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Luna Eclipsed
Twilight and Luna S2E04
Season №: 2
Season episode №: 4
Overall episode №: 30
Original airdate: October 22, 2011
Written by: M. A. Larson
Storyboard: Kenny Park & Marshall Fels Elliott[1]
Featured characters: Princess Luna
Pipsqueak
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Luna Eclipsed is the fourth episode of the second season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the thirtieth episode overall. The episode takes place during a Halloween-like celebration called the Nightmare Night, which revolves around the legends of Nightmare Moon. During this night, Twilight Sparkle helps Princess Luna change her frightening demeanor and become accepted by the other ponies. The episode's title is a pun on "lunar eclipse", an astronomical event that occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth's shadow so that the Earth blocks the Sun's rays from the Moon.


Production

The episode was #1 in the We Heart Ponies Fan Favorite Mare-a-thon, in the leadup to Hearts and Hooves Day.

Character appearances

Leaked storyboard Derpy Hooves Rarity Luna Eclipsed

A storyboard panel from the episode showing Rarity glaring at Derpy as she empties the barrel. Rarity was replaced with Golden Harvest in the aired version of this scene.

This episode marks the first appearance of Princess Luna since Friendship is Magic, part 2, which premiered the same date a year prior. Luna has undergone a slight redesign that features a flowing mane similar to Princess Celestia's, as well as having a darker saturation of her coat's main color. The episode also marks Zecora's third appearance in the series, not including the flashback in The Return of Harmony Part 2.

This is the first episode in season two where one of the main characters is missing, in this case Rarity. She did feature in the episode's script, but her scene was cut. In the script, she is still working on her costume when Twilight takes Luna to her to get a makeover and help her look less intimidating. Rarity overdoes Luna's outfit so much that she tears it off. Pinkie, seeing Luna with a piece of dress in her mouth, leaps to the conclusion that she ate a princess and runs off terrified.[2][3]

Rating

This is the second episode to air without the educational/informative rating, after Lesson Zero.

Advertising

A billboard referring to the Halloween episode has been put up in Los Angeles. In it, it shows Pinkie Pie with a Spike plushie in front of a TV screen, a parody of the poster for Poltergeist.[4]

Magic

The aura the emanates from Twilight's horn when she performs magic has changed back from red to purple. Only this time, the color is slightly lighter than in season one. However, it is not consistent over the course of the episode, as it also shows up as red in certain scenes.

Summary

Introduction

The episode begins with Twilight Sparkle showing her hoof-made "Star Swirl the Bearded" costume to Spike. He doesn't know who she's dressed as until she tells him that Star Swirl the Bearded was the founder of the "amniomorphic spell". Spike just looks at her blankly when she tries to remind him of the obscure unicorn history, but he is saved when four young trick-or-treaters and their chaperone, Granny Smith, ring the doorbell. Pipsqueak, dressed in a pirate costume, says that it's his first Nightmare Night festival ever. Pinkie Pie bursts forth in a chicken costume, indignantly saying that she's never too old for free candy when Twilight questions her. She thinks Twilight's costume is a great one of a "weirdo clown", and Spike teasingly calls Twilight "grandpa".

Nightmare Moon vision 2 S2E4

"Give her candy, and she won't eat you."

Twilight, indignant that no one recognizes such an important historical magician, walks through the market with Spike. Pinkie and Pipsqueak meet them and show off their stashes of candy. Meanwhile, Rainbow Dash, dressed as a Shadowbolt, covertly pushes a thundercloud over Pinkie Pie and fires off a very loud lightning bolt to scare Pinkie Pie and Spike. Howling with laughter, Rainbow Dash tells a disapproving Twilight that Nightmare Night is the best time of the year for pranks. She then takes off with her thundercloud to prank another group she has spotted. Twilight and Spike meet Applejack, who is running the apple bob. The tub of water is ruined when Derpy, dressed in large paper bags, pops out of the tub with the plug in her mouth. The Mayor then makes an announcement, telling the trick-or-treaters, which include the costumed Cutie Mark Crusaders, to follow Zecora to the statue of Nightmare Moon for a storytelling. Twilight and Spike tag along.

