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  • Franchise Original Sin: While it's technically the penultimate pre-Seasonal Rot episode and has it's fans, the whole episode reads like a laundry list of everything that would go wrong once it fully kicked in:
    • First off, the advertising mentioned that this was a lost episode, which was just an excuse to make the episode a special. The advertising of later specials would contain similarly misleading statements, such as "The Clash of Triton", "Atlantis SquarePantis", and especially "Truth or Square".
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    • The episode is a musical, which was never alluded to in the advertising...just like "Atlantis SquarePantis".
    • It features Patchy live-action segments. Many fans found these inferior to the actual show, even prior to the movie, but the Seasonal Rot made them more prominent.
    • Patchy’s reaction towards the walk cycles predicts the fan’s reactions towards special episodes.
    • Finally, the citizens of Bikini Bottom are depicted as complete jerks with few to no redeeming qualities. If they aren't picking on Spongebob, they're chasing him for no good reason or exploiting his good nature. Here, it's cruel enough, but a number of post-movie episodes, especially "Little Yellow Book" and "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy", would crank it Up to Eleven, to the point that the nameless side characters are widely considered to be the worst part of many of the newer episodes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The "Remembering SpongeBob" montage now seems like a heartbreaking eulogy for the pre-movie episodes or even Stephen Hillenberg himself.
  • Memetic Mutation: "SpongeBob Betrayed Us!" The catch-all response to whenever a fandom believes that a franchise "betrayed" them (replacing SpongeBob with the name of the work/creator). Occasionaly, someone will say a variation on the line "That was just a bunch of cheap walk-cycles!".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Most of Bikini Bottom crosses it by attempting to murder SpongeBob just for being a "dreamer."
  • Nausea Fuel: One of the pieces of SpongeBob memorabilia that Patchy throws out is a pair of SpongeBob-print boxers. Which he takes off of himself.

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