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We know very little, to about nothing about Smolder, they didn't really dive into her personality as much as the other students. Maybe this is why they wanted to save her introduction to Spike for this episode!  Smolder seems like another hardcore type of dragon, but not as hardcore as Ember. Just what kind of personality can we get out of these two being together? Surely enough, I don't think they would go the romantic route even the slightest. It's nice to see Spike shipped with other dragons fandom wise, but I kind of doubt that Smolder and Spike would have any type of romantic feeling for each other. If anything... I would totally ship Ember and Spike a lot more since we have known Ember for a lot longer now. Who knows, maybe Smolder will be the next best dragon right with Spike!

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Acne is always a huge pain, especially whenever it evolves all around your face and sometimes even the rest of your body. Spike's condition only let us know that he was indeed growing up and there was nothing he could really do to stop it. It's such a shame to hear that whenever a dragon grows up in the dragon lands, they have to leave home. I'm very happy this is not the case in Ponyville. Everyone knows that no matter how much you grow up, you will always be loved by the ponies. All Spike really needed to do to control the breakout is stop by Zecora's. Of course, he got to make that stop, but he never really did get to use that lotion! Whenever Rarity started to have side-effects, I thought that it would be because of Spike having that strange breakout of acne. Rarity just seemed to have a bit of reaction with the Phoenix feathers and her hearing was totally blown. Both Rarity and Spike were in total danger just because of this. They were very vulnerable with Rocs because of this and there was nothing that they could really do. Very glad to see Twilight come along and finally save these two from a disaster waiting to happen!















I didn't really expect much action from this episode, but after the BIG reveal of Spike getting his wings, things got real! Be it as it may, but giving characters wings is just something that very few fans cannot stand. I for one think that this will be a VERY exciting new approach for Spikes character in the future. Just imagine how much more useful Spike will be! He saved the Crystal Empire twice, but what could he possibly save now that he has his very own wings? I think it's safe to say that no matter how much one character changes, their personality will always still remain intact. The Twilight and Spike moments in this episode were so very sweet as well. It's easily to note that Twilight is a lot more closer with Spike than ever before. The day we get another Twilight and Spike centered episode, I am really expecting some strong feels! We also got a lot of laughs out of this episode mostly with Spike and his breakout and Rarity with her unnecessary shouting, but side-effects will get the best of us! Also got to point out that the beloved Peewee has returned! That takes us all the way back to season 3!



















No matter how much Spike changes, his personality is always going to remain the same!









NEXT EPISODE...







Marks for Effort


The Cutie Mark Crusaders try to enroll into the School of Friendship.


The Crusaders sure have progressed a lot other many seasons. Perhaps the School of Friendship can build upon that even more!










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AskShadicTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
I have only one thing to say. The wings! Spike now has WINGS! I really don't believe this! Spike has officially taken the first giant leap forward for dragonkind, that's for sure! And Smolder is in the spotlight, too! I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Best. Spike. Episode. EVER!
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After so long of a time, Spike truly did deserve these pair of wings. Now we're going to see him a lot more useful than we never seen before. 
This is going to make for some incredibly good future episodes!! :heart:

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AskShadicTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Amen, bud!
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GT4tube Featured By Owner Edited Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Well, look!

Emoticon - Spike Reaction In the dragonlands, Families make molters leave home.
MLP Twilight Sparkle (Seriously?) Plz Bro, your parents already did that beforce you were born.


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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really hope we get to figure out where his egg was even found. XD
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dksponge13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder what Equestria's food chain is like? From what I learned from this episode, dragons (young ones, at least) are lower than rocs, and thus are their natural prey. 
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As we heard Smolder say though... those birds are really only attracted to the Molting of dragons, though the bird did end up taking Zecora and Rarity, so they may eat just about anything maybe. XDD
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Athletic-Dashie Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
Idk why Smolder has to explain the Molt to Spike. But, I'm glad that Spike has wings.

