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  • Angst? What Angst?: Sheen doesn't seem to be homesick in the slightest. He keeps telling his grandma that he wants to come home, but other than that, he doesn't seem to care about never getting home. What about his father? What about Libby? What about all his friends? He never brings them up at all. You'd expect a homesick episode or two.
    Mr. Nesmith: Sheen, don't you think we should focus on fixing the rocket so we can return to Earth instead of having a milkshake?
    • The closest thing we get is an episode involving Ultra Lord, which is saying something, since Sheen seems to have permanently lost his obsession with him.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: A comic relief from a beloved show is sent to a distant planet. All of the other characters are given one-time mentions at best or are downright ignored at worst. The humor relies much more on dorkiness than clever parody and there is no Character Development, seriousness or realism.
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  • Awesome Art: While it may not be the greatest Nickelodeon spin off, the animation is much better than the original series.
  • Designated Hero: Sheen has become such an obnoxious prick and not only has he forgotten his best friends, but he lies to his Zeenuian friends and doesn't seem to care that his friends and his father are probably missing him back home.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans like to pretend this show didn't exist, for obvious reasons.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Some fans think Aseefa would make a better love interest to Nick instead of Sheen.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Some of the biggest complaints that fans have with this show can be traced back to the The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
    • Many fans complained about Sheen’s new characterization. Character Exaggeration led to him becoming incredibly selfish, obnoxious and uncaring towards his friends. These numerous flaws made it hard for audiences to root for or sympathize with him as the protagonist. In the original series Jimmy himself had a quite abrasive personality, being smug, somewhat lazy, opinionated and selfish. However, Jimmy still possessed enough redeeming and sympathetic traits such as his bravery, loyalty and compassion that audiences could look past this. Likewise, he often had to pay for his mistakes. All together, this made him a more relatable and deeper character. Sheen, on the other hand, not only never had to bear the brunt of his flaws, always getting away totally scot-free regardless of the damage he caused, but also lost all his redeeming traits save a shallow friendliness, making him come across as a purely self-centered jerk.
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    • Sheen’s newfound extreme arrogance in particular was called out by many fans as making the character to unlikable. In all his appearances Jimmy was also incredibly arrogant, with him regularly acting like he was smartest man in the world and always knew what was best. However, from the original movie Jimmy's pride was always presented as his Fatal Flaw, with his ignoring other people’s warnings often causing his problems and him regularly being forced to admit he was wrong and needed others’ help. Likewise, Jimmy was, well a boy genius, capable of casually building revolutionary technology whilst living in a town full of gullible and foolish people, thus believing he was smarter than everyone else was somewhat understandable, if not accurate. Sheen, meanwhile, was constantly portrayed as a complete idiot who often made things worse than he found them, yet still acted like he knew what was best. Thus, he would regularly ignore everyone’s warnings and do things which were incredibly stupid, then blame them for not telling him when things went wrong.
    • One complaint that many fans bring up is that Sheen often causes the very problems of the episode. This was a regular plot from the start, with many problems stemming from Jimmy’s arrogance or mistakes. In the movie, it’s Jimmy’s space beacon that leads to all the parents being kidnapped by the Yokieans, and a recurring plot for the series was his inventions going wrong and causing misery for himself and others. It worked here, as Jimmy would always work tirelessly to undo the damage he had caused and was regularly called out for it (to the point that it was almost a recurring joke that his many mishaps had made him unpopular with the town). Sheen, meanwhile, often brought misery upon others through his sheer stupidity, arrogance or refusal to listen to common sense, then would come out on top due to the efforts of others or sheer dumb luck. Afterwards he would refuse to take any responsibility for his actions and yet was still celebrated as a hero. Whilst this was intended to be for laughs, it instead made the viewers dislike Sheen even more.
  • Growing the Beard: Ironically enough, people have stated the series finale was when the show started to get better and as such it's notable for being one of the very few good episodes of the show.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the pilot episode, the alien announcer says, "And now, here's the star of our show (but not for much longer) Sheen!" The show itself was canned after a single season.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Aseefa's Warrior Face.
  • Older Than They Think: The series bears a strong resemblance to Leader Dog, a series of shorts aired on Nicktoons Network (then Nicktoons TV) in 2004. Those shorts were about a dim-witted Earth dog being brought to an alien planet, to gain the admiration of their king and become their ruler as Earth's representative with them worshipping every dog-like action he does.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Doppy being Carl's doppelgänger is just a cruel and mean spirited move to fans of the original show. For bonus points, Rob Paulsen voices both of them.
  • Sequelitis: The sequel to Jimmy Neutron that does not live up to the original.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Even some of Planet Sheen's most vehement opponents will admit that it can get a pretty big laugh out of them every once in a while, in a way strongly resembling the refined humor of the original show. The overall consesus seems to be that while it's not really such a terrible series in its own right, it just doesn't come close to Jimmy Neutron in terms of quality and character charm to be considered a worthy follow-up.
  • Squick: The episode "Feeling Roovy" has the villain Baby Arms Banarog steal Aseefa's roove, an animal living in her throat that enables her species to yodel. What's disgusting is that it is strongly implied that Baby Arms Banarog was storing the roove in his butt.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: The ending of "QuarrenSheen", where Sheen is trapped in the dungeon with Oom, forcing him to suffer being licked mercilessly.
  • Tear Jerker: Just the fact that Sheen is likely stuck on Zeenu forever with no way of getting home is a Fridge Tearjerker. There's also the fact that his father and grandma must be depressed, not to mention that his friends haven't gone to look for him. That is if they knew where the rocket landed.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: See What Could Have Been in Trivia. In short, this series might have been as good as the old show if the original idea had not been scrapped. Though, how much different the character's personalities would have been is debatable.
    • Some people also think this could've been about the whole gang instead of just Sheen or better yet, make the season four the producers were planning before the original company went out of business.
    • There was also supposed to be a TV movie about Jimmy and the gang going to rescue Sheen, but it was cancelled due to low ratings, production costs and several staff members moving on. Seriously, who didn't want the finale to be a reunion episode? Had the series been more successful, this most likely would've happened.
  • Uncanny Valley: The art style of most of the aliens is a bit ugly compared to the more humanoid designs from the original series.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Although we're obviously not supposed to root for Dorkus' attempts to get rid of Sheen, it was only because his house was destroyed by the rocket from which he arrived. Dorkus' belongings may have been destroyed as well, and, as Pinter points out, he just redecorated. To rub salt in the wound, Sheen had the gall to say that it was the house that destroyed "his" rocket, and wasn't exactly apologetic about the incident. How would you feel if someone did this to you? It sure works to Dorkus's advantage that he's easily one of the least annoying characters in the entire show.


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