Sometimes I get bummed out about how fallen SpongeBob has become, especially considering the success it used to be
. So I made myself this as a reminder that there are still good episodes out there. These are some of my favourite episodes from AFTER the movie. While there are plenty of moments to be hated, I feel there are also some moments which just need more respect - I mean, if they first showed Moar Krabs in the post-movie, you'd probably hate it, while Face Freeze might become viral if it was in the pre-movie.
Anyways, I'm going to clarify why I like these aforementioned episodes:
#1. KRUSTY TOWERS is my favourite post-movie episode because it's built in a similar way to the pre-movie ones. It has a lot of witty gags and jokes, and it is cleverly written (never deny a guest, even the most ridiculous request; so Squidward becomes a guest and has Mr. Krabs perform all sorts of silly tasks)
#2. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS SNAIL? has a sad song which would pull the heart strings of pet owners. This is an episode with true emotion, another aspect which classic episodes rely on that VERY few modern ones have.
#3. IT'S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS! came as a big surprise for me. It actually felt like a pre-movie episode; simple, sweet, and suited for all ages. A real Christmas miracle.
#4. NEW LEAF almost made me cry the first time I watched it. I found it touching how Mr. Krabs and Plankton finally settled their differences. It's a shame that Plankton was only faking it, but still a good episode nonetheless.
#5. WISHING YOU WELL has a good song and funny jokes, with an ending that will leave you wanting more.
#6. PLANKTON'S PET is similar to #2. Plankton getting a pet brings several emotional scenes, such as when he leaves Spot outside and loses him. The happy ending he gets later on really makes up for past episodes like "Plankton's Regular" or "One Coarse Meal", which treat Plankton like the bad guy just for appearing. This one, on the other hand, shows even villains can have soft sides.
#7. TREATS! is an episode that shows SpongeBob would do anything for Gary. It also ends with a good moral.
#8. FEAR OF A KRABBY PATTY... the very first post-movie episode! I had my doubts about it at first because of the different animation, but I soon grew to love it because it's built in a similar fashion to the pre-movie set.
#9. LOVE THAT SQUID is an episode where Squidward falls in love with a girl, so SpongeBob helps him prepare for a date. Guess what... Squidward actually WINS! In a typical modern episode - including the one this was paired with (New Fish in Town) - Squidward usually loses his goals. Plus, it was kinda touching to see SpongeBob and Squidward getting along after the conflict that's been happening in the past.
#10. HELLO BIKINI BOTTOM! tells about Squidward and SpongeBob trying to become a hit band. Of course, Mr. Krabs ruins their chances because of his greed. This episode seems like a great way to make up for "Smoothe Jazz in Bikini Bottom". And I'm touched to see Squidward and Spongebob actually getting along in the end. Let this also be known as the last SB episode worked on by Aaron Springer - who's been with the show since the beginning - before he left for Disney.
Honourable mentions: "License to Milkshake", "Shell of a Man", "The Lost Mattress", "Gary's New Toy", "Krabs ala Mode", "Friend or Foe", "Selling Out", "Enchanted Tiki Dreams", "Mermaid Man Begins"
Anybody wanna share their favourite post-movie SpongeBob episodes?