Zecora tells the legend of Nightmare Moon and explains that Nightmare Moon requires an appeasing offering of candy. At that moment, however, Princess Luna arrives, in a flurry of dark clouds and her own royal carriage chauffeured by two of her Pegasus guards, scaring everyone off but Twilight.

Princess Luna arrives

Princess Luna "bright and glorious feast!" S02E04

See guys, she's not all that scary.

Pinkie Pie and her group of foals run through town, as a cloaked Princess Luna lands in the marketplace. Everyone bows in fearful respect of the Princess. Twilight, however, shows no fear and wants to meet her. Princess Luna makes a speech in a very strong and dramatic voice, explaining that she only seeks the love and affection of her subjects, and wishes to improve the festival and the way it portrays her. Unfortunately, her presentation only serves to further intimidate everyone.
"Citizens of Ponyville! We have graced your tiny village with our presence, so that you might behold the real princess of the night! A creature of nightmare is no longer, but instead a pony who desires your love and admiration! Together we shall change this dreadful celebration into a bright and glorious feast!"
— Princess Luna in a booming voice
Princess Luna "Change our approach?" S02E04

Change our approach?

After assuring a frightened Spike that Luna is not Nightmare Moon anymore, Twilight realizes that the Princess is having trouble adjusting to modern times after being imprisoned for a millennium, and goes to talk to her. Feeling rejected, Luna leaves the market, and spends some time in front of the statue of Nightmare Moon, which is where Twilight finds her. Luna compliments Twilight on her costume, noting its accuracy to the smallest detail, becoming the first one to recognize the character. Twilight explains to Princess Luna that she was badly received due to her speaking tone and volume. Luna protests that the royal voice is the only one she knows and that she always speaks in the royal we. Twilight decides to bring her to Fluttershy, thinking that the soft-spoken pony can help Luna improve the way she addresses others.

Fluttershy refuses to answer her door at first, exclaiming that she has no candy and that she doesn't want visitors on Nightmare Night. When Twilight reassures her there's nothing to be worried about, she opens the door, only to slam the door shut upon seeing the Princess. Twilight forces Fluttershy out of her home, and Princess Luna tries to ask her how to improve her tone, but only further scares Fluttershy. As a last resort, Twilight uses her magic to engulf Fluttershy and drag her out to briefly coach the Princess. When Princess Luna feels that her tone has improved, she uses magic to haul Fluttershy over and thanks her by hugging her. Luna accidentally scares the wind out of Fluttershy, scaring off Pinkie Pie and her group of fillies once again.

"Fun"

Nightmare Night band S2E04

The ponies shown here are dancing to the music.

The scene cross-fades to Ponyville, where the villagers are enjoying the festivities, playing games, and dancing. The designs from The Best Night Ever of the "fancy band" that Pinkie Pie spots on stage are used again in this episode, wearing scarecrow costumes and colored differently. Their instruments are different, but of related classification: the grand piano is replaced with an upright piano, the brass instrument with a harmonica, the bowed instrument with a fiddle, and the harp with a banjo.
"Fun? What is this "fun" thou speakest of?"
— Princess Luna

Princess Luna and Twilight find Applejack in the town square, and Twilight asks Applejack to give suggestions to Luna on how to be more approachable. Applejack's top tip is to have fun. Luna doesn't know what "fun" is, but she uncertainly tries her hoof at several carnival games. Enjoying the games, Luna shows her surprise and appreciation, and the town begins to regard her more warmly. She even goes so far as to tell her subjects to do away with the formality of "Princess" and simply call her Luna.

Luna 'Forever!' S2E04

"Nightmare Night is canceled...FOREVER!!"

However, when Luna rushes to save Pipsqueak from drowning in the apple-bobbing tub, Pinkie Pie mistakenly thinks she is eating the foal, and once again the ponies draw away in fear. Luna tries again to gain their trust with fun but goes a bit too far and causes havoc across the town. Fed up and offended, she declares that Nightmare Night is canceled forever.

