Two High - Moon Taxi
every time i listen to this song, i feel it just as quickly leaves my mind as soon as it ends
this literally happens every time i listen to this, i'm not joking
the song itself's kinda decent tho
Fake Happy - Paramore
This is even more poppy than their last song! Sounds like it was made for an old sitcom, or something.
Honestly, I don't really like this as much as I think I should? I don't know, this just kinda feels a bit off to me.
I Miss Those Days - Bleachers
i agree sad puppet :((((((((
Did i say the track above reminded me of a cheesy 80's sitcom? I take that back, THIS feels like I'm supposed to be seeing grainy city shots in between the Average American Family bonding with yellow text proudly stating what the actors' names are. I can only take enough of this, yech
happy hour, sun shower, 808 gives you power - Weezer
This song actually has a lot of potential! You hear the instrumentals to this, and you think this is gonna be quite swell! I just realized how much the guitar sounds like that piano riff used on that one Avalanches song while writing this! Absolutely dreamy production, and... and...
and then Rivers Cuomo comes in and completely ruins the mood, of course
Yeah, I want to like this, but... no. no, cuomo, nobody wants this sort of thing from you, go back to wal-mart
Dream - Bishop Briggs
this is certainly a bishop briggs song
it is not not a bishop briggs song
...what do you want from me?
Always Ascending - Franz Ferdinand
oh, i love the chemical brothers!
my 32nd inaccurate comparison aside, it's kinda remarkable to me how consistent Franz Ferdinand's work is. Like, I wouldn't really say I've really heard anything bad from them. Good on them, they do good stuff. Good.
I will say though, this song doesn't need five minutes to get it's point across. This was already wearing sorta thin midway through the second verse.
Live in the Moment - Portugal. The Man
I have the same thoughts on this as I do for Feel it Still. Neither are bad songs, they're simply kinda average songs from people who can do much better. I will say though, while Feel it Still is the catchy, this... I can already tell you, this is one of those tunes that won't be played except on 3 AM on Saturdays.
Giver - k.flay
everybody say hello to king master comedy over here
Everything is Alright - The Glorious Sons
wtf this isn't motion city soundtrack
everything is NOT alright, fuck off
...i just can't write much about these two tunes, i'm sorry
World Gone Mad - Bastille
Absolutely hilarious vocal approaches and drearingly-boring instrumentation.
Kinda funny how January began with a song backed by Suicide Squad and December brings me a song backed by Bright, considering both have the same producer behind them. Both movies suck assss (tho in a funny way), but I'd say this is the better of the two songs, considering this dude's voice is absolutely not for this type of song and makes it better for it
Run for Cover - Killers
yeah, this is one of those killer kill....
i should stop with this fucking shit
While we're awaiting for jjs & Wumbo posting their SBC top 25 list respectively i though i haven't shared my personal favorite SpongeBob episodes in past 7 years (holy shit is that been a long?) to everyoner here on SBC & SBM. I could do in July or maybe save it for SpongeBob's big 20th anniversary celebration. for me, i wanted to save it for nexy year just to give me some time to work. i mean i can be really lazy asshole sometime for not doing anything to contribute. But hey, I can least try something new to offer.
so what do you think?
It’s been nearly two months, and we should all be aware that FOP has officially stopped its run since the news of Butch Hartman leaving Nickelodeon came around not too long ago. I still think it’s a pity that it would end right on Season 10, but it’s also a breath of fresh air for the future of the show since it ended before it could get much, much worse. Of course, I am going to continue my reviewing series and this month’s topic is Season 3. Anyways, welcome to another segment of every Fairly OddParents episode reviewed and I’m going judge on whether S3’s standards are higher or lower than Season 2’s as we start off with…
21a. Ruled Out: Timmy is tired of his parents being so protective of him so he wishes that they would care less. However, they become so totally carefree that not only does it affect the Turners’ living conditions, but Timmy’s godparents eventually start to become careless as well.
What I really like about this episode…is that there’s this something that really hits me. In fact, the episode has this really frank moral that just hits you when you didn’t expect it first thing. I wasn’t actually so big on this episode until I did some re-evaluation, which was when I realized how subtle its message turned out to be in hindsight. Imagine if you were all the way back in the 2000s (or otherwise, a child if you were much older at that time) watching this episode, knowing how overbearing your parents can be, much like Timmy’s parents. When Timmy makes his wish, it turns out to be reasonable enough as it makes his parents happy even when they’re acting so carless about their lives, which really feels like the point of view that a child would’ve wanted to live in. Then, midway into the episode, Timmy realizes that his parents had every reason to care too much when his parents turn into complete filthy slackers.
Likewise with “Christmas Everyday!,” the episode has the kind of wish with a drawback that sneaks past. Now let’s focus on the episode’s main message: Timmy’s parents tend to be overprotective of their son because they love him and they don’t want him in any danger that would eventually lead him face to face with a sewer gator, which so happens to part of the climax. As for the rest of the climax, Timmy doesn’t try to get Cosmo and Wanda’s help to fix the wish as putting himself at risk in order to snap his parents back into reality, because they love their son so much, was cancelling out the magic. That in particular really supports the episode’s message, because when you think about it for a moment, just to reiterate, while the wish did transform the behaviors of Timmy’s parents, it didn’t change the fact that they love their son.
Of course, the episode ends with Timmy being grounded, in form of being caged up with colon-cleaning food and educational television, but that’s the most that we can expect for the episode to end off with. So far, we’re off to a very good start. This episode was pretty close to the excellent ranking, but in the end, the episode was entertaining and well-written, but mostly entertaining, yay entertainment! Great.
21b. That’s Life!: Timmy’s mom wants to grow an award-winning garden, (In Mr. Turner’s case, he wants her to beat the Dinklebergs, who are also participating in the contest), so Timmy wishes that his mom’s garden was full of life. It’s so full of life that it brings back Timmy’s dead pet gerbil, Eddie, who was believed to have run away during summer camp…camp….camp…
It’s another charming episode, but it doesn’t hit close too home as “Ruled Out” has. It has a pretty clear message about taking better care of anyone and anything. And as we eventually learn from this episode, it’s not just Timmy who can’t seem to take care of his pets as his parents were supposed to take care of Eddie while he was at summer camp…camp….camp. There are also some weird moments here and there, like with Mrs. Turner using canned yams for the judging, and the end where it reveals that Timmy’s other pets had the same fate as Eddie and got buried in the same garden. As for some of the jokes, the one dark joke with Mr. Turner offering the Dinklebergs to give Mrs. Turner a “congratulatory hand touch” was pretty funny, as well as the whole “summer camp…camp…camp” gag.
It’s usually a tradition for me to send it off with the episode’s recurring gag, but I already mentioned it three times. It’s a great episode that’s not quite close to one of the greatest in the series. With that said, let’s move on to the next segment. Great.
22a. Shiny Teeth: Chip Skylark is going to be in a video for his big hit “My Shiny Teeth and Me” and just about every kid in Dimmsdale wants to have good enough teeth to be in the video with him. However, after Dr. Bender and Wendell learn about Chip and his perfect teeth, it ends up getting stolen. With help from the Tooth Fairy, Timmy now has to take Chip’s teeth back from the evil dentist so Chip could be in the music video.
This is yet another entertaining effort from the series’ first-half run. What I really liked about it was how Timmy and Chip’s friendship really developed. There was “Boys in the Band” which first featured Chip Skylark and had the type of episode plot centering about the misunderstanding about Timmy’s birthday, but at most, the episode was leading up to the character development in this episode, and it was handled very well. Sad for me to say, there aren’t as many memorable lines (maybe except for the bit with Chet Ubetcha thinking that there’s a boy trapped in a well), but I’ve enjoyed everything else from this episode. Word! …That means there isn’t much more I can say about the episode and so I have to cut this short. Good.
22b. Odd, Odd West: Timmy’s dad takes the Squirrely Scouts on a trip to an Old West themed attraction that was part of his childhood. Not long after, Doug Dimmadome and his construction company appear to be trying to tear down Dimmsdale Flats so that they could build a mini mall over it. In order to save his dad’s childhood memories, Timmy and his fairies travel back to the Old West to get the lost deed. When the deed is in the hands of Vicky the Kid, Timmy must face off against her in a duel as the Masked Stranger to get it back.
I’ll admit that I got something more about this than from “Shiny Teeth,” which is usually because this episode had some more memorable scenes, like the duel between Timmy and Vicky the Kid being a straightforward game of rock-paper-scissors, and you also got memorable jokes like the bit with the Squirrely Scouts doing first aid on Timmy’s dad, the “nobody reads the manual” gag, and this particular line: “It took being attacked by coyotes and being thrown in jail to realize my childhood stunk.” Despite that line, however, I thought the end was pretty bizarre with Timmy revealing the lost deed, before Mr. Turner ultimately decides to accept Dimmadome’s offer of $8 to tear down Dimmsdale Flats and the final scene that reveals that Chester left himself alone with a coyote so he could give it a “Beaten by Chester” badge.
It has its weird moments, but I can pass them up, because this is still a nearly great and entertaining episode at the end of the day. I could send off this review like normal, but going against my silly tradition is for yellow-bellies. Good.
23a. Microphony: It is summer break and Timmy can’t wait to spend it all with his family and without Vicky having to babysit…that is until the radio sponsors Vicky’s babysitting service, complete with a catchy jingle that compels the adults to let Vicky babysit their kids. As payback, Timmy wishes his treehouse was a radio station and for a microphone that would disguise his voice. As Double T, Timmy drives out Vicky out of business and promotes a summer full of family fun. However, when Vicky notices Cosmo, as the traffic copter, flying over to Timmy’s treehouse, she finds about his accountability and then uses the magical microphone to pretend that she’s Timmy behind the microphone to reveal the truth and call parents morons, which can’t be said on the radio, and it’s enough to make them form an angry mob right towards Timmy’s treehouse.
As you guys can tell by this rather lengthy summary, this episode has a good amount of plot details, which result into a very enjoyable segment overall. The beginning isn’t quite enjoyable, but the rest of the episode was pleasant enough. I also liked the kind of plot it was going for, preferably near the end where Timmy admits that he is Double T and he was using his radio broadcast to have families spend the rest of the summer together, which wasn’t a bad thing at all. Of course, Timmy still needs to prove that he didn’t call parents morons, on the radio, before the kids across Dimmsdale unquestionably point the blame to Vicky as she then gets arrested by the FCC. Yep, if you say moron on the radio and not on TV, it’ll definitely land you in jail. It’s a cartoon, so I don’t have to question that logic.
What adds to why I liked this episode a lot, other than the fairly catchy “Vicky Free Summer” song, is usually because the plot doesn’t lead to the kind where Timmy reveals he was lying, but to the kind of plot where Timmy reveals the truth that he needed to hide and Vicky getting karma for hijacking the magic microphone, as she was the one who said “all parents are morons” on the radio. Yeah, I’m mentioning that plot point quite a lot, and that’s because that’s the subject of what I’m sending off the review with. So, remember, you can only say moron on TV. Okay, I’m done, next segment. Great.
23b. So Totally Spaced Out: Mark comes to Earth and asks for Timmy’s help to come to Yugopotamia and defeat the planet’s greatest enemy that is the “special surprise inside.” The lifeforms, know as the Gigglepies, use their cuteness to brainwash other lifeforms by commercializing themselves in order to enslave a planet until they blow it up and move on to the next one.
If “Totally Spaced Out” was a step back from the first episode with Mark and his character reflection, then this third installment is a step back into a more interesting direction. The Gigglepies result into a group of very interesting villains you see, their distinct blend between cute and evil is foreshadowed before Timmy and his fairies are taken to Overlord Glee. Obviously so, it’s granted that Yugopotamians can’t stand anything cute and sweet, and not only do the Gigglepies make formidable enemies, they make the episode feel complete at the same time as their ridiculous cuteness making us want to take methamphetamines.
The subplot between Mark and Vicky doesn’t have much to write home about, but the central plot is still just as stout. However, the way the episode ends with the Gigglepies’ defeat is strange, I can assure, with the specific climax being when the Gigglepies are discovered to taste like manure. Because manure is a Yugopotamian delicacy, the Gigglepies are defeated by getting eaten alive. Then again, why should I acknowledge this so penitently? There are indeed a lot of people who are into something like that, one would jive.
A good amount of the episode’s humor is accomplished by the Gigglepies, because they are just so good enough to buy. Oh, and if you’re wondering if my tendency to rhyme for this review doesn’t make as much sense for me to do, need I remind you all of Mr. Enter’s Cramp Twins review? After all, who else would be writing all this up besides Steel the chemist Gigglepie with nerve? Now your mind is mine to serve. Batteries not included, nor is Steel’s sense of humor, each Steel Gigglepie accessory is sold separately, the buy two; get one free deal is available for purchase now, no strings attached, do not pass go, do not collect $200, buy us all or die. Great.
24. Love Struck!: After Trixie refuses to be Timmy’s valentine, and after being humiliated by just about every other girl (except Tootie) in Dimmsdale, Timmy wishes that they were put somewhere else. The two genders are now divided by a wall between two worlds known as Himmsdale and Hersdale. Because of the wish, Cupid’s magic is getting sucked completely dry and Timmy, who has full responsibility, must side with Cupid to restore the world to its former, loving glory.
Well, after perplexing you all with my review of the previous segment, here’s where I get completely back on-topic, because this episode, “Love Struck!...” is not good *explosion effect.* This is the very first episode to withstand a “Scum” ranking and it’s not so hard to figure out why. I didn’t want to have to use some of Mr. Enter’s words as my own, but he’s really on-point when he points out that one of the flaws that the episode suffers from is that it just flat out contradicts the message that “The Boy Who Would Be Queen” had produced. According to this episode, all boys like sports, greasy food, and poor hygiene while all girls like shopping and all things pretty – and that’s a load of bullocks.
Besides the fact that the episode assigns these gender roles, the 22-minute special is filled with other problems. This episode also has a couple of songs, and the most of what I can say about them is that they’re just so…forgettable and they feel so phoned in as well. The episode’s jokes don’t even work as well, given that the episode’s humor focuses on the cliché gender roles that are being portrayed, but that’s not all I have to say against the episode’s jokes. The whole “nothing fills the void” recurring gag, barely results into anything funny, and then there’s one joke near the end where Trixie, apparently, sarcastically proclaims how impressed she is about Timmy ignoring her and that she’s going to send him a bunch of messages on his answering machine. And yet, during the “The End” card, she does exactly that. It’s just a joke that really baffles me.
The end of the episode is pretty fine and dandy with Timmy sacrificing his arrow to decline Trixie’s offer to be her valentine so he can make Tootie happy, but almost of the episode was nowhere near as pleasant. As a first for one of FOP’s worst offerings, I suggest that you skip this, ‘cuz nothing about this episode fills in any sort of void. Scum.
25a. Cosmo Con: After Cosmo gets picked to host a super, special, and secret fairy convention and hosts it in Timmy’s bathroom. Much to Timmy’s dismay, Mr. Crocker is invited for a meal at the Turners’ household due to Timmy’s short attention span giving him an A.
This episode easily falls under the “fairly decent” category. This episode doesn’t provide anything much of value, but it still has its moments, like the bit with Timmy’s classmate freaking out over Timmy getting an A like it was against the natural order. Then there are some jokes that fall flat like the many bits with Mr. Turner thinking that Crocker is trying to hook up with his wife (including the recurring “mine!” gag), the wacky hijinks with Mr. Crocker during one scene at the convention, and the pretty obvious parody of Britney Spears: Britney Britney. It was a fine enough episode overall, but in the words of Mr. Turner, not mine! Okay.
25b. Wanda’s Day Off!: Wanda feels she deserves a break after one too many times where she has to save Timmy and Cosmo’s lives. Wanda takes a spa day while Cosmo is left to help with Timmy’s biology report. When Timmy wishes that he could tell what a cockroach is thinking about, he and Cosmo already realize that they can’t fix their own problems without Wanda, especially when the colony of cockroaches plot world domination.
Judging by how I wrote the summary, I consider this is as the kind of episode that knows that something is going to go wrong even in the case of something like when a particular character, Wanda, decides that she’s had enough of having to save Timmy and Cosmo’s lives for one day and just relax. Then again, it was already made easy to predict that Timmy’s wish would cause a colony of cockroaches to commit world domination. In retrospect, while it was also easy to predict that Wanda would eventually come back to clean the mess that Timmy and Cosmo have made, I liked how the episode didn’t go into the easy route of cutting Wanda’s spa day short or that she would end up seeing the dystopian Dimmsdale ruled by cockroaches right away.
Even if I wasn’t a big fan of the episode’s plot, some of the jokes really make up for it, like these particular dialogue quotes: “Oh, for the love of Pete!” “Who’s Pete, someone I should know about?” and “I love you two, but you are idiots!” “But we’re yours idiots!” And lastly, there’s the joke leading up to the reveal of the mess made by Timmy’s wish, whereas Timmy and Cosmo were hiding inside a replica of Timmy’s room, I thought that was pretty subtle. Overall, this episode has its solid moments, despite a plot that’s nearly standard in my eyes. Good.
26a. Odd Jobs: Timmy wishes that his dad would have a cool job in order to make him happy and not get laughed at by kids. Two disasters result into Mr. Turner getting a job as an astronaut, which actually succeeded, but now Timmy fears that he’ll never be able to see his dad again.
When it comes to dad-centric episodes in general, I would consider this as one of the best that I know of. Of course, it’s second-best, only behind “Super Bike,” but still, I found this episode to be really entertaining and charming all the same. The most of what I can say about this episode though is the climax where Mr. Turner tells his son that he’s on a mission to Uranus. Then, before Mr. Turner gets launched into space, Timmy convinces him that he doesn’t need a cool job to be a cool dad, which is an easily heartwarming moment.
On the subject of the episode’s humor, I thought some slapstick moments with Mr. Turner’s cool job options were amusing, as were the Cooljobs.wand scenes with Mr. Turner clicking on Cosmo only to injure him in some way. After all’s said and done, I can conclude that this is one of S3’s greatest. It may or may not make my top 5, but what’s important is that Uranus is a planet, who knew? Great.
26b. Movie Magic: Timmy decides to become an award-winning filmmaker so that Trixie can actually talk to him. After the first film ends up being a disaster except for his friends, Timmy decides to make another movie with the help of his fairies and Sylvester Calzone. Sadly, Timmy’s friends feel left out with the old movie being left in the cutting room floor.
