FarmerBob: 6/10 Gary & Spot: 8/10 Nitwitting: 3/10 The Ballad of Filthy Muck: 6/10 The Krusty Slammer: 7/10 Pineapple RV: 9/10 King Plankton: 9/10 Stormy Weather: 6/10 The Krusty Bucket: 8/10 Sandy's Nutty Nieces: 8/10 Insecurity Guards: 10/10 I really hope that the show continues with this consistently good quality. All of the episodes here are fun and filled with energy and jokes, Insecurity Guards especially is the makings of a modern classic. Overall grade is about 7.2/10 (Much higher without Nitwitting)
Whirlybrains: 4/10 Mermaid Pants: 9/10 Unreal Estate: 8/10 Code Yellow: 4/10 Mimic Madness: 9/10 House Worming: 5/10 Snooze You Lose: 4/10 Krusty Katering: 4/10 SpongeBob's Place: 5/10 Plankton Gets the Boot: 6/10 Life Insurance: 7/10 Burst Your Bubble: 6/10 Plankton Retires: 3/10 Trident Trouble: 4/10 The Incredible Shrinking Sponge: 6/10 Sportz: 2/10 The Getaway: 9/10 Lost and Found: 7/10 Patrick's Coupon: 5/10 Out of the Picture: 8/10 Feral Friends: 10/10 Don't Wake Patrick: 6/10 Overall Grade: 6/10 (AVERAGE Season) Overall, an unimpressive Season. It’s a weird in-between stage between the much more balanced, story and character-based Season 9b and the boundary-pushing experimentation of Season 11. A lot of the episodes feel like more of the same plots we’ve seen in the past (Snooze, SpongeBob’s Place, House Worming, Retires, Boot and even Mimic come to mind). Even the best episodes here find most of their strength entirely in the animation/visuals as they haven’t yet adapted to the shortened scripts. Many of the episodes feel like Test runs for what will and won’t work in future seasons. However, calling any episodes awful except “Sportz?” would be a stretch, and at least it’s short and quick to get through. Top 5: Feral Friends Mimic Madness The Getaway Mermaid Pants Unreal Estate Bottom 5: Sportz? Whirlybrains Plankton Retires Code Yellow Krusty Katering
Cave Dwelling Sponge: 6/10 The Clam Whisper: 5/10 Spot Returns: 9/10 The Check-Up: 8/10 Spin The Bottle: 5/10 There's A Sponge In My Soup: 9/10 Man Ray Returns: 8/10 Larry The Floor Manager: 8/10 The Legend Of The Boo-Kini Bottom: 9/10 Stuck On The Roof: 4/10 No Pictures, Please: 6/10 Krabby Patty Creature Feature: 2/10 Teacher's Pests: 8/10 Sanitation Insanity: 7/10 Bunny Hunt: 5/10 Squid Noir: 9/10 ScavengerPants: 7/10 Cuddle E. Hugs: 4/10 Pat the Horse: 3/10 Chatterbox Gary: 7/10 Don’t Feed the Clowns: 5/10 Drive Happy: 6/10 Old Man Patrick: 4/10 Fun-Sized Friends: 4/10 Grandmum’s the Word: 8/10 Doodle Dimension: 2/10 Moving Bubble Bass: 5/10 High Sea Diving: 9/10 Bottle Burglars: need to rewatch/10 My Leg!: 0/10 too wacky (Joking it’s a 9/10) Ink Lemonade: 1/10 Mustard O’ Mine: 8/10 Shopping List: 8/10 Whale Watching: 8/10 Krusty Kleaners: 6/10 Patnocchio: 7/10 ChefBob: 9/10 Library Cards: 4/10 Plankton Paranoia: 10/10 Surf N’ Turf: 8/10 Call The Cops!: 8/10 Goons On The Moon: 7/10 Appointment TV: 7/10 Karen’s Virus: 10/10 The Night Patty: 6/10 (This is one of the weirdest episodes to date, grade subject to change) The Grill Is Gone!: 7/10 Bubbletown: 9/10 Girls Night Out: 6/10 Squirrel Jelly: 3/10 The String: 8/10 28 Good Episodes (7/10 or higher) 13 Average Episodes 10 Bad Episodes (4/10 or lower) Overall Grade: 7/10 (GOOD Season) Overall, I’d say that this a solid season. It fully embraced the new experimental, trippy direction that Season 10 began to set up. However, it did get mixed towards the middle and you can’t ignore that some of these episodes are just downright weird and out-there (Soup, Cuddle, Night Patty etc.). If I were to recommend the season to a friend, skip all the Patrick episodes: even discounting Ink they really dumbed him down and any episode he appeared in more than a second of dragged it down overall. The rest of the characters are written really well, especially Mr. Krabs, the SpongeBob and Squidward team-ups, and nearly all of the Returning One-Timers. The best episodes rank among my favorites of the entire series. However, the small handful of bad episodes and continuing problems from Season 10 may signal another steep decline in the show’s quality if not improved in Season 12. BOTTOM FIVE: Ink Lemonade (lol why I am even ranking this one) Krabby Patty Creature Feature (Besides perhaps #1 I cannot