Travel to Equestria 2 Part 16
[Part 16 begins with a recapitulation of the previous episode. Celestia and Luna are discussion about the citizens of Equestria exhibiting an abnormal behavior and imply that Changelings may have something to do with it. Suddenly, they are attacked by their own guards, who somehow got brainwashed. Meanwhile, the Mane Six, Spike, and Starlight notice that there is something wrong with the citizens of Ponyville and then are suddenly attacked by them. Eddie barely manages to escape some attacking ponies until Rainbow Dash manages to rescue him. The group escapes by teleporting into the Everfree Forest, where they ask information from Queen Cera. She informs them that Queen Villa has perfected the Hive Mind Spell and that she’s probably using it to try to conquer Equestria by infecting small groups of citizens and conquering cities one by one. The group concludes that Villa must be in the Badlands to fight with Queen Chrysalis over a previous encounter they have and arrive there thanks to the combined magic of Celestia and Luna. Both sisters go into Chrysalis’ hive to distract the Changelings while the rest of the group is tasked with defeating Villa. The group reaches the end of the hive and encounter Villa fighting Chrysalis whom she defeats. She then surprises the group, whom she ambushes and uses her Hive Mind Spell on. Opening credits roll. Eddie wakes up on a random bed and looks bored. He gets out of bed and goes to have breakfast. He meets Leon on a kitchen and sits with him on a table.]
Eddie: [yawning] I just had the weirdest dream.
Leon: [stares at him] What happened?
Eddie: [rubs his eyes] I dreamed that I went to some magical land filled with talking horses. They told me that I was the descendant of some wizard and that if I wanted to go back home I needed to learn the magic of friendship.
[Leon stares at Eddie for a few seconds before bursting in laughter. Eddie glares at him in anger.]
Leon: [smirking] I think that you watched too much Harry Potter movies yesterday, big brother.
[Eddie’s father comes in and sits next to them. He has a newspaper and starts reading it without looking at either of them.]
Eddie’s Father: [disinterested] Your brother is right, Eddie. You got to grow up. How about you start applying yourself? Try to get a job for once.
[Eddie’s mother comes and serves breakfast for the three of them. She returns to the oven to cook more.]
Eddie’s Mother: [lecturing them] Now, boys, no arguing in the table. Let’s have a nice breakfast.
Eddie’s Father: [sighs] Yes, honey!
Eddie & Leon: [in unison] Yes, Mom!
[The next scene has Eddie getting out of the house and going for a walk. He notices that the humans walking around have monotonous expressions. They barely show any reaction at all. He wonders why when he gets a headache. He shakes his head and ignores the pain. A montage has him experiencing headaches that are triggered by random occurrences: rainbows, apples, cotton candy, books, stars, bunnies, gems, fashion, 10 second limits, 20 %, dragons, cupcakes, and hats. Eddie returns home and goes to sleep. He opens his eyes the next day and goes on to have exactly the same day repeatedly. He is assaulted by the same headaches repeatedly. By the third cycle, a major difference comes out. Eddie's’ cell phone rings out. Eddie picks it up with a mixture of curiosity and excitement.]
Eddie: [checking it out] About time for something new to happen. Let’s see who’s calling me?
[Eddie reads the ID caller. The caller’s name is TS.]
Eddie: [frowning] TS. I don’t know anybody that has those initials. Maybe it’s a wrong number. I might as well answer. It will give me something else to do.
[Eddie answers the phone.]
Eddie: [cordially] Hello.
Twilight Sparkle: [shouting desperately] Eddie! You have to fight it!
Eddie: [surprised] How do you know my name?
[Twilight’s voice is interrupted as it turns into static. Eddie stands in shock for a while before shaking his head and stuffing his cell phone back into the pocket of his pants. He leans on his bed and stares at the ceiling nervously.]
Eddie: [laughs nervously] Maybe she got the wrong number. That’s it. She’s just some random girl that got the wrong number and just called the wrong Eddie.
[Eddie stares at the ceiling for a few seconds until it starts to crack. The human gasps as the ceiling starts gathering more fissures that spread across the walls and the floor of his room. Eventually, the room explodes and Eddie is left floating around an empty space surrounded by glowing purple spheres of magic.]