It’s a yet another episode centered around Timmy trying to impress Trixie, and the episode should feel tedious because of that distinction…but I’d be darned if I didn’t say that this episode was still hilarious regardless. The movie that Timmy made with his pals was hilarious, Tad and Chad’s film that put an Arnold Schwarzenegger parody into the story of Hamlet was hilarious, the mock-up of Sylvester Stallone was not only hilarious, but he also very much made the episode. The episode even delivers a pretty good message when Timmy decides to submit his old film for the Dimmadance Film Festival when he realizes that nothing really beats the time that he spent with his friends.
The episode ends with Timmy winning the Dimmy for the film’s sheer hilarity, but Trixie still ignores him since he won for comedy, which is, according to her, one of the lowest forms of entertainment next to animation (that in particular is a joke that I thought was pretty funny), before she, Tad, and Chad decide to become devoted to rock stars. Despite that though, I still enjoyed the episode a lot so don’t think I’m being such a critic. And yet considering that I am a critic… *starts punching self* Great.
27-29. Abra-Catastrophe!: One day, Timmy wakes up to an anniversary party by Cosmo, Wanda, and his fairy friends, celebrating a year’s worth of Timmy keeping his godparents a secret. One gift Timmy receives is a magic anniversary muffin that can grant even a rule-free wish when bitten into it. After a rousing flashback detailing how Timmy got his fairies, Timmy wishes that his parents were more honest with him before heading to school, whereas the magic muffin already falls out of his hands. However, it isn’t until Bippy, a caged monkey, takes a bite out of the muffin and wishes for the entire Earth to be made into his vision. Due to this wish, apes rule the Earth, Jorgen reassigns fairies to monkey children, and humans are on the run from being dissected by the apes. Timmy now has to travel to Chimpsdale to get back the magic muffin and restore the Earth to its original glory before something else happens. (which I’m going to talk about for the rest of the review…)
Even despite the way that the TV movie ends with a typical press of the reset button, that doesn’t change the fact that it left us with a lot of interesting details about the nature of the series and about its characters. This special was interesting and entertaining all the way through, we get to see some excellent character establishment for Timmy, Mr. Crocker played a fantastic role as a villain as the special proves how much of a threat he can really be, the humor was solid was usual, and all in all, this special just served a really great plot. While not perfect, this TV movie still served as the epitome for just about everything we could ever ask for in a television special as big as this. Oh wow, I’ve spend a large amount of time talking about this TV movie, so I better congratulate myself with this magic muffin- ack! It’s still got that awful taste. Wait a minute…yes, I can feel the magic pulsing right through me! I wish….I wish I can finally move on to the next episode! Excellent.
30a. Sleepover and Over: After a heated argument between Chester and A.J. over Crash Nebula and the Crimson Chin, they start their own sleepover and if Timmy doesn’t show up to both, they won’t consider him as his friend anyone. And so this leaves Timmy to use Cosmo and Wanda’s help in order to be at two places at once. Because both Chester and A.J.’s sleepovers fell flat, Timmy devises a plan to fix their friendship.
I can say right away that I really like the concept of this episode with Timmy having to go back and forth to keep his two friends satisfied. However, the real kicker is when Timmy starts to set up his plan to get his two friends to reconcile…only for him to wind up in deal danger. Shortly after, Chester and A.J. are left with no option than to work together in order to save their friend in a cat suit. Like so, the three friends are reunited and continue the sleepover at Timmy’s treehouse. Besides that though, the episode ends on a bit of a haphazard note when Timmy shows off a feature of his cat suit that causes the junkyard dogs to come back while Cosmo and Wanda witness Jimmy the cat losing 3 of his lives before he scratches up Cosmo.
I still think it’s a great episode with some very decent jokes like the parental block bit, and the gag with Cosmo losing his friends named after Jimmy Neutron characters (except Jimmy) in such little time. Hopefully the rest of you really liked this segment, ‘cuz I’d be insulted if you didn’t. Great.
30b. Mother Nature: Mrs. Turner becomes Dimmsdale’s new weather forecaster. However, any weather forecaster who gets it wrong is run out of town by an angry mob, so Timmy wishes that his mom was always right about the weather. Unfortunately, Mrs. Turner becomes a celebrity and doesn’t have enough time to spend at home with Timmy and his dad, so Timmy decides to convince her to quit, but the only way for Mrs. Turner to cut her contract is to get herself fired or run out by an angry mob, so she then predicts a series of natural disasters that end up being true in due to Timmy’s wish.
It’s a charming enough episode while it has some hit or miss jokes. Some moments that got a kick out of me was the one line from Mr. Turner, where he tells Timmy that he had a 15 second period of not knowing where he was, and then there was the reactions Timmy had towards his dad’s mom puppet. The episode ends on a bittersweet note as Timmy and his mom are enjoying a fishing trip while Timmy’s dad is being chased by an angry mob, due to his mom puppet. There isn’t much else for me to say, but just to reiterate, I found this a simple and charming enough episode. Good.
31a. The Crimson Chin Meets Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad!: Timmy returns to his messy room after fighting crime in the comic book world. However, the Nega-Chin escaped from the other world and starts wreaking havoc in Dimmsdale alongside the Chin’s other arch-enemies (of course, not before having Cosmo and Wanda set some certain conditions). Timmy wishes that his parents were once again Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad in order to defeat the Nega-Chin, his cronies, and send him back to the comic book world.
For starters, I liked how the series introduces us to Nega-Chin. Nega-Chin himself served as an interesting villain, let alone an interesting character much like the Crimson Chin. The fight scenes in the episode also had me sold even after Nega-Chin gets rid of MM&DD’s powers with nega-vision. Of course, from there, Timmy wishes for a deus ex machina, but I can even pass that up because the different generational versions of the Crimson Chin were interesting, and the fight scenes with them were just as amusing to watch. If there’s one good joke I can acknowledge from this episode, it’s this particular dialogue quote: “You can’t swear, only the super-edgy 1985 Crimson Chin can swear!” “Yeah, and I got cancelled for it!” In the end, this is a pretty good episode, but it isn’t too good, so you don’t need to shield your eyes. Good.
31b. Engine Blocked: Mr. Turner is experiencing a mid-life crisis and so he and his son set out to find something to make him feel young again. Mr. Turner eventually takes notice of a real Striker Z being put up for sale by Vicky. Unfortunately for Timmy, his dad has become obsessive over his new car that he’s not giving himself any time to spend with Timmy. This prompts for Timmy to then wish that he was the Striker Z, in addition to being able to talk, drive himself, and come assisted with his two fairies in the form of two fuzzy dice. Meanwhile, Vicky sets out to steal back the car so that she can strike it rich with Doug Dimmadome.
This is yet another very dimma-decent episode in my eyes. There are some moments where I find myself appreciating Mr. Turner’s character and other times where I dimma-don’t. For the majority of the episode, Timmy wants to spend some time with his dimma-dad, only for him to dimma-do whatever chores he needs to dimma-do, and only for him to obsess over his Striker Z as he couldn’t let Timmy ride in it. The plot was fairly tedious at first, but the rest of the episode really makes up for that, preferably near the end where Mr. Turner comes to rescue his Striker Z as he’s only concerned about the thought of Timmy being in the trunk. Shortly after, Mr. Turner tells Timmy that he couldn’t let him ride in it because it’s a dimma-dangerous, screaming metal death-trap.
The episode ends pleasantly so with Timmy playing catch with Mr. Turner like he wanted to since the start of the episode. Some other dimma-delights from this episode include Doug Dimmadome, of course, along with the wacky chase scene at the climax in general. That should sum up all my thoughts on the segment pretty nicely. Well, now my work here is dimma-done. Good.
32a. Most Wanted Wish: Timmy is tired of being completely left out at school and at home, so he wishes that everyone would want him. However, when every other fairy in Fairy World want Timmy to be their godchild and are willing to fight over him in a Butt-Kicking Fairy Texas Cage Match, courtesy of Jorgen’s rules, Cosmo and Wanda have to win the match in order to keep Timmy as their godchild.
…Oh, was I supposed to review this episode? I wanted Timmy to review this one! This is one of few of those past episodes from the first half of the series that I didn’t think has aged so well. The main premise is a bit of a spirit-breaker when it comes down to the fact that Timmy feels so unwanted in his life, even by his parents. Although, this isn’t dreadful compared to…that one episode I won’t cover until two more seasons. And then there’s the end in which Timmy decides that after facing the risk of losing his fairies in a Texas cage match, he now feels that he’s better off being ignored. …I mean, the moral that this episode is going for is that being wanted all the time has its quirks and its setbacks as the wish didn’t fall apart until Timmy appeared to be at the top of FBI’s most wanted and the whole predicament with Jorgen setting up himself, Cosmo, Wanda, and every other fairy in a Texas cage match.
There’s more to the end with Timmy wishing that was ignored, which causes for Cosmo and Wanda to be distanced away from him all the way in France, where they end up being served as a meal. Yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense. And even after all that Timmy has gone through to make himself realize that he’s tired of being wanted all the time and would rather be ignored most of the time, I can’t help but shake the feeling about the way the episode starts by establishing how unwanted Timmy is, alongside with the tasteless running gag of the characters obsessing over a single rock.
A small amount of the jokes did work for me, like Timmy and Cosmo scoffing about how Wanda thought an escape pod to Texas and back to Timmy’s room was a dumb wish, and the “you shot me in the ear!” line. This episode is definitely not so contemptible, but I still don’t this to be a very enjoyable episode. Meh.
32b. This Is Your Wish: Mama Cosma invites his son Cosmo, including Timmy and Wanda, to a fancy dinner. As it turns out, Cosmo is put in a game show hosted by Billy Crystal Ball and it reflects on Cosmo’s dumbest and reckless moments from his past. These past disasters even put Cosmo’s job as Timmy’s godparent in jeopardy as the live audience have to vote either to let Timmy keep his godparent or for Cosmo to move back with Mama Cosma.
From my experience in watching this episode, it gets more interesting the more that the plot progresses. It’s hard to find Cosmo’s past moments as funny, from Cosmo’s childhood to Cosmo’s time in the Fairy Academy with Jorgen’s turmoil from losing all his 5 stars worth of honor. One moment I did enjoy though, was when Wanda tries to show the audience a clip of Cosmo being a good fairy by trying to save Timmy’s life, and hers. That moment in particular involved Wanda and Mama Cosma fighting over the footage, pausing it and un-pausing it until the end of the clip reveals that one small section of the train tracks is separate from the rest of the tracks because it’s in quicksand – that in which I thought was a fairly subtle joke. Other than, I also liked this particular line: “See? Cosmo actually saved us from a horrible, cliché death.”
The rest of the episode was enough to be savored with an acceptable enough ranking from me, as Timmy then wishes that he had some clips to show the audience, specifically those that show why Cosmo does a good job as a godparent: he makes him laugh, and he’s always around to put him in high spirits despite whatever misfortunes he causes. The audience ultimately decides to let Timmy keep his fairy when they realize that Cosmo would be so much more of a nuisance if he stayed in Fairy World for the rest of his life. Even Mama Cosma voted to allow Cosmo to stay with Timmy and Wanda, if it means that Cosmo would continue to inadvertently torture Wanda. Then, of course, the episode ends with Cosmo fluking Timmy’s wish to return home by conjuring back his three-headed, fire-breathing dragon, Snowball.
At the end of the day, this was a very charming episode, but there were just so many other endearing episodes that stroke more of a chord on me, so I’m feeling a strong 7 out of 10 for this episode. And before I move on to the next episode, I’m feeling like wrapping it up with a three-headed, fire-breathing hydra, because I’m weird like that. *Snowball appears out of thin-air* Good.
33a. Beddy Bye: Because Timmy is tired of missing out on all the cool stuff that happens late at night, he wishes that everyone didn’t have to sleep. Timmy eventually learns the hard way about how important sleep is when Cosmo and Wanda start acting all cranky. Timmy must come to the help of the Sandman, a.k.a. the Mattress King, in order to fix the wish.
This is the type of episode in which you know almost everything that happens all the way through. The presence of the Sandman’s character and the entire sequence with Timmy seeing what the world’s like late at night prevented the plot from feeling any thinner while still being seriously predictable. The moral is just really straightforward: we all need sleep or the world would be imbalanced. There are some moments from Cosmo and Wanda that I liked, but some moments from them were also pretty obnoxious, even if understandably so. This episode is just a hard “meh.” What especially doesn’t help in bringing up my rank is that Nickelodeon would use to play this episode to death. There’s nothing else for me to add to this, so blah, blah, blah, your needs. …Wait; was that joke already been used? Meh.
33b. The Grass is Greener: Mr. Turner is upset that the Dinklebergs have nicer things than they do, but he and Mrs. Turner admit that they wouldn’t ever trade their son for the things that the Dinklebergs have. Timmy overhears their conversation and mishears it, thinking that they’re better off without him. Timmy tells his fairies that he’s running away from home, and so they poof him to a carnival. Later on, Timmy wishes to be a carnie, a good one at that. Afterwards, Timmy appears to enjoy the life of a carnie…that is until the other carnies want to give him a piece of their mind.
And now I’ve come across a segment that’s far, FAR better than the last one. Timmy thinks his parents are better off without him so he decides to run away from home before landing himself at a carnival, before he learns the hard way that he shouldn’t have run away. The plot is very simple but it’s also very efficient once you delve into it more. What makes this episode feel so important to me is that there aren’t any particularly dumb moments, not even from Timmy’s parents, who are often cited to have some of the most moronic moments in the show in general. This episode carries out the notion that no matter how moronic Timmy’s parents can be at times, they’ll always love their son. I’ll go a little more into that in a moment, so how about I talk about the central plot with Timmy being a carnie?
Like I’ve already pointed out, part of the episode focuses on Timmy realizing on how good he is being a carnie to the point where he feels that he should stay with the carnival. This gives Cosmo and Wanda the impression that Timmy doesn’t need them. Afterwards, Timmy ends up in a huge pickle when the other carnies (one of which looks somewhat like Illumi’s Gittarackur disguise from Hunter x Hunter) chase him around, trying to take him out. That’s where the episode’s message starts beginning to get its point across when Timmy finds himself in danger. As the chase scene goes on, Timmy gets in a pink and green hot balloon until it crash lands all the way back to the Turners’ household. As Timmy sees himself back home, he also sees his parents from the window, crying. From there, Timmy realizes that his parents don’t think they’re better off without him, they really miss him.
Right on cue, the carnies appear right in front of Timmy, telling him his parents do miss him, before Cosmo and Wanda reappear to tell Timmy that the entire carnival stint was, of course, a setup to teach him an important lesson and that Timmy was never really in any danger as they were disguised as pink and green objects the whole time they were gone. On top of that, all the carnies turned out to be fairies (except the alligator) and that other godkids with their godparents have turned up to their domain, whenever they felt like running away from home. So afterwards, Timmy comes back inside his house to face his parents, both are really happy to see him again, safe and all. Of course, he’s grounded for running away, but Timmy is happy enough to be with his parents again and that Mr. Turner gets to rub it in Mr. Dinkleberg’s face that the Dinklebergs don’t have a son like he does…and that brings me to address one noteworthy line from the show in general…
“We have something that the Dinklebergs don’t have – and that’s you.” It was something along the lines of that, but anyhow, that’s hands down of the best lines from the series in a general sense, as it not only cements the point that I made about Timmy’s parents a few lines ago, but the fact that the message was leading up to that really makes up for how predictable the plot can be. It’s predictable, and the moral is really straightforward too, but unlike “Beddy Bye,” the message manages to really hit hard. Overall, I loved this episode because of the sentiments that I can attain from it. This episode is so good to the point where it doesn’t need rabies to taste any better. Excellent.
34a. The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker!: It’s March 15th, which is the day where Mr. Crocker is usually at his worst. After a day’s worth of hard discipline from Crocker, Timmy wonders what made Mr. Crocker feel so upset, so he uses his Time Scooter to go back to a single decade until he lands at Crocker’s childhood, which was the last time that he ever felt happy in his life. Timmy aims to undo the events culminating into the worst day of Crocker’s life…but not before he eventually learns that Crocker not only used to have fairy godparents, but Cosmo and Wanda used to be Crocker’s fairies.
This episode is a guaranteed classic, just to say it right off the bat. A major part of why I really appreciated this episode has to do with the fact that this is more than just a character establishment episode for Crocker. This is a major developmental episode for the world and characters of the series itself. While Crocker is the central focus of this episode, this episode does a really fine job establishing his character. Take note of when I talked about “Abra Catastrophe!” with Crocker proving himself to be a legitimate threat as a villain. While this 22-minute special aired before the television movie, pretend that you were watching these episodes by production order. You’d be wondering exactly why Crocker is so obsessed with fairies in the first place, why he wants to prove the existence of fairies, and why he would want to harness the fairies’ magic for pure evil. This episode has that answer to all those questions…except maybe that last one.
Given the nature of this episode, you do not just end up feeling sympathetic for Crocker, you find yourself feeling really, really, really bad for Crocker near the end of the episode, when it comes right down to exactly why March 15th was the worst day of his life: he ends up losing his fairies and getting his memories erased about fairies (that is until he finds the tracking device that Timmy left in that timeframe) when Cosmo foolishly reveals himself as a fairy, and he ends up getting humiliated in front of a crowd of Dimmsdale citizens ridden with amnesia. It’s harsh especially considering that Crocker was to be honored for saving another kid’s life the day before (Timmy’s dad as a kid, to specify).
I also just really appreciate the whole concept about Timmy trying to go back in time to see what went wrong with Crocker’s life, not just because of his character establishment, but also because we get to see some backstory from every other character, including Cosmo and Wanda, who appear to have not remembered so much of what happened on March 15th 1972: a foreshadowing moment that leads up to the reveal of Cosmo and Wanda being Crocker’s fairies that long ago, and the reveal that they don’t remember having been Crocker’s fairies at all or anything much about the worst day of Crocker’s life due to using the forgeticine on their own selves. Then we also get some more background on Timmy’s parents, who become madly in love with each other after Mrs. Turner got dumped by Sheldon Dinkleberg. We get to learn how and why Chet Ubetcha is so short, and we learn that Principal Waxelplax used to have a crush on Crocker. And mind you, this all took place during the 80’s.
