By contrast, this tale promises to be a parody of a parody. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was a spoof on all the B-rated horror movies of yore and gained cult status for its bizarre story. One of the crucial elements in that movie was that so many of the characters were absolute idiots that people could find charming.
That doesn’t work here because we don’t usually enjoy our heroines being stupid.
Our comic begins with a recounting of Nightmare Moon’s banishment, and how some of her evil magic infected chunks of the moon. Cut to 1,000 years later and one wayward meteor infects the produce of Sweet Apple Acres.
Between the Nightmare Forces, the Tantabus, and now this, one has to wonder how many times Nightmare Moon will cause further havoc for the ponies. I fully expect to see them fighting a giant booger monster born from Nightmare Moon’s used tissue box.
The comedy in this is that the ponies are universally routed by the superior apple numbers. Commanded by Bad Apple, the horde is impervious to magic and not one pony considers stepping on the little buggers. Or eating them.
Admit it. You're envisioning Big McIntosh devouring a screaming apple whilst bearing the hardened expression of a warrior.
Even Twilight abides by the Mayor’s surrender as the army prepares to invade Equestria. The ponies need to free Spike, who is the only one able to send a warning to Celestia. Funny thing, given that Luna was center-frame during the battle. I’m assuming she’s been subdued off screen.
Twilight does get to flex her magic by first giving Pinkie a… unique disguise and then setting the stage for part 2: the return of Flutterbat.
Going over this feels short as 75% of it seems to be pop culture references ranging from 300 to a jab at Apple products. Though I grinned at the references, I don’t think this needs to be a two-parter. The characters seem to be running in circles, spouting one-liners but accomplishing little.
The comedy isn’t quite there because the ponies are reacting to this as a legitimate threat while the setup is so absurd that we’re supposed to take it as comedy. If the goal is to make us laugh then the ponies need to be more frustrated by how foolishly they’re being defeated. Comedy is based on pain but the misery we see doesn’t invoke laughter.
Heading into part 2 I’m not terribly enthused. Flutterbat was fun back in the day but right now I can’t take this with any sort of excitement. I’d rather this had been a one-shot with a greater emphasis on playing up the absurd.
Ah well. Here’s hoping Part 2 doesn’t suck. Get it? No? Okay…