But, Is Episode 12 where we meet Cozy Flow for the first time?
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not entirely sure. Please don't spoil too! XD
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Athletic-Dashie Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
Sorry, I am still understanding what is the Roc (Bird)
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is okieee.
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kcsalyer23 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
this episode was AWESOME!

our little spike's growing up
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He sure is. I LOVE his new wings!!!! :heart:

Spike (i love you maybe) plz 
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kcsalyer23 Featured By Owner May 31, 2018
me too!
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BenGray1997 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
TBH, Rarity being hard of hearing is really whacky. :hmm:
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having your hearing completely shot is VERY devastating because no one will ever be able to hear you.

MLP Emote Twilight Sparkle Cry Sad 
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BenGray1997 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Believe it or not, I know what you mean. You for making a good and commendable point.
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VenomFox94 Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
Do you realize what this means having the CMC enrolling in Twilight's school?  Scootaloo could finally get real flying lessons from Rainbow Dash!  Just like she wanted back in Season 3.  This could potentially lead up to the moment so many of us have been dying to see: Scootaloo flying at long last!

It would complete the entire series for me to see Scootaloo flying alongside Rainbow Dash.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THE FEELS MAN!! THE FEEEEEEEEEEELS!!! It will be so real!!
Now you made me even more hyped for this episode!! :heart:

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Dracorider19 Featured By Owner Edited May 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I am just THRILLED to see Spike finally got his wings! For a long time I thought he might be a different species of dragon
without wings, or we would simply never get to see him get them. But season 8 has brought many surprises, with this episode
being one of them! 
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is going to be a HUGE help in future episodes! :heart:

spike (eat pancake) plz 
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jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Student General Artist
I'm glad that Spike finally has Wings now! :D


And oh yeah.... so ready for Marks For Effort, which means one thing: MORE SWEETIE BELLE!!! :3 Chibi Sweetie Belle Icon Sweetie Belle Emote Sweetie Belle not amused sprite Sweetie Belle (giggling) -F2U- Sweetie Belle Avatar Green Ribbon-chew TooBad Sweetie Belle icon Sweetie Belle's Teddy bear Sweetie belle Icon: #2 PLZ Sweetie belle Icon: #4 PLZ Sweetie Belle nervous smile EQG Sweetie belle Icon #38 Derp Sweetie Belle Disgusting Sweetie Belle MLP Sweetie Belle (Ooh) Plz MLP Sweetie Belle (Dizzy) Plz Sweetie belle Icon: #1 PLZ MLP Sweetie Belle (Eheh) Plz MLP Sweetie Belle (Hmm) Plz MLP Sweetie Belle (Giggle) Plz Sweetie belle Icon: #3 PLZ :iconsweetiebelleconspiringplz: :iconsweetiebelleconfusedplz: MLP Sweetie Belle (Questioning) Plz MLP Sweetie Belle (Huh) Plz MLP Sweetie Belle (Helpful) Plz :iconsweetiebellemagicplz: 
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just imagine the sheer amount of AWESOMENESS to come ahead! I'm excited! :heart:
Also... YES! More of BEST Crusader! 

MLP Sweetie Belle (Giggle) Plz
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jimmyhook19202122 Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Student General Artist
yep <3
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dafk189 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Bit surprised they gave Spike wings. Then again, they did gave Twilight wings so I guess why not with Spike. Might as well do that with Sunset Shimmers and Starlight Glimmer too at this point.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps, but they may be too extreme. XD
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SB1991 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I heard the title of the episode, I was expecting Spike to get a new skin, as in he's molting and shedding out his old one. But I didn't think he'd grow wings. But maybe that's to be expected, as he's the only dragon without wings for the longest time and now he's finally got them.

