it's got some big positives. Spike is very good here. He really wants to do the right thing and tries so hard to impress his "father." Here, we see his vulnerable side and one other flaw rarely exploited that well: his naiveté. He became so devoted with reuniting with what he thought was his biological father that he overlooks when he becomes a sleazy slob. Despite telling Twilight off, her worry clearly was on the back of his mind, evident by expressing his confusion towards Smolder. (This is also the first episode to refer to Spike as an orphan.) The audience sees his personality, how it was shaped, and (despite accusing her of being a fake parent) sympathize with them. His commitment for Sludge was genuine, which made his disappointment feel more crushing. Twilight has one of her more mature secondary outings of the series. Throughout FKB, Twilight is more than Spike's friend, but mom, too (and he sees the others as his family). From thinking he let her down after he was quiet and turned away for so long (punctuated by a really funny pillow reveal XD) to hugging him after he admits to being orphaned. Spike's health and well-being matter to him and will do anything to make sure he's safe, even if it means probably upsetting him. When he revealed Sludge ditched him and wasn't his real dad, she consoled him immediately, equally upset with the results. These shots really show their love for each other: Unlike Sludge, Smolder represented authentic dragondom despite their rough reputation, and she was great at it. When Twilight had trouble instructing Spike how to do tricks, she's there to help, explained that their parents teach them to fly when they're ready, and Spike offers a thank-you pillow to her, who doesn't sleep with pillows. Also, she knew Sludge phonied everything and worked with Spike to out him, because he treated her as his servant instead of his son. When he fled, she comforted him. Sludge is a fantastic, competent, and clever antagonist. No need to repeat. This is Dragon Quest (S2's worst episode by far) done right. How so? Recall the sexist implications and xenophobic stereotyping of dragons by the Mane Six. In DQ, while the RM5 watched dragons, they mocked Spike for looking "feminine" and proudly claimed that he's unlike the "other dragons" because of it. This sexism and xenophobia crossed over to teenage dragons, who are are written to represent dragondom, with Spike disowning his identity until Gauntlet of Fire. These implications are nonexistent here, and Haber wisely dignified dragon culture. Sludge claims he teaches Spike how to be a "real" dragon, but in reality, Sludge is a false representation of dragondom, while Smolder is. Guess who's in the right here. DQ's lesson actively uses racism in a positive light and treats the dragons other than Spike himself as savages in comparison to ponies, creating imperialistic implications that ponies are inherently superior. Thankfully, FKB handles a similar moral much better, this time focused on family over individuality, but Spike neither forgets nor abandons his dragon identity or sees dragon culture as a bad thing. Suspicions aside, they supported Spike's dad and worked with Spike to fulfill his wishes. They were all really charitable throughout the second montage: Pinkie and Fluttershy vs. Spike and Sludge in buckball (Granny Smith the ref): Rarity & Dash mimicking HW Day so they trade presents: Spike & Sludge bake and eat cupcakes together. Accusations of xenophobia from the ponies to dragons in DQ by bronies are justified, courtesy of their racist and sexist language. In FKB, no one acted like that at all, including Twilight. As mentioned previously, everyone's focused solely on Sludge being a terrible person, not because they believe dragons are primitive. When TS expressed concern, Spike retaliated with false accusations, which he apologized for. In DQ, Fluttershy agreed to watch the dragon migration after Dash agonizingly watched the butterfly migration, but punted her chest and cowered away. Here, Fluttershy actively helps him heal and no longer outwardly fears larger dragons. Disappointment aside, is Father Knows Beast a good episode? I believe it is. Compared to the rest of its post-Matter streak, it's the weakest of the bunch, especially so after its excellent run from Road to Friendship to Sounds, but it's still competently written. Hopefully, it'll continue to hold up on its own and age better in the future, but right now, don't expect me to watch it again anytime soon.
  4. Wonderbolt Slipstream

