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I'm on of those few people who still loves SpongeBob Square Pants. I love this show because of it unique story structure. I first saw this like around 12 years ago and maybe after a few episodes that was when I started enjoying it. The characters in the show are almost always likable. SpongeBob and Patrick are funny and likable but they can sometimes get very annoying (especially in the Squidward episodes). Squidward is an okay character and while he is not my favorite character, I liked his pre movie self better. After the movie he got meaner to his neighbors. Mr. Krabs has the same problem as well. His money obsession is really annoying and he got more obsessed with it in the later episodes. I'm fine with Plankton, not even his repetitive goals doesn't bother me because in some episodes he doesn't rely on stealing the formula (Walking Small, Spongius, Fiasco,). Sandy has always been a great character in my opinion so no problems with her at all (expect at a couple times). I don't hate any characters, but I actually don't Pearl that much, she usually gets on my nerves.
I love the show as a whole, really. I enjoyed both pre movie and post movie SpongeBob seasons. Pre movie seasons are pretty overrated but I understand why most of the episodes are considered classics. I can definitely agree on Pizza Delivery, F.U.N., Suds, Big Pink Loser, Graveyard Shift, Sailor Mouth (most hilarious classic episode ever), Nasty Patty/Idiot Box, and Chocolate with Nuts. The art wasn't my favorite at first, but then Art Evolution happens and it is better than it was in season 1. The animation got better as well. I still love the old seasons of SpongeBob, and I'll still watch them every now and then. As for the post movie episodes, I really don't understand the hate for it. Flanderization is responsible for Seasonal Rot, but that's not the case for me. In my opinion, compared to the episodes before the movie, the later episodes had more bad episodes which I can understand. IMO, Squidward, Krabs, and Pearl suffered the most Flanderization. It doesn't stop me from liking the show. The post movie seasons had some excellent episodes like Krusty Towers, Sand Castles in the Sand, Mooncation and Plankton's Pet. In conclusion, this is just my opinion, but I still enjoy SBSP no matter what. :) You can comment on my review but don't argue with my opinion.
I never noticed that the characters changed after the movie.
The characters didn't exactly change, it's just certain traits were given more emphasis. Sandy started focusing more science, Patrick became a lot dumber, and Spongebob became much more hyperactive. It just got to the point where those traits became the entire character, and that's where a lot of fans got annoyed. I'm glad someone still likes it, though.
I still like some of the episodes. Though, I found just as much cringe-worthiness in seasons 1-3 as I did season 4.
Not that I think much of it is bad, but I found seasons 5-8 to be the worst this show has gotten. Season 9's duds, with the exception of Eek and Urchin, were still some of the worst in the series... but Plankton's Pet and Extreme Spots were part of that season.
It's not the flanderization that ticks me off. It's the things that these characters have done after the movie (One Coarse Meal, A Pal for Gary, etc.) I still enjoy a lot of SpongeBob, but Seasons 5, 6, 7 and 8 are mostly garbage and Season 9 has some pretty bad episodes (SpongeBob You're Fired, Squid Baby, Little Yellow Book).
How dare you say that the first three series are overrated!!!
You... You... Bad mean person.
While I won't say the first 3 seasons are overrated, after all it was the first 3 seasons that warranted the movie and the latter seasons being made, I will admit that it wasn't perfect. Some of my least favorite episodes were pre-movie: Hooky, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV, I was a Teenage Gary, to name a few. The majority of them were somewhere between okay and watchable (leaning closer to okay though).
Classics (or my subjective favorites):
The Paper (a controversial one on TV tropes)
Dying for pie
Just one bite
The Camping Episode
Post Movie SpongeBob favorites:
The two faces of Squidward (easily pre-movie quality)
... I'll think of some more later
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