That right there was my face after watching this glorious episode. Seriously, this is butting heads with Lesson Zero as my favorite of the season. Daring-Do is best pony all years.
Lets get some followup going! Everything can be found after the break.
First off, I'm just going to get it out of the way right now...
Rainbow Dash makes me use the word "cute" WAY more than I would have been comfortable with pre-pony. She just... keeps... doing it. She may be a Trixie level narcissist, but those facial expressions and big violet eyes make it impossible to hate her.
She's almost neck-and-neck with Twilight Sparkle for "mares I want to read books with."
Though she does pull off some strange faces sometimes!
But enough about Dash! Lets talk about Daring-Do! It's pretty obvious early on that she is a projection of Rainbow herself. She makes Indiana Jones look like a novice!
Daring-Do also has an excellent color combo. I wish I could hire someone from the studio to paint that OC pony of mine. Guess I'm stuck with those ridiculous yellows and reds for now...
Someone in our Skype channel mentioned how well done the action sequences are in this episode, and I can't agree more. If there's one thing I like more than seeing everypony lose their minds, it's ACTION.
Also, ponies confirmed for having jaws of STEEL. I wish I could do that...
We also met a new villain in this episode. Some of you may be wondering where the hell they came up with a creature like this. Well it looks like they actually do have a place in mythology. Check out this quote from the Wiki entry:
It was described as dog-like, with hands capable of manipulation and an additional hand on its tail. The ahuizotl was feared due to its liking for human flesh, especially nails, eyes, and teeth. It was said to live in or near the water and uses the hand on the end of its tail to snatch its prey.Ahuizotl's confirmed for creepy as hell. Good thing this one didn't seem to like hooves much, because he pulled your classic villain formula and left Daring-Do for the snakes instead!
And we can't forget about the new ponies! The doctor was probably the most prevalent one. Ponyville sure does have a robust healthcare sector. Too bad they boot you the second you're anywhere near recovery!
We also have a new addition to the Screw family. I really hope we get an episode dedicated to her and Screwball in the future! Have a video to celebrate.
Because we, as pony fans, need to dig into absolutely everything, someone brought up that this book in Dash's pile (Daring-Do and the Griffon's Goblet) actually has it's very own cover. Sadly the only image we have of it is here:
I'm sure you crazy vector artists out there can build something out of it! Get on it! (Thanks to Kinrah for that one.)
I said it up above, and I'll say it again. This episode was awesome. It really did have everything.
Hopefully you guys like the new banner up there! When we saw Equestria Prevails bust out that excellent vector, we knew we had to do something with it. Or at least Cereal did. Dude is pretty skilled when motivated by something this epic.
And as is the norm, I leave you with some videos! Enjoy!
The Quest for the Sapphire Stone (Story Only Video)
Reading Rainbow Dash (Yeah, that wasn't inevitable)
AND MORE DASH CUTE. I don't even care if it breaks the side bar!