Choir Boys (SpongeBob SquarePants)
”Choir Boys” is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, SpongeBob follows Squidward to choir practice.
Why It Should Not Have a Captive Audience
- It's just another 11-minute Squidward torture episode, as he gets abused too far just for a petty reason: he refused to listen to SpongeBob’s song.
- In the beginning, Squidward sees SpongeBob lying on the ground, depressed, and jokes about his loneliness. Though to be fair, it does show he is arrogant there, but it just doesn't feel that funny.
- Plot hole: Also, the reason SpongeBob is lying on the ground looking depressed is that Patrick is away at a family reunion, as if Patrick is his only friend. But why couldn't he just hang out with anyone else like Sandy for example?
- SpongeBob is at his absolute worst in this episode, next to A Pal for Gary, as his stalking flanderization has gone too far this time. This is evident when he actively puts Squidward in harm's way ON PURPOSE. In contrast to other episodes of the series where he puts Squidward through a lot of harm unintentionally, he is harming Squidward through malicious intent.
- These two unnecessary long gags come off as gags that only exist for filler's sake:
- Squidward clearing his throat, which is done three times. The throat clearing gets annoying fast and goes on for way too long. If it happened once, it would be just annoying, but the fact that it happens three times is just infuriating!
- Squidward spraying his breath spray.
- Speaking of running gags, the story is also annoying and predictable. It is annoying because of the fact SpongeBob was refusing to stop pestering Squidward to join in the choir, and predictable because SpongeBob, out of contrived favoritism, would win in the end, even though he shouldn't have despite giving out a better attempt at singing.
- The things that SpongeBob does in this episode go right into the stalker territory. In real life, doing something like that is considered illegal and that can get you arrested for it.
- This episode has some of the most annoying voice acting in terms of Squidward and SpongeBob's singing voices:
- SpongeBob’s singing voice is kind of annoying, depending on your view.
- Squidward's singing isn't any better as he just sounds alright in some areas, but at the very last moment, he is just screaming at the top of his lungs than singing.
- In general, the whole episode relies on making Tom Kenny and Rodger Bumpass give out some of the most annoying performances while screaming out or making the singing sound grating while recording dialogue for SpongeBob and Squidward during the production of the episode.
- SpongeBob's infamous line: "What a lucky break! Now I have a captive audience!"
- Just like most of the animation in season six, there is some disturbing imagery shown here. Such as Squidward's arm after being stung by the jellyfish, and SpongeBob's face when being flown up by the jellyfish.
- Even without the disturbing imagery, the animation is still rather weak in terms of Season 6.
- Predictably unfair ending: SpongeBob takes Squidward's place in the Men's Choir due to his "good" singing voice, causing Squidward to become the conductor, which he doesn't like.
- As usual, SpongeBob gets away scot-free for abusing and pestering Squidward and gets rewarded for what he does, and gets no comeuppances for his actions.
- It makes sense why Squidward isn't in the Men's Choir due to his bad singing voice. But that still doesn't justify SpongeBob’s actions for pestering him on his way.
- It has a great concept that unfortunately was poorly executed.
- SpongeBob’s singing voice is beautiful when he isn't singing in a sloppy ear-rapey way or in a sloppy way.
- For the most part, Squidward is likeable.
"Choir Boys" drew fiercely negative reviews from fans and critics alike and is regularly considered among the series' worst episodes. It has a 5.8 rating on IMDb along with its sister episode, Porous Pockets.
It is ranked number 5 on MoBrosStudios's worst SpongeBob episodes. Mr. Enter ranked this episode as #2 on his Squidward Torture Episode list, and ranked it at #7 on his Top 10 WORST Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants list. Jem Reviews ranks this episode at #3 on his "ANOTHER Top 10 Worst Spongebob Episodes" video.
PIEGUYRULZ extensively panned this episode due to his annoyance while watching the episode and the character derailment that occurred in the episode. He has also stated that this episode is truly damaging to the rest of the series and considers it not only the epitome of a frustrating episode, but worse than any other episode in the series, including Truth or Square. He has alluded to this by stating his "burning hatred" for the episode and through his famous quote, "Scumbob!, Scumbob!, SCUMBOB!" Similarly, A.S.K. Air considers it to be his worst episode as he ranked it at the very bottom of his "Ranking Every Spongebob Episode in 10 Words or Less" video.