I think a large depth lost in the new episodes was the "Mr. Vice Guy
" setup, in that most of the characters were thoroughly likeable and approachable for the most part, except for when their defining flaw took over.
Mr Krabs for example was a generally rashional and friendly employer, if still rather eccentric, it's just that his greed was such an enormous drive he would sometimes betray his scruples and right mind for it. Nowadays even when not on a gold rush, his overall character is mostly that of an odious old miser.
Similarly Spongebob was a Cloud Cuckoo Lander
but when not deluded by his odd way of thinking he could be rather perceptive. He was also still Innocently Insensitive
, though not to the point he was ruining endless lives in gleeful obliviousness.
Similarly Patrick was The Ditz
and Gary's Instincts Were Showing
. Sandy is harder to define, though aggressiveness and occasional egotism seemed to be the drive in a lot of her spotlight episodes.
Nearly all the cast traded the Jerkass Ball
a fair few times (Patrick was an ENORMOUS jerk in I'm With Stupid, as was Krabs in Jellyfish Hunter), though it at least didn't eclipse their standard characterization.
edited 5th Oct '13 11:38:19 AM by Psi001