(INDEX, IF YOU WANNA SKIP TO A CERTAIN REVIEW)
Even Stevens-A Very Scary Story
Lizzie McGuire-Night of the Day of the Dead
That’s So Raven-Have a Cow
Phil of the Future- Halloween
Hannah Montana-Torn Between Two Hannahs
Suite life of Zack and Cody-Arwinstein
Zeke and Luthor-Haunted Board
JONAS-The Tale of the Haunted Firehouse
Wizards of Waverly Place-Halloween
Suite life on Deck-GHost and Mr Martin
Sonny with a Chance-So Random Halloween Special
ANT Farm-Mutant Farm
Good Luck Charlie-Scary had a Little Lamb
Shake It Up-Beam It Up
ANT Farm-Mutant Farm 2
Good Luck Charle-Le Halloween
Austin & Ally-Costumes and Courage
ANT Farm-Mutant Farm 3
Dog with a Blog-Howlween
Good Luck Charlie-Fright Night
Liv and Maddie-Kang a Rooney
Shake It Up-Haunt It Up
Crash and Bernstein-HealthOween
Kickin’ It-Temple of Doom
Dog with a Blog-Howloween 2
Girl Meets World of Terror
Jessie-Runaway Bride of Frankenstein
Austin & Ally-Horror Stories and Halloween Scares
Liv and Maddie-Helgaween-A-Rooney
I Didn’t Do It-Next of Pumpkin
Mighty Med-Liar Liar
Kirby Buckets-Flice of the Living Dead
Jessie-The Ghostess with the Mostest
Girl Meets World of Terror 2
I Didn’t Do It-Bite Club
KC Undercover-All Howl’s Eve
Best Friends Whenever-Cyd and Shelby’s Haunted Escape
Austin & Ally-Scary Spirits and Spooky Stories
Liv and Maddie-Haunt a Rooney
Lab Rats-Curse of the Screaming Skull
Kirby Buckets-School Spirit
BONUS:Ultimate Spider Man-Halloween Night at the Museum
Hello, Spongey here.
Well, it’s finally October, which means it’s time for my favorite time of the year. Yep, it’s now the Season of Halloween! Man, this year is going by fast. (THANK GOD). You’ll hear about how I’ll handle the big reviews in a few days, so let’s focus on other stuff.
In December of 2014, I reviewed the Disney Sitcom Christmas Episodes on Deviant Art, and I posted the reviews, along with new ones, on the blog last year. I planned to do the Halloween ones back in 2014 but that fell through and I moved on to Christmas.
Last year, I got caught up in doing the animated Disney ones, and I wanted to the Disney Sitcom Halloween Stuff in July of this year, but that fell through too. Well, now I’m here. Granted, I had to write these in September to get this out before Monstober 2016 began, but ah well.
There’s not much to say. At this point, you know my stance on Disney Sitcom Stuff and you’ve seen me cover the Christmas episodes, so you know what to expect. Like with Christmas, Halloween is a big deal on Disney Channel, as since 2011, the whole Channel is decked out for what they call Monstober.
It’s always a fun time since over they years, we’ve gotten fun episodes that go all out. Even weaker shows can be enjoyable for Halloween, depending on much effort they put into it. So let’s finally celebrating that.
We’ll be reviewing every Disney Sitcom Halloween episode going from 2001 to 2015. You know the drill, only official Sitcoms aired on Disney Channel or Disney XD and only Halloween episodes, or spooky themed October episodes. The line isn’t as weird for these shows, but I had to point that out.
For once, this intro is the last thing being written so I just wanna get into it \. Let us see exactly how spooky Disney Sitcoms can be.
This, is A Look at Disney Sitcom Halloween Episodes
Let’s go back to the 2001 for the very first one aired…
A Very Scary Story [Even Stevens]
Season 2, Episode 13
Writers: David Brookwell & Sean McNamara
Airdate: September 7. 2001
Louis plans on pulling a big Halloween prank, at the same time as certain strange goings on, are occurring, possibly linked to some free eye exams.
This episode was good, although there’s not a lot to talk about. It mostly amounts to Loius finding about some ccrazy creepy plot. Nothing complicated, no moral, just a bunch of creepy stuff.
And for that, it’s fun. I do like crazy plots like this. What happens is that kids come back from the eye exam with sunglasses, and an urge for milk, with no desire to so anything bad. While this is a silly kind of creepy, it does mange to be tnese to an extent, especially as things ramp up.
Speaking of ramping up, the pacing is maybe a bit off. It gets right into this stuff and it isn’t long before we see weird stuff happening and know something is up. I know it’s pretty clear something up, but more build up would have been nice.
Also, the twist of it being a story being told is really obvious. I mean, the episode is called a Very Scary Story instead of something regarding the plot itself. With this idea, it’s clear already but come on.
My favorite part is the whole twist that Ren is the one doing all this, wanting to create perfect Ren clones out of people. Her silly evil outfit just makes this even better. It’s just funny and crazy and I love it.
This is a good start for the Halloween episodes. It doesn’t mention the holiday that much but it still goes all out, being crazy and fun. That’s what I like in Halloween episodes, and I hope the others are as good in this regard.
It’s nothing too special in terms of story, and it could have been paced better, but as it is, it’s fun. Could also have been funnier, as there’s nothing I can really quote, but it’s still good. I’d recommend this one if you want a fun one, just don’t expect anything more.
Between this and the Hunakah one, I do wanna watch more of the show. What I’ve seen is nothing crazy great, but it is fun, and that’s good enough. I bet these reviews will be short in general, but hopefully I’ll have more to say for the others.
But yeah, this one is fun.
Night of the Day of the Dead [Lizzie McGuire]
Season 1, Episode 24
Writers: Tim Maile & Douglas Tuber
Airdate: October 5, 2001
Lizzie wants to become the “Dungeon mistress” for the 7th grade Halloween fright night at school. However, Kate becomes the dungeon mistress and Lizzie is forced to become a clown. Peeved by this, Lizzie, Gordo, Miranda along with Matt devise a plan to embarrass and humiliate Kate in front of the whole school.
This episode was good. The interesting thing about it is that it touches on Dia Del Los Murtoes as well as Hallooween ,which gives it an edge. It’s simialr to the Even Stevens one, with scary stuff that ends up being fake, only this time it’s a prank.
The pacing is also better, easing us into it. While it goes by slightly quick when it happens, it has better build up and it works. The prank has them making Kate think Lizzie has been possed by evil spirits and is out for revenge on her for insulting the day of the Dead.
It’s fun with how all out they get. Obviously not scary but the spooky vibe makes it enjoyable. If you’re wondering, I’m okay with the cruel prank because it fits better for one a one dimensional alpha bitch and in execution, it doesn’t feel too cruel.
It is, but it’s a more fun kind of cruel and the pacing is better. There is an issue, in that there’s an abrupt ending. Not a big deal but it does just kind of end when the prank is reaveled. Also, there’s a subplot with the parents being interrupted by trick or treaters while trying to have…time, if you know what I mean.
It’s kind of funny, but the final joke is very predictable. Also, very little of the brother for some reason. Otherwise, this is another fun one with some cool stuff to offer, like culture, and some funny moments.
With a better Halloween vibe, this is the one to check out so far. Nothing crazy well written, but good cheesy fun. I recommend it enough.
Have a Cow [That’s So Raven]
Season 2, Episode 2
Writer: Micheal Carrington
Airdate: October 17, 2003
On Halloween, Victor accidentally switches Raven and Chelsea’s burgers at the Chill Gril. They then conjure up a wishing spell from Viv’s book and use it to go to Alana’s Raven’s arch-nemesis, Halloween party that they weren’t invited to. However, Chelsea’s badge falls into the cauldron they were using, and this causes Raven and Chelsea to both slowly turn into cows.
Of all the early ones, I remember this one the most, which might be due to the unique premise and ending but we’ll get to that. That aside, this episode is good. It doesn’t go full force with the creepy-ness like the last two but it does have an odd enough premise.
I do tend prefer when they go all out and while this one does it in an odd way, it is fun. I like that they still take advantage of the cow thing even though it takes awhile for it to happen. The comedy there is awkward but in a good way.
I don’t want to imagine how…certain people feel about the cow transformation though..
The Halloween element works too, since they have trick or treating in the subplot along with weird stuff in the main plot. Speaking of the subplot, it’s slightly mixed. It has Corey not wanting to Trick or Treat with his Dad, which leads to some nice stuff in the end,
But it only amounts to two real scenes, spaced out. The time is used fine, and I don’t mind the subplot wrapping up early, but better pacing in that regard would have been nice. Also, there’s a joke where Corey mentions The Talk but it’s a different kind of talk.
What is with Disney holiday episodes and jokes about The Talk?!
The thing people remember most about this episode is the twist, where it turns out the whole episode was just a Raven hand, showing what would happen if Chelsea ate the wrong burger. Yes, a whole episode vision.
Usually this kind of twist is lame but the vision aspect makes it…interesting. I didn’t know she could have visions that are well over 15 minutes. Does that mean she was just staring into space for 22 minutes?
It’s a big cop out, but it is interesting due to that concept at least. And it’s kind of obvious since even for this show, magic spells seem out there.
Wait, in the Christmas episode time got revered (don’t ask) and here it’s all a vision. Will these Holiday episodes ever actually happen?!
That aside, this episode is good with it’s Halloween elements and strange cow jokes. It can be awkward and weirdly paced sometimes, but it’s an odd fun episode regardless. It’s another I can recommend.
Halloween [Phil of the Future]
Season 1, Episode 15
Writer: Micheal Caine (Not the one you’re thinking of), and Jason Cox
Airdate: October 8, 2004
Debbie is revealed to be an evil cyborg, who terrorizes Pickford, leaving Phil and Keely to save Halloween.
…Well, the Summary just spoiled the interesting thing I was going to build up to. Doesn’t matter because like Even Stevens, this mostly fouces on that so there’s not much to mention. But in short, this one was good.
Oddly, might be the most enjoyable one so far, even if it’s not the greatest plot. Despite focusing mostly on the big element, there are some other things like how it builds up to it, and minor jokes like Phil and Keely being a two headed hockey player.
The Halloween element is kind of small, since this could have taken place on any day and only their costume is Halloween-y but the general creepy-ness makes up or it. Even more so than the Even Stevens one, this has a creepy vibe to it.
I mean, Debbie’s plan is just to force people to make cupcakes (if anyone makes the most obvious joke when faced with evil cupcakes I swear I will be mildly upset!) but the setting o the school at night, and Debbie makes it interesting.
Seriously, she does this stuff but is all smiles through all of it, which makes it kind of creepy. The actress does make it all pretty convincing, surprisingly. (Can’t remember which Panabaker this was).
Speaking of Debbie…yeah this was a…weird twist. When this aired this didn’t actually happen wand was just a Halloween thing, but there’s nothing to indicate that here, and after this, Debby vanished and this was never mentioned again.
So if you skip holiday episodes, you’ll wonder where the heck she went. This is an odd choice but it does make for a good episode. Since it wasn’t brought up again, it is easy to brush it off. And with the shows’ premise, it’s not too implausible.
But what I don’t get, is that they say her kind was sent here after being discontinued. So instead of throwing her away, you send her to the past to screw others over? Huh?
Also, I like the way they stop here. It has a minor joke from earlier coming back ,which ends up being pretty clever. Weird premise aside, this one was solid. A good creepy vibe and funny jokes (it bookends with a Twilight Zone Spoof for some reason) make it a fun one.
It’s another one I can recommend, as long as you don’t think about it too hard.
Torn Between Two Hannahs [Hannah Montana]
Season 1, Episode 17
Writers: Todd J Greenwald, story by Valerie Ahern & Christian McLaughlin
Airdate: October 14, 2006
Miley’s evil identical cousin, Luann from Tennessee visits, and disguises herself as Hannah in order to reveal Miley’s secret at Traci Van Horne’s Halloween party. Meanwhile, Robby and Jackson decorate their house to make it look scarier than Dontzig’s.
This episode was okay. The problems come from the plot they picked rather than the show usual issues. See, this ends up being the plot where someone is paranoid and is telling everyone someone is evil or something.
This plot tends to fail because it seems like they are going to teach about jumping the conclusions, but usually they actually turn out to be evil. This episode fails in that same way. Miley keeps going on about how evil Luan is, and we only see her being nice and she’s nice to everyone.
Since we only hear about her deeds, Miley kind of looks like a bitch and people are right to call her out. But then she actually turns out to be evil and then any message they were going for is gone.
This is not the worst case I’ve seen, but it is a classic example. To be fair, otherwise, the episode isn’t too bad. It did remind m how better the supporting cast was, as they get the best jokes, especially some of Billy Ray’s remarks.
Speaking of jokes, at one pint Lilly makes a remark about Laun seeing dead people. Usual’s this would just be a dumb reference but then I remembered that Haley Joel Osment happens to be the brother of Emily Osment,
So now it’s a lame actor allusion, yay!
The subplot doesn’t amount to much but the ending is pretty sasyftying with how much of a jerk the neighbor guy is. Plus, it’s where the Halloween amount comes in. Seriously, with the main plot, the evil Twin is the only spooky element.
This could have taken place at any costume party. It fits on enough in some parts, but it could have been better. Yeah, that’s a trend with some of these older ones, they don’t always feel Halloween-y enough.
That aside, this one is okay. The plot is not done too well, but it has it’s amusing moments. I don’t really recommend if you don’t like this plot and focus on the moral stuff, even with its’ good moments. ‘
If you don’t care, go ahead. Not high on my list though. Without the plot, it would be one of the better episodes of the show, though. As it is, it’s just okay.
Arwinstein [The Suite Life of Zack and Cody]
Season 3, Episode 12
Writer: Pamela Eells O’Connell
Airdate: September 30, (?) 2007
When looking for Arwin, Zack and Cody accidentally release a robot Frankenstein monster (created by Arwin), who is almost an exact replica of Arwin.
This episode is interesting because this show had a spooky themed episode that was used as it’s Halloween episode, but then this official one came around near the end of the series. As a result, I didn’t have a ton of strong memories and people don’t tend to remember it as much.
