SpongeBob SquarePants: Truth or Square
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But when I actually saw it, I was shocked.
This was terrible- the jokes weren't funny, the plot was dry, the ending was terrible, and there was WAY too much Patchy The Pirate. All in all, skip this one. Your kids will hate it as much as you will.
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First off, I cannot believe that Nickelodeon hyped this up as much as they did; it's surprisingly lackluster, even though it was supposed to be an intriguing tale filled with surprises. The bonus episodes are pretty good (Shame about The Card; would have been much cooler if the animated talking platinum holographic #54 wasn't just another endorsement), but for this review, I'm focusing on the actual TV movie.
Story: 7/10 - When the Krusty Krab crew (along with Patrick) are locked in the freezer on the Eleventy-Seventh Krusty Krab anniversary, they try to get out as they reminesce on all the good times they had. The trouble is, this episode shifts to the Patchy subplot (a.k.a. Celebrity Roundup) too frequently, and barely any reminescing is going on here. Plus, the 1930's SpongeBob sequence is too cheesy; they could have added in more actual gags instead of focusing on a repetitive song for the whole sequence.
Deepness: 4/10 - This story isn't particularly deep, being a shallow, soulless parody of most clip shows (which themselves can be pretty good, but are usually not). There aren't even any twists, aside from the fact that Plankton manages to get in.
Characters: 6/10 - Not particularly great; they could have done a lot more with these characters, maybe developed them as a result of them being stuck in the freezer. It would have been cool to see SpongeBob develop from an annoying brat to something more, something not so shallow. And, of course, it would be very interesting to see some tension develop between the characters (And Then There Were None, anyone?).Read more ›
Truth or Square was no exception. It was weak and unfunny, and failed to develop the characters as usual. While the Square Roots documentary discussing the history of our fallen sponge was hilariously funny, this episode proves that the new writers will never learn. Most of the gags and characterizations continued to be cold and paper-thin (Mr. Krabs' obsession with money, Squidward feeling almost no sympathy for SB, etc.). While it definitely showed promise, there were plot holes, bad jokes, and awful characterizations abound that kept this special from being enjoyable.
That being said, some of the bonus episodes managed to be good for the most part, a possible sign that although SB may be beginning to improve, the writers still have almost no talent at crafting overhyped TV movies. My favorites were "Porous Pockets" and "Choir Boys". It's a shame most of the others were poor and unenjoyable for the most part ("Krusty Krushers" was incredibly weak, while "The Card" was gross and boring with almost no interesting parts).
If I were you, I would definitely stick with the first three seasons and the feature film, because SB has very clearly lost his touch.
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Terrible. Just terrible. I normally like Patchy the Pirate, but he was terrible and should not have been in this film. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Kindle Customer
My princess really wanted this, so I ordered it. It came just as she had expected and she still loves it. Thanks a lot guys.Published on August 29, 2010 by The guy