Danny Phantom (Season 3)
BTSW is an American animated TV series created by Butch Hartman that aired on Nickelodeon from 2004 to 2007. It was considered one of the best shows of the 2000s and also the best show done by Butch Hartman.
While the first two seasons of the show were well received, the third and final season had mixed-to-negative reactions from fans.
- Many of the original writers from the first two seasons were fired by Nickelodeon, notably Steve Marmel.
- The subplots from the previous seasons are forgotten, including Dark Danny and Danny's rivalry with Valerie.
- The writing in this season is weaker compared to the first two seasons.
- Nickelodeon decided to end the show after three seasons despite Butch Hartman wanting to make more seasons.
- Danny and Vlad are less likable in this season:
- Danny became more selfish and doing dumb stuff. A notable example is the episode "Livin' Large", which goes backwards on Danny's character development.
- Vlad became more unnecessarily used and less menacing, up to the point where he is more of a stereotypical villain. A notable example is in the series finale "Phantom Planet", where he reveals his true identity to the world and his evil plan suddenly turn out to hold the world hostage for ransom. This alone makes no sense, considering he is already a billionaire and completely goes against his entire character.
- Only 13 episodes compared to 20 episodes in the first two seasons each.
- Some new villains in this season, like Undergrowth and Malignus, while having cool designs, are terribly written.
- A majority of the season is focused on Danny and Sam's romantic relationship, which is very poorly developed.
- The series finale, "Phantom Planet", felt rushed and was a lousy way to end the series.
- The cancellation of this show started the downfall of Butch Hartman's career.
- The animation, action scenes and voice acting are still very good.
- Some good episodes like "Eye for an Eye" (which was Steve Marmel's last written episode for the show before getting fired), "Urban Jungle" and "D-Stabilized".
- A few funny jokes here and there.
- It was nice to see some of the ghosts make a return.
- Unlike what happened with Butch Hartman's other shows, at least Nickelodeon was nice enough to air all of the episodes on the main Nickelodeon channel instead of moving them to the Nicktoons channel.
- It introduced some new well-known characters like Frostbite.