Hello, Spongey here.
Time for a quick-ish TV Review. My ideas are piling up again so it’s time to do a sequel to what I did last year. I reviewed 3 subplots last year because while subplots can be bad, they don’t have enough for full reviews, so I put a few together to discuss.
In hindsight, I would have left out the KC one as while it’s bad, it’s not as bad as I had recalled and it’s mostly just eh. This time I’m sticking with ones I have things to say about. I’ve only got 2 this time because I’ll save other ideas I had for some other time.
There’s not a whole lot to say going in, at least until I unveil the subplots in question. See my previous subplot post for discussion on subplots in general. I’ll go into how subplots effect the episode as a whole some other time, this is for when the subplot is just bad on it’s own.
With that said, let’s see how subplots fail us this time.
This, is the TV Review Subplot Spectacular 2: Insert Clever Reference Here
First up, a revisit to a show from last time.
KC Undercover-Dance like No One’s Watching
Writer: Eddie Quintas
That’s right, KC had two subplots, this being more recent. This show is fine-ish in general, but for some reason it fails at subplots sometimes. This one is waaaay worse than Photo Bombed. It’s just….you’ll see.
As for the main plot, it’s fine. It’s a bit odd with KC going Undercover as on old man only for Florence Henderson to fall for “him”. Yeah, but they do make this into kind of a nice story with a good ending. Aside from the pointless Marisa conflict (Didn’t think I’d ask for her to be cut but there you go), the main plot is fine. This subplot though…let’s do it.
The subplot starts with Judy finding Petey, this neighbor kid, playing video games in their upstairs room place. Apparently he just let himself in and she tells him to leave. As he walks away, he drops the controller, which looks like an N64 one for some reason.
“What do you think you’re doing? How would you like it if someone came to your home and threw you on the floor?”
“Please, it’s just a stupid machine”
“What. Did. You. Say?”
And here we go. Before you say anything, remember that one line in Love Ty-angle that basically announced what that story was a parallel to? Well..
“I apologize for Petety’s behavior. You hear about discrimination but you never expect to see it under your own roof”
Yep. Where do I even start? For one, just like Love Ty-angle that just feels…wrong, to have in a show like this, at least with how they do it. The execution makes it even worse. Who just calls a controller a “Stupid machine” like that?
There’s even more issues but we’ll cover it more in the next scene which occurs quite a bit later. Judy’s talking to Petey again about what he said, and asks him to take it back.
“Why? It’s not like machines can get their feelings hurt”
He’s right. I mean, he has no idea Judy is a robot. (Yeah,if you missed the last KC review I did, don’t ask). From his perspective, all machines are just…things so what he did was just kind of a dumb little comment.
“You had your chance…would you please get me some juice from the fridge”
And here’s where it gets worse. She uses her robot powers to make things like the fridge and toaster attack him. Over a dumb little comment. I’d complain but trust me, the next scene makes it so much worse.
She even makes the vacuum go towards him, which makes run out of the house. Hilarious. This subplot seems to just do everything wrong from concept to execution. But it comes to ahead and the 3rd and final scene of it.
Yeah, only 3 scenes of the subplot which is fine, but they are all so short. If you want a quick gag plot to balance out the main plot, don’t give it this kind of subject matter.
That night, Petey tries to sleep when the machines in the room start going crazy. Then Judy comes in.
“What are you doing here?’
“Showing you machines aren’t as stupid as you think”
Before I freak out some more,i should ask HOW IS NO ONE HEARING ALL THIS?! Especially Petey’s Mom! Judy almost blows her cover over a dumb comment! Speaking of which, she opens her head to show her robot parts.
And now she’s scarring a kid for life…again, over a dumb comment. See why I keep coming to that little detail? She forces him to apologize about machines being stupid He does and she’s happy.
“I’m going to assume this is all a really bad nightmare”
He says this as she’s about to leave, meaning she was fully about to leave having known she’s blown her secret on someone. Ugh.
“Can you get me another pair of underwear from the top drawer?’
And we end on a shit joke. How fitting. Because this subplot was shit. Nothing about it works on any level.
The concept is bad and it gets from there. Even taking aside the bizarre parallel to real life racism (made worse by Judy being black…), we have a plot where Judy gets offended by a simple dumb comment and gets cruel revenge that scars him and almost blows her clover.
Even if you weren’t supposed to side with her, it’s still extremely unfunny and just cruel. This is case where I struggle to say more because the problem seem pretty obvious. Yeah, Petey is pretty jerk-y in general but this is just a dumb comment.
Remember, from his perspective, machines are just things and he doesn’t know Judy is a robot. Because he shouldn’t know, it’s supposed to be a secret.
He’s just ignorant, but according to this episode, a simple ignorant comment is bad enough to warrant you getting harsh punishment from someone getting too offended.
Insert Tumblr Joke Here.
Yeah, this plot fails in ways I was not expecting. As I keep saying, I know most subplots shouldn’t be critiqued as heavily as main plots but there’s no excuse for stuff like this. This is the worst of the subplots I’ve reviewed, simply because nothing works, not even the idea.
The cruelty and unfortunate implications don’t help either. One day I’ll get to review a main plot from this show but for now we have this really bad subplot with it’s terrible plot and writing. Yay
Rating: Bad (Full Episode Rating would be Meh. Main plot is about a Decent but this subplot is just that bad).
Now onto our 2nd course which will give me more to say. Because we’re reviewing a subplot that is…good. Yes, we are finally going to review a good kidcom episode on here. I want to do more positive TV Reviews on the club, it’s just harder to find subjects worth going on about scene by scene like that.
But I think this solid subplot is a good place to start. And it is..