There is a lot of interesting ground to cover from this very well-fleshed-out special. There’s not one worthless moment from it, and you know what else? This is the kind of episode that is perfect in so many ways that it is currently my biggest contender for the best of the season. Excellent.
35a. Kung Timmy: Timmy wishes that he had the powers of kung-fu in order to take back everything that he and his parents lost to Francis (including their house). After Timmy tells Francis that he’s ready for a challenge, Francis reveals that he is an expert at martial arts.
We have now come across an episode with Francis as the central antagonist (compared to his side-role as an antagonist in “Timvisible”), and while I consider this a very good example of those type of FOP episodes, “Kung Timmy” also happens to be a notoriously well-loved episode from most fans across the board. I’d say it’s usually due to Tootie’s presence, but this one of many episodes where its heart really shows. I wouldn’t say that this is a huge favorite, but it’s still definitely one of S3’s finest efforts.
The episode starts off simple with Francis pounding Timmy for his lunch money, until Timmy’s dad decides to intervene and ends up losing his car and the deed to the house, resulting in Timmy and his parents to live inside the treehouse. The next day, Timmy’s dad talks his son into fighting his own battles and gives him a kung fu book, which contains a very important detail regarding the episode’s moral with the number one rule in kung fu being that it must be used as means of defense and never for vengeance. My appreciation for this episode doesn’t really kick in until the scene with Timmy fighting Francis, in which Francis threatens to pound Tootie. Timmy’s kung fu powers now start working again when he vows that he won’t let Francis hurt Tootie, as he’s fighting Francis defensively.
That scene right there can easily be considered as one of the series’ boldest moments. Afterwards, Timmy defeats Francis and gets everything back and returns his kindness to Tootie by telling her that his restraining order has expired. The episode’s strongest point is its characters, but I’ll admit that I can’t rank this episode any higher than I can because there are few memorable lines and jokes. Still though, it’s a charming episode and a darn solid one too. Great.
35b. Which Witch is Which?: Timmy goes back in time in order to figure out who exactly founded Dimmsdale after a dispute with A.J. Timmy seeks to prove that Dale Dimm founded the city, but gets sidetracked by Not-Mr. Crocker, Alden Bitterroot, who is on a crazy witch hunt.
Before I say anything about the episode, I thought I’d give you guys a solid reminder that there’s still a lot more time travel-centered episodes where that came from. To me, this is just a pretty standard yet entertaining episode. There’s not much I can write home to besides the creative plot and the satire of the Salems witch hunt period. This episode also features an unusual plot twist with Alden Bitterroot being a witch the whole time. As for the episode’s jokes, one that I thought was pretty funny was this line: “If he drowns, he be’th human, if he survives, HE IS A WITCH!” Dale Dimm was pretty annoying, but his character doesn’t do so much to bring down my final ranking.
This is the type of episode that just passes you by, but hey, I can assure you that you’ll get something more from this than, say “Hail to the Chief” or “Beddy Bye.” Good.
36a. Pipe Down!: After several times that Timmy has to reconstruct his Lego model of the Eiffel Tower, AND after blowing it in a game of charades that resulted into the Dinklebergs taking Mr. Turner’s prized charades trophies and a series of tirades, Timmy decides that he’s had enough noise and wishes for the world to be completely silent. Unfortunately, a meteor is heading right towards Earth, and Timmy must do a game of charades with his fairies to wish for the sound to come back and wish for the meteor to be gone.
This episode is a pretty well-thought-out homage to silent era cartoons. What I really liked about the entire concept of the FOP world being silent is the instrumentation and it coincides with the episode’s humor and atmosphere very well. I also really liked the concept of playing charades to save the world from impeding doom. Undeniably one of the most humorous moments from the episode was Crocker’s silent spasm, as well as this line from Mr. Turner: “This is not a bulldozer! This is not a fudgesicle! And how are these Ghostbusters II!?”
The episode did have some flaws, I’ll admit it. I’m particularily talking about the end where Mr. Turner apologizes for snapping at Timmy, but still seems to care a lot about his trophies after Mr. Dinkleberg melted them down into a golden toilet seat, and when Timmy thinks that he won’t have to be involved in a game of charades again, Mr. Turner pressures him into playing “red light, green light” with him for the golden toilet seat before slamming his bedroom door shut and causing the finished Eiffel Tower model to collapse. It ends with Timmy yelling so loud that his clothes fly off (a running gag from the episode). To say the least, it’s not so satisfying to see that Timmy still can’t have what he’s always wanted from the start of the episode. It’s still an enjoyable episode regardless, so don’t think I’m making it out like if a meteor’s hurdling towards us, and speaking of which…(*spits out coffee in panic*) Good.
36b. The Big Scoop!: Chester and A.J. need to send in a fresh and intriguing story for the school newspaper, ‘cause if they don’t, they’re off the paper. Chester and A.J. find the opportunity to write a story about Timmy and how he got unexpectedly popular. However, after snooping into his permanent record, Chester and A.J. believe that Timmy somehow replaced his real parents with two other parents with pink and green hair and used his parents’ insurance money to own the internet and get all the cool kid stuff from the internet. The two friends are left to take pictures of Timmy setting up his party in his “mansion” before they could pitch their story to Mr. Birkenbake.
What’s this? Clearly, this isn’t your typical, ordinary episode of the Fairly OddParents where Timmy makes a wish that eventually backfires and all that jazz. I really must say that I like this change of pace by focusing on the perspective of a different character, or otherwise, A.J. and Chester. What’s also interesting is that this episode takes place during “A Wish Too Far.” For the most part though, Chester and A.J.’s storyline is the central focus of the episode, which I really appreciate. Of course, due to being the central focus of the episode, Chester and A.J. also provide some of the best jokes in the episode, with lines like “We will not silenced!” and “Chester McBadbat, ace photographer, is not part flying squirrel.”
The episode ends off with Chester and A.J. refusing to write a story about Timmy after accepting his honesty and apology about pretending to be popular. However, they decide to write a story about how they were trying to get a story out of Timmy, and because they let it slip that they snuck into Timmy’s permanent record, they land in detention. This is a very solid episode that takes on a different turn, and it’s such a shame that the series hasn’t done more episodes like this after a while where Timmy isn’t the central focus of an episode (Another episode that I know of that has the similar format is “Back to Norm,” and it’s all the way into Season 5). I stand by that this episode is one of the greats of this season that isn’t too far behind from my top 5. I will not be silenced! Great.
37a. Crime Wave: After having to take a bath, Timmy gives himself the time to read the latest Crimson Chin comic book…only to notice that it’s last month’s issue, so he wishes that he was at the comic store. Unfortunately, Timmy forgot to wish that he was fully dressed at the comic book store and he now has to return home without anyone seeing him naked. At the time, Chin has to face one of his arch-enemies, H2Olga, while caring for Beverly Boulevard’s baby niece. However, to the Chin’s dismay, the comic book is slipping into the bath water, which is making H2Olga’s powers stronger.
This is an episode that is…indeed interesting to say the least. One half of the episode’s jokes revolve around Timmy’s dilemma of being nude in public. The other half is reliant on toilet humor, and if you couldn’t tell by how the Chin’s subplot ends with H20lga inside of the baby niece’s diaper on top of being covered in defecation after her defeat…yeah, the juvenile nature of this episode really shows. That also happens to the biggest problem that I have with the episode as it can be too juvenile for its own good, whether it be the nudity jokes or the toilet humor. Regardless, there were some tidbits that I did enjoy, like the joke about Timmy being mistaken for Naked Lad, and the bit with Timmy’s parents getting into a water drinking contest, which also involved prune juice and high fiber O’s (sprinkled with chocolate laxatives).
While the little jokes save the episode from being awful in my eyes (aside from the fact that weren’t any particular moments from the episode that got on my bad side), I wouldn’t call this episode enjoyable, with some of the jokes being a little too childish beyond my years. Meh.
37b. Odd Ball: After his V-Cube suddenly gets blown to bits, Timmy has to get himself a job so he could buy a new one after his dad tells him that he can’t just wish it fixed. Timmy lands himself a job as a ball boy for the Dimmsdale Ballhogs after accidentally hitting the past one with a dart. Much to Timmy’s dismay, the Dimmsdale Ballhogs are the most selfish team of basketball players and refuse to share anything, including the ball. So Timmy then wishes that he was extremely tall and talented at basketball…until he gets enough money for a V-Cube. After the wish gets cancelled out, Timmy must convince the Ballhogs to work together as a team before they’re sent to Alaska.
Now this episode is more of a breath of fresh air. Once again, it has a very straightforward, yet clear moral about generosity. Of course, the selling point of the episode is its jokes, with the Ballhogs providing most of those memorable moments. I also really liked recurring blubber nuggets joke and some of the gags with freakishly tall Timmy. The end of the episode is satisfying episode to warrant a good enough ranking with the Ballhogs playing like a team and managing to win the game and Timmy learning his lesson about selflessness by giving his dad his brand-new V-Cube. In short, I really enjoyed this episode, but I don’t know if I enjoy these blubber nuggets more. …Hey! They’re chewy! Great.
38a. Where’s Wanda?: In this homage to the noir detective genre, Timmy and Cosmo must figure out who took Wanda, who suddenly disappeared during Dimmsdale Elementary’s parent-student night. With Francis, A.J., Trixie, and not Timmy’s dad as the main suspects, Timmy must solve the crime before Cosmo and Wanda’s fairy probation hearing.
When it comes to satirizing and making a homage to the noir detective genre, this episode really does its homework, and it provides us with a very solid plot and a good amount of solid jokes, including the Casablanca bit, Timmy’s dad really wanting to be a suspect, and the zany metaphors (i.e. “lost as Cosmo at a smart guy convention”), something you would normally expect from the nature of this episode. On the topic of the rest of the episode, one thing I can say is that I thought the reveal of Cosmo taking Wanda away (to her favorite place imaginable) felt pretty genuine, and I especially liked how it’s due to the fact that Cosmo was afraid that he was going to do something stupid that Wanda would end up serving level 13 probation.
The episode ends on a bittersweet note with Wanda having to serve level 14 probation with Mama Cosma while Timmy and Cosmo do some fishing inside of their black and white world. Overall, this is a very enjoyable episode, but if you think I’m giving it so much credit, just you wait until you see what thoughts I have to share about the next episode. …However, I can’t seem to remember it, so now I have to let my imagination run wild…and then it hit me like…like…when I finally thought of a good enough metaphor to compare my thoughts with. Imaginary Gary… Great.
38b. Imaginary Gary: Needing someone to play Surgeon General with, Timmy wishes for his imaginary friend Gary, from when he was five years old, to be real. It may seem cool at first, but after a single day whereas Gary wins over his family and his friends, all while making Timmy look lame in front of everyone, Timmy ultimately decides that he’s had enough and tries to wish him back into his mind. As it turns out, after Timmy ends up inside his own mind Gary, his imaginary friend appears to hold a grudge against Timmy for being kept inside a box with all of Timmy’s other 5 year old stuff and for being thrown aside after therapy.
I didn’t imagine that this would be one of the most beloved episodes of the series in my eyes. I can understand exactly why now looking back on this episode, because the episode made the concept of wishing for an imaginary friend to be real a lot more interesting than one would normally bargain for it to be. Imaginary Gary was a very memorable and entertaining character, whilst having some unusually interesting depth that involved his bitterness towards Timmy for leaving him behind for five years. On top of that, I thought that a lot of the good jokes came from Gary, such the “not cool” recurring gag, and the one bit with Cosmo joining in on Gary’s slow motion walk. However, the one joke that really got me the most was when Timmy blurted out his fantasy of a lifelong relationship with Trixie.
Story-wise, the episode follows a really creative and well-written plot. Gary provided a very interesting antagonist role, and to sum it all up, this episode is just…cool. Wrapping up my review as simple and short as this? Definitely not cool. Excellent.
39a. Chip Off the Old Chip: Timmy wants the leading role to Mr. Bickles’ musical production of Loose Cannon Cop to impress the leading lady, Trixie. Unfortunately, Timmy’s singing voice is awful, but thanks to television, Timmy gets the opportunity to wish for Chip Skylark’s voice. However, Timmy’s own voice is traded over to Chip, who ends up with a new job as a pizza delivery boy due to his new, awful voice.
Uuugh, considering that this episode is yet another type of plot in which Timmy tries to impress Trixie, you folks would already have the feeling that this episode would not bode well with me. Honestly, I’ve been feeling torn on whether I thought this was a legitimately bad episode from the series, or just an incredibly mediocre one. While doing these reviews, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really did not like this episode. Sure, it’s got a clear-cut moral about finding your own voice, or whatever it’s supposed to mean, but after so many times that Chip Skylark says it in his song, the point just feels so lost on me. As for the episode’s jokes, I don’t remember getting a kick out of one of them. I especially didn’t like the line where one of Timmy’s parents was like “Why couldn’t our son be Chip Skylark?” that just put a bad taste in my mouth.
As for some other scattered thoughts I have towards the episode, I can start by saying that I thought Chip’s subplot was seriously boring. The scene with the pledge of allegiance where Timmy, having Chip’s voice, getting Chip with Timmy’s voice to say “I wish I had Timmy Turner’s voice” before having their own voices re-exchanged while not raising any suspicions left me with a few questions. The end of the episode didn’t really make my thoughts any better as it just ends with Mr. Turner’s singing voice (with a jar of peanut butter on his head) proving to be so bad that Timmy’s hair and the disguised Cosmo and Wanda’s fur fall out.
This is such a worthless episode with little to no charm to make me change my mind about it. If any of you did like this episode, good for you, but is it really worth watching? Not on my watch. Scum.
39b. Snow Bound: Mr. Turner takes Timmy and Vicky to a ski resort, due to reports of an abominable snowman sighting. Timmy’s dad seeks to protect his wife and her “sick aunt,” while Timmy and Vicky are left alone to do some snowboarding (with Timmy being the snowboard) until they end up getting trapped inside a cave.
After suffering through another bad episode from S3, we move onto an episode that is a whole lot better. In fact, this ranks up as one of the best episodes of the season. I really appreciated Mr. Turner’s subplot, in which he tries to hunt down the abominable snowman to keep his wife and her sick, fake aunt safe. Mr. Turner also provides most of the episode’s funniest moments, namely the scene where he believes that the abominable snowman ate the entire 24th floor and the scene near the end where he tries to fend off the abdominal snowman.
But then you have the main plot between Timmy and Vicky where they end up trapped inside a cold cavern. That’s what really solidified my thoughts on the episode of being one of the best of the season. During their scenes, Timmy gets to see a different side of Vicky, where she feels so cold to the point where her fury fizzles out. Thereafter, we also get a scene where Timmy and Vicky have to hug each other for warmth, and there are only a few more heartwarming moments between Timmy and Vicky to go from there. I really found myself appreciated their character plot since it establishes that Timmy and Vicky can turn out to be good enough friends when they find themselves in a dangerous situation. Aside from the repeatedly mentioned moment in which Timmy and Vicky hugged, I also really liked the scene where Timmy drills back into the cold cave to rescue Vicky, and the scene with Timmy and Vicky snowboarding together.
The end of the episode also turned out to be pretty great. Granted, it didn’t result into any consequences, but still, I thought it was pleasant how Mr. Turner believes that his wife being surrounded with the other moms and boxes of pizzas meant that their “sick aunts” are cured and they are celebrating. The episode does end with Vicky being mad at Timmy for rescuing her from a hunk, causing another avalanche, and being mistaken as the abominable snowman by Mr. Turner. That particular moment is pretty funny when you reconsider a past joke about Mr. Turner believing that he can speak woman. Overall, this is an excellent episode, and it was a very good segment to cap off Season 3 with. Excellent.
And at last, that is every single Season 3 episode that I’ve had to cover. This episode had quite a lot of gems, but it also had a couple of duds, so I am torn on whether this season is better than the last, or if it ends up outmatched by it. My only way of knowing is if I do my finalized rankings for each season. Staying on-topic of Season 3, I can definitely say that it was a great like the past two seasons. Great.
Onward to my top 5, these aren’t episodes that are just good, as all these entries have garnered the “Excellent” rating:
5. Imaginary Gary
4. The Grass is Greener
3. Snow Bound
1. The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker!
And for the first time, I’m going to unveil a bottom 5. While there were two that I seriously loathed, the rest rank up as “Meh” episodes from my perspective:
5. Most Wanted Wish
4. Crime Wave
3. Beddy Bye
2. Love Struck!
1. Chip Off the Old Chip
I can’t really give you guys a specific guarantee on when I’ll publish my Season 4 review. If net neutrality pulls through, I might get it out by early June or late May, and if it doesn’t, then I fear that I’ll never get it out. Only time will tell, though.
The rankings so far:
"Excellent:" 12 (14 counting Season 0)
"Great:" 28 (33 counting Season 0)
"Good:" 18 (19 counting Season 0)
"Okay:" 3 (5 counting Season 0)
Nobody Speak - DJ Shadow ft. Run the Jewels
i was joking before but now El-P is legitimately on the charts
i'm not sure why this charted now, because this album's already been out for a year, but... yeah.
i genuinely didn't expect this to happen guys, i swear
Anyway, DJ Shadow's the fucking man, Run the Jewels are the two new sexy jesuses of our environment, and this song absolutely slays in all directions.
So as it turns out, this is finally the moment alternative radio redeems itself. Hallelujah!
Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea - MISSIO
Okay, there are people who want more than one MISSIO song??????
I swear to fucking god, I now have this weird urge that wants me to listen to their full length, Loner, if only to see if they can actually get worse than... KDV.
great songwriting guys
Now, to be fair, this shows some sort of... sonic development(?) from Middle Fingers. It sounds like there was effort put into it, at least. The instrumentation even shows some progression! That's cool!
It's also fucking boring.
I'll give Middle Fingers this: you're not gonna get trainwrecks like that every day. You can listen to that song and think of it as unique, which, granted, even a lot of songs that are well above it in quality fail to do. This looks, feels, and sounds like album filler.
