Hello, Spongey here.
So, I just posted my general review of Sponge out of Water, the latest SpongeBob product. In that, I confessed that feelings towards SpongeBob have changed.
I no longer blindly like Modern SpongeBob and I agree it’s not the same show, and a lot of the hated episodes are really bad. Of My original Top 4, the only one I truly hate now is Pet or Pests, but mostly cuz it the first ep I actually disliked and it has a special place in my …heart, in a bad way.
However, I do think some people can over its flaws. It’s very flawed, but it’s not totally horrible. There are sheep who think every single new episode is terrible and will reject any episode and come up with the dumbest reasons for any ep being bad.
But those people are usually YouTube commenters.
However, there are people who are too harsh on certain episodes. Even Mr. Enter and Pieguy can be a bit too harsh, though I always see where they are coming from. The latter more so but don’t tell Mr Enter that.
The wonderful thing about “Art” (if you can call SpongeBob art) is that everyone has their own opinion. Even among the harshest critics, they have episodes they don’t hate as much as others. Every single hated episode has at least one apologist, outside of the blind fan boys.
I know people how like One Coarse Meal, Little Yellow Book and Pet Sitter Pat, and I totally see why would like it, even if I…don’t. Actually, the last one is slightly overhated cuz the ending fixed my problem with A Pal for-wait, I’m getting off track.
The point is, anyone can have thoughts on any episode. However, some people treat episodes are worse than they are. Tame bad episodes such as Boat Smarts have been treated like they Face Freeze or something.
Then there the episodes that are just plain not bad that tend unpopular. Honestly, there are more Modern Episodes I like out think are good, than I think that are bad or weak. Just barely. I consider myself a somewhat fair critic when it comes to TV, and with this show, I found good in every episode, even the ones I hate.
So it’s no shock that there a lot of hated episodes I actually like. And because there are quite a few, I wanted to do a list. Yep, this is one I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Before I start this list, I have a few rulers, as well as a few thinks to clear up:
I must flat out like the episode. No filler entries that think are just alright. There are ones on here I find “Okay” but I still LIKE them, they just aren’t the best.
I’ll try to avoid Guilty Pleasure episodes, where I think they are flawed, or even bad, but I still enjoy them anyway. There are 2 you could argue are Guilty Pleasures on here, but there are things I critically like in them, in one case my reasoning is more complex. If you’re wondering my Guilty Pleasure episodes are To Love a Patty, Penny Foolish, Boating Buddies, Squid’s Visit, and Spongehenge (Sorry, Pieguy). They all deserve hate, which is why they were left off.
If you hate any of these episodes, that’s fine. I will address the main complaints I hear as much as possible, but if you feel I miss your main complaint, please let me know.
Got all that? Good
With that said, let’s drop on the deck and see which episodes hatedom’s are just nautical nonsense.
This, is the Top 11 Spongebob Episodes I like that (Mostly) everyone else hates
11. Karen 2.0
Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Richard Pursel
This episode is at the bottom of the list because it’s actually not hated that much. The reception is more mixed, with some loving and some disliking it. However, I simply had to put it on the list because it still gets more hate than it deserves.
Honestly, I’m shocked some people do hate it. I know (as the Sponge himself said) we all can’t liking the same things, but this should get the praise some other Modern episodes get.
Infact if this was ranked by how much I personally liked the episodes, this would be number one. I love this episode. Allow me to explain.
See, I’ve always been interested in the Plankton/Karen dynamic. Before the movie, She was just a snarky computer but since Season 6 or so, they’ve been trying to bring more to their relationship.
“Single Cell Anniversary” was the first to more deeply explore this relationship, as Plankton shows that he does love her. Though before that, we had “Komputer Overload” where Plankton thinks Karen is the thing dragging him down, and makes some robots to replace her.
Both are those are very good and really sweet. However, there is one thing missing: Proof Karen truly loves him back. And that’s where this episode comes in.
The episode starts off right away with Plankton…replacing Karen because he thinks she isn’t that good anymore. Okay, it’s kind of a rip off of Komputer Overload, but it does enough things different that I can forgive.
In this case, it’s a direct replacement called Karen 2 who is sleeker and uh…has a better…figure. Okay, let’s move on. Karen gets angry and she leaves, turning herself off. (Or maybe Plankton did it, I can’t remember).
Mr Krabs and Spongebob find her and long story short, she gets a job at the Krusty Krab. Now, before we move on, let’s address one complaint with this episode: Karen is unlikable, and naggy.
Well, let’s think about. She’s married to a tiny man who dedicates his life to stealing a burger, and runs a restaurant that sells horrible chum, and gets no customers. He’s a total failure. Wouldn’t you be a bit naggy, too?
And for the most part, prior to this, her snarking wasn’t overly mean. Heck, her worst action is mocking his name, in PRE MOVIE episode. Now, they did have an odd time trying to mix it up with nicer moments, but she was mostly the fun kind of bitchy and Single Cell did have her liking his song. She even takes pity on him in Komputer Overload.
The only time I ever hated her was…One Coarse Meal were she’s completely insensitive to his paranoia. As if we need more reason to hate that episode.
So yeah, having us feel bad for her isn’t a bad concept, and it’s done well. Plankton is a bit jerkish but in this context, she does nothing to earn out hatred. She only nags cuz her husband has left her!
Besides most of her moping is keep mostly funny. So the biggest complaint is really not that valid to me. Karen was the naggy type before, but this one attempt to make sympathetic works because…well, you’ll see.
Eventually, Plankton storms the Krusty Krab with Karen 2 (not 2.0, like the title suggest) and long story short, Karen and Karen 2 get in a fight. Yes, Mr Krab charges money for people to watch because of course he does.
Eventually, Karen 2 squishes Plankton and Karen tries to call off the fight because he’s hurt. Karen 2 refuses and Karen kicks her shiny metal ass. Okay, that’s amazing.
“Even though you are a tiny green loser, I could never stay… … mad…at…you….
She shuts down due to lack of power, and the plot.
“Karen! Don’t you leave me, Karen. Not again.”
Her changes her batteries and she turns back on. This is way tenser than it sounds.
“I had a reality check, that’s what happened.”
They leave, and the episode ends with them making Squidward act like a robot, with Karen 2’s head, to make up for not making money for the fight. Squid has a good line to make up for the obligatory abuse.
I honestly this is one of the sweetest moments in the whole show, not just post movie. I mean, we’ve seen that Plankton needs her, and cares for her in the aforementioned episodes. But this episode finally shows that she ultimately loves him back.
I mean, she gets angry when Karen 2 runs him over and she kicks her ass purley because she hurt him. Then Plankton returns the favor! We’ve seen him do nice stuff for her before but the biggest was him singing a song for her. Komputer Overload just had him admitting he needs her.
Here, he goes out of his way to fix her. He even forgets the formula for once to do this! It’s awesome and it makes up for him being a bit jerky early on. This also makes up for any of Karen’s mistakes
I can see Mr Enter’s issues with Karen but doing all of this doesn’t redeem her? Ah well. If you ask me, this was my personal favorite 11 minute episode of Season 8. (They are outdone by It’s a Spongebob Christmas and Hello Bikini Bottom).
I just loved personally loved seeing them both of out of their way to help each other. It’s kind of a cap of what has been an arc for them. Think about it. She dumped in Krabby Road, Plankton learned to respect her in KO, in Single Cell he showed his love for her, and here she shows she loves him back.
And while it’s not very humor based, there are a few decent gags with Karen at the Krsuty Krab and the sweet moment works so well, I don’t care. It’s only big problem is rehashing the same formula as Komputer Overload, with replacing the Karen and learning the lesson…but it manages to take a step further as you saw.
That one had more gags but this had a better story, so I like it more. Overall, it’s a great episode that needs more love than it gets.
So yeah, we’re off to a good start with this list, but in case you aren’t mad yet, wait for my next choice. But before we go, I must mention two things: Single Cell, Komputer and this actually have one thing in common: Richard Pursel. He wrote for all 3 of them.
I…think he’s the best guy to write Karen. Except maybe Frozen Face Off (where at least Plantkon’s action and her angry make sense), she’s decent in every Richard episode she’s been in.
So yeah, keep him away from Gary and put him with Karen…if he hadn’t left with this being has 2nd to last episode. I this his was final one, but ah well.
The other thing I must bring up is the episode Move It Or Lose It, that was made and aired after it, also written by Casey and Zeus, without Richard. In a quick gag, Plankton is fully willingly to sell Karen before she gets mad about it.
