My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic-Season 1 Synopsis

Updated on April 25, 2016

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As one may see from my articles, I enjoy writing about the My Little Pony franchise. As shown in Reboots: Why They Happen and the Results, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Especially in the first season. As the season to establish character's personalities, the first season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic had many episodes where the viewer got to see many facets towards its main characters. And while the first two episodes had its main characters endear themselves to the audience in a serious context, the rest of the season had the viewers endear themselves to the Mane 6 in more comical contexts.

Friendship is Magic (Part 1 & 2)

In this two-parter the viewer got to see its main characters before they came together. Twilight Sparkle was the anti-social student of Princess Celestia, Applejack was the farmer with a ridiculously huge family, Rainbow Dash was the show-off with no sense tact, Rarity was the one with a sense of fashion who seemed to ignore personal space, Fluttershy seemed a little too shy, and Pinkie Pie was shown to be a little hyper. But when the threat of Nightmare Moon, as written in My Little Pony/Game of Thrones: Royalty, all six characters banded together to try and put a stop to her. And here was where the Mane 6's positive attributes showed up. Applejack used her honesty in saying that Twilight was secure with falling off a cliff and saved by Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, Fluttershy used her kindness with animals to soothe a rampaging manticore, Pinkie Pie used unending happiness to help her friends to pass through a scary forest, Rarity was generous enough to cut a piece of her tail off for a dragon's sake, and Rainbow Dash displayed a great deal of loyalty to her friends that talking to ponies she idolized did not stop her from helping stop Nightmare Moon. Ultimately Twilight was the bonding force that enabled all of them to use the Elements of Harmony to defeat Nightmare Moon and bring her back to her more docile Princess Luna persona.

A moment from the first season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And an iconic one, too.
A moment from the first season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And an iconic one, too. | Source

The Ticket Master

After the epic adventure that was Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic shifted into a more slice-of-life format. Basically, Princess Celestia sent Twilight Sparkle and Spike tickets to the Grand Galloping Gala, a big party held at Canterlot. The main problem here was that Twilight only had two tickets, and five friends who had reasons to go to this party. Applejack wanted to go to the Gala to sell her apple products and make money to help with her farm, Rainbow Dash wanted to impress her idols, Pinkie Pie made it very clear that the Grand Galloping Gala is the biggest party ever and she would love to go, Rarity wanted to meet Princess Celestia's nephew, and Fluttershy wanted to see the exotic animals that populated Canterlot. Naturally, Twilight Sparkle had a very hard choice to make. Not made any easier once her friends started doing things to help get her favor. And then Pinkie Pie accidentally told the entire populace of Ponyville that Twilight had a spare ticket. Of course, by the end of The Ticket Master Twilight tells Princess Celestia that while she was grateful for the tickets, she would rather not go if she was forced to choose one of her friends. Fortunately, Princess Celestia produced six additional tickets.

Those tickets were going to be a big part of the first season finale.
Those tickets were going to be a big part of the first season finale. | Source

Applebuck Season

The interesting thing about the Mane 6 and the Elements of Harmony was that each member represented that one specific element. For Applejack, that element was Honesty. Applebuck Season could be seen as an episode highlighting the negative aspects about Applejack. In this case, Applejack explicitly promised that she would harvest all of the apples on her family's orchard while her brother was injured. Problem here was that Applejack does this all by herself. And as a result, fatigued herself to the point of exhaustion. And when Twilight Sparkle tries to point out that Applejack was unwell, Applejack stubbornly says that she was fine. And as Applebuck Season continued, the viewer could see that Applejack was not fine. Applejack was so fatigued that her everyday interactions with her friends had dire consequences. Her fatigue causes her friends to mess up their tricks and crash into a library, caused the entire town of Ponyville to become sick through poorly prepared muffins, and caused a herd of rabbits to stampede throughout the town and cause more damage. Eventually, Applejack does relent that she does need help, and the episode ended with Twilight saying that it is alright to ask for help from your friends.