"Since you choose to fear your princess rather than love her and dishonor her with this insulting celebration, we decree that Nightmare Night shall be canceled! Forever!"
— Princess Luna in a booming voice

Resolution

Luna walking away depressed S2E04

Luna is heartbroken because the ponies won't befriend her.

Twilight once again sets out to find Princess Luna, and finds her walking sadly across a bridge, disappointed by her inability to win the hearts of her subjects. She rejects Twilight's help at first, so Twilight finds another method. Luring Pinkie Pie into an alleyway with a trail of candy, she tells her that Princess Luna is no longer evil and instructs her to stop shrieking whenever she sees her. Pinkie Pie agrees, but as she is about to shake hooves with Princess Luna and make peace, Rainbow Dash inopportunely plays her lightning prank, making Pinkie Pie believe it is Princess Luna who made the lightning. She runs off leaving behind a purple spotted egg that looks like the one Spike hatched from in The Cutie Mark Chronicles. Twilight blocks Pinkie Pie's path by teleporting in the way and pins her down, adamantly telling her that Princess Luna has not come to harm them. However, Pinkie Pie tells her that she is fully aware that Luna won't actually "gobble up" anyone, but she is scared because it is fun to be scared. This inspires a plan in Twilight's mind.

As the ponies clean up the mess in the town square, Zecora and the Mayor remind the foals that they still have to give their offerings of candy to Nightmare Moon. Once they have left their offerings at the Nightmare Moon statue, Princess Luna makes a dramatic appearance in her dark alter-ego, scaring them yet again. She transforms back into Princess Luna and pops out a set of fake fangs, but is still afraid that Twilight's plan will fail. However, Pipsqueak then tugs on her mane to ask her something; even if there won't be any more Nightmare Nights, could she still come back next year to scare them? Princess Luna looks past him to see the other foals looking hopefully at her. To her puzzlement, Pipsqueak confirms that the way that she scared them is really fun, and Nightmare Night is his favorite night of the year. Smiling, Luna proclaims that Nightmare Night will have to be reinstated. Pipsqueak tells her that she's his favorite Princess and hugs her. He turns around and tells his friends that she agreed, and the foals cheer. Twilight tells the Princess that they really do like her after all.

Epilogue

Luna smiling at candy S2E4

Luna smiling at her candy.

Back in town, Luna participates in more carnival games, personally accepts more candy offerings from the foals, and has fun scaring more ponies. At the end of the episode, Rainbow Dash once again shows up with her thundercloud, and when she is eagerly about to prank Twilight and Spike, Princess Luna gives her a taste of her own medicine, scaring off Dash.

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

Costumes

The following is a sortable chart of costumed characters that appear on the episode, by time of first appearance. Times are approximate.

Costumes chart
Time Character or character design Costume and notes
00:01 Spikepurple dragon
00:10 Twilight SparkleStar Swirl the Bearded
00:37 "Noi"princess in a lavender dress
00:37 "Princess Erroria"astronaut
00:37 "Piña Colada"ladybug
00:57 Pipsqueakpirate
01:11 Pinkie Piechicken
02:27 Orange Swirllion
02:27 Cherry Berrybee
02:27 Big McIntoshEdward Hyde​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​
02:27 Berryshine[5] Wears a sheet with two eye-holes in it, a ghost costume
02:31 Lemon Heartsgray mouse
02:31 Minuettesurgeon
02:28 Sunshower RaindropsViking
02:28 "Cloud Kicker"witch
02:38 Sea SwirlWears a large medieval knight helmet, armored shoes, and a flail tail.
02:38 Golden HarvestWears red devil horns and tail, split hooves, and a black cape
02:38 SassaflashQueen Cleopatra
02:38 Meadow Songninja
02:38 Fiddly Faddlescarecrow
02:38 "Ragtime"scarecrow
02:38 "Kazooie"scarecrow
02:53 Mr. and Mrs. CakeRaggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann
03:05 Rainbow DashShadowbolt
03:44 Applejackscarecrow
03:59 DerpyWears paper bags on her hooves and on top of her head.
04:07 Mayor Mareclown
4:34 ZecoraAfrican witch​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​
04:07 Sweetie BelleDracula
04:07 ScootalooWolf-Pony
04:07 Apple BloomThe Bride of Frankenstein
4:45 "Dinky Doo"firefighter
6:37 Lyra Heartstringsmummy
"Candy Mane"Wears a cloak.
RavenWears red devil horns and a cloak.
Berryshinesafari explorer with pith helmet (similar to Daring Do)
02:27 GoldengrapeWears a mariner beanie, has a shark biting on his backside.
Daisycowgirl
"Starburst"Viking

Additionally, Rarity is dressed as a vampire in a storyboard panel, but in the completed episode, she was replaced by Golden Harvest.