    Interspecies Shipping

    So I've been thinking more about how interspecies relationships would work, and I don't just mean in shows PG/Y7 way. We could have yaks loving ponies, dragons loving ponies, hippogryphs loving griffons, but how could these relationships pan out? I'm open to any input on the topic.
  5. This has SPOILERS from S08E11, just in case someone doesn't read or mind the tags and prefix, you've been warned. So, after watching 'Molt Down' I was really glad that Spike has finally grown wings, and after thinking about the whole molt thing I wondered: What caused Spike to be summoned by the Dragon Lord in 'Gauntlet of Fire'? - Spike hadn't gone through his molt yet. - No other wingless dragon was summoned. - Smolder was not there when she's clearly older than Spike. A hypothesis I've come up with is that the dragon migration from 'Dragon Quest' is a thing for winged dragons only, but since Spike never knew what being a dragon really was, his wonderings and curiosity led him to travel by foot and ended up with him being a part of the migration. That migration might be one of the dragon rituals that make any dragon "worthy" of the Dragon Lord's summoning and so, even though Spike didn't even have the body to really compete for the bloodstone scepter, he had been already proved worthy of the Dragon Lord's calling. So... What do you think about this? Do you have any other hypothesis about it? Why do you think Smolder was not summoned? (In universe explanation). What do you think about molts and their meaning in dragon society? I'll be glad to read your thoughts on this matter. Cheers.
  6. I guess this is a mix of character description and storytelling. I kind of found myself in a mood the other night and just typed away and this is the result. Had the idea for a good while now but hadn't really expanded on it yet. Still a work in progress, feel free to offer suggestions, ask questions regarding what's written, along with past and future events regarding the character. Warning, some parts graphic. Vernarbt Invictus, it means Scarred but Undefeated. The first part is German, the second is Latin. He's a general within a primarily batpony nation called Abendstern. They've had roughly a hundred years of peace so to provide experience for new recruits, every few years a dragon hunt is held. They keep a look out for any that venture near and then lure/drive them into a massive pit where they keep it pinned down with artillery and airships. Soldiers dig themselves into place and wear the beast down until they can close in and deliver the killing blow. Vernarbt has participated in three hunts. The first one he spent nearly a week stuck in a trench. While the dragon was focused on another section of the pit he arranged to move ahead with a cannon. they got dangerously close and covered the camouflaged the cannon as best they could. The dragon grew restless from the constant harassment and paced all around the pit, preventing large advancements from sneaking behind it. When it came into position, Vernarbt ordered them to fire a volley, which grabbed the dragon's attention. It charged towards them and the cannon was shot point blank through it's eye. It slammed to a stop and reared back in pain, only to fall dead seconds later. Vernarbt climbed onto the it's head and shouted victory with his sword held aloft. He instantly became the poster child for the nation's military. Most stallion's had their fill after a hunt, but when another dragon was cited a few years later, he requested to participate once again. His superiors were all for this as it was great for propaganda. This time he organized for several cannons to close in on the dragon till it was pinned against the side of the pit. From there they would concentrate their firepower and bring it down swiftly. The dragon managed to take out one of the artillery crews, creating a gap in his line. Vernarbt acted swiftly and flew over with a few soldiers to fill the gap before the dragon saw the chance to break through. Noticing the lack of firing from that direction, the dragon charged to escape. Vernarbt knew his strategy put more soldiers at risk than the last time, so he assigned a Unicorn mage to every Unit so they could cast a shield that would keep them safe from fire. The shield was up and the cannon was ready, however one couldn't fire the cannon while being inside the shield completely, as the recoil caused too much of a disturbance. With his front half outside of the shield, he held the firing cord taut in his mouth. When the dragon was directly ahead he pulled the cord and as expected the dragon breathed a mass of flames upon them. The shield was slightly off from where it needed to be and so when Vernarbt had pulled back, his snout still stuck out of the shield. Enveloped by the flames, his exposed fur and the flesh beneath it were burned, and he fell back in agony. The dragon was hit squarely in the chest and although this did not kill it, the blow was enough to make it turn back, preventing it from escaping. It was then bombarded by the other cannons and died. Vernarbt was unable to celebrate his victory, for he was in need of immediate medical attention. He would survive the injury, but he would be left with a fair portion of his skull exposed, along with losing most of his ability to smell and having a severe speech impediment. He was seen as both a hero and an excellent tactician, however his disfigurement repulsed many of the upper class, and his injury made it questionable as to whether or not he could continue to serve in the field. In public he'd travel with a face cover which kept things like smoke and dust away while making him presentable, and he'd adorn the many medals he'd now been awarded as a reminder to others that he was defined by his accomplishments. He'd go on to partake in a third hunt, this time in command of an airship coordinated with a fleet to drive the dragon into the pit. He provided instruction for soldiers below to carry out his previous strategy. The dragon however would manage to outmaneuver most of the artillery units or destroy them. It's wings were completely useless so it attempted escape by climbing up the wall. Digging into the barren rock and earth it caused an upper ledge to collapse, along with the soldiers and heavier guns that were on it. It climbed closer to freedom than any other dragon had in decades, but it could not account for Vernarbt Invictus. It reached the top only to be fired upon by his airship. Losing it's footing, the dragon fell back on a jagged rock that once made up part of the ledge. The landing resulted in the rock not only severing the dragon's spine but it drove though it's body and out the otherside. The Pit fell silent for a moment, then a satisfied Vernarbt exited his airship to inspect his work. The soldiers below looked up in astonishment at the lone stallion above and began cheering. The only thing making this moment imperfect for him was his inability to actually smile with pride. Having secured himself glory and respect from superiors, he was made general and assigned with planning strategies against Abendstern’s Neighbors should war ever break out. He now lives on a small estate with a specialized caretaker, away from any of the major cities to avoid the pollution and to enjoy the peace and quiet. The estate is situated near ideal grounds for training exercises which he oversees on occasion. It’s been years since the last hunt. More than usual. Other methods are being developed to ready new recruits, but he knows that one day another dragon will be sighted, and he’s looking forward to it. Although these dragon hunts may be seen as cruel, particularly for their longevity and with more focus on their sentience recently in the series, it should be noted that this idea was concocted ages ago, and that with such a long stretch of peace it’s deemed necessary in maintaining the quality of the nation’s military, and that a more traditional view of dragon’s is held. The corpses also serve a purpose, as large dragon scales could be used as hoof held shields, or more commonly cut and fitted as pieces of light armor. The Skin beneath but more so the prized wing membrane would be blackened and tanned to leather for making highly durable and fire resistant trenchcoats which would be awarded to those who went above and beyond the call of duty in the pit. The dragon’s intestines were notably used in making the airsacs within airships, and were both a better performing and cheaper material than what could be made synthetically at the time.
  7. Anonymous Old User Who Has Left