10. House Fancy
Writers: Aaron Springer, Dani Micheali
As everyone knows, Squidward torture is a big problem with Modern Spongebob. It wasn’t horribly bad up to this point (This episode opened Season 6) but it was a problem. You know why it’s a problem so I won’t go into it.
There were times where Squidward was okay at the end of an episode, but even Two Faces of Squidward had torture for him at the end. I felt it was time for him to win again. I mean, he hadn’t won since Band Geeks, which was Season 2!
So to open the worst Season of the show, they had him again. Yes, really. In this episode, Squidward sees Squilliam (in his first post movie appearance) on a show called House Fancy, hosted by a guy voiced by a guy known for cooking shows (wrap your head around that one).
Squidward gets jealous and tries to make his house fancy so it will be on the show. Now, before the ending it’s more on the okay side, but it’s still enjoyable. Yes, Stalker Spongebob is hinted it but it’s not too much of a problem compared to other episodes.
And while there could have been more jokes, there are enough jokes. The design of Squilliam’s house is cool and its fun to see him and the host walk around, and I love his giant Unibrow made of golden doorknobs.
Then there’s the scene where Patrick runs in to use Squidward’s bathroom and uh…drops a load. Patrick comments no one should go in there for a few weeks and…the toilet comes out, begging Squidward to its misery, and it dies.
…That is…hilarious! Yes, some people don’t like this joke, but it’s over the top, hilarious and dark! It’s so funny, in how WTF it is. It’s a bit too odd for some, but I like Spongebob that. It’s why I think I had an Accident is one of the funniest episodes of the show.
Anyway, at the end, Squidward’s house blows up thanks to Spongebob and it turns into ruins. But when the host shows up, he actually…likes it! He thinks some art piece and highly praises it. This is awesome.
It’s not nearly as awesome as the ending to Band Geeks or even Suction Cup Symphony but it’s still great. It’s so awesome to see Squid win for the first time in the post movie era. Like those others, it makes you think he’s going to lose, but he doesn’t!
Squilliam crying is a nice touch too, and Spongebob consoling him is cute too. See, he does have a good nature!
So yeah, overall this episode was not a bad star to Seas-
…Wait, there’s one more thing to talk about, isn’t there?
…Yeah, I put off talking about it just to show you that it’s possible to judge it without. But let’s talk about. If you don’t know, there’s a part where they are trying to move Squidward’s couch and they accidentally rip out his toenail, which is a bit gory and its set to Squidward screaming.
This little scene was so infamous it made a lot of people hate the episode, purely because of its inclusion. And you know what?
I think that’s silly.
Yes, it’s a bad scene and it’s really not needed…but only lasts like 30 seconds and the episode returns to normal. Now, if the episode was a typical Squid torture episode where he loses, this could big the deal breaker that makes it infamous.
But since he wins, it’s a dumb reason to hate it. I’ve heard some say it’s dull on top of it, but I disagree. There could more jokes, but it’s interesting enough, and did I mention that SQUIDWARD WINS?!
If you ask me, Squidward winning makes any episode at least bearable. It’s not a “Squidward torture porn” if he wins, by the way.
Now, there has been a chain of cartoon episodes ruined by one bad scene, that are okay otherwise. Despite me liking this episode, most of those others do bug me. Hell, even PHINEAS AND FERB is guilty of this, but that’s another story.
Family Guy has a similarly infamous episode called Peter Problems, which has a minute and half cutaway where Peter mutilates a whale. If you ask me, that one is worse because that scene is way longer…and that ep would be “Meh” without due it being dull and rehashing a bunch of other episodes.
So my point is, a small scene isn’t enough to make an episode bad. If you dislike it for being dull, that’s fine but just remember that Squidward wins.
There really isn’t much else to say. House Fancy isn’t the best episode ever, but it’s got solid gags, and a great ending. The toenail holds it back slightly but only cuz it’s just pointless, you know?
If you hate the toenail scene, that’s fine, just don’t call the whole episode bad because of it. That’s really all I got to say.
House Fancy: Who knew a Toenail could cause so much trouble?
Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Mr Lawerence
Remember how I said there are two arguable guilty pleasures on this list? This is one of them. This is one where the hate is small but there. The two big reasons, I feel are valid enough but I do not agree.
When Spongebob adds one percent too much mustard to the Krabby Patties, Mt Krabs thinks he hasn’t been getting enough sleep and says he’s insomniac. He tells Spongebob to get some sleep, but of course he has trouble sleepy. Hilarity ensues.
The first reason people dislike this one is Mr Krabs. Yeah, he’s good ol’ Krappy Krab (Get it? It’s my version of Patprick…yeah…) but…come on guys, all he does is judge Spongebob a tad too harshly. That’s not good, but this crab done tons of horrible things from abusing a snail to driving someone to suicide.
This is small stuff. Not to mention he’s in the episode for like 1 minute so the plot can get started. Now for the other reason people don’t like it: Patrick.
Is he a prick in this episode? Let’s try out PieGuyRulz’ (@) Patrick Jerk test!
SpongeBob goes to Patrick for help, so he pulls out a bedtime story. However, it turns out to be called “The Land of Perpetual excitement” cuz Pat thought he needed a get OUT of bed story. So he switches to a lullaby from his childhood…which turns out to be about being active.
Clearly it didn’t register with Patrick, amirite?
Anyway, does he justification? ….Yes! I mean, he genuinely thinks this is good for Spongebob, because he honestly thought he needed to wake up. Same goes for the lullaby, he just got songs mixed up.
His stupidity feels genuine, and there’s a good reason for it. Case closed.
Is it funny?
…Yes. I honestly laughed at both punchlines. I love the land of excitement gag. I know humor is subjective, but I think it’s funny. It may be different from others, but at least there’s an actual joke here.
DOES IT ADD OR SUBTRACT FROM THE PLOT?:
…Both, actually. It adds to Spongebob’s troubles in a comedic way, much like Wet Painters…but it does go on a bit too long. He sings the active song for like half a minute. What starts as good Patrick stud pity gets a tad annoying. If that’s your problem, fine, but I don’t think Patrick is a prick here.
Actually, this reminds me of another episode. Spongebob goes to Patrick for help and he tells him a story that doesn’t help at all…I can’t put my finger on it.
“Once there was an Ugly Barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died. The End”
….Yeah, now I remember. People justify that but this is him being a prick?
Anyway, onto why I like it. Besides some of the amusing jokes at the start, the reason I like it is the climax. Spongebob start hallucinating and we get a really tripping scene of various weird scenes attacking him.
This scene is awesome. The animation is really nice, it’s very creative, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. I love myself some trippy scenes (which is why I like Squidward in Clarinetland as well) and this is a good example of that.
My only problem is that it takes a little bit too long to get to this point, but it’s well worth it. Everything after that is alright too, as predictable as it is. The ending gags is kind of amusing.
The main reason this is low on the list is that I like it more for the trippy scene than the actual writing. As far as episodes go, it’s more on the average scale with a weak plot. It’s basically a mashup of Night Light, and Squidward in Clarinetland.
But despite that, it’s a fun enough episode and half guilty pleasure. Half because there’s nothing I object too besides Mr. Krabs and the familiar plot. This is isn’t even lower, because I really wanted to discuss Karen 2.0 (which is actually paired with this one) and House Fancy isn’t hated on as much besides the toenail scene.
However, I do feel some of the criticisms aren’t 100 percent valid, and people who loved Squidward in Clarientland should dig this. It’s a reasonably fun episode that has an awesome trippy scene to make up for its flaws.
There isn’t much else to say yet again, so let’s move on cuz the next one gives me slightly more to discuss…
8. The Cent pf Money
Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Dani Michaeli
This one is interesting, because this one has almost as much love as hate. And with this one, I can honestly see why. It depends if you want to focus more on the good or the bad.
In this episode, Mr. Krabs finds out that Gary can magnetically attract Money. Being Mr Krabs, he uses this for his own gang while he tries to make sure Spongebob is none the wiser.
Yeah, you can see why some people hate. It combines elements of the two worst Season 7 episodes: Mr. Krabs being awful and Gary abuse. And for the most part, there aren’t a ton of jokes besides that.
So why do I like it? Because of the ending. I’ll just skip to it to make this quick. Mr. Krabs makes his way to arcade which is of course full of people with quarters. Spongebob figures out where he is, with the help of a cameo from the bowl of nails guy from No Weenies Allowed.
Spongebob gets there, and…catches him in the act.
“Don’t you lie to me! I know all about you using Gary to steal money! “
“I would never steal. You have to quit making up stories, boy-yo “
“ I’M NOT MAKING UP ANYTHING. I know all about you’re little scheme! You’re the one making up stories!”