think of a single episode this fundamentally broken and against the show’s values, that goes this out of its way to be disturbing and frigtening to the viewers.) Doodle Dimension (A lazy rehash of Frankendoodle that completely forgot to include jokes, stakes, good animation, or a story of its own.) Squirrel Jelly (This did not need to be 16 minutes at all, and is Sandy’s worst appearance to date.) Pat The Horse (This would be the stupidest episode to date if not for Nitwitting making me somehow appreciate it.) TOP FIVE: Karen’s Virus (Definitely the most ambitious and creative story they had to tell this season, if not in the show period. It felt like a huge adventure with so much beautifully stylized locations, a threatening villain, great setup and jokes. And it was balanced extremely well with the comic relief outside the digital realm. Best episode ever is a stretch, but it does what it wants so perfectly that it ranked among my favorites of the series.) Plankton Paranoia (This is a fantastic character study. It successfully shows how Mr. Krabs is impacted by Plankton even when he’s not around, with him really going off the deep end into insanity for a problem he’s grown accustomed to. It’s as if he couldn’t live without the daily fun of foiling Plankton’s plans—it makes perfect sense for his character. I loved the jokes of Mr. Krabs banning customers just to stay focused. The climax or Krabs arc before the twist is one of the most beautifully atmospheric moments in the show—and I did not see that twist coming. If you haven’t seen this, I won’t spoil it. ) The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom (The stop-motion and mix of different art styles is gorgeous, the story is charming, all the characters from SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman are top-notch, and the stakes are quite high. This is the full package and an instant classic) There’s a Sponge in my Soup (This is a very out-there, unusual, and experimental episode but it works extremely well. A story about hippies works great with the show’s new direction. The visuals and quotes are beautiful and hilarious, really embracing the 60’s. There are definitely a lot of students at my college who are hipster/high all the time and this episode would definitely be the one I’d recommend. High Sea Diving (I love the integration with real-life environmental issues in the SpongeBob world and how the characters use the trash for their entertainment and for the battle with Old Man Jenkins. There’s so much going on with SpongeBob aspiring to reach a new goal, being held back midway for some fun shenanigans before succeeding.) Overall, there’s more good here than bad for sure. I could make a Top 10 and still not be done with great episodes, which I couldn’t say since Season 5.
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Um... Wumbo? You listed The Secret Box twice and lower down on the list left nine points off the total. It really has 66 points and would have made the list. Anyways here’s my list so everyone come one come all.
I never really found Shanghaied to be one of the strongest episodes of the show. It’s hilarious, yes, but I find it’s story (length, the somewhat dated interactive element with the endings, spserated skit style) to be too awkwardly structured for it to make my personal Top 50. Still, it’s very good and I’m glad to see it here.
I’ll try and get back to the rest of the episodes on the list later (just finished moving) but here’s where they land on mine thus far. I’m still flabbergasted that Mimic Madness got so much backlash here, but I guess it’s the Band Geeks effect happening. Didn’t make my list but it was one of the last episodes I cut.
The Great Snail Race is an episode whose hatred seems to be based on the way people attach it to more recent episodes like A Pal for Gary rather than the episode itself being bad. It shows a complete arc of SpongeBob's character and remembered that aspect should be the part of the story and not the main joke. The Fry Cook Games always felt like a grand conclusion with the epic atmosphere of the contest and how strongly SpongeBob and Patrick's friendships are tested. Both made my list.
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