My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 1 Episode 1

Friendship is Magic, part 1

6
Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 10, 2010 on The Hub
8.3
out of 10
User Rating
47 votes
7

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Twilight Sparkle is sent by Princess Celestia to Ponyville to make some friends. But she doesn't have time for that as she has heard about a prophecy that talks about the return of the evil pony, Nightmare Moon.

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  • And so it all began

    10
    Thanks to Lauren Faust we have FiM. In these first two episodes we have Twilight moving to Ponyville to make friends. A wonderful start. 10/10
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S01 E01: Friendship is Magic Part 1

    7.0
    Honestly, this episode isn't too great. There really is nothing too exceptional about it. It deserves an average ranking. Now let's see why I gave this episode a 7.0.

    Highlights:

    3. Rainbow Dash's first appearance- Rainbow Dash is a very athletic pony, who is likeable and can be arrogant such as in episodes such as the Mysterious Mare Do Well. However, when she crashes into Twilight Sparkle, it is really funny, an aspect not seen too much for Rainbow Dash, as it is mostly seen in ponies such as Pinkie Pie or Sweetie Belle.

    2. Spike's first appearance- Spike is probably a character meant for slapstick. He has some pretty bad episodes, but this episode introduces Spike's slapstick and helpfulness well. Besides, Twilight calling out for him was a bit funny, but not very funny.

    1. Fluttershy's introduction- It really introduces Fluttershy's personality extremely well. It shows she is a timid and shy pony who is very open and trusting to animals. It doesn't introduce her intimidating side, but that's introduced 6 episodes later, so not a big complaint.

    Now, for my 3 least favorite parts of the episode. By the way, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash are my two favorite of the Mane 6:

    3. Princess Luna's introduction: When you get down to it, Nightmare Moon is probably the most undeveloped villain the series has created. Yes, I do mean she is more undeveloped than King Sombra from The Crystal Empire. Her powers seem a bit limited and powerless, which will be further explained in Part 2.

    2. Applejack's introduction: My order of least favorite to favorite switches a lot. Originally, Applejack was my 3rd favorite pony, Rainbow Dash was my favorite pony, and Pinkie Pie was my least favorite. Now, Fluttershy is my favorite, Pinkie Pie is my 3rd favorite, and Applejack is my least favorite. Probably because she is exactly where she wants to be in life. That statement has been said so many times, that by this time, it has no use of me saying it. Now, for the actual scene. It is horribly paced, as it goes way too quickly. It's as if Applejack was saying: "Oh, hi, I'm Applejack. What's your name? I'm gonna introduce y'all to the family. Aw, Twilight, you're already a part of the family. Here's an apple pie, now scoot!" I'm really on the minority side when I say this scene's pacing sucks, but it's not the worst pacing ever. I mean we have episodes in the future like Keep Calm and Flutter On and Magical Mystery Cure.

    #1: Elements of Harmony's introduction: This may seem like a nitpick, but the Elements of Harmony were introduced very poorly. We don't learn much about the Elements of Harmony or about their backstory. Their backstory sounds very fascinating, and I hope they have an episode on it in Season 4. But, yeah, the Elements of Harmony were poorly introduced.

    So, the humor was decent, the pacing was alright, but bad at times, most scenes were relevant to the plot, some characters were introduced poorly, some greatly, and it's not too memorable.

    So, in the end, this episode gets a 7/10 from me. This episode was written by Lauren Faust. I'm going to say it right now that this is my favorite of her episodes. She is also my least favorite writer. She's a great show runner, but a bad writer. Dave Polsky did have bad episodes such as Over a Barrel and Feeling Pinkie Keen, but the humor was phenomonal in the latter, and the introduction was outstanding in the former. Merriwether Williams wrote Mysterious Mare Do Well, but I don't hate it as much as other people do. Chris Savino wrote Boast Busters, but he also wrote Stare Master, which may or may not be in my top 20. I'm going to finish off my review by saying I'm glad this is one of her only three episodes.

    Also, I will be giving out rewards to episodes, some good, some bad. This episode wins the award of Writer's Best.

    Lauren Faust's Current Score out of 100: 70 (Just Passing)moreless
  • Okay, I didn't like it that much.

