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  • Mattalamode

    Alright, so Guy and I decided that if I was going to go out with a bang, it might as well be an exceptional effort, right? There have been a lot of peaks and valleys over the past two months, but I want to assure that this is top snuff. As such, what I'm going to be doing here will be a bit different. That's right. We're fusing the best writer and the slightly more incompetent one (relax, I'm the butt of the joke here. Jesus) together for one last fizzle.

    "The Hero" has to be one of the most hated episodes out there, and blessed be the gods that Guy and I disagree with how we perceive the episode. While Guy generally plays it safe by huddling in the general consensus of the episode being a trainwreck, I firmly believe that the episode isn't…

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  • ThatGuy456

    Now, for those of you who have decided to read some of my past work, you might be aware I made a post titled A Blog With Wrong Opinions in which I discussed some of my favorite Season 4 episodes. Upon reexamining, however, I thought I could do a better job on elaborating the episodes, so that is why I deiced to create this three part series in which I discuss my favorite Season 4 episodes. Hopefully, I give much better insight and better captioned photos as well (don't bet on the captions, though; they're never good). This post will be dedicated to discussing spots 15 through 11, consisting of "The Upgrade", "The Roots", "The Slap", "The Wicked", and "The Signature".

    Please note that the order is kind of arbitrary as several of these episod…

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  • Chrisouladrivas

    know Gumball is similar to The Simpsons because: Homer and Richard both like to eat, sit on the couch and watch TV, be lazy, and they are not that smart. Lisa and Anais are similar because they are both smart, they are both little sisters, and they seem to know alot, Marge and Nicole are similar because Nicole has blue fur and Marge has blue hair, they both know best for their families, and they are responsible for them too. Gumball and Bart are similar because they are both trouble makers, they are both cool, and they get grounded often. Darwin and Maggie are similar because Darwin is part suckerfish and Maggie sucks on her pacifier,they are both learning about the world, and they both seem to understand others a bit. 

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  • Mattalamode

    I know what everybody's thinking. "Harold? Really? What more is there even to say about him?" Look, I know that Harold's such an obvious choice, and it's not like I'm really countering anybody's opinion of the character (merely reinforcing the fact that he's a complete mess), but he is seriously the worst written character since Season 1. The least I can do is drive the final nail in the coffin by defining that argument to the best of my ability.

    In short, Harold's simply a cruel and aimless character, and those two ideas don't mix. If a character is destined to be mean-spirited, we have to see some reason that at least affirms that behavior within him (if not the audience), but instead, he's bad for the sake of being bad, and because of that…

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  • ThatGuy456

    I would recommend you read these two posts before reading this one:

    • A Guy's Thoughts: (15-11) My 15 Favorite Season 4 Episodes
    • A Guy's Thoughts: (10-6) My 15 Favorite Season 4 Episodes

    Yes, at last, I finally conclude this three-part series detailing some of my favorite episodes from Gumball's fourth season. I do apologize for the delay; I intended to publish this last week but stuff popped out. Regardless, here are my analysis on my top five episodes from Season 4.


    Gumball is often praised for the creative ways it finds to experiment with its fourth wall, and "The Signal" is no exception. Working with a concept I have yet to see explored in other media, the episode not only takes this daring concept, but it makes this daring concept work to a …


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  • ThatGuy456

    For those who haven't read my previous post, this post here is a continuation of that one.

    I'll be discussing "The Scam", "The Night", "The Bus", "The Romantic", and "The Blame".



    "The Scam" is one of the more popular episodes among the fandom, mostly for the Darwin/Carrie subplot, I presume (which I will admit, also swayed my opinion on the episode a bit as well). That aside, "The Scam" is still a great episode, acting as a spiritual successor to "Halloween", filled with solid comedy and an interesting climax that really capture what Gumball is all about.

    It's Halloween night, and to presumably make up for their failures the previous year, Gumball, Carrie, and Darwin (very reluctantly) set out to deceive their peers in an attempt to scam some c…



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  • Mattalamode

    To paraphrase the admittedly-not-that-great Warren G. Harding, welcome back to normalcy. (Wow, a Harding joke in 2017. Great start, Matt.)

    The last two weeks were intense, so I'm happy to get back to the same-old format... for one article. More on that later. For now, though, there's "The Others," an episode that, while not the most hated, isn't thought of particularly fondly. I'll admit that I didn't think too highly of "The Others" the first time I watched it, but the more I came back to it, the more I appreciated what it was trying to do. Whether or not it's a true success is contestable, but at the very least, it's deceptively inventive.


    The episode starts with a massive revelation for Gumball and Darwin (courtesy of Anais): there are ot…


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  • Mattalamode

    Last week, we dissected Bobert's character flaws, an issue that is relatively easy to address given how generally agreeable we all are in terms of his issues. This week, though, we have Miss Simian, a character that is purposely designed as irritating. It's not a matter of her attributes being accidental, but my issues stem from a matter of the sheer intensity of it. That's not to say that her personality is pushed "too far," necessarily, but she tends to cross the line between being a necessary and unnecessary evil on a few too many accounts.


    I want to first clarify that I don't think Miss Simian is a bad character all the way through. I understand her purpose in the show as a constant foil to Gumball and his classmates. She only furthers …


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  • Mattalamode

    The Bobert Problem

    April 6, 2017 by Mattalamode

    Alright, so as a cooldown for all those "A Second Opinion" articles, I'm going to reiterate what's going on here.

    For the next few weeks, I'll be highlighting specific characters that I have issues with and figuring out the root of the problem, all while discussing how such issues can potentially be overcome. Basically, it's like "A Second Opinion" but more focused on the offensive.

    Will it work? Will it bomb tremendously? I don't know, but remember, as I've fallen back on as a crutch to my arguments on at least two occasions, experimentation is imperative to progress. Either way, there's only going to be four (for now, at least), so just hang in there for a hot second, okay? It'll be fine.


    I've had this idea resting quietly on my list for a …


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  • Mattalamode

    The Rachel Problem

    April 27, 2017 by Mattalamode

    Since I was basically just coasting along last week in the obligatory Harold-bashing article, I decided to tackle a character that's a bit more challenging: Rachel.

    To write extensively about Rachel is a massive ordeal. Sure, the character is so bare-bones in her conception that there's little worth discussing, but the show never made the effort to truly integrate her either. That's what makes the character so interesting - the creators of the show literally just gave up on her. There wasn't even an effort to re-define her character, so if that doesn't secure her position as a black hole on the show that sucks the enjoyment out of the proceedings, than I don't know what would.

    That's where the intrigue of the character comes from, though. Sh…

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