Then Gary’s money attracting powers causes a whole flood of quarters to crush Mr. Krabs and put him in the hospital. They find out Gary ate a magnet and that’s how he got those powers.
The episode ends with Mr. Krabs having to pay for his bill with all the money he stole. I’m gonna say it: This is the most satisfying ending to any episode EVER.
Or at least of Season 7, at least.
We’ve had Mr. Krabs be punished for bad things in the Modern Era (Slumber Party, No Hat For Pat, Patty Caper) but it’s nothing huge and in the latter’s case what he does is so bad it made the episode mixed for me. And In Season 7, He was kind of mixed
He was great in Growth Spout and The Masterpiece, and he got proper comeuppance in Curse of the Hex, and Wreck of the Mona Loa. He was about average in Kracked Krabs, but….he was horrible in One Coarse Meal. That one was for me what Choir Boys was for Pieguy. And OCM one didn’t end with a small moment redeeming him.
And as much as his comeuppance was in those eps, it didn’t feel like enough. So it was just amazing for it to happen here. Yes, he got derailed more than in those episodes-
“If I was rich, I wouldn’t have to hire the likes of you!”
-but the comeuppance goes above and beyond to make up for it. It is just amazing to see Spongebob finally realized how horrible Mr. Krabs is and stand up to him! Everything else is just icing on the cake.
It was bad that I was really happy to see someone get hurt? Well, I think that may have been the point since whenever someone does something bad and earns comeuppance, you are supposed to be happy that they get what they deserve.
Is it bad that he was driven to this point to start with? Sure, but in this context, I’m okay with. Actually, this reminds of two pre movie episodes: Jellyfish Hunter and Krabby Land.
In those episodes, Mr. Krabs did some pretty bad stuff, Spongebob called him out, and he got comeuppance Now I get why those aren’t hated as much as this one. Krabby Land is getting more criticism lately for the same reason as Cent of Money, and people like Jellyfish Hunter because there’s a lot of Comedy to make up for it, and the My Leg guy sings.
That improves any episode.
Krabby Land didn’t get hate for a while for the same reason. Cent of Money doesn’t have that much humor to distract you and what he does seems worse. Yeah, enslaving Jellyfish is better than abusing one animal. Go figure.
Either way, I do think the lack of Comedy is what holds this episode back. There are a few gags but it’s mostly just Mr. Krabs abusing Gary for most of it. Before the ending, I was kind of “Eh”, praying this wouldn’t be A Pal for Gary 2.
However, the ending is so awesome, I can say I like the episode. And I’ve seen a few more times, and the rest of it became a bit more tolerable once I knew what was gonna happen. And the gags that are there do work, and I loved the cameo.
Season 7 sure did have a lot of continuity references, didn’t it? Heck, this episode’s sister ep, had a cameo from Grisslepuss from Banned in Bikini Bottom.
This one is a bit lower due to its flaws, but the ending alone just makes me like it enough for it to be higher than some others. Of all the episodes on this list, the hate is the most understandable for this one.
However, I think some should focus on the good here rather than the bad. Despite its flaws, it has one of the most satisfying endings of a Modern Spongebob episode ever.
Yeah, I don’t have much else to say. I can why people focus on the bad parts, but for me, the ending alone makes it a passable episode.
Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen
Here’s an interesting one, because the way its structured makes it divisive by default. The reception happens to slide a bit more into the negative side.
In this episode, Spongebob gets a pop song stuck in his head, and drives himself crazy trying to get it out. As it turns out, a literal Earworm has lodged itself into his head and hilarity ensues.
Since I’m listening to music I type this, and I’ve done a huge top 40 song list, you can tell I listen to a lot of music. Thus, I’ve had songs stuck in head. I listen to music so much I don’t even get just one stuck in my head anymore. My brain is like an endless playlist at this point.
So when I first heard about this, I thought it sounded awesome. And while it’s not super good, I still kind of enjoy it. This episode is an amusing and releatble parody of catch songs in general.
Naturally everyone has gotten a song stuck in their head, so the way it’s done here is relatable and honestly funny. My favorite part is obviously the song itself. They’ve spoofed catchy songs in other shows, but this one …well just look at some of these lyrics:
The song that you ran from is back again!
You wonder if the madness will ever end.
Trying to stop it is futile.
So just listen now to my musical doodle.
Man that sounds almost sinister. Not only are the lyrics clever, the song itself is very catchy. It kind of has to be, but seriously, even if your hate the song, it’ll get lodged in your brain. That’s kind of the point.
As a side note, the original radio version of the song we here is performed by Eban Schletter, who makes most of the songs for the show. So you have him to blame/thank for a lot of the amazing songs in the show.
He also performed the all-time classic “I wrote this” from Sing a Song of Patrick. Musical Doodle isn’t as good as that masterpiece but it’s still good.
As for why some people hate this one…well most of it is Spongebob annoying people with the song and going crazy from it. The song plays a lot in the episode and Spongebob annoys people in universe with it. As you can guess, a lot of people find the episode annoying and repetitive, at least until the 3rd act where the others try to get the song out with lesser songs.
And…yeah, that can get a bit annoying time, and it what holds the episode back. However, I can look past it cuz there are fun gags with the song, and SB going crazy is quite fun to watch. I also like their attempts to get the song out, and like I said, the song itself is very clever.
It’s got some decent escalation as well, since SB goes from just listening to it to completely freaking out thanks to it. The premise of it being an actual Earworm is clever, if a bit obvious, as well.
If you’re wondering, Squidward is actually the one to get the worm out, with his Clarinet. The episode ends with the tune he made getting stuck in his head, with the worm finding a new home.
…Yeah, it’s Squid abuse, but at least it’s somewhat creative, and gives us a nice HERE WE GO AGAIN type ending.
There actually isn’t much else to say. It is mostly just one joke but the one joke worked for me, giving one of my favorite Modern Spongebob songs.
The thing is, this episode is kind of supposed to be annoying. It captures the feeling of being annoyed by a catchy song. The divide happens when some people find it annoying in a funny way, or annoying in a very irritating way.
So I get why a lot of people are annoying by the episode, but I found it amusing. Not one of the best of the Season (or as good as its partner, The Abrasive Side) but I still think it’s an okay episode.
Overall, trying to stop it is futile, so just listen up to my musical doodle!
6. Some of the Modern Specials
If there’s one thing that Modern Spongebob is known for, it’s weak specials. Some people call these ratings traps, but those are only people who don’t know what that phrase means.
An ratings trap is a heavily advertised death of a character that ends up being pointless,aka Life of Brian.
It’s not a special about SpongeBob losing his memory that YOU personally didn’t like.
Anyway, I pretty much agree that most of the modern specials don’t fill out the time too well and have other flaws. However, most of them at least have some effort put into them, or a plot that could at least sound interesting. Even my least favorite specials (Whobob Whatpants, and Spongebob, You’re Fired) have effort put into either the story or comedy.
And there are three hated ones I kind of enjoy, or at least tolerate despite their flaws. Before I get into them, here are my thoughts on the ones I won’t get into.
UGH: Yeah, it’s dull in places but the funny moments make up for it.
SPONGE WHO COULD FLY: I really don’t see the problem here. The funny moments are flat out amazing (“Hey, I’m your grandfather!”) and the story is quite solid, and it’s a solid musical episode too. Oh, the Bikini Bottomites are jerks? Yeah, that’s the point, guys.
PARTY POOPER PANTS: Almost made the list on its own. Quite a few decent jokes, and Spongebob really isn’t that bad. His situation is relatable, and his actions are over the top and comedic. I can buy that he would do that but I’ll get into that later on. He also gets decent comeuppance But yeah, him cutting Squidward’s cable was bad, as is him getting arrested for…not inviting the cops to the party.
SPONGEBOB VS THE BIG ONE: It’s alright, I guess. I’ve always been indifferent to it, really. I love the Davey jones gag, though.
GREAT PATTY CAPER: Gets off to a very good start, with a fun mystery vibe….but the funniest becomes pointless and it turns into another plankton plot. Yay.
SQUAREPANTS FAMILY VACATION: Again, gets off to a good start with the road trip plot, but becomes dull when they leave the boat. Still alright but could have been something special if they stayed with the road trip plot.
The ones I left out are either praised (Pest of the west), not hated on THAT much (It Came from Goo Lagon), or are…going to be discussed here. First up we have..
THE CLASH OF TRITON:
Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Aaron Springer, Steven Banks, Paul Tibbit.