Maybe the lyrics to this are bullshit too, but i actually can't bring myself to go ahead and look at a lyrics site for information. This song is honestly that boring.
lmao dummy :^)
One Foot - Walk the Moon
what is this
what am i listening to
what is modern radio music's obsession with tropical house, aka what might be the single most pointless edm subgenre of all time
why did the Thunder Factory's Helium Vapes let loose in the background of the chorus
WHY DOES THE DUDE SING GET BUSY RIGHT THE FUCK OUT OF NOWHERE??????
uh, this song hurts my brain, next
Painkiller - DREAMERS
I mean, this isn't really that much better than before but at least it doesn't make me want the fuckers in jail. That's... something?
Line of Sight - ODESZA ft. WYNNE (lmao wtf is your name) and Mansionair
Well, this is an interesting surprise.
I mean, I don't care for this that much, but I will say that this is interesting to see on the charts. I can tell this act(acts? there's clearly more than one act on here brother) has a bit of potential, at least.
...I'm just waiting for one of the big ones to come up, okay?
Sober Up - AJR ft. that dumbo from wheezer
nobody had puberty while they recorded this song (including Rivers Cuomo, btw) : the song
Like, this exceeds a cuteness factor i thought was peaked by "Jaden Smith rapping in that one Justin Beiber song". A nonstop cacophony of guys trying to sing even though they clearly cannot for their lives, a serious case of the tumblr teenager aesthetic (okay I tried not to say things like this when I started this experiment but honestly I can't resist for this), a weird feeling of this being overproduced even though they're trying to be folky and such emotional lyrics~~~
From what I've heard, this is the best song off the album, and I hope to god that implies the other tracks are somehow funnier, because I really need it. Please, give me more to laugh at!
RX (Medicate) - Theory of a Deadman
to quote ghost world, this is so bad, it's gone past good and back to bad again.
It goes without saying this is a lock not only for the worst-of list, not even the top half, but the top two. I literally cannot think of a single reason any person on this planet would find this tolerable.
I'm just trying not to say anything about the song before I talk about it in depth in the worst-of, okay? Because I could literally devote an entire separate blog post about this one song. I'm not even joking.
The Gold - Manchester Orchestra
Uh... yeah, that band name sounds indie-ish and this song sounds very indie-ish.
this would usually be the part of the list where i would say "oh hey, it's the cinematic orchestra!", but at this point... it's not worth it for these sorts of songs.
I Only Lie When I Love You - Royal Blood
Just like the last song, It's another good song from Royal Blood... but also that garden variety of good, meaning I don't really have much to comment on it. Whatever.
Passion - AWOLNATION
I can say that even when I don't care for AWOLNATION songs, they're almost never boring. Just occasionally kinda messy.
This is... very messy. I'd hesitate to call it bad, but it certainly isn't one of their best. I'm all for experimentation in these songs, but it just kinda seems like these elements are thrown together without any real reason to be there?
Also, what the fuck is with the guitars? I thought by now the Loudness War would be over but no?????
Faded Heart - BORNS
BORNS is a qt
her music is qute
that is all i got
Okay, I now owe an apology to shows like Teletubbies and Barney. To me, they're pretty dumb now but I can see some kids being entertained or learning a lot from those shows. They either have a purpose to them or at least teaches them a lot. Hate or not, they've definitely left an impact on many kids.
I can't say the same for Oogieloves.
Okay, question. Is there anyone in the world who legit enjoys this movie? Is there anyone who even remembers this movie? I sure as hell don't. I haven't seen a single commercial or trailer for this movie play on, I dunno, Nickelodeon or Disney or some channel like that, any channel that would appeal to this movie's demographic. Based on the quality of this movie.................it's not hard to see why.
Better than The Godfather? Better than Back to the Future? E.T.? Ghostbusters? Either you don't watch a lot of movies or you claim that your film is a cinematic masterpiece like the egotistical piece of shit you are. But who am I to argue with a movie that thinks "Starships" is a good song choice for its trailer? Let's roll this "most amazing movie ever".
Possible future blog aspects:
That '80s Show review
Worst/Best Hit Songs of 2013
Anything else that comes to mind.
One Night Only - The Struts
Okay, we're already talking about much more than what I could say last time.
As in, holy jesus shut the fuck up
I never even liked the Struts back a few years ago, but this right here is putrid. It's just now that I'm realizing how much better the alt-pop stuff is, because wow have I almost forgotten how bad some of the more "rock" ones can be.
So Tied Up - Cold War Kids ft. Bishop Briggs
Better than Love is Mystical, that's for sure. Although at the same time, I don't really feel much towards this either. I can at least say this is an improvement for Bishop Briggs????
One More Light - Linkin Park
Wow.... this is incredibly boring.
Look, I know any way I touch this stuff, I'm gonna risk my reputation, but there's not really anything I can comment on this anyway, other than acknowledging that it is indeed a song.
Walk on Water - 30 Seconds To Mars
....what the fuck is this?
Did the Billboard charts pull a Spotify and misplaced an act with another act with the same name?
(checks, it's not)
You do realize we already have one Imagine Dragons, right Leto? We really don't need another, y'know?
This isn't even funny like the Imagine Dragons songs I've previously mentioned, it's just a waste. A waste of time, energy, space, plastic, and air. Why does this even exi-
...I mean, that's still not a reason to put out this???????????
Legends - Sleeping With Sirens
>Sleeping With Sirens
ha, i don't even need to write a review for this one. pitchfork, take me away
Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon
uh, sure, Spoon!
Spoon pretty much made "the good Everything Now" with this, this is quite the get-down music. So it's been nice meeting you!
No Roots - Alice Merton
Out of all the songs I've listened to in this entire year, this may be the one I'm most confused as to why it's a success.
I mean... there's nothing inherently bad about this song.
...it also literally does not have a single interesting thing about it.
Why would anyone think this is something worth listening to? Is it the lyrical content?
Eh... I guess "finding your way in the world" is a nice change of pace from the usual but this still doesn't really grab me.
Is it the fact it's sung by a woman so DJ's have reasons not to be seen as misogynist? If it was, we already had plenty of songs I've mentioned before to remedy that.
Was iHeartRadio bribed? probably actually yeah lmao
Is she a compelling person? Look at the goddamn EP art.
This doesn't even look like a real photo shoot was taken. It's like during the recording sessions she suddenly saw a flash in the distance and that was it, a one and done.
I mean, I don't even know why I'm spending all this time on a mediocre song, i'm just tired
The Sky Is A Neighborhood - Foo Fighters
More modern Foo that doesn't do much for me, I'm sorry but I can't really invest in this
Up All Night - Beck
I have a lot of respect for Beck and his music, and by all means I should be considering this one of the best of the year.
But... I don't know. Sometime after Guero or Modern Guilt it seems like he's been oversimplifying his sound. A lot of the stuff he's released since seems kinda fluffy and bland, and both previous singles to hype up the new album previously wore off of me quickly ("Dreams" being the fluffier one - say what you will about "Wow", it's at least something unexpected to be heard from Beck, especially considering how boring the previews I've heard of Morning Phase were)
Similarly, I kinda liked this at first until somebody (who might've been Todd in the Shadows but I don't remember for sure) pointed out comparisons to Can't Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake, and whoever that person was, heOshe had a point. I'm sorry, but that's
You're The Best Thing About Me - U2
U2, you're back, I guess....
Sit Next To Me - Foster the People
Big improvement to the other song, this is perfectly alright with me, as far as poppier tunes go.
wait, if spoon wants to sit next to me, and foster the people want me to sit next to them, how can i make this work
Here's a little saga of the Upcoming Events widget...
So I upgraded our forum software to the most current version, 4.2.8. By doing so, We suddenly got this issue:
All OBAB jokes aside, clearly there's a problem here. This wasn't happening in the past, so I decided to investigate the coding. Here's what I found:
As it turns out, SBC runs on FreeBSD, so this coding was specific to us. After testing, I found that the coding doesn't work at all and Invision Community has screwed up.
So I reported it and why it doesn't work.... and I get this response.....
I'm sorry, but this is not an appropriate response at all. First they put up a fix that doesn't work, and then decide to not roll back their changes because "lol screw you"? That's not ok...
So I decided to fix it myself. And to be extra petty, I uploaded it as a download on their website:
And the bug is fixed. Invision Community, please try to do better next time..... ugh. I'm not happy at all by what they did. I can understand that FreeBSD has a very small market, but as a paying customer, they broke my product and refuse to fix it.
Anyways, case closed! It's no longer an issue!
whoa i got this out super super quick because the songs in this list were pretty dull! how about that
Champion - Fall Out Boy
The sad thing is that I prepared a whole shitton of material I could use towards FOB for this year, but i'm not able to use it.
Granted, as far as post-hiatus FOB tracks go, this is one of the better ones. Of course, with songs like Young Volcanoes and Animals-mals Centuries, there's not much I really expect much from them in the first place. And mind you, I like the stuff from the first two albums! Maybe not high art, but those songs were catchy and enjoyable. New Fall Out Boy just seems like gravy to me.
But yeah, this isn't half bad, at least when you compare it to... the other song I planned to talk about...
Whole Wide World - Cage the Elephant
I'm not sure if this or Trouble has been played more. This is seriously just a punchline by the DJs at this point. End. Please.
Eh, the song itself's a mediocre cover of a decent song, i guess
So Close - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Andrew McMahon does his thing which I am completely neutral towards, so good for him.
Literally nothing this week, lmao
Lay It On Me - Vance Joy
Vance Joy is... Vance Joying.
I don't know what to say. You've heard one Vance Joy song, you've heard them all. I don't like Vance Joy, so I don't like this on principle.
Golden Dandelions - Barns Courtney
And... here's another dude sounding like Vance Joy.
I feel kinda pathetic as a reviewer considering that the literal only thing about this song I can say is that it is indeed a song. Like, what am I supposed to write about this?
Less Than - Nine Inch Nails
Now THIS is a nice change of pace. I feel like this dropped off the charts kinda fast, and that's kind of a shame because this tune... hold up, I think I said something among these lines before... uh????
Yeah, this has a lot of parallel with my thoughts on Green Light. Both of which are among the best of the year, btw. Maybe I need to brighten up a little bit and...
Vacation - Dirty Heads
Remember when I alluded to earlier that Dirty Heads need to get their heads in a dirty layer of the earth? Yeah, this is one of the biggest reasons why.
I'm not sure if this reaches the same nadir as "That's All I Need", but that doesn't matter, because nothing I've heard from them shows any real mark of quality. These guys keep rehashing the exact same kind of "Oh hey, you know, you're a big douche if you don't like our bro-reggae shit, stop thinking too much and relax maaaaaan!" tone, one that sucked the first time I heard them and one that's kept sucking since. This song is endlessly annoying and even though I only think it was played over here for a few weeks, I cringe every time that goddamn chorus enters my brainspace.
Basically, you might wanna think twice about releasing a song called "Vacation" when the summer is almost over.
Ahead of Myself - X Ambassadors
Everything about X Ambassadors confuses me in the worst way possible. In a world with millions of more interesting acts to have potential success in the mainstream consciousness, I don't know why these guys are big deals, at all. Hell, the name X Ambassadors sounds sort of like a punk band if you think about it. But no, it's lifeless "indie" that's strong on piano and has deep lyrics, man!
Yeah, I'm annoyed by them as much as you are and their presence in favor of more interesting acts is nothing short of baffling.
Like, here's a track I heard once or twice circulating on that bubbling-under show my radio station has:
I don't care what the fuck your opinion on this Jimmy Urine soundalike going rap is, you have to admit it's not something you can block out of your subconscious. What the fuck are we gonna remember these guys for?
The Wanting - J. Roddy Walston & The Business
even for 2010 alternative rock bands, that is quite the fucking clunky band name. the fucking vevo channel name can't even get it lmao
I think it got a bit more airplay over here because they're local
i guess you can say i'm wanting of a more interesting track
...can i just say that track i linked to above should've made the charts so i could talk about it more?
Holding On - The War On Drugs
...Wow, was this a boring entry.
I mean... this is a cut above the other songs on here (probably because The War On Drugs have been well established by now as Pitchfork-approved and whatnot), but at this point I'm just tired of lo-fi indie tunes in general.
No, there's no way I'm ending this with the dreary dreary, I am going to violate my own rules and give this entry another week past the around-ten-per-entry rule to muster up an actual attempt at anything interesting.
Everything Now - Arcade Fire
...Is this supposed to be satire of going commercial?
Arcade Fire, these critical darlings with a gigantic fanbase (and a might i add hilarious non-fanbase) and already-solid record sales, apparently felt that they needed to overwork that synth focus from their (already divisive from what I've heard?) last album and crank out this absolute monolith of mediocre onto the world. What exactly convinced them to unleash this slog? Maybe they knew that with their Best Album grammy from almost a decade ago, they had pretty much any reason to drop anything and expect their fans to eat it up. And it must've worked, because this went all the way to #11 and became their highest charting single of all time on the alternative chart.
...yes, THIS is Arcade Fire's biggest hit of all time.
I'm not sure how either.
Twice - Catfish and the Bottlemen
Oh, welcome back NOT-Arctic Monkeys! Nice to see you again!
Uh huh.... that's good... tell you what, how bout' you guys get me a Dr. Pepper while I tackle on some more songs, huh? Thanks.
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness - The National
And speaking of mid-2000's indie rock critical darlings.....!
I swear to god I didn't group these bands on my own, it's just how the charts were handed to me.
However, the difference between these songs is uh...
...this is a lock for my top 5. I'm just saying it right now. Holy fuck. This is just so good.
Revolution Radio - Green Day
The weakest of the album's singles, although it's more tired than weak. I don't know, I'm running out of things to say about Green Day. Green Day. Green Day? Green Day!
The Man - The Killers
The Killers to me are this band who have this really great... half-album (saying that because... does anyone really listen to any of the songs after All These Things I've Done?) and a couple singles from the other albums worth hearing on their own, but overall, I just can't get that much into them.
This is one of those good singles though! It's all funky and stuff, that's cool.
...but does Flowers really have to tell me that he is the fucking almighty person who created all life and matter? why you fucking piece of shi-
Perfect Places - Lorde
Lorde. Lordie Lordie Lordie Lorde.
Better than Green Light. Nothing short of perfect pop. Top 10 lock.
It's a Trip! - Joywave
It's a Song! - me
And mind you, I think Joywave are a very underrated act that deserves more attention outside of being attached to that very mehhhh Dangerous song. But... eh, this isn't their best.
The Way You Used To Do - Queens of the Stone Age
The only problem I have with this song is the QOTSA name being used on it.
Granted, I know that sounds like a dumbass complaint, but... considering this is what's directly following up Like Clockwork, their most depressing work to date, this is way too radical of a contrast for me to really view it as a QOTSA song.
Of course, viewed in context of a Eagles of Death Metal song I enjoy it quite fine, and it's gonna be really hard for me to rip on anything involving Josh Homme in general, so this is still getting a pass from me.
Donald Trump Walk - White Weird
yeah, i'm not even trying this time
THUNDA?!?!?!? - Imagine Dragons
Okay, so I know that when a band signs a contract with the record business, they don't have to make songs they're confident in feeling are good.
But... there has to be some clause in all of that saying the music they make should at be technically satisfactory, right?
Because I am straight-up disqualifying this from my worst of list. Mind you, I fucking hate this as much as Believer. But... holy fucking shit. Everything about this song is so wrong, it becomes an unintentional masterpiece in it's own right.
First off, it just starts off like it was playing for a few seconds before recording started. No buildup, no instrumental intro, not even any spoken word. It just starts right into the verse. It seems kinda weird to point out, but I'm just seeing it like "Well, you want this song. Here you go. Are you gonna pay for your Mac and Cheese Burger?" This never even develops, it just sounds the exact same throughout, with a slightly-different-sounding bridge.
I was joking while I was making that intro, but... holy fuck this doesn't sound that different from it, shit
You can really tell that Dan Reynolds is a masterclass writer for music with totally foward-thinking lyrics such as;
i still don't know what you're even trying to say with that, i sit where i want to
By the way, uh, only two verses in this entire thing, and they both last maybe 20 seconds in a 3 minute song? genius
And of course, [THUNDA]. I really love the idea they looked at the masters, listened to this autotuned chipmunk monstrosity and went "Yeah, that's the sound we want." Holy fuck, that sound just describes this tune in a nutshell.
Even if we ignore everything above at the end of the day this is literally a song whose sole purpose is telling people "Hey, look at how famous we are! Aren't we famous? Isn't it great to be famous?"
So, what's an unironic good thing about this song?
They know lightning comes after thunder
If there's one good thing about these dogshit Imagine Dragons songs, they're good at making me laugh. I think I saw somewhere before that the point of Evolve, the album this and Believer was taken from, was to be some statement about being open-minded simplicity. Y'know, getting back to the roots and all that!
Yeah, you sure nailed it buddies!!!!!!!!!!!!
Legendary - Welshley Arms
I know I've heard this in a commercial somewhere, but I can't tell you what it was advertising. I don't have anything else to say about it.
...Hey, thanks for the Dr. Pepper, guys!
Made you all click, didn't I?
It's the least I can do to grab some attention from some folk before I can share my thoughts on the Oscars and its animation categories. As another way to put it, the title of my entry doesn't actually reflect my thoughts on the Academy's treatment with the two animation categories. This is an argument against the perception of the Academy voters towards the specific categories.
Alright, so the 90th Academy Awards came on a few days ago and its winners were revealed. I didn't watch the Oscars that other night since I only care about the animation field, so let's talk about the winners for the Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film, shall we? Coco won Best Animated Feature and Dear Basketball won Best Animated Short Film, to put it all bluntly....and yet some people are upset about that, but why? Clearly, this is the 6th consecutive win from Disney, counting Pixar and apparently so, some others were holding on for a dark horse victory from The Breadwinner and Loving Vincent...both of which I haven't seen yet, but anyways, I should point this out: the least we can really expect from the Oscars and its animation field is a dark horse victory of some sort. In the case for Dear Basketball, its win was controversial because....Bryant's sex scandals and I'm just going to leave it there.
Here's the deal though: hypothetically speaking, what if any of the other nominees win their respective award? If Lou won Best Animated Short Film along with Coco's win for Best Picture, wouldn't that mean that the Oscar voters are being so ignorant that they're going with the easiest/most well-known choices possible? Or how about if The Boss Baby or Ferdinand won over Coco? Wouldn't that be kinda controversial despite if Disney's streak got broken? Your perception of the Oscar voters is up to you, but is it fair enough to call them ignorant because they either went with the most predictable choice or didn't go with the choice that best defined excellence in animation?
