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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The show's characters love to bash the other planets that orbit the star, Bortron, such as Bortron 6 and Bortron 8.
    • "Bortron 8? Forget it! It's freezing!"
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • In Carrot and Celery's love song in "How Come the Moon Changes Shape?", one of the lyrics is about "dirty dishes".
    • In "A Visit From Uncle Zucchini", Mindy tells Sunspot and Moonbeam that they "make beautiful music together."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Mitchell really a cold, antisocial spy? Or is he just shy and wants to make friends? Or is he confused about who he wants to be and as such, switches between the two at random?. It's the second one, as shown in the Christmas Episode.
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    • Is Jet really stupid, or just unaware of his surroundings at times?
    • Mindy, in her only interaction with Mitchell in the TV movie "Back to Bortron 7", bumps into him after the Propulsion house takes off and then acts nervous around him. Was she trying to hide the fact that the Propulsions are going to Bortron 7, or does she really have a crush on him?
    • Some of the show's detractors like to depict the Propulsions as child kidnappers, since they always take Sean and Sydney into outer space.
    • Some fans think that Mitchell's parents are abusive towards him, which is why he acts condescending to Jet and his friends.
    • It's very easy to think of Sean as a Stepford Smiler considering how much crap he goes through (including being forced to go into outer space against his own will) and how he still manages to be a Cheerful Child.
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    • Does Sunspot really not know how to speak, or does he, but keeps it a secret? He's shown to speak a little bit when under the effects of the sunspot in "Sunspot's Sunspot", but even after he gets cured, he says "I am lovable, aren't I?". It's possible that there's more to him than meets the eye, but has to hide this to keep up appearances.
    • Jet, Sydney, and Mindy's actions in "Sean's Year In Space". Were they really trying to annoy Sean and ruin his plan, or were they concerned about his well-being and kept interrupting the plan to keep him from going hungry, among other things?
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Many people (mostly young GoAnimate users making reaction videos on YouTube) were highly negative when it was announced back in January 2016. As soon as the show premiered, they were proven wrong.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
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    • Despite Mitchell's scathing comments towards her, Mindy, being a Cheerful Child, appears to be unfazed by these.
    • After almost being killed in "My Fair Jet", Sean seems surprisingly chipper.
  • Anvilicious: "Who Messed Up The Treehouse?" makes it very obvious that the treehouse being untidy is a metaphor for trash filling Planet Earth, and that we should take care of the place where we live. Then again, Tropes Are Tools, and this is a very important message in this day and age.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Zucchini is infamous for taking up a lot of the screen time whenever he appears in an episode. However, when he appeared in "Back to Bortron 7", he had a fairly minor role.
    • Likewise, fans who hated Mr. Peterson for spoiling Mitchell were pleasantly surprised when he actually stands up to his insolent son in "Back to Bortron 7".
    • Zerk, who started to gain a reputation as The Scrappy for being incredibly annoying and somewhat discriminatory towards the Earthies and his own cousin, got some redemption in "Back to Bortron 7", as he is less annoying and much more kinder, although he still keeps some of his old traits.
  • Award Snub: At the 2017 Kids Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards.....
    • The show was nominated for Best Use of Music in a Kids Series, but lost to Beat Bugs, which just uses songs from The Beatles and doesn't have original songs like Jet.
    • The show was nominated for Educational Series/Special - STEM, but lost to The Powerpuff Girls (2016). Needless to say, fans of Jet were not happy.
    • The show's Space Explorer app was nominated for Mobile App - Preschool, but lost to Hello Everybody - Music Together Worldwide
    • The show was nominated for Preschool Series, but lost to Fireman Sam.
    • The show got better luck at the 2018 awards, but it lost to of all things, Disney Junior Appisodes, which are technically interactive, game-like episodes and not an actual show, for "Best Preschool Series or Special".
  • Awesome Art:
    • Despite having a limited budget, the show makes good use of it in it's more recent episodes. The characters have varied facial expressions, the space scenes are obviously stellar, and the character models are crisp and perfect. Special mention goes to the musical number in "A Visit to the Planetarium", which is near Pixar-quality.