    Any good human-to-dragon transformation fanfics?

    Hi everypony, I was just going over my DA favorites dragon art folder and wondered: are there some good (good meaning well-written and popular) fanfics featuring humans transforming into dragons? (They can be MLP or non-MLP. Cuss-filled fanfics are fine, just no NSFW stuff. ) I've seen a few on DA and Fanfiction but there are so many out there in the wide wide internet it's hard to find a good one. I'm looking into this because I want to write a human-dragon transformation novel (non-MLP) myself. Thanks for taking your time to read this and I look forward to your replies.
  8. heavens-champion

    What would you do if you saw a dragon?

    What would you do if you saw a dragon?
  9. BlinkZ

    Dragon and magic?

    So was watching the season 6 finale and watched Spike fall through the clouds and that go me thinking if Dragon even have magic. We never seen Dragons walk on clouds before, so ti possible they don't have that ability like griffons or the like have. So far we just seen the dragon summoning and Scepter. I suppose the dragon greed is magical but we only seen that once and none of the other dragons seem t have this greed issue. Even that green one had a horde but wasn't mindless
  10. I've recently played Angels With Scaly Wings and I absolutely love it. So I thought why don't I mix to amazing things together, mlp, and awsw so to all the awsw fans here is the place to talk about it
  11. Seriously, after fighting villains like Tirek, dragons shouldn't frighten the heroes that much, right. Oh, sure, they breathe fire, but Tirek? He stole all of the magic in Equestria until he had enough power to lay waste to everything in his way. Dragons are pussycats compared to a fully powered Tirek.
  12. Hi my name is Red Leaf and this is how I got my cuti mark It was more of a fun accident then anything else with one of my experiments with my best friend Draculs help, oh that right I'm a crystal unicorn with a green coat and a red main my looks don't bother me too much I mean hearts and hoofs day other ponies make holiday joke around me but honestly magic is more important to me then looks. My best friend is a dragon, no hes not dangerous or anything like that his wings haven't grown out yet but honestly it dose not matter to me just don't make fin of that fact. Then again if your trying to pick a fight with a dragon no pony would feel sorry for you, all tho I do feel sorry for him. He was born with pink scales along with red hair and horns that curved forward like a rams. I don't know much about dragons but the pink scales makes him a target for bullys. Then again im a walking talking hearts and hoofs tree. Its actualy how me and him met but that's another story, he tells it better too. "leaf you really don't leave your shed often do you?" the dragon asked as I led him to the shack my uncle lets me use for my magical experiments. "come on Drac you make me sound like a hermit" I said opening the door to the shed. Now in the shed I have a lot of experiments laid about my proudest is a pool I was working on at the time. At that time it was more of a giant tub I found and essentially stretched out with my uncles help. "Ive seen this before Leaf" Dracul said board "yes but have you seen this" I say bringing out a crystal my uncle Chirob let me use, Dracules eyes grew surprised at it" the crystal I held up with my magic was a bright blue one. Large enough to be a cake found at the sugar cube corner "where did your uncle find this?" he asked holding it in his claws "he won it in a game of dice I cant believe he let me use it for this experiment this is going to be fun!" I said hopping up and down a bit "how did you convince him to let you?" Dracule asked "well I spent the week reorganizing his entire library I found a book on replenishing magic and after looking over it I came up with an idea" I explained Dracule still had his raised eyebrow at me "if this is about you learning to breath fire ive told you dad wont let me ask for that from Zeccora" Dracule said still skeptical "oh I gave up on that idea cant read that zebras hoof writing yet" I say taking the crystal from him setting it in the tub. "ok so what's are we doing with this crystal?" he asked "we are going to use it to make the first magical pool!" I said Dracule blinked again at that "oh come on!" he said "what?" "we are going to melt it?!" "well more explode it what's wrong" I asked "its so big, and shiny....looks really yummy tooo!" my friend wined looking at it "my uncle has 9 more Drac don't worry" I said That brightened...a bit "still..its so shiny..." I roll my eye forgetting dragons love for jems "look Dracule ill ask my uncle more about where he got them, besides I know you've been breathing fire when we spare" I joke Dracule puffed his chest at that "well I cant let your magic beat mine" he said "tell you what a cream soda says I can blow that up better then you can" I said knowing Dracule is better at challenges then me but its still fun to do magic duals every now and then. "oh your so on!" he said taking a stance outside the tube "now we just need to combine our magic your dragon fire with mine and we should be