My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 2 Episode 4

Luna Eclipsed

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 22, 2011 on The Hub
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Episode Summary


On Nightmare Night, the pony version of Halloween, Princess Luna appears to join in on the celebration, but everyone is scared of her. It is now up to Twilight to teach the princess to be less scary and more friendly.

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  • Hug a Goddess

    The plight of Princess Luna in this episode creates amusement and empathy. When she feels low due to the reaction of many of her subjects you just want to provide reassurance if you could only cross dimensions.

  • Princess Luna is back!

    After a full season of being absent, Princess Luna, the ruler of the night returns for her very first episode. The episode begins with Spike and Twilight Sparkle going around town and seeing what their friends are doing. Pinkie Pie is leading some of the foals around Ponyville to get candy, including a new foal named Pipsqueek, Rainbow Dash is using a storm cloud to scare other ponies, Fluttershy is staying home since she's scared of Nightmare Night, and Applejack is busy keeping the games organized. Zecora returns as well to tell the tale of Nightmare Moon and states that each Nightmare Night, all the citizens wear disguises and give candy to NMM so she won't hurt them. We then see Princess Luna and she has changed a lot since we first saw her. She believes in the old traditional Equestrian ways and uses a deep booming voice that scares the town. Twilight then goes to help Luna in being more welcomed. Throughout the way though from learning how to speak softer from Fluttershy to playing games, Pinkie and the foals see Luna doing something that they take the wrong way and believe she's NMM. Eventually Luna loses her patience and decides that since none of the ponies respect or love her that she is canceling Nightmare Night forever. The whole town is left devastated by this event and Twilight goes to find Luna. Luna explains that she's not welcomed by any of the ponies at all and that they all are still afraid of her despite what she's tried to do. Twilight then leads Pinkie into an ally and tries to make peace with her and Luna. Rainbow though comes in and ruins the peace talks before she can get started. Twilight tackles Pinkie and tells her that Luna is not evil at all. Pinkie laughs and tells that she knows and states it's fun ti be scared. Twilight then gets an idea and leads Luna to the statue of NMM where they offer candy. At the statue, the foals give the candy, and Pipsqueek says farewell to Nightmare Night for good. Luna then pretends to scare them with her menacing voice and pretends to look like NMM. Pipqueek then states that he wants her to come back next year to scare her. Luna sees that the ponies do love her and states Nightmare Night will be back, Twilight then sends a letter stating that Luna was like her when she entered Ponyville and learned that you shouldn't be scared by another pony's image at all. Out episode ends with Rainbow trying to scare Twilight again, but Luna zaps her and she flies off while her, Spike, and Twilight laugh away. This was an extremely awesome episode of FiM. I lvoed the whole story idea of Luna transgressing from old style to the current one on the scariest night of the year, Pinkie Pie was very random in the episode, I loved Fluttershy's role in the episode as well, and I loved how Luna pranked Rainbow at the end. My only issues was that there was no Rarity and we didn't know what Luna was doing while she was free. My guess is that since she's old fashioned she didn't leave the castle like her sister did except for royal business. Overall an awesome episode and one of the best, I hope to see more Luna soon.

    FINAL SCORE: 9.5/10moreless
  • Halloween themed episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" was a success

    I missed this episode on Saturday morning but I was able to record it at the 9:30am time on Monday morning so YAY!. I watched it yesterday night and I absolutely loved this episode. The Halloween themed episode of this show was so excellent and it definitely better than the previous episode "Lesson Zero". It's Nightmare Night (pony version of "Halloween") and everyone is going around to trick or treat. Also, Zecora tells the story of Princess Luna. Princess Luna (you know, the dark pony from the Season 1 premiere who also turns out to be Princess Celestia's sister) returns on Nightmare Night (Halloween). She has changed since the Season 1 Premiere but becomes upset because she feels like nobody loves her. It turns out in the end that Princess Luna is loved. There were a lot of funny parts in this episode such as everyone not understanding Twilight's costume, Pinkie Pie as the chicken, Twilight asking Pinkie Pie "Aren't a little too old for trick-or-treating?" (or something like that) and then Pinkie responding "Never", Rainbow Dash doing her dark storm and shocking the ponies (that's all she did in this episode), Fluttershy's part, the very ending of the episode, and much more. This episode also has a wonderful friendship lesson that everyone should listen to. Overall, an excellent Halloween themed episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" and definitely one of Season 2's best. 10/10moreless
William Lawrenson