I think the amount of writers kind of dragged this one down, cuz my main issue is how confused the writing can be. Now, some of the ones up there I ENJOY more, but I really respect this one.
They honestly tried to have a more interesting story here, and the concept is at least interesting. Anyway, this special is about Neptune, as it his birthday and he starts missing his son, Triton. He has his party at the Krusty Krab, but his sadness about Triton drags things down.
So Spongebob heads out to find ihm and make things right. Before I move on, I have to say something. There’s been a lot of confusing due to there being two Neptune, one in Neptune’s Spatula/Here, and one in the first movie.
Now, I always assumed they were two different characters. After all, Movie Neptune is King, is more of a dick, and is voiced by Jeffery Tambor who sounds nothing like John o Hurley.
By the time this special came around, you think people just accepted that there are somehow two Neptune’s out there. But nope, people still asked where Mindy and stuff like that. Weird.
Besides, in Krusty Towers, Squidward says the one here is “The 14th”” implying the one in the movie could have been crowned later. That movie is the finale, as Mr Hillenburg said.
There are some issues here, like, didn’t he live in Atlantis or something? Though I get that since they contracted that already, but we’ll get to that one in a bit…
So to get my problems and stuff, here’s the full story: Neptune was all about being an epic god and looking down on peasant fish, while Triton was actually interesting their world. Neptune got pissed and locked him up for a long time.
When he starts to miss him and regret his actions, Spongebob finds him and he sounds like a surfer dude for some reason. Yeah, I wish his personality was more tolerable but ah well.
SB lets him out and he gets mad and heads out to get revenge and do evil stuff. Long story short, Neptune sees his destruction…and is proud of him! Yep, he’s glad he finally learned how to use his god powers. His finally proud of his son and they hug it out.
The episode ends with the citizens chasing after SpongebBob cuz they blame him, I think? I don’t know, I’ll admit that part is dumb.
Now, you can my issues with the writing here, as well some of the good things. Are we supposed to like Neptune or not? He’s clearly shown as in the wrong early on, but at the end he learns nothing and the sweet moment is based on him being wrong.
However…I think that is kind of the point. It’s supposed to heartwarming in a messed up way, and the moment is so sweet it actually works. People complain about how cliché and soap opera-y it is, but I think that works. It’s cliché but it works for how nice it can be at times.
Also, the episode opens with Neptune watching a Soap Opera. It’s safe to say that was the point.
I will say that the time is not spent too well. Stuff takes too long to happen and everything happens as fast as I described. This actually has a decent enough plot for a special, it just needed more meat.
As a final note, the comedy is actually good here. It did need more jokes, but it has more than people claim. We have the audience fish being funny, the last resort joke, and that awesome He-Man reference.
This is one of those episodes I can still sit through despite the flaws, since it is not hugely annoying or gross. …Except when Spongebob puts his face on the cage and it’s really gross with a lot of veins. Ugh, Season 6 was the Season of disturbing veins for some reason.
I respect this one more than I like it but I do like it enough for it’s good parts. So …yeah, I liespect it, as Stinky would say.
Not the best special, but not terrible. Actually, it’s odd how much hate this one gets. Sure, a guy named Zeus could have written a better episode about gods, but I thought this would mostly be hated by the usual people, and normal people like fans on SBM or PieGuy would consider it to be Meh. Nope, they hate it and don’t really see much good in it, despite there clearly being effort here.
Weird. I can see why you would quite dislike it for all these reason, but I don’t quite see what makes it so awful.
Also, marvel at Casey, Zeus, and Aaron being on the same episode for the only time ever!
SPONGEBOB’S LAST STAND:
Writers: Aaron Springer, Steven Banks, Derek Iversen
This is technically an Earth Day type special. Yep, it’s an Environmental episode. Those can go either way. Decently well (Zanizbar!) or…like Captain Planet.
And honestly, this is one of the better ones. It’s done in a way that makes sense, and it doesn’t feel out of place for the show.
In this special, SpongeBob and Patrick find out that Jellyfish Fields is being torn down to make way for a highway, so they try to stop that from happening.
See, it works here because it actually makes sense. They care about Jellyfish fields a lot so it actually makes sense that they would want they save it. They don’t randomly care about the environment message because some writer wants to push an agenda on you.
It feels a bit off when you say it out loud, but in context it fits the world of Spongebob. Honestly, they get the message off fairly well. There is only one main complaint I’ll address here.
Yeah, most of this isn’t really bashed, since people hate it for having a Green message more than anything. And they feel the message got ruined by…Plankton.
Yeah, as it turns out that Plankton is doing this, to mow down the Krusty Krab. People accuse Plankton of hijacking the plot of some specials, but honestly that only bugged me in Great Patty Caper.
He was pointless in the TV Movies, but he more of a distraction than anything. I suppose you could argue he is an issue for It Came from Goo Lagoon or Frozen Face Off, but he was at least the center and there were stuff to like about them in case another plankton plot bores you.
Here, I can see their point, but I don’t agree fully. Here, Plankton is a lot more evil than usual and it’s awesome to see!
Starting around Plankton’s Regular or so, he became less threatening and evil than before. He seriously forgot how to blink once, and the writers turned him into Squidward.
Then Mr. Krabs became 100000 times more evil than Plankton ever will be. But here, he is a lot more evil, doing something quite dangerous. And it actually fits with his character, more so than he wanting to take over the world in the movie because reasons.
Does it get in the way message? Eh, it’s up to you. It does turn the special into trying save the Krusty Krab, but the message is still there. I mean, when this came out, I still saw it as a SAVE THE EARTH message. I’m sure most kids will see that too. What else can you see? SAVE THE…fictional restaurant?
Yeah, the message is still there. It’s odd on a narrative level but it works for what it is. There are enough gags here and there (love the Ranger) and the story works fairly well. They get the moral across well without it being as preachy as most stories like this.
Also, there are two songs in this episode…and they are both good! The Jellyfishing song is a nice tune, and Give Jellyfish fields a chance is not only a nice homage, but way catchier than it should be.
Oh, and remember how I said Season 7 had continuity references? Well, this episode has Chum is fum from Chum Bucket Supreme appearing on a billboard at one point! I love it when they prove they watch their own show.
So yeah, it may be flawed in places, but it works for what it is, and the shift to saving the KK isn’t THAT bad. And think about it this way: Modern SpongeBob is trying to teach a moral about the environment.
A Modern Spongebob is trying to teach kids something important. It’s a cliché yes, but for kids it’s great! So yeah, they can’t do an episode about sharing to save their lives, but they can do an episode about the environment.
The SpongeBob writers are weird.
Overall, this isn’t the most…special SpongeBob special in terms of scale, but it’s a fun little story that is among the better Green Aopes I’ve seen nowadays.
And last, but not least….
Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Steven Banks, Dani Micheali.
Patchy Writers: Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbit.
This one is a bit like Clash of Triton. Except here, I mostly agree with the flaws but there are things in it I can enjoy to at least make it easy to sit through, despite the flaws.
It’s like COT in that it’s hated a bit more than it should. Does it deserve to be on worst lists? Sure, but not in a bottom 5 or above episodes like A Pal for Gary. In this case, they greatly over exaggerating the flaws.
Before I address some stuff, let’s go over the plot. To make it brief, the gang finds a lost medallion thingy that actually leads them to the lost city of Atlantis. As it turns out, you just gotta put the medallion on a thingy on the museum and a bus powered by song will take you there!
“Does that make any sense?”
I’m with Squidward.
They there and run into the leader voiced by David Bowie. He takes them on a tour of their advanced city and as the episode goes on, each person stays behind at a certain part they liked. Eventually, SpongeBob and Patrick finally see the oldest living bubble, which they came here for.
After a pointless fake out, they pop the bubble because LRH was stupid enough to bring it with him to dinner. The guards chase theme and after a fun action scene, they bump into Plankton.
Oh yeah, he’s in this. He randomly appears during Song 2, and they never explain how he even got here. He wants Atlantis’ Weapons so he can do evil. He barely does anything until he gets his villain song and threarnrs with a tank…that turns out to be full of ice cream.
Weird. LRH says this amazing “talking spec” will make up for their lost bubble, and Plankton is held up Atlanis until the next episode. Our heroes leave, and LRH throws away the amulet because he doesn’t want visitors like this again.
The special ends with everyone singing about how sad they are to leave Atlantis, except SpongeBob, who is happy.
So, now to address the parts I like. The animation is very nice in this, with Alantis looking fairly cool, and the Atlanteans looking cool, even if they are mutant Blue Meanies. Yeah, the CGI bus is bad, but that’s only a minor thing.
