You know, about two reviews ago I mentioned the fact that the rainbow thread that Rarity got in Rarity takes Manehatten, and now that I've seen this episode, my theory feels to have proven even farther. Not only that, but now I think I understand what the meaning of the objects are, which not only includes the virtue that the mane 6 represents, but also their has to do with their goals as a character. I do more on that later, but for now; let's get to reviewing.
So there is one thing that I think should be mentioned above all else, this episode is gorgeous. Everything is full of vibrant colors that, while really stand out, are easy on the eyes and add a great sense of the town of rainbow falls. The feeling of of the incoming event that is the Equestria Games, is actually quite nice and I feel kind of excited about it. It reminds me of the grand galloping gala from season 1. We hear about it a lot, but we didn't see it until the season finale. In fact, maybe the equestria games will be the season finale? I don't know, it's just a guess, but I'm sure we'll see it within season 4, or at least season 5.
Character development is an...interesting subject of this episode. The mane 6 act like they should, and Biceps acts they way I figured he would act, which was quite humorous at times, and I hope we get to see him again. The problem here is the wonderbolts, from what we've seen about them, they just act all over the place. They were pretty cool ponies in grand galloping gala who just seemed to attract a large crowd, then in the wonderbolt academy they were pretty accepting yet firm of their abilities, and now they seem like lying jerks who are still somewhat accepting. I just don't know what's going on with them. I guess maybe they're a bit like rainbow dash, and all three of these episodes are just showing off different parts of their personality, and I could just be being nit picky.
Now the last thing I want to point out is how amazing the story is. Like Rarity takes Manehatten, this episode has a very good story that really picks at the main characters (in this case; Rainbow Dash.) weakness and strength. This is something that I absolutely love. When a character gets an episode centered around a weakness of theirs, they should improve upon, turning the weakness into a strength or just make it nonexistent all together. It's something we've seen before, but then was always brought back as the weakness in another episode. This episode, just like Rarity takes Manehatten, picks at the worst weakness that the character has, and also tempts the character to fall into that weakness by using their life goal. Rarity wanted to be a fashion star, and Rainbow Dash, wanted to be a wonderbolt. This makes the trial episodes much better than most other episodes in the entire series.
Now this episode had very few problems. It's an amazingly crafted episode, built with such great character development and fantastic story telling. I think these episodes are just awesome. Everything is done correctly, and this episode is not something to sneeze at. Personally, I don't think it's better than Rarity takes Manehatten, Princess Twilight Sparkle, or the return of harmony, but it does a very good job, and it totally makes it onto my top ten list. I give this episode my reviewer rating of: 9 out of 10. This episode is fantastic. This has been Neo Reviews, thanks for reading, have a good evening, and take care.