The second episode of MLP season 9, titled “New Moon”. As the Mane six and Twilight Sparkle race to come to grips with the loss of their new home and the destruction of their old world, King Sombra plots his own grand scheme to dominate all of Equestria in his own way. Everything comes to a head when Pinkie Pie discovers that her parents, Saddle Swoop and Zippity Zebra, have been stealing rare colts from a stable for their own use. With help from Pinkie Pie, they foil the scheme and put a stop to the madness that is enveloping Ponyville.
This is just one example of how MLP has been able to reinvent itself time again, building upon the success of its previous episodes. In this latest release, the episode is told from the Mane six’s perspective, giving it a more personal feel than any of its predecessors. In the new story, Pinkie Pie is forced to deal with the repercussions of her mom’s death, as well as the fallout from the events that brought about the death of her human friend, Bon-Tux. It is a story that not only gives MLP fans something to emotionally connect to, but it also showcases the character of Pinkie Pie in a much-needed spotlight.
After the break up of Pinkie Pie’s Ponies, she seeks out the new Pony she knows and meets Bon-Tux, who has been transformed into a Nightmare Moon. The two strike up a friendship and become friends, with Pinkie Pie dedicating her time to helping the ponies. While doing so, Pinkie Pie discovers that the Elements of Harmony are missing from her world and leads the ponies to Equestria, where they’re sure to run into each other. However, there is a problem: no longer has the Elements, nor does any of their usual residents, such as unicorns or dragons, appear.
In the new story, Pinkie Pie and Bon-Tux both decide to go on an adventure to find the Elements, only to find that the evil Nightmare Moon has transformed all of Equestria into a nightmare realm. They, along with Twilight, Applejack, andstallion, fight against the evil and set out to find the Elements. In the episode, Twilight Sparkle ends up joining the effort and becomes the group’s leader, though in the new story this is not necessarily the case. Both Twilight and Pinkie Pie end up joining forces, and the story begins to take its usual MLP formula and turn it into an animated TV show.
The plot of the episode revolves around the Trixies, a race of creatures who have been enslaving other ponies. The Trixies are after the Elements, and have placed bounty hunters, including Pinkie Pie, in charge of finding them. The new story focuses on the bonds that the Trixies’ bond are forming as well as the conflict that arises when they’re split apart. These factors drive the plot forward, and help to make the episodes more exciting to watch.
The animation used in MLP season 9 episode 2 is well done. It looks like professional movie production, and the special effects are realistic and entertaining. The songs that are featured in the episode are all great, ranging from mellow songs like Back in Pink to more dramatic numbers such as Pinkie Pie’s Theme. Overall, the animation does add to the enjoyment of watching the episodes, but it’s not something that would hold up to any kind of serious storytelling.
The characters in MLP season 9 episodes 2 and 3 are also interesting enough to keep the audience interested. Pinkie Pie is finally revealed to be a part of this evil organization, and she uses her newly found friends to help her fight off the Trixies. The antagonists are easily defeated, and Pinkie Pie finally discovers the secret she’s been trying to find. She learns that her old friend Sunset Shimmer is the leader of this group, and the two must work together to defeat the Trixies once and for all. In the end, it’s learned that the Trixies were sent by the Elements of Doom, and they’ve decided to help Pinkie Pie stop the Elements of Doom from taking over the world.
The plot of MLP season 9 has been quite solidified. There isn’t much development, but this doesn’t take away from the fantastic elements of the show. The story is engaging and entertaining. The animation is great. The characters are lovable and interesting. With an outstanding finale, this is easily one of my favorite episodes of MLP yet.