abele to make this pool help regenerate both of our magic's if we poor all we got into this" I say getting at an good an position to focus on the crystal. The crystal now on a stand in the giant tub I positioned my legs looking at Dracul who did the same thing I breathed out focusing on the crystal ahead of me "3" I began feeling the magical energy fill my horn up I bowed my head focusing on the crystal letting the power fill me up "2" he said breathing out a small ball of fire "1!" we both said and at the same time I relaxed my magical energy in a controlled beam at the large crystal as he bathed it in his fire breath. As the two beams collided into each other. I could feel the heat from his fire but at the same time I could also see the crystal somehow getting brighter. I had to close my eye but still imagine it with my magical beam going at it. I couldn't tell how long the two beams had collided for I do know hearing an explosion then black. When I came too I found myself surrounded by a oddly warm blanket ok it felt like a blanket but as I saw my surroundings it found out that "Red leaf your a genies it worked!" dracule said As I look around I see the tube was filled with a purple liquid but didn't feel like one, the liquid was soft like a blanket but light enough to almost be mistaken for smoke. "so is that was the explosion?" I asked "I think so I feel like I breath for days!" the dragon said jumping a bit and unleashing a small ball of ember and beginning to juggle with it "this is awesome!" he said playing with his fire more I get up feeling like I just got done napping "I feel like I just got done sleeping" I said with a stretch Dracule stopped playing with the fire "hey um leaf you got a...um" he said "what any side effects?" I asked "well...uh...I don't know much about but tattoos but I think you got one" he said "but tattoos why would a pool give" I pause looking at my flank and their on their was my cutie mark! "I got a cuti mark!" I said jumping up and down The mark was a blue diamond with 4 curves or waves coming out of the tips of it that was red. "Its so cool!" I said jumping up and down Dracule shrugged "so?" I stop my jumping "sorry drac but having a cuti mark is kind of like breathing fire for the first time for you" I tried to explain Dracule laughed "so pony's also burn their dads mane off?!" "wait what, I don't see a batpony without a mane" I say almost laughing "that because the only one you probably know is dad" "ya, but after you burnt your dads mane there was a party right?" I asked "once he got back from Zeccoras ya" Dracule said "Same thing! im going to get my uncle thanks for helping drac come on!" I said to give my uncle the good news The end
  13. Good evening everypony, and welcome back to another edition of "Batbrony Reviews"! Wooh, goodness gracious me was this episode a breath of fresh air! Now, do not get me wrong, this whole season has been incredibly exceptional, but sometimes you need a break from the incredible. What exactly do I mean? Well... to be blunt, the last five episodes have ranged from very exceptional (in "Not Asking for Trouble" and "Discordant Harmony") to divisive for very good reason (in "Fame and Misfortune") to among the most amazing showings that MLP has ever had to offer (in "A Royal Problem" and "The Perfect Pear", my new personal favorite in the entire show). I don't think we've had stretches of awesome this consistent in a season since Season 2, and I kind of forgot how exhausting that can be sometimes. Make no mistake, I have adored every minute of Season 7 (with the exception of the unfathomable awful that was "Hard to Say Anything"), but the show can't be amazing every week, and sometimes we just need a break with a really solid, flat out good episode that is very Slice of Life in nature. Although it features two very unusual main characters we've rarely seen on the show, I fully believe that "Triple Threat" is exactly that, a solid Slice of Life offering that was just, all around, good. That's it, just good, and it's fine being just that. This shouldn't be a terribly long review at all, so without further ado, let's dive right in. This is "Triple Threat"! WOOOOOOOOOOOO, SUPERHERO LANDING!!! So, curiously enough, this was our first Spike-centric episode of the season. How does it hold up as far as Spike episodes go? Eh, alright. I've seen Spike written far worse in the past, but some of his character here did feel a touch OOC, even if the reasons for his behavior were understandable. Spike had a ton of responsibilities to juggle here, starting with (1) welcoming Ember to Ponyville, (2) welcoming Thorax to Ponyville after he realized he'd invited him there on the same day, and (3) solving a friendship problem that arose in the middle of their visits. Between playing ambassador to two visiting leaders of their respective people as well as solving a friendship problem which was unknown to him, Spike certainly had plenty to juggle. My beef with how he was written, though, was that about halfway through the episode, when he learned he had a friendship problem to solve, he seemed to (1) not consider at all that it might have something to do with Ember and Thorax and (2) forget