My Little Pony: 1.16 “Sonic Rainboom”

Season 1 Episode 16
Airdate: February 18, 2011

I have gotten many* requests to review Friendship is Magic, so I am going to start off with the season 1 episode “Sonic Rainboom”.

*actually one

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

This episode begins with Rainbow Dash trying to teach Fluttershy how to cheer. Cheer for Rainbow Dash, of course. The problem is that Fluttershy is a very timid and quiet pony and cannot raise her voice above a soft “yea”.

Now, I may not be a psychologist, and my license to practice may have been made by myself with crayons, but I believe I have diagnosed the problem with Fluttershy. I know the reason she is unable to speak louder than a whimper. She was molested as a child (a “filly” as young ponies are referred to). Johnny actually has the same hypothesis, and went into detail in this article. I’ll just share my thoughts. It was probably by a close family member, like an uncle. Fluttershy was very little and unable to cry out when the rape was occurring. And because he was a relative, she could never work up the courage to tell anyone. Essentially, she was silenced for life. Also, a male horse has a really long penis, and if Fluttershy was little, it could have gone straight from her butthole to her esophagus and damaged her throat.

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

Meanwhile, the flightless ponies have just finished cleaning up Twilight Sparkle’s library when Rainbow Dash crashes through and causes a huge mess. Being Rainbow Dash, instead of offering to help clean up the clutter she made, she immediately starts talking about herself. Rainbow Dash informs her friends that she is practicing for the Best Young Flyer Competition, which will soon take place in the city of Cloudsdale. The winner will get to spend a day with the Wonderbolts, the premiere Equestria flying club. Rainbow Dash’s dream is to be invited to become a member. She is hoping that she can win by pulling off a Sonic Rainboom.

What is a Sonic Rainboom? Pinkie Pie explains that when a pegasus pony flies really supper fast a sonic boom and a rainbow can occur at the same time. And Rainbow Dash is the only pony who ever pulled one off, when she was a little filly. You would think being the only pony to have made a Sonic Rainboom would have gotten her into the Wonderbolts years ago.

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy fly off toward Cloudsdale. Rarity sees the stagefright in Rainbow Dash and orders Twilight Sparkle to use her magic to get them to the city so they can cheer her on. Twilight finds a spell that will allow earth ponies to fly for three days, but it is very difficult and she has never attempted it before. Rarity volunteers to have the spell tested on her first.

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

This is what is called special effects on Friendship is Magic.

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

Fluttershy follows Rainbow Dash to Cloudsdale, which is–of course–a city in the sky made of clouds. So only flying ponies can reach Cloudsdale? This seems wrong somehow. I don’t mean like the writers made an error. I mean that it suggests that Equestria is not the utopia we are made to believe it is. This is pure segregation. What? They couldn’t build a really long elevator or something? Magic exists and they can control the weather, but no one wants to let non-winged ponies into this city? Equestria is the apartheid South Africa of the mythical creature world.

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

When the two ponies touch down, they are met by three male ponies, who taunt Rainbow Dash, calling her “Rainbow Crash.” You know, I think he only pony in history to have caused a Sonic Rainboom would be treated with actual respect. But the boys don’t even believe it ever happened. The ponies need to write stuff down or give out trophies or something. My team won 2nd place in the county t-ball tournament when I was in kindergarten and I got a trophy for that.

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

The two ponies are shocked–SHOCKED to suddenly see Rarity appear–with wings!

The other three ponies arrive immediately afterward in a hot air balloon. They don’t have wings. Twilight Sparkle explains that the wing spell was too difficult for her to do more than once, so she cast an easier spell that allows the three of them to walk on clouds. That is the in-show answer. The real world explanation is that drawing four ponies with butterfly wings would have blown the show’s meager budget.

Yeah, Friendship is Magic has a pretty large fanbase, but I bet most of you can’t even name the channel it’s on. “uh…Youtube?” is the wrong answer.

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Rarity is a fashionista, as well as a stuck up bitch, so she has fallen in love with her glistening butterfly wings, while the male ponies are falling in love with Rarity. She gets attention wherever she goes. In the above screencap, we see construction workers in awe of her beauty. Only one of them was working the other two are just standing around. Cloudsdale has unions, too. The only pony who was working even drops his jackhammer. A 90 pound jackhammer plummeting 20,000 feet is going to become a deadly missile for anyone on the ground below it.

And by the way, I may not know much about animals, and no pet I’ve owned has only managed to live for more than one week, but I find it interesting that in the pony world, it’s the girls who decorate themselves to get attention from potential mates. Like, I think humans are the only animals where that is the female’s role. For instance, it’s the opposite with birds; the males are always the ones that are brightly colored in red, blues, yellows or green to attract the females, who are usually brown or grays. Usually the male animal has to attract a female and I assume it’s the same with horses. That’s why male horses have such big penises.

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Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy show their friends around the city. Cloudsdale is where the pegasus ponies create the weather and the first stop is a snowflake factory. Rainbow Dash explains that each snowflake is individually crafted. Rarity’s wing flapping sends all the snowflakes flying and ruins all their hard work. The pony workers don’t seem mad at Rarity, though. If I worked in a Hummel figurine factory and Kim Kardashian just walked in for no reason and made a huge mess because of her camera crew, I would kick her fat ass.

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The next stop is a rainbow factory. Rainbows apparently start out as a colorful liquid mixture. Being a fan of tasty treats, Pinkie Pie dips her hoof in for a taste. But rainbows aren’t supposed to be eaten so Pinkie Pie has to run for the nearest bathroom. The three boys ponies from earlier are slobbering over Rarity.

Except Rarity is a unicorn and the boys are pegasus ponies. Do different pony types even get together? When we see Twilight Sparkle’s parents they are both unicorns, and Pinkie Pie’s mom and dad are earth ponies like her. What happens when two different pony types make a baby? Or is inter-pony type sex illegal? Do ponies even have sex? The fan art would suggest they do.

My Little Pony Sonic Rainboom

The last stop is the cloud factory. Since clouds are used as a building material in Cloudsdale, their cloud factory would be like a drywall factory in our world. Rarity continues to be admired by other ponies, who encourage her to enter the Best Young Flyer Competition, so she does.

When Rarity’s wings catch the sunlight and everypony is ooing and awing her, she lets out this laugh that is the perfect mix of her ego and insanity growing. You must hear it.

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