MLP:FiM Episode Reviews: Character and Story Analysis by Half the Battle

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Episode 122: "Gauntlet of Fire"

Aired 4/16/2016, written by Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco (their fourth episode)
Quick Take: An incredible outing, the best so far to focus on Spike. It's the whole series in a nutshell, as well as everything we'd hoped Dragon Quest had been, back in season 2. Garble works better here, too, as a straight-out villain who gets a hilarious comeuppance. Here he's a foil to Ember, a positive but realistically conflicted example of a teen dragon, and Garble's rejection of friendship adds weight and balance to Ember's choice in favor of Spike. If we ever see a "Battle of the Five Armies" two-parter, expect to see her leading the dragons to fight alongside the ponies of Equestria. High praise.

Gauntlet of Fire armor rating: Crystal Mail
Ranked 7th of 26 season-six episodes
Ranked 27th of 147 stories overall

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