This could be why it doesn’t’ go all out as they would of if there was more pressure to make a big episode they could air in October. That could be why this aired like a day early. Also, I think this aired during the period where Maddie was absent so a core character is missing.
Otherwise, this episode is decent. Like the others, it doesn’t go all out despite the premise and the Halloween party. I’m not sure what it is but these just don’t feel as Halloween-y as they could, mostly.
That aside, it’s fine on it’s own. The show has had it’s supernatural episodes before, and this at least seems more plausable. The story is pretty basic, and it amounts to what you would expect, but most of it works.
Maybe they spend too much time messing around, but the better jokes make up for it. I have a soft spot for the dumb humor of this show so I enjoyed this. Although the running gag of London insulting Carey in some way is not funny.
Arwinstein himself is likable and they get some amusing stuff out of him. If the plot was a bit stronger, I could recommend this a lot more, but it is, it’s a mildly interesting one to check out. It’s typical but more than amusing enough for me to like.
Just don’t expect a ton out of itself outside of some amusing and even sweet stuff. Arwinstein being sent to Arwin’s Mom is kind of weird, given he’d never appear again but ah well. Also, there’s a joke where Mosbey says he’s a “Horse’s-Nevermind”.
Hardy har, you know for kids.
But yeah, a solid enough one, just nothing crazy special. It’s fun but not my favorite. Still, not too bad. And hey, better than the last Suite Life Episode by this writer I watched.
Haunted Board [Zeke and Luther]
Season 1, Episode 10
Writer: Boyd Hale
Airdate: October 5, 2009
Zeke and Luther are haunted, when a cool looking board they bought off the internet, turns out to be the legendary cursed, “Eye of the Cat”. Which appears to be possessed, and have a mind of its own, every boarder who has ever ridden it being in an unfortunate accident. In the meantime, Stinky Cast strikes a deal with Ginger in which he bets that he can truly frighten her.
Now we begin the Disney XD ones. I sometimes forget how old this show is. Anyway, this episode was good. It’s another canon supernatural one, which I think is one with how this is. This has a nice spooky vibe with the legend of the board and what it does to people.
It’s not crazy funny but there are amusing moments, like this one guy’s doorbell being an evil laugh. While it’s clear the board is evil to begin with, it does take awhile for Zeke to really buy it, and some mildly creepy-ish stuff happens as it builds up.
There’s a twist with the board’s owner that I saw coming but is still interesting with his backstory. Spoilers, the board just wanted to get back to it’s owner. Which is why it made a guy randomly combust for some reason.
That aside, it’s a good reveal. As for the subplot, it doesn’t lead to much but it has amusing moments and a decent pay off. Overall, it’s not crazy good but it’s a fun spooky one with a solid story and amusing subplot.
This and the Christmas Subplot make me want to watch more of this show, since I couldn’t see a ton for my old Disney XD Post. As cheesy as it be, it’s pretty enjoyable from these episodes at least.
Anyway, not my highest recommendation but it’s worth a look.
The Tale of the Haunted Firehouse [JONAS]
Season 1, Episode 17
Writer: Julie Sherman Wolfe
Airdate: October 11, 2009
Here’s a show I’ve never spooky about before, mostly because everyone forgets it exists. Which is odd given who is in it. I’ve seen a few episodes…and honestly it’s not that bad. While Nick had the better boy band show, this was in a similar vein being fairly amusing. Nothing crazy great but honestly decent. Let’s see how it’s spooky episode is.
When Kevin thinks there’s a ghost in the firehouse, he enlists Stella, Joe and Nick to help him find it.
This episode was good. Man, we’re doing well so far even the Jonas Brothers can make a good one. It’s not on Halloween but fits very well, with the spooky stuff, the music, and how the transition are Spooky-ified.
The only problem with this one is that it’s very predictable. You know they are going to bump into creepy stuff, only for it to be fake or a prank but then oh no, there was scary stuff after all. It’s not the worst offender but it’s a bit of a small issue here.
The thing that sticks out about is that it’s mostly done in a found footage style. This was before PA was huge, so it’s more Blair Witch but at one point someone says this is paranomal, like it’s supposed to mean something. Weird.
This style really makes the episode stand out, and makes the creepy stuff feel more legit even if we know it’s fake. There’s also good humor, especially with one of the brothers telling this story in a wrap around. There’s some dumb jokes but the format makes it more tolerable. This show doesn’t take full advantage of the single camera thing since it doesn’t shoot on location too much and the jokes aren’t crazy subtle, but it makes less annoying at least.
So while the episode is fairly typical, it’s still pretty enjoyable with how it goes all out. If you can look past the stars, I think you could enjoy it, so I actually recommend it. That is odd to say but it’s true.
Yeah, let’s shake off the shame of liking this with a good show. (Still nto the best horror themed TV episode with Frankie Jonas at least).
Halloween [Wizards of Waverly Place]
Season 3, Episode 2
Writer: Todd J Greenwald
Airdate: October 16, 2009
Okay, it’s okay for one to show to give their episode the most generic name possible, but you did it again? Are these writers that uncreative!? …Anyway:
The Russos’ haunted house has been lame every year, mostly because Justin insists that they focus on safety. The person in charge of the haunted house, Mr. Evans, threatens to take the Russos’ contribution away if it is not scarier this Halloween. Alex then goes to the wizard world and gets three real ghosts.
This episode was good. It’s another that mixes the Halloween element well, as it’s about a Haunted House and has tons of jokes about the ghosts. Speaking of jokes, that’s what the episode is about.
The plot is fairly light and the focus is on the joke, be it the quips from Alex or the various ghosts. I can see this episode not being loved by some since not all the jokes can work. There’s a lot of Alex being a jerk and minor Justin torture, and jokes about him being lame.
He wants the house be all about making the right decisions, which is silly. I mean, if you want something scary about making decisions, just make everyone watch Doorbees!
I tolerate all this because I personally found most of it funny. The ghosts all get at leats one solid moment, Mr Evans gets some good snark, and I liked how Alex’s Costume was a shirt that said Costume…until the explained the joke at least.
And while the Alex jokes should bug me, I think the acting manages to save them, like in almost every episode. While the plot is light, it leads to some good jokes, and is a good story for a Halloween episode.
It fits for the Holiday while standing on it’s own as an episode. This would be perfect if the jokes were better thought out in places. Besides some Alex’s jokes, there’s a joke where a ghost who holds his head says he has a headache.
So yeah, I do recommend it for it’s comedy but you do have to tolerate the jokes to enjoy it. I can see someone not liking it. It’s not a high recommendation for that reason but it’s worth a look for that reason. I like it.
The Ghost and Mr Martin [Suite Life on Deck]
Season 3, Episode 11
Writers: Adam Lapidus and Jerry Quines
Airdate: October 8, 2010
When the ship docks in New Orleans, Zack is haunted by the ghost of a captain of a sunken ship. Meanwhile, London and Bailey try to help Mr. Moseby overcome his fear of playing the piano in front of a crowd.
This is another spooky themed episode that aired in October, which is close enough even if this franchise already had a Halloween episode. I can’t quite review it as a Halloween episode, but I can say it’s decent.
It works better on it’s own but it’s still solid. I mostly like it for the story. I like plots where they find out there’s more to history than they thought, like that one Kim Possible episode, minus the bullshit dream cop out.
It doesn’t go too deep, but it is interesting. This is a good episode for Zack as he does develop slightly and I like that he was choosen to deal with this plot. That’s certainly the highlights. Oh, and a real ghost being here works fine since this series seems to do all the time.
Hell, there’s a callback to when the original series did the ghost thing. Nice. The subplot is alright, at least it’s nice to see London helping out even with some dumb jokes. Speaking of, the jokes are hit or miss, which is to be expected from this show.
But as the episode goes on ,they get better. My favorite part is the short found footage style bit, which Is like PA this time! About as much happens as in those land of nothing segments.
Sadly, it’s not the best spooky themed episode. There are ghosts, but the found footage scene is the only creepy part. The rest is usual antics. And also a Ghostbusters reference because why not. Debby will do that again in due time.
Overall, this is an enjoyable Suite Life Episode, but not a hugely fitting spooky themed episode for October. Honestly, the best Suite Life Episode to watch would be that Sutie 13 one, as it’s creepy-ish and fitting for Halloween.
But this isn’t a bad option, just not the best for the Holiday. I’d recommend it, just not highly for those reasons. Still, the plot is good enough to make it mildly enjoyable.
A So Random! Halloween Special [Sonny With a Chance]
Season 2, Episode 18
Writers: Josh Herman & Adam Schwartz
Airdate: October 17, 2010
If you recall, for the Christmas episode, they did a full episode of the Sketch Show within a show. Well, they did previously for the Halloween episode. This is also basically a poorly disguised pilot for the So Random Show they eventually did.
This one does have a bit with the actual characters bumping into trouble so it fits into the actual show better, at least. I feel the same way I did about the Christmas one: It was Hit or Miss, but mostly just …eh.
It’s hard to review a sketch show because all that matters is if you found it funny or not. Well, some of it was funny, most wasn’t. Nothing was horribly unfunny, just kind of weak.
There’s a skit about a monster under the bed who is more off an annoyance which is a funny idea, but kind of annoying in execution, especially with the shitck of the kid trying to show it to her Mom. Thankfully, there is a good ending so..eh.
The rest are like that, kind of funny but also not that funny. We get some of the Check Out Girls, a Skit I’ve never liked. The joke is that there are these airheaded girls who react to everyone and everything by being shallow bitches and saying “Check out that X” out lout. It was never funny, although occasionally the person they talk to can be amusing.
The main recurring skit here is “Halloween Party Dos and Don’ts” which is mostly amusing. Like the Christmas one, we have a guest host with Shaquile O Neal. Yes. He’s actually not too bad here and does brighten up some sketches.
But yeah, him being here is weird. They waste time with some songs here. One is for a musical guest which is fine, but then Sonny gets to sing then the other is part of a sketch, which is also fine.
But we did need to waste at least 5 minutes of the episode on this. You could have cut two of those because each episode of a show like this does need a musical guest, but does not need the Sonny song or the sketch song.
The song skit is about how this guy likes to scary babies. It’s meant to be so weird it becomes funny, but that never happens, so it’s just awkward.
Overall, this was as hit or miss as I expected. I enjoyed some parts, but was annoyed by others. My recombination is only watch if you like the show and can tolerate some of these jokes. Otherwise, its’ an easy skip for the concept alone.
It at least works for Halloween, minus the songs which aren’t even creepy themed. I personally liked the Christmas one a bit more, by the way but both are equal in merit. So yeah, an easy skip although not too terrible.
MutANTFarm [ANT Farm]
Season 1, Episode 14
Writers: Jerry Quine and Dan Signer
Airdate: October 7, 2011
…Yeah, I already covered all three Mutant Farm Episodes way back in 2013. As such, you’ll have to just read the review againt. I got nothing to add to them mostly. You can just skip the if you want:
In a universe where all our kid characters are mutants. Chyna is a Medusa, Olive is a mad scientist with a brain on her head, Fletcher is a wimpy vampire, and Angus (the creepy kid from Ted, aka the fat one) is a zombie.
Instead of the Ant program letting awesome kids be in high school, it lets awesome kid mutants be in high school. The “Normal’ characters like Chyna’s brother Cameron are well, normal.
You can have your “race” debate in the comments below.
The plot is a clever spoof/role reversal of the first episode. In that first episode, the kids worried about the “big kids” not liking them and how they are treated badly. The teens have a party at Lexi’s house, and the main kids plan to sneak in against their parent’s wishes.
In Mutant farm, it’s the teens who are treated badly and the mutants go free without any trouble. After all, who would mess with these freaks? So it’s the teens who must sneak into a mutants only Halloween party.
While that is going on, Chyna tries out at a plan to get mutants and humans to work together. The whole ‘spoof of the 1st episode” thing is why I enjoy this episode so much. Some can see it as lazy but they do mess around with a few ideas and lines from the pilot to great effect. They also combined this with the other good thing: Taking full advantage of the setting.
An example of the former has to do with this line from the pilot. Chyna caught her brother at Lexi’s party, and a bit after that..
“Oh hey, you got a text from Satan. It says SEE YOU SOON”
Then in Mutant farm…
“Oh hey, I got a Text from Satan…he says SEE YOU SOON….we’re going bowling later”
Never mind that they say SATAN, not “devil” in a Disney show, this is an amusing callback.
The episode is full of stuff like that. Like how in the first episode, Chyna and the gang make fake versions of themselves to fool Dad at home. Here, Lexi, Paisley and Cameron do the same thing. But with the IQ that they have…it’s a lot more amusing.
They mess around with the first episode, but they still fit in plenty of monster gags. Like how Angus the zombie keeps eating limbs. …Yeah, it’s a surprisingly dark running joke, but it works. There’s also a gag involving Fletcher’s evil laugh, but I won’t spoil that one.
It’s a pretty enjoyable Halloween episode that’s good for getting me in the mood. I won’t say everything that happens but Chyna easily gets Mutants to accept humans a bit more and she ends up singing. By the way, this show loves to LAMPSHADE the out of nowhere songs that plague these shows.
The song itself is called “Calling all the monsters’ and it’s actually pretty catchy. Don’t judge me, it’s good. Sorry this summary isn’t more detailed but there isn’t a ton to the plot. It’s simply an amusing spoof of the first episode that takes full advantage of its setting.
It’s actually of my favorite episodes for that reason. It’s fun. (Guess I can add this: For it’s fun concept, it’s one to check out if you like the show’s humor)
Scary Had a Little Lamb [Good Luck Charlie]
Season 2, Episode 25
Writers: Phill Baker, and Drew Vaupen
Airdate: October 9, 2011
It’s Halloween and when Charlie gets scared by Karl a jerk, Teddy decides to give him a taste of his own medicine with Ivy’s help. Meanwhile, Gabe agrees to protect Mrs. Dabney’s house from teenagers, but when her house gets trashed, Gabe has to do what ever she says. Also, PJ becomes a Goth because of his new girlfriend, Zoe.