The songs show off art styles that people say are botched, but personally, they look fine. Sandy’s song has the coolest stuff, as weird as some of it is. While there could have been way more jokes, the ones we have are solid enough. The climax is cool and there are other minor things to keep me at least somewhat interested.
Now it’s time for the fun part: Addressing complaints. Yes, there isn’t a huge amount of plot and a lot things make no sense. How did Atlantis get lost? Never explained. Apparently they are an alien civilization …somehow. And a flying bus can get there in a short amount of time with no problem. Lost for thousands of years, people!
Oddly enough, in Sandy’s Rocket, Atlantis is on SpongeBob’s list of things he blames on aliens. Weird.
Yeah, the plot is just the same kind of thing happening over and over again with songs and art styles shoehorned in. However, at least they found a PASSABLE way to pad things out, unlike other specials there quite frankly is nothing good to pad it out.
And honestly, none of the padding is too painful. No one is really out of character, and the comedy isn’t that painful. There’s also no gross out to be found.
The plot has flaws but it’s far from the worst. It’s not a huge bloated mess…it’s a small mess!
People accuse this of “ripping off” Willy Wonka, due to a similar set up. Uh…it’s kind of an homage type thing, guys. Tons of shows do it. Some go a lot farther than his, but this is still on the same level as most of the shows that do this.
So if this “rips” it off, than all those other shows did too.
Now to address the huge elephant in the room: The songs. Yes, it’s a musical. No, it didn’t need to b one. Yes, the songs are pointless. But honestly…they are not THAT bad.
People act they are the worst ear rape ever…when they really aren’t. They are clunky and are not up to SpongeBob’s usual standard. But they sound similar to the show’s usual songs, and they aren’t horrible.
All of them or at least kind of catchy, even the weaker ones. My personal least favorites are Fueling the Bus and Goodbye Atlantis since they so sound a bit too clunky of me at times. I can get through them, but they are weak.
Besides Back in Encino, which barely counts, my favorites are The Bubble Song and Plankton’s Song. They simply sound the least clunky and most pleasant. The weird rhymes work a lot better here and they are fun. I can see Mr. Enter’s point about them in the review (which is one of his weaker SB ones, honestly) but I have no idea why he called this the worst song.
People bash the rhymes, which can be…
“-and our painfully enlarged minds. We can learn to make wonderful things, like melons with edible rinds!”
…weak. And yeah, they can be weak, but eh….they aren’t the worst, and they can be funny for how dumb they are. Besides, I watch a lot of Phineas and Ferb, which often uses bad rhymes for the sake of Comedy. Thus, I am used to it.
Are the songs a tad weak? Sure, but I can tolerate them and they aren’t nearly as bad as people make them out to be.
But I do agree that casting David Bowie in a musical episode and not having him sing is…really stupid. This show has had worse Celebrity Cameos, but he’s still wasted.
As for Patchy, I actually like his segments…for how dumb they are. He’s out in traffic trying to get home to catch Spongebob but Encino randomly vanishes and he gets lost. He goes crazy and long story short, it turns out aliens shrunk the city and they return things to normal, only for Potty to be huge and crush Patchy.
Uh…okay. It’s really dumb and out of place for Patchy but it’s funny for how dumb it is. I personally think there’s as much Patchy as there needs to be. It’s exactly proportionate to the SB stuff, just a bit longer due to the extra time. It was his weakest stuff up to that point but eh, he’s okay.
In all honestly, I could have left this off the slot since I put it in the same category as some of the ones I left off, but there is more for me to enjoy in some of those.
And I really wanted to talk about how over hated this thing is. The plot is bloated, but not THAT bloated, it’s not hugely funny, but not painful, and the songs are weak but not awful.
It’s disappointing and they could have done more with it, but people act like it’s the worst thing ever, when it’s really not. It is guilty of the criticisms people throw at it, but when people bash it, they sound they like they watched something much worse.
Even Mr Enter and Pieguy’s reviews just sounded a bit odd, even though they are not really WRONG in what they say. It’s odd.
As a final note, there is a reason it is this way. It was going a simpler 11 minute SpongeBob adventure, but Nick had it expanded to the way it is. How do I know this? Casey Alexander said do in Twitter…and because of this,. He says it’s his least favorite episode he’s worked on.
Yes, even one of the writers admitted it sucked. That’s…amazing. …Wait, even Casey finds it worse than One Coarse meal?!
So overall, Altantis isn’t the best TV movie, and it may not belong on this spot, but it has enough amusing moments to make it watchable for me.
While the Modern Special tends to be kind of weak, most of them at least try and these 3 get more hate than they deserve.
5. Karate Island
Writers: Casey Alexander, Chris Mitchell, Steven Banks
Season 4 is generally considered to be a decent enough season, despite having some signs of what was coming. However, there are still some episode that makes worst lists. Hell, Season 4 dominated my own worst lists, because I was stupider back then.
Almost all of them deserve their status…except this one. The reasoning is a little better, but not by much.
In this episode, Spongebob is invited to the titular island, where he is crowned the King of Karate. He invites Sandy along and when they get there, the title goes to Spongebob’s head a bit.
Sandy gets mad about this and leaves, and of course this is when it turns out Master Udon, voiced by Mr Miagi himself in his final role, complete with dedication, is a bad guy. He captures SpongeBob and Sandy must save him.
The main complaint I hear about this is Spongebob. People see he was a jerk who let this all go to his head, when that is never the case with him. I have four words for that:
As Seen on TV.
In that episode, Spongebob is in a Krusty Krab commercial that aired at 3 AM for like 5 seconds, and he lets it go to his head. Now, that one is better because he simply thinks he’s super famous and thus the comedy really shines through.
However, he’s still kind of an egotistical jerk here, since he firmly believes he is famous, and thus this is what fame does to him. He doesn’t even learn his lesson! He just thinks his fry cooking is part of entertaining the people and claims he “gave up” fry cooking!
So how is that better than him acting this way here? If you just think it’s not funny like it was there, that’s fine. But here, he’s doing it to learn a lesson, and it works!
Seriously, there have been too many times where people bash character being jerks…when it’s being done so they can learn a lesson. But I’ll have time to rant on that some other time.
This leads me to the other big complaint: Glorifying Sandy. People say this was done as a cheap way to make her look stronger than Spongebob, when they are usually on an even playing level.
I think this was just done to make SB learn a lesson, but onto my rebuttal. Now, usually they are even like in Karate Choppers, but they’ve said more than once that Sandy is a bit stronger.
In her introduction, Tea at the Treedome, she saved Spongebob from the clam when he failed to save her and it was clearly shown was a bit better at Karate. Then in No Weenies Allowed, she flat out kicked his ass. Perhaps the biggest example is MuscleBob BuffPants where SpongeBob is super weak and she tries/fails to train him.
Now, making SB a jerk just to make her seem better is dumb, but it’s done for another reason and it’s the only they did it. Honestly, I have no problems with Modern Sandy, except that she needs to do more.
As a side note, I think she was only derailed in To Save a Squirrel, which did some pretty bad stuff in the name of science, and Kenny the Cat where she was racist for no reason. Those are minor compared to the number of Patrick’s a prick episodes..
Also, SB being jerk isn’t overblown and it only tastes a bit so we can get into the main part of the episode, with her trying to save him.
Now for why I like the episode. Besides some nice moral stuff, this episode homages the kung fu genre pretty well with a lot of fun gags, including intentionally bad “dubbing”. The fight scenes were creative, with some amusing villains, like the Tickler.
Then there’s the final punchline with Udon’s motivation, which is hilarious I won’t even spoil it for you. Add in an awesome climax and another here we go again ending, and you have an honestly decent episode.
My only problem is that maybe SpongebBob’s jerky-ness could have been a bit funnier, but other than that, this is a good one.
…Oh yeah, there’s another reason people hate this one. Like with House Fancy, it’s dumb so I put it off until now. See, in the lead up to Best Day Ever (another ep over hated for an odd, but understandable reason), they had kids vote on the top 100 Spongebob episodes.
This was number one.
That…pissed people off. If you didn’t know about any this, you may find this a bit dumb since it being voted as good by a bunch of kids is not a good reason for hating it.
You would be right. Is it dumb for an episode like this to be voted as the best? Yeah, but is it enough for it be hated?
The other reasons didn’t even pop up until very recently, so don’t even give me the “people dislike it before this” crap. So you can imagine happy I was when Pieguy still rated it good despite this.
