“Everypony has fears, Scootaloo. Everypony must face them in their own way. But they must be faced, or the nightmares will continue.” ~Princess Luna
This week’s episode is a big thumbs-up for fans. It stars Scootaloo, the young Pegasus. Out of all the Cutie Mark Crusaders, she gets the shaft. Why? She isn’t related to any of the Mane 6. Sweetie Belle is related to Rarity, likewise with Apple Bloom and Applejack, Sootaloo doesn’t have that luxury. So this episode was one a lot of fans have been waiting for. Finally we were going to get some good interaction between her and Rainbow Dash, whom she idolizes. This sixth episode of Season 3 defines Scootaloo as a character and ended up being a very entertaining one.
Here’s the official episode description from The Hub:
Over a campfire, Rainbow Dash decides to share some imaginative and spooky tales, causing Scootaloo to have frightening, vivid nightmares; Scootaloo wants to get rid of her nightmares but doesn’t want the others to think she is spineless.
This one starts out with the young Pegasus on a scooter (Scooter, Scootaloo, interesting) riding around. (Accompanied by some good rock music.) She gets all excited when Rainbow Dash says “Nice moves kid.” Later at the Cutie Mark Crusaders clubhouse she goes on and on how she hopes Rainbow will want to be her big sister and all that good stuff. Of course Scootaloo thinks in order for that to happen Rainbow has to see more of her ‘awesomeness.’ Apple Bloom says she and Applejack are going on a camping trip, so she can ask Applejack if Rainbow could be invited. Eventually the Crusaders, Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow head off for the woods. Besides being a Scootaloo-centered episode, it’s also a camping one. Ghost stories also take center stage. As you can tell by the description, Scootaloo is the one scared by them, which creates a problem of trying to be cool in Rainbow’s presence. First, it goes without saying that the episode succeeds greatly in defining Scootaloo as a character. I never really thought much of her other than just a younger version of Rainbow, that changes in this episode. It’s also great to see a more loving side to the usually headstrong Rainbow Dash. The dialogue between them is just fantastic, especially the final heart-felt one in the woods.
While there are a couple of scary stories, the humor is still there. The reactions to Rarity’s ‘tent’ were just priceless. Sadly Sweetie Belle is not a good singer without the other Crusaders. Bumping up the rating is the inclusion of Princess Luna. We’re six episodes in and she’s only appeared in the premiere. Despite only four major appearances over the course of three seasons, she has become a fan favorite. We learn that as Princess of the Night it’s her duty to enter dreams. The above quote summarizes her appearance well, a highlight of the episode. We see her destroy the Headless Horse (whom would make a pretty interesting villain in the real world) and talk to Scootaloo about facing her fears. Friendship is Magic isn’t without its clear cut morals, this time it’s about facing your fears. That finally comes into play at the end when Scootaloo reveals to Rainbow Dash how scared she was and afraid of looking un-cool in front of her idol. Rainbow’s response to that and them hugging is definitely one of the most heart-felt moments of the entire series. (I hope you have a box of tissues prepared.)
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this episode more than I thought I would. Many things are accomplished. Scootaloo is defined more than just being a young Rainbow Dash, we get some really good interaction between the two, and even some awesome Luna character moments. In the end, the episode has succeeded and should satisfy all the fans whom have been anticipating it.