William Lawrenson


Guest Star

Cathy Weseluck

Cathy Weseluck

The Mayor

Recurring Role

Tabitha St. Germain

Tabitha St. Germain

Princess Luna, Granny Smith

Recurring Role

Brenda Chrichlow

Brenda Chrichlow


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Princess Luna: (After Fluttershy has agreed to help Princess Luna speak with a normal voice) (loud voice) Shall we mimic thy voice?
      Fluttershy: Okay.
      Princess Luna: (Loud voice) How is this?
      Fluttershy: Perfect. Lesson over. (bolts for the door; Twilight closes it before Fluttershy reaches it; Fluttershy crashes into it)
      Twilight Sparkle: A little quieter, Princess.
      Princess Luna: How is... (normal voice)... this?
      Twilight Sparkle: Better. Right, Fluttershy?
      Fluttershy: (Unsticks her head from the door) (chuckles) Yes. (Falls to the ground)

    • Princess Luna: (Booming voice) Should you choose to fear your princess rather than love her and dishonor her with this insulting celebration, we decree that Nightmare Night shall be cancelled forever!

    • Twilight Sparkle: Look at the borders on these robes. These are hoof- stitched.
      Spike: It's a great costume. (Chuckles) Granpa.
      Twilight Sparkle: (Growls)

    • Twilight : Princess Luna? Hi. My name is..
      Princess Luna: Star Swirl the Bearded. Commendable costume. Thou even got the bells right.
      Twilight. : Thank You. Finally. Somepony who gets my costume.

    • Twilight Sparkle: Star Swirl the Bearded is only the most important conjurer of the pre-classical era.

    • Twilight: Don't worry Princess,  Fluttershy can give you some great pointers. She's delicate and demure, with the sweetest little voice. (Knocks on Fluttershy's door)
      Fluttershy: (Yells) Go away! No candy here! Visiters not welcome on Nightmare Night!

    • Pipsqueak: Gosh, I never thought my very first Nightmare Night would be my very last.
      Zecora: Come, little Pip. Now don't you fret. Nightmare Night's not over yet. We still have candy left to give so Nightmare Moon might let us live.
      Mayor: (In a clown costume) Yes. Come on little ponies. What's Nightmare Night without the annual candy offering? (Spooky voice) You don't want Nightmare Moon to gobble you up, do you?
      Spike: Aw, the rainbow wig just kills it for me.

    • Noi: (After Princess Luna cancels Nightmare Night) (Crying) But I wanted to be a zombie next year.

    • Mayor: (In a clown costume) Now all the little ponies who have been out collecting sweets should follow our friend Zecora to hear the legend of (In a spooky voice) Nightmare Moon! (Lets out an evil laugh)
      Spike: Her spooky voice might work better if she wasn't dressed like that.
      Twilight: (Chuckles)

    • Zecora: (About Nightmare Moon) Every year, we put on a disguise to save ourselves from her searching eyes.
      Kids:  Aah!
      Zecora:  But Nightmare Moon wants just one thing... (Pipsqueak runs into the Nightmare Moon statue) gobble up ponies in one quick swing.
      Pip-squeak and Pinkie Pie:  (After Pipsqueak backs into Pinkie Pie) Aah!
      Zecora:  Hungrily, she soars the sky. If she sees nopony, she passes by. So if she comes and all is clear... Equestria is safe another year!
      Pip-squeak:  Oh, Miss Zecora, if we wear costumes to hide from Nightmare Moon so she won't gobble us up, how come we still need to give her some of our candy?
      Zecora:  A perfect question, my little friend... for Nightmare Moon you must not offend.  Fill up her belly with a treat or two so she won't return to come eat you!