We’ve reached an interesting turning point in the episodes. Up to now, they have been normal episodes set on Halloween, with some going more all out then others. Sure, JONAS and ANT Farm got a bit better but one is a single camera show, and one went to another world.
This is the first canon laugh track episode to go more all out, mostly by changing the shows transition music to be spooky. From this point, they go more all out for Halloween, even when they are typical episodes.
You can debate this all you want, but I think it works better. I’ll talk about more that at the end though. Anyway, this episode is decent. It’s interesting, because only half of it is set on Halloween ,with the rest covering the after math.
It’s unique in that regard, and the plots do translate to this section and they still manage to manage to make it spooky. PJ’s plot is the least interesting since the most Halloween-y part is how the end of it takes place in a Cementary, but there’s some good jokes, and a sweet enough ending.
Gabe’s subplot has a good twist, but doesn’t have much to it. There’s a good set up but they arent’ given enough time to flesh it out. I’m fine with 3 plots to give everyone time to shine in a Halloween episode, but more could have happened.
Teddy’s plot has the least to until the 2nd half, where she scares some jerk who was a jerk to Charlie. This one works the best due to ending of it. Their revenge is cruel, but really enjoyable with how far they take it, and Bridigt plays crazed murder surprisingly well. Plot-wise this is slightly mixed as there doesn’t seem to be a central conflict to speak but there is the theme of Halloween to tie things together, and they seem to be mostly equal.
Taking place all on Halloween with better focus could have worked more, but what they did works okay too. Joke-wise, there’s some decent bits here, most coming from the small quips here and there.
One of the main gags is Amy and Bob dressing up as the other one. While Fairly Odd Parents beat them to this joke, it’s still kind of funny. When Bob comes in as Amy, Teddy remarks that he is Ashley Tisdale.
Speaking of odd jokes, Teddy wanted to go as Bo Peep but the only costume avaible has “not enough Bo, too much peep’
…You know,for kids?
So yeah, this one is enjoyable but slightly mixed on a critical level. The decision to go beyond Halloween might not work for some, as well as how the plots are written. But as a simple slice of Halloween comedy, it does fairly well.
It’s nothing special, on either level, but it is fun. It’s not high my recommendation list, but it’s not too bad of a choice. It’s decent enough.
Beam It Up [Shake It Up
Season 2, Episode 4
Writer: David Holden (Grr…)
Airdate: October 9, 2011
Rocky and CeCe go to a Halloween party at the Shake It Up, Chicago studio. Meanwhile, Flynn suspects that his new neighbor, Zane, is an alien and has a dream that he and Henry have been abducted.
Before I get into this one, I have to mention something. That Calling All the Monster song from the ANT Farm one appears in this during the obligatory dance scene. Yes. This makes very little sense.
I mean, the song only exist in another universe in the canon of that show. How is it able to be here? The DCLAU is confusing.
Anyway, this episode takes a page for Good Luck Charlies’ book and sets the 2nd half after Halloween. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as successful this time. This episode is…debatable. The first problem is that the 2nd half barely relates to Halloween.
They are with these guys from the party but that’s it. Flynn’s plot features candy but that’s it. You could watch the 2nd half and not know it was connected to Halloween, they could have met during any old Halloween party.
GLC tied the plots to Halloween better, and was just better in general. But that in itself isn’t a big problem, the main plot is. Flynn’s plot is cliché but mildly amusing. Speaking of amusing, there are funny moments, mostly due to some of Rocky and Cece’s quips.
For the shows faults, I do think these two had a chemistry which shows up even in certain episodes that will not be named. Now, what’s the problem with the main plot? I’ll need to recap it.
Cece refuses to interact with most of the boys at the party because they look weird. Rocky calls her out for this and forces her hang out with one certain guy to actually get to know him, with Rocky picking out a guy to know for herself.
It turns out Cece’s guy is hot so he likes him, while Rocky’s guy is guy as weird on the inside, as he acts like a middle ages dude. Cece brags about how Rocky was wrong for most of the story, then in the end it turns out that Middle Ages dude was giving THEM a chance and doesn’t like them.
The hot guy leaves Cece because her snort laugh is annoying. And the plot ends with Cece gloating to Rocky again. …Yeah, there’s a message here, I just don’t know what it is. There’s a clearly a “It’s what on the inside that counts” moral, with it saying that some people can be bad on the inside.
But in the end, Rocky is punished for giving someone a chance and rightfully calling Cece out, and despite what happened, she doesn’t seemed to have learned anything and gloats to Rocky again.
Who am I supposed to be rooting for? Rocky is right, you shouldn’t avoid someone because they look weird. Especially at a costume party where’s you’re supposed to look weird! Rocky takes an honest chance and is punished for it.
Yeah, some can be weird on the inside, but giving them a chance isn’t bad. Rocky wasn’t even being a bitch about it, Cece was being dumb and she called her out.
The two guys both being shallow-ish is amusing but the Middle Ages guy disliked the two even though from perspective, they were fine-ish. Him being dick-ish is fine in general for the “some are bad on the inside’ aspect but it’s still unfair punishment for Rocky.
And Cece, who was worse didn’t learn anything and gloats. If she was clearly hurt by what happened that would work but she shrugs it off just to be a bitch. Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of this one.
It has some good ideas but the execution is off. All it tells me is that some people are bad on the inside and that’s it. There’s a way these ideas could have worked but man does it not. To make it worse, Middle Ages guy wasn’t a jerk for most of it.
He was just acting odd, he seemed like an okay guy at heart. If rocky found he was a jerk at the start, that would make the moral work but as it is, this teaches me that the weird guy who acts differently than me may actually be a jerk.
Yeah. I know they didn’t intend that, and I like certain ideas, but…yeah. Itwas all likely meant to be ironic. Rocky gives him a chance and he’s weird on the inside, Cece doesn’t and he’s hot but is shallow. The show just isn’t smart enough to pull that off.
I know you can’t tell, but I don’t recommend this episode. It barely has Halloween ,and on it’s own, it fails on a lot of levels.
It has it’s moments, but even fans won’t be too big on this one. Our first true Halloween dud, I’m afraid. Disney Xd, save me!
(Also, David Holden, you’re on my list)
Boo-Gi-Nights [Kickin’ It]
Season 1, Episode 12
Writers: Eric Goldberg and Pete Tibbals
Airdate: October 24, 2011
The Bobby Wasabi gang is determined to stop the Black Dragons from ruining the mall’s annual Halloween Boo-Stravaganza. I simplified that because there are actually FOUR plots in this episode.
Plot A has Frank finding out tjhat Jack is afraid of clowns, Plot B has Rudy meeting a girl on costume and wanting to find out she she looks like, Plot C has Eddie teaming up with the cafeteria lady to make a pumpkin and Plot D has a legend about the Dojo being built on a Butcher Shop which the dumb one whose name escapes thinking it might be real.
This episode was good. A huge breath of fresh heir after the last one. I’ll lead with the big problem: There was no need for there to be four plots. To be fair, they all connect…except the D plot.
At the start, it seems like it will be important, but goes nowhere. They tell the story to scare Rudy, the dumb one meets this guy who claims to own the shop the Dojo was built one, he thinks he’s scary, but he is told the story is fake…and that’s it.
That guy never appears again and it doesn’t factor into anything. Eddie’s plot does factor into the main story, so this could have been cut even though it gives us the creepy stuff. It leads to a joke where he after he meets the creepy guy and tells his friends, Mitlon brings up a Witch Descortino and says..
“Show me on the witch where he touched you”
I’ve got nothing. I think someone beat Textual Harassment.
Anyway, outside of that, the episode is good Ruby’s subplot has an amusing ending, Eddie’s plot is worked in nicely, but the main plot is the highlight. It leads to the usual cool action, and it has some awesome moments with Milton kicking butt and Jack protecting his friends.
Jack doesnt’ get get over his fears, but he faces clown Frank in the end. It’s a nice compromise and works well for the story. Joke-wise, some fail but most hit, again mostly the quips from some of the actors.
It may not be spooky but the costumes and such make it fitting and enjoyable. So yeah, I liked this one. It’s funny, the main plot is good, some of the plots are worked in nicely, and there’s some nice moments, even if one plot is pointless and one joke is…odd.
I would recommend this. It’s just Halloween-y enough is in general written and funny. Not perfect, but one of the better ones we’ve seen so far. It continues Disney XD’s trend of being good. Solid episode.
Mutant Farm 2 [ANT Farm]
Season 2, Episode 13
Writers: Stephen Engel & Mark Jordan Legan
Airdate: October 5, 2012
(Again, previous review from 2013 is copy pasted)
In this EXCITING SEQUEL, Mutant Chyna gets a crush on human boy and when they find out their true nature, they must get past that, and whatever.
Meanwhile, Olive clones herself in order to multi-task. That goes about as well as you’d expect.
There were a couple changes in the proper show that had to go in this one. First off, this “Violet” chick entered the cast who is snarky. Here, she is Olive’s Igor, and it’s amusing. Also, for a while Lexi was a waitress at a restaurant that changes its type all the time as part of its gag. That’s here too and it’s cool.
The 2nd one isn’t as good as the first. It’s good but it lacks a lot of the memorable bits the first one had. Also, I don’t get why Chyna is having a problem when she strived to get rid of that in the first episode. Thankfully, it’s done well even if we know the boy isn’t showing up again, ever.
For the 2nd one, we have no Cameron, or Paisley or people like that, which is fine since we got our of fill of them before. We have less of Lexi (my favorite character) but she is still there and has some okay bits. Less of Angus but again, we got our fill before.
While I wish some of those popped up, the episode was decent without them. I’m not quite sure why I am so sour on this 2nd one. I have no real issue with it, and it keeps doing new and fun things with this concept.
Since part 1 used an earlier episodes plot, they needed a new one that still tired into the mutant thing. So they had to resort to a romance type thing, when I think they could have done some new plots. The subplot with Olive more than makes up for it, of course.
I don’t remember as much about this one other than general plot things. But I do remember it being amusing (as amusing as I find this kind of stuff anyway) and fun. They didn’t run out of stuff to do for this one, like I feared. They could have run out of jokes to get out of this idea, but they still had plenty here.
Of course, A.N.T. Farm wasn’t the first show to do the “other world where are main characters are monsters” thing…but we’ll get to that one later. Regardless, they do a fun spin with both of these episodes
(Recommendation is about the same, but since it’s a weaker one, you can skip this if you only have time for one Mutant Farm Episode)
The Whining [Jessie]
Season 2, Episode 1
Writers: Eric Schaar and David J Booth
Airdate: October 5, 2012
(Yep, review from 2013 again)
On Halloween night, Mr Wright from Ned’s Declassified tells them a spooky start about stuff on the 13th floor, and a nanny from the 20’s who went insane.
They end up going to the 13th floor while trick or treating in spite of this and them being out after curfew pisses off Jessie a little bit and she’s bent on finding them and stuff.
Perhaps the title tipped you off as to what this is spoofing but I’ll give you more details: Before She heads out, she is working on a short story to give to some dude. On the 13th floor, the kids see an elevator full of “Blood”, and also some twins saying “play with us”
Still don’t get it? How about this?
Yeah, it’s the Shining. A Disney sitcom is spoofing the shining.
That’s my main reason for reason for liking this episode. It’s a good nod to that film. It’s been done before, most notably by the Simpsons-
“Simpsons did it!”
Shut up. But would you expect THIS show to do it? …Well, they would later do Rear Window and then Terminator 2. So I guess this was a hint of things to come. Anyway, they hit all the marks but they have it make sense in the narrative of the show.
So if you somehow don’t know anything about the shining, you would probably get what is going on. Yes, Jessie was able to pull off a spoof more than you know who. That’s actually kind of sad.
Anyway, the explanations for why some of this stuff make some sort of sense. Well, I get why Jessie would be cranky but perhaps going all Nicholson wasn’t the best way to get them to listen.
A lot of the shining references lead to some amusing jokes, both cuz it Is actually amusing and cuz I know what it’s a reference to. But that’s not all we got. We have more amusing Halloween jokes, like a running gag with how Betram can’t seem to scare anyway.
Which gives us the best line in the episode.
“Werwolves used to be scary. I blame Taylor Lautner”
…BEST SHOW EVER MADE.
Speaking of interesting lines, we have this bit with Jessie and her boyfriend dude Tony:
“I have a great Flapper costume”
“What’s a flapper?”
“It involves me fearing a short skirt”
..I think the writers found out why this show is popular.
Anyway, most of the episode is amusing with Jessie going all insane and stuff. If The Haunting Hour has proved anything, it’s that Debby Ryan pull of kind of evil. Only here it’s not evil but it’s fun.
Granted, she’s no Jack Nicholson, but we can’t all be, ya know?
Though ike the ANT Farm eps, the usual baggage of lame jokes come with it., However, with the actually amusing bits, this ep is one of the better ones.
Also, Zuri’s costume is a race car driver and she has a car thingy that she names Christine. SUBTLE.
Anyway, there’s not a whole lot to say other than that. Eventually, things get settled and thing return to normal. Except it turns out the creepy doorman Mr Wright here is a ghost dude who was just fucking with the kids.
Then we see him with the ghost of the 20’s nanny and they go ghost stuff and they scare Luke who pops up.
Debby Ryan is quite hot-i mean fun as that ghost nanny for a second. I could be shocked that ghosts now canonically exist in this world…but this is the same world as Suite life, which had ghosts for real in one episode.
So I can’t be too shocked. This is a fine episode overall that serves as an amusing spoof and a good Halloween episode. They do take advantage of the Halloween thing like I’ve said before and that works well.
Also, it was the Season 2 premiere, which is also cool. It’s a fine episode. (If you like the concept and can tolerate some bad jokes, this one is worth it.)
Le Halloween [Good Luck Charlie]
Season 3, Episode 12
Writer: Dan Staley
Airdate: October 7, 2012
It’s Toby’s first Halloween and Amy wants Bob to dress up. Plus, Teddy enjoys PJ’s cooking, so she asks him to cook an authentic French meal in honor of her one-year anniversary since she got back together with Spencer. Meanwhile, Gabe is deceived by Mrs. Dabney into attending a ceremony in honor of her charitable work.