    • The clouds from "My Fair Jet" looked absolutely breathtaking, to say the least.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Our hero, Jet. Some people see him as a lovable, charming, talented role model for children while others see him as the most obnoxious preschool protagonist who never shuts up.
    • Sydney. Some see her as an overall likable role model for young black girls watching the show, while other see her as a Mary-Sue who has no personality outside of being creative.
      • Not helped by the fact that Jet and Sean both have tear-jerking episodes where they go through some kind of emotional trauma and have their friends comfort them, and they also provide some Character Development for themnote , and yet Sydney has no such episode.
    • Celery and Carrot. They are either lovable, goofy parents or the generic sitcom bumbling parents whose relationship is full of Squick.
    • Mindy, recently, due to her being a Flat Character/Creator's Pet as of season 2. PBS even treats her like she's the main character of the show.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In "Mindy's Meteorite Stand", the clique does a Power Walk on the way to Jet's garage, complete with metal music in the background.
    • In "Sunday Drive", the Propulsions dance around to hold music several times.
    • In "Mindy Turns Five", Celery briefly sings about the outer planets. The moment was just there for filler, and was never mentioned again.
    • In "Galileo, Galileo!", there's a Disney Acid Sequence where Mindy sings about the word "heliocentric" while the kids inexplicably treat Sunspot like a celebrity.
    • At the end of "Fact Or Fiction?", the cookie dough that Carrot stored in the fridge comes to life. The characters freak out, but the cookie dough ends up befriending Jet. This scene comes completely out of nowhere and doesn't quite match the rest of the episode's tone.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Jet Can't Sleep" is a very surreal episode, especially for the show's standards. Jet can't sleep, so the Propulsions try absurd methods to try to get Jet to sleep. Many odd things happen in the episode, such as the Propulsions performing a wacky Bortronian folk dance. The episode also ends off on a rather bittersweet note. It really needs to be seen to be believed.
  • Broken Base:
    • Face 9000's new design is either fitting or just plain creepy.
    • Mindy and Sunspot's relationship is either seen as cute or a little disturbing if you think about it.
    • "Project Pluto". Either you like the episode for having the balls to tackle a controversial topic, or you hate it because of the episode supposedly being anti-Pluto propaganda, or the twist ending where Mindy tells the older kids that she already found out that Pluto wasn't a planet.
    • "Mindy Turns Five" is likely the most divisive of the two-part episodes. The younger fans like it because Mindy finally gets to go to space, while the older fans don't really like it that much because of its excessive pandering and lack of conflict.
  • Continuity Lockout:
    • While it's not a heavy story arc-driven series like Beast Wars or Steven Universe, it does have continuity. If you stumble upon a random episode, you may think that the Propulsions are a weird, stupid family when they are really aliens. And if you do discover that they are aliens, you may wonder why they need to keep their identity a secret, or why a little kid in nerd glasses is spying on them.
    • Face 9000 gets an upgrade in "Face on the Fritz", so new viewers who see a post-FOTF episode, and then see a pre-FOTF episode might be confused.
    • And then there's Mindy going to space in season 2, which might cause confusion for those who watch an episode where she does go to space, and one where she doesn't.
  • Crazy Awesome: Jet. What else can you say about an Adorkable Ambiguously Bi Cloudcuckoolander Large Ham who is able to fly a pumpkin?
  • Creator's Pet: Mindy, as of season 2, due to her being shoehorned in many episodes (one notable example being in "Earth, Wind, and Flyer"), and due to her being over-promoted by PBS.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • There are actually 5 steps of the scientific method, and the show does not list doing research as a step.
    • In "A Star is Born", the Tarantula Nebula is referred to as the "Frantulon" Nebula.
    • In "Bortron Leprechaun", while putting on an Irish accent, Carrot says "Begosh and be garter!" when it's supposed to be "Begosh and begorrah".
