I wanna say sorry for these reviews being delayed, you see Skyrim is so fun I don’t wanna stop. XD Well as I beaten the main story quest guess about time to write this, after I resee the episode which I did so LET’S START!!!! Firstly, why is this called Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 for? Isn’t that what you say when testing a microphone? Title aside the episode is about Rainbow Dash having a test in 12 hours to get into the Wonderbolts Reserve which somepony said were “newly formed” keep that in mind.
We start as Twilight is reading a book out loud but a dash by Rainbow sends a few pages (OK she just ruined a book how many bits does she own the library now?) flying into the air annoying Twilight, I sorta wanna know what spell she was reading tho. XD Anyways annoyed she flies to collect the pages while planning to sneak attack Rainbow who beats her too it, turns out Twilight was talking so loud she heard it a mile away. They start talking about the basic plot of the episode and Twilight shows concern as Rainbow doesn’t care about studying and feels she would pass the test that will get her in the Reserve.
Twilight still shows worry but suddenly gets a idea and takes Rainbow back inside to help her study, and oh my God I can sorta relate to Rainbow. As she keeps ignoring what Twilight was trying to teach her to the point of rocking her chair in a way that makes a musical sound with Owlicious and Spike joining her in making music, how can Twilight not hear them? Yeah we saw from Spike At Your Service she can get so into her research/studies she blocks out everything else, however there wasn’t a music band behind her making music but aw well. I said I could relate to RD here, I can in her boredom but not her quickness to ignore the “class” I often just force myself to pay attention but still wouldn’t remember a darn thing.
Anyways when they get caught (finally) Twilight takes her chair away and then they go outside to try flashcards (btw how come Rainbow disappeared like she did just to reappear when Twilight notices?) however this fails as Rainbow uses a straw to fire spitwads getting rid of the cards and almost hitting Twilight in her eye, to this she snaps the straw in half before taking her inside for a popquiz….oh dear lord…..you now to be honest at first thought Rainbow was getting the questions right and figured she needed to be challenged to remember/do well, but when Twilight brought it up found out they were all wrong and breakfast related as she was hungry.
You know, if she wasn’t hungry maybe she would’ve A+ that popquiz? Well finally it sinks in that Rainbow is in trouble and said “her dream of joining the Wonderbolts Reserve may be ruined” and here’s my real and only issue with this episode. Rainbow Dash’s dream was to join the Wonderbolts, not their Reserve and didn’t she herself state before in this episode that the Reserve was brand new? THE WRITERS JUST RECKONED RAINBOW’S DREAM/PART OF HER CHARACTER THAT WAS THERE SINCE EPISODE ONE! YOU CAN NOT DO THAT!!!!!!
Also how many times had Rainbow saved/impress the Wonderbolts? And what about her training alongside Lightning Dust? That was stated to help her get into the Wonderbolts, maybe the Reserve being brand new was made to make getting new members easier/better/longer? But no matter the reasoning Rainbow Dash SHOULD ALREADY BE CLOSE ENOUGH TO JOINING THE DANG TEAM TO THE POINT OF NO TEST BEING NEEDED! I don’t care what the writers were thinking/planning, Rainbow had done so much already and proved herself more than a few times….it’s “far” too late to give her this type of episode without her showing reaction to the newly formed Reserve but since we never get a single bit of info, they just changed/added something that should’ve took place before her training. It’s too late to have her do this test but guess the Wonderbolts are selfless jerks that Rainbow shouldn’t be apart of since their making her do this test after she did so much already even impressing their leader TWICE already, if this episode was in season 3 and the training episode was here instead then there wouldn’t be any issue but…..ugh I just feel it’s way pass the mark for this test if Rainbow after all she had done up to this point, needs to do a simple test to join a Reserve then the Wonderbolts really don’t care if the princess wanted to join as she would need to do the very same.
Lastly, why the Reserve shouldn’t Rainbow be on the list of automatic membership when her training is done/a spot opens up? She shouldn’t need to join the Reserve as she proved herself more than ever that she is one if the if not the best flyer, she shouldn’t need a freaken test for the Reserve this is my only and biggest issue as it’s just far too late for this type of thing, for her at least. If the writer made it “to join the Wonderbolts” and never made up a Reserve then no issue, why do the writers always have to find a way to make her journey to becoming a Wonderbolt longer? This has gotten to the whole “when will the CMC get their darn Cutie Marks already ENOUGH WAITING/HOLDING OFF!” issue, pretty soon a writer will just have her give up her dream altogether with no chance of her joining this team.
...Ugh...OK I’ll stop but really the Reserve is so un-needed it’s worse than Flash in terms of how useless it is. Anyways after they go outside and start fighting to the point where Fluttershy has to break them up (guess her lesson from Putting Your Hoof Down hasn’t been forgotten), they decide to try different ways to help her learn. First is Fluttershy and the pets hosting a play with Spike’s help. It fails as Rainbow was just confused but random Pinkie enjoyed it giving it 3 “wahoos” and a 4Th for good measure, next is her way which is singing and oh sweet Celestia...she starts rapping with Vinyl, Dr.Whooves and a un-named pony. I sorta like Pinkie’s rapping getup minus the hat, also now I wanna see her and Zecora in a rap/rhyme battle. XD FAN ANIMATORS GO!
Rainbow tries singing the same song but fails to the point of Pinkie saying it was bad, WOW you know it’s bad when she says so. XD In Rainbow’s depression Rarity shows up wearing...a old army outfit? She wanted to help Rainbow by using her way of learning which is….through fashion? Is this a real learning thing? She made outfits of some of the past Wonderbolt leaders and had the Mane3 in a fashion show like line up, too bad they're all in shadows and can’t see worse fashion show ever. XD Upon Rarity saying how she didn’t understand what the past ponies were thinking (commenting on a part of Pinkie’s getup) Pinkie starts talking with Rainbow jumping in shock that she’s real, um why would Rarity get a fake Pinkie?
