Fluttershy must overcome her fears to stop a dragon from filling Ponyville with smoke.Fluttershy must overcome her fears to stop a dragon from filling Ponyville with smoke.Fluttershy must overcome her fears to stop a dragon from filling Ponyville with smoke.
I know that sounds extreme but it was sort of the straw that broke the camel's back.
The fact that the mane 6 are sent to deal with the Dragon instead of some specialized task force is the least of the episode's worries. They completely gloss over the conscription by royal decree in an otherwise fairly progressive show build up what is admittedly an agreeable momentum the group try to reach the summit (including the now famous consecutive tic-tac-toe losses on Rarity's part).
I was optimistic about the episode because I liked how Fluttershy represented the less assertive heroin and how you can be passive as well admirable. Seeing her cower before danger was refreshing because until then she sort of felt like a Mary Sue; a bit too perfect, you know?
But then the climax...this started a trend in the Flutter-centric episodes in which the conflict resolved basically just by her acting out of character.
Without ruining it: the resolve to this episode is perhaps the most lazily written, sanctimonious, condescending and just down right smug solutions perhaps any show its type.
Supremely below the show's usual high standard.
- Aug 27, 2020