Eddie: [stunned] What in the world…?
[Eddie screams in pain as he remembers being captured by Villa. He opens his eyes and sees Twilight, Celestia, and Luna staring at him with concern. Twilight hugs him with her hooves and wings.]
Twilight Sparkle: [happily] I’m so glad you’re okay, Eddie.
Eddie: [shocked] How did you find me?
Princess Celestia: [proudly] Twilight sent a distress call after Villa used the spell on her. We used that distress call to track her down and removed the spell out of her mind.
Princess Luna: [reassuringly] Afterwards, we started investigating the hive to look for our friends. You happened to be the first one we found.
Twilight Sparkle: [nuzzles Eddie] We used a combination of our magic and Luna’s dream magic to get into your mind and break the spell. Now we need to do the same with our friends.
Eddie: [stands up as he rubs his head] Might as well.
[A montage shows the group sneaking across the hive. Luna uses shadow magic to sneak the four of them on the hive without being detected by the Changelings. The first pony they find is Rainbow Dash. Entering into her mind reveals her dream of being Captain of the Wonderbolts. She is clearly enjoying her fame as she is signing autographs from many fans. The only thing that erases the grin from her face is hearing the distressed voice of Twilight calling her from afar.]
Twilight Sparkle: [begging for help] Rainbow Dash! Get over here quick! I need you now more than ever!
Rainbow Dash: [getting seriously] Sorry, guys! But one of my best friends needs me! I gotta go!
[Rainbow Dash leaves the place with a Sonic Rainboom. This causes her to escape the dream. Twilight happily reunites with her in the real life. The next pony they encounter is Rarity. She is the lead designer in all of Equestria. She gets petitions for many dresses until she hears Twilight’s voice.]
Twilight Sparkle: [distressed] Rarity…I need you. I require your assistance now more than ever. I don’t think I can do this without you.
Rarity: [sighs as she talks to an assistant] Cancel that order, darling. I may have to take a detour.
[Rarity walks to follow Twilight’s voice. This breaks the dream and brings her back to reality. The next dream belongs to Fluttershy. It looks like her regular life. She is having a picnic with her friends when she hears Twilight’s voice calling for her.]
Twilight Sparkle: [desperately] Fluttershy! I need your help! Please get over here!
Fluttershy: [worried] Oh my! I’m sorry, guys. But I will have to cut our picnic short. Twilight needs me now more than you need me. I hope you don’t mind.
[Fluttershy flies out of the dream and goes to hug Twilight in reality, breaking the spell. The next dream belongs to Pinkie Pie, who’s having fun at a carnival. She’s riding on a Ferris wheel until Twilight’s voice calls her.]
Twilight Sparkle: [reluctantly] Pinkie…listen up. I know you’re having fun, but I need you to come here with me.
Pinkie Pie: [beams at the voice] Sure…
Twilight Sparkle: [shocked] Really?
Pinkie Pie: [happily] Yeah. This place was starting to get boring anyway.
[Pinkie Pie leaps out of the Ferris wheel. Just as she is about to land into the ground, the dream breaks and she’s back to reality. The last one to rescue is Applejack. She looks like she’s having an average day at the farm.]
Twilight Sparkle: [desperately] Applejack…I need you to help me. I require your advice now more than ever.
Applejack: [reluctantly] Shucks, Twilight. Ah’m not sure. Ah have chores that need to be done.
Twilight Sparkle: [begging] Applejack…please.
Applejack: [sighs] Fine. Ah’m goin’ with ya.
[Applejack is about to leave when Apple Bloom interrupts her.]
Apple Bloom: [surprised] Applejack! Where are ya goin’?
Applejack: [sighs] Ah have to help Twilight with somethin’ important. Can you and Big Mac do mah shift for a little while?
Apple Bloom: [smiles] Fine.
Applejack: [rubs Apple Bloom’s mane] Thank ya, sister. Tell Ma and Pa that Ah love them when ya see them.
[Applejack walks to Twilight’s direction with a smile on her face. Her smile fades away as tears fall down her eyes once her world breaks apart. She returns back to reality and hugs Twilight as she breaks down. Once she’s managed to recover her cool, the ponies go after Starlight. Her perfect world has her still being friends with Sunburst and not having her past as a cutie mark thief.]
