Danny Phantom (Season 3)
Danny Phantom 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. As a result, Butch Hartman took full charge of the writing, despite having less involvement with the show in general in its first two seasons. Needing some more assistance, he hired new writers who also weren't familiar with the show in general, further affecting the quality of the final product.
- The subplots from the first two seasons are either ignored or forgotten, notably Dark Danny and Danny’s overall interaction with other characters such as Valerie and Dani.
- The writing in this season is weaker compared to the first two seasons, such as a horribly inconsistent tone and characters becoming much less tolerable and repeatedly going out-of-character for no reason, mainly Danny himself and Vlad, the main antagonist.
- Danny started to become very selfish and do unintelligent things. A notable example is the episode "Livin' Large", which goes backwards on Danny's character development.
- Vlad started to make more unnecessary and unneeded appearances, up to the point he has become a bland and generic 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, is not only nonsensical, but also completely goes against his entire character, considering he is already a billionaire and his primary motivation was to kill Jack and get Maddie to be his lover for life, as shown in the first two seasons.
- Another notable example is that the ghosts in this season are now confirmed to be monsters from other dimensions, despite the first two seasons making it very clear that ghosts are actually the souls of dead people.
- These three points are almost as if Butch Hartman was trying to remove any complexities and nuances that the show had in the first place.
- Nickelodeon decided to cancel the show after three seasons despite Butch Hartman wanting to make more seasons. This is primarily Butch's fault as he deliberately made the series go too over-budget for various different reasons during the production of the first two seasons.
- Only 13 episodes in this season compared to 20 episodes in each of the first two seasons because of Nickelodeon cutting funding for the series.
- Some new villains in this season, like Undergrowth and Malignus, while having cool designs, are terribly written, very cliche and have lots of unnecessary filler.
- A majority of the episodes in this season are focused on Danny and Sam's romantic relationship, which is poorly developed, unneeded, and forced.
- The series finale, Phantom Planet, had many rushed elements and was a lousy way to end the series.
- The cancellation of this show started the downfall of Butch Hartman's career and eventually his reputation as a person in general.
- Good animation, voice acting and action scenes as usual.
- 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.
- Maddie and Jazz are still likeable characters.
- 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, despite airing it sporadically and at low-rated time slots with virtually no advertising.
- It introduced some new well-known characters like Frostbite.