Rainbow Dash tries to keep Winter from coming, after she realizes that Tank must sleep for the entire season.Rainbow Dash tries to keep Winter from coming, after she realizes that Tank must sleep for the entire season.Rainbow Dash tries to keep Winter from coming, after she realizes that Tank must sleep for the entire season.
Season 5's fifth episode "Tanks for the Memories" is another good and interesting episode, there are better episodes of the show and the previous four of the season are quite a bit better. While the characterisation of Rainbow Dash may leave, and has left fans divided (some fans liked her sympathetic side while others found her out of character and like her development had gone backwards, can see both sides here), there is a lot to "Tanks for the Memories" that works really well indeed.
One has seen characters being inconsistently characterised throughout the show and in the same season, like Pinkie Pie for instance being a joy in some episodes and then grating in others, but it's not a regular occurance for the characterisation for one character to be inconsistent in the same episode. That was the case with Rainbow Dash, for me seeing her softer side and her want to help was great and she was endearing in parts but there were other parts where she could have been a lot more accepting and less arrogant.
"Tanks for the Memories" did feel a little like a Season 2 episode somewhat at times, considering that Rainbow Dash and Tank (introduced in "May the Best Pet Win") was not an often explored dynamic between mid-Season 2 and early-Season 5 and then it is majorly focused upon quite suddenly without referring to much in between it was like no time had passed at all. It would have fitted beautifully within Season 2, in Season 5 while it was actually still well done in its own way on its own terms compared to the rest of the season it felt a little out of place. At times the episode, such as in the early portions, felt a bit padded.
Conversely, Rainbow Dash makes her most bittersweet appearance up to this point of the show which was handled sensitively, her softer side also touching. The chemistry between her and Tank, a relatable character here despite not being explored very much as a character in previous episodes, likewise. The humour is both cute and funny, and doesn't come over as corny or overdone. The weather terms conflict did amuse. There are moments that are poignant, especially in "I'll Fly".
In "Tanks for the Memories", the rest of the ponies have fleeting appearances but even then their personalities are still distinct and individual from each other, each of them too shine in their own way. The animation is great and often beautiful, especially in "I'll Fly" and the immersive world-building, which also stands out here for how much is learnt and in a way that intrigues. The music fits the action and emotions very well, with "I'll Fly" being very heartfelt. The voice acting is very good, Ashleigh Ball's being very nuanced and deeply felt.
All in all, didn't blow me away but well done. 7/10
- Nov 30, 2020