altogether that the visiting monarchs should probably take precedence over the friendship problem. Granted, I get what he was doing: from the start of the episode he was trying to keep everything organized in a manner he'd learned from Twilight, by keeping plenty of lists, but that all went to shit when Thorax showed up and sent Spike into a panic. He probably figured he'd have all the time in the world to GIVE to Ember and Thorax once he solved the friendship problem. The problem is that he kept going out of his way to avoid Ember and Thorax in the course of trying to solve really simple "friendship" problems that were really just little disputes or spats, which seemed a bit off for Spike, even a really panicky one. Dude's been around long enough to know how to properly prioritize what is and isn't most important to address. The episode redeemed how it treated Spike a tad in my eyes at the end when it turned out that not only was he the one who created the friendship problem in the first place (which I thought was really clever), but the one who needed to learn a lesson as well (though I have no idea why that means he was the one who was glowing, and not Ember or Thorax considering they were the ones who solved the problem), but still, he was a bit frustrating at times. That said, the state of panic he was in the whole time was pretty hilarious (especially his "you've gotta be shitting me!" face when the friendship map summoned him), and Starlight's own schadenfreude-like amusement directed toward Spike at one point very much summed up the amusement I myself got from how everything was working out for him. Hardly the worst Spike episode ever, but not exactly a great or even good one, at least not for Spike. The best part of the episode has got to be, hands down, Ember and Thorax (arguably the true main characters of the episode as well). This was Thorax's first truly regular appearance, if we're being honest, since his debut episode; he was a largely supporting player in the Season 6 finale (mostly there because the plot demanded it, even if he was perfectly fine), and he barely had anything to do at all in the Season 7 opener. Here, he had an actual problem that needed resolving (which may even come up again later in the season if the episode title of Episode 17, "To Change a Changeling," is anything to go by), and even better it was tied to his role as leader of the new, reformed changeling pack (as an aside, I do find it a bit odd that they're not calling it a changeling hive anymore, but rather a pack, but whatever, doesn't bug me too much). Awwwwww yeah, cute deer bug pony loves da fire, he loves it so, so much! Ember too, in her first appearance since her debut, was just as pleasing to see. Like Thorax, she had a leadership problem that needed resolving as well, tied into her own people, the dragons. There were two things that worked especially well with these two. One was that they brought back the most endearing qualities the two characters had last time: Thorax was the same old adorable softie/deer bug pony he's always been, happy to share in as much love as he possibly can, and Ember was once again the most tsundere character the show's ever had, and on top of that she also had a ton of hilarious and adorable cultural misunderstandings going on with the ponies (the best being her eating Twilight's dining room - literally - and destroying Derpy's poor muffin in a misguided attempt to display friendship, both of which were just the best of a ton of hilarious cultural missteps in her interactions with the ponies). OK seriously, they could not make this deer bug pony more adorable if they tried! Though I do have to ask... how long, exactly, is his bucking neck??? The other was that these two worked out their own issues themselves, or rather, with each other! Yeah, in a bucking awesome turn from the show's usual formula of having either (1) the Mane 6, (2) Spike, (3) the CMC, or (4) Starlight Glimmer solve some kind of friendship problem, two supporting characters solved their own problems simply by talking and interacting with each other. In fact, they were both quite well suited for helping the other; Ember knew that Thorax needed simply to be taught how to be a more assertive leader and what he needed to learn to do so, while Thorax knew how to teach Ember to be more open about her feelings with others. Hell, they probably bonded quite easily since they were both leaders; they wanted Spike's help first and foremost, but frankly, it makes sense that that might be a bit much for the little guy. As much as he's gone through, he's still a baby dragon, and while his heart may be in the right place, I wouldn't say he's a leader, at least not yet. Frankly, Ember and Thorax were just better suited for teaching the other what they needed to learn, and when they finally did, they had a great dynamic together. I loved that once they realized what misunderstandings had just happened that they both started acting like the adults in the room, like everypony else was acting ridiculous (frankly, their being kept apart can't just be put on Spike considering Twilight and Starlight thought it was the best move too). Overall, loved these two here, and