  • Die for Our Ship: Recently, Sunspot of all characters for Mindy/Mitchell shippers, because Sunspot kissed Mindy at the end of "The Mindysphere" However, whether it was platonic or romantic on Sunspot's part remains up for debate.
  • Ear Worm: EVERY. SINGLE. SONG.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • In terms of the main cast; Mindy for the target audience, and Sean for the Periphery Demographic.
    • Mitchell seems to be quite the fan-favorite. Fans will flip out whenever he appears in an episode.
    • Ditto for Lillian, despite being in only one episode, and another two as cameos in season 1. This is due to her status as a Moe. Thanks to this status, she has a lot more screen-time in season 2.
    • Face 9000 gets a lot of love despite not being as prominent as the other main cast members. Being voiced by Vegeta doesn't hurt.
    • Dr. Bergs, due to his interesting personality, dynamic with the other DSA scientists, and love of coffee.
    • Amy Mainzer from the interstitial segments is one herself due to not talking down to children and for being a good role model. In fact, some people only watch the show just for her segments.
    • Face 9001 has only appeared in one episode, yet he's loved due to his cockiness and rivalry with his brother.
  • Epileptic Trees: One Reddit user proposes that Mitchell and Mindy are actually Carl and Ellie based on their looks alone (it helps that Mindy and Mitchell have frequent Ship Tease). The theory also proposes that Ellie/Mindy is unable to have children because Mindy was effected by cosmic radiation in space.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Measure for Measure" - it's okay to steal your neighbor's dog to use him as part of your scale solar system model.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A minor one with the WordGirl fandom. WordGirl fans believe that their show got canned in 2015 due to RJG! However, this has faded away since then.
  • Fanon:
    • Sean is usually seen as having some kind of autism.
    • Lillian having an older sister who wears yellow. Lillian is based on a character from one of the shorts that Craig Bartlett made for Sesame Street, called "Lillian, Big Sister". She has the name of the big sister from the short, but the appearance of the little sister, which causes some to believe that she has an unnamed older sister who wears yellow clothing.
    • Some fans like to think that Bergs' first name is Don. In "A Visit to the Planetarium", the guy at the planetarium booth (who the kids refer to as "Don") had a silhouette that looked exactly like Bergs, and he was voiced by Brian Drummond, the same person who voices Bergs.
    • Fans like to portray Jet and/or Sean as gay or bisexual, and Sydney as asexual.
    • Face 9001 is theorized as being owned by Zucchini, Eggplant, Zerk, and Moonbeam.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some people pretend that the episode "Sean's Year in Space" never happened because of its mean-spirited undertones.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Jet/Sydney seems to be supported in the show itself, but Jet/Sean is a more popular ship.
  • Fountain of Memes: Due to the extremely hammy delivery of every single character, and the clever dialogue, this show is very quotable.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • The fandom of this show gets along great with fans of other popular PBS Kids shows, most notably the fandoms of Odd Squad and Wild Kratts.
    • A lot of Dinosaur Train and Hey Arnold! fans like this show as well, due to all of them being created by the same person.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In "Backyard Moon Base", the remote to the Propulsion house gets buried. When it gets dug up again, Mindy pushes some buttons to see what it does. The kids don't realize it, but the remote actually caused the house to hover in the air. Carrot freaks out, but luckily the house lands back on Earth. A light-hearted, one-off gag, right? Wrong. This isn't so funny anymore when we learn in "Back to Bortron 7" that the Propulsion house is actually a starship that can be activated by pressing the buttons on the house remote. Carrot did have a reason to freak out after all.
    • In "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!", Sean decorates a green pumpkin to look like someone ill, and uses a hot water bottle. Cute, right? Not so cute after "Sean Has A Cold", where Sean has that exact same hot water bottle when he is sick.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The show started off as a fairly average cartoon show. However, starting with the episode "Beep Has the Blues", the show started showing how really good it can be, improving its soundtrack, animation, plots, and developing it's characters further over the course of many episodes.