Twilight Sparkle: [desperately] Starlight…you have to wake up.
Starlight Glimmer: [giggling] I already woke up.
Twilight Sparkle: [sadly] Pretending that you’re still friends with Sunburst is not waking up.
Starlight Glimmer: [angrily] I am friends with Sunburst!
Twilight Sparkle: [comfortingly] Being stuck in the past won’t help you.
Starlight Glimmer: [takes a deep breath] Returning to the past is what I’ve always wanted. I would have gladly traded all the cutie marks I’ve stolen just for that chance.
Twilight Sparkle: [reluctantly] Even if that meant sacrificing everything you have in the present.
[Starlight Glimmer starts shedding tears. The next scene has her break out of the illusion and hug Twilight as she also cries. Applejack gives her a comforting pat on the shoulder since she also knows what she had to sacrifice.]
Eddie: [sighs] I guess that leaves us to save Cera.
Princess Celestia: [uses her magic to track her down] She’s still in the throne room. I can sense her magic. It’s faint, yet still potent enough to be felt across this distance.
Eddie: [raises his wand] Lead the way.
[The group walks to the throne room. They see that Cera is resting on the ground, unconscious.]
Twilight Sparkle: [frowns] This doesn’t make sense.
Eddie: [goes to help Cera] What?
Twilight Sparkle: [glares at her surroundings] Villa hates Cera and considers her as a threat to her kingdom. Why would she leave her here so that we can rescue her? It seems as if she’s tending a trap for us.
[Luna uses her magic to check on the surroundings. She smiles in satisfaction.]
Princess Luna: [reassuringly] There are no traps, Twilight Sparkle. Our surroundings remain free of traps.
Rainbow Dash: [smugly] What a moron! She must be like the dumbest villain we ever faced!
Applejack: [angrily] Let’s just rescue Cera from her prison and give Villa some good kicks in the flanks. She’s gonna get some for all the trouble she’s caused!
[Twilight, Celestia, and Luna join their magic to break the spell. As they form a beam, Cera opens her eyes and shoots a beam of blue and purple magic that covers the whole room in darkness. The whole group is transported to another dimension where Villa is laughing maniacally.]
Queen Villa: [triumphantly] I can’t believe you felt for that trap!
Princess Luna: [shocked] Impossible! There were no traps inside the hive!
Queen Villa: [mockingly] But there were traps inside my sister’s mind! This is why it’s called the Hive Mind Spell! I absorbed every inch of knowledge that the scroll had hidden inside of it and experimented with the spell until I brought it to its maximum ability for my plans of conquest.
[Villa materializes a flashback that shows that she destroyed the spell and absorbed its contents into her horn. Once she learned the spell, she started practicing it on different ponies until she started her invasion.]
Twilight Sparkle: [confidently] You may have your Hive Mind Spell, Villa. But we have the Magic of Friendship by our side!
Queen Villa: [bursts into laughter] That’s so cute of you to say!
Rainbow Dash: [angrily] What’s so funny about that? We whooped your butt last time with that power!
Queen Villa: [smugly] This was in your world. This is my world. Your powers are bound by my rules. In this place, I rule supreme.
Applejack: [enraged] The only thing that’s gonna be supreme is the pain you’re gonna have from us!
[The girls activate Rainbow Power. Villa stares at the change unimpressed. The six throw their attack at her. The combined harmony beam appears to consume her and everything appears to be fine for a moment. Once the beam attack is done, it is shown that she is unaffected. The girls gasp in shock and horror.]
Queen Villa: [grins evilly] My turn.
[She blasts the girls with a beam the same size and defeats them. Celestia, Luna, Starlight, and Eddie look horrified.]
Queen Villa: [locks the girls in a cage] As I told to Chrysalis, the only lesson that I learned from my parents is that I always repay my debts. I haven’t forgotten the humiliation of getting blasted by your rainbow beam. I’m very glad I got to return the favor.
Princess Celestia: [threateningly] Let them go!
Queen Villa: [rolls her eyes] Know your place, peasants!
[She summons vines to restrain Celestia, Luna, Starlight, and Eddie. They all attempt to fight back but are unable to escape. Villa laughs in triumph.]
