That includes cliff-side rescues. The big theme throughout this struggle is that the foals aren’t able to match the physical challenges alone, but together they manage to stay alive. Silver Spoon demonstrates a certain degree of leadership as she figuratively and literally pushes Scootaloo to reach higher while the unicorns offer support.
Thus we come to the character portion of the story along with the classic trope of finding shelter and bonding during a snow storm. Each set of foals confesses that they don’t know how to live up to their families. The Crusaders have national heroines as role models, the rich fillies are expected to be a cut above the common class. Even Snips and Snails admit some pain that everyone views them as idiots.
I actually felt sorry for them at that moment. I’ve never cared for their role as the town fools, and it’s nice to see a little depth.
It’s also nice to see them laugh together, though no intended jokes are shared. Laughter is a defense mechanism and sometimes laughing about nothing is just a way to keep sanity.
And lo and behold, the Wonderbolts get to do something! Thanks in part to the mystical Turul, which wasn’t as big a factor in this story as I expected.
By comic's end we basically fall back into the status quo. Which is too bad because it feels like the comic is resetting the clock to countdown towards Crusaders of the Lost Mark. A lot of the themes in this comic were in that episode as well. The desire to make an impression in the world, the pressure to live up to family expectations, and the push and pull between social status and unexpected friendships.
After the Siege of the Crystal Empire, this story feels like a safe bet. Simple conflict, direct progression of events, some character insight near the end, but hitting the reset button. A decent read with some fun visual humor, but not really pushing the envelope.
Also, Snips and Snails have an affinity for setting fires. I cannot stress enough how concerned I am for the town's future.