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Wonderbolt Academy: Season 3's best!
Those who know the MLP fanbase most likely know that Merriwether Williams is a VERY controversial figure, mainly due to "Mysterious Mare Do Well". I myself had some (very) strong issues with that episode, but after watching this episode, I can say with complete certainty that she has redeemed herself in my eyes.

First, characterization. One of the main criticisms about Williams is that she flanderized Rainbow Dash from a Jerk With A Heart Of Gold who cared about her friends and family to a straight up Jerk Ass who cared only for glory and fame. In WA though, Dash's portrayal is spot on. Yes, she's confidant and brash, but its the LOVABLE kind of confidance she's known for, and she proves exactly WHY she's the Bearer of Loyalty by the end.

Secondly, Spitfire. Now, I know a lot of people were turned off by Spitfire's actions, but to me, it had the exact opposite effect. Spitfire is the instructor of the Academy. Its her job to act as a drill sergeant, and the fact that she didn't give Dash special treatment proves that she's a good instructor. It doesn't mater who applies to the Academy, an instructor can't afford to play favorites. If anything, this episode made me like Spitfire even more, as it showed that, despite her normally casual and laid-back attitude, she knows how to take her job seriously when she needs to. The perfect Wonderbolt role model.

Finally, Lightning Dust. My main reason for including her is because...she's surprisingly mature, as an antagonist. She actually comes very close to being a sociopath in a kid's show, and she serves as an example of what Dash could become if she lets her pride go to her head, which I felt was a good contrast between them.

In closing, this episode showed Dash at her best, increased my admiration for a fan favorite side character, and had a surprisingly mature antagonist. This is possibly the best episode of Season 3, and Merriwether has fully redeemed herself in my eyes. 10/10, would watch again...and again...and again.
Just FYI, pride does not make one a sociopath, a lack of remorse in regards to one's actions does, as does a reckless attitude which causes that person to disregard his/her own safety or that of others.
comment #18310 ThornSeal 24th Feb 13
True, but I kinda forgot about that when I wrote this. That, and the whole word limit thing.
comment #18315 SomeNewGuy 24th Feb 13
I really disliked this episode. Spitfire was completely Out-of-character and acting like a cunt. Pinkie Pie was massively flanderized into a dumbass who checks her mailbox every seconds (she was just sarcasm blind and lunatic but not dumb originally) and I didn't get why Lightning Dust was fired and not RD despite she was equally guilty.
comment #19609 Silverblade2 1st Jun 13
Uh, acting like your standard drill sergeant =/= "being a cunt". And Rainbow Dash had nothing to do with Dust's crimes. Hell, she tried to stop her.
comment #19611 SomeNewGuy 1st Jun 13
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