    • Season 2 has had great reception from parents, their children (at least according to the parents), and the Periphery Demographic so far, for several reasons: stronger continuity, more mature undertones, several Call Backs and Continuity Nods to plot points and characters from season 1note , Mindy finally getting to space, and Mitchell. Although, Mindy's excessive screen-time is a strong source of contention.
  • Genius Bonus: The show has a few jokes here and there relating to astronomy, which would catch the attention of some astrogeeks.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is quite popular in Latin America. By the time Nat Geo Kids launched in Latin America, the show had garnered a huge fandom over there, along with shows like Jamie's Got Tentacles and Chuck's Choice.
  • He Really Can Act: Mitchell's VA for season 2 has managed to pull off a delightfully hammy performance so far. So much so, that he was nominated for a Young Entertainer Award for his role in "Back to Bortron 7".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Jet's First Halloween", Mitchell contemplates on wearing a clown costume, but thinks its too scary. One year later.....
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The episode "Detective Mindy" has the kids wasting their time thinking that Mrs. Peterson's sunglasses are in an actual black hole when Mr. Peterson was just using an expression.
    • The episode "Face on the Fritz" has Face 9000 getting an upgrade, meanwhile the kids try to use an old Earth computer. They literally try talking to it. They should obviously know how to use computers! Couldn't they have just turned it on? Cue the rest of the episode talking about coding for no reason.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mitchell, Mitchell, Mitchell, a million times Mitchell. Sure, he may the resident douchebag of the cul-de-sac (This Twitter user puts it nicely), but in "Holidays in Boxwood Terrace", its heavily shown that he's a lonely kid and just wants to have friends, but he's too shy to ask Jet's clique if he can hang out with him. So, he puts on a Jerkass Façade. It's pretty much impossible not to feel sorry for him.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • A number of fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic watch this show because Ashleigh Ball, who plays Rainbow Dash and Applejack, also plays Jet Propulsion.
    • A large number of parents and their children have admitted to watching this show only for the Amy Mainzer segments at the end of every story.
    • Craig Bartlett created this series. That alone would draw people in.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • This show has spawned a number of memes on Tumblr that involve pausing the show at random moments just to show the extremely weird paused moments.
    • Pointing out the show's animation errors is also a big meme.
    • "BOOYAH, SCIENCE", both in-universe and out.note 
    • EVERYONE'S TIRED! EVERYONE WANTS WATER!note 
    • I guess you're just not me.note 
    • MINDY? DON'T SNEAK UP ON ME LIKE THAT!note 
    • Face (Over) 9000!note 
    • The show's theme song has become one. It is possible to find multiple versions of the theme song online, such as effects, horror versions, and "every time they say X it gets faster" versions.
    • "X is a furry!"note 
  • Moe:
    • Let's just say, EVERY child character.
    • Baby Jet.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Several.
    • Celery's singing. Even though some fans find her regular voice a bit irritating, they will admit that Celery's singing is absolutely beautiful, especially in the song "You're Never Too Big For a Lullaby" from the episode "Jet Can't Sleep".
    • Anytime Jet sings is bound to put a smile on anyone's face.
    • Regardless of your opinion on the takeoff song, the dramatic violin that plays during the song is just lovely. Especially towards the end of the song, it just sounds so peaceful.
    • Sydney rarely gets to sing solo. When she does sing, it's with the group. But she is revealed to be a beautiful singer in the song "I'm Not Afraid of New Ideas" from "Lone Star".
    • Sean also rarely gets to sing by himself, usually, he sings with the group or rhythmically talks. But he does get to show off his singing power in "There's No Planet Like My Planet" from "Back to Bortron 7". It's just lovely. It makes one wonder why he doesn't sing more often on the show.
      • It's even lampshaded by the other characters in the Christmas Episode, where everybody comments on how beautiful his voice really is.
    • 100% of the background music is this. It can range from rock music to funky electronic music, to jazzy piano music, but it all sounds so lovely, somewhat nostalgic, and well put-together, and perfectly fits the tone of the show: it can be a silly, funny slice of life edutainment series, but it can also be a peaceful, dramatic, emotional show that isn't just for kids.