If you dislike it for the reasons I mention, that’s fine since they are still valid despite my views. But if you only dislike it for that reason….it’s dumb.
If it makes you happy, they did this voting thing again in 2009, and Pizza Delivery won there. That one is more popular, to say the least.
Overall, Karate Island is a fun genre episode with decent gags. Not much else to say really. Not the best of Season 4 but still solid.
Writers: Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen
In Season 7, they had a little gimmick called “Legends of Bikini Bottom”. They were 6 episodes aired on the same night that had similar themes of mystical or far out premises. They even all had the title cards start with a book opening.
These episodes were not hugely popular, and people seem to hate this whole group. For me, the whole thing, just together, was…meh. They should have been more memorable, but a lot of them were just…there. Which makes no sense cuz they at least had okay premises.
The Monster who came to Bikini Bottom was predictable and had some Patprick, Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle was alright but nothing special, The Main Drain wasn’t as bad as people say but it was still an average Hooky rip off, and Trenchbillies was dull as all hell.
There were only 2 that made an impression on me, and those happened to be the only flat out good ones. There was Curse of the Hex which actually had a good plot with some fun gags, and there’s my personal favorite, Sponge-Can…which is sometimes seen as one of the worst of these.
I can see why people hate it, but let’s get into the plot. My biggest problem actually pops up at the start. Spongebob is annoying Squidward again, and he claims he is sharing his attitude of gratitude.
Then he breaks into…a song about his attitude of gratitude…which is backed up…by gross garbage monsters. After the song abruptly ends, the monster vanish. It comes out of nowhere, has nothing to do with anything, and no one ever mentions it again…
Yeah, that sums it up. Honestly, this is my least favorite song in the show. At least the songs in Atlantis almost served some kind of purpose. This one is kind of enjoyable in a WTF kind of way but it’s a BLAM and it only serves to prevent the plot from starting.
Squidward goes to the Krusty Krab and after he gets annoyed so much, he shouts that he’s the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom. After so many torture episodes, I can see why you feel that way.
He then says life in Bikini Bottom can’t get any worse.
“Mt Bikini Bottom Is about to erupt!”
Wah wah. Also the plot starts a mere 4 minutes into the episode. Trust me, we don’t need further proof that Squidward is miserable. Though it’s worth pointing out that he gripes about minor things that really could only bug him. That’s important for later.
After taking shelter, an ancient warrior Dolphin voiced by Dee Bradley Baker shows up and says his people were taken out by this very volcano. Naturally, the only way to stop it to make a sacrifice.
So we have a dire situation in need of sacrifice, and a magic dolphin. See why I said Sponge out of water took stuff from this episode?
As luck would have it, they must sacrafice the most miserable person. Hey, at least there’s a creative way to torture Squid in this one. They try to throw Squidward in but…SpongeBob offers to sacrifice himself instead, because he’s the one that made Squidward miserable.
…Damn! But that’s not even the best part. Squidward trips and is dangling off the side. SpongeBob says he would love to help but Squidward told him to never help him again. And he says this in a way that implies he honestly took value to what Squid said and is just obeying his wishes.
“I take it back! Please SpongeBob, I didn’t mean any of that! I do appreciate your friendship, I am grateful! …I’m grateful for the life I’m livin’, who knows how long I’ll have it? I learned that from you, remember?”
Spongebob saves him.
“I always knew you felt that way”
Before I gush, let’s wrap it up. Squidward’s house is launched right into the volcano, stopping it. Don’t ask, it’s from a bit from earlier. Turns out, you had to sacrifice the most miserable persons house.
“No one ever listens to me”
SpongeBob is weird.
The dolphin flies away and Squidward claims that he lied and he’s not grateful. He complains he doesn’t have a roof anymore, and the episode ends with Squidward sleeping with Spongebob.
…Not like that.
I think it’s easy to see why I like this episode. It’s the first time in a very long time they did something interesting with a Squidward “torture” episode. Let’s think about it. Like I said, he moaned about minor things and SpongeBob didn’t annoying ihm THAT much and he was even willingly to back off.
Squidward’s problem was honestly not being grateful for what he has, since we know things with Spongebob could get much worse.
Cough Choir Boys Cough.
So Squidward actually brings this on himself by letting himself be miserable. This ends up being a way to teach him to grateful for having SpongeBob in his life. They actually came up with a Squidward torture that was only creative, but actually used the torture to teach him a lesson!
That’s…awesome. Not to mention him admitting he likes SpongeBob is really heartwarming, especially with Spongebob’s reply. Speaking of which, SB is really likable here, backing off when needed and helping out Squidward quite a bit.
Now I must comment on the ending. Yes, it’s a bit odd, but knowing Squidward, he just said that for one of two reasons: He was angry about his house and wasn’t thinking, or he wanted to save face. Kind of like Mr. Krabs in Selling Out.
It’s cheap at first but I can deal, and the ending is still nice with SB letting him stay at his place. Squid just makes a snarky comment of being super angry. Could it have ended better? Yes. It almost ruins my little tangent about him kind of deserving all this to learn a lesson.
But despite that, I quite liked this episode. My only other problem is that the plot takes a bit to get started, and the idea to throw Squid in comes in when there’s like 3 minutes left. But the title promises a Volcano and that pops up like 3 and a half minutes in so it’s not a huge problem.
Oh, and I have a nitpick: Why is the mayor completely different in this one? Seriously, every time he appears he looks the same…except this one where he’s a completely different model!
I know SpongeBob isn’t the best with continuity but he’s back to his normal form in episodes he appears in after this…hell, he’s in our next spot on the list!
Whatever, it’s not a huge deal.
It’s not super funny but Squidward gives us nice snark, some of the citizens have good lines, and the Dolphin is amazing. Too bad he’s not in it a lot.
Curse of the Hex may have been funnier and more consistent, but this was my personal favorite LOBB episode due to having the best written Squid torture in a long time and a very sweet moment.
And in the end, the song did have a point to give us arc words…but the monsters make it a BLAM.
I can see why some may not like it due to the song, the plot taking a bit to get started, and the ending, but if you think about it the way idea, you may respect it more.
I think it’s a good episode, and a bright spot in a small sea of mostly just…meh episodes. Not much else to say. ..This was a fun one to talk about. Actually, I have one final note.
This is the 7th episode on the list that was written by Casey and Zeus, and that includes both of the specials I covered. And it’s 8 if you count Karate Island for Casey.
I think I’ve found the real reason why people hate these episodes…
3. Drive Thru
Writers: Aaron Springer, Dani Michaeli
All of these episodes, even the ones coming up, have one thing in common: I 100 percent get why people do not like them. I may not get why they receive flat out hatred, but I get why people dislike them.
…That cannot be said for this one. I really don’t see the problem with this one. The only complaint I hear is one I’ll debunk quickly in just a moment. First, the basic plot.
The Krusty Krab gets a Drive Thru (again) and hijinks ensue. That’s really it. It’s a simple plot that leads to a lot of crazy jokes.
This episode does a lot of little things correct. They fill up the time by giving us jokes all throughout, and thus nothing feels wasted, and it does not fill like pointless padding. Everyone is in character, and Mr. Krabs is super cheap in a funny way that barely harms people and in the end, he gets comeuppance for being so cheap!
Wait a second…filling up the time with a lot of jokes so it doesn’t feel like padding…simply premise with a lot of wacky stuff and jokes…Mr. Krabs being cheap in a good way and getting what he deserves…
…This kind of feels like a Pre-Movie episode. Seriously. Now, it’s not quite as good as some of them but it has a very similar feel. I thought this when I first saw it and I still feel that way now.
So you can imagine my confusion when I found out people don’t seem to like it. Even taking away the whole Pre-Movie thing, it’s still a pretty good episode on it’s own. The premise leads to a lot of fun gags and some nice escalation.
Mr. Krabs is too cheap to get a real drive thru so he just makes a hole and uses that. As the episode goes on, things get crazier with the hole causing problems and him making more holes.
Everyone gets some amusing lines (especially Squidward) and we even get minor appearances from supporting characters like Pearl and Larry. Plankton is even used well as he has a notable appearance without taking over the plot.
They keep the pace up for most of and it’s all quite enjoyable. Other episodes have better jokes but it’s still done quite well. I wish more Modern Episodes would take cues from this one, and just take tons of humor out of a simple premise.
There are Season 8 episodes I like more, but that’s mostly due to have unique premises or having stuff I’ve been wanting to see. The only reason for hating it I can think of is that Mr. Krabs is too cheap.
Yeah, Squidward is too grumpy, what’s your point?
