Analyzing “The Nightmare moon saga” (The return of Nightmare Moon pt 1.)
WARNING- maybe “TL:DR” for some of you…
What I will be discussing today is my thoughts and analysis on the first two episodes of my little pony, what i think of Nightmare moon, and the mane six… Enjoy
So this is my first analysis on an ACTUAL EPISODE, and I shall start with a recap. So we begin the episode with a narration from an unknown voice similar to celestia’s. The narrator tells about “Nightmare moon” and how she was banished for a thousand years because of her growing evil.
The narrators voices fades into Twilight talking as she reads, reading out loud about the elements of harmony and defeating Nightmare moon.
She immediately recalls reading something about the elements and rushes to the library to find spike and then find the book.
I felt this part being “too rushed.” To me it was just a way to introduce the villain, her friendship problem, and the first character we see. (Spike) But i don’t think it was the best way to go through this. It just didn’t feel right when i watched it, like bad writing. (which i know all about…) But it only lasted about a few minutes so i didn’t mind it much.
I think it would’ve been better for them to just begin in the library, and have her just look through the books for “elements of harmony” as if it were you looking through a dictionary to find a word you didn’t understand in the book you were just reading. And instead of her making a deal of it after she reads it, she should make a deal about it after realizing something might be a possible threat. That being Nightmare moon from the second book she read.
She has spike write a letter to the princess about the issue, leading him to remind twilight and inform the audience about the special event going to happen soon. (summer sun celebration) Soon receiving a letter from the princess, Celestia, telling her to go to ponyville and meet friends as well as check on the festivities.
then we are graced with the theme for the first time, and the episode actually begins.
So she, for some reason, ignores the fact Celestia said to make some friends and instead attempts to rush through the festivities while the show introduces the mane six for the first time. It’s sort of a bittersweet situation where it’s nice to be able and go back to the mane six’s introduction, but hard to watch as Twilight doesn’t seem to want any friends.
The episode goes on for a while until a party goes down in Twilight’s tree. While Twilight herself stays in her room and worries. (how did pinkie know where she was staying, anyways?) It doesn’t take long before the sun’s supposed to rise and everypony is ready for celestia to show off the grand rising.
That’s when “the stars” seemingly help luna escape and Celestia doesn’t show. Instead nightmare moon does, and soon afterwards the show ends and leaves us to watch episode two…
In the end, I think that there wasn’t much to be excited about. I could easily call it one of my favorite episodes for the sake of watching it for what it is, but i can’t say it was the best. Twilight worries about Nightmare moon, she goes to check festivities. The show introduces the characters, pinkie throws a party and twilight worries. You’d think that Equestria would be having a huge all day-all night carnival instead of preparing for one specific event of something i’m sure celestia does every day.
As of now, Nightmare moon seems like a villain for the sake of getting revenge. We have no idea where Celestia is, or why she’s gone in the first place. It was basically an introduction for episode two and beyond.
But what did I like about this episode? Well, there’s always the part of getting to know the goals and personalities of each pony. At least we know that Rainbow Dash has wanted to be a wonderbolt for a long time, or that Rarity is an aspiring fashion goddess as well as a classy type. Applejack works on an apple farm, Fluttershy is shy, and Pinkie pie is a partying joyful one.
(Unlike the Shining armour and Cadence scenario where they were brought up last minute just for the sake of being a relationship, and a new princess)
Breaking down the episode, the characters that were given to us are easy to recognize as the soon to be main cast. The conflict that no one will listen to Twilight is one that we all face at least once in our lives. The episode itself is amazing, the way it’s told and the way the conflict is presented feels awesome.The animation was great as well! When you think about it, DHX didn’t have to go so far as to animate it the way they did.
I think the quality is something that grasps us all, and is a reason all of us like the show. The animators put so much effort into this even though kids would watch it bad animation or not! The story was written amazingly for a show that’s most important audience is little kids. You go around to notice all these crappy childs shows that have average animations, bland characters, and a terrible story with a meaningless moral, but you find gold in a show like this and you just grow to love it. A diamond in the ruff.
And that goes for the entire show itself, but this was the episode that started it all! It set the bases and the minimum level of expectancy for the viewer! If they didn’t do as good as they did on this episode then who knows how we would think of it? probably less than we do now.
As for episode two/Pt.2, i’ll have out next week 8/19-27
TO BE CONCLUDED: on pt.2 of Analyzing “The Nightmare moon saga” (The return of Nightmare Moon)
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