Decomposing Elements of Sponge Bob Square PantsMany fans believe that Sponge Bob Square Pants has had the biggest decline in quality of any show on TV in the 21st century. And while I'm inclined to believe them, let's take a deeper look at how the older SpongeBob (Seasons 1-3) differs from the newer SpongeBob (Seasons 4-whatever number we're on now). The early SpongeBob, released in 1999, was loved for its humor and nostalgia, keeping the elements we loved from a few 90's shows and putting its own personal SpongeBob twist on them. It was one of the most recognizable works on television, and technically still is. But older SpongeBob also had great stories going on. It had its own personal touch on unique elements such as sponges getting the suds instead of cold, or Goo Lagoon being addressed as a mud puddle instead of an underwater body of water. Basically, the old SpongeBob never forgot that it was underwater, and covered a world that was not human, and did not copy exactly everything that goes on in human society. Newer SpongeBob, however, tries in a poor way to keep up with what old SpongeBob laid down. In seasons such as five and six, most fans agree that the plots are forced and unfunny. However, in later seasons, such as seven and eight, we see Continuity Nods such as SpongeBob mentioning that he had the suds before, while completely out of context to the situation going on in the episode. Newer episodes of SpongeBob are still trying to keep us hooked on the elements that old SpongeBob already laid down for us, while most fans who still watch the show are trying not to connect old and new SpongeBob. That being said, new SpongeBob does not provide any further connections than the pointless Continuity Nods, in that all the characters have undergone Character Derailment in some way. Even if you don't believe this, many long-term fans of the series can agree that the characters seen in new SpongeBob do not possess the same charm to them that they did in old SpongeBob. Characters such as Mr. Krabs are now expressed in an antagonistic light*, and play to the many rundown plot cliches that are expressed in every episode we see them in. In conclusion, the decline of humorous occurrences in the new SpongeBob has to do with the lack of effort to match the two together in the unique elements and character traits that old SpongeBob already set for us.