Queen Villa: [happily] This is it! This is the moment my ancestors have been dreaming about all these years. I can’t believe my parents wasted the chance to achieve this earlier for their pathetic ideals. It’s a good thing they’re gone now. They didn’t deserve to be part of this new world I’ll create.
Eddie: [angrily] I won’t let you!
[Eddie manages to break the vines with some difficulty. Villa looks slightly amused at the feat of strength.]
Queen Villa: [interested] Wow. You’re a lot stronger in this plane of existence than in the real one. That’s quite a lot of willpower you have.
Eddie: [confidently but still angry] One of the things you have to know about humanity is that we have determination. We don’t give up in the face of adversity. Since this is a mental plane. I can assure you that I’m not limited by a body.
Queen Villa: [laughs at Eddie] Look at who’s acting like he knows everything. I know more than you, little human.
Eddie: [challengingly] You know nothing of me, Villa.
Queen Villa: [evilly] I know who you are, Eddie Dombrowski. You recently turned 22 years old. Your ancestor was a powerful wizard that also ended up in Equestria by accident and coincidentially shared the same name as you. Your magical training was done under the watchful eye of Twilight Sparkle. You have a younger brother named Leon... and there’s many other things to know.
Eddie: [shocked] How did you…?
Queen Villa: [coldly] I drew a lot of information out of you, Eddie. There’s nothing that you can hide of you with the Hive Mind Spell. It is the ultimate magical masterpiece. I am invincible now that I perfected the spell.
Eddie: [challengingly] You’re not invincible…You’re nothing more than a child with too much power…your parents were right to not make you queen.
Queen Villa: [grits her teeth] Stop it!
Eddie: [points a finger at her] But at least they were better than you! At least they knew that you were rotten to the core! YOU’RE A MONSTER, VILLA!
[Villa suddenly blasts Eddie on the knee. He screams in pain. She shoots him in the shoulder, which makes him scream again. She teleports and shoots him in the back. She rears on her hind legs and stomps him on the back of the head with her forelegs.]
Queen Villa: [growling] You should have kept your mouth shut, you garbage! You don’t have any right to criticize me! You’re no member of Equestria! You’re nothing more than a monkey! You don’t deserve to talk to me or even one of these ponies! Your mere presence defiles this universe! I’ll do the universe a favor and destroy you.
Eddie: [teasingly] If you’re going to destroy me…then why am I still alive. All of those attacks should have done the job back then.
[Villa once again stomps on Eddie’s head. It still remains in good shape and even makes the squeaky sound.]
Eddie: [mockingly] Still in one piece. Are you trying to tickle me?
[Villa levitates Eddie into the air and blasts him away.]
Queen Villa: [screeching in fury] BOW DOWN TO ME, MORTAL!
[Much to her shock, Eddie stands up. All of the minds that Villa has trapped materialize as glowing lights. They start to disappear as Villa attacks Eddie and he keeps getting back up.]
Starlight Glimmer: [surprised] What’s going on?
Princess Celestia: [awed] I think that Eddie has somehow managed to revert the polarity of the spell.
Starlight Glimmer: [shocked] Is that even possible?
Princess Luna: [nods her head] Yes. The Hive Mind Spell works somewhat like a dreamscape. It is based on mental strength and maturity. For all of her strength, Villa is just a childlike Eddie described her. That’s why she’s losing control of the spell.
[As more minds start to get released, the Mane Six get suddenly healed. Eddie uses his magic to summon a force field as he walks up to Villa, who is throwing a magic beam at him.]
Eddie: [challengingly] You think you have power? Look around you! You’re source of power is deserting you! We are many while you sit alone, making yourself at the top!
Queen Villa: [scream] QUIET!
[Villa increases the maximum intensity of her beam. The magic covers the whole scene until it fades to white. The whole group is back to the hive. Cera is shown awakening from her slumber.]
Queen Cera: [weakly] Where am I?
Eddie: [concerned] You’re in Chrysalis’ throne room.
Queen Cera: [stands up in concern] My sister! Did she hurt you?
Eddie: [smiles reassuringly]Not in the real world!
Queen Cera: [concerned] Where is my sister?