    • Whenever Jet laughs and of course, his iconic squeal.
  • Narm:
    • Whenever a character besides Celery sings the takeoff song (like Carrot in "Mindy Pet-sits" or Mindy in "Mindy in Space"), expect it to be incredibly cringeworthy.
    • Also, from Back to Bortron 7, this is the kids' reactions to the fact that Jet may leave Earth forever: OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    • Due to incredibly hammy delivery of almost every character, some of the dialogue comes off as this, occasionally during the show's more emotional moments.
    • Mindy's reaction to Sean want to snip the giant plant in "The Plant From Bortron 7" is nothing short of hilarious.
    • The scene where Beep the rover jumps across the Mars Yard in "Beep and Boop's Game" is supposed to be serious, but the fact that it's in slow motion makes it corny.
    • The scene where the gang is having a tea-party on the moon and Mindy's teacup slowly falls....and it doesn't even break. It just comes off as corny.
    • In both of the Halloween episodes, there's Mindy overdramatic reaction to Mitchell's skepticism.
    Mindy: (Gasp!) Mitchell?!? How could you say that?
    • In "Sean's Robotic Arm", Sean is so distraught by losing his beloved Neil Armstrong action figure that he...faceplants onto the ground, making this otherwise tear jerking scene rather silly.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Despite several of the lines being incredibly cheesy and ridiculous, they're what makes the show so damn enjoyable and hilarious in the first place.
    • For example, the entirety of "How Come the Moon Changes Shape?" is corny beyond belief, largely in part due to Carrot and Celery's sappy love duet, but its also really heartwarming when you consider that Carrot and Celery are some of the only good parents in animation these days. A lot of parents in animation are incredibly dumb, deceased, abusive, too perfect, or neglectful. Despite Carrot and Celery being Sickeningly Sweethearts, they are also rounded out and enjoyable characters.
  • Never Live It Down: Even though Zerk has had Character Development since then, he will forever be infamous for how he acted in "Whole Lotta Shakin'".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: This wasn't the first time one's home planet was described as a "tiny blue dot".
  • One True Threesome: Jet/Sean/Sydney, or "Jydean" since fans can't decide whether to ship Jet/Sydney, Jet/Sean, or Sean/Sydney.
    • To a lesser extent, Mindy/Mitchell/Lillian or "Lindell". "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion" even adds some fuel to this three-way ship by having all of them hold hands while they go trick-or-treating.
  • Painful Rhyme: The show is the king of this trope:
    • "My name is Mindy, it rhymes with Sydney, I'm Mindy Melendez, hey let's be friend-ez!"
    • "When you're having fun and playing on the teeter-totter, it's gravity that makes you come down like you oughter!"
    • "So have you been to planet Earth? If not, well then you oughter. What makes this planet earth so great, I'll tell you - just add water!"
    • "That's only half the moons that Jupiter can boast-a, among the planets in the Solar System that's the most-a!"
    • "Don't you know I mean the ocean and the atmosphere-a, (I'm tryin' to tell you that it's), gravity that keeps 'em here-a!"
    • "For Christmas, I'd like something even better than chocolate! Please bring me a Commander Cressida rock-o-late!"
    • "See the stars are all a-twinklin', are ya thinklin' what I'm thlinkin'?"
      • And from the same song: "You could ask for Mona Leetza tonight, we could always order pizza tonight"
      • "In a minute, maybe soon-a, we could be orbiting over Luna"
    • "A-one-a, a-two-a, here's what we're gonna do-a!"
    • "Dear little frozen Pluto, I really think you're cute-o!"
  • Pandering to the Base: Season 2, big time. The season has more spotlight on fan-favorites Dr. Skelley, Mitchell, and even Lillian, along with more Ship Tease for Jet/Sean and Mitchell/Mindy (Word of God on the latter be damned), more absurd yet exciting plots, and of course, Mindy going to space.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show has garnered a decent fanbase in YouTube, DeviantArt and Tumblr among teens, adults, and older kids who enjoy the show for its clever writing, awesome music, and educational parts about space (which has caught the attention among astrogeeks). It also helps that the creator of this show also made Hey Arnold!, a show with a large fanbase, and Dinosaur Train, which is popular among dinosaur geeks, and the fact that the main character is voiced by Ashleigh Ball of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fame.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: These ship names can also be used for BroTPs.