This episode was alright. It’s funny but plot wise, it’s not the best. For one, only one of these plots has to do with Halloween. Gabe’s plot could have happened anytime, and Teddy’s plot only involves Halloween because it’s raided by Clowns from their own Halloween party.
The first one took place after Halloween mostly and was tied more to the holiday. The actual writing issues do make it worse. The main story, isn’t actually a story. It’s a bunch of jokes about their costumes, Topped off by a bat coming and doing nothing.
And that’s my favorite of the plots, mostly because it was tied to Halloween and was mostly funny. I love the incredibly snarky trick or treater who is just having none of Amy’s crap. But how did that one kid not know what a Kangroo looks like?
Teddy’s plot is nice but derailed by the clowns. There’s a thing about how Spencer forgets something Teddy feels is important, but that’s resolved very quickly. The scene is nice, but is a weak resoltuion.
They don’t do anything with the clowns, after they are introduced, they show up but we cut before they even really do anything. Teddy tells us what happened later, which doesn’t sound too interesting.
Gabe’s plot is the most sound, as they actually complete it somewhat, and it’s funny to see them team up eventually, and realize it’s a bad idea. It has a complete ending, making it the best plot despite not being releated to Halloween.
As much as I complain, this episode isn’t too bad. The plots at least mostly have solid ideas, and are actually funny. There’s plenty of amusing quips and ideas, like Emmet playing music for them or that trick or treater I mentioned.
This episode is an example of the ABC plot structure can go wrong, but it’s at least funnier and more substantial than other examples I can think of. Overall, this one is just okay. It’s funny but has weak writing in some areas despite nice moments.
As a Halloween episode, it doesn’t’ give you enough of what you want. The first one is the one to go with, but we’ll see how the 3rd one pans out. So yeah, I don’t recommend this one too much. It’s funny but there’s so many better options out there
Slightly disappointing, but it’s the 2nd one, so it’s not a big deal.
Costumes & Courage [Austin & Ally]
Season 2, Episode 1 (Another Season Premiere?)
Writer: Rick Nyholm
Airdate: October 7, 2012
Austin’s new record label owner, Jimmy Starr, invites him to perform at the Starr Records Halloween party, where he will sing a duet with Taylor Swift to Ally’s newest song. Meanwhile, Trish and Dez decide to go on a ghost-hunting mission since the mansion they are in is supposedly haunted.
This episode was decent. The thing about it is that it has two aspects to the main plot, and the first only exists as filler in the end. Because of a wacky misunderstanding, Austin is mad at Jimmy and Ally so he makes a fake angry text to let his anger out, which Dez sends by accident because he’s stupid.
Yes, that plot. It’s not done horrible, but it’s cliché and Austin finds out the truth almost right away and once they delete the text, they never bring this up again and there’s no conflict until Taylor Swift is knocked out.
And no, they couldn’t afford her, so they just say she’s in costume and put some random Extra in there.
Also, the subplot only really starts later on and amounts to later on. What’s with all the basic writing problems happening in these episodes? But thankfully, there’s some positives here. There’s enough amusing jokes for my tastes, and the other aspect is done well.
Ally has to deal with her shy-ness again, this time because she wants to talk to this nice guy she meet. Putting on this costume gives her confidence, and when Taylor is knocked out, she is willing to out there in her place since she is someone else and thus not as shy.
It’s nice development for her, and even leads to some amusing jokes and a semi decent song. Although I have no idea how anyone fell for their trick at the end. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Laura Marano and Taylor Swift sound anything alike, at all.
I like that she doesn’t get over her stage fright right away, but she does later on in the Season after this episode helped start that path. It’s a nice balance that other shows can’t quite reach, and I have to give the show credit for doing that right.
Not a fan of Dez is dumb jokes though, as we’ve discussed. Overall, the writing is mixed but the good moments make it up for it, abiet just barely. The Halloween works well enough, although not amazingly.
So in the end, it’s a decent option if you can stomach certain parts. Nothing ctazy special but as a Austin & Ally episode it’s important with the ending.
Oh, and in an example of an actress I know now appearing in an earlier show, Veronica Dunne aka Marissa from KC Undercover appears as Trish’s boss. Weird but cool to see. Ironically, Marissa could act like Trish does here sometimes.
But yeah, not my favorite, but still a decent enough one.
Mutant Farm 3 [ANT Farm]
Season 3, Episode 11
Writers: Tim Pollock & Jeff Hodsden
Airdate: October 4, 2013
(Again, same review from 2013)
At the very start they have the mutants arriving at the Mutant world Z tech. Zolan is a fairy, which is hilarious. Then there’s a joke with Z tech’s room-evator which here goes all the way heaven and down…to boiler room.
“Also, the underworld”
Love that. Also, they say the evil one is coming…and it’s just Lexi. Hey, they already made a joke about Satan, I wouldn’t put it past them to have him come out for real. See, it turns out Lexi is a mutant….as in, she’s a mermaid. The kind with the fish part on top.
Sure, it makes more sense (As Family guy pointed out) but it is much less good on Lexi. Also, that evil one joke with Lexi proves that evil is sexy.
…Did I just say that out loud?
Anyway, long story short, Winters (Zoltan’s bitchy assistant) takes over Mutant world Z tech and makes every mutant do a bunch of terrible jobs that they hate. Then Lexi accidentally ends up opening a portal to another dimension.
To escape Winters, they go through and end up in….the normal A.N.T. Farm world. That’s right, we’ve reached that point. I thought it would turn out to be a dream or something….but nope. This is for real. A.NT. Farm has joined Suite life and other mostly non-magical shows in having canon-weird stuff in them. …That’s cool.
The rest of the episode has them hanging out and then some other things happen that even I won’t spoil. They up the antee here by having the mutant characters and normal characters bounce off each other. They get some good jokes out of this and I highly enjoyed it.
The funny parallels and funny ideas that the first one had are back at full force. Ideas like Zoltan being a fairy and a twist with Winters makes this pretty cool. I may actually like it more than the 2nd one. I’m not sure if I like it more than one. The plot is more interesting, but I liked the gags a bit more in the first one.
I may have to give the edge to 3. Why? Well, see, the first two had an AWESOME Halloween-y version of the theme song, which the title changed to Mutant farm for the intro. Season 3 got a cool new intro (visual wise) so they did a Halloween version for it here. And it’s AWESOME.
That alone makes the 3 the best, at least story wise. They even fit in a cute moment at the very end that I like. So we have a rare part 3 that is the best of the trilogy.
…Also ,3 has this line from Vampire Fletcher-
“I learned from this terrible adult novel that girls find vampires irresistible”
They flat out called Twilight terrible. THIS IS THE BEST SHOW EVER MADE.
…Anyway, This trilogy as a whole is very enjoyable one.
The idea was cool on it’s own and they filled it with some really creative and funny ideas. It still has the trademark Disney sitcom….stuff, but I like that shit. It was a fun way to spend Halloween with these characters, instead of a normal Halloween episodes.
I now always say that Halloween episodes are the PERFECT kind of episode. For any show, it’s the chance to do some really creative jokes and plots. Every Disney show tonight that had Halloween in it proved that in spades.
This show proves that, of course. I actually hope ANT Farm gets a 4th season just so we can have a Mutant farm 4. Sure, I always say NO PART 4 but fuck it, I want it in this case. I didn’t go in depth, but when we get to ANT Farm in the look back ,you’ll see that this isn’t exactly the deepest show on right now.
But these episodes are among the most genuinely funny, and that’s nice. (I recommend this as mujch as the first one. If you only have time for one, go for the first one since it’s easier to get but this one is fine too. And whoops, no Season 4 thanks to ratings and maybe Mighty Med).
Howloween [Dog With a Blog]
Season 2, Episode 3
Writers: Steve Jarczak, and Shawn Thomas
Airdate: October 4, 2013
Avery’s family decides to throw a Halloween party, and Avery is upset when her parents will not let her attend a different party. Stan’s costume is a robot, and he talks with Bennett and Ellen.
First off, I totally forget Peyton Meyer was on this show before Girl Meets World. I got so used to him there that seeing him here was so surreal. The show are so different it’s kind of amusing. Anyway…
This episode was decent. I’d actually almost call it good, but a few quibbles do hold it back, although it was ultimately a nice surprise. The biggest plot problem is how Avery wants to go this other party that Wes is at.
When Wes eventually decides to go to Avery’s Party, she changes gears and focuses on this party again. Then the plot is about fixing the party and stuff. Avery’s behavior doesn’t really go nowhere, so why not just have her invite Wes to begin with?
I’m not sure how interesting that would be, but what we have now just slows things down. It’s not to horrible though, so I can let it slide. The other problem would be the usual failed jokes, which isn’t unique, to be fair.
There’s a joke where Tyler, Mom, and Dad are dressed as Dominos. You know where the joke is going but it’s still amusing when it happens…until Tyler explains the joke. Ugh. Aside from that, I did enjoy this one.
There’s something about some of the jokes that are so stupid that I actually find them funny. Maybe it’s due to the lack of really horribly mean spirited stuff, I don’t know. There’s some amusing quips and one of Avery’s Friends is going as a 24 year old Barista was a Master’s Degree.’
I don’t know why that’s funny, it just is. Also, for once, Ellen admits that was not a good one. Nice.
The highlight would be the parts where Stan talks to Bennett and Ellen. I won’t spoil what happens but it’s rather sweet, and in Ellen’s case, kind of sad. Yeah, the music kind of takes away from it but otherwise these moments were surprising.
Ellen’s part especially works, explaining something and the explanation is very interesting. Sorry I have to be vague, but it’s better if you can blind in this case. Without this moment, the episode would be on the higher side of okay, but with it it’s pretty decent.
The Hallloween element comes from the party being the main setting, with works out. With the nice moment, some amusing moments, and the Halloween element, this episode is petty alright.
I’d recommend if you can tolerate this shows’ joke usually, and can enjoy it’s stupidity. If you can, you’ll get something quite decent and even a bit sweet, if a little cheesy. I didn’t expect much from this one, so it was a nice surprise.
Kind of stupid in places, but overall well meaning enough to be enjoyable.
Ghost Bummers [Jessie]
Season 3, Episode 1
Writers: Eric Shaar, and David J Booth
Airdate: October 5, 2013
(Last 2013 review, I swear)
The local bitch-y old neighbor Mrs Chesterfield holds a Halloween party and doens’t invite the kids or Jessie so they throw their own party. With blackjack! And hookers!
Okay, no but it is more popular than chesterfield’s party. But as luck would have it, Jessie begins to see ghosts and Emma, and Luke are overcome by ghoulish spirits. Now, it’s up to Jessie, Ravi and Zuri to defeat the ghosts and save the day and the building.
To help you get what this one is spoofing, Luke and Emma are taken over the Doorkeeper and the Codemaster. The big demon guy is Zorag and he does his stuff at the top of the building. And..
“Who we gonna call?”
“…I have absolutely no idea”
That’s right, it’s Ghostbusters. This one is a bit more general than the the last one, so it’s not 100 percent everything from Ghostbusters. Which is good, cuz if you’ve seen the movie….you’d know why siblings Luke and Emma being the wo ghosts that need to join…is really creepy.
This one isn’t as good as the first Hallloween episode, but it’s still fun. Mostly due to the Ghost busters elements and some of the cool stuff. Also, Zorag ends up possessing Chesterfield, which is awesome.
I don’t think there’s a full Zull equivalent here so i’ll do it on Zorag: ZORAG MOTHERFUCKER, ZORAG!
I actually don’t have as much to say about this one, even though I just watched this recently. However, there are couple minor bits to point out.
Jessie is dressed as Mayrlin Monore.
“Whoa, are you dressed as Babezilla?”
“No I am not babezilla….though I kind of am”
THEY. FREAKING. KNOW.
So I spent most of the episode staring…er I mean laughing. Or cringing. Whatever you haters want. Anyway, that costume leads to this bit with her and Emma, who doesn’t get it.
“You need to watch more movies without Twilight in the title”
Okay, some Disney writer REALLY hates Twilight. God bless them.’
And that’s really it. There isn’t much to discuss plot wise as there was with the whining. While Ghostbusters is obviously the movie closer to my heart, I just found the first ep a bit funnier.
But does it have Jessie dressed like…that? Don’t think also.
Also, it turns out to be a dream cuz Jessie ate a shit ton of Candy. So they can establish ghosts once, but twice? Don’t be silly.
Overall, both of these episodes prove that Halloween can bring out the best in any show. While they are as flawed as the show itself, we still have plenty of amusing jokes. They were both creative in what they spoof and the stuff they do.
They are both certainty some of my fave episodes now. I mostly enjoyed them for what they certainty were.
(Nevermind, this episode sucks because there can never be a female Ghostbusters. …Shut up, you know I had to do it. Anyway, not as highly suggested as the first one, but it’s not a bad one. Good start to the worst season. Now the 2013 reviews end, thank god)
Fright Night [Good Luck Charlie]
Season 4, Episode 14
Writer: Christopher Vane
Airdate: October 6, 2013
Its Halloween and to raise money for the school drama club, Teddy, Vonnie, Kelsey and Victor sing Christmas carols with a Halloween spin. But when Victor falls into a hole and can’t get out, things start to get really spooky.
This episode was decent. I’d argue it’s the best of our three GLC ones, because the plots are handled better and all are tied to Halloween. Yeah,4 plots again.
One subplot just has Bob and Charlie running out of Candy, another has Amy doing something for Good Morning Denver, and the final plot has PJ and Gabe hanging out at PJ’s apartment and facing the wrath of this one woman.
Each tie in to the Holiday and intersect in the right ways. Each are least mildly amusing in their own way. Bob’s is nothing special but it at least funny, PJ’s get kind of creepy and the ending twist works due to the way they set it up. Amy’s plot is the weakest due to having a problem.
See, it ties into the main plot by having her report on Victor’s plight…but she takes advantage of it just get views instead of actually caring. Even for her, that’s cold. It’s not a big deal in the end, but it is small problem.
