Season Three - The Ghost of The Ex-Wife.
The start of season three is pretty good. We get Jesse, a fabulous, more well rounded and developed Jaden. They also bring in two offensive stereotypes, African child soldier Axel and Jim: Crocodile Dundee with a Crocodile Glued to his back(?).
A series of villains kill each other for an evil hand that sucks the school to planet Arrakis, periphery characters actually do something useful, The story is kept simple and tensions are charged, almost as if they learned from season two leaving us with a satisfying well rounded story. AS IF!
Jesse gets sucked into hell and Jaden goes off to save him, his friends override his objections and invite themselves along. They they proceed to Whine, Complain and try to slow Jaden down as much as they can. Its like the chief writers wife left him and that bitchy caricature men present to each other seeped into all the cast erasing their characters.
Finally Jaden is tricked into playing a rigged game that kills his friends. At this point the writing staff want you to believe that Jaden is a total D-bag, unfortunately instead his 'friends' come off as a bunch of selfish dicks who act like Jaden is their personal servant and that their entitled to wander into danger and Jaden is obligated to save them ("You knew we wouldn't listen to you and come anyway, its your fault").
So they try to gloss over the forced plot point and the fact that they made all his friends seem like really bad people by...carrying on as if the characters behaviour was justified because Jadens evil now. So they do the redemption dance, bring Zane's story to an end (this is done well), force in an Exodia Cameo and finally decided to meet the Villain. Yubel.
I like Yubel, I think it was pretty ballsy to put a hermaphroditic eldritch abomination with a crush on the main character in as the main villain, the whole SPACEALENZ! angle was unnecessary, so was the sudden out of nowhere reincarnation back story, if anything it distracted from the emotion of the fight which was strongest part of the scene.
If you cut out the middle this season was respectable, but the forced turn to darkness totally alienated me from the story and almost stopped me from watching season four, there was a lot of rubbish shoved in for no reason and the season would have benefited from being shorter and more focused. A lot of good ideas with terrible execution.