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* AbortedArc[=/=]TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: A lot of the questions that Spike goes on his quest to answer are ignored. Sure, he decides that some of them aren't important, but it still would be interesting to explore.
** In the case of WorldBuilding, this episode didn't tell us the point of the migration and finding out that the dragon life cycle has a teenager phase didn't anything.
** So, you like the idea of Spike adopting Peewee and keeping him as a pet? [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Too bad!]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** To the dragon species as a whole.
*** One can easy see the teen dragons as {{jerkass}} and the adults as uncaring of the situation of what they do, but it could be seen as [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy a dragon's way of life]]. With the teens not being mean to Spike but toughening him up. In real life, most reptiles have little involvement in child-rearing. On the other hoof, Spike may have just chosen the bad crowd when it came to dragons and the teens are just sadistic bullies.
*** Since phoenixes are immortal, smashing their eggs may be a way to keep their population in check.
*** Did the dragons accept Spike into their gang because they respect him or did they want to use him as bait for the phoenixes and not give a flying feather on what happened to him?
* DudeNotFunny!: Fluttershy kicking Rainbow Dash in the ribs.
* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkdragon]]: Crackle, memetic character from before the episode was aired.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The teenagers think that anything that has to do with ponies is sissy and girly. [[PeripheryDemographic Hmm, how ironic.]]
** The ColdOpening has Rainbow Dash and Twilight try to convince Fluttershy to conquer her fears to join in on a group activity. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Guess what was the plot for the very next episode]].
* MemeticMutation:
** The shot of Rainbow Dash holding a photo to Fluttershy has become visual exploitable. Same with Garble reading the letter from Princess Celestia that Spike belched up.
** Some people assume that Crackle is the dragon version of [[MemeticBystander Derpy]].
*** [[{{Snowclone}} Crackle is best dragon.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: The teenage dragons were already giant {{Jerkass}}es, [[spoiler:but they definitely cross that line during their Dragon Raid. They were willing to attack and eat a bunch of chicks and then urging Spike to smash the left over phoenix egg]].
* OneSceneWonder:
** Crackle, who had fan art before the episode aired (due to being shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTq2fUs-_c the second preview clip]]).
** Spike's pet Phoenix, Peewee, was an instant hit with fan art trickling in less than an hour after his debut.
* UglyCute: Crackle, the only dragon named in the show, looks so terrible that it is adorable.
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%%* UnfortunateImplications:
%%-->Spike: I'm not like other Dragons.
%%-->Pinkie Pie: Not even close!
%%-->Applejack: But why would you want to?
%%** Spike kidnaps Peewee from his parents in the end. This received enough of a negative response that the next season features an AuthorsSavingThrow, showing he later did the right thing.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: What gender is Crackle supposed to be anyway?
* TheWoobie: Poor Spike has an identity crisis caused by his own friends, walks his way to the Dragon's volcano and falls in with a bad crowd.