Well, after rewatching one of the worst episodes of FiM, I was forced to make a blog post review about it. Now I'm going to rewatch one of the most influencal episodes Sonic Rainboom. Seeing how this is the first full-on RD episode, I guess I should talk about something I've been thinking about ever since I first finished watching Season 1. And that is, why is Rainbow Dash the element of loyalty?
Her loyalty is first seen when The Shadowbolts ask her to become their captain and she picks her friends over this, following with the line of "See, I'd never abandon my friends."
When all of the elements are formed together, Rainbow is showcased as The Element of Loyalty.
However, this subsides when Pinkie Pie tries to talk to Dash and Rainbow keeps on dashing/flying away from her. This means that she isn't loyal because she never let's Pinkie explain.
The latest hint I've seen is in this episode. Throughout the whole episode, Rainbow, on one hand, is loyal to be helping Ponyville but on the other hand, she isn't. She is never loyal enough to put up with Fluttershy. Throughout the whole episode, she keeps on saying to Twilight Sparkle that Fluttershy is a bad idea.
Defense For Rainbow Dash
Now mind you, this isn't insulting Rainbow Dash's character. Some of the characters have broken their element before. Fluttershy broke hers in The Best Night Ever when she stops being kind to the animals and goes on a rampage. Or how Rarity breaks hers in Sonic Rainboom when she isn't generous enough to stop pressurising RD. So here's the thing. When the characters break the thing that makes them special, it shows that they're not just special chosen ones. They have flaws to their objectives, which makes them more understandable and relatable characters. But what if I told you that even though Dash shows completely that she's not perfect by breaking her element on several occasions, that she still doesn't deserve to be the element of loyalty? If would be a strange thing to say but here's why.
Applejack: The Element of Honesty?
Applejack is supposed to represent the element of honesty. They tried to show off her element too in Friendship is Magic, Part 2. But like I said in my review of the two-parter, Applejack should not be the element of honesty. She holds on to Twilight when Twilight is hanging from a cliff. Applejack tells Twilight to let go and understandably, Twilight doesn't believe her. Applejack promises she'll be safe. Twilight still doesn't believe her. Applejack then tells her that she's saying the honest truth. Let go and Twilight will be safe. This shows completely that Applejack is not honest. I know that Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy saved her which tries to show that Applejack's telling the truth. It doesn't. It shows that she was right. Keep in mind that Rainbow Dash saved Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy saved Rarity. So what if they were still busy with those two. Applejack would never know because she was too busy with Twilight. Here, Applejack is shown more so as the element of loyalty. Something Rainbow Dash is supposed to be. Applejack coming down to help Twilight is a loyal act.
Applejack breaks her element in this one too. She also shows how loyal she is. She helps Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy with tasks, despite her being busy applebucking. She's dishonest when she continues to tell Twilight that she doesn't need help. Now I know that Applejack was a strong believer on getting it done herself because this episode establishes that Applejack has two flaws. Stubbornness and Pride. But even if Applejack believed she could do it herself, she knew that she was getting tired and was probably thinking in her head about how hard this job was. She was in danger of injury and she knew it but never said about it. But still shows her loyalty by not only helping Rainbow, Pinkie and Fluttershy, but saving the town from a stampede.
Party of One
Pinkie Pie runs to Applejack's barn. Applejack does not open the door and is forced to have to lie by saying that nothing's going on. In the end, with the climax, it shows that Applejack had to be dishonest, to be loyal to Pinkie. So what if Applejack instead, is supposed to be the element of loyalty. I haven't rewatched this episode yet, but I remember this episode quite clearly. After all, it's my fifth favourite episode of Season 1. And if, Applejack is supposed to be the element of loyalty, maybe Rainbow is supposed to be the element of honesty.
Griffon the Brush Off Revisited
While she is shown not to be loyal at the beginning, she is shown to be honest at the beginning. After pulling a prank on Spike with Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash tells her that she's not as annoying as she thought. RD is telling the truth here. She thought Pinkie Pie was annoying at first, which was why she was dashing/flying away from her. And even if this might have been an insult to Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash still shows how honest she is with this.
While she shows not to be loyal with Fluttershy, she is honest about her. She was telling the truth. Before they got to the dragon, Fluttershy slowed them down. Everything Rainbow said was true about Fluttershy. Fluttershy is afraid of her own shadow, flapping her wings was the right idea and did slow them down because she fell. Applejack had to get her. This took Applejack long and Applejack is shown to be loyal here too. Keep in mind, she's the one who goes to get Fluttershy. Applejack is even shown to be dishonest when she says that her and Fluttershy will be there lickety-split. Whereas Rainbow Dash tells the truth that metaphorically it will take them forever, meaning it will take a long time.
In conclusion, I'm not being mean to Rainbow Dash or Applejack. They show their real element sometimes. But whereas the other four show theirs alot of the time, Applejack and Dash only show it on a number of occasions. Heck, in the popular abridged series Friendship is Witchcraft, Dragone Baby Gone, there's a running gag about the two elements and how they should be swapped. So that's it for me. Join me later when I review Sonic Rainboom.