For over 3 decades now (nearly as long as Mario), My Little Pony has become a huge toy success and later afterwards in media. From movies to TV, the franchise has become more popular over the years with each new generation like gaming has. And for nearly half a decade now, its most recent series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has been famous for its animation, plot, songs, and lessons of friendship. And this show's first episode is no exception.
Part 1 - Mare in the Moon
Twilight Sparkle learns that the evil Nightmare Moon will return during the upcoming Summer Sun Celebration after one thousand years of imprisonment in the moon. She tries to warn her mentor Princess Celestia, but the princess ignores her and sends her to Ponyville to check on the preparations for the celebration. There Twilight reluctantly meets Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie for the first time. At the celebration, Nightmare Moon appears in place of a missing Princess Celestia and decrees everlasting night.
Part 2 - Elements of Harmony
After Nightmare Moon decrees eternal night, Twilight Sparkle, with the addition of her new friends, ventures deep into the Everfree Forest to find the Elements of Harmony, a set of artifacts used to defeat Nightmare Moon in the past. Nightmare Moon creates obstacles to stop the six ponies, but each of Twilight's friends helps the group overcome them using their own strengths. Once they find the Elements, Nightmare Moon appears and shatters them. Twilight realizes that she and her new friends embody the Elements of Harmony—Honesty (Applejack), Kindness (Fluttershy), Laughter (Pinkie Pie), Generosity (Rarity), Loyalty (Rainbow Dash), and Magic (Twilight Sparkle)—and the six wield them to defeat Nightmare Moon, returning her to her original form as Princess Celestia's younger sister Princess Luna. Princess Celestia returns and forgives Luna, and orders Twilight to remain in Ponyville to continue studying the magic of friendship.
For a pilot episode, Friendship Is Magic has offered a good depth of a story, and I will admit it was quite the way to start the show off. The first thing that makes it detailed with its story was how the first part was narrated about the events of an entire millennium ago, being when Celestia sadly had to banish her sister up and into the moon for her evil form of Nightmare Moon (and before you ask about it, I'm going to explain that in a later review). As for the second part, the best part was towards the end when the Mane Six finish off the episode's antagonist. So overall it's one of Season 1's finest episodes, if sightly a little flawed with a few plot holes inbetween the middle of this two part storyline and a bit of unoriginality within this episode's villain. But bottomline, this is still a great one.