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*I started writing this right after seeing the episode live. Then I procrastinate here and there, I finally finished it. I swear I really need to read and write more often. That way it'll help me continue with the EEE.

The episode is about MLP's Dragons. Nice. As I've said in a past journal, they should focus more on adventuring than domestic drama. That way, it will expand the universe (not bore us with pony's first-world problems), and give fanfic writers some ideas and headcanons shattered. As it focuses on dragons, this will be a Spike episode. And oh boy, his episodes in seasons 4 and 5 have been very depressing. How much so you may ask? Let's say if I were him, I would've killed myself than remembering a traumatic event of be a total letdown in front of everyone. But this time in Gauntlet of Fire, apparently named after Harry Potter's Goblet of Fire, this will be his time to shine and new characters to meet and ship.

The episode starts off with Spike and Rarity in some diamond cave different from the Diamond Dogs because of the bats. They're working with bats underneath them? Couldn't they have just shoo away the bats first before excavating? Or call Batman to collect his pets? Rarity was carefully using her unicorn magic to collect gems for the Eggman Empire without waking the bats from the magic lighting, but then Spike is emanating a glow from his body. This was enough to wake the bats before we get to the opening. I was watching it live, so I couldn't skip it; so goddangit...

After the opening, we get a scene of Twilight's castle where the first time in a long time the three princesses Twilight, Celestia, and Luna get together for a tea party. But it was short lived with Rarity hastily bringing a glowing Spike to the table. Nopony knows what to do, as the Princesses know little about dragon culture. Huh? So very little interaction between pony and dragon royalty that there's no mission of diplomacy in the past 1000 years? Like say write a treaty stating that neither pony nor dragon shall invade one another. So much for those headcanons. But anyways the Princesses do happen to know that this is the sign, the Call of the Dragon Lord. Neat. Enter the dragon lands, with Twilight and Rarity sharing a rock disguise, to meet up with fellow young dragons, including Garble who wasn't called that in his debut. It would've been scary if he was called Garbles with an 's' like Joseph Goebbels...yeah that's a really bad reference for me to mention recent historical figures.

Enter the Dragon Lord Torch. Seen plenty of fictional characters with the name 'Torch,' but this one takes the cake by adding Dragon Lord. And holy jeez he is ginormous! Spike is a size of Torch's pinkie fingernail in comparison. He has a daughter name Princess Ember, who is pretty much the same size as the other teenage dragons. Torch somewhat rules with an authoritarian rule where he has to remind his subjects to agree with him. "Agree with me!" he commands and the dragons cheered by default or forget their place as dragon youths. It's his time for him to step down, according to dragon law. If only the same can be said to unpopular Leaders who found loopholes of their terms, have connections, or are presidents-for-life. After commanding the audience to be sad with his abdication, like Kim Jong Un sending anyone to a concentration camp for not mourning in the funeral of his father Kim Jong Il, the Dragon Lord initiate the "Gauntlet of Fire." So no actual dragon gauntlet? I thought it would've been cool if they have that as a relic like the Goblet of Fire. They do have a relic, and that's in the Bloodstone Scepter which is a toothpick-size for Torch. Contending dragons must find the Sceptor inside a perilous and disfigured volcano, called Flame-cano designed by the Dragon Lord himself, to be become his successor. Upon throwing the scepter, the Spike and the rest of the dragons stopped glowing. Shouldn't his daughter Ember be next in line or royalty doesn't comply with dragon law.

Anyways, Spike didn't want to compete in the Hunger Games, Battle Royale, or the Sith Trials of Korriban, so he tries to bail out with his rock-disguised friends. Somehow his escape didn't go unnoticed by the Dragon Lord, despite being ant-sized; at least he didn't see Shadow's waifu and Silver's. After hearing his daughter to take pity on Spike, no doubt as a his potential shipmate, he lets him go. The Dragon Lord wants everyone else to compete, except his daughter. Because only big and strong dragons are allowed. But all the contenders are teenagers, and none of the primal ones are involved or seen. He's either being protective of his daughter or just plain sexist in "Women shouldn't be allowed to fight!" despite the female contenders. The competing dragons chat about what they'll do if they win, but Garble wants revenge against the ponies, pillage Equestria, and let the whole whole burn. Yikes, and that's saying it in a show for little girls that grown men watch. From there, Spike changes his mind and compete to protect his pony friends.

