On the eve of a visit by Princess Celestia to Ponyville, Fluttershy finds a cute little bug-like creature with a monstrous appetite and decides to take it home with her. On showing it to the girls, the creature has unexpectedly become more, prompting Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Rarity to all take one…although Pinkie Pie is disgusted by them, calls them “Parasprites”, and becomes obsessed with finding instruments. The girls take the creatures home, only to find the next day that they have reproduced overnight to become a ravenous swarm through quick asexual reproduction. The girls make multiple attempts to get rid of them, all while Pinkie continuously bothers them for more instruments, making them progressively more irritated, but the creatures foil every attempt through their tentacity. Eventually, as they threaten to devour all the food in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle casts a spell to remove their desire for food…but now they start eating everything non-living in town instead, destroying it and all of the preparations for Celestia. As the princess’ chariot arrives and Twilight fears the worst, Pinkie Pie suddenly emerges playing a one-pony-band and lures them all into the Everfree Forest. Princess Celestia sees this and mistakes it as a parade in her honor, and then apologizes and says she needs to cut the visit off…as Fillydelphia is currently experiencing an infestation. Before she leaves, Twilight Sparkle shares her “letter” in person and says it’s important to stop and listen to your friend’s opinions and perspectives “even when they don’t seem to make sense”. The girls apologize for brushing off Pinkie and return to Ponyville to begin the long task of rebuilding.
Yet another candidate for my least favorite episodes.
It’s not as bad as “Look Before You Sleep”, but it still suffers from a lot of the same problems. The episode is almost built around one joke, once again. It’s a bit more effective here but toward the end it looks like they’re stretching. It’s more entertaining this time around because all members of the Mane Six are here and get a chance to show off their quirks, so that makes a bit difference. It introduces a few new concepts and helps broaden the “world” too. The episode itself is a knockoff of “The Trouble with Tribbles” from “Star Trek”, showing the writers’ preference for classic sci-fi, and I know that’s appealing to some people.
The weakness, however, lies in how the plot is motivated. It’s built up on several holes. The bottom line was supposed to be that the girls weren’t listening to Pinkie Pie and, if they had, they could have gotten rid of the Parasprites quicker. However…that’s a lie. When the girls were listening to Pinkie, she never mentioned once what the instruments were for or why she was getting them, or even mentioned the word “Parasprite” after the beginning, so that the girls had no idea what she was talking about. And the few times Pinkie said anything that indicated that she might have had a way to deal with them, the girls would conveniently “not listen”. In other words, a rather implausible chain of misunderstandings had to provide the plot motivation for this episode. One thing is for certain, Pinkie was never “trying” to tell them what she was up to like she claims at the end. At one point, her own antics actually frustrated an attempt by the girls to get rid of the creatures that was working. So the whole moral for this episode is one of the weakest overall.
In short, it has entertainment value…but bad writing drags it down.
The parasprites are pretty much identical in nature and behavior to the Tribbles from the original series of Star Trek: never doing anything except eating all the food they can find so they can endlessly reproduce.
Still no wall-eyed Derpy.
I thought it was kind of funny that Rarity still thought the Paraspites were useful to have around…until she saw how they reproduced.
When the Paraspites are being herded, the song playing sounds similar to the theme from “Bonanza”.
One of the little “fandom quirks” is that the background ponies Lyra and Bon Bon are lesbians. This episode may have helped originate it as they seem to be eating out in a cafe together.
Zecora makes her second appearance right after her first, cementing her as a “show regular” as well as the person Twilight goes to for information. She wasn’t too helpful in this one, however, simply saying: “You’re doomed.” Furthermore, Pinkie Pie knew they were Parasprites at the beginning and yet no one paid attention.
Twilight Sparkle’s final “plan” may be a nod to “Blazing Saddles”.
It kind of shows how clueless Princess Celestia is when she’s lived over 1,000 years and has never heard of or seen a Parasprite, but Pinkie Pie has.
The joke with Pinkie Pie being a one-pony-band would occur again in Season Three, “Magic Duel”. Also, the way of dealing with the parasprites is similar to that of the “Pied Piper of Hamelin”.
“Fillydelphia”, one of the “big cities” in Equestria, is mentioned for the first time here. It’s referred to often but has never been seen on the show.
2.5 Stars out of 5