    • Princess Luna: Hah, hah! The fun has been doubled!

    • Twilight Sparkle: Princess Luna! I've finally figured out why you're having so much trouble being liked!
      Princess Luna: Forgive me if I withhold my enthusiasm.

    • Princess Luna: Leave me be, Twilight Sparkle.
      Twilight Sparkle: Princess, I'm sorry it hasn't worked out how we wanted. But you have to believe me when I tell you that Nightmare Night is one of the most popular celebrations we have.
      Princess Luna: Yes, I can tell by all the adoring shrieks of the children as they run away.

    • Twilight Sparkle: It's not over yet.
      Applejack: What are you gonna do?
      Twilight Sparkle: I'm going to do what I do best. Lecture her!

    • Pinkie Pie: Hey, gals. Anypony seen Pip? We lost him the last time we had to run... (Sees Princess Luna holding Pipsqueak by the pants with her teeth) (Squawks) Aaah! Night Mare Moon is gobbling Pipsqueak! Everypony run!
      Kids:  Aah! (run away)
      Pipsqueak: Help! My backside has been gobbled! (runs away)
      Princess Luna: 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!

    • Pinkie Pie: (Squawks) Enough chit-chat! Time is candy!
      Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie Pie, aren't you a little old for this?
      Pinkie Pie: Too old for free candy? Aah!  Never!

    • Spike: Are you that one creaky grandpa from Ponyville Retirement Village?
      Twilight Sparkle: I'm Star Swirl the Bearded. (Spike stares blankly) Father of the amniomorphic spell? (Spike still blank) Did you even read that book I gave you about obscure unicorn history?
      Spike: Ummm... (knock on door) That sounds important! (goes to answer door)

    • Kids: (chanting) Nightmare Night! What a fright! Give us something sweet to bite!

    • Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie Pie, you're a genius!
      Pinkie Pie: No, I'm not. I'm a chicken. (squawk)

    • Twilight Sparkle: Happy Nightmare Night, Granny Smith.
      Granny Smith: I should have been asleep five hours ago.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode is part of the DVD, Spooktacular Pony Tales, which also includes the episodes "Boast Busters," "Stare Master," "Sleepless in Ponyville," "Castle Man-ia" and "Bats!"

    • Princess Luna's mane and tail look different from her last appearance. Lauren Faust explained that Luna's good powers had been restored over time, resulting in the mane/tail change.

    • Rarity does not appear in this episode. However, according to Lauren Faust, a scene was scripted where Twilight took Princess Luna to her to help the Princess look less intimidating. Rarity became over-excited at the prospect of making a dress for a princess, giving Luna a very pink outfit. Disliking it, Luna would accidentally tear off a piece of the outfit when taking it off. Pinkie Pie would then enter, see the material in Luna's mouth, and think Luna had just eaten a princess.

    • Friendship Report: Twilight learned that one of the best things about friendship is to give it to others and help them find it for themselves. Also, everyone in Ponyville learned that even if somepony is a little intimidating or even scary, when you offer them your friendship, you'll discover a whole new pony underneath.

    • This episode revolves around Princess Luna.

    • The title of this episode is likely a pun of the term "lunar eclipse", an astronomical phenomenon which occurs when the Moon darkens and reddens when travelling through the Earth's shadow.


    • Roadrunner:  In the prologue, Pinkie Pie pecks at the candy Twilight and Spike are giving out in the style in which this famous Warner Bros. character ate bird seed.

    • One of the background ponies is dressed like Quint the shark hunter from Jaws (He even has a fake shark attached to his rear).

    • Mr. and Mrs. Cake are dressed as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, rag doll characters featured in books by Johnny Gruelle.

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