I've been hoping they'd do another Daring Do episode sometime, and we finally got one! (Better than the first, IMO)
Rainbow Dash is waiting for the new Daring Do book to arrive, only to find out that the book has been postponed for two months. Rainbow Dash and her friends go to the author (A.K. Yearling). They find out that she's Daring Do, and witness Dr. Caballeron steal a ring from her. She follows him into the forest, with Rainbow Dash trailing behind her. It is revealed that Dr. Caballeron plans to give the ring to Ahuizotl, who then plans to use it in accordance with other rings to cause 8 centuries of unrelenting heat. Daring Do gets captured in Ahuizotl's dungeon, and rescued by Rainbow Dash, who then helps her for the rest of the episode and destroys all the rings.
At the beginning of the episode when Rainbow Dash was flipping out about the next Daring Do book, she reminded my of myself 3 months before Season 4. (Except the writers didn't postpone it for two months, thank goodness.)
I had not expected the author of the Daring Do books to be the actual Daring Do until I saw her. I was very excited to see where the writers would go with this. The action scenes were very exciting. I noticed quite a bit of Indiana Jones references, and a possible LOTR reference with the rings being scattered across the land. (And we even got a Wilhelm Scream!)
This seemed to be the most complex story that Dave Polsky (he also wrote Feeling Pinkie Keen, Over a Barrel, Too man Pinkie Pies, Keep Calm and Flutter On, and Games Ponies Play) has ever written. I'm excited to see what he comes up with next, and I'll be looking forward to Flight to the Finish next week!