would honestly love to see more of them going forward. D'awwwwww, deer bug pony just can't get comfortable! Ember literally eating Twilight's castle is far cuter than it has any right to be... Besides these two main elements, the rest of Ponyville (as should be the case in any good slice of life episode in this show) was pretty much a character in and of itself, including in Twilight and Starlight (although they were supporting characters, they barely contributed to the resolution at all, so really most of what they did was initiate plot direction and gags throughout the episode). For their parts, Twilight and Starlight were pretty hilarious as they haplessly tried to keep Ember and Thorax apart (though while I understood why Ember was more interested in seeing Spike than those two since they're both dragons, I was a bit confused why Thorax wanted to see Spike more - he may be closer friends with Spike than the others, but friendship isn't an issue with him and I would think he'd know he should take his issue to another leader, not Spike of all ponies or dragons). Their funniest bit was easily when Ember bluntly pointed out how similar they look and even behave, a joke which both felt like it was poking fun at the "all you (blanks) look the same" line applied in a number of racial jokes as well as a tad meta even, considering many fans have drawn parallels between Twilight and Starlight, and they are quite undeniable considering they are teacher and student after all. The background ponies had a ton of bits in the episode, possibly their most this season; Lyra and Bon Bon got into an argument that Spike helped resolve, there were cute and funny bits with Ponyville residents all over the place as part of the celebrations for Ember's arrival (I loved that they were all very receptive of both Ember and Thorax, though they were understandably terrified of some of Ember's more aggressive displays, intentional or accidental), some background ponies argued over a chair for some reason (WAY more aggressively than they needed to), and of course, poor Derpy's muffin meeting its untimely demise against a wall on account of Ember... rather than of course meeting its demise, as it should have, in Derpy's belly. And overall it was just a lot of fun seeing two characters like Ember and Thorax just a bit out of their element in a town like Ponyville, but the rest of the town still going about its business as usual; frankly, a dragon lord and a changeling pack leader are probably hardly the strangest things these ponies have seen by this point. "You ponies all look the same." DAT'S RACIST, EMBER!!! All in all, like I said, this was just a good episode. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad, it was good. The lesson that Spike should have just told Ember and Thorax about each other right away, rather than simply assumed they wouldn't get along, is a VERY standard lesson (made only clever in the sense that Spike was the one who had to learn the lesson, rather than teach anything), though it did set up a delightful joke about how ponies are always just telling each other what friendship lessons they've learned (once again, another fun bit of meta humor). But as I said before, I'm perfectly OK with this episode just being good. I don't need every episode to blow my socks off, otherwise they wouldn't be special to begin with. And hell, I don't even need most episodes to be very exceptional, or at least so bad or divisive that everybody is talking about them. GOOD episodes, just solidly good, are the bread and butter of this show, and we need bread and butter for sustenance as much as we need the delightful decadence that are treats like "The Perfect Pear." The fact that this show's "good" is far more delightful than the average of most other animated shows of a similar nature is a credit to the high level of quality we've come to expect from MLP by this point. So yeah, overall, I very much enjoyed this episode for what it was, and that it didn't pretend in the slightest to be anything that it wasn't, and rather embraced being exactly what it was: a GOOD episode of MLP. That's all I've got for ya this week, everypony, until next time this is Batbrony signing off. I'm off!!! *cue dramatic exit* That "I just watched a good episode of MLP" feeling...
  14. Hello there! So, I run this MLP Webcomic, where it is about a young inexperienced Dragon, who does not know what he is doing. He is trying to help gain allies with the ponies, while his own homelands are under attack! However, Pony Politics is not as easy, is it seems. So the young and inexperienced ambassador, has to learn the hard way as to how pony politics work. I am the story Writer/MOD and my friend "The Professor" is the one who draws the strips. Will the Ambassador Gain the ponies as Allies? Will he make a fool of himself? Let's Find out! Link to the web comic in Story Order: http://ask-rye-dimar-dragon.tumblr.com/tagged/Chapter1/chrono Link to Front page: http://ask-rye-dimar-dragon.tumblr.com/ Below you will see a handful of panels from the web-comic and sending in questions or statements via Tumblr, does help influence the story. Come on down and help the Ambassador!
  15. ranul

