Wizards of Waverly Place (season 4)

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Wizards of Waverly Place (season 4)
This is exactly what happens when you try to make a comedic sitcom as dark, waverly, and as serious as possible.
Genre: Sitcom
Running Time: 23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 12, 2010 -
January 6, 2012
Network(s): Disney Channel
Created by: Todd J. Greenwald
Distributed by: Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Starring: Selena Gomez
David Henrie
Jake T. Austin
Jennifer Stone
Maria Canals Barrera
David DeLuise
Episodes: 27

While the first three seasons of Wizards of Waverly Place were well received, the final season of the show received mixed to negative reviews from both fans and critics alike.

Why This Season Isn't Magical

  1. The series went from a comedic, heartwarming, silly, lighthearted, and yet, charming sitcom, to a bland, dull, generic, aggravating, dark, and downright serious sitcom with redundant plots and barely any funny moments whatsoever.
  2. Most of the characters have been flanderized horribly, with some being flat out unlikable:
    • Alex is changed from an optimistic, confident, charismatic, and yet, an interesting character, to a stereotypical jerk, who screams a lot and abuses her best friend, Harper, in many episodes.
    • Justin is changed from a voice of reason-type character to a cliched scientist and flat out nerd-type character, who's only there whenever Alex gets too much screen time.
    • Max is changed from a funny, laid-back, and yet, kind-hearted and dimwitted character with slight intelligence, to an annoying, aggravating, arrogant, jerky, and a too dumb to live-type character, who's only there for comedic purposes only, much like Patrick Star from season 7 of SpongeBob SquarePants.
  3. Overuse of fart jokes, something that the first three seasons clearly lacked.
  4. The laugh track now overplays at the unfunniest lines in the show.
  5. There are little-to-no connections to the previous seasons, except for the family wizard plot.
  6. The sound effects are now painful to listen to.
  7. The spells range from very creative to cheap looking and look more like fireballs. Also, they are barely even used.
  8. The episodes have bland and generic plots. For example, the episode, Rock Around the Clock, involves the Russos saving the Sub Station after finding out that the owner of the building wants to sell it, and the episode Harperalla, revolves around Harper getting trapped into a Cinderella-like world after reading one of Alex's story books. Seriously, this isn't even a Disney movie! And another episode "Wizards vs. Asteroid" involves an asteroid heading for Earth, and treating to wipe out humanity. Not only is that unoriginal, it has no resemblance to the franchise whatsoever. Seriously, you could wipe that episode from existence, and it won't affect the franchise! (Sigh!)
  9. Very slow and lazy pacing.
  10. The theme song was cut short. But that may even be a good thing due to how overly auto tuned it is.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some of the humor is still pretty funny.
  2. The season does introduce an interesting idea with Max being transformed into a little girl.
  3. The action scenes are still pretty good.
  4. There are still some good episodes, such as the episode, Wizards vs. Everything, and the series finale, Who Will Be the Family Wizard, which ended this season and the series on a high note.
    • The final TV special, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex is also good and it ended the Wizards of Waverly Place franchise on a high note as well.
  5. Good acting as always.


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