Being cheap has been part of character since the beginning and this is no different than normal for him. Here, it’s more along the lines of his earlier cheapness. Plus, all he does is just refuse to pay for fancy stuff. That’s not that bad and it adds to the plot in a funny way. Oh, and he gets comeuppance in the end, too!
That’s the only problem I’ve heard and I shut it down right. I’d like to hear a real reason for disliking it beyond just not finding it funny. Personally, I think it’s every Modern Spongebob should be.
The characters are good, and it has a simple premise that leads to a lot of crazy jokes. It’s fun to watch and it’s a perfect example of why I think Season 8 was better than the previous two seasons, despite its flaws.
There really isn’t much else to say, because this episode is simple. It’s funny and it gets a lot of things correct, and it has a pre movie feel. If you hate it, that’s fine as long as you give me actual reasons that make sense.
The only reason it isn’t number one is because our next two make more sense to be high up in the context of this list.
So yeah, very good underrated episode. Let’s drive through to the next one!
…I’m so sorry.
2. The Great Snail Race
Writers: Paul Tibbit, Kent Osborne, Merriweather Williams
LE GASP! A Pre Movie episode is on a list about hated episodes?!
That’s right. No show is perfect, and Classic SpongeBob seems to be no exception. Some people have hated on some pre movie episodes since any good show will have it’s duds.
However, I actually disagree with all of them. From minor ones that have gotten some hate recently (Jellyfishing, Club Spongebob) to the big three. Those three are Party Pooper Pants, which I talked about earlier, I’m With Stupid, which I’m on PieGuy’s side with, and this one.
Now, I don’t think Pre Movie is perfect by any means. There are episodes I don’t think are quite as fun as others, and there are minor moment I dislike, like Patrick being fully ready to crush a baby clam in Rocky a Bye Bivalve.
Seriously, why does no one bitch about that?
It’s that each episode has so much effort and comedy put into them that I can say all of them were worth sitting through for me. Even if it’s for something minor. There are no Pre Movie episodes I dislike. Just ones I don’t think are up to par with others.
It’s just me though, and I totally get why some are disliked or seen as “Meh”. But of those 3, this is the one I disagree with the most. I get the hate more for I’m with Stupid but with this one, I have counter arguments that people usually realize but just…didn’t with this one.
So what’s the plot? When Squidward gets a prize snail to enter in the titular race, he insults Gary and calls him a mutt. This offends SpongeBob and decides enter Gary in the race to show Squidward that Gary is a winner.
Naturally, he takes it too far and overworks Gary. I’ve got a lot to say I’m not sure where to begin. I think I’ll give the two main reason I like this episode.
First, it’s got a very solid story and moral. SpongeBob overworks Gary for the sake of telling a good story where he learns not push him so hard. In the end, he sees that we he did was wrong, and Gary ends up fine in the end. He even finds love in the form of Snellie!
…Then they broke up or something, because she randomly vanishes and is owned by Mrs. Puff in The Sponge Who Could fly. Even though she says that she had her since she was a little girl…
Whatever, that’s not important.
I like they had a bit of development and moral stuff for once and it’s well written. It’s more of a story episode and it’s a nice one.
The other reason I like is the big one. You know, the thing people like PieGuy value most in a SpongeBob episode. It’s funny. It’s a pre movie episode so it’s based around jokes and there are a lot of good gags here.
We’ve got Squidward’s last name mix up (“Its tennis balls, I mean Tentacles”), Lightning Larry, Sandy’s Cameo and of course, Rocky!
“He’s got nerves of steel!”
It’s no Band Geeks but it’s got tons of very funny jokes, and all of them are highly memorable. The only time they slow down on the jokes is to move the story, and that only happens like twice, and even then at least something interesting is happening. It’s adding the story, they don’t slow it down for no reason.
Now to address the complaints. Yes, it has SpongeBob being a jerk, and some Gary torture. But like I said, it’s there for the story. He acts like a jerk to learn the lesson. It’s not just there to be there for no reason. Gary is tortured as part of the development and story.
None of this is pointless torture or jerky-ness just for the sake of it. I know I ranted on this earlier, but SpongeBob being a jerk is the POINT. But don’t worry, I’ll have plenty of time to rant on that some other time, I promise.
Is Gary being tortured hard to watch? Eh…maybe. The first big time we see that is the mini montage with him being overworked into the night and nothing really horribly happen. He’s just being tired out and it happens in a quick way and SpongeBob is latterly shown sleeping while he’s yelling, which is kind of amusing.
The next time is during the race where Gary spins out and crashes…like a Car. As in, he’s got Car like inside-y parts and he spins out. People say this is hard to watch, and usually it would be…but like I said, he’s a car. It’s so cartoon-ish and over the top that it isn’t too hard!
The writers/animators knew how to make stuff like cartoon-y enough so that it’s not painful. Another example is Squidward chocking in Naughty Nautical Neighbors .It’s a little harsh but it kind of works in a weird way.
I will admit, SpongeBob yelling at him right before he blows up is kind of hard to watch but it’s over quick. Then we have SpongeBob’s behavior. The main reason I can excuse at at first is that he’s doing to stand up for Gary, which is admirable. He just…goes too far.
I’ve heard arguments that it’s still out of character for him to care about Squidward being a jerk and him being competitive does not fit with him.
I have TWO episodes to counteract this with:
1. The Fry Cook Games
SpongeBob is rather stuck up about how good of a fry cook he is, and he gets into a fight with his best friend over it.
2. Employee of the Month
SpongeBob gets worried that Squidward will take his award and he gets into a huge fight with him over this.
Both of those episodes showed that SpongeBob can be a bit competive if he’s pushed hard, or something he values is factored in. That’s the great thing about his character. He’s not just some happy guy who is annoying. He sees the good in everyone and he can be both a straight man and a goofball, AND he can be pushed into beign a jerk without be too weird, at least in the pre movie era.
That’s why it works in all of these episodes. Heck, he’s kind of worse in EOTM because he latterly tries to stop Squidward from getting to the Krusty Krab by trapping him in a hole!
Now, you can excuse that one because he’s just going crazy and he couldn’t get the idea out of his mind once it was planted. He’s impulsive like that. But come on, he’s worried about SQUIDWARD taking his award. That’s the joke but how come that is excused by many people and not this?
As for Fry Cook Games, he’s just offend that Patrick thinks being a fry cook is easy. So you can excuse him being a jerk due to being worried his award will be taken, and his friend being a bit over confident, but not due to his pet being insulted?
Now, he does go a bit farther here and it does feel a bit more off and less funny than in those. But there are a few jokes in there like the whole lady thing. It’s done more for the story here than in those.
I think it mostly works for the episode is going for, because it’s for a good reason and there’s more to it than just that. And you know what else makes this episode quite good?
Patrick. He’s great in this episode.
Not only does he have some great lines, but there are two minor things that make this one of his best performances. First, when Rocky doesn’t move during the race because …he’s a rock, he just pats him and says he’ll go when he feels like it.
Sure, it’s for the sake of a joke but it’s still kind of nice. Then at the end, he has the trophy Engraved to Squidward, even though he’s been a jerk to him this whole time. …And Squidward doesn’t mind!
He makes a snarky comment and just laughs about it! This is amazingly sweet for both parties! Why does no one ever talk about this, it’s amazing!
So yeah, I think I’ve made my case. I see people think this episode is more mean than funny and it’s seen as the worst Pre Movie episode. But for me, it’s a very funny episode with a solid story, featuring solid development and a really sweet ending.
This is my favorite episode on this list, along with Karen 2.0. I value that one more for reason I explained, but this is the best written episode on here, hands down. I like it.
Oh, and the tittle card music is Now That’s Were Men. Nice.
Now, after all that, with me saying we covered the best episodes on the list, what could be number one?
You’ll find out…after some HONORABLE MENTIONS:
GROWTH SPOUT: Some people rag on it off handedly, and I don’t get it. Mr. Krabs cares about pearl a ton and there’s a few very clever gags. It wasn’t on the list because people tend to ignore it instead of hate it.
KRUSTY DOGS: Almost made it due to the fact that like Drive Thru, I don’t get the hate. Seriously, it’s a fun little episode where SpongeBob and Squidward actually team up! There’s not a lot to hate, though I will admit it doesn’t have many memorable lines..
“It only seems to have increased their appetite for wieners”
“..Something that will make Mr. Krabs whole wiener thing blow right up in his face”
…For the most part.
RISE AND SHINE: It’s a simple fun short about Patrick’s morning. What’s so atrocious about it?