    ponyless episode

    How do you think you would react if they did an episode without any ponies.
  16. sweetolebob18

    Dragon size & intelligence

    Spike and Ember seem to be the only 2 non adult dragons with a 3 digit IQ. They are both also pretty small. Is there a connection? Does a dragon growth spurt hurt their intelligence?
  17. FlareGun45

    Equestria's Allies

    Back in season 5, Equestria became allies with the griffons (The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone), and yaks (Party Pooped); and now in season 6, Equestria became allies with the dragons (Gauntlet of Fire), and changelings (To Where and Back Again). I know this is talked about time and time again, but does anyone think this all means something? You think we might get some big battle in season 7 when enemies are going to trying to take over Equestria, and they have to rely on their allies for help?
  18. What songs and music are fitting for dragons?
  19. SoulfulSerenade

    Gaming Does Anyone Play Flight Rising?

    Does anyone else play the game Flight Rising? What is Flight Rising? Flight Rising is a browser-based game based around breeding, battling, and raising a clan of customized dragons. The site does not currently have full-time open registration due to the servers being unable to process large loads, however registration windows are opened every few months to give new players a chance to join while the site is being worked on. The most recent window ended at 05:30 server time on Friday, June 3rd. The Flight Rising server runs on Pacific Standard Time and when daylight savings time is in effect it instead runs on Pacific Daylight Time. It's really fun! It has a large community and a forum, the sites a little crazy at times but it's all a fun laugh! Also Flight Rising have 11 "flights" to choose from for dominance, they are based off elements barring two which i'll talk about Arcane(Magic basically) Earth Fire Ice Light Lightning Nature Plague(Spreading Illness and infecting everything in sight) Shadow Water Wind Recently we had a colourwheel expansion, Gene additions and a joining window! Right now were are celebrating the Light Flight in their festival called BrightShine Jubilee, the festivals bring all the flights together to celebrate one flight for a week monthly, next month is the Lighting festival Thundercrack Carnivale! With these festivals the staff gives us a familiar (like a pet for your dragon) clothing and this festival a vista which makes your user post pretty! and tons of user generated skins for finding and buying, along with raffles, shops(which do run year round') and much more! I've been on the site for a few months~ and it is soooo much fun! my IGN name is SingingBirdy if you play and wanna add me! Got questions? Ask me about it!
  20. Henny Penny Benny

    What Is Up with Dragons?

    What exactly is going on with dragons in the FIM universe? First, how do dragons age and grow? Are their aging and growing even concurrent with each other? As we saw in Secret of My Excess, dragons can grow significantly in size simply by amassing hoards of stuff, so growth doesn't seem to necessarily have anything to do with age. Dragons do seem to live for a long time, though, as the dragon from Dragonshy was about to take a hundred-year nap. I suppose it would make some sense if dragons grow exclusively by hoarding. Spike grew so quickly because he's surrounded only by ponies, who can't do a whole lot to stop him, but in the Dragon Lands, it would be much, much harder for dragons to amass sizable hoards, what with all the other dragons stealing from them to grow their own hoards. But does that mean that dragons don't grow in size due to age whatsoever? Do they even age at all? Second, where the balls were all the dragons during Gauntlet of Fire???? There appeared to be dozens, if not hundreds, of full-grown, enormous dragons taking part in the dragon migration, but the only dragons who answered the Dragon Lord's summons were "teenage" dragons, and not even all that many of them. So what happened to all the dragons? Do they live somewhere other than Equestria? After all, the Dragon Lord did address the "dragons of Equestria," not all dragons necessarily. Does the Dragon Lord only have authority over Equestrian dragons? Was there some catastrophic event that wiped out most of the dragons? Did Tirek, perhaps, destroy them in the brief time he held all the magical power? Are the full-grown dragons simply too lazy to answer the summons? Were they napping? Did they just not want to leave their hoards? What's going on??
  21. Cwanky

