Rainbow Dash and her Parents!
Okay, I was making my episode review/reaction post and I realized that thing was super freaking long now, so let’s put the analysis in a separate, this one, post!!
We finally meet Rainbow’s parents and they’re so great and quirky but a lot of stuff comes up from this– kinda making a separate post now!
Apparently after Rainbow Dash left and moved to Ponyville, she pretty much stopped talking to her parents, and when Scootaloo tells them that Rainbow’s a Wonderbolt now and they go to scream their support, Rainbow Dash explodes like we’ve never seen her before (and we’ve seen her put up with like a lot of shit).
We already knew this, but this is also kinda the first time Rainbow Dash talks about some of her failures, saying that she “wasn’t always the best at everything”– WELL ISN’T THAT AN UNDERSTATEMENT!?
Now that I’m going into it, this episode is pretty much confirming for me and filling in a lot of holes in my view of Rainbow’s character, so call this an episode review/reaction + character analysis, because let’s face it, this was a pretty revealing episode– we met her parents!
Let’s remember how
Rainbow Dash was actually kicked out of flight school, and had some
pretty big problems with bullying, then throw her parents into the mix.
I’ve covered my idea of Rainbow Dash’s character and development before so I’ll link here to catch us all up.
Rainbow Dash’s parents absolutely adore her and there’s the obvious connection that all of that constant support totally inflated her ego, but there is a lot more to this. In the flashback, Rainbow Dash talks about how she kinda found her parents insufferable– being completely 1000% supportive of her no matter what, even in her failures. And then, when she finally began achieving, their support got worse and became something alienating to her.
Rainbow Dash has this thing about “failure”, and I think we can
see a little bit of where it starts now. Rainbow’s parents have been
nothing but supportive and caring, even when she failed at something–
not winning competitions, getting kicked out of flight school, they were
still supportive through that and I think that is when some resentment
began to grow because she felt that no matter what she did they would
always be screaming proud and that kinda desensitized her to really any
supportive thing they did, and then maybe even anything supportive
She sort of learned to filter out all the support her parents offered because it was too much and if she felt undeserving of it, then it’s clear this played into getting her self esteem to where it is. But still, she kept pushing herself harder so she could finally feel like that pride her parents had and feel like she deserved it, that’s probably why she pursued flying as hard as she did; we don’t know when that flashback took place but either before or after getting kicked out of flight school, she still went to clubs and competitions for it.
Rainbow Dash finally did start getting better at things and winning
competitions though, she found her parents only got more supportive,
which would probably be at least as embarrassing as before for her and
then in addition to that, we saw in the flashback that that began to
alienate her from most of her other peers, so that had to be rough too.
I’m pretty sure at this point Fluttershy was the only one that really
stuck around and I think I talked about this before but Rainbow didn’t
really respect her and sorta just kept her around when they were kids
((I COULD HAVE SWORN I TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE BUT I CAN’T FIND ANYTHING
ON IT– I’ll make a post another time)).
Taking all of this into account though, and the entire time her parents kept trying to cheer her on, it must have seemed like they didn’t care or even notice that things were going rough for her– SO NOW IT’S NO WONDER HOW ALL OF THIS HAPPENED AND WHY SHE SNAPPED AT THEM LIKE THAT! She might have even left Cloudsdale as fast as she could..
I think it’s
really interesting that her parents are coming up now, though– it’s all
very good timing! Rainbow is a Wonderbolt now and that character arc is
sort of wrapped up now and the past 6 seasons have done a lot to humble
her too– but looking at this now, THIS IS EXACTLY THE EPISODE I WANTED
THIS SEASON TO OPEN UP THIS OTHER ASPECT OF HER CHARACTER THAT’S BEEN
VIRTUALLY UNTOUCHED! Some good shit!!!!
PLEASE RAINBOW DASH LEARN TO BE COMFORTABLE AND LOVE YOURSELF!!
Rainbow Dash’s parents love her, AND NOW SCOOTALOO TOO, so much though! <3