Fluttershy: [worried] Uh, she is right here. She doesn’t look so good.
[The camera shows Villa. She looks gray and cracked.]
Eddie: [winces] Wow. Did I do that to her?
Princess Luna: [nods her head] This is the drawback of the Hive Mind Spell, Eddie. There is no such thing as a perfect spell. There is always a hidden risk or weakness inside of each spell. Looks like you found the hidden risk inside of this one right when we needed it the most.
Eddie: [blushes] To be honest, I didn’t find the weakness. I was trying to be tough as I attempted to fight back. I didn’t think that I was gonna scare her out of her wits.
[The conversation is cut short when Cera walks to Villa. She stares at her sister sadly. Villa gives her sister an angry glare.]
Queen Villa: [resentfully] Are you happy now…? You’ve beaten me now! You and your dumb pony friends are now free to have your dumb friendship…just like our dear parents wanted. Are you happy…huh?
Queen Cera: [sniffling] Sister…what you have done is unforgivable…but…
Queen Villa: [bitterly] But what…?
Queen Cera: [looks at her sister] But I forgive you…
Queen Villa: [shocked] What?
Eddie: [equally shocked] What?
Ponies: [just as shocked] What?
[Celestia smugly raises her hoof. Luna gets annoyed and summons a cake, which Celestia happily eats.]
Queen Cera: [sadly] Even in their last moments, our parents thought of you. That’s why I’m giving you a choice, sister. Forget your vile ways and become a better Changeling Queen for our crime or spend the rest of eternity in Tartarus.
Queen Villa: [lowers her head] Don’t make me decide.
Queen Cera: [pouts] Villa…please. I don’t want to lose another member of my family.
Queen Villa: [growls] How will changing who I am be any different from losing me?
Queen Cera: [annoyed] Would you rather stay in Tartarus? Celestia and Luna gave me a tour and it’s not pretty!
Queen Villa: [pouts angrily but then sighs] Take me home.
[Cera hugs Villa, who groans and blushes in embarrassment. The ponies smile at the tender scene. Eddie looks satisfied.]
Eddie: [sighs] At least, we’re all satisfied with the way things ended.
Queen Chrysalis: [offscreen] I wouldn’t be too sure.
[The camera focuses on her and her Changelings. All of them look angry and ready to fight. It’s a swarm of thousands that area all ready to take revenge on the band of intruders.]
Queen Chrysalis: [with a twitching eyebrow] You came into my hive, attacked my swarm, committed assault on me, and destroyed my throne room. You’re not leaving this place in one piece.
[All of the ponies look unnerved. Eddie smiles nervously to Celestia and Luna.]
Eddie: [between clenched teeth] You got that teleportation spell ready?
Princess Celestia: [smiles with clenched teeth] Charged and ready to go.
Eddie: [points his finger behind the Changelings] Look! There is a love buffet behind you!
[Chrysalis and the Changelings turn around. The ponies use the chance to escape with a teleportation spell. Chrysalis realizes that she was tricked and screams into the air, releasing a blast of green magic out of pure rage. The next scene has Villa being visited by Cera in the Changeling kingdom while Eddie is talking with Celestia and Luna.]
Eddie: [curiously] So…Villa did get arrested in the end?
Princess Celestia: [giggles] It’s more like house arrest. She can travel around the kingdom but cannot leave the Everfree Forest without an escort.
Eddie: [worried] You think that they’ll ever be sisters again? Frankly, I don’t think they were ever sisters in the first place.
Princess Luna: [satisfied] It may take some time, but I think that Villa may eventually learn to appreciate her sister. I learned to appreciate mine after a thousand years in the moon.
[Celestia and Luna laugh with each other. Eddie looks awkward with the joke. The sisters then look at the human with worry in their eyes.]
Princess Celestia: [concerned] Did you tell them?
Eddie: [rubs the back of his head]Not yet. You two are the first ones I told. I’ll tell them as soon as I’m done with this conversation.
Princess Luna: [sadly] It’s a shame that you won’t get to stay any longer, Eddie.
Eddie: [optimistically] Hey, I can visit next year. Maybe we can find new ways to meet again in the future.
Princess Celestia: [smiles] Perhaps you’re right. Twilight has a knack for finding a way to that.