    Spoiler Dragon Code 2.0

    Back in Season 3, the notion of a Dragon Code was brought up by Spike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOYF2DWit-8 Pretty intense stuff. But at the time, it was safe to assume the Dragon Code was Spike's way of understanding and expressing his identity as a dragon. Now however with Gauntlet of Fire, we the Dragon Code isn't a code of conduct limited to Spike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU0KOjVNQno Dragon Lord Torch, the ruler over all Dragons, at least in Equestria, is undoubtedly well-respected and powerful, perhaps strong enough to go head on with Celestia and Tirek. Despite his power, status, and seeming ruthlessness however, Lord Torch willingly steps down from his throne in accordance with the Dragon Law. Now it may be argued that Lord Torch is an aging dragon, and he would not have been able to retain his throne had he chose not to step down. However, Lord Torch makes every indication that but for the law, he could still retain his throne, even if it meant fighting other dragons to do so. Thankfully, we don't see that. We also see here however that dragons do indeed adhere to not just a rule of law, but a code of honor. Again Lord Torch, albeit at Princess Ember's behest in part, allows Spike to leave, even when he very well could have forced him to compete or as he puts it "squish him with his pinkie claw." For Princess Ember's credit as well, she stood up for Spike when she neither knew him nor had any obligation to help him. For his help collaborating with Ember to win the Gauntlet, she in turn saves Spike against Garble, even when she could have very well went for the Bloodstone Scepter and claimed the title of Dragon Lord. Of course we also see spike's heroism and honor when he willingly jeopardizes his own life to protect his friends and homeland and rescue Ember and aid her several times, even despite her betrayal. And of course at the end, even Garble willingly bows to Spike recognizing him as a Dragon Lord, despite his smaller stature, along with the other dragons. Even Lord Torch, who still initially disagrees with the outcome, comes to respect and honor his daughter's wish. Perhaps the bigger point here is the Dragon Code itself is a key aspect of dragon culture, much as friendship and harmony is for ponies. Dragons certainly aren't as violent and uncivilized as we nor the likes of Rarity assume they are. Everyone from the biggest baddest like Lord Torch to a punk like Garble, seem willing or at least obligated to adhere to a Dragon Code. Gauntlet of Fire not only helped developed Spike, it provided a huge revelation about dragons, and showed that contrary to the notion, they can be quite formidable, yet noble and proud creatures.
  22. Back in 2014 I made a thread called "Spike needs a dragon friend." At the time he was getting really abused by the writing and it was kind of hard to watch really. He's been fodder for slapstick and been the butt of jokes all the way back to season one episode one. However he has been finally been getting some traction in recent seasons and seems to be making a really strong showing in season Six with his solid performance in the season premier and now he's starred in probably the best Spike episode to date. Plus, just like I asked back in 2014, he finally gained a friend (and a potential love interest) in Ember, the dragon Princess turned dragon lord. So what does this bode for Spike and the dragons in the future? Ember has the scepter and is his friend, so you know that he has the dragons on his side at least from that angle. Is she going to make him glow and call him over for things in the future like the other Dragon Lord did? Does this basically mean he could be called for his own Episodes with Ember just like the cutie map can call any of the mane six? It would be interesting to see if they work that angle more. On a side note: My 2014 self is having quite the track record this season
  23. http://affiliate.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCProgram.do?sId=EP01330416&t=My+Little+Pony%3A+Friendship+Is+Magic&method=getEpisodesForShow&desc=on On Your Marks Now that they've finally received their cutie marks, the Cutie Mark Crusaders struggle with the question of what's next; the friends do not all agree on how to embrace their destinies. Gauntlet of Fire In order to save his friends, Spike is forced to compete in a perilous Gauntlet for the title of Dragon Lord. What are your thought on these. The CMC one sounds very nice and it's a great continuity of where we left off from the time, where they got their cutie marks. Looks promising. When it comes to the Spike Episode, i admit it looks nice and the title is even a little reference, to my favorite Harry Potter Book "Goblet of Fire." But i expect so little out of a Spike Episode. Could probably be a rehash of Power Ponies and that would be enough for me, to be honest.
  24. okay, so my friends really wanted me to share these drawings i made a couple of days ago, and here they are. this is my first dragon i drawn, and literally my first dragon drawing in my life .-. this is a head i made for practicing because i don't think the previous one was too good and this is just a thing i did in 20 free minutes i had a school because i was bored don't know why my friend wanted me to share these... i don't find them that much good... hope u guys like them here is also my deviantart if someon want to have a look... http://xxenocage.deviantart.com/
  25. TrueSight

    Flight Rising

    Hey. Just thought I'd caste a line out and see if anyone is also a member of Flight Rising? I'm looking for more friends on that site. Thanks