Ace and Granny Smith don't wear costumes despite going to the festival. Fluttershy isn't costumed either, while holed up at home. Princess Luna wears a "costume" only briefly, when she uses her magic and some fake fangs to appear as Nightmare Moon.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Fillies: [sing-song voice] Nightmare Night! What a fright! Give us something sweet to bite!
Twilight Sparkle: Happy Nightmare Night, Granny Smith!
Granny Smith: I should've been asleep five hours ago.
Pinkie Pie: [chicken squawk] 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? [chicken squawk] Never!
Twilight Sparkle: Rainbow Dash, that wasn't very nice.
Rainbow Dash: Lighten up, old-timer. It's the best night of the year for pranks!
Applejack: Howdy Spike. Hey Twilight. Nice costume.
Spike: Thanks, I'm a dragon.
Twilight Sparkle: She means me, Spike.
Twilight Sparkle: Princess Luna? Hi, my name is --
Princess Luna: Star Swirl the Bearded. Commendable costume! Thou even got the bells right...
Twilight Sparkle: Thank you, finally! Somepony who gets my costume!
Twilight Sparkle: You kinda sound like you're yelling at me.
Princess Luna: But this is the traditional royal Canterlot voice! It is tradition to speak, using the royal we, and to use [booming voice] this much volume when addressing our subjects!
Fluttershy: [yelling] Go away! No candy here! Visitors not welcome on Nightmare Night!
Twilight Sparkle: [laughing] Fluttershy, it's me, Twilight!
Fluttershy: It is you. Oh, and Nightmare Moon. [gasps] Nightmare Moon? [scream] [door slam]
Princess Luna: [booming voice] Twilight Sparkle hath spoken of the sweetness of thy voice. We ask, thou teachest to us to speak as thou speakest.
Fluttershy: [quiet] Okay.
Princess Luna: [booming voice] Shall our lessons begin?
Fluttershy: [quieter] Okay.
Princess Luna: [booming voice] Shall we mimic thy voice?
Fluttershy: [quiet] Okay.
Princess Luna: [booming voice] How is this?
Fluttershy: [hurriedly] Perfect. Lesson over.
[runs, but then slams into the door after Twilight shuts it before she could get back in]
Princess Luna: Ha ha! The fun has been doubled!
Pipsqueak: Help! My backside has been gobbled!
Princess Luna: 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!
Pinkie Pie: Aaaaah-! [tackled and muffled by Twilight]
Twilight Sparkle: No! No shrieking! No screaming or squealing either, okay?
Pinkie Pie: [muffled] Okay!
Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie Pie! You're a genius!
Pinkie Pie: No I'm not, I'm a chicken. [squawk]
Princess Luna: [sarcastic] Forgive me if I withhold my enthusiasm.
Princess Luna: Can it be true? [booming voice] Oh, most wonderful of...! [normal voice] I mean... Oh, most wonderful of nights.

Gallery

Princess Luna reveals herself S2E04

Luna Eclipsed image gallery

References

  1. Comments on staff's deviantArt journal (2012-02-05). Retrieved on 2012 February 10.
  2. Lauren Faust about Rarity being cut from the episode (2011-10-22). Retrieved on 2013 July 5.
  3. Layout artist about Rarity being cut from the episode (2011-10-22). Retrieved on 2011 October 24. Archived locally.
  4. Equestria Daily news-byte: Ponygeist Billboard. Retrieved on 2011 October 22.
  5. Post by layout artist "Nayuki" on The Allspark Forums (2011-10-22). Retrieved on 2013 February 7. Archived locally.
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