The main plot has a passable ending and the main joke of Halloween Carols is pretty funny. That concept would go way better in real life. I’d welcome some Halloween carolers. None of the plots do nothing crazy great, which is why I wouldn’t quite call it that good, but they are at least enjoyable.
They have weight and tie in enough to be decent. The whole episode is just enjoyable, and has the right Halloween vibe. Nothing crazy special but fun. And that mostly fits the show. It’s odd how the last one is the most Halloween-y since usual it’s the opposite with the last of many Halloween episodes.
The first may hit better highs with the plots, but this is more consistent and actually take place on Halloween the whole time. So of the three, I would recommend this one the most for that reason.
It’s set on Halloween the whole time and all the plots tie in. It”s not the best, but if you can find time for it, it’s mostly enjoyable even with minor issues here and there. That’s all I got for this one, I enjoyed it.
Kang A Rooney [Liv and Maddie]
Season 1, Episode 5
Writers: Danielle Hoover, David Monohan.
Airdate: October 6. 2013
It’s Halloween and Ridgewood High is hosting its annual Halloween Scream Fest. Maddie gets invited to join the couples costume contest by Diggie and the pair has difficulty reading into the outing. Meanwhile, Parker discovers a clown doll that once belonged to Karen, who thought she had long disposed of.
This episode was decent, but slightly off in one area. But the other stuff first. This one mixes the Halloween elements with an actual story fairly well. The main story with Joey trying to get better at talking to girls isn’t Halloween-y but most of it is set at a Halloween party, and the subplot has pretty Halloween-y.
So it can be a fitting special, and a solid story on it’s own. I do perfer the subplot since it has the Halloween stuff, and a nice ending. But the episode in general is nicely done, mostly.
This was the first episode with Ocean after Steal-A-Rooney and she proves to work when the story is actually good. Still weird that she just vanished with no explanation. Joey’s story is nice, but a bit mixed.
They go for the Be Yourself message and like the usual, it has the character doing things worth changing. I mean, he was striking out with girls for a reason. But to be fair, he’s not an asshole and the ending with Love Interest We’ll Never See Again #54 was nice.
The real oddity comes from this: To give him someone to practice on, they have Liv, who is in a full body Kangaroo costume, talk to Joey while he doesn’t know it’s her. Yeah, a bit weird but it works in building his confidence.
But it works too well, as he falls for the Kangaroo woman.
I…just…yeah. Now, the character react the way they should, which is pretty funny. But just…wow. Did not expect any incest in a Halloween episode! I mean, they react to it like they should and it doesn’t to anything weird as the record is set straight.
But the fact that this is here is….weird, to say the least. It’s no so much a problem as it is a…weird thing.
Aside from that, this is one that can be worth checking. It’s a fun Halloween episode, as well as a decent enough story. But it has a few hiccups, along with an odd plot turn. If you can get past that, you’ll enjoy it.
But I get if you can’t. Still, I enjoyed it well enough, implied incest and all. …That was a weird sentence. (Sorry there wasn’t much to say for this one, by the way)
Haunted It Up [Shake It Up]
Season 3, Episode 25
Writer: Allison Taylor
Airdate: October 6. 2013
Rocky and CeCe decide they’re too old to trick-or-treat and elect to have a “Mature-oween” with more adult activities. Meanwhile, tired of being treated like a little kid, Flynn challenges Ty and Deuce to a scare off in an old abandoned house believed to be haunted by a young spirit.
This episode was decent. Yes, it’s better than Beam It up, but that goes without saying. This one is exactly what it should have been. It actually embraces Halloween and has a solid enough story to it.
There’s not exactly a lot to the story, but it works. It touches on the too old for Halloween story, but I like it here since they go further with them trying to be mature. Some of that stuff is pretty amusing too.
The plots connect even if the subplot is on the cliché said, and has dumb Deuce Butt Monkey jokes. Yep, he’s the Butt Monkey for this show, which makes it nice that they gave him a steady girlfriend somewhat early on.
My main problem is that the ending is kind of lame. Kind of amusing but there isn’t the most sastyfing conclusion. I like how they realize they need to keep Trick or Treating, but it’s also slightly rushed, leaving room for a weak ending. But it’s not a bad ending and it’s at least amusing enough for me. Some may more issues with the story than I did.
But for the most part, this one was decent enough. The Halloween element is very strong, the story is mostly interesting, and it’s fun despite a weak ending and some dumb jokes. Also ,at one point Rocky tells Dina to get off her App and do something.
What’s with the all joke content in these episodes?!
But yeah, this is another case where you are more likely to enjoy it if you look past the ending and some bad jokes. It’s nothing crazy special, but it’s closer to what a Halloween episode should be than the other one. Even on it’s own, it’s almost there.
Not much else to say, it’s fine.
Health-O-Ween [Crash and Bernstein]
Season 2,Episode 2
Writer: Mike Larsen
Airdate: October 14, 2013
Wyatt is excited for Halloween but the traditions of Halloween are wanting to be changed by Gretchen (aka Mrs. Phlerger), who is now head of the activist group P.O.O.P. (Pauling Organization Of Parents). When Mrs. Phlerger plans to promote Health-O-Ween to the United States, Wyatt, Crash, Pesto, and Cleo receive help from the Nightmare Society to turn the tables on Mrs. Phlerger and get Halloween back to normal.
This episode was alright. It was mostly fine but nothing crazy special. The set up is fairly common with a Straw (wo)man but there’s no actual moral, as this is used just to be funny, which makes it acceptable.
There’s just not a whole to. A good amount of is amusing enough though. I like how Amanda is apparently this scary master of disguise, it leads to some good jokes here and there.
This is actually the first episode that was hard to revview, because I’m not sure what to say about it. It’s…fine. It has flaws but they aren’t horrible, but the good stuff isn’t quite making me passionate.
Most of the good stuff comes from humor. The plot is there for fun and is nothing special on it’s own. Some chick wants to clean up Halloween, they try to stop here, they fail, they try a big prank and it works…the end.
Yeah, they claim Halloween is saved but we see no proof of that. I assume they scared her so much she put Halloween back, but we never see that. So for all we know, this just made her want to keep her stance!
But that’s the only thing to comment on in the pot, other than the prank that starts the plot is kind of dumb on their part, so it could be hard to root for them at first. But then she targets candy and such, making things a bit better.
If you focus on plot, the episode is pretty “eh”, but if you focus on comedy, the episode is fine. There’s some ausing jokes although some bomb too. Apparently Crash can just remove his head and be fine, just for a joke where someone sits on him, hardy har.
Also, Pesto’s crush on Amanda was never funny.
Since we’re on random notes, I should mention that when an actor moves on to a role you eventually become more familiar with, it’s weird to go back to that previous role. I’m now used to Landry Bender on Best Friends Whenever, so it’s weird to see her be 3 years younger here. Her acting oddly works better here sometimes.
But yeah, there’s not much to say here. It’s totally fine for enjoyment, and it fits for Halloween, but it’s nothing too special. If you like the show more you may like this one more, but otherwise, only watch if you feel like it and have time.
I sound so down here, even though it’s totally fine for me. Weird..
Temple of Doom [Kickin’ It]
Season 3, Episode 15
Writer: Frank O Wolf
Airdate: October 14, 2013
Milton is given the responsibility of looking after the Shaolin temple. Kim then decides to throw a Halloween party at the temple making Milton mad until he is possessed by the spirit of Yoshimi who is looking for his lost love. Meanwhile, Rudy and Sam try to make Bobby like Halloween after Bobby had a traumatizing Halloween experience as a child.
This episode was decent. Almost good in a way but it doesn’t hit the highs quite needed to be called that to an extent. Not as good as Boo-Gi-Nights, at any rate. This at least boils things down to only two plots, both of which work.
Although the subplot doesn’t amount to much. Bobby stands up for this kid which is nice but nothing is quite learned and it ends abruptly. Still, it’s an okay subplot. The main plot goes supernatural in canon but for a Halloween episode, it works.
Evil Milton is an amazing idea and they use it well for some amusing moments. Although the part where he hits on this girl is odd because the guy possessing him is pretty old, being an adult and many years dead on top of that and the girl is a teenager.
What is UP with these episodes?!
Anyway, not much to the plot beyond that but I found it fun with how crazy it is. And it has a nice moment with Milton learning not to be a stick in the mud. And unlike everyone throwing a party plot like this, they don’t mess it up. Really, bad things only happen because of Milton.
You can find issues with that, but it’s nice to see them subverting expectations on that way. So yeah, if you only have time for one Kickin’ It episode, go with the other one, but this is fine too.
Both plots work, create a good Halloween mood, and it’s fun with the crazy plot. It’s not a big favorite, but it’s worth a look for fans/people who tolerate it. It’s fine enough and enjoyable.
Howloween 2: The Final Reckoning [Dog with a Blog]
Season 3, Episode 2
Writer: Jim Hope
Airdate: October 2, 2014
When Bennett hears Stan, the kids try to convince their parents that they heard a ghost. Shortest summary ever, but it was easy to condense. Also, amazing title.
This episode was alright. I mostly enjoyed it but it does have a glaring plot problem that drags it down a bit. This is actually a bottle episode, as it’s all set in the house and none of the recurring characters appear.
While this was clearly to save money and quickly get a Monstober episode it, it does work since things are always happening. I didn’t’ even realize it was a Bottle Episode until the end.
The concept is a good sitcom set up and is used fairly well, with a few amount of amusing moments. This episode is just as silly as the other one, but the jokes hit a bit more making a bit more consistent.
Also, Tyler is actually pretty smart here, as he sets up a lot of this stuff. Granted, him working on it is why he fails classes, but it at least shows he can be smart in some areas. So what’s the problem?
Well, their plan is kind of flawed. They want to make them think the place is haunted…but once they think that, they’ll want to move, which isn’t ideal for the kids….Oops. It would be fine if they brought it up, but they don’t.
Yeah, they never suggest moving near the end. If their plan backfire like that, it would be fine but everything works fine. Spoilers, they find it’s a trick which is excused since it’s halloween. Which is the only way Halloween ties into this, beyond a few costumes.
I mean, this could have happened anytime, despite the ghost stuff. This is a downgrade from the first Howleen for that reason, plus the plot issue. Otherwise, this one is fine. The dumb humor works and the plot is a good sitcom setup.
It just needed to address it’s big hole. I can forgive not tying into Halloween a ton for the sake of enjoying it, but that’s a big hole for me. There really isn’t much else to say. It’s a fun episode if you tolerate the show but otherwise, you can skip it.
If you can forgive the hole, you can enjoy it if you have spare time, but if you want a Dog with a Blog Halloween episode, go with the first one, it’s better written even if this can be fun too. Fun, but nothing too special in terms of writing.
Girl Meets World of Terror [Girl Meets World]
Season 1, Episode 11
Writer: Teresa Kale
Airdate: October 2, 2014
Auggie tells three “spooky” Halloween stories. Yep, we’re going the Treehouse of Horrors route, in live action. We’ll see this a few more times in this post, and I like that even live action is doing it.
As for how this show did it…well, it’s mixed. It’s kind of Decent but kind of Average. I can tell you fails as a Treehouse of Horrors type episode for one simple reason: There’s nothing actually creepy or supernatural until the last one.
Regardless of the actual quality, what’s the point of even doing this then?! The reason most shows do this is to do crazy stuff they can’t do in a normal episode. They don’t do that, everything could have been done in a normal episode, minus the 3rd story.
The first one barely even releates to Halloween. They have costunes, that’s about it. If you didn’t want to break from Canon, then do a regular Halloween episode, or don’t include the monster in the last story!
This episode is confused. Does it want to be a normal episode, or not? As a normal episode, it does work better. The first story is kind of lame, though. Farkle is playing baseball (indoors due to storm, which cannot be safe) and is afraid of the ball. Then he’s not because Lucas does a thing.
It ties into the main theme but it otherwise just..there. The stories are at least tied together with the theme of fear, and how nothing is scary as we make it out to be. That’s a good message and using many characters to do is smart, but doing it like this is just odd.
The 2nd story is my faovirte, with Riley being afraid of sleeping over at Maya’s house. It has spooky stuff with Riley thinking she sees scary stuff, and while it doesn’t go all out, it’s still spooky and is combined with the nice message.
The 3rd story has Auggie dealing with a monster under the bed who is kid. This one is nice but kind of boring because not much happens and the message is a bit forced and cheesy here. We do get the usual scenes with no laugh track though.
This is where it gets confusing because everything seems canon and each story even lead into the other one. But now there’s a monster. Is this canon or not?
My favorite parts of this episode would be the wraparound bits with Auggie, because Topanga keeps coming and she gets in some good lines. Overall, this is …okay? If you forgive obvious problem and judge in on it’s own, it’s nice enough and mostly harmless.
But as a Halloween episode, it’s confusing. If you want a nicer Halloween episode, this may be worth it but if you actually want a fitting one, you can skip .Certainly fine, but what really what I wanted.
Also, there’s a joke during the baseball story where Lucas tells Maya he’s taking her out, and she quips that he’s not her type. At least until the writers say he is…then he isn’t. Yeah, we’re not getting into that mess here.
Runaway Bride of Frankenstein [Jessie]
Season 3, Episode 23
Writer: Vanessa Mancos
Airdate: October 2, 2014
Jessie does not know if she should marry Brooks, so she says she needs time to think. Meanwhile, Brooks tries to get all the children to like him so that Jessie will say yes. …And this is all on Halloween.
…Yeah, from that Summary you can tell one problem with this one, but first some background. Jessie did this little arc where she meet this dude and eventually tried to marry him. It’s a long story, and I don’t want to get into the arc itself here.
But in context it was kind of interesting and almost mature-ish. But that’s not important, what is important is this episode. For reasons I still don’t get, they made part 3 of this arc a Halloween episode.
Which is the main problem with it, as you can tell. That means it fails on both levels. If you’re watching through the Halloween episodes, you’ll be incredibly confused. Especially this starts right where the previous episode left off, with no Recap or anything.
As an episode in the arc, it’s just kind of weird because it just turns into a Halloween episode for no reason .It just wrap itself in Halloween at one point, enough that if this were a normal episode I would be happy, but since it’s tied to this plot, it’s kind of weird.