Eddie: [turns around] I’m going to talk with them right now. I better not delay this more than necessary.
Princess Luna: [happily] Have a nice trip home, Eddie!
[The next scene has Eddie returning to Ponyville. He goes to Twilight’s castle and is met by his friends, who are giving him a surprise party.]
Eddie: [shocked] I’m surprised.
Pinkie Pie: [bounces next to Eddie] It’s your “Thank You for Saving Equestria” party, Eddie.
Rainbow Dash: [punches Eddie’s shoulder] Yeah, you really saved our tails back there.
Fluttershy: [hugs Eddie] That’s why we decided to show you our appreciation with a party by inviting all of our friends from Ponyville.
Eddie: [smiles at the group] Thank you, girls.
[The human gets into a group hug from the Mane Six, Spike, and Starlight.]
Twilight Sparkle: [whispers on his ear] I set up the coordinates back to your dimension, Eddie.
Eddie: [surprised] How did you…?
Twilight Sparkle: [blushes] I kind of guessed it when I entered into your dreams.
Eddie: [guiltily] Sorry about that. It’s just that…I’ve been having too much adventure these last few days. I kind of need a few days in my boring normal life.
Applejack: [chuckles] There ain’t nothin’ wrong with the normal life. Ah say go for it, partner.
Eddie: [reluctantly] Are you sure you want me to leave?
Rarity: [supportively] Oh, Edward, if there’s something we learned from our unpleasant encounter with Villa is that we can’t let our desires rule what’s best for our friends. We want you to stay, but it’s clear that you need some time alone with yourself and your kind.
Eddie: [gratefully] Thanks for being so kind.
Spike: [hopefully] We will see you again, right?
Eddie: [chuckles] I came back after last time, didn’t I?
[The group laughs together. The next scene shows the portal being prepared. This time around, the caster is Starlight Glimmer. She looks proud of her accomplishment. She looks at Eddie with happiness.]
Starlight Glimmer: [happily] I already paved you the path home.
Eddie: [hugs Starlight] See you all next time.
[Eddie breaks the hug and gives the whole group a thumbs up gesture. He then enters into the portal and returns into his uncle’s cabin. He goes outside and finds out how long he has been out. He returns to the cabin and starts packing.]
Eddie: [contemplatively] I guess I wasn’t gone that long. I hope I didn’t worry my folks that badly.
[Eddie makes a phone call. He gets answered with loud angry mumbling. He moves the phone away from him.]
Eddie: [apologetically] I’m sorry, Dad.
[The angry mumbling continues. The show’s theme song is heard as Eddie is driving home. By this point, Eddie’s father is no longer scolding him.]
Eddie: [gives a speech] Well, I feel better than before. Yes, returning to my uncle’s cabin did play a part in making me feel better about myself. As a matter of fact, I did have a good experience last year. I met some nice people that year and that raised my confidence a lot. I guess I got depressed when I didn’t get to see them again and I thought that if I returned that I would see them again and recover that sensation I used to feel. It kind of did, but it wasn’t as potent because the sensation was only as strong when I started meeting new friends.
[The mumbling continues. It now speaks more fluently.]
Eddie: [thoughtfully] I guess I shall start making it a tradition. But I will start to do it with moderation. You were right. It was inconsiderate to not call you after so many days. I got carried away in the activities that I forgot my responsibilities to my family.
[The mumbling continues.]
Eddie: [laughs] I’m fine, Dad. Nothing bad happened to me. I can have a check up on the local clinic if you want.
[More mumbling takes place.]
Eddie: [blushes] I guess my friends taught me that I should keep my family priorities straight. I should not take my family for granted.
[Mumbling becomes happy. Eddie bursts into laughter.]
Eddie: [chuckles] Leon invited you and Mom into a barbecue because I inspired him. I did not see that coming. Well, you better prepare yourselves because he just inspired me to take you out for dinner.
[Mumblings sounds interested.]
Eddie: [laughs embarrassingly] I don’t know where to go exactly. We can talk on the way home.
[Eddie and his father keep talking on the phone. Eddie’s car keeps driving into the horizon. Screen fades to black. Closing credits roll. End of part 16.]