    • Jet/Sydney - Jydney
    • Jet/Sean - Jean
    • Jet/Mindy - Jindy
    • Sydney/Sean - Sydean
    • Sydney/Mindy - Mydney
    • Sean/Mindy - Mindean
    • Mindy/Sunspot - MindySpot
    • Mindy/Mitchell - Mindell
    • Mindy/Lillian - Lindy
    • Mitchell/Lillian - Millian
  • Robo Ship: Jet 2/Boop, as they are both robots who were heavily implied to be in love with each other in "Mars Rock For Mom".
  • The Scrappy:
    • Mitchell's father is disliked by the fandom due to being stuck up and snooty towards the Propulsion family.
    • Uncle Zucchini, for having an annoying voice and contributing almost nothing to the plot.
    • A more recent example is Zerk, Jet's cousin. Zerk has an annoying speech impediment and behaves like a bully towards Jet and his friends.
    • All three of them were eventually Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in "Back to Bortron 7". Zucchini wasn't as annoying as he usually was, Mr. Peterson finally stood up to his son, and Zerk was more kind towards Sean and Sydney and actually contributed something important to the plot. Only time will tell if more scrappies are on the way.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Mitchell/Lillian, despite having zero interaction with each other up until "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!", and even then they had the bare minimum of interaction with each other.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • In "Space Junk", the kids help clean up some of the junk in space after they find out about it from Sean's mom. The moral of said episode is that knowing there's a problem should make you want to help solve it. Sean even states it outright. It's important for everybody.
    • In "Jet's Time Machine", there's the moral that you cannot change the past, you can only learn from it.
    • From "Racing on Sunshine", we have the moral that you shouldn't let pride get the better of you because if it does, you will head for a fall.
    • "Astronaut Ellen Ochoa" gives out the moral that creative play is important for children and you should enjoy life while you're still young.
    • "Fact Or Fiction?" delivers the moral that you can't believe everything you see and hear, and you should do your own research to get the real facts.
  • Squick:
    • Carrot and Celery's constant flirting, both In-Universe and out. Also, some of Sunspot and Mindy's interactions.
    • At one point in "Sean Has A Cold", Sean coughs into his hands instead of his elbow.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Potatoes on Mars" from the episode of the same name sounds very similar to "Life on Mars?" by David Bowie, but at a lower pitch. Word of God confirms that this was the intent.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Like you wouldn't believe. Despite the show's blatant Getting Crap Past the Radar and occasional Nightmare Fuel, the show is a sweet, light-hearted show that focuses on the joys of learning about outer space, science, and the like. It's even got sweet dreams fuel background music to boot, and lovable characters (even jerks like Mitchell are likable).
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In "Who Messed Up The Treehouse?", Mindy thinks that a parade of squirrels infiltrated the treehouse and dumped trash everywhere. Instead of everyone holding her thoughts on a pedestal like they usually do, Sunspot and Sean call her out on just how stupid this idea is, for once. It's immensely satisfying.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: People initially had this reaction towards Sydney and Mitchell's new voices for season 2, although they have warmed up to them over time.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Lillian is no longer applicable for this trope, as she returned in "Mindy Turns Five", but allow us to present Face 9001, Face 9000's brother from "A Kid's Guide to Mars". His moments in that episode were hilarious and his relationship with Face 9000 made for a solid Sibling Rivalry. However, he never appeared again after "A Kid's Guide to Mars", and wasn't even mentioned again in the show.
    • And to add insult to injury, he didn't even appear in the trailer for season 2.
