So hey! New episode time!
So wow, THIS was quite a bit different than I expected.
Here it looked like they were going to get sucked into a book or something, but as it turns out...
Daring Doo is a REAL pony, and A K Yearling is her pseudonym.
...I was expecting subtler... but I can't deny... that's pretty cool :-)
Kinda like how Indiana Jones has his day-job as an archaeology teacher. Oh, and speaking of, great visual gag referencing the Indiana Jones "long distance travel map line dotting its way as they go" thing.
The episode felt a touch... shorter than normal. Probably my imagination.
Still, interesting to see just how Rainbow behaved upon realizing her fictional icon was a real pegasus.
Naturally those moments were... cringeworthy... as she constantly interrupts Daring when she needs to focus, can't help fangirling whenever she's struck by a moment of weakness... which is always.
Which leads to the always terrifying idea of... what if you met your idol, and they found you skull-crushingly annoying?
Well, all the same, this episode had a lot of violence in it. Whether it was Daring beating the hell out of thugs or Rainbow constantly punching herself in the face to not lose her cool, there was a lot of bruising to be had here.
One thing I'll note is how unrealistically useless most of the M6 were when the time came, till the end obviously. They just sit and watch, transfixed by Daring kicking all kinds of ass, and then when she clearly needs help, none of them find the presence of mind to block the guy's escape as he sits there monologuing with his back to the door.
To be fair, Fluttershy brings them out of their stupor, and they go, "oh right, this is a thing that is happening; we should probably DO something..."
What struck me was how how gung-ho Twilight was to argue that they NOT help Daring, Princess as she is, showing no sense of responsibility in stopping a ritual that would bring doom to the world, whether she was suited to the task or not. Look Twi, there's delegating, and then there's doing nothing. You're doing NOTHING.
I did like how she and Rainbow argued by slinging insider Daring Doo facts at each other, sounding like a pair of Trekkies debating Klingon politics.
I wish they'd made a note when Rainbow was sneaking around with Daring of just how... impossibly adverse Rainbow Dash is to camouflage. Just a line like, "I could be holding lit sparklers between my feathers and be less visible than getting tailed by you!"
Also, gotta say, though they addressed how low Dash placed herself in the presence of her hero, I was kinda disappointed in how easily she got nabbed by Ahuizotl. Probably just fanon, but I don't see much excuse for her not being able to tapdance on that phallic-headed motherfucker.
Thankfully she gets to have her hero moment and play even with Daring, (I especially like how Applejack addresses Ahuizotl by completely forgetting how to pronounce his name) and the others do great to keep the henchies busy.
All in all, a fun little episode, and definitely noteworthy. Maybe a little less than expected... hmm... I'll be interested to see the critical response.
Also, than one face Rainbow made... holy shit...
Harry intentionally used the occlumantic link to see Voldemort's thoughts. He was flicking lit matches at Lucius Malfoy.
"Your pain bores me," said Darth Nonose. "Go fetch Severus. I have some death for him."
Wazit_Blade: "Gah! J-Dude just invaded the thread!"