Best Friends Whenever-A Time to Rob and Slam
Yep, we’re finally reviewing a part of this show….and it’s positive. It’s not like great or anything but it has an episode subplot I like enough to discuss. I have an idea or two for a negative review, but for now let’s look at this subplot.
The main plot is okay, by the way. Barely remember much of it though, it’s nothing too special but mildly amusing enough. The subplot is far more interesting though.
It starts with Barry and his friend Renaldo as they…well, let Barry explain it.
“Can you believe that the school is allowing us to watch movies at home during school hours simply because we called it Independent Cinema Study’s?”
Not really but it makes for a good subplot. Also, not even good things are free from bad exposition. For today’s movie, Barry picked Spark Dynamo because he thinks they will have fun riffing it.
Already this subplot is releatable.
Renaldo actually turns out to like it un-ironically. Mostly because he’s the dumb one.
“It’s the movie that both started and ended the space western craze of 1993:
Yeah, this has good comedy due to what it centers around. There’s another good joke where do the do “I don’t like it, I love it” thing and Barry admits he saw the love it part coming. Self Aware-ness!
Their female friend Mari shows to get the time she can before she can wallow in Bizardvark and they have her watch with them and see how she feels. We cut to the end, and we see how deep this movie is.
“The universe is always expanding so in a way, we’re all headed west”
TEEN BEACH MOVIE GIRL WHOSE CHARCTER’S NAME I FORGET: “And this thing never won an Oscar:.
Marci says “I see your point”…and just leaves. I don’t get it.
After too much main plot time, Renadlo tries to prove that Spark Dynao is good by reenacting the most epic action scene in it …by using toys like a kid. It works as well as you’d think. To prove it’s bad, Barry pulls out the star himself, Vance Carrow.
I don’t know how we got him (or how he hasn’t aged since 1993) but whatever. I mean, Barry apparently lied and told him there’d be press here but I can forgive the logic because it leads to pretty much the best joke. He wants to Crowd Fund his new movie: Crabnormal Behavior.
“It’s about crabs who ain’t acting right”
I have nothing to add to that. Aside from that he actually does get to make it in a later episode. Nice.
Vance is the 2nd best thing in this subplo. He has some pretty good lines, like how he realizes how similar some of the movie’s lines are to other things. He tells Renaldo the movie is bad and….he admits defeat.
That was fast, but it is a subplot and it works for getting us into the big reason I did this.
“Remember, as Spark Dynamo says, Follow the Yellow Brick Splart!”
After finding out his favorite is actually bad, he’s a bit sad and Cinema Studies is over. Again, slightly rushed but it works. Marci comes over later wearing a skirt made out of garbage. It starts like a dumb joke but leads to our big point.
“You can’t possibly like it.”
“But I do”
This is what makes Barry realize the moral.
“It doesn’t matter if the movie is good or bad. If he likes it, it’s all that matters!:
I’ll give my spiel in a moment, as I’ve got a lot to say, but boy is this something a lot of people need to realize. Later, Barry makes a part of the school cafeteria (somehow) to look like the Cantina from the movie and even dresses like Spark Dynamo.
“I was wrong for not letting you enjoy that turd”
Turd is surprisingly harsh by Disney Channel standards.
“That goat keeps eyeing my garbage skit. And why is there a goat in here?”
Marci would be great at Best Friends Whenever sins. ..Someone make that a thing. And so a bit later, the episode ends with Cyd and Shelby watching the movie for themselves.
I won’t describe because it’s truly an amazing masterpiece for the ages. You must see it for yourself. We even get a trailer for Crabnormal Behavior! And there are crabs over the ending logo thing!
I love it when shows mess with the ending logo’s like that. So anyway, time for my ramble. I think you can tell why I like this subplot. Besides having some decent humor, the moral is a really good, and frankly revleant one.
It’s pretty simple but it’s the details what make it work. I’ve seen some shows do the moral about liking things despite how odd it is (Nerds of a Feather) and even a Liv and Maddie had it’s own take.
But this one is interesting because of both sides. Barry very much represents that guy on the internet who is quick to rain on someone’s parade if they dare to like something they don’t. Some people are just like that and it can be rather annoying.
Barry learns that it’s fine for someone to like something you don’t, no need to be a jerk about it. But what I find interesting is that the movie is shown to be bad. Objectively bad. In these kind of plots the thing is shown to be good or at least just harmless and dumb.
Here, it’s shown to be pretty bad from all levels. Granted, it’s the kind of thing that would get a The Room style cult following, but still bad. Barry gets enjoyment from making fun of it, but Renaldo enjoys it for real.
It’s an interesting angle to approach this from.. They’re pretty much saying it’s fine to like something objectively bad, be it legitimately or ironaclly. Renadlo obviously likes it for real, and that’s fine as we see here.
That’s why this subplot works. It’s a interesting take on an already good moral that makes it even better. It has some logic issues,like how in the main plot Cyd and Shelby go back in time and change things, but the subplot conveniently goes the same way it did before.
Because of course this show has wonky time travel logic.
But thanks to what I said before and some actually good humor, this is a solid subplot with interesting themes and a moral everyone needs to listen to .
And there we go. These kind of things are always fun to do and it was nice to be positive for once in these things. Even if we had to get through crap to get to it. I will do more double bills in the feature, don’t you worry.
I have my next few TV Reviews planned and next time we’re going back to the land of bad episodes of fine shows. But yeah, be sure to take the latter subplot’s moral to hear. It’s fine for someone to like something for any reason, even if it’s something not liked that much, like a kid’s cartoon, or a dumb old movie.
Or heck, even a Disney Sitcom.