The challenge starts off from Torch's shout: Yul Toor Shul. The first is flying over to the Flame-cano, which Spike can't do because he doesn't have wings. Garble just knocks him off to the ocean to swim with Twilight and Rarity camouflaged in seaweed. Which is then infested with sea serpents, either like Gyrarados or Jörmungandr from Norse Mythology, that shoots hydro pump at the flying dragon contenders. Garble was taken back by one which then knocked the other into the ocean. I wouldn't be surprised if that "other" happens to be Princess Ember in a golden armor disguise, whom Spike was willing to obliged in saving her from drowning. They got to the shore of the Flame-cano (I thought magma was supposed to be hotter than flame), and that's where Ember discovers the ponies. Oh no, is she gonna eat them? Nope, because "dragons don't do 'friends." I take it she's not into "friends with benefits," am I right?...Moving right along, despite her father's wishes Ember still wants to be prove herself than just being a little princess. The rebellious princess right there, which apparently TV Tropes has already identified her under the label. Wow, these guys are fast; though all it takes is a few sentences to make a reference. She does the usual, "don't get in my way" stuff to contrast Spike's background of friendship. I know that this is a cliché, at least it's better than watching an episode of Pinkie's first-world problems. Oh look, Garble got crushed by the catapulting rock from a challenge. Spike saves him only to be bullied, and the red dragon sniffs pony scent from a nearby seaweed. Thankfully without an explainable reason, Ember in disguise covers for them. There despite their differences, Spike and Ember decide to work together through trials, just like Lana Beniko in SWTOR when doing hers with fellow Sith acolytes in Korriban (only half of them survived).

They passed through the launching rocks challenge with Ember doing the flying and Spike watching her back. There's attack of the fire breathing dragon, which we somehow didn't get to see the fire breather or that level-pass montage. Then they pass a bunch of spiky rocks and crystal traps with ease, only to have an injured Garble gaining up on them. Twilight and Rarity easily passed the through probably by teleporting and hiding in camouflage to cheer them on. Ember fails to understand their logic of friendship for being in dangerous areas just to support them, despite covering them from Garble in the first place. And so she goes on rambling of simply being a pragmatist to win and went their separate ways in the volcanic maze. After some moping here and there, Spike and the ponies in disguise have conveniently found the Scepter! But not before being cornered by Garble. Thankfully, and coincidentally convenient, Ember arrives to the rescue. In the fight of dragons charging at each other, Twilight and Rarity's cover are blown. Couldn't they fight back, or dragons have properties to be resistant against magic? With a two-against-one, Garble is knocked off so Spike can obtain the Scepter to become Dragon Lord Spike. And all contending dragons must bow, including Garble against his wishes. Spike's command: go home and hug every dragon along the way without explaining why. Spike then hands the Scepter to Ember, for she wanted to prove herself and because Status Quo is God where Spike and the ponies can return to Ponyville safe and sound and the series can go on without dragons. But awww, but Dragons are Instant Awesome.

My thoughts of the episode, better than Pinkie drama and a whole lot better than Spike's in Season 4 and 5. Despite being a cliché, Ember is a cool character. And...that's much pretty much all I can say since I don't really know what to write anymore on the episode. Been seeing some quick fanart of Ember though...and some things that are made too soon...
  • Listening to: 7th Dragon III Code: VFD OST
  • Watching: Gauntlet of Fire
  • Playing: Attila: Total War
  • Eating: Brown Rice
  • Drinking: Carbonated Water

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I'm Han Chinese, an ABC (American Born Chinese) living at the Bay Area in California.

Favorite Male Character: Shadow the Hedgehog
Favorite Female Character: Twilight Sparkle

I generally don't take things seriously unless it's a political and social issue or if you decided to be my enemy.

I have a tendency to prefer villains over heroes. I also like anti-heroes. If I do like a good guy, they had to have something I have in common with. For heroines, they just have to be awesome.

If you were to read any Russian Literature, I would recommend reading their short stories before reading huge books like War and Peace or Crime and Punishment ^^;

Whether should I reveal my identity and full name, only time will tell.

As Shadow and Twilight are usually everyone's favorite, I formed a group dedicated to them :iconshadowxtwilight:. If you like Shadow, Twilight, both, or Sonic/MLP crossovers, join up! :D



TwilightXShadow Stamp by Honey-PawStepShadowxTwilight Sparkle stamp by DivineSpiritual

And I do love crossover ships:
Crossover Stamp by lady-warrior
Crossover Pairings Can Have Potential by Crossover-Princess
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Fanfiction and Pairings Stamp by FallenAngelAerith




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