Okay, I am about to completely goob out here. Warning.
I’m not just a writer. I’m also a mother. And I am a huge My Little Pony fan. I grew up with the toys, and loved them. When the toys came out again, I was so happy, because having a daughter of my own, I could introduce her to them and she could love them as much as I did.
We also have a new My Little Pony cartoon. Now, in case you’ve been under a rock the past few years and have missed the various Pony memes or the Brony phenomenon, this is a cartoon produced by Lauren Faust. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, she’s also known for Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and The Powerpuff Girls. The cartoon is great for a number of reasons. It is entertaining. It contains some nods to the adults who may be watching. It also has some great lessons for kids.
This episode is my favorite of them. You might remember that I was talking a few weeks ago about the Damsel and agency and a great podcast. Well, this episode is a wonderful example of turning that around. In it, Rarity is kidnapped. Her friends gather to rescue her, imagining all the suffering she must be going through. Meanwhile, Rarity is working her way out of trouble, hitting snags in her plans, and working around them. The best part: she doesn’t break character to do it. She doesn’t suddenly become a tough girl, or athletic. We don’t discover that she has special fighting skills. In fact, we don’t see her using any skills or talents that we didn’t already know she possessed.
We do, however, learn something about her, and about ourselves. It’s a great episode, and probably the best turn-around of the Damsel in Distress …. well, ever.