RULE OF DUMB: This one is more love it or hate and I while I don’t love it, I think it’s an example of how to make Patrick a prick without it being annoying. And you know, there’s actually a reason here.
BEST DAY EVER: Yeah, it was really overhyped and maybe the moral may seem off due to the writing, but it came across fine and it’s a fun little story that gave us a showcase of that awesome song.
That’s all I got for those, though there may a few more I forgot. So, what tops all of these?
Without further ado, the Number One SpongeBob episode I like that everyone hates is…
1. Truth or Square
Writers: Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Steven Banks, Paul Tibbitt.
Patchy Writers: Paul Tibbit, Steven Banks, Derek Iversen, Mr. Lawrence, Dani Michaeli, Richard Pursel, Aaron Springer
…Oh boy, there’s a lot to cover for this one. Before I go any further here, I must make one thing clear: This is the other Guilty pleasure episode I mentioned. It is not, what I would call a “Good” episode…but even on a critical level, I do not view it as terrible one. Unlike most of the episodes on this, I 100 percent see why everyone hates it. I can agree with most of the criticisms lodged at this episode.
Why is it even on the list at all, much less number one? Why do I kind of like it? Well, I’ll get into as I “review” it….But before we cover the actual plot, we got to talk about Patchy.
I…can’t defend him for the most part. Most of his segments are the same joke over and over again. He calls up a guy who wanted a paycheck, I mean a celebrity guest, they say screw you, lather rinse and repeat. Oh, and add a harsher in hindsight joke with Robin Williams for good measure.
However, in the 2nd part, (the only part shown in reruns) where he’s looking for SpongeBob is…better. He’s not as annoying and there are some cool bits. I love the old timey cartoon tribute and the Alternate theme songs. Seriously, you may have issues with his segments but how could you hate the Alternate theme songs?
Here’s the thing: The Patchy segments are weak but man are they overhated. I mean, it’s him running around and just doing stuff. He’s not crying for minutes on end, he’s not being a mean jerk, he’s driving anyone to suicide or anything like that. His segments are just overlong, repetitive and stupid.
I know everyone has their opinion and what may be just slightly off to someone could be the most annoying thing in the world in the others. But I fail to see how his segments are the worst thing ever. They are kind of crummy but here’s the thing. Some have said this is a huge low point in the series, it’s some of Tom Kenny’s worst work, and it’s a perfect sign of Nick giving us the middle finger.
It’s Patchy running around and doing dumb stuff with celebrities.
If you haven’t seen the episode, this may sound like people are over reacting a bit. You would be correct.
Look, it’s his weakest work and you can go ahead and hate but I think saying all that is overkill. Now onto SpongeBob.
I suppose I’ll actually give the reason why it deserves some hate before I go explaining why I like it. This is a big hyped up 10th anniversary special and all the commercials said there would tons of epic revelations. They showed Spongebob and Krabs on some epic quest, secrets would be revealed and…Spongebob Marries Sandy? Holy crap, this is going to be amazing!
The plot is that they are trapped in the Krusty Krab vents. All the flashbacks are not from previous episodes, nothing is really revealed, that epic quest was from some flashback that was treated as a quick gags, and Spongebob marrying Sandy only happened in a play…but the priest was real and he didn’t know it was a play.
…So they are technically married, I guess.
Needless to say, this made people mad. It’s kind of like…well..
“That’s it? That’s the lost episode? IT WAS JUST A BUNCH OF CHEAP WALK CYCLES! SPONGEBOB BETRAYED US!”
I totally get that. My 2009 self didn’t really notice and ate it up because I was a dumb kid. I’m a dumb adult now, which is totally different. It’s not a fitting anniversary special at all.
Now, it is unfair to bash an episode due to misleading ads, since the writers have no control over that. However, the writers also control the actual content of the “movie” and that is mostly wasted on filler and nothing here warrants it being a “movie”.
So I complete get why people hate it. HOWEVER…if you view just as a typical Spongebob episode that happens to longer…it’s not THAT bad. No one is totally out of character, and there’s nothing within the episode’s content that’s especially annoying or gross.
Well, except the bit with Baby Spongebob in his mom’s stomach. That was….why?!
The gags we do get are mostly solid and I quite like the flashbacks. It’s cool to see how Spongebob’s pineapple house came to be and if you look past how misleading the ads were on this…the Sandy thing is kind of funny.
We also get some solid songs, like the “Oh Krusty Krab” thing at the end, and I don’t care who you are, you must admit that “A Day like This” is amazing. I can get through this special mostly fine, getting some solid things to enjoy while not being pissed off too much by the conent.
As an anniversary special it fails, but as an episode in itself, it’s…okay. The extra time makes it a bit dull but it’s still better than a couple others, at least. I have no doubt this was just a normal episode that they were forced to make longer. It happened with Allantis, after all.
Of course, it is plagued with filler, which is the episodes biggest problem. It’s got a ton of stuff that does not to be here like some of the flashbacks, the old Krusty Krab commercial, and Plankton. However, most of it is at least kind of enjoyable so it’s not like NOTHING is happening. So there you go.
So, what is it that makes me like enough to make it number one? After all, this sounds like it belongs back with the specials I discuss earlier. Well, here it goes.
I have a strong connection with Spongebob, as I’ve made perfect clear. I mean, it’s in my name. Spongebob is my childhood, put it simply. This is the same for a lot of people, and that’s why pretty much everyone was hyped for this.
Even though who may have given up likely came back just to see this. Nick hyped up this anniversary to hell and back. There was a 40 hour marathon leading up it, including that fan voted episode list I mentioned. There were cool new DVD’s, interesting merchandise, CD’s, and tons upon tons of stuff. They even aired an actual documentary on Spongebob right after this, which is also on the Truth or Square DVD.
All of this got to me, as it really made me look back at the shows legacy. My connection with the show made me just love all the stuff souring this, all the hype, and everything that comes with it. So that’s part of a reason why I liked the special more at the time.
For most people, their connection is why they hated it. It’s why this one made a lot of people quit the show, even if they stuck with it after The Splinter. Yet with me, the connection is what made me like it.
Granted, everything around it got to me more than the actual episode, but my point still stands. And you know what? The episode itself is part of everything I said too. The song at the start, some of the flashbacks, the insanely sweet climatic song, and SpongeBob’s final line:
“Happy anniversary, Krusty Krab”
All of that gets to me and hits my connection with the show in a good way. And that’s my point. It needed more of that! It’s there in small part but most of it is just amusing filler. Those parts like an emotional celebration of everything Spongebob is.
The rest is…not. But those small parts add up. That’s why I like this one, despite its faults. My nostalgic connection won’t let me like it less. That’s why it’s a guilty pleasure, and even on this list on a separate slot.
Is it dumb? Yes, I’ll admit that. Most of my enjoyed comes from pure nostalgia, on how everything around this special just got to me. That’s why it’s a Guilty pleasure, you know.
But I say, even critically, it’s mostly just…average. It’s got filler and other problems, but it some fun gags, interesting moments, and even a sweet ending. Does it deserve hate? Sure, for reasons I went into. Does it deserve to be on worst lists, along with stuff like The Splinter?
Eh, maybe not quite. If it’s more your personal rage on how it disappointed you, fine. But if you still think its “horrible” after looking at on its own…well that’s fine, but I suppose it is hard to look at it on its own. Though if you watched it years later, without the positive hyped, than maybe you can do that.
Overall, I like it because it and everything around it touched me due my own connection with the series. It’s got some good elements along with its bad parts, but I can still get through it and mostly…enjoy it, if only on a personal level.
All that is what makes Truth or Square the number one SpongeBob episode I like that everyone else hates.
And that’s my list. I must say, it was a ton of fun looking at these episodes and explaining why I overall enjoy them. I’m pretty proud of this one, I must say.
The big takeaway from all this is that art is subjective. You all have the right to hate any episode on this list, even if I sounded a bit angry at some of you for not liking it. I was mostly just saying that to say it, you know? I think it’s interesting which episodes tend to be loved, hated or mixed.
Opinions can be interesting, and I think that’s the big takeaway here. But the important thing is to talk about things rationally at least tried to calmly explain why I like these episodes. It’s fine to disagree with me and I’d love to hear you guys thoughts my rebuttals and leave a comment explaining why you disagree…as long as you’re polite about it, of course.
I think we can all agree that SpongeBob is an interesting show to talk about it, and it always be. Trust me, this won’t be the last time I do a Spongebob related blog post.
So there you go. As a wise man once said, as long as there are stars in the sky, Spongebob will live on in our hearts and in our minds.
Now get lost. I mean, good bye.
No really, get lost.