The Bizarre Blitzkrieg of the Bothersome Butt-erflies (The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants)
The Bizarre Blitzkrieg of the Bothersome Butt-erflies is the seventh episode of season 2 The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.
The boys use Melvin's new animal hybrid invention to make a creature that's a cross between a butt and a fly, but these butt-erflies are real monsters!
Why It Should Get Butt-munched
- The primary problem with the episode is that it takes likable, pre-established characters and just butchers them up in absolutely dreadful manners.
- George and Harold, for example, decide to get revenge on Melvin for the crocobats incident by stealing his You Choose You Fuse 2000 to create the butt-erflies. Wait, considering the huge amount of monsters that attack the school, you'd think they'd might have learned their lesson not to experiment with his inventions?! And that's the least bad of the character derailment...
- And the, there's Jessica Gordon and the student body. And they, well, let's start with Jessica. First of all, she accuses Melvin of creating the butt-erflies with no real proof other than "he does science". And when George and Harold try to confess their mistake and encourage everyone to work together, she says that they "don't do science. They do comics". And when they do make a comic to prove it to her, she simply includes them on her accusation and has the other students assist her in throwing them out of the cafeteria to be eaten by the monsters! Yes, George and Harold acted recklessly, and tried to dig their way out of the cafeteria before confessing their mistake, but they don't deserve to be murdered because of it! Especially considering they actually tried to reason with the other students and find another solution that didn't involve someone getting eaten!
- And speaking of the other students, why do they just go along with Jessica like robots and don't question her in the slightest? Aren't they smarter than that? And they were on good terms with George and Harold throughout the entire series, but now they're willing to sacrifice them and completely disregard they're ideas of fixing the predicament just because Jessica says so?
- Bo Hweemuth's character mangling, in particular, may just be the worst of them all. When you consider his debut episode, where he was isolated from his peers due to the rumors surrounding him that painted him as a dangerous bully, and George and Harold debunked said rumors and saved him when he was turned into a clay monster by Melvin, allowing him to finally be accepted by his classmates, it crosses the line from bad to insulting terrible. I mean now he suddenly want to sacrifice the people who did all that for him without a second thought and ignore their attempts to reason with him just because a snobby popular girl told him to?!
- And to add icing to the unfortunate cake, none of them face any repercussions for their actions nor do they realize the errors of their ways. In fact, their actions seem to be completely and utterly forgotten not just in the following episodes, but in this one as well, right after they happened.
- And after the others attempt to have them eaten, what do George and Harold do? Go back to rescue them! Even though they, not even 10 minutes ago, eagerly tried to murder them!
- Speaking of them going back to the cafeteria to save the remaining students, when Captain Underpants shows up to rescue them, Jessica declares herself as the hero of the story. Which is simply, so wrong. As her actions didn't save anyone nor improve the situation that they were in.
- Jessica's plan to have some get "butt-munched" to save the others, and her hair (not even joking on that one) doesn't even make any sense! Just because one person is fed to the monsters, that doesn't mean they'll just be completely satisfied and stop trying to get the remaining students. That's not the way protecting yourself from monsters works!
- At one point, George, Harold, and Melvin find Melvinborg's Panic Room, only for him to later throw them, and Krupp, out to be eaten by the butt-erflies. And while it's never actually confirmed, Melvin presumably, doesn't even notice. But in the season finale, he erases Melvinborg from existence for attempting to ditch them in Krupp's brain! That's just hypocritical!
- When Other Sophie returns in the end, everyone is shocked to see her. Seriously, were they THAT stupid that they didn't realize that the ground sloth they took wasn't Other Sophie for 5 episodes?!
- The episode tries to portray George and Harold nearly being murdered by their supposed friends as a "nice character becomes jerk for one episode" plot in a similar manner to episodes like Arnold Betrays Iggy from Hey Arnold!, What Ever Happened to SpongeBob? from SpongeBob SquarePants, I Only Have Surprise for You from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Putting Your Hoof Down from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Sorry, Wrong Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy. But the thing is, while the characters did become more mean-spirited than usual in those episodes, they didn't go as far as to try end the main characters' lives, but the same can't be said here. And here, they also try to portray the trope as "not a big deal" (something most of the other episodes previously mentioned didn't actually do. though some did), when it most certainly IS.
- The episode is meant to teach it's audience to accept responsibility for their actions, but it's extremely undermined by the fact that the other students are clearly (and rightfully) portrayed in the wrong and George and Harold don't even defeat the butt-erflies in the end, Captain Underpants did (although, they did go get him and save the other students).
- It solves the question of how Melvinborg became a cyborg in the future (he got into a near-fatal accident with the butt-erflies George and Harold sent to the future).
- At least Erica, Dressy, Stanley, and Other Sophie didn't take part in attempting to sacrifice George and Harold.
- It can be negotiated that the episode did have good intentions in sending the message to take responsibility for your actions, in spite of the abysmal execution.
- Some funny moments like Krupp and Melvingborg dancing to country music in the latter's panic room.
- Speaking of which, there are some more good moments here and there, like the gang's imaginary sequence during recess at the beginning, which was creative and intriguing.
- The ending (where the butt-erflies are sent to the future by George and Harold, who later raise a flag to signify them "fighting the enemies of fun and winning", and Other Sophie returns) was arguably pretty decent.
- This is the third episode Captain Underpants doesn't turn back into Mr. Krupp at the end.