    5.5
    Yeah, I think this episode was a little weak. But thankfully, the rest of the series is better. I mean, this episode is good for little kids but I just didn't like it. The premise is original but also kinda ........ girly at the same time. The animation was good, though. There were not many jokes in this episode and the big climax seemed stupid to me. I mean, the main characters defeat the villan with the power of rainbows? Yeeeeaaaaaaaaah, that was pretty stupid. Little girls would probably like that, but again, to me it's just STUPID! Thank god the series got better. So overall, not the best way to begin a new series, but still good for the kids.moreless
  • Where it all started, and why it became such a success.

    9.0
    SPOILERS BELOW!!!!



    Well, if I want to start reviewing again, I have to start somewhere I'm familiar. And look no further to the show with a large fanbase known as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. When people have told me what a great show this was, I honestly thought it was just a joke. I mean, since when did everyone make such a big deal out of something like My Little Pony? Well, let's start with the title which is named after the series itself. We are told a little backstory (although my head is still quite fuzzy bout it) on this land named Equastria (probably spelled it wrong), where Princess Celestia and her sister raised the sun and moon together, with Celestia controlling the sun. The younger sister who controls the Moon, Luna, becomes jealous due to the ponies only celebrating during Celestia's time, and rebels against her as Nightmare Moon. With no options left (although I'm not sure if that's still true) Celestia banishes her to the moon for 1000 years with the power of the Elements of Harmony. Years then pass as Twilight, a pony who is considered by Celestia her most faithful student who lives in Canterlot, discovers the legend and tries to warn her about it, but Celestia merely plays it off and says she's reading too much. As a result, she sends her and her assistant Spike, a baby dragon, to make sure the preparations ready for this Summer Sun Celebration, as well as make new friends. Twilight just wants to make sure the preparations ready, then head back to find out more about the legend, but is urged by Spike to make friends with them. She tries to make friends with one named Pinkie Pie later on, but she gasps and flees for no reason. Twilight meets up with ponies that are responsible for the preparations, who are Applejack, who's responsible for the food, Rainbow Dash, who makes sure the weather is clear, Fluttershy, who's responsible for the music, Rarity, who's responsible for the decorations, and so on and so forth. After meeting with them, Twilight tries to get some information at her residence in Ponyville, only to have it bombarded by Pinkie Pie as well as the other residents of Ponyville. Twilight tries to study, but cannot with all the partying; afterwards, the Summer Sun Celebration commences, only to have it foiled by Nightmare Moon, who Twilight predicted would come at this time. And the episode leaves off at that. And holy sh*t, that was a whole lot of ground to cover in this review! Well, the premise is cheesy, but to be fair, it does know what it's doing and what it is. A silly, yet interesting premise that can interact with all the introduced characters very well (Well, with the exception of Spike maybe). The characters are also very diverse while straying away from typical stereotypes and have their own moments of comedy and characterization in the show. We are also introduced to a vibrant and lush village that shows good use of contrasting colors and design, ranging from the designs of buildings to the details of the farm, it's all here, folks! The characters themselves stick to their roles very well without messing with the plot, and for that, I applaud it. Twilight herself is an interesting main character because we can easily identify her flaws while be able to laugh and enjoy her interactions with the other ponies such as Rainbow Dash (By the, way, why is HER mane the only one that's more than 2 colors?) and Fluttershy. While it does seem to get tiring having to go to the same process FIVE times (aka Twilight meeting up with each pony responsible for an assignment for the Summer Sun Celebration and her trying to be done with the meeting only to have it delayed in some inevitable way), they at least cut it off with the last pony, Pinkie Pie, and transition it well with next plot element in the episode. We even learn more Twilight's interaction with Spike and that's fun. And overall, it's an episode that shines and gets the attention it deserves. While I may not enjoy the repetitiveness of this episode as well as the characters who seem to much like archetype templates at times, they change things up, and the way Twilight's plans are delayed are each comical and diverse in their own special way. In conclusion, a not perfect, but a damn fine one for a show about ponies.



