June 3, 2017. That was the day SpongeBob aired its 400th/401st segment....that is if my counting is accurate. For this occasion, not only have I made up my mind about my top/bottom 25, I have ranked every single last segment of SpongeBob - a total of 401. Also, keep in mind that I didn't include any episodes that aired after Unreal Estate / Code Yellow, since I wanted to keep it as a top 400 list. Whatever my #401 might be (my newest, absolute worst episode), it's very deserving of that ranking. The first pair of lists that I'm going to start with are the list of episodes that I find underrated and overrated, not counting the ones that appear in my top/bottom 25. Before I get to the controversial part, I'm going to start with: Steel's Top 10 Underrated SpongeBob Episodes
For a short time, I've been analyzing the issues of both episodes, and while I've already made up my mind on which one of the two is worse, I made this thread since I feel that these two aren't so different from each other, when it comes to its narrative approach. In both episodes, Patrick comes off as a jerk, but which one was the least tolerable for me? Driven to Tears. And some people might say, "but Patrick's jerk-ish behavior was justifiable in Driven to Tears compared to that OTHER episode." You can all say whatever you want to say about the episode that gets on your bad side, but I stand by my opinion towards Driven to Tears. I honestly don't see how Patrick "shoving his license in SpongeBob's face" could be seen as "justifiable." Sure, it did have a good ending whereas SpongeBob admits ripping up Patrick's license before he and Patrick make up for the way they acted and all, but I would've tolerated it better if the episode could make the point across that Patrick's fancy boat was what was jeopardizing SB and Patrick's friendship. And because of the whole gimmick where Patrick constantly brags about his new boat in front of SpongeBob, the jokes also fall pretty flat for me. It was also hard to feel sympathetic towards SB, given his envious behavior in lines like how he should've gotten a license and the boat. It makes sense they would act as such, but it was hard for me to watch. Then there's this one bit of the episode where Patrick apparently doesn't seem to know the basics of driving, whereas he doesn't stop at a red light, and when he's almost a mile above the speed limit, when earlier he got a perfect score in Mrs. Puff's driving test. It's basically one of those episodes that I just don't see why it gets so much appreciation. Now don't get the wrong idea, I wouldn't say Rule of Dumb is any good either. My opinion on the latter is different from the former because I feel Patrick's jerk-ish behavior is the main point of the episode's narrative, like in Driven to Tears, and at the very least, Patrick comes to a realization that he's become a jerk, near the end of the episode. Heck, the plot stems from SpongeBob proclaiming that Patrick can have anything he wanted as king, and not so later into the episode, he points out how Patrick's taking the matter the wrong way. The episode acknowledges very well that Patrick is acting like a jerk, given that notion and in the climax when SpongeBob tries to reassure to Patrick that he's not acting very pleasant. So, my feelings on Patrick's character in the episode is in-between unjustifiable and sensible. The main issue, IMO, are the jokes that go along with the episode, and they aren't funny when they try to be. I can see why Rule of Dumb gets so much hate, but I have yet a similar and more complicated relationship with Driven to Tears. So anyways, which one of these two episodes was worse in handling Patrick's character? No pressure.
Let's see, I'd like to think of 2009 as an underrated year for pop music. You guys might say that it had a Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, and a Soulja Boy, but it also had a Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and Kid Cudi before he jumped the shark. And since we're on the subject of music in general, I can at least say that 2009 also had some great albums/artists within the likes of Green Day, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Dirty Projectors to name a few. It's still no contest though. Compared to 2009, 1999 is such an iconic year with albums by RHCP, Flaming Lips, Eminem, Blur, and blink-182, as well as hits such as "Scar Tissue," "Smooth," "I Want It That Way," "No Scrubs," "Slide," "All Star," "...Baby One More Time/(You Drive Me) Crazy," "Learn to Fly," "What's My Age Again?", "Guerrilla Radio," "Livin' la Vida Loca," "My Own Worst Enemy," "Praise You," and so forth.
Queens of the Stone Age, The Killers, and Shania Twain release a new single on the same week <3.
Bump because Anthony Padilla recently announced that he's no longer part of Smosh: I don't have any serious, strong emotions about this decision since I used to be into Smosh for a while before my thoughts on the channel in general has neutralized, but it is indeed a major one.
After leaving this show alone for a little while, there's something that I feel needs to be acknowledged here: there is possibly something creepy going on from one of the members of the PPG writing staff: The character's name is Jared Shapiro. People who are still watching the show have noticed that the guy is based off of one of the writers: Jake Goldman. The character serves no real purpose than to play out as the love interest of Blossom, and....I'm just thinking about whether or not this is a deliberate joke towards the PPG fandom, or if Jake Goldman apparently wanted to share his self-insert x Blossom fanfiction fantasies onto the actual show. The fact that he looks so identical to Goldman, is voiced by none other than him, and that all his screentime is only devoted to Blossom's attraction towards him (before even getting involved in some sort of love triangle plot with Bubbles) are all a dead giveaway that he's a self-insert. (For crying out loud, there's even a scene where Blossom fantasizes his crush as a muscular hunk!) Also, Jared Shaprio shares the same first name as Jared Fogle, the Subway guy. Nothing else to add there. I don't know whether or not Goldman is still part of the staff, or that his character is some sort of joke, but I wish this Jared character doesn't keep sticking around much longer, cuz' this is seriously rubbing me all the wrong ways.
I bet you guys were expecting a new game from [insert any beloved video game franchise that hasn't had a new game for a long period of time here], but it turns out we're getting a new Busby game. I'm only familiar with the franchise from the fact that it's been getting a lot of neg-cat-ive feedback meow-ver the years, as well as being a pounce-chline among video games in general (and its hilariously bad puns). What I can say based on the teaser? I don't know what kind of voice they're trying to give to Bubsy, but for a new 3D sidescrolling platformer, it actually looks good, at the very least, when you compare it to the disastrous PS1 game.
Updated 2017 (None of my new and current choices are in particular order): Best (Primary): Freddie Mercury Matt Bellamy Thom Yorke Mariah Carey Florence Welch Amy Lee Andre 3000 Kelly Clarkson Janelle Monae Damon Albarn Marvin Gaye Stevie Wonder Steve Perry Michael Jackson Brian Wilson John Lennon Ariana Grande David Bowie (My absolute favorite singer.) (Surprised I haven't added him till later.) Robert Smith (The Cure) (surprised I haven't added him earlier either.) Matt Berninger (The National) Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) Brandon Flowers (The Killers) Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) Patti Smith Bono Elton John Whitney Houston Alicia Keys Prince On certain days: Patrick Stump Brendan Urie Chris Cornell Amy Winehouse The Weeknd Worst (Primary): Chad Kroeger Austin Winkler Adam Levine Michael Bolton Peter Cetera (Chicago) Akon Christian Zucconi (Grouplove) Lukas Forchhammer David Boyd (New Politics) Gavin Rossdale (Bush) Ali Campbell (UB40) On certain days: Jason Derulo Josh Todd (Buckcherry) Jake Bugg Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan) Camila Cabello
Steel Sponge replied to Wumbo's topic in Downtown Bikini Bottomseriously man, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, only at #27??? Very interesting list, with some surprising choices, I'll have to admit. I'm not surprised by your #1, but I'm one of few who don't see so much from it after so many re-listens, but hey (hey HEY), it's still a very solid track. Anyways, you know what to do: Would I Lie to You? Loverboy We Built This City Never Surrender You Belong to the City Who's Zoomin' Who / Freeway of Love Sussudio Run to You Crazy for You Shout Too Late for Goodbyes Smooth Operator I Want to Know What Love Is One Night in Bangkok
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