Before you all say anything else, I am aware that the main issue with the Oscars voters and the animation field is that most members of the Academy don't watch every animated film that's nominated alongside the fact that some of the voters refute to vote for the Best Animated Feature category, even probably as well as the Animated Short Film category, but when the Academy does give a vote to an animated film, it's usually towards a Disney or Pixar film. And that's not all, there have also been stories about some Academy voters relying on their kids to watch the animated films, tell them their favorite, and just go with what they thought was the best. This controversy arose the more that Disney kept up with the streak since Brave won the award in 2012, and accusations of the Academy being ignorant about animation always goes back to Cartoon Brew's articles surrounding it.
Cartoon Brew is a website that headlines news and think pieces about anything going around in the animation industry, with animation historian Amid Amidi being its current head honcho. I've heard a lot of negative comments about Amidi, but I have a love-hate relationship with the guy. When he makes a point, sometimes he can make a pretty solid one, but other times I feel like he can get his viewpoints all over his head. I really like how passionate he is about animation but I hate his...say, Accumulate the Negative attitude. So, for example, let's take a look at Amidi's past article where he bemoans the animation Oscar jury in 2017, 'cause third time's the charm, am I right?
Academy members’ flippant attitude and outright disdain for animation has led to a crisis of confidence in the organization’s abilities to judge animation.
That would be the tl;dr version of the article, and the least I can say from that point is...that I'll give Amidi some credit for trying to sell the drama by using remarkably big words.
...The more likely culprit is good old-fashioned ignorance. Giving the award to the company with the biggest footprint in the industry is an unsurprising choice for voters who have no passion for animated filmmaking and no knowledge of the craft.
Implying that you do know these Academy members personally to make this assumption, right? The comments on each voters' ballot shouldn't speak for everything.
...they’ve also shown themselves uniquely unqualified to judge animated filmmaking, often expressing contempt for the art form and viewing it as a lesser craft than what they produce in live action.
You know, when some of the Oscar voters have expressed refuting to vote for the animation field, it could either mean that they aren't an open book when it comes to the art form, or they wholeheartedly have zero interest in animated films. Like the other couple articles, this one makes it sound like that the Academy voters have insulted the art form - that in which is kinda of a harsh generalization. If voting for any of the non-animation Oscar categories isn't considered to be mandatory, then I don't see how the animation categories should be treated as voting for it is mandatory.
This is all I can quote from the article, because the rest of the way, Amidi does make a fair point about the Academy Awards' animation field and the perception of it as an indicator of excellence in animation. Although, one question I have is why should I be mad about Zootopia winning Best Animated Feature that year? I personally thought it was the best piece of animation of 2016. Just to give one last detail about Amidi, I have heard stories about how Amidi has a problematic relationship with Disney. He hasn't expressed contempt about Coco winning this year, but even if some others are, I don't see much of a reason to get mad over the film's win either when I felt that it's such a strong contender for 2017's greatest work of animation. Heck, I even saw most of the other nominated 2016 animation films and I still would have to choose Zootopia, with Kubo and the Two Strings being stuck at second place and My Life as a Courgette behind third being Kubo.
So, most of you all are thinking right now on what point I'm trying to make across while I'm still writing out this long, detailed rambling about Cartoon Brew and the Oscars? I think it would be pleasant enough to see other members of the Academy to be more of an open book on animation, but calling out some of the anonymous members as disrespectful to animation for their treatment with the animation categories is not a very respectable thing to commit to, IMO. Other than that, even if the Oscars' animation field is losing its meaning, its voters could be partly to blame, but I don't anyone is of a bigger fault than the animation age ghetto.
The animation age ghetto (caps or no caps; toe-may-toe, ta-mah-toe.) is the belief that animation can be only be viewed and enjoyed by children, and it's become quite a crutch for most people who have no interest in the art form. As long as this sticks around, I expect not so much to change from some of the anonymous Oscar voters and their participation with the animation categories for years AND years to come.
So, what do I think about the Oscars and their "broken" Animated Feature/Short Film awards? I already made myself clear with the quotation marks, but anyways, I'd say it's not broken at all. In fact, when you find yourself in a conversation about any awards show, expect to always find the kind of people who aren't satisfied with every recipient that won a particular award. In fact, I believe that award ceremonies don't always seem to get everything right. Granted, I was upset when the Oscars put "In a Heartbeat" on the back burner, but I shook that feeling off after a short while. Hear me out on this when I say that I don't think the winner or nominations for an award matter so much for excellence in animation - at least to me. I think it at least matters that animation is always going to be recognized as an art form and that the AMPAS recognizes animation as an art form. Any particular animated feature, short, or TV series that I've enjoyed will always stand out as a winner in my eyes - and that's only a part of what it means for me to be a passionate fan of animation.
So yeah, that was a pretty lengthy rambling. This is a think piece, whereas I'm expressing as much of my inner thoughts on something as possible, so I am open to criticism or arguments regarding any of my thoughts. Later this month I'll write up my next blog entry. Certainly it will be my next FOP review, so my next entry will be as long as this.
Doing it for the Money - Foster the People
Well, uh... this title is way too easy to joke about at it's own expense.
I like Foster the People and even I feel like this track is just them going through the motions and trying to be like everyone else. Nothing really bad here, mind you. You could say they actually perfected the art of 5/10.
J-Boy - Phoenix
Oh hey, Phoenix's back!
This being Phoenix, it's yet another Top 10 contender. I really need to explore their discography more.
A Change of Heart - The 1975
Eh... while I generally like The 1975, most of their ballady stuff does absolutely nothing for me. I guess you could call the title ironic, but I still like these guys I swear
The Night We Met - Lord Heron
uh... this is a song alright. i already forgot what this song sounded like immediately after listening to it. i'm sorry but this song doesn't do anything in either direction for me.
Let You Down - Seether
goddamn you steel, i thought you were referring to the one currently sweeping the airwaves
yeah, the title of the eighth track from the downward spiral perfectly captures my feelings for this
Dig Down - Muse
young pleb me introduced through Muse via Guitar Hero: Oh holy pee, MUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2018 me: Oh... Muse.....
Yeah, uh... I don't think these guys ever did a truly good (i.e: replayable) track after Black Holes and Revelations. Yeah, you've probably never heard someone say that before.
Anyway, Freedom by George Michael is a good song, innit?
This isn't even something I can laugh at unlike the Drones-era singles from my early years, this is just useless fluff.
Little One - Highly Suspect
Probably my favorite High Sus track.
...heh, I didn't even realize what I was typing until I saw it.
But really though, this is quite solid.
Can't Get You More Pregnant - blink-182
This kind of reminds me of those 33 second throwaway NOFX tracks, except not funny. You guys fucking failed hard at giving me the baby.
...wait, how did this chart in the first place to begin with?
...shit, I grabbed the wrong song.
Home is Such a Lonely Place - blink-182
Nowhere near as interesting to talk about, and different in a much worse way. get me out of this place
Fire - Beth Ditto
I can't tell if the music video is twisting my opinion on this, but I enjoy this quite a bit. It has all the ingredients to be a hit too, so what's going on?
Run - Foo Fighters
so there's a new thing from foo fighters, the band that gets progressively less interesting with each new album
i'm sorry but i just can't bring myself to listen to anything released after one by one, it all mostly just kinda sounds... okay.
But I will say this is one of their best tracks in years! Which... isn't saying much, considering I find pretty much everything from them I've heard this decade (Rope aside) is only... adequate, but it actually gave me a motive to care about them again with a good song.
Huh, so maybe this is when the tracks finally start to get good!
Angela - The Lumineers
I had to post this here as I wasn't sure if this would fit the criteria of the "Sharing Time" forum. What I want to talk about here something... rather personal. Lately I've been suffering from a horrible case of the Blues, and that's because I've been in deep, deep thought, with a great deal of trouble, worry, and woe infesting my mind. Some of this stuff isn't that personal, like the environment and the direction this world's going in, but what I want to talk about are the more personal stuff. I've been thinking about how I feel like a big loser who deserves EVERYTHING bad you can think of to happen to him, and deserves bad luck to follow him like a shadow. That I deserve to be insulted, threatened, harassed, and beaten to a quivering pulp. That I need to be called an empty-headed, clumsy, technology-obsessed nerd who's always in a hurry to do stuff. That I deserve to be thrown into a volcano by savage island natives to appease their god. OK, maybe not that last thing...
And I feel this way because I feel like I have a little trouble with a few skills, and my apparent struggle with one of these skills might as well be the death of me if I don't work on it soon enough. These skills include, paying attention, taking my time, not getting so upset all the time, focusing, and having a better understanding of the world. Seriously, I'm so clueless of certain aspects of this big, big world that if you asked me the difference between a forceps and a scalpel I'd have to Google it. I'm just that clueless. I'm also the only guy in the room who probably wouldn't get a joke that makes everyone else roar with laughter. I feel like if I could work on at least a few of these skills, I could live a happier life. I could be a better friend, and even find me some new ones. Because of all this, I'm always the "quiet man", who only makes a little comment here 'n' there
And sometimes, I think technology is to blame for this, and that I'm the very definition of what they say when the 'Net is ruining today's society. I really do think that sometimes, my brain's turned into goop from excessive use of computers. Despite this, I don't really think I am an Internet addict, although I was one much earlier.
Speakin' of happiness- that's another thing. I'm kinda bored with life here on Earth. I'm always hoping that something comes up, out of the blue, that's gonna make me so happy, I'd dance all around the house, and maybe into the streets, and for the most part, that's probably only happened only once or twice recently. We've never went anywhere as far as Massachusetts, and I know some people never really leave their homes, or go anywhere really far from their state, but like some of them, I'm unhappy that there's so much world to explore, and we've only set foot in a very, very small portion of it!!!! So, yeah, I could use some serious cheering-up.
And, that's it. Any advice you got, lay 'em on me.
Don't Take the Money - Bleachers
I really enjoyed I Wanna Get Better when I first tuned into alt-rock stations, with Rollercoaster being a good followup.
And... I'm starting to question how much my memories from the early days are biased against short-term nostalgia, because wow is this blaaaaaaaaaand.
In addition, what's with this goddamn bridge melody
that's just annoying man
We Got the Power - Gorillaz
no offense Nugs but I don't even need to listen to Revival to know that Humanz is a million times better than even the "best" song offa that Hopsin-level sheat
immature and unnecessary poke aside, of course the weakest single of the original four was the one that charted!
Gotta say that while still acknowledging it's very definitely not a bad song. It has the workings of a great ending track to the album... but it also ends before it feels like it reaches it's climax and Jehnny Beth is not a particularly exceptional backup singer. The reception Humanz in general is very undeserved, but... this is the single that charts? Not Ascension or Andromeda? Have Gorillaz transcended the radio since the album debuted at #2 and this peaked at #38? If Buzz Lightyear thinks he's a human, why doesn't he try to talk to Andy?
Is it a bright idea to repeat an already used template?
She Said - Sundara Kurma
This is the primary reason I've wanted to check this thing out - to see if there actually are good tunes and the radio stations just refuse to push them higher than the 30s place.
Yeah, this is another great song! It saddens me to think of the djs faking enthusiasm for Believer has gotten while this just lingers near the end of the chart.
Jungle - Tash Sultana
And also the songs that stay in the 30s also house the most "these are songs, alright" songs I've ever heard.
So no, it's not a tribute to my favorite music genre of all time :(((((
Hard Times - Paramore
I'm tempted to call this a fluke, considering... this isn't alternative. This is 100% pure pop. Paramore's older material, you can make a strong argument for, but not so much with this?
not that i don't like this song because i do and think it's another contender for my best of the year list!!!!!!!!
Goodbye Angels - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Okay, unlike last time where they did something dumb and ass, they actually pull off a good number here. You can tell Danger Mouse's fingerprints were on this. Don't feel tempted to check out the album (although I said before I tend to have some sort of bias against post-One Hot Minute RHCP anyway), but compared to a lot of other things in the chart, I'll take it.
Howl - Billy Clyro
A lost reminiscence of the garage rock revival of the 2000's, it seems. If you're wondering why I haven't started to talk about the "X the Y" names, that's because I remember that time period where every band playing that style began with "The" a lot of the time. Every. Fucking. Band. Not this one obviously, but mostly everyone else.
wait isn't that a general thing for rock bands, what the fuck am i typing delete this shit please
Anyway, good song, dumb video.
Set on Fire - Magic Giant
jesus christ i'm afraid judah and the lion set off a nasty trend of BANJO
NO I DON'T WANT THIS
Lights Out - Royal Blood
I fucking loved Royal Blood when they first broke through with Little Monster and Figure it Out, so much that the self-titled album remains the only album I listened to because the radio promoted it. (and it's good... baring a bit of frontloading with the track listing... and also the fact that Death from Above 1979 do this garagey-bass+drum-two-man-lineup thing much better... but it's still good, mind you!)
This is adequate. Fine. You could say it reminds me of the average side of the first album. The problem is, I kind of expect more from them from such an uninteresting year? Eh.
The Violence - Rise Against
so i was literally planning to go to sleep for one of my writing nights and this suddenly came on wtf
It's refreshing to hear a song this energetic pop up... but I also care little for Rise Against, Like the Angel and Give it All notwithstanding. So, snooze off I guess.
Help - Papa Roach
Now, Linkin Park's transition to pop... is still confusing, but I can start to see why considering the competition?
Although that's not my main point. That point is;
WHY AM I LISTENING TO PAPA FUCKING ROACH IN 2018??????
NOTE: I have now updated my old year-end Hot 100 review topic with 2016 and 1997 in the first post, as well as making some last-minute adjustments to some of my full rankings. For those who don’t want to check back, here’s what I’ve changed:
I am feeling bored. And what do you do when you feel so bored that you want to try something different? Well, this isn’t quite different, but it’s been long since I’ve covered Billboard year-end lists. So, to answer to my question, what I should do when I say I’m feeling bored to the point where I want to review a year-end list? I review not one, two, but four of them. So how about we go through the year-end lists of 2010 all the way to 2013? If I covered 2014-2017, why not take a shot at the other four year-end lists from this decade? And so, the Year-End Countdown Community arises from the ashes as I take the time to temporarily come out of retirement from reviewing year-end lists, starting from the top with 2010…
Steel’s Bottom/Top 10 Hit Songs of 2010
And since I’m covering all four years in two separate topics, I’m going to try to be as brief yet informative as I possibly can with each song that appears on my lists. No YouTube links this time around as well. I have a full rankings list for each one, but if you folks really want them, I can publish them in a separate post. Lastly, the same rules from my previous year-end list reviews apply here.
Anyways, what can I say that best describes the year 2010 in pop music? 2010 can be described as 2010’s awkward freshman year (and of course, I’m saying this because most of these hits were around during MY freshman year). 2010 tries quite a lot to hang around as the cool kid, but only ended up giving us some painful reactions. In other words, there’s a large presence of bad for 2010 in pop than a presence of good. However, the good stuff this year is really good, so my choices aren’t based on limited options. The bottom 10 wasn’t hard to craft either, but some of you guys might be thinking that I’ve made some painful cuts due to the number of bad eggs that this year had. Starting off with the hot garbage, we got…
BedRock – Young Money featuring Lloyd (#11)
Whatcha Say – Jason Derulo (Backwash #12)
Tie Me Down – New Boyz featuring Ray J
Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz
Eenie Meenie – Sean Kingston featuring Justin Bieber
Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District
If I Die Young – The Band Perry
Bottoms Up – Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj
In My Head – Jason Derulo
Naturally – Selena Gomez and The Scene
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher featuring Pitbull (#11)
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon (Backwash #12)
Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys (Backwash #13)
Not Afraid – Eminem
Animal – Neon Trees
Alejandro – Lady Gaga
Young Forever – Jay-Z featuring Mr. Hudson
Find Your Love – Drake
According to You – Orianthi
Secrets – OneRepublic
Steel's Bottom/Top 10 Hit Songs of 2011:
And now we’ve moved onto the sophomore year in 2010 pop music, and I have to say, it’s a big improvement from the previous year. The good stuff this year was very stellar, but the bad stuff this year was nearly as horrendous as the bad pop songs from 2010. There were a few painful cuts I’ve made. I couldn’t even make room for “If I Die Young” for this year. Alright, let’s just get to it…
Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri (#11)
Like a G6 – Far East Movement featuring the Cataracs and Dev (Backwash #12)
Where Dem Girls At – David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj
Grenade – Bruno Mars
If I Die Young – The Band Perry
Down on Me – Jeremih featuring 50 Cent
Give Me Everything – Pitbull and Ne-Yo featuring Afrojack
Backseat – New Boyz featuring The Cataracs and Dev
What the Hell – Avril Lavigne
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull (#11)
Yeah 3x – Chris Brown
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry (Backwash honorable mention)
Firework – Katy Perry
Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
More – Usher
Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band
I’m on One – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne
Sure Thing – Miguel
You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship featuring Sabi
Coming soon will be my reviews for the best and worst hits of 2012 and 2013. Keep your eyes open for that.
Feel it Still - Portugal. The Man
Holy shit, Feel it Still charted this early? Could've sworn it hit the airwaves in May or something, or maybe my memory span is fucked.
So I guess I finally have a band I can say I knew before they were famous. And I like what I've heard from Portugal..
...but their first (and probably only, as we might unfortunately see) pop hit is just kinda okay? I don't know, I'm just not feeling it. Maybe because they can do much better when they do more psychedelic material, maybe it's because of overplay, maybe I'm just hard to please, I don't really know. I'm glad they have a hit, but at the same time I don't care for it much.
Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers ft. Coldplay
...is this a joke?
This has to be. Alt radio stations have to realize that something like this (fuck) doesn't fit their playlists, right?
[looks back at the official billboard charts]
The Lungwasters are an act I can't really say much about, because pretty much every other music critic on this planet has already said enough about them than I need to. Coldplay supposedly do something on this, Chris Martin definitely is on here and there's a slice of guitar work in the last repetition of the chorus... that's all they do, I think. That's the only reason I can come up with for how this is on alternative stations.
In other words, this is a fucking fluke, and like a lot of other Nicotineabusers tunes, (that ONE MOTHERFUCKER aside) this doesn't do much for me.
although "Spiderman's control" will never not be funny to me
Suit and Jacket - Judah and the Lion
From a musical standpoint, this is a step up from "Take it All Back".
