Sponge-Cano! (SpongeBob SquarePants)

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Sponge-Cano! (SpongeBob SquarePants)
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"You're the most miserable person? YOU DIE!!!" - Bikini Bottom citizens
Series: SpongeBob SquarePants
Part of Season: 7
Episode Number: 15b
Air Date: January 28, 2011
Writer: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Derek Iversen
Previous episode: Trenchbillies
Next episode: The Great Patty Caper


Sponge-Cano! is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven, and is the sixth episode of the Legends of Bikini Bottom special.

Summary

A volcanic eruption brings an ancient warrior to Bikini Bottom with dire predictions.

Miserable Qualities

  1. It's part of a ratings trap known as Legends of Bikini Bottom, six tales that are supposed to be about catastrophic events but are just boring or disgusting.
  2. At the same time, it's also a Squidward torture episode. But also one of the stupidest ones to date.
  3. It's unnecessarily mean-spirited towards Squidward as he is just having a bad day like everyone else that has a bad day when it just so happens to be one day that he shouldn't.
    • The episode tries to justify this treatment by changing the reason why he's miserable. In this episode, he's gets annoyed over trivial and minor things at the Krusty Krab and insults the patrons and customers over everything they do instead of being made miserable over SpongeBob actually "ruining" his day. In which, SpongeBob barely does anything to ruin Squidward's day for once.
  4. Most of the jokes from this episode miss the mark or are so low-hanging fruit that you can find them in Outer Space.
    • "I knew it! We have to sacrifice the most miserable person!" No, you didn't.
  5. The whole town tries to have Squidward sacrificed to a volcano. Does this not prove how stupid and nonsensical this episode is? They are trying to kill him just because of the fact he is having a bad day.
    • Only because Squidward is the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom.
  6. Atrocious ending: Squidward loses his house and probably everything that he has owned.
    • But on the bright side, SpongeBob offers Squidward his home.
    • The warrior comes in and says that he wasn't finished explaining, which is a cop-out ending as well. He states that they had to sacrifice the most miserable person's house, only stopping because he was interrupted. But here's the problem - he never was interrupted, he genuinely explained in full detail.
  7. The Townspeople are complete idiots and (of course) none of them have got any repercussions for trying to have Squidward sacrificed. Even the dolphin behind this "solution" was there to make Squidward even more miserable. So even he did not face any repercussions for what he has done.

Good Qualities

  1. The "Attitude of Gratitude" song at the beginning is pretty catchy and it shows that everyone should have some "gratitude", and those singing garbage monsters are funny.
  2. Squidward tells SpongeBob off at the end, despite the latter rescuing him from falling into the volcano.
  3. SpongeBob at least saved Squidward in this episode and he was nice enough to let him sleep at his house.
  4. Out of all the characters in this episode, SpongeBob is the only one of the few characters that are mostly likable and is not an idiot unlike everyone else. Mr. Krabs is also surprisingly tolerable for once.
  5. The concept was later recycled into "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical", which received far more critical acclaim than the original episode.
  6. The idea of a volcano being in a SpongeBob episode is interesting. But because of the aforementioned flaws, it’s poorly executed.
  7. The sacrifice at the end is pretty funny (depending on your view).

Reception

  1. Sponge-Cano! has a rating of 5.5/10 on IMDB, partially due to Trenchbillies.

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