Reviews: Planet Sheen

Planet Sheen: A Scrapper Of A Series(In all the wrong ways)

When it was on, I enjoyed watching Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius And I'm sure a lot of others did. When a sequel was announced, I was overjoyed. Then I discovered that it was Planet Sheen...and face-palmed.

In Jimmy Neutron, Sheen was a supporting character who's duty it was to inject wackiness into the plot. He was the cuckolander who played off of Jimmy's intelligence to add some humorous contrast. When put into the spotlight of episodes, it usually involves him overcoming his goofiness and becoming a powerful and helpful goofball. Planet Sheen, by theory, should build up from that right?....No.

The big problem with Planet Sheen is that Sheen's ridiculousness is played seriously in-series. He's still the confused goofball we know, but everyone around him follows his every word as undeniable fact. Because there isn't a Jimmy there to act as the brain, Sheen ends up coming off as a frustratingly obnoxious Ted Baxter who's intelligence would only barely allow him to run a taco stand, let alone be ambassador of Earth. The only characters in the entire series who see Sheen in the wrong are the main antagonist Dorkus Arelius and a quite literal butt-monkey, Nesmith who, for all intents and purposes, should be held in higher regard than Sheen, as he's been there longer.

A episode of this show basically consist of Sheen using his warped logic to push himself up while pushing his friends down, engaging in situations that he has absolutely NO logical reason to be taking on and then blaming someone else when it inevitably blows up in his face. Because his bumbling more often then not solves the problem that he makes, he is hailed as a hero and a mighty warrior by everyone around him and the cycle continues.

Planet Sheen tries to cash in on a zany character, but ultimately fails to do so by taking away a big part of what made the character funny in the first place. Instead of continuing the adventures of this lovable goof, they turned him into a disgustingly self-centered brat who's only move is to come up with nonsense and then blame others for problems he makes.

Really Just Not That Good

Honestly I wasn't the biggest T He Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius fan as a child, but looking back I can watch it and pick out its funny moments. It was a good show. Planet Sheen on the other hand is just a disappointment. I was actually kind of looking forward to it in a way because I wanted to see how it would turn out, but I don't know how they could make a show with this premise so bland and unfunny. I don't like any of the characters, including Sheen, and that's coming from someone who even liked him in the original series. The pilot was okay at best, but it goes downhill from there to the point where it doesn't keep me interested enough to watch and see if Sheen returns home. And that's pretty bad.

Not a good follow up to a great show.

Who would have thought that one of Nickelodeon's best shows would produce a spin off that is one of the network's most mediocre? I actually liked Jimmy Neutron, so I was expecting this to be decent. Instead, it's a twist in the knife to the original. Why?

-The Art: Not as good as Neutron, veering a bit too much into Uncanny Valley, but still passable.

-The Humor: Good at times, facepalming at others. If they did not use as much lowbrow humor, it would be fine.

-The Characters: Most of the characters are actually tolerable, if underdeveloped. Our main problem comes in our protagonist, Sheen. In the original show, he was stupid, yes, but he was also fun, and developed into a great sidekick. Now? He's the moronic child of Anti Sue and Black Hole Sue, getting praised by all of Zeenu despite most of his schemes failing horribly, fixing the problem by total accident, or because the king had the same idea of destruction. I don't know: maybe I don't get the humor, and maybe Sheen is supposed to be similar to the Zeenuians. But, still.

-The Plot: Repetitive and Boring. Sheen does something insane, gets away with it because of the king or something, Dorkus tries to send him back to earth. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. The worst part? The first few parts of that plot remind me so much of Ctrl Alt Del (Mary Sue Character acts like a dumbass, fixes shit by accident, and is hailed as a god-king. It's sad when a show reminds me so much of a mediocre webcomic.)

Look, don't wait around to see this. There are other entertaining animated programs (Gravity Falls, Phineas And Ferb, Adventure Time) out there.

Final Score: 4 out of 10.