To infinity and beyond!
Lets have some actual story now, shall we?
But before we get to the actual meat we get some actual family time with the Tsunikos. THIS is what this series needs more of. Sadly, if I remember correctly, we hardly ever seen anyone from the family after this (the mom every once in a blue moon). I understand that family tends to be completely ignored in the shoujo genre but you can't help but ask if the parents ever wonder where their daughters are....
Good lord, Usagi's head is HUGE.
When the girls arrive on the moon they discover the ruins of the Silver Millennium and the left-beyond "will" (or hologram) of Queen Serenity (whose voice actor is AWESOME), who informs everyone of an evil that brainwashed the people of Earth to attack the moon. Endymion was killed during the war and Princess Serenity committed suicide afterwards. The evil was sealed away and everyone sent to the future for rebirth.
Nice shot setup.
The first half runs very smoothly and gives us great information as well as some character interaction. The second half starts off with more of the same, revealing that the Four Kings were originally Endymion's knights who were brainwashed. But then it all falls apart when they battle the Senshi and they all stop fighting when told they used to love the Kings. According to the flashbacks, they only meet once and that was enough to make them go weak in the knees? Ohyeah, that's some strong girl power for you (sure they regain their will, but it was still pathetic). It would have worked better if we'd seen some actually past with them, but I fully expect that's all we're getting in terms of their relationships (or lack thereof).
I'd probably place this around the same as the previous episode. Could be worse, could be better.
Have a nice Venus shot, because, well, Venus.
Don't worry Luna, sometimes my farts make my hair stand on end too.
You can watch all the episodes streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, NeonAlley, or NicoNico. Or if the original 90's is more your thing, you can watch it at Hulu (with two more episodes every Monday).