Now on it’s own as a Jessie episode, it’s fine. It is important step in the arc, as he has proposed to her and she needs to think it over, and get the kids to like him as they are a bit iffy. They are Jessie/Tony shippers, you see.
The ways Brooks pisses them off are a bit contrived, as ar the ways he gets their respect, but some of it is nice enough. This does feel like filler though, especially since a quarter of the episode is spent on a dream sequence.
It is the best part, as it’s a Frankenstein parody done in black and white. It has good atmosphere and amusing jokes. Speaking of jokes, the humor as hit and miss as you woudld expect from a later Jessie episode, but there’s nothing to terrible, and some parts work.
This one Is important due to the kids part and the ending, but the Halloween element does force in some filler-y parts. See, both elements kind of drag each other down. As a Jessie episode, it has enough parts that work to be decent, and as a Halloween episode, it has enough of that to almost work, but together they don’t mesh well.
To be fair, they air this year round due to it’s pale in the arc, but that’s weird because it’s airing a Halloween episode in like July or whatever.
All together, this episode is okay. It has some good stuff on both sides, and is enjoyable enough but it’s impossible to get into without watching other stuff first. So I’d only recommend it to fans who either have seen or willingly to watch the other arc episodes.
It’s not bad anything, just that it’s nature makes it hard to get into. Again, this was a bad idea. But overall, it’s at least okay to decent when taken as an episode on it’s own. Oh, and spoilers, they don’t married and the series moves on without him. Ah well.
Horror Stories & Halloween Scare [Austin & Ally]
Season 3, Episode 20
Writer: Jay Dyer
Airdate: October 5, 2014
When the group prepares to go to Jimmy Starr’s Halloween party a power outage leaves the four friends locked in Sonic Boom. They pass the time by holding a contest to see who can tell the scariest ghost story.
Told you we’d go back to Treehouse of Horrors format, and thankfully this one does it correctly. This one is pretty decent. I’m a sucker for this format, so chances are I’ll enjoy it when it’s done well enough.
The first story has Sheriff Dez discovering a swamp monster and finding out he’s a nice guy. This one is the weakest since it’s not as spooky as the others, but it has it’s moments, and a spooky ending. Also ,i love how everyone has southern accents.
The 2nd story has Austin & Ally trying to reunite a ghost (Trish) with her long lost love. This one actually fits in a nice moment decent mostly being funny and spooky. This one of those story types that just works for Horror sometimes, and here it’s done well.
Plus, the ghost’s love is played by Dez, which is amazing. This story is todl by Dez, by the way. Trish/Dez never took off, which is good because no one wants a repeat of Seddie over on Nick. Shudder.
This story works the best, I think. Also, random creepy piano girl is just there for a random twist but ah well. Also, if she’s a ghost, how was she playing the piano at the start?
The final story has a stalker teddy bear. They make it spookier than it sounds, and it goes inti pure horror the most. Which is fitting because Trish tells it after being sick of non-scary stories.
My only real problem here is that everyone is kind of a dick to Ally, just for not being scary. But they do get their comeuppance in a very awesome way, so I guess it’s fine. Overall, this one is enjoyable.
It uses the format to do creepy stuff they can’t do in a normal episode, and is fun. Not all the jokes hit, but in general it is spooky fun that worked for me. This is an easier recommendation than the last few, as it embraces Halloween more.
Of course, as usual you have to tolerate the show a bit to enjoy it, but at least there’s nothing too bad here. So yeah, it’s a fun one worth checking it out if you wish.
Helgaween-a-Rooney [Liv and Maddie]
Season 2, Episode 3
Writers: Jon D Beck and Ron Hart
Airdate: October 5, 2014
On the night of Scream Fest, Liv comes up with a new theme for it: brown. Against Maddie’s wishes, Liv texts it to the whole school. When Maddie finds out, she wishes that she had not been born a twin. She goes up to her room to find out her wish has come true, only in a different way than expected..
This episode was decent. Although I’m not really sure what was supposed to be learned here. What Liv did was pretty bad, and in the end Maddie allows her to keep it changed after her ordeal. I think I know what they were going for, and Liv did say she was sorry at the end…so eh?
Spoilers, it turns out to be a dream which is pretty obvious, especially since Maddie is seen taking a nap early on. It even makes more sense in context. Although like with Raven, I’m not sure why Maddie’s dream has a subplot.
But anyway, most of the enjoyment comes from Helga herself. She’s so over the top evil that she’s fun to watch and the whole plot revolves around her stuff, so most of is fun. Dove gets to act for 3 here, and she does pretty well with Helga.
My favorite joke…well it requires explanation. Like with Zeke and Luther, there’s these small bits in the show with the charecters talking to us the audience, kind of outside the 4th wall I na way. I showed one in the Steal-A-Rooney review without really explaining it.
Anyway, Helga gets one and it’s funny.
As for the subplot, Parker and Joey find this amulet that seemed to grant Maddie’s wish and they wish for clones to take their place and of course they evil. This subplot isn’t really resolved technically, but it has it’s moments, and I like how one joke comes back.
Helga is how the episode embraces Halloween, since like the last one it’s mostly location based. But the execution manages to make it Halloween-y and fun. Overall, this is another one that’s simply enjoyable.
The story is nothing special ,and has a couple flaws, but it makes up for it being spooky fun with Helga, and having a few good jokes. As far as a recommendation goes, as usual fans are more likely to get a kick out of it, as well as those who think it sounds appealing.
Not quite the best thing ever, but it has enough good stuff to be enjoyable for some. And yeah, I do like it more Kang-A-Rooney for simply being more enjoyable and such. That’s pretty much all I got for this one.
Next of Pumpkin [I Didn’t Do It]
Season 1, Episode 18
Writer: Judd Pilot (…)
Airdate: October 5, 2014
Logan gets upset when Lindy accidentally leaves him behind when the fire alarm goes off. Meanwhile, Delia tries to win an award for growing the largest pumpkin. Jasmine asks Garrett to go to the dance competition with her, but he fails to make it and she ends up dancing with Logan.
Okay, let’s get this out of the way: Yes, the Jasmine/Logan thing from Lindy Nose Best is brought up again here. I could get angry but at least it’s from a good plot in that episode, and you can watch this one without having seen that one.
What’s more important is the quality of the episode. And it’s…eh. Kind of a weird mixed bag. The subplots are fine and mix in with the main one nicely, so no real problems there. The main story however…let me explain.
At the start, it seems like it’ll be an even debate where you’ll see both sides, since Lindy only left him behind because she was just woken up and wasn’t thinking straight, but Logan did actually mange to think first and figure out there was no fire.
But then it turns to Lindy being flat out in the wrong just because Logan was right, forgetting that she did have a reason and what she did wasn’t the worst thing ever. Then Logan is a dick about and refuses to forgive her.
Meanwhile Lindy has clearly learned a lesson and is pleading for him to accept her apology. But then it turns out Logan isn’t that upset and is doing this to torture him. Then it turns out he did have a reasoning, that he was happy be right and he wanted to hold onto that…then Lindy doesn’t care and attacks him, the end.
…Yeah, there’s some problems here. Mostly that both parities are jerks. At first Logan is the way bigger jerk, then Lindy is at the very end for no real reason. I get that she’s mad, but the plot ends here so nothing is really resolved.
I don’t know who I am rooting for. It seems to be Lindy since Logan is shown as in the wrong at least but that ending shoots that down. This episode is just confusing and kind of cruel. Plus, Logan’s reasoning isn’t good enough. Yeah, it’s cool that you’re finally right but that’s no reason to be a dick about it.
Oh, and the main focus of the episode has nothing to do with Halloween. It kind of ties in when it goes into Deliah’s plot but that’s kind of flimsy. The other plots more directly tie in with it, but it never really feels like Halloween, we just get a few costumes and a giant pumpkin.
To be fair, the ending is meant to be a punchy joke more than anything, Logan is more in the wrong for most of the episode, which makes it a bit better than something like Lindy Nose Best, where Lindy is in the wrong the whole time thanks to the writing.
But still, the ending does bring this down, when it was just about to almost save itself. So yeah, I can’t recommend this. It has some funny moments, and decent subplots, but it has little to do with the Halloween and the main plot is poorly written.
It can’t decide who is in the right, and Logan is a jerk. His motivation isn’t even that good. I get that you liked being right, but that’s no reason to be jerk about it. Look, I’m fine with characters being jerks but in a Sitcom aimed at a young audience, you have to be careful and it’s more important to make them likable.
That’s why Season 1 bugged me so much sometimes. At least they learned their lesson and did plots that made Lindy and the others more likable, so I can let this slide more than Beam It Up.
Overall, just not very good, on either front. Another dud, sadly. Hopefully our next one will be good to make up for it.
Lair Lair [Mighty Med]
Season 2, Episode 2
Writers: Mark Jordan Legan, and Vincent Brown
Airdate: October 24, 2014
You know, I just realized I’ve never mentioned Mighty Med on here, despite going on about it elsewhere. Well, it kept my respect for Disney XD, as this is one of their best. I cant’ go into too much detail here but this gets even crazier with the story arcs and mature stuff.
Heck, this episode is part of the Season 2 opener arc, where Skylar became evil for reasons I don’t wanna get into. One day I’ll look into what this should could do, but let’s see how the Halloween episode turned out.
Oliver and Kaz attempt to visit the Annihilator’s lair to take his collection of superpowers and restore them to the superheroes, but they end up trapped in space by a still evil Skylar. Meanwhile, Alan insists on attending his first normo Halloween party.
This episode was decent. Unfortunately, I can’t quite recommend as a Halloween episode because only the subplot relates to Halloween, and it’s part of an Arc, so you need to watch other stuff to fully get. And this even has a cliff hanger!
But as a Mighty Med episode, it’s good. This was the first one after the Season Premiere so we deal a bit with the fallout of Skylar turning evil. Did I mention the other characters don’t know she’s evil at this point? Yeah, this show got interesting.
The main plot doesn’t amount to a ton, but it does lead to some amusing moments at least, as well as quite the cliffhanger. The show does know how to do a dramatic moment, as it uses music quite well without going overboard. And these moments tend to have no laugh track!
Not that anything too dramatic happens here but there’s some small moments here and there. It’s what this does for the story that makes the main plot, since on it’s own not a ton really happens. Still, it works well enough.
As for the subplot, not much really happens there but it has it’s moments and Alan does prove to be smart here. Although even this has story stuff, as the reason he wants to do this is that he found he’s Half Normo in a previous episode, although they give you slightly clunkly exposition on that.
The Halloween element is just a party but for a subplot, that works fine. I just kind of wish they went all out. They had a Spooky Themed October Episode the previous year, and I like that one a bit more, so maybe that’s a worth a look.
But this is decent too. I cannot recommend it as a Halloween episode, but it shows why you should give some of this show a look, because this episode shows some of it’s strengths, even if it doesnt’ all work. Some jokes fail, mostly due to cruelty. Nothing terrible, some bits of that are here.
So overall, kind of fails as a Halloween episode, but it works on it’s own. I’d skip if you’re not up to this point on the show but if you are, go ahead, just don’t expect anything hugely Halloween-y.
Kind of wish it was recommendable but ah well.
Flice of the Living Dead [Kirby Buckets]
Season 1, Episode 2
Writer: Shawn Simmons
Airdate: October 27, 2014
For the first time in either awhile, or at all, we have a Spooky Themed Episode that aired in October. Since it’s close enough, I threw it in, so enjoy.
Kirby and their friends are old enough to attend the Forest Hills Ninth Annual Fright Night Film Festival. However, when their biology teacher accidentally breaks open a container of Forest Hills Super Flice, the principal keeps the class within the school and they aren’t able to attend. Meanwhile, Dawn and Belinda are invited to a Halloween party hosted by Evan, one of the coolest kids in school; however, the party was for Evan’s little bro.
This episode was pretty decent. Oh yeah, it got ‘pretty” instead of just Decent. You know I mean business. I almost said Good but I realized how odd it would be for this show to get that treatment.
But honestly, this episode deserves it, because if Weekend With Inga does everything wrong, than this does everything right. And it’s the same writer!
I will admit that there are some problems here. It’s a Zombie parody, and there are some logic problems with how it comes about. Some go away once you think about it. Like how the kids are not Flice-ified, and that’s why they don’t want their heads shaved like the others. Some, not so much.
The other problem is the subplot. Like a lot of Dawn’s subplots, it starts off okay but doesn’t go anywhere, stopping on a random note. The plot is alright, and the dance off is amusing, but skippable.
Everything else works here, though. Despite not quite being a Halloween episode, it captures that feeling with the Zombie Apocalypse vibe. It’s not quite scary but the atmosphere is solid here, and the location helps give off a nice vibe of being trapped with no way out.
What makes things extra creepy is Principal Mitchell on the speaker thing I forgot the technical name for, going on about how shaving your head is good or whatever. Something about how he goes on makes it creepy.
There’s not much to say about the humor since it’s more about atmosphere but the basic concept is funny, and the actual jokes they fit in do work, like how Eli nitpicks the movie Kirby is watching. Insert Cinemia Sins joke here.
So this works as an homage, but the thing that puts this into impressive for this show is how it portrays Kirby and Dawn correctly. Dawn does something actually bad for no reason , and is punished for it with her subplot, where bad things happen due to her own ego.
And on top of that, Kirby is slightly jerkish and they not only acknowledge it, but he feels bad is and ready to sacrifice himself for his friends at one point! Even the pilot had the Dawn and Kirby problems, so the very next episode fixing them was so nice.
Aside from some minor things, this episode gets it right as a Kirby Buckets, and because of that, it works as a Halloween episode. It has a nice vibe, is a cool homage, and portrays the characters right so they are mostly likable.
It’s not quite an amazing episode, but it’s a pretty solid one since it shows what this can do. There are episodes just as good as this one in the series too, maybe I’ll talk about one someday. But for now, I can recommend this one.
Weird how a Non-Halloween Episodes fits better than some of the actual Halloween Episodes. Ah well. It’s a good one either way.
