Rainbow Dash’s ego is inflated more than usual when she hears she’s been royally invited to the Kingdom of Dimondia to perform for their queen. In spite of the fact no one has ever heard of the kingdom, Rainbow Dash uses a map included in the letter to find it, and is shocked to discover it is a kingdom of Diamond Dogs, and that it’s ruled by none other than the Great and Powerful Trixie. Trixie summons her to have tea with her privately, but as soon as they’re alone begs Rainbow Dash to get her out of there. It seems she tricked the Diamond Dogs into thinking she was a great gem diviner, causing them to make her their queen, but is now trapped in the country and stalling the inevitable. Rainbow Dash tries to fly her out only to find herself trapped there by Trixie’s crown. She talks with the Diamond Dogs and gets them to reveal that it’s a magic crown that keeps her from leaving and can never be removed unless the Diamond Dogs no longer want her as their queen. Giving that information back to Trixie, the two hatch a plan. The next day, Rainbow Dash puts on a spectacular airshow, and after it’s done Trixie stands and proclaims that she loved it so much she’s decided to reward Rainbow Dash with all of the gems in the royal vault. This plus a number of other new laws shocks and eventually infuriates the Diamond Dogs, but also causes Trixie’s crown to come loose. She then announces her “greatest trick”, and suddenly disappears along with all of the gems. As it turns out, she put the gems on a trap door and only created a flash of smoke, during which Rainbow Dash came in and flew her away, leaving the crown behind. Once a safe distance away, the two compliment each other on their part of the plan, and Dash goes off to tell the story back home while Trixie goes to “find a new trick to play”.
I think this one was a little better than the others so far. For one thing, it really got to what this series was supposed to be about: friendship…even among unlikely friends. Although this arc is likely post-“Manehattan Mysteries”, that only involved Applejack and Rarity. It makes sense that Rainbow Dash would still be standoffish around Trixie considering the events of “Magic Duel”. Yet it’s still nice that even though this is indeed Trixie’s fault, she decides to have pity on her and help her get out of the mess. Again, the humor isn’t as great as other arcs, but it’s still a nice little bit. The storyline is pretty good and in tune with the show.
Another nice note is that this story points out something interesting: Rainbow Dash and Trixie actually share the same negative traits. Both of them can be boasters and braggarts. Trixie, obviously, does a much worse job of it, but even at the beginning the rest of the Mane Six point out how full of herself Rainbow Dash can be. Perhaps that was the real reason that Trixie opted to call her to help as opposed to, say, Twilight Sparkle.
And last but not least, it was kind of nice at the end at how Rainbow Dash and Trixie ended up graciously complimenting each other rather than boasting about their parts of the plans. Add to that a little humor from the dim-witted Diamond Dogs, and this ends up being kind of nice.
This story shares similarities with the Star Trek Original Series Episode “I, Mudd”; including the motif of an old enemy being discovered as a combination ruler/prisoner in a different land and driving the captors crazy by saying things that clash with their mentality.
Only other appearance so far of the Diamond Dogs in series history. This is also the second appearance of Trixie in the comic, making her have appeared as much in the comic as on the actual show (not counting the Equestria Girls appearances).
In the flashback, Trixie says: “It’s good to be the Queen!” and, later, “It’s no good to be the Queen.” Both are a takeoff of Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part 1”.
One of the angry Diamond Dogs says it’s time for a “regime change”, a takeoff of the infamous reference to the USA action in Iraq.
As a bit of a good, Trixie frequently refers to herself as “me” in this arc, as opposed to her usually third-person “the Great and Powerful Trixie”.
3 Stars out of 5