Overall, I felt the episode was okay. I mean, it didn't make me satisfied like when the CMC's got their Cutie Marks, but it's not as troubling like the time people felt about Twilight becoming a princess, (though I'm used to it as the show went on). Yet, I feel like many of the changes within this season alone are what's going to help the main cast go up against the returning villains, possibly by the two-parter finale.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can already see Spike being a HUGE help in the upcoming Chrysalis episode. It's gonna be BIG for a mid-season one-part finale! :heart: :heart:

Emoticon - Spike Reaction Emoticon - Spike Reaction Emoticon - Spike Reaction 
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MajkaShinoda626 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew you will enjoy this episode, hun! <3 I love your review and I agree with every single word. :heart: :huggle:
Like I said before, I find this just an "ok", at best a "good" episode, though. With such a huge event as Spike getting wings, I hoped the story will be more epic and emotional roller-coaster (like in other episodes with a huge show-changing events". It was also strange there wasn't a single song. That episode felt like Spike wasn't really important and the fact he's got wings wasn't taken too seriously -neither Twilight or Rarity looked really excited about it, the whole ending felt like nothing "big" has really happened. But maybe it's just me who over-dramatize that event and sees it as something important OR the only one who doesn't feel a lot of emotions from the story. But I'm still glad this episode happened and I'm very happy for Spike. :heart:
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing Twilight's reaction at the time Spike was flying with her in the air just made me understand that she totally looked like she was super surprised and truly happy for him. ^u^
Thanks so much too sweetie and I just know that future episodes will be a heck of a lot more interesting with Spike in this since this changing event!

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bookwormsteve Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
wow I wonder if the cmcs will get into the school
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh I know they will. :3
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bookwormsteve Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
yeah but I wonderwhat will happen
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CollinFTW Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Finally, Spike have wings now!
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TheTraveler66 Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
First a pincushion, now a movable dress stand... The more things change, am I right?

I don't have much to say on this episode other than that it was fun to see Spike get his wings. Smoulder was kind of a jerk, but she's a dragon. What can ya do?

Also, that gif Scootacute. Even Apple Bloom thinks that's adorable.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ya... there wasn't much from the episode, but once Spike had gotten his wings before Rocs even left the area, I just knew this would get more interesting. :33

spike (oh my god) plz 
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GT4tube Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Spike just got wings.... Fuck logic! Xd   Damn just cartoon things hehehe..
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah!! XD

spike (NO!) plz 
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LunaticDawn Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We've finally seen Twily in action since long time! :heart: :D

Also, since Spike got wings he totally deserves ''New Rainbow Dash'' title even more! :XD:
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
New Rainbow Dash title? XD

MLP Spike (Sheepish Smile) Plz 
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LunaticDawn Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah! XDDD
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LordArcheronVolistad Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I really liked the episode. The antics worked, it gave us a bot if lore, and Spike getting hos wings was a big character step. However, the part that intrigued me the most was how the Roc was able to shrug off Twilight's beam attacks like nothing, yet it flinched away from dragonfire. So I'm wondering, if someone were to use layers of a Roc's feathers in a suit, would it be an effective method of countering Alicorn attacks? I'm speaking from a in'universe lens, as the real reason why Twi didn't just teleport the Roc's feet off to a secure location to get Spike and Rarity out of them is obvious.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lets pray that Rocs never steps foot in Ponyville! That would be utter chaos! XD
That bird is freakin' HUGE!


spike (don't worry) plz 
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LordArcheronVolistad Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
True, I just hope that if some villain decided to manipulate, goad, or control somehow a Roc or multiple to attack Equestrian settlements, Equestria is in good-enough circumstances that they can get military aid of somekind from the Dragon kingdom, and that the dragons arrive on time. Maybe they can have unicorn groups operating in the Dragonlands as part of a diplomatic agreement to mass-teleport beings and co9mmodities from one place to another. 
Someone should make a fic about that, I would think.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MLP Twilight Sparkle (Nodding) Plz 

With dragons on their side now too, I don't think it should be that hard to take down Rocs.
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jonathangm Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
It was just a matter of time before he got his wings
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never knew from the start they would ever give Spike wings. He certainly deserves them though. More people are going to understand that Spike's character does matter a whole lot.
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Laszl Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
Spike discovered Redbull.

In all seriousness , this was a really great episode.
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ShutterflyEQD Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another exciting, show changing experience as a matter of fact!

Spike sprite 
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