We’re now in the home stretch as we enter the 2015 episodes. Oh boy, are these interesting and require a statement from me before we go in. We all know Disney Channel loves crossover between their Sitcoms. Before they did big events, but lately they’ve been getting smaller. They tend to do one a year, and for 2015…they used Monstober for it.
Each episode would have a guest appearance by some characters from another show. It wouldn’t be a full blown crossover, they would just kind of show up. It’s a neat idea, and I’ll give my full thoughts on it after I cover all the episodes. Let’s see how they do it.
The Ghostess/Ghostest with the Mostest (Goes under either title depending on where you look) [Jessie]
Season 4, Episode 18
Writers: Sally Lapidus and Eric Dunlap
Airdate: October 2, 2015
Jessie plans to attend a Central Park Halloween masquerade party after dreaming of meeting a romantic, handsome stranger at such a party. The children are supposed to go trick-or-treating with Stuart, but he tells a story of a lonely ghost girl named Abigail who rises out of the grave to look for ‘friends’, and one by one, the children start disappearing.
I’ll be going over the “Crossover” stuff first on these. For our first round, we have Logan and Deliah from I Didn’t Do It. Weird one to begin with, but fitting since both shows ended in this month. Their appearance amounts to two small scenes…and that’s it.
I get that these are supposed to just small guest appearances, but it’s still kind of lame. They do get a few amusing moments at least and the interact we do get is alright. Luke hitting on Deliah is weird since she’s not quite his type personality wise, or look wise. But Crossover Shipping is always a win.
But onto the episode. It’s decent. It continues the tried and true Jessie tradition of parodies, this time doing The Ring. It’s not as good as The Whining in this category, but on it’s own it works. The kids are picked off and it’s decently spooky when this happens.
On it’s own it’s some nice escalation, and there aren’t too many direct references so this will make sense on it’s own, while The Whining could maybe confuse younger viewers that don’t know what they are doing.
Unfortunately, they decided to wrap up a major plot element here. Yep, this is where Tony and Jessie get back together. Despite being a bit anti climatic, it is sweet but why is it here? I went into why important plot stuff in a Holiday episode is a bad idea, and they’re doing it again?
This time, the episode doesn’t even air year round. Even taking aside my feelings on their whole deal, this should have been resolved in a normal episode, as it is it’s just padding for this episode.
There’s a twist to the main plot this time and in context it mostly works due to who is involved. They do the lame “Maybe it’s still real” stuff though.
And yes, there are bad mean jokes that could drag it down but there’s some decent jokes here and there too. That’s about all there is to say, this one is pretty simple in terms of plot. I was surprised at how decent this one was since I thought they would loose steam after the previous one, but it mostly works.
It’s an interesting parody, on it’s own it’s cool and creepy, and while the Tony stuff didn’t need to be here, it was cute to see. Overall, some problems aside, I mostly enjoyed this one. It’s a fun creepy one to end the Jessie Halloween Episodes on. The Whining is personal favorite of them, since it has the least amount of real problems. But this one isn’t too bad either.
Girl Meets World of Terror 2 [Girl Meets World]
Season 2, Episode 18
Writer: Jeff Menell
Airdate: October 2, 2015
Oh boy, this one is interesting, because this joined in the Crossover thing. That’s right, they put Girl Meets World in the DCLAU. Given what it’s spun off from and that it shared a universe with some shows, this is…very interesting. I wasn’t sure they’d do it…but here we are.
This episode is Non-Canon so a different episode inducted GMW but I figured I’d mention it here. People were kind of salty at first but now no one cares since this is the only crossover they’ve done so far. I’m okay with it for that reason, but it’s just weird to think that Sabrina the Teenage Witch now exists in the DCLAU by association.
…Yeah. Boy Meets World is no stranger to weird crossover. Anyway…
Ava and Doy join Auggie in telling some scary stories, mostly focusing on the ghost residing in the bay window of Riley’s bedroom.
Our special crossover appearance is from Austin & Ally. They get a major-ish scene, even if they don’t that much to the “story”. Ava’s fangirl crush on Austin is kind of cute I suppose, and I like how she becomes disinterested when he mentions he’s from Florida. Man, even Kidcoms make fun of Florida.
The episode itself is…meh. Yeah, if you thought the first one was confused, oh boy. Like the first one, it not only can’t find the balance between Halloween episode and GMW episode, but has tons of filler and is structurally a bit messy.
Instead of three stories we have one story told like it’s 3 stories. The idea maybe could have worked but in executions it’s just messy. Like me recap this “story”: A ghost appears in the bay window, they talk, then they dance, end “Story 1”. They go to a haunted house, talk to Austin & Ally, Ghost appear and explains other stuff, more dancing, end “Story 2”. They go home, talk to the ghost, ghost leaves, the end.
What a riveting story. Now to be fair, there’s an attempt to do something interesting stuff with the ghost, since she was apparently the previous owner of the Bay Window. I can some finding some of this sweet.
Although for me, it’s more Bay Window Worshiping, which I don’t like. This was the episode where I started to get sick of it, since here they really act like it’s some magical amazing thing. Yeah, I don’t seem to be a fan of Bay Window episodes.
This doesn’t fully work as a story, due to the format. It makes it feel disjointed and the filler doesn’t help. Oh god, the filler. I could tolerate the Dancing since it’s releated to the Flapper thing but it goes on too long and did need to happen three times! But then there’s the part where they turn into cartoons.
Yes. Out of nowhere, the ghost turns them into cartoons to do wacky stuff…for like a minute before things go to normal. They don’t even commit to it like the dancing, it’s…a thing that happens. The animation itself is well done and it could have been funny if it wasn’t’ so…random/.
It comes out right out nowhere, has nothing to do with anything, makes no sense, and after it happens, no one ever mentions it again. Didn’t think I’d break this out again so soon but..
As a piece of entertainment, this episode isn’t too bad as it can be enjoyed for how weird and dumb it is. But as a story, it’s such a mess. I can see how some of this could have worked, but the way the format is used, and the filler just kind of ruin it.
I don’t see why they even use the Treehouse of Horrors of Format If they arent’ going to use it correctly. I’m fine with doing something new with it, but how about something that makes in execution?
It’s on the lower end for the show, along with the ep I reviewed. I’ll cut this one slack for being a Halloween Episode and not a normal one, but still, it’s…flawed. As far as a recommendation goes, it can be enjoyed in the right mindset, but I can’t recommend it objectively.
Either way, it’s a sloppy, if slightly amusing, mess. With the Bay Window stuff I at least get what they were going for, less so the overall package. I’m not sure what happened, but let’s hope Part 3 is better.
Still better than the last time Joel Zwick directed Ben Savage I guess.
Bite Club [I Didn’t Do It]
Season 2, Episode 18
Writers: Jeanette Collins and Mimi Friedman
Airdate: October 2, 2015
Lindy and Jasmine are asked if they want to donate blood on Halloween, but Jasmine is suspicious of the guy asking due to how he’s asking. Both volunteer to donate blood, but Jasmine backs out of it later, because she is starting to believe that the guy is a real vampire, wanting their blood. Meanehile, Logan and Delia go to NYC to attend a science presentation, which they show. Garrett also takes Betty’s nephew, Kevin, Trick-or-treating.
I like how they explain why Logan and Deliah are in NYC to be in the Jessie episode. Anyway, our cameo is from Trish and Dez. Is using the same show twice cheating? Ah well. They get the usual two small scenes that don’t add much, but a couple chuckles come from the,. As obvious as the “Dez=Logan” joke is, I find it amusing.
This episode was alright. Better than the first one, mostly due to being more Halloween-y, but nothing too special. The main problem is that it doesn’t have much direction in the plots. Jasmine thinks the guy is a vampire, Lindy donates blood, pranks Jasmine and…that’s it.
In most shows, they would launch some investigation or something. But here she just kind of doesn’t do anything and when it comes to Vlad’s identity, he only get a joke at the end. Which is a pretty funny subversion of the “it was real after all” cliché.
Deliah and Logan meet a fortune teller, and we go through the shitick of them trying to stop some fortune from coming true but it fails and a bad thing happens. That’s about it. Didn’t Austin & Ally ironically do that kind of thing once?
Garret’s plot is actually the most complete since it’s smaller, and it’s cool to see these two bond, and the ending to it works. Entertainment, this episode works fine. The mood is nice, and there’s some decent jokes. Also, Lindy plays a good vampire. Not sure how to feel about that.
As a whole, it’s enjoyable but nothing too memorable. It has a nice Halloween vibe to to each plot has a good idea but in the end, nothing really amounts to anything. Things just kind of end, you know?
Still, it’s better than Next of Pumpkin, and it’s easier to get into since it’s not too incompetent. It’s just kind of forgettable, especially compared to the rest of the season. My recommendation is simple: If you aren’t too demanding and want to see the characters of IDDI be more tolerable, you’ll enjoy it.
Otherwise, you can pass on it. But if you wanna watch an IDDi Halloween episode, this is the one to go with. Nothing special but harmless enough.
All Howl’s Eve [K.C. Undercover]
Season 1, Episode 22
Writer: Dava Savel
Airdate: October 4, 2015
K.C. and Marisa throw a Halloween shindig of their own, with K.C. deciding to dress up as a spy in hopes of impressing River, the new boy in school but loses her expensive heart bracelet for communication with the Organization. Meanwhile, Ernie and Judy’s mission in New York goes wrong when a serum makes Ernie act like a wolf.
Something I haven’t brought up so far is that the guest stars haven’t’ gotten fake applause…except for Dez and Trish in the previous ep for some reason. Yet in this, we get one when KC comes out in her costume.
I don’t know get it. Anyway, here we get Emma and Zuri. This time have an impact on the plot as Ernie bumping into them gets the serum all over him. Aside from that, the usual jokes although Zuri and Judy interacting was more enjoyable than I expected.
This episode was alright. It comes close to decent but it kind of peters out in the end. Ernie’s plot amounts to him doing dog-like things…and that’s it. He doesn’t’ even turn into a werewolf or anything, the plot ends with the parents finding out and taking him to be fixed. …Not like that.
KC’s plot doesn’t even show her getting the bracelet back, We focus on how her one off love interest doesn’t like her after he caught her with a kid she kidnapped. ..Yeah, that happens. The Braclet gets in some kids bag and when she goes to get it, he doesn’t cooperate, so she kidnaps him and tortures him.
…Out hero, ladies and gentlemen. She never even tells him that she lost something, because that would be logical. It doesn’t even go anywhere, after the guy catches her, we don’t see him again or anything.
Yeah, the writing gets kind of weak near the end. But on the bright side, I like the party setting more here than in some of these other episodes, and most of the jokes do work. Marisa gets some of the best lines here.
The Halloween element works okay. Doesn’t quite go all out but the mood is there, and if the writing worked better this would be fitting and solid. As it is, it’s fine but has minor issues that will hold it back for some, especially KC’s actions.
It’s just so out of nowhere and weird. The kids is reoccurring and he’s the secondary butt monkey which sometimes can work but usually results in stuff like this. The other problems can be forgiven but this is just…odd.
I suppose if you somehow look past that, you may enjoy this, but once again, I mostly think it’s skippable. Not bad, and mostly fine, just has some kinks to work out. It’s another just okay one. Season 2 of the show has seen improvement, so hopefully it’s 2016 Monstober effort will be a bit better. This one is just okay.
Cyd and Shelby’s Haunted Escape [Best Friends Whenever]
Season 1, Episode 9
Writer: Jim Martin
Airdate: October 4, 2015
Barry creates a teleportation device, allowing Cyd and Shelby to travel to New York so they can attend the Halloween Spooktacular in New York. Meanwhile, Renaldo tries to scary Barry.
This crossover is the most interesting for a few reason. For one, there’s a bit at the end where they actually kind of lampshade the whole thing as they watch a crossover between two things they happen to like. Nice.
2nd, our guests are Riley and Lucas. Yep, this is where Girl Meets World got officially inducted. I went over how I feel about this already but I guess I can say more here. It’s funny how they used this show to do it, since it’s like the opposite of that show. Granted, a down to earth show existing in the same world as a crazy magic-ish one isn’t uncommon in the DCLAU but still, a bit weird.
The main reason this one is interesting is that Riley and Lucas are not a common, they’re part of the actual plot. Yeah, this is more of a full blown crossover than just a cameo. Again, the fact that it’s GMW makes it odd, but it’s cool that they did that. So I’ll comment on them when talking about the episode in general.
This episode was decent. The main thing I appreciate about it is that the main plot tackles Halloween indirectly by being spooky while the subplot is a direct Halloween episode since they are taking care of Trick or Treaters while this is going on. It’s a smart way to please people who prefer either type of Halloween episode.
As for the actual main plot, it’s all about them become ghostly due to the side effects of the teleport machine, while being in a haunted escape room attraction thing with Riley and Lucas. Riley and Lucas do add something to this since them dealing with this on their could have gotten kind of boring.
Riley and Lucas are pretty amusing here, and get some good lines. Although there is a weird part where Cyd and Shelby posses them and we get a line about getting into Lucas from possessed Riley. Yeah.
As for the subplot, doesn’t amount to much in the end, but it’s amusing enough for what it is. Speaking of amusing, I enjoyed this more than I expected. There’s something about the dumb humor that I enjoy in this show more than others. I can see others annoyed by this kind of humor, but it kind of works for me, usually.
Overall, this is a decent one. It nicely combines spooky stuff with typical stuff for the show, while actually using their crossover guest stars. Fans/toleraters will very likely enjoy this, other not so much. But you gotta appreciate how it’s constructed, at least.
Didn’t think I’d be praising this one a bit more than others, but he are. It’s a surprisingly decent one in the 2015 lineup.
Scary Spirits & Spooky Stories [Austin & Ally]
Season 4, Episode 15
Writer: Garron Mia
Airdate: October 5, 2015
The group goes to Central Park Spooktacular in New York, where they tell stories while in the haunted mansion.
Our crossover guests this time are Ernie and Judy. We’re back to them just making a couple cameos and that’s it. They leave the least impact of all the crossover guests so far, but they have at a couple chuckles I guess. Although the jokes referencing Judy as a robot will be confusing to those who don’t watch KC Undercover.