  • Tough Act to Follow: "Jet's First Halloween", the first airednote  2-parter episode, premiered to great fanbase reception. The next 2-parternote , "Sunday Drive" was seen as So Okay, It's Average. As pointed out in this Tumblr post, it could have worked better as a single 11-minute episode, since the Halloween 2-parter set the bar so high. However, the Christmas 2-parter got excellent audience and critic feedback. "Mindy Turns Five", on the other hand, is a topic for another day. "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!" turned out really good, however, due to its zany A-plot with Jet growing an enormous pumpkin and flying it to the contest like a saucer, and the interesting B-plot of Mitchell, Mindy, and Lillian going trick-or-treating, and the latter two trying to convince the former that Halloween is magical. "Astronaut Ellen Ochoa" was also well-received.
  • Toy Ship: Virtually every ship on the show. Mindy/Mitchell is practically canon at this point.
  • Uncanny Valley:
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Sean, especially in "Sean's Year in Space". Sure, he did get a bit too upset at Jet, Sydney, Mindy, and Sunspot in the episode, but he had a good reason to. He was serious about staying in the treehouse for a year and begged the other characters not to bother him, and yet they continued to do so, and they tricked him into coming down with pot roast. It makes you feel bad for him.
    • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Again, Sydney, Jet, Mindy, and Sunspot in "Sean's Year in Space". We're supposed to root for them in the episode, but we're unable to due to the following reasons: They continued to bother Sean when he specifically told him not to as if they didn't take his space training seriously. Sunspot ate all of Sean's sandwiches and kept stealing his watch. And they tricked him to come down from the treehouse with pot roast. And they never got their comeuppance for it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The series, in general, has beautiful animation, but special mention goes to the musical number in "A Visit to the Planetarium" has absolutely stunning visuals and sharper, more fluid animation than usual.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Jet in "Mindy's Weather Report", for not listening to his friends and thinking that there is really a storm in Boxwood Terrace.
    • Mitchell in "Detective Mindy", for believing the kitchen counter is an actual black hole.
    • Every character in "Face on the Fritz" for literally trying to talk to an Earth computer while Face 9000 gets an upgrade.
    • Mindy, why, oh, why did you have to tell Mitchell that Jet was building a flying saucer in "What Goes Up..."?!?
    • At the end of "Pet Sounds", when Mitchell gets invited to see what tricks Cody can do, Cody doesn't do any tricks. Mitchell walks off in disappointment, and knocks down a box of dog treats in the process. Since Cody is motivated to do tricks by treats, he does all the tricks he was taught, and Mitchell sees. But Mitchell somehow doesn't realize that he knocked down the box of treats, and since he can't put two and two together and realize that Cody is motivated by treats, Mitchell assumes that Jet's alien ways have something to do with it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show has many jokes that fly over the kids' heads and some scenes are too emotional for younger viewers. If PBS Kids Go! was still around, this show would definitely be on it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: "Lone Star" and "Galileo, Galileo!" may seem like liberal propaganda to some people, although clearly, that wasn't the intent of the writers. This is a preschool show after all. In both of the episodes, Jet and Sean portray a scientist who had new ideas that he wanted to share with the world (Lone Star and Galileo Galilei), but they get rejected by society (The citizens of Boxwood Territory and the Catholic Church) because of it. In both of the episodes, the characters sing about how you shouldn't be afraid of new ideas and how "old ideas ought to go so new ones can replace 'em".
  • Win Back the Crowd: After PBS Kids' previous series, Nature Cat got mixed reviews, this show proved its initial detractors that it could exceed expectations. To the point where the show got a movie, a second season, and the show's cast and crew presented a program at the Homestead National Monument of America about eclipses.
  • The Woobie:
    • Who doesn't want to give Sean a cuddle after all he's been through? Being flown into space against his will (not helping this is him suffering from claustrophobia, acrophobia, and motion sickness), no one listens to his ideas since they insist on failing multiple times instead of getting it right the first time, his dad is never around and his mother is almost always working, he's almost always a Nervous Wreck (especially in "Sean's Neptune Tune" and "Holidays in Boxwood Terrace")...poor baby.
    • Beep and Boop in the episode "Beep Has the Blues".


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