From a lyrical standpoint, ya'll still garb
So Much to Think - 311
How fitting the date of this chart's publication is, because 311 miraculously still being relevant in 2017 is a pretty funny joke. Okay, now for the serious pick from the charts.
Kill For Candy - DREAMCAR
literally two fucking bands in all caps begin with dream on the exact same chart
For the record, this is much better than the other one, even if that's still a stupid title.
that thumbnail is quite something though
and iT FEEEEEEELS LiiKE SUMMErrR - Weezer
yeah this is another one i had fears about covering
How far can a band rebel against their own fans until they notice how much they fucked up?
I'm still not sure on that.
At this point, a lot of people covered this wtf-ery in depth, so I'll just point out this:
Weezer have made some of the most iconic alternative rock songs of all time, and they still get a lot of airplay as recurrents.
This is playing along with those classics.
Think about that for a bit.
One of Us - New Politics
OH MY GOD I'M LITERALLY A SECOND IN AND I ALREADY WANT TO SHOOT RUBBER DUCKS THIS IS PAINFUL
This right here is a track I can't even have fun writing about. Literally one of the most annoying things I've ever heard on the radio. Why am I still listening to this, get that shit off
High Enough - k.flay
Eh... better than Blood in the Cut but still pretty mediocre. This girl's starting to give me Melanie Martinez vibes. That's never a good thing, not then, especially not now.
High - Sir Sly
From not charting at all to suddenly being just below the Top 20. This must be a big ass jam for that to happen.
...eh, it exists? It fills up space? It can be used as background music in advertisements? Not much to this.
In Cold Blood - alt-J
I like [triangle]. I love "Breezeblocks". "Left Hand Free" never got annoying to me no matter how often it was played. And I will always respect the fact this album's artwork is from LSD: Dream Emulator.
But this isn't a particularly interesting song, I'm sorry.
[joke about this being how i leave this like a body]
Hooray for the first Behind the Scenes blog entry in the new Secret Box Club!
I'm doing to dive right into the topic: the whole idea of SpongeBob Universe began with @tvrepairman wanting to create a new network of websites for SpongeBob with @AMK152, who is a director on Encyclopedia SpongeBobia. It was basically this entire idea that we are all one fandom so we should all be connected, and it's through this connection that SBC and the Wiki would be very popular. The websites involved were SBC, ESB, the SpongeFan Wiki, and SpongyNews (a news platform hosted on SBC about SpongeBob).
As we know today, it did not work out. But here are some behind-the-scenes work that hasn't been leaked until now.
@tvrepairman and I spent a lot of hours working on SBU. A lot of the work was done over Windows Live Messenger, as was a lot of the work that was done back in 2012. It seemed like a good idea at the time. We had a couple of staff meetings in the staff Xat to which we voted with "!" and "*" messages.
To this day, the original founding document, typed up by @tvrepairman, is available on SBC. You can read it here. It's a rather long document detailing all of the rules, policies, and the founding board of SBU. I'm still impressed that he made this document, but it's something that you can look through.
One of the biggest controversies about SBU was the attempted merger between the-then-called SpongeBob Wikia (ESB) and SpongeBase, a custom wiki setup that I had made that would be hosted on SBC. It was supposed to replicate our move from Forumotion over to a new website, merging the Wikia to a new site, but it ended up with a large outrage.
@tvrepairman made a document outlining this merge, which you can read here, but I will outline it here for you. I have changed the wording to make it clearer, and all of my changes are in brackets ([ ]).
December 8-19, 2012: Establishment of a Wiki review board to assure the correct content is moved and that needed content remains, so as to prevent the migration of vandalized versions of articles that have not yet been reverted.
December 19, 2012: Notification of users that content will be [moved] to [SpongeBase]
December 20-21, 2012: Mass-protection of all old Wiki articles [on ESB] to “pause” editing.
December 21-22, 2012: Review board reviews the articles so that the best possible version is the current one displayed.
December 22, 2012: Once the process has been completed for every article, a database dump or similar event will occur, taking all article content and history into a database file, and then reinstated on [SpongeBase]
December 23-24, 2012: Finalization of [ESB] content migration.
All articles at Wikia will remain protected and contain a link to each of the new articles in order to notify users that the Wiki content has moved.
December 24-31, 2012: Unprotection of articles to readmit users to continue contribution to the new [SpongeBase]
And, according to the plan, we would've kept ESB online until April 1st, 2014, where it would be a redirection to SpongeBase.
You can see why people had such a huge outrage over SBU: it was completely invasive and, admittedly, was not very good in comparison to what the Wikia had to offer. Also, the age group that was popular on ESB at the time was very young, so they did not understand the merger at all ("Why change a good thing?"). They even had a vote (which passed) that separated ESB from SBU.
Ironically, the initial comments were positive. You can see this on the SBU wikia page in the comments section.
It's a shame though that a lot of SBU's documents were lost through time. Here is the official executive lineup of SBU:
And here is the original topic that was posted for staff about SBU:
Anyways, this is perhaps SBC's biggest flop. Fortunately we won't be making any big changes like this for quite some time. I think I speak for everyone that SBC is good as it is. A merger with SBM would probably flop like this.
A trivia fact: @AMK152, to this day, still owns spongebobuniverse.com; however, it will expire in late June 2018. It doesn't go anywhere at the moment.
My best/worst hit songs of 2017 and best movies of 2017 lists are coming, but in the meantime, I wanted to get this list out. (And find an excuse to post on this blog again after a long while ) I didn't listen to a ton of albums in 2017, but a majority of the ones I did check out were pretty solid. So here's to the albums I loved last year.
Melodrama - Lorde
Genre: Pop, electropop
Melodrama is a practically perfect slice of pop music. Lorde has grown older since the release of Pure Heroine in 2013, and it shows in her songwriting. Lorde was 19-20 at the time of recording this album and looks at the world from the perspective of someone in her late teens who is both in awe of and unsure of the world. She parties with friends and deals with the high highs of being in love and the low lows after a relationship ends. Her lyrics are beautiful and painfully honest at the same time. Coupled with Jack Antonoff's production, which sounds like an electronic dream, this album is wonderful music. It's an anthem of a young girl still trying to find herself and feels like peeking in on the intimacies of someone's diary.
DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
Genre: Hip-hop, conscious rap
There's a reason why many consider Kendrick Lamar to be one of the best rappers in the business right now. He hardly misses a beat on his fourth studio album. Kendrick not only has a great flow but also sharp and insightful lyrics. He ruminates on a variety of topics, from what it means to be black in America to religion to reflections on his fame. Though he has plenty of conscious songs to think about, he also has some tracks that are infectiously catchy (don't tell me you've never bopped your head to Humble) and just plain fun to listen to. He doesn't have a wide roster of guest artists, but the ones he does use--Rihanna, Zacari, and U2--put in fine performances. If I had to sum up my feelings about this album in one word, "damn" would be very appropriate.
Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has become famous for her moody-toned pop, but on Lust for Life, she turns over a new, happier leaf. In a world that's become bleaker since Trump came into office, Lana offers a spot of hope. This is an album about celebrating life, falling in love, and taking important issues to life. It's still filtered through her signature dreamy sound, but it sounds more uplifting than ever before. It gives me "1967 Summer of Love vibes", with peace and happiness being the message. Not to mention, Lust for Life serves up two lovely collabs with Stevie Nicks, Sean Ono Lennon, and A$AP Rocky (oh, and Playboi Carti, but he's basically just a bunch of ad-libs ). It's a delight from start to finish.
Ctrl - SZA
Genre: R&B, neo soul
SZA has really made something special with her debut album. Actually, calling Ctrl just an album seems simplistic. It's a revelation. SZA writes crushingly raw and honest lyrics about love. Her insecurities and jealousy are laid out bare in the lyrics, creating a strong emotional impact. SZA's vocals are passionate and captivating, riding the soulful, hip-hop-inspired (with some sprinkles of electronic and pop too) production like a professional surfer cruising the waves. After such a superb debut, I can't wait to see what she does next.
After Laughter - Paramore
Genre: New wave, pop rock, synth-pop, power pop
"Cry hard, dance harder." This tweet from Hayley Williams accurately sums up the overall vibe of After Laughter. Though Paramore got its start and initial fame as a pop-punk group, the band has been leaning more into pop over the years. This latest album is unabashedly and unapologetically pop. Its bright, sunny, 80s pop vibes mix well with the lyrics, which are often deep emotional confessions. Things may seem bright, but people aren't always happy and sometimes it's hard to make the attempt to be happy. After Laughter is frank about the emotional battles Hayley has had to face regarding topics such as growing up and self-doubt. However, even though the album sings about the blues, there are moments of hope. And that's what's really beautiful about it.
hopeless fountain kingdom - Halsey
Genre: Pop, synth-pop
Halsey's albums always seem to take place in different worlds. On her Room 93 EP, the action took place in the intimacy of a hotel room. Her first album, Badlands, is set in the wide, futuristic called the Badlands. With this second album, the main narrative is set against the backdrop of the titular hopeless fountain kingdom, an inescapable realm with a Romeo and Juliet-inspired narrative of a girl and a guy from rival houses. Compared to Badlands, this album is definitely poppier, and I absolutely love it. There are parts that sound like a jazzy party at Gatsby's, parts that sound like a smooth, synth-laden drive through the vast lands, and beautiful, emotional ballads. The lyrics are an intriguing look into Halsey's struggles with relationships as well as her bipolar disorder. Though her character wants to escape the kingdom in the narrative, I was a bit sad to leave this fantastical world once the album was over.
Rainbow - Kesha
Kesha is back, and I dare say that this is her best record yet. After a messy, awful legal battle with Dr. Luke, Kesha was able to take her pain and make some lovely art out of it. It explores themes of letting go of the past, empowerment, and forgiving yourself, and it sounds so therapeutic coming from Kesha. It's also a really cool mix of different genres, including glam rock and country pop. Rather than sounding like a mish-mash, Kesha makes all these genres work to produce an intriguing sound. This is Kesha's revival, and I am totally here for it. It hasn't been an easy road for her but fortunately, she was able to create this shining album.
Harry Styles - Harry Styles
Genre: Soft rock, rock, Britpop
It's been intriguing to see the creative paths the One Direction boys have taken now that all of them are making solo music. Harry's music was definitely a surprise. Who would've thought this boy band singer would harken back to the sound of the 1970s for his album? It's part soft rock, part rollicking rock and roll, and 100% a fun ride. Not to mention Harry has some dreamy vocals as well. It's safe to say I've been utterly charmed by his musical, ahem, styles.
Sacred Hearts Club - Foster the People
Genre: Indie pop, neo-psychedelia, alternative rock
This album has been polarizing, especially since it's a noticeable departure from the sound of Torches and Supermodel (and to take things further, even the album art is different: a photo of the band rather than the artwork of Young & Sick) but I enjoyed it. Foster the People does quite a bit of experimentation on this album and it works for me. It's funky, psychedelic, and mesmerizing. What hasn't changed is the band's ability to create thought-provoking lyrics about society as well as some solid tracks about relationships. This is definitely a weird album in parts, but I embrace it.
Something to Tell You - HAIM
Genre: Pop rock, indie pop, indie rock
Does Something to Tell You depart much from their debut album, Days Are Gone? Not really. But there's still something delightful in the sounds of all-girl band HAIM. They still have beautiful harmonies, passionate lyrics about love and heartbreak, and a sunny vintage sound that harkens back to the days of Fleetwood Mac and soft rock of the 70s and 80s. Still, even with the familiar comforts, there's experimentation with pitch-shifting on vocals and interesting production touches, especially from the likes of Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of the band Vampire Weekend). Even though it doesn't quite reach the heights of that first album, HAIM's still got some special girl-power magic in them.
Welcome back to another segment of every Fairly OddParents episode reviewed. I am going to cover Season 2, but you all can already tell from the title. …And I don’t have anything else to say at this point, so let’s get the ball rolling with…
8a. Boys in the Band: Timmy wakes up to his supposed birthday, but wakes up to an announcement of the Chip Skylark concert that is taking place in that very day. As the day goes on, Timmy feels upset since everyone apparently forget about his birthday because Chip Skylark is taking all the limelight away from him. This prompts for Timmy to wish for the most unfortunate, non-lethal thing to happen to Chip Skylark…in which he then ends up coming to Timmy’s house. Vicky is ecstatic to meet Skylark in person and eventually attempts to get him to marry her by force. Meanwhile, Chip’s rabid fans are demanding the return of him.
This was an odd episode… (“Yes, because Cosmo’s voice got higher – and more annoying later on!”) Putting aside that small detail about Cosmo, what can I say on how I felt about the episode? It’s got some decently good jokes, particularly the scenes with Cosmo trying to distract the crowd with his old band as an opening act. I also liked the moments where Timmy eventually realizes that Chip Skylark is a great guy and is not trying to ruin his birthday. Everything else I thought kinda fell flat. The Vicky subplot was starting to feel boring to me, and while I can take the whole twist with Timmy’s parents convincing their son that they’d never forget his birthday and it turns out to be the day after, I’m just not a big fan of the “Everyone forgot about my birthday!” episode archetype, since it usually always results into an “Oh wait, they didn’t forget after all.” type of episode. First episode of the season, and for the most part it was…alright! *Tomato gets thrown at me* Okay.
8b. Hex Games: One day at the skate park, Vicky spoils the fun of every kid in the park. And as queen of the skate park, she threatens to banish every kid there under her age if Timmy fails to beat her in three of the ramps – including the death-defying big ramp. Unfortunately, Da Rules disallows the use of magic during a competition, so while Timmy has to beat Vicky without magic, he otherwise goes through some skateboarding practice with the help of his fairies, alongside Chester and A.J. who designed a custom trick for him before Vicky momentarily steals it.
If “Boys in the Band” didn’t partly help keep the show’s feet on the ground, then this did. This episode had a pretty cool plot and a satisfying end. It had some pretty amusing gags too. Now, what I liked the most was the very climax with Timmy against Vicky in the skate park. The scene with Timmy doing the “Timmy Tuck” trick (while drawing parallels to his skateboarding practice) and succeeding is one of the most delighting moments from the show in general. All’s said and done, so I’ll leave it here: this is another great episode- I mean… (*checks skating lingo book*) This rad episode had me all stoked up, man! Great.
9a. Boy Toy: While Timmy, Chester, and A.J. are demolishing their old toys with a slingshot, Timmy finds his old Crimson Chin action toy and begins to reconnect with it. Shortly after, Tootie comes to Timmy’s backyard before he and his friends soak her with water balloons to run her off. Before Chester and A.J. could put the Chin toy with more water balloons, Timmy wishes he could play with it for one last time. With the wish granted, Timmy becomes toy sized and the Chin action figure comes to life. Once as Tootie returns to the treehouse, however, Cosmo and Wanda turn themselves into dolls and Tootie takes them to her room to play with.
So, we go from an alright episode, to a remarkable one, to a very well-written one. The main storyline doesn’t really begin to be as interesting until the plot between Timmy and his Crimson Chin toy develop more until we get a well-thought out moral about being nicer to someone or something despite certain aspects. Also, when it comes to the group of well-loved episodes centering on Tootie, including “Kung Timmy” and “Birthday Wish!,” I think “Boy Toy” is worth some more recognition, as it contains some of the best character development from Timmy, apologizing to Tootie for acting like a stupid 10 year-old boy, as well as telling her sooner or later that he’ll start getting into girls. I also liked the moment where Timmy gives the Chin toy to Tootie and prevents it from being destroyed by Vicky by wishing for it to be indestructible and for it to come packed with anti-Vicky action phrases. It’s a very good way to establish the moment of Timmy paying something forward after he decides that he should treat his Chin toy better. This episode is also supplied with a fair share of funny moments in the form of Chin’s action phrases, and a lot of lines from Cosmo.
To put it bluntly, this episode is a definite gem from the series. …And because there’s no particular running joke for me to send this off with, I’m just going to leave it here. Also, just for the record, not every episode review will have a particular running joke in place of it. In other words, there are some exceptions I have to make. If I end a review like normal, then you’ll all know that there’s an absence of reoccurring lines or jokes in an episode, just a reminder. Excellent.
9b. Inspection Detection: Timmy is making a grand number of wishes for Cosmo and Wanda’s fairy inspection. However, when a news report warns about a Wall 2 Wall Mart shoplifter, Timmy’s parents accuse him as the shoplifter. Timmy doesn’t want his parents to think of him as a thief, so he wishes all the stuff away. With the inspection starting right now, Timmy is on the brink of losing his fairies but he also has to prove his parents that he’s not a shoplifter, as well as prove Francis as the shoplifter after finding this out himself.
My main focus towards the episode is usually on the humor than the main plot, which sometimes gets tedious the more that Timmy is falsely branded as the shoplifter. It does get better near the end with Timmy proving that he’s innocent, though. Now, on the humor, I can talk about some of the best jokes, preferably with Cosmo and Wanda distracting Jorgen with a couple of picture slideshows and the one gag with Mr. Turner complaining about not having nice things. And did I mention that this is a very nice episode? Now why don’t I have a nice episode? Great.
10a. Action Packed: After a dull boring day in Dimmsdale takes a turn when Timmy watches an action movie, he wishes that his life would be like one. However, things take a turn for the worse with Jorgen Von Strangle as the action movie villain.
This episode uses exaggeration as a factor towards the humor of this episode, and it works pretty significantly well with the random explosions, the mundane, action-filled scene with Timmy having breakfast to exemplify. Granted that this episode takes notes from action movies in general, the episode is also full of thrills. What I really liked though was the sharp turn into an emotional and horrifying scene with Jorgen taking away the magic from Cosmo and Wanda and other fairies. And then we get the tip of the iceberg where Jorgen uses the stored magic to make his own self ridiculously ripped and mad with fairy magic. Afterwards, Timmy manages to defeat Jorgen and Timmy returns to his normal boring life before he then catches his parents getting hooked on the Loose Cannon Cop movie. Nothing else to say besides that this is another great episode, on to the next one. *Explodes* Great.
10b. Smarty Pants: Tired of getting F’s and A.J. rubbing his intelligence in his face, Timmy wishes that he knew everything. Eventually, Timmy gets himself a chair at the Academic Brainathon alongside A.J., but due to Da Rules disallowing magic to be used in a competition, the magic is cancelled out and now Timmy has to use his fast button-buzzing reflexes to help A.J. win the Brainathon.