This episode was decent. About on par with the other TOH Style one, perhaps slightly better due to more memorable stories. The first story has a bunch of people in a mall, with one suspected of being an alien. A classic set up and while not much of a mystery, is amusing due the arch types used. Laura Marano pulls off Valley Girl (and the blond wig) surprisingly well..
The 2nd story involves a Discount Siri going a bit crazy. That’s been done before but there’s a reason it’s been done, because it’s just a good creepy concept. This is my favorite story for that reason, since it manages to be kind of creepy, especially with the ending.
The final story has Dez becoming a Were-Chicken. It’s the weakest since it doesn’t amount to much but I like Austin and Ally as a Discount Men in Black. An overall package, it’s another fun TOH style romp.
It works for the same reason the other one worked. It’s just plain creepy fun. There’s not much you can really say about it. Either you enjoy it or you don’t, and I quite enjoyed it. A bit weird they did this again like it would be a tradition, when this was the last season, but ah well.
Like with the other, I recommend this. Mostly to fans of course. Far from my favorite take on the concept, but it’s still enjoyable. Yeah, sorry I don’t have much to say, there’s only so much you can say about this kind of episode, and I’ve already covered a few in this block.
I’m glad we’re in the home stretch of this thing. Now for the finale of Disney Channel Monstober 2015!
Haunt-A-Rooney [Liv and Maddie]
Season 3, Episode 4
Writer: Danielle Hoover, and David Monhan
Airdate: October 4, 2015
Maddie’s inability to get scared is put to the test when Johnny Nimbus is killed by a falling portable toilet after swearing revenge on Maddie for pranking him. Meanwhile, Liv and Joey attend the Central Park Spooktacular to promote “Voltage” and things get awkward when Holden shows up. Also Meanwhile, Karen and Pete get help from Evan to raise their Treat Beat rating and get more trick-or-treaters.
Our final crossover guests are Cyd and Shelby. BFW was inducted in the DCLAU pretty dang quickly, as even KC waited about 20 episodes. Like with their episode, the guests actually play a part in the plot, as they kind of get Liv’s subplot truly rolling and help resolve it. How come Best Friends Whenever got involved in the better crossovers?
This does come with a problem. At the end of the BFW episode, they go back in time to stop themselves from going yo New York…which means Liv’s plot never actually happened. Ugh, time travel.
Although Cyd and Shelby did kind of start the plot, by accident alerting the Paparazzi guy of Liv’s presence so the plot not happening isn’t too bad. On a final note,. Austin Moon is mentioned! Yeah, even more crossing over going on.
This episode was decent. Liv’s plot was actuallly the weakest though, since you need to be caught up on the show to get why Holden being here is awkward, and not much really happens. As soon as the conflict happens, it is resolved. Cyd and Shelby did make it memorable, I guess.
We’ve done the prank thing before (yeah spoilers, they didn’t kill off a Disney Sitcom Character) but I like how it’s done here. Maddie deserves it for being so smug and pranking Nimbus, and especially their prank on Parker. So him getting back makes sense.
The prank is perhaps a bit cruel,especially on everyone else who isn’t in on it, but the way it’s done makes me forgive it a tiny bit. This is another one that mixes direct Halloween stuff and Spooky stuff pretty well, which should make everyone happy.
There’s not much to either plot, really but for this kind of episode, that’s fun. Plus , most of it is spooky fun with some amusing bits here and there. I like how Joey’s costume is a cat with a Joey shirt. Like he said, it’s ironic!
The 3rd plot is mostly just a bunch of jokes, but it works as the smaller plot and the ending gag is odd, but funny for that reason. I’d say Helgaween is the most memorable of the three Halloween episodes, but this episode fits the most, and I still enjoy it.
Some of the minor issues could bug people further, especially the prank being a bit cruel, but otherwise, it works. It’s a fitting Halloween episode, and uses the crossover guests pretty well. It’s nothing crazy good, but it’s a decent enough one. Weird how Liv and Maddie never interact in it though.
While we’ve got some Disney XD ones left, we’re done with the Disney Channel Monstober 2015 episodes. Taking aside the episodes themselves (which were about par for the course), how was it? Eh, slightly mixed. The idea of the crossover is cool (and I like they used New York as sort of a hub) but most of the time the cameos added nothing.
They tended to not be too intrusive, but I imagine 10 years later (once these shows are nostalgiac enough to be used as proof that Disney was better back in my day, whippersnapper) kids then will be slightly lost until they look it up.
Only Liv and Maddie and Best Friends Whenever did anything with the guests, and I think more like that was needed. This was a cool experiment, but I see why they’re just going for normal episodes this year.
We’re in the home stretch overall, so let’s start it with…
Curse of the Screaming Skull [Lab Rats]
Season 4, Episode 16
Writer: Loni Steele Sosthand (There’s a name for ya..)
Airdate: October 21, 2015
The Gang finds a supposedly cursed skull on a deserted island which causes trouble.
Okay, some shows may wait until Season 2 to do a Halloween episode, but this show waited until Season 4? They were on a freaking Bionic Island by this point and had two Christmas episodes!
They did have a spooky themed October episode but this is no different from that, and they slapped Halloween on this one. Anyway, this episode decent. With how weak the Halloween element, I was kind of surprised by that.
The whole idea is spooky enough, but there’s plenty of episodes that are about as creepy and it doesn’t quite feel like Halloween. Despite that, this is enjoyable. The skull isn’t actually cursed, but it has a virus Douglas made, which makes Bionic People go crazy and want to kill people.
‘..I was going through a rough patch!”
They have fun with the idea of the virus effecting people, and creates a decently intense situation. It’s quite a bit of fun with how they use the idea, even if takes awhile for it to fully happen.
But to me the most impressive aspect was Adam. Yes, really. He’s paired with Bob here, and since he’s also dumb you think it would be annoying, but they have some amusing back and forth since Bob can be slightly dumber sometimes, meaning Adam has someone to bounce off of instead of just mock a lot.
Chase is the first possessed, yet he gets to unfair mocking here, surprisingly. And in the end, Adam saves the day by actually coming up with a smart plan! Yes, really! It fits in context and gives him a nice moment.
Even his dumb moments here mostly work. Good on them for getting him right, even this late in the series. Overall, this episode isn’t the best Halloween-wise, but on it’s own it works and maybe it has enough to make people happy.
It’s not the highest recommendation, but I enjoyed it more than when I saw this last year. It’s nothing too special but for what it is, it is a fun one. Although I was never a fan of Principal Perry being on the Bionic Island, since she is the weakest thing here.
Still, this one is decent. And to finally close out the official Disney sitcom Halloween episodes….
The School Spirit [Kirby Buckets]
Season 2, Episode 3
Writer: Kristofor Brown
Airdate: October 21, 2015
When Kirby wants to find out a mascot he uncovers the ancient grave of a school mascot that possesses Fish when puts on the head. Meanwhile, Dawn and Belinda get trapped in the emergency room.
This episode was decent. Not quite as good as Flice, but still solid in it’s own right. This one goes full supernatural, but given the nature of the show, that’s fine. Mostly since they do use the concept well.
While this is only a spooky themed episode, the atmosphere makes this one fitting enough. There’s something about this one that’s just kind of fun. It doesn’t anything clever or interesting to the extent of Flice, it’s more straight forward, but it works.
There is more of a story to this one, as they find out why there’s no mascot currently and the mascot’s whole deal. Unlike other stories like this, there’s no big sweet moments with the spirit but that’s fine given what show this is.
My favorite part is the climax, where we find out that Princpal Mitchell comes from a line of Mascot Slayers. Yes, Mascot Slayers. He gets decked out in all this gear in order to fight the mascot.
Yes. It is awesome. As for the subplot, it starts off interesting as it seems that Dawn will learn to let Belinda have a break…but then it goes nowhere, and after they get trapped, it just leads to a bunch of noise, and the subplots with them leaving, not having really learned anything.
Told you her plots tend to be like this. It’s not a big deal but this part is skippable.
So yeah, I enjoyed this one. The subplot is weak, some not bits here and there are kind of dumb, but in general, I don’t have too many issues. The spooky element works, the story is decent enough for this kind of episode, and we get some awesome moments here and there.
Not as interesting in terms of writing as Flice, but this is a decent enough Halloween-ish one too. I’d recommend watching that one first, but you have time for this one, go ahead. I think it makes for a solid one to end the Sitcom Halloween Episodes on…for now.
Well, that does it for the official Disney Sitcom Halloween Episodes. …However, we’re not done yet. There’s one Halloween episode tied to a Disney Sitcom that we need to cover as a bonus, Oh yeah, we’re going there….
Halloween Night At the Museum [Ultimate Spider-Man]
Season 3, Episode 21
Writer: Danielle Wolf
Airdate: October 10, 2014
Emma Ross, Luke Ross, Ravi Ross, Zuri Ross, and Ravi’s pet Asian water monitor Mrs. Kipling visit a museum on Halloween. Jessie finds a medieval sword coveted by Morgan le Fay while unknowingly freeing her from her imprisonment. Jessie and Spider-Man work to save Halloween and the world from the evil plans of le Fay’s and henchman Jack O’Lantern
Come on, you know I had to cover this. It just took me 2 years, that’s all! Before we even get into this, I have to comment on how odd this idea is. I know USM is on Disney XD, so getting in a star to supply voice, like they did with Ross Lynch and more recently did with Dove Cameron, but flat out having a crossover? I’m sure Jessie fans watch USM, not so much the other way around. Especially since Disney XD operates differently from Disney Channel and tends to have a different audience.
But hey, just because something sounds weird doesn’t’ mean it’ll be bad, so was this? This episode was alright. Mostly fine-ish but something about it is still kind of …weird. The biggest problem of how these two shows fix.
This is basically the Jessie cast, caught in a Comic Book plot, more than a real crossover, since there are no extra Spider-Man elements. For the sake of simplicity, that’s fine. In terms of design, the Jessie characters look fine, and yes, animated Debby Ryan is neat to see.
But their faces look kind of weird and stuff, which clashes their voice acting style. Acting wise, they fit in enough and honestly, they’re humor works way better here due to being animated. Character-wise they are in character, and aren’t too jerk-ish. Although I do wish each had a bigger moment, as some like Zuri don’t really do much in the end.
Jessie obviously gets the most to do, and the highlight was her fighting Morgan Le Fay on her own. Yes. While it would be more awesome if she actually fought with Spidey for most of it, it’s still cool as it is. I mean, Animated Debby Ryan holding a sword and fighting someone who is voiced by Grey Delise? That’s like every wet dream come true!
- didn’t type that.
In general, I enjoyed this. It was funny in parts, and nothing was really wrong here. It’s neat that both parties learned from each other. Although this had nothing to do with Halloween in the end, so it doesn’t quite work as a Halloween episode.
I’m not sure what it is that is “wrong” with this. It should be more than just alright, but I can’t qutie bring myself to say it’s better than that. I think it might just be that as much as they try, these two just kind of clash.
I mean, USM is more comedic and has Drake Bell as Spider-‘Man, this really isn’t’ that far out. And in does it fits, but overall, it’s just…weird. But as a whole, it is better than it sounds and at least it’s painful of really awkward, just…kind of odd.
It has enough cool moments and effort put into it to be recommend to some. If you are willingly to tolerate Jessie and you like USM enough, you will enjoy this enough. Fans of either show that can tolerate the other will like it? Everyone else? Nah. It’s not bad, but not quite good enough to sway you.
It was an interesting experiment, but I hope they don’t try something like this again. This worth it for that one awesome thing, but nothing I’d really go out of
my way to watch again. So there, you have my opinion on this thing. It’s alright.
And those, were all the Disney Sitcom Halloween Episodes, at this point in time. It’s unfair to compare them to the Christmas episodes, so I’ll address them on their own. These can be hit or miss, as we had a couple “Bad ones” but mostly, they worked and we get some good ones. To me, Halloween means beng able to do something different, be someone else, and just have fun and that’s what Halloween episodes should do.
And these show that. My favorites tend to fit in the context of the show, but still go all out, being crazy spooky fun. A good story is nice too, but as you can tell, the mundane don’t do as much for me.
Earlier I said I’d give my thoughts on the later ones going for more all out. I prefer it. I mean, I get that some like them more when they are either more down to earth, or more directly tied to Halloween.
However, my personal preference tends to like ones that embrace the Holiday more by going all out. That, and let’s face it, Disney Sitcoms are better when they do something different since normally they can be uh….not the best.
People tend to like Christmas Episodes that actually feel like Christmas, so I think the same logic applies to Halloween. I’m not too picky, I can enjoy some of the ones that aren’t too much to the Holiday.
But I’m reviewing these as Holiday Episodes, not just episodes of the shows. If I was reviewing the shows only, the reviews may be different since I’m comparing them to the rest of the show.
Most of the Decent ones would be called Good on a Scorecard for the shows, usually. These ramble seems weird, but since some peolle in some circles feel differently, I thought I’d share all this.
Monstober is always a fun time since they can go all out and as we’ve seen, the episodes can be fun. If you’re wondering, some of my favorites included Halloween (Phil of the Future), Mutant Farm 1 and 3, The Whining, and Flice of the Living Dead. There’s others that are up there but those are the big ones for me.
As for least favorite, Beam It Up, duh. I may dislike Next of Pumpkin and Girl Meets world of Terror 2, but this ditched Halloween in favor of a failed ironic plot where Cece is annoying in her unlikable she is. It’s just bad.
What’s up for Monstober 2016? It’s September 20th as I’m writing this, and we already what Disney Channel is doing. Not a ton this time but some sound interesting. Not sure about Disney Xd. Hope Gamer’s Guide has a proper one at least.
I’ll be covering all the Disney eps, live action and animated, together since there isn’t a ton of either so doing them separately will be odd. Once they have all aired, I’ll do a post for them. I’ll be watching them as they air and typing the review then to get it out faster.
So I’ll see you all then. Outside of that, I’ve got something else for a big Halloween project. On, or around, Halloween, I hope you join me for A Look At Live Action Nickelodeon Halloween Episodes!