    OVERALL SCORE: 9/10 Superb!moreless
  • Birth of the best new show

    10
    It's hard to believe that with this pilot episode of Friendship is Magic that it would end up creating a huge fan base and followers of the show. I digress though, how did a show with a cheesy premise with the My Little Pony license on it be so good? Well it's best to start at the very beginning. The pilot opens on a brief story involving the land of Equestria. 2 Royal Pony Sisters would control certain things. One would control day while the other controls night. The one who controls night grew angry over how the ponies weren't appreciating her night and became Nightmare Moon. The other sister was forced to use the Elements of Harmony to banish her to the moon. She has controlled day and night since. What I love so much is that we are given back story on how Equestria came to be and I think it's a very nice touch. We then meet the protagonist of the show, Twilight Sparkle, a lilac unicorn who despite being the princess' student and being very smart doesn't want to have friends. She goes back to the library where she meets her assistant, Spike the Dragon. She starts to look up an old story called The Mare in the Moon, an old story that tells of Nightmare Moon's return and tells Spike to warn the princess. When she gets the message she is told to head to a place called Ponyville to set up the Summer Sun Celebration and is told to make friends. Twilight though doesn't want to make friends and decides to go through the preparations so she can find a way to stop NMM. Throughout Ponyville Twilight and Spike meet other ponies like Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Fluttershy. Each pony giving the pair a funnier welcome than the last. From eating a bunch of apple products, to a Rainblow Dry, to trying a dress, to being forced to tell a life story, and a party that goes mad it's all hilarity. Just as the Summer Sun Celebration is about to occur Nightmare Moon comes and informs that she's taking over Ponyville and Equestria. Our episode ends on a cliffhanger with that. This is a fantastic start to the whole series. There were many good funny moments like how Twilight met the other ponies and the party scene was hilarious as well and then how Pinkie Pie reacted to when she first met Twilight. It was all funny and it was a blast. If you are looking for a way to get into Friendship is Magic, then this is the episode for you.



    FINAL SCORE: 10/10moreless
Tabitha St. Germain

Tabitha St. Germain

Nightmare Moon

Guest Star

Cathy Weseluck

Cathy Weseluck

The Mayor

Recurring Role

Michelle Creber

Michelle Creber

Apple Bloom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Derpy cameo: She can be seen in the group of ponies in the library during Twilight's welcome party.

    • During the brunch with the Apple family, Twilight gets a green apple shoved in her mouth but when she spits it out, it's red.

    • Nightmare Moon can be spotted inside an hourglass roughly 4 minutes and 50 seconds into the episode.

    • Roughly 20 minutes and 23 seconds into the episode, the Cutie Mark Crusaders can be seen huddling together like close friends even though they would not meet until "Call of the Cutie".

    • Rainbow Dash's claim to being able to clear the sky in ten seconds flat was true. Exactly ten seconds elapsed between Twilight saying "prove it" and Rainbow Dash kicking the last cloud away.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Rainbow Dash: Hey! I can clear this sky in ten seconds flat.
      Twilight Sparkle: (grins) Prove it.
      Rainbow Dash: (clears the clouds in the area at lightning speed then returns to Twilight) What'd I say? Ten. Seconds. Flat.

    • Twilight Sparkle: All the ponies in this town are CRAZY!

    • (After Princess Celestia does not show up for the opening of the Summer Sun Celebration.)
      The Mayor: Remain calm, everypony. There must be a reasonable explanation.
      Pinkie Pie: Oo, oo! I love guessing games! Is she hiding?
      Rarity: She's gone!
      (All of the ponies present gasp.)
      Pinkie Pie: Oooh, she's good!

    • Rarity: Oh my stars, darling! Whatever happened to your coiffeur?
      Twilight Sparkle: Oh, you mean my mane? Well, it's a long story. I'm just here to check on the decorations, and then I'll be out of your hair.
      Rarity: Out of my hair? What about your hair?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The description of Princess Celestia and Luna being responsible for bringing day and night is similar to Skinfaxi and Hrímfaxi, the horses of Dagr (day) andNótt (night), from Norse mythology.

    • The alternative title of this episode as given in Hasbro's viewing guide, "Mare in the Moon", is a reference to the "Man in the Moon", an imaginary figure of a man or human face made up of the dark areas visible on the Moon when full.

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