What I can say right away is that my thoughts on this episode aren’t as strong. I give all my credit to the well-written plot, along with some character establishment for A.J., but there aren’t many jokes I can compliment on besides the bit where Timmy outsmarts his parents about proving himself as a smarty pants, and the not-study game. Speaking of which…I’m doing the not-review game right now. It’s a decent episode, bye! *video game sounds* Good.
11a. Super Bike: Okay, so I can’t weasel myself out of these reviews. But hey, this is another remarkable episode. Anyways, Timmy and his dad are competing for the father/son bike race, but Timmy doesn’t like the bike that his dad made for him, so he wishes for a much cooler and indestructible bike. This upsets Timmy’s dad as Timmy is not using the bike he made him, so Timmy then feels bad and then realizes that he doesn’t want to ride Super Bike any longer, but the talking bike is so overly attached to Timmy that he’ll never let him leave his side.
When it comes to memorable episode storyline, this episode is one of those examples. Super Bike is a very interesting character and his role as an obsessive-type of villain is very well thought out. The episode also has a pretty solid moral about how spending time with your loved ones and the things they made for you is better than being around with a cool-looking, obsessive, talking bike….yeah, if you put it that way, it’s a weird moral, but it still works. I don’t know if anyone else sees this as an incredibly solid episode like I do, but if you don’t…haha- Super Toilet. Excellent.
11b. A Mile In My Shoes: Timmy has another bad day of his life, same for Cosmo and Wanda, who both came back from a tune-up in Fairy World, as both didn’t enjoy their day either. Timmy thinks it’s easier to be a fairy than it is to be a normal 10-year old kid, so he wishes he would be a fairy and that his fairies would be him. However, Timmy doesn’t know how to use fairy magic and his fairies have to deal with Vicky babysitting and giving them some hard labor.
It’s a very interesting concept for an episode and an interesting character expansion for Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda to boot, but it’s got some moments that tend to drag, likewise Timmy’s inability to use fairy magic, morphing into the wrong thing and such. As for some of the jokes in the episode, I’ll give it credit for the episode being the debut of Mr. Turner’s utterly ridiculous rivalry with Mr. Dinkleberg, and the “steamed broccoli” bit. Overall, it’s your typical “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side” kind of episode, but with how the show was continuing to build its dynamics at the time, it still works well. I don’t know if this is the kind of gag that I should send this episode off with, but… *magical floating cow appears* “Finally! Dairy World!” Good.
12a. Timvisible: On the last day of school, it’s the day that Timmy gets his award for perfect attendance, but it’s also the day that Francis celebrates by pounding on all the guys. Timmy then tries to avoid getting beaten by Francis when it soon becomes his turn, but after realizing that Francis can’t beat him if he can’t see him, Timmy wishes that we was invisible. This works, but after Timmy uses his invisibility to his advantage by playing jokes all across the school, everyone thinks the school is being haunted by a ghost. This allows for Mr. Crocker to step in and try hunting down the invisible boy that is Danny Phantom- I mean, Timmy with his exclusive ghost hunting gear in order to prove the existence of fairies, and perhaps also ghosts.
First thing’s first, the episode gives us the welcome return of Mr. Crocker. On top of that, this is the first episode that gives Francis a larger role. But it’s mostly pleasant to see Mr. Crocker in this kind of fashion where he’s not only obsessed with fairies but also towards magical beings and the supernatural in general. On the plus side, his antagonistic role in the episode is very well-written. The story in this episode is also pretty solid and creative. Some other highlights include the moment where we know how important the perfect attendance award is to Timmy, considering the fact that Timmy is at least good at something, even if it’s merely showing up to school everyday. Then there’s also the moment that comes afterwards with Timmy becoming visible, earning his award, and tells Francis that he’s willing to face up against him…only for Francis to pound himself after hitting Timmy’s medal.
It’s not one of the absolute strongest episodes of the show, I’ll admit, but it’s still entertaining enough that it might be one of Season 2’s best segments. Strange thing is, I’m not typing all this up, which could mean…it’s the haunted blog entry! …Probably not. Great.
12b. That Old Black Magic: The Turners are on a family trip to Adrenalland, and Timmy can’t really wait. Unfortunately, it’s Friday the 13th. Timmy is not superstitious, but Cosmo and Wanda warn him that it’s the day that the fairies’ evil counterparts, the anti-fairies, run amok by causing bad luck. After a few rides fall apart due to Timmy’s bad luck, Timmy wants to try and have a talk with the anti-fairies himself, which only causes for them to escape from their Fairy World prison and engulf the Earth with bad luck.
I’ll have to admit, the episode’s means towards representing bad luck and the show’s character expansion towards anti-fairies is very subtle here. One of the downsides I have with the episode is that given its narrative on bad luck, there are some moments that can feel predictable, but I feel that the episode makes up for it with some of its jokes, including the gag with Mr. Turner lifting and arguing with his two feet, and some of the bits with Mr. President that might as well be a sly jab at George W. Bush. One other moment worth noting is when Timmy wishes that the anti-fairies were freed, and by then you can tell the outcome, and you make out the wish as a pretty foolish one, but even the episode makes up for that by making Anti-Cosmo acknowledge Timmy as a big, stupid hero. In other words, it’s an example of an understandably stupid wish/mistake from Timmy. When it comes to genuinely stupid mistakes or wishes made by Timmy…well, that’s for another time, as well as for a few different seasons, just to remind you readers.
Anyways, “That Old Black Magic” is an example of a well-written episode that overcomes some of its unlucky moments. *Black cat appears in front of me* Aaaand now my document crashed, that’s just great. Speaking of which… Great.
13a. Foul Balled: Timmy has a hard time dealing with not only being on the worst team, but being on the team with the worst player: Chester. Apparently so, Chester’s poor baseball playing runs in the family, alongside his dad Bucky McBadbat, who is considered the worst baseball player ever. Chester wants to redeem his family name and Timmy decides to help by wishing that his friend was the best baseball player ever. Eventually, Chester’s fame starts to go over his head which begins to annoy Timmy and soon enough, it begins to wreck the friendship before the wish ends up being cancelled out and stripping Chester of his baseball skills.
We go from a character establishment episode for A.J. to one with Chester, and between the two, “Foul Balled” is definitely the better episode in my opinion. In fact, the strongest point of the episode was the character storyline between Timmy and Chester. It starts off with a pleasant wish for Chester to be great at baseball, it proceeds into a dramatic moment between the two before then proceeding into a moment where Timmy has to help Chester win the game, and like so, we get a satisfying end with the Losers team winning and making Chester’s dad proud. Aside from all those plot elements, another highlight includes the inspiration speech from Timmy that he and Chester can still at least stink at baseball with pride…which also pretty much doubles as a funny moment. Overall, it’s an endearing episode and it’s most certainly not for pack-mules. Great.
13b. The Boy Who Would be Queen: Timmy gets invited to Trixie’s birthday party, but Timmy can’t think of a perfect gift for her. He could wish to be a girl, but Timmy doesn’t think otherwise…Wanda does however and grants Timmy’s inadvertent wish to be a girl. This wish turns out to be useful for Timmy as he can now think like a girl and find Trixie a perfect gift that way. Sooner than later, Timmy, as Timantha, runs into Trixie and ends up forming a friendship with her.
This episode is a fairly big topic, and that’s because the episode is usually considered one of the absolute best from the series. How so? “Oh, that’s because Mr. Enter talks about it so much!” Yes, that...but anyways, as we all know, the episode starts off with Timmy watching a soap opera, which he actually likes. This becomes foreshadowing later on once as the episode proceeds right into the particular scene with Trixie trying to buy a boys’ comic and when Timantha discovers this, Trixie tells her that she wants to keep it a secret that she enjoys stereotypically boyish things. Then, while at a salon, Trixie goes in-depth that she’d like a friend who likes her for who she was than for what everyone wants her to be, and that Timantha gave her that exact gift for her birthday, before Timmy admits to Trixie himself that he’s not afraid to admit liking stereotypically girlish and boyish things and that he likes Trixie for who she is – which of course, is the exact gift Timmy gave to Trixie for her birthday. Of course, it ends with Timmy getting catapulted from her mansion, but it also ended with Trixie remembering Timmy’s name.
So, what else can I really say beyond the episode’s summary? It’s a solid character establishment episode for Trixie, which shows that she’s not just a part of the snobby rich kid archetype. The episode also has one of the most though-provoking messages from the show in general, in which it deconstruct typical gender roles. Even some of the jokes are hilarious, with some of the funniest moments coming from Chester and A.J., in addition to one joke where Trixie rips up a picture of Veronica. This episode is so good, that no other Season 2 episode had managed to top this. Before I move on, I have one question to ask: dead frog? No one? Fine, let’s move on… Excellent.
14a. Totally Spaced Out: Timmy’s parents are going away for a business trip, which means Vicky has to babysit. Not wanting to deal with this, Timmy wishes that someone or something can take her miles and miles away from Dimmsdale. This gets Mark the alien’s attention as he then takes Vicky to his home planet. However, Timmy’s parents have a Plan B and so they put Timmy at Peppy Happy Learnatorium daycare, which turns out to be so overbearing for Timmy that he wishes himself to Yugopotamia in order to get Vicky back from Mark.
This episode is probably what I would call “Boys in the Band” with more of a pulse and “Spaced Out” but with less of a pulse. It’s nice enough to have the return of Mark Chang, but the one problem that I have with the episode is that there’s barely new ground to cover outside of giving Mark some more background and the introduction to the Peppy Happy Learnatorium that we’re not going to see again much later. The ending isn’t all that great while Timmy trying to make up for ruining Mark’s birthday by sparing his life…and eventually torturing him with Gary and Betty from the Learnatorium, like he did when he choose it as his arena. Some jokes make up for it, or just otherwise the scenes with Timmy at the Learnatorium. For an apparent sequel to “Spaced Out,” this episode was close to the standards of a sophomore slump, but it at least has more flavor than a batch of fat-free soy cubes. (And the fact that Mark can’t seem to stand it for being too healthy wouldn’t make sense anymore when it’s eventually revealed that healthy food is Yugopotamian delights.) Okay.
14b. The Switch Glitch: Today’s Saturday, which means Vicky wouldn’t be around to babysit. But, speak of the devil: Vicky is babysitting Timmy today due to his parents going to a parents-only cook out. Timmy reminds his parents of their promise before they literally use his legal document as fish wrap. After having to do Vicky’s chores and being humiliated by Vicky once more, Timmy wishes that he was the babysitter as payback. With Timmy in-charge of 5 year-old Vicky, life becomes sweet for Timmy until he really starts acting like Vicky and his fairies would then end up being reassigned to her.
To me, this is a more interesting role reversal episode. And really, the main highlight of the episode is the story. Timmy uses his wish to have payback against Vicky, which only ends up making him a mean babysitter just like Vicky when he uses Cosmo and Wanda’s magic to make 5 year-old Vicky cry – a scene that’s actually genuinely heart-wrenching. As the episode goes on, because 5 year-old Vicky is more miserable than Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda are assigned to her, which gives her the chance to give Timmy some of her own payback. The tape recorders that Vicky used to blackmail Timmy is the most unusual way to foreshadow Timmy’s plan to get his fairies back by making her say “I’m happy and I don’t need my godparents anymore.” It can feel like a bit of a cop-out, but the episode then makes up for it in the end by making Timmy do something nice for 5 year-old Vicky before wishing that she was 16 again, ensuring that he’s learned a lesson from all this.
It’s a great episode but almost lightly so if I might add. If there’s one nitpick I’ve had, it’s the out of place closer with Cosmo doing the conga. And just so I’m absolutely clear…*clicks tape recorder* Hi, I’m Steel Sponge and I- *click* liked this episode. Great.
15a. Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad: Timmy’s parents are so overworked to the point where they don’t have enough time to spend with Timmy. Timmy is upset about this so he wishes that they were superheroes so then they would spare enough time to spend with their son, but due to having superhero responsibilities, they end up as busy as they were before. So then Timmy wishes that he was an invincible supervillain in order for his parents to give up their powers.
This is a very endearing episode. I liked the idea of making Timmy’s parents superheroes. What sells it though is the bit with Mr. and Mrs. Turner’s first superhero responsibility being protecting their identities to protect their son, Timmy. There isn’t a particular joke that I can go back to or always make a reference to, but the episode still has its fair of share of thrills. In the end, this episode is just great. On to the next one! *transition screen* Great.
15b. Knighty Knight: After being disappointed by the cheap Camelot Fair in Dimmsdale, Timmy wishes to be in the real deal. However, Timmy’s parents, inside of a cow suit, have also ended up in the Middle Ages, and so Timmy now has to prevent his parents from being eaten and help King Arthur slay the dragon.
It’s a fun enough episode, it’s certainly one of FOP’s tamer episodes, but there are a fair amount of jokes that I liked. I enjoyed the bit with the wizard salesman, I enjoyed almost every moment with Sir Finkleberg hurting his arm, alongside the fact that there’s a game show dedicated to pulling a sword from the stone, and any scene that portrays the obliviousness of Timmy’s parents. The episode’s plot isn’t something to write home about, but it’s still an entertaining segment. I claim that this episode is- *hurts arm* AGHAHAGH! Great.
16a. Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary: A rich kid named Remy Buxaplenty has been wandering around Dimmsdale and trudging Timmy down in places including the comic book world. This eventually leads to Timmy figuring out that Remy is also a godkid like him and that his godparent is Wanda’s ex-boyfriend Juandissimo Magnifico. Remy shortly after figures out about Timmy’s parents and grows envious that he has two compared to his one godparent. After meeting face to face, Remy challenges Timmy to a magical duel, which will determine who will keep or lose their fairies.
This episode…I’m not even finished explaining it, and I’m probably going to have to explain every important detail that I didn’t acknowledge. So, what’s the deal with Remy? His snobby rich kid character archetype is already deconstructed when he’s revealed halfway into the episode that he has a godparent, as well as giving us the indication that he is miserable in some way despite being rich and having otherwise rich parents. Now, what’s the deal with Juandissimo? He’s a direct send-up of the typical attractive, Mexican dreamboat character archetype that likes to rip his shirt off more often than not, and it’s not long until it’s revealed that he’s Wanda’s ex-boyfriend. In other words, Remy and Juandissimo both play very interesting roles in this episode.
The episode establishes Remy’s character very significantly. The episode starts off with Timmy having run-ins with Remy and eventually growing jealous of the fact that he can do stuff better than he can since he’s loaded. On the other hand, Remy is jealous of Timmy because of his fairies before Remy then reveals that he’s miserable because his parents are so busy and attached to their money to the point where they not only never have time to spend with him, but they’re never usually around, before he then reveals that he’s jealous of Timmy since he has godparents and real parents that love him and he doesn’t. And that’s the point where Remy goes from your typical snobby rich kid type of character to one of the most interesting, and relatable recurring characters on the show.
So, what do I have to say about Juandissimo if he doesn’t really top Remy’s character establishment? Some of the episode’s funniest moments come from him, as well as from Cosmo. And speaking of Cosmo…he also has some of the best moments in the episode. Just about every scene where Cosmo tries to get Juandissimo to back off from Wanda since she’s already married is just absolutely satisfying and proves that Cosmo can have his moments where he doesn’t act like a moron most of the time. Of course, you do have the one scene with Cosmo trying to make a fist, but regardless, that’s one of the most humorous moments in the episode. However, the one joke that really sells it for me is during the magical duel where Cosmo mocks Juandissimo to distract him.
Then you’ve got the very end of the episode where Timmy feels bad about Remy losing Juandissimo, so he wishes for Remy’s parent to be able to spend time with him to make up for Remy’s loss in the duel. This results in Remy and his parents being marooned on an island, and while Remy’s parents are still attached to their money, they pay a little more attention to Remy, which is a bit of a start. I also like the last moment where Remy picks up Juandissimo as a turtle, if you take note of the particular scenes with Juandissimo turning Cosmo into a turtle. In short, the episode is so full of depth and memorable moments that it might as well be one of my absolute favorite episodes from the show, and let’s not forget to mention how sexy it is. *Rips shirt and magically appears back on* Okay, maybe not in that way, but you get my point. Excellent.
16b. Nectar of the Odds: Timmy wants tickets for him and his friends to see Crash Nebula (on ice?) Timmy goes with the best possible option in earning money by selling lemonade. Timmy tries to make the best-tasting lemonade after his first pitcher tasted foul. Cosmo then dips his sweaty socks in the lemonade, which not only makes the lemonade taste good, but it also allows customers to grant wishes…that in which eventually takes a turn for the worst.
This is the type of episode that doesn’t really become as interesting until after halfway. The premise of Cosmo’s sweaty socks making better tasting lemonade would seem off-putting, but the point where the episode starts getting as interesting is when the wishing starts to become chaotic, which then leads to Timmy using the lemonade to reverse all the wishes, as well as having to make the sacrifice of wishing that none of it ever happened and no one remembered it, leaving Timmy with no money to see Crash Nebula. (on ice?) The biggest highlight of the episode, however, is none other than- DOUG DIMMADOME OWNER OF THE DIMMSDALE DIMMADOME MAKING HIS DIMMSDALE DIMMA-DEBUT in the episode who repays Timmy’s kindness for reuniting him with his son Dale Dimmadome, (the kid who was forced to make Vicky’s lemonade) by getting Timmy, Chester, and A.J. to see the show by giving them jobs at the Dimmadome.
I think one particular flaw some people will tend to have with the episode is the scene with Cosmo having to exercise himself to death in order to make the secret ingredient and the lemonade, but I don’t mind it as much. It’s still a pretty well-written episode in my books. Great.
17a. Hail to the Chief: Timmy decides to run against Tad and Chad as student body president due to the way they’re treating the non-popular kids. Timmy ends up winning the election when every other kid in school caught food poisoning from Tad and Chad’s cake. Timmy doesn’t seem to be enjoying it, however.
This episode could’ve used some more work. It doesn’t really seem to get any sort of message across since the main conflict of the episode is Timmy turning out not to enjoy his job as student president because of his secret service following him everywhere, preventing him from talking to Trixie, and such. Also, the fact that Timmy manages to become student president by his one vote because of everyone else getting sick felt like a cop-out. And the plot point where Timmy attempts to resign by making his own self look like a nerd (which one scene being the debut of Sanjay’s character for when Timmy joins the Library Assistance Club) felt kinda forced. I didn’t even feel anything much from the ending, where the episode closes with Timmy being surrounded by a group of kids with runny noses…now look, I haven’t seen the episode since a while. Granted, it’s pulled from broadcast, not because of something from this episode, but because of something from its partner episode. Anyways, the episode is alright. There are some jokes here and there, but not one I can always come back to.
