Hello, loyal followers!
Fresh off of viewing the latest installment of pony goodness; it's time, once again, for me to offer up my impressions on this week's episode gone by. As always, since this journal entry contains SPOILERS, it is highly recommended that you view the episode before reading what I have to say here. So without further adue, let's get right down to it!
The episode starts with Spike and Rarity doing what they do best: Mining for gems(Who else but Rarity would put a blue bow at the back of her mining helmet?
). They were mining in the middle of a dark cave filled with sleeping bats; therefore, they couldn't use too much lighting; i.e. Rarity's magical unicorn glow.
She was doing her utmost to control it... Then suddenly, Spike lighted up like a Christmas tree, and he didn't know why! He also said his scales were burning! This is the first time Spike ever did this, so this was my first WTF!? moment in the episode. Of course, this awoke the "Sandbats Of Maynard 4"(If anyone can recognize the reference, you get a cookie), who then attacked.
It was Princesses Celestia and Luna, who happened to be at Twilight Sparkle's place for afternoon tea, who would tell Spike that his body glow and burning scales were The Call Of The Dragon Lord for a special meeting, and that he has to venture into The Dragon Lands to see what it was all about.
Of course, Rarity and Twilight Sparkle volunteer to go with Spike. Twilight to gather up more information about dragon customs, and Rarity just to be with her Spikey Wikey.
As you'd probably expect, whenever the dragons of the Equestrian multiverse are involved, that jerk GARBLE can't be too far behind. AND, of course, he was there! He sounded a little older than in that dragon migration episode, but he was still as much a jerk and a bully as before.
It was here that we were able to meet other dragon characters, including a couple of female dragons, or dragonesses. Not bad looking, if I do say so myself.
It was also here that we met The Dragon Lord himself, who goes by the name of "Torch", and he was one HUMOUNGOUS male! Then we met his daughter, who sent by the name of Princess Amber. A dragon princess??? How 'bout THAT!
It was here that I had my SECOND WTF!!? moment, for she was REALLY tiny compared to her father. She was only a little bit taller than Spike himself. She must take that from her mother.
The Dragon Lord then announced(in his own version of The Canterlot Voice) that he had called this gathering because he was stepping down as Dragon Lord, and that his successor was to be chosen through a contest appropriately named The Gauntlet Of Fire.
Spike, at first, said he wasn't gonna participate(much to Garble's delight); but later changed his mind(much to Garble's disappointment
). Princess Amber, The Dragon Lord's daughter, said she wanted to participate; but her father, of course, said "NO!". Undeterred, she disguised herself as one of the participants with some nice golden dragon armour, and was able to get into the contest that way.
Later, after being saved from drowning by Spike, she decided to work with the little dragon to get through this obstacle course from Hell called The Gauntlet Of Fire. It was here that I had my THIRD WTF!!? moment when Princess Amber said "dragons don't DO 'friends'!" SO, in the Equestrian multiverse, dragons have a "every dragon for themselves" attitude, eh? It's a good thing that Twilight Sparkle, The Princess Of Friendship herself was there! She could teach them everything she knows about friendship.
It was only through cooperation and teamwork that Spike and Princess Amber were able to conquer The Gauntlet Of Fire and retrieve The Dragon Lord Scepter, thus announcing the winner of the contest and new Dragon Lord. Although Spike took the Scepter, he handed it to Princess Amber, who thus became the new Dragon Lord... uhh... LordESS(Is that even a word!!?). If Spike had declared himself the winner, he would've had to have stayed in The Dragon Lands, and assume his new role as leader; but he'd much rather return to Equestria with his pony friends.
I guess you can say that this was The Rite Of Succession... THE HARD WAY.
Instead of simply turning things over to his daughter on the spot, The Dragon Lord held a contest that his daughter ended up winning.
I can already see the brony community doing up many "shipping" pics featuring Spike and Princess Amber(as if Spike's gonna dump Rarity for HER.
) Still, she IS quite pretty, taken from a dragon spirit's point of view.
I DO hope there will be more episodes featuring her.
Apparently, there's no new episode next week, so I guess these journal entries will be taking a hiatus during that time. Oh well... *shrugs*
And that's all there is to say this week!
In the meantime, and in between time, keep your stick on the ice.