Yeah that line is out of place to be honest, anyways NOW we get to see the outfits and my fave has to be Applejack’s outfit. Idk why it just fits her, well surprisingly (or not) this doesn’t help Rainbow either and we get a whether nice scene where AJ said this wouldn’t help her either, and we see Rarity with a unamused face. XD To be honest I thought that only AJ could really help Rainbow as she gets her better, but turns out she couldn’t help her but could if it was apple related. We get a scene very much like season 1 episode 3 where the Mane4 get around Rainbow (not Twilight this time) sorta fighting but really trying to get her to retry their way of learning, they overwhelm her to the point where Rainbow freaks out saying no to all (poor Spike that’s a sad face….say Spike go work on a play with Sweetie Belle?) before bolting away.
Later Twilight meets up with her feeling sorry, we get a flying/talking scene which surprisingly shows what was below them. Huh, anyways at one point Rainbow pushes Twilight and a few seconds later a….helicopter comes flying by? What’s next a pirate boat right out from the comics? ......Please do that one? ^^’ Anyways Twilight is sorta shocked she almost crashed into that helicopter (altho it took a few seconds before it even came pass them) and wonders how Rainbow noticed it when she was listening to her. Turns out when flying Rainbow takes notice of “everything”, the ground view we saw before (btw nice rewind effect) we saw in more detail as Rainbow noticed details she really shouldn’t have noticed/known from their height, God ponies’ eyesight/hearing must be GOOD!
Twilight gets a idea and bolts off leaving Rainbow in a sad mood, sad enough to turn a cloud black with rain. Weird….anyways after the others got back together they came up with a plan, and Twilight asks RD for another fly together (oh the Twi X RD fans will love this scene XD). This flight is a bit more depressing than the last, and Twilight keeps smiling…...would say “what does she enjoy seeing her friend being hurt?” but there’s a reason for it as well as her stupid questions like “did you know Pinkie grew up on a rock farm?” ……..REALLY!?!? RD ISN’T THAT STUPID!
But guess she’s so depressed she isn’t thinking at all, well turns out she did as after landing and Twilight asking what she remembered from the flight, suddenly knows the history of the Wonderbolts (yeah they know a bit of history but they didn’t go over ALL OF THE HISTORY just the first few years they still have like over a 1000 years worth of history to go) and is surprised by it. We learn through another rewind scene that Twilight used Rainbow’s learning skills while flying by having their friends (cool moments in this scene, btw Rarity as Luna….was that suppose to be a Nightmare Rarity ref?) act out the history she needed to learn.
My only issue, I can’t understand how Rainbow could notice a helicopter and react to it, but didn’t react/take notice (until she landed) everything that was going on. Yeah you can get so depressed to the point of not caring/noticing something right in front of you until something hits you, but even so just weird she didn’t take notice was she really THAT dazed/sad? If so whether dark, but anyways she’s super happy that her friends helped her and we get a nice moral that...every single school should take into account and use it’ll help a lot more students and stop the falling out of school issues a little.
But anyways lastly we see Rainbow taking the test, it appears she fails but suddenly gets a golden star with a 100% on it and as she gets so excited we get the end credits. Ugh as RD said before, my mind is as dry as a rock….it’s hard to write for a long period and think clearly but I gotta release these a lot faster like I used too. Anyways this episode was enjoyable, not gonna touch on the whole “everyone learns differently/they didn’t get the moral/message just right” thing I heard but this episode is rewatchable and minus the stupid/useless Reserve that just reckconed Rainbow’s dream….it was very nice no real issue.
I promise next time I’ll do better with the review, anything else? Well rapping Pinkie as weird/so out of place but at the same time funny. XD AJ’s army outfit fits her very well, and pretty sure they reffed Nightmare Rarity with Rarity as Luna and...btw, since Luna turned into Nightmare Moon and fought her sister and got sealed away in under 5 minutes more then half wasn’t even on the threat/fighting, but since it was so freaken short why in the world did Celestia feel the need to create a whole new guard system that later evolved into a performing team?
Unless Luna had a whole big army that fought against Celestia and the scene we saw was the aftermath of a very very long battle that claimed many lives, it just seems very un-needed for her to “oh my sister just fought me and I OWNED HER in under 3 minutes, I MUST CREATE A WHOLE NEW GUARD TEAM JUST TO PROTECT ME AS OH GOD NEVER WANT TO LIFT A HOOF AGAIN EVEN FOR ONE MINUTE!” OK OK that’s going abit too far maybe there was a lot more we may never get to know, and maybe there was a big all out pony war and Luna was revealed to be the pony behind the war and just turned into Nightmare Moon as a last second attempt to defeat her sister.
But if that whole Nightmare Moon/Luna rebel thing was that short (and not only would the legends on her be totally un-needed/cruel) then Celestia going and creating a whole new guard (unless it wasn’t her idea but even so heck the Wonderbolts shouldn’t even BE a guard group as they never once showed up when they were needed besides Spike’s rampage, was the castle guard formed/broke off from the Wonderbolts? Why did the staff made them a guard group anyways?) then it was just not needed, hopefully we’ll learn more that’ll clear this up.
Anyways I enjoyed this episode Twilight and Rainbow would do well in an episode together just about them, hm remake of Look Before You Sleep? XD aw well no new episode this week to a marathon of My Littlest Petshop but when the next episode airs I promise to release it faster. Btw heard this type of episode would fit Scootaloo/the CMC better and yeah sorta agree but then no Wonderbolts type episode unless Scootaloo decides to join as well. You know that would be interesting but sorta tricky as well, anyways see you all next week!