In the end, the plot is just nothing special to me and so it results into a very average episode. It’s not good, but there aren’t any moments that get me on my bad side either. Meh.
17b. Twistory: Timmy is doing a school report on the Founding Fathers, so he wishes that they would be brought from the past for his talk show taking place in his treehouse. However, bringing them back from the past has brought a side-effect to the present in which the U.S.A. turns into a British colony. After Cosmo and Wanda lose their wands for taxation, Timmy uses his Time Scooter to go back to the time where Benedict Arnold is tricking the U.S. into surrendering to the British in order to fix the time stream.
So, this is the episode that turned out to be so controversial that it got pulled from broadcast alongside its partner episode, and that reason being the episode’s portrayal of British stereotypes and the thought of the U.S. never being a successful and advanced society if we lost the American Revolution. It was banned…at least until Nicktoons started reairing it since 2017. Seriously, I’ve checked the Nicktoons schedule very often and found the episode being put in rotation at least a couple times. I can probably see why because the episode’s premise is so off the wall that I can’t really take it so seriously. In fact, I think “Twistory” is a better episode than “Hail to the Chief,” because you’re at least learning some things and getting something from watching it. On top of that, there are some pretty good jokes in the episode, with some of the memorable moments coming from the Founding Fathers and Timmy’s parents.
For some people, this episode can be a bit of a stickywicket, but I liked it. Now’s the time that I…must…chop wood! Good.
18a. Fool’s Day Out: It’s April Fools Day and Timmy is tired of being pranked by everyone, so he enlists the April Fool himself to pull some pranks for him. However, the April Fool doesn’t seem to want to stop until it results him into trying to destroy the Earth.
You can tell by this fairly short summary that there isn’t much that I remember about this episode and I’ve had to rely on Alpha Jay Show’s review of the episode in order to talk about this episode at some points. Alpha Jay’s review in particular defends the episode to death. I agree with a few of his points, but it certainly doesn’t change my mind about the episode, looking back. Think of this episode as the series’ equivalent to “I’m with Stupid” or “Fools In April” if you will, because the reactions for “Fool’s Day Out” kinda depends on who you ask. I can imagine some folks hating this episode because of the Timmy abuse, but then again, I barely catch anyone talking about this episode, not only because it airs once in a blue moon like any other holiday specials. If you ask me, it’s also because the main issue that I have with the episode, which has some sort of message that contrasts between what’s funny and what isn’t funny, is that it’s ironically not funny. In other words, a lot of the jokes don’t come off as memorable.
To be fair though, Jorgen does delivers some funny lines, (i.e. “I fear we will never know who was knocking, but I will make it my mission in life to find out!”) but otherwise, the rest of the humor falls flat for me. Like, what if I send off this episode by getting attacked by a groundhog? *Gets mauled by groundhog.* It’s not so funny, right? I’d say the same when it comes to this fairly average episode. Meh.
18b. Déjà Vu: After yet another rough day, Timmy wishes for Cosmo to become a watch that’ll allow for him to re-do moments where he screws up. Timmy then goes back to where his day begins in order to fix those stressful moments. Unfortunately, Vicky then gets her hands on the watch and uses it against Timmy, so now Timmy wishes for Wanda to be his spare re-do watch…and that it’ll only work him.
While I barely caught anybody talking about “Fool’s Day Out,” I’ve caught people talking about this episode more, and I can pretty much see why. It’s not only hilarious, but its’ hilarity is strangely genius. The episode relies on one particular joke, that being Timmy and Vicky resetting a particular moment in time, and what makes the repetitive joke work is that the episode finds ways to still make it funny with scenes including the bit where Timmy launches a water balloon to France, the scenes with Timmy and Vicky dueling it out with their watches, as well as the end with Timmy being taken back to where he met his fairies. Aside from those, I also liked Mr. Turner’s line on The Little Dolphin Who Cried *dolphin chirps.*
The highlight of the episode is mainly its humor, unsurprisingly. Some moments can feel repetitive, but it’s still one of Season 2’s greatest. Too bad it only airs during April Fools’ Day alongside its partner episode. *RE-DO!* Too bad it only airs during April Fools’ Day alongside its partner episode…nope. I guess we’ll still have to deal with that. Great.
19. Information Stupor Highway: Timmy writes an e-mail to Trixie, asking her out to the school dance. After his parents turn it into a romantic and threatening e-mail and send it, Timmy wishes to be inside the internet to get it back. He’s branded as a pink hat computer virus and eventually gets downloaded into Mr. Crocker’s computer, who then traces back the data from Timmy’s computer and records proof of the existence of fairies in the process. Now Timmy has to stop Mr. Crocker from uploading the footage of Cosmo and Wanda to every TV and computer in the world.
Again, the bulk of the episode’s charm is some of the jokes. Some highlights include Mr. Crocker’s slow computer and its otherwise slow downloading speed, a couple scenes that reveal Veronica’s apparent jealousy of Trixie to the point where she wants to be Trixie, the scene with Cosmo “turning off” the computer, the bits with the super-intelligent gorillas, and the gag with the parents of the characters coming into their rooms with a battering ram. Really, I could mention some more jokes from the episode, but anyways, my point is that it’s just a very entertaining episode. Aside from that, I really like the concept, it’s very well-written, and- hey, is that the pink hat computer virus? Great.
20. Scary GodParents: It’s Halloween and Timmy wants to be dressed as one of the Jack-o-Bots from the Crash Nebula Halloween special. Unfortunately, there were only four Jack-o-Bot costumes, which were made for a contest, and they were taken by the popular kids. To make matters worse, every house across Dimmsdale is spoiling the Jack-o-Bot costumes while Timmy, his friends, and his fairies in costume are supervised by Vicky and have to give most of their candy to her. Given how the popular kids are getting treats because their costumes look real, and Vicky is getting treats as well because, well…she is an evil babysitter, Timmy wishes that everyone’s costumes were real and scary. However, this wish causes the popular kids to turn evil and form the Pumpkinator, creating a doomsday device to destroy Earth in the process. Meanwhile, Mark, Jeff, and Erik invade Earth to convince Vicky to escape the doomed planet.
It’s a fairly decent Halloween special. You can tell by my description that there’s a hefty amount of plot elements going on, and that’s what keeps me invested in the episode. Story-wise, the highlight of the episode is the mish-mashed costume Timmy facing off against the Pumpkinator. That’s not the only thing I can give this episode credit for, but I’ll get to everything else later. One issue that some folks will tend to have is the mean-spirited nature of the episode, at least during the first half. I find it understandable since I feel as though that the popular kids are designed to be unlikeable. (Unless in the case of which you are a fan of Trixie and/or Veronica) Granted, the episode starts to get more interesting halfway.
The end of the episode is very pleasant as it ends with Wanda being able to grant Timmy’s wish that everything would be “fake and safe,” the Pumpkinator being un-wished, and the Yugopotamians bomb the Earth…with a piñata full of candy, thus giving every kid in Dimmsdale a batch of candy. It may not be a top-tier animated Halloween special, but it still offers a pretty good treat. Good.
And that’s all of them. Overall, Season 2 was another great season. Great. It doesn’t have tight competition with Season 1, but it’s still got a lot of top-notch gems. Once again, I’m rounding this all up into my Top 5 and the one episode that I recommend the least:
5. Timvisible: A very entertaining and creatively plotted episode in general.
4. Boy Toy: An episode with a well-written plot and a very good moral, in addition to the character establishment with Timmy.
3. Super Bike: A funny, memorable, and charming episode all the way through.
2. The Boy Who Would Be Queen: A very well-written episode that gives Timmy and Trixie some more background and deconstructs gender roles pretty subtly.
1. Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary: Okay, I lied when I said that no other S2 episode could top the aforementioned episode. If you’re looking for an episode with a very well-fleshed out recurring character, moments where Cosmo is at his best and a well-conceived plot in general, then I suggest you’ll really like this episode.
And then there’s the one episode that I enjoyed the least from all the rest. That honor will go to “Hail to the Chief.” There was just barely anything to gain out of that episode, at least in my eyes. A couple of not-so honorable mentions include “Fool’s Day Out” and “Totally Spaced Out.” Expect my Season 3 review to arrive either next month or the month after. And maybe later, I'll do some tweaks with these blog entries.
The rankings so far:
"Excellent:" 7 (9 counting Season 0)
"Great:" 16 (21 counting Season 0)
"Good:" 9 (10 counting Season 0)
"Okay:" 2 (4 counting Season 0)
We have a big one starting us off here, folks.
Believer - Imagine Dragons
...I think I can blame this band for single-handedly ruining this entire year, and even the entire decade in alt rock.
The more I think about it, the more I realize how much I despise Imagine Dragons. I look at their discography, and the only songs that sound... I guess passable are Shots and It's Time. Everything else they've done is a towering monument of the very worst aspects of faux-indie... at this point I can't really call anything of their's "rock" because they are so firmly against it . Like, try to tell me how "I Bet My Life" or "On Top of the World" are classifiable even as rock. In the vague sense of the people in the background serving as session musicians, I guess they're at least a band? "Radioactive" is a personal goddamn trigger of mine. I'm not even joking, the second I hear it open up, I try as hard as possible to make sure I hear something else so I don't hear it. This band's shit, their songs are shit, and the soon-to-be-inevitable fact that they'll be considered one of the "definitive rock acts" of the decade based on their commercial success just shows how sad this decade has been for alternative music.
But I will say that in spite of my hatred for them, this song is fucking hilarious.
You can tell they tried to do something with this song. They're really trying. Trying to... do something. All I know is, damn.
The vocal melody is hilariously shit.
The "epic" drumbeat (especially when the song opens. I have a brother who likes these guys and I can conform he thinks the opening is "epic") is hilariously shit.
The lyrics are hilariously shit.
That limp-ass guitar that sort of exists, which kinda makes this somewhat rock(?), is hilariously shit.
Everything about this song is so hilariously shit, I almost respect it. Sadly, in terms of actual quality, this is some absolute booty and is without a doubt at least a contender for the Bottom 10. But holy fuck was this hilarious on the first couple of listens.
Love is Mystical - Cold War Kids
So "Hang Me Out to Dry" is a pretty good song, I'll give you that, Prez. But I don't know, neither First or this really clicks with me. On a side note, their albums are goldmines for awful album art compilations.
So I'll cap one off to you, brotherrrr with a special gift
Rhythm and Blues - The Head and the Heart
Melody's a bit better, but this video's way too stupid for me to take this song seriously. Although I can at least applaud them for at least not doubling-down on Mumford and Sons worship.
Nothing new. Believer went from #30 to #16 in the span of a week, when most of these acts kinda linger around for a while before getting to the top half. That's... not even something considering they may be the most manufactured band of the decade.
(FUCK OFF FEB, 3/4/17)
Heavy - Linkin Park ft. Kiiara
...i knew i would have to cover this at some point when i started this list, god damn it.
Look, I don't like this band's music. I did when I was a kid, yeah, but that's because as a kid you'd hear anything on the radio and like it if the general sound appealed to you. Breaking the Habit is still a good song. That's the only song of theirs that does anything for me.
So... uh, considering how exactly the year went for these guys... yeah, I'm probably gonna look like an asshole in any way I touch this.
Look, I know Chester means an insane amount of influence in a lot of people, and I get it. I get why so many people were affected by the suicide, and I get why this band is important to so many people in their lives.
...but that doesn't change my opinion that this song is poo poo on a platter.
Pork Soda - Glass Animals
"oh, you mean the prim-" stop, renegade
although to be fair this is actually pretty groovy, bass player ain't no claypool but gottta say it does a pretty good jorb at not sucking
okay now will you go away renegade
renegade get out of my blog
Nimble Bastard - Incubus
Incubus are... still around, all right?
I mean, this isn't a bad song, but it just feels surreal to still listen to new Incubus in 2017. I don't have any qualms against their music, but I kind of assumed they simply dried out and broke up years back. This is like an alternate universe where people heavily complain about how Firefly went down the shitter spectacularly in season 2 while still weeping over the sole season of Heroes. Eh?
Reverend - Kings of Leon
Eh, you could go ahead and copy my thoughts on Waste a Moment here.
Good Morning - Grouplove
I genuinely believe Grouplove are a much better band than at least half of all the acts I will cover on this blog, but this really isn't one of their best. Sounds like album filler, and I know this band can do much better.
Ringer - The Unlikely Canidates
wow, this chorus isn't annoying at all!
these guys played at my radio station's festival, Kerfuffle. that is all i know about this band and this song doesn't implore me to look into them.
Green Light - Lorde
I know a huge bias against the poppier tunes that appear on this chart, but really, they just end up feeling forced.
So with that stated, this is a Top 10 lock for the year. Does that say more about Lorde's capabilities or the year's quality in music? You be the judge, but this genuinely didn't need to drop off as fast as it did. Genuine good tune here.
also the keyboards sound like sped-up screamadelica riffs, lol
Where's the Revolution - Depeche Mode
And hey! To give a sudden doubler of sweetness to these lists, new music straight from goddamn Depeche Mode! This is gonna be quite a treat, and... uh...
...oh. Houston, your groceries have not been delivered.
Uh, I don't know how to put it, but my best guess is that they sound like they're getting paid.
What happened to the enthusiasm? I know they're old, have been old, and are stuck being old until death, but... this feels like a contractual obligation than an actual song
goddamn i'm let down
thank you guys, i needed that
This type of news is prominent towards my current series of reviews for FOP and it's prominent towards what you're going to see during my reviews for seasons 2-5. The episodes will be ordered by production number, and if any of you have checked to see how the seasons/episodes are arranged in TV.com, Wikipedia, and the Wiki for the show, they aren't very similar as Wikipedia and TV.com lists the episode by premiere order. Due to that, the Wiki for Fairly OddParents is going to be my main source. So, before any of you remind me if I'm missing an episode or if I skipped an episode, I am reviewing the series by production order. In addition, there are also some particular specials that don't follow the main order, namely the Jimmy Timmy crossover trilogy and the Bunsen is a Beast crossover special. Each are associated towards a certain season, and when I get to them, they will apparently be the last episodes I would have to cover for the particular season.
That is all.
Okay, a full forty is out of the way! Let's see what turns up next weekend.
(Goes to Billboard's charts, formerly at 1/7/17, jumps a week to 1/14/17)
...It's the exact same son-oh! Creeped right on me at the end.
Painting (Masterpiece) - Lewis Del Mar
That title is awfully misleading.
(skips another week to 1/21/17)
All the Pretty Girls - Kaleo
A better tune musically than Way Down We Go, but I still don't feel like this is anything special.
Certified by the charts as a Hot Shot Debut. This debuted at #40. Impressive?
(skips --> 1/28/17)
Cold Cold Cold - Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant tend to have a lot of these sort of songs where the shtick is basically "look at us, we're Mellow Gold-era Beck but not", even dating back to their breakthrough. I don't mind most their tunes, but I've always found them to work better with their more psychedelic tunes like Cigarette Daydreams than, say, said breakthrough Ain't No Rest For the Wicked, which I've probably heard in full 156 times by now and can't stand anymore. I guess it's not as annoying as Trouble.
Blame - Bastille
If you aren't aware of it yet, the Alternative Songs chart also serves as life support for the faux-indie one hit wonders (over here at least, i know these guys are much more popular overseas) popping up since the beginning of the decade. This and last year's Good Grief serve as pretty good examples for what I'm trying to say here. I mean, I think you'd like this and that if you liked Pompeii, but I didn't, and these are just kinda okay in my books?
(skips outta Jan, fuck that month. 2/4/17)
Name for You - The Shins
I... don't know how I feel about the Shins. Ultimate example of an act I would enjoy fine in a certain context but I would never put on anytime outside that context. I guess they have good songs but I can't bring myself to specifically get out of my way and listen to them. This doesn't change my opinion.
Hurt Like Hell - The Heydaze
yeah, weird how if you fall it hurts
thanks for the info, but i'm gonna skip to the next song cause this is annoying me deeply and I can't find the way to show how I feel about this
Middle Fingers - MISSIO
Down - Marian Hill
oh hey, this song had a name
i don't know how i assumed it was something else when it literally goes downdowndownDOWNdowndown-down-down-down-down-down-downdowndddddowndddowndddownareyoudown [x i don't even know]
but at the same time i'm just glad i'm not talking about goddamn middle fingers, this is catchy and not offensive to the human brain
i will say though
middle fingers doesn't have a kidz bop version
like, what the fuck
Hot Thoughts - Spoon
Okay, so as you've probably guessed, a lot of my reviews are basically going "i don't like this, i don't like that, i don't care for either, i'm sick of these songs playing everywhere, my only reaction i have is middle fingerFUCKHOWDIDITGETINMYHEADAGAIN"
So then an actual good song comes along. And, uh... it's actually really good. Damn good. What the fuck? I thought this was intended as a masochistic torture session for me, similar to when I listened to all those really really shit songs i got from rateyourmusic but no, I have this great fucking song out the fuck from nowhere and actually get a really nice amount of airplay? Is this a joke?
Probably not, whatever. Really good song, this is actually the first track I can listen to and think "I'd want to hear that again on my own." I know this isn't gonna last for doubles, though, and...
The Full Retard - El-P
Oh hell fucking yeah this is enough for me to forgive that Middle Fingers crap! I'm not sure why exactly this is charting now and on this chart, but since that Empire of the Sun track became a hit 8 years, and the 2013 alternative year-end chart was stockpiled with pop tunes, I'll take what I can get. Anyway, El, as always, absolutely rips it up on the mic and proves why he's one of my favorite MC's (and producers, don't forget that) as of late. That this even charted on any chart at all, is nothing short of baffling, let alone... the alternative... rock... chart... wait.
okay the actual charting song is "Lost On You" by someone who goes by the stage name LP. Same pronunciation but completely different. I'm a full retard myself.
So instead of Producto blasting lyric about how the earth gon be fucked one day (as he usually does), you get something that doesn't sound any different from any millennial pop song from the radio.
What else should I have expected?