A lot of apple trees. Guess who thought she could harvest all of them?
A lot of apple trees. Guess who thought she could harvest all of them? | Source

Griffon the Brush-Off

As shown in My Little Pony/Game of Thrones: Loyalty Rainbow Dash has had an issue when it came to loyalty, usually when someone or something has a conflict with her friends or goals. Griffon the Brush-Off was a good example of showing Rainbow Dash's conflict between her past and present life. Mostly by expanding on Rainbow Dash's backstory. While the early parts of this episode had Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie hanging out and being friends, the viewer got to share Pinkie Pie's surprise when Rainbow Dash revealed that she had an older friend when she was younger. Named Gilda, who was a griffon. In Rainbow Dash's perspective, Gilda was an awesome friend back when she was a kid. Of course, the viewer and Pinkie Pie became highly aware that Gilda was really a complete jerk. Fortunately, Rainbow Dash also came to realize that Gilda was a bad friend. In the end Rainbow Dash comes to realize that sometimes one's old friends can end up being disliked in favor of one's new friends, but things like this just happen. This message is also one that the main audience of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic could learn as they grow up because certain aspects of this particular episode could happen in real life as well.

In mythology griffons ate horses. Kind of brilliant considering the ending of this episode.
In mythology griffons ate horses. Kind of brilliant considering the ending of this episode. | Source

Dragonshy

Fluttershy, as the bearer of the element of kindness, has always been established as the caretaker of sorts. Ironically, she was also characterized as one of the more timid of the Mane 6. Which was her main flaw as a character. But that did not stop her from going on an adventure with her friends when they had to stop a dragon from potentially harming Ponyville. Of course, Fluttershy's fear of the dragon made going up a lot harder for everypony else. But that fear was somewhat justified once everypony got to the dragon's lair. Adult dragons in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic were huge. But while Fluttershy was too afraid to deal with the dragon, the rest of the Mane 6 were more than willing to try and reason with the dragon to leave. And all of them fail miserably. Eventually, the dragon threatened to harm the Mane 6. Of course, this episode emphasizes that when her friends were in danger, Fluttershy showed the ability to step-up and take charge.

Element of kindness, everyone.
Element of kindness, everyone. | Source

Sonic Rainboom

This episode was interesting because it introduced some world building for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The basic premise of this episode was that there was a competition held at Cloudsdale, Rainbow Dash's hometown. Cloudsdale was the home of Equestria's pegasus population. Fortunately, the non-flying members of the Mane 6 managed to get up onto Cloudsdale through magic. Rarity through a spell which granted her temporary wings. Everyone else gained the ability to walk on clouds. Ironically Rarity volunteered to have the wing spell cast onto her so that she could fly to Cloudsdale to cheer for Rainbow Dash during her competition as a way to lessen Rainbow Dash's perceived stage fright. Instead, Rarity's wing increased Rainbow Dash's stage fright. The wings also presented a character flaw within Rarity. Rarity, as the more fashionable of the Mane 6, enjoyed making and acquiring things with an aesthetic appeal. So much so that her element, generosity, sometimes disappears completely and vanity is replaced. So when someponies admiring Rarity's wings suggested that she enter the same competition as Rainbow Dash, Rarity gleefully accepts. Of course, once Rarity's vanity get the better of her, she was stuck in a dangerous situation. But Rainbow Dash successfully pulled-off a Sonic Rainboom, and fun times were had by all.

The Sonic Rainboom. Awesome.
The Sonic Rainboom. Awesome. | Source

The Best Night Ever

The Ticket Master introduced the Grand Galloping Gala. The season finale of the first season The Best Night Ever actually had the Mane 6 going to the Gala together. What was interesting here was that all of the fantasies that the Mane 6 had during The Ticket Master did happen, but subverted horribly. Applejack was unable to sell her farm's apple products to much of the ponies in the Gala, Rainbow Dash was unable to hang out with her idols, Pinkie Pie did not like the overly sophisticated atmosphere of the Gala, Rarity met Prince Blueblood and was ignored, and Fluttershy could not make friends with the animals of Canterlot. Even Twilight Sparkle, who just wanted to hang out with Princess Celestia, could not do so because of all of the guests. Eventually the Mane 6 caused enough chaos during the Grand Galloping Gala that they were all forced to run, but Princess Celestia comes in to reassure the group that they would not have any trouble from their mayhem. Ultimately, the lesson here was that one should spend time with one's friends during a party if a good time is the main goal.

Insert Katy Perry AMV here.
Insert Katy Perry AMV here. | Source

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