Judge Dennis Prince finds this particular sponge to be particularly worthy.
Our reviews of Spongebob Squarepants: Season 5, Volume 1 (published December 12th, 2007), SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season (published November 10th, 2003), Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete Third Season (published February 8th, 2006), SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Seventh Season (published December 11th, 2011), SpongeBob Squarepants: 10 Happiest Moments (published September 19th, 2010), Spongebob Squarepants: Fear Of A Krabby Patty (published August 31st, 2005), Spongebob Squarepants: Friend Or Foe? (published August 29th, 2007), Spongebob Squarepants: Home Sweet Pineapple (published January 19th, 2005), SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom (published December 12th, 2010), Spongebob Squarepants: Nautical Nonsense / Sponge Buddies (published March 19th, 2002), Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge For Hire (published February 9th, 2005), Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob Vs. The Big One (published March 16th, 2009), Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob's Pest Of The West (published April 25th, 2008), Spongebob Squarepants: Spongicus (published April 9th, 2009), Spongebob Squarepants: The Great Patty Caper (published March 13th, 2011), SpongeBob SquarePants: The Seaside Capers (published March 13th, 2004), Spongebob Squarepants: To Love A Patty (published February 6th, 2008), Spongebob Squarepants: To Squarepants Or Not To Squarepants (published July 27th, 2009), SpongeBob Squarepants: Triton's Revenge (published September 11th, 2010), Spongebob Squarepants: Truth Or Square (published November 20th, 2009), Spongebob Squarepants: Where's Gary? (published December 14th, 2005), Spongebob Squarepants: Who Bob What Pants? (published November 13th, 2008), and Spongebob's Runaway Roadtrip (published September 25th, 2011) are also available.
His nautical nonsense be something you wish.
Yeah, that's just about the unchallenging essence of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. So who's complaining?
Without a doubt, SpongeBob SquarePants is a cultural icon of our day, as unlikely as that would have first appeared. The happy-go-luck sea sponge (strongly resembling his kitchen-sink brethren and often mistaken as a hunk of Wisconsin's finest) is an example of perpetual pleasantry. Residing in a pineapple home situated within the undersea community of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob enjoys nothing more than to chase jellyfish and blow bubbles with best friend, Patrick Star, sidle up to his beloved sea snail pet, Gary, and pass time with his next door neighbor, Squidward. Most of all, SpongeBob loves his work as a fry chef at the Krabby Patty restaurant under the father-like tutelage of proprietor, Mr. Krabs. This is the enchanted world in which SpongeBob lives.
But not all is as SpongeBob perceives it.
Indeed, SpongeBob can easily be regarded a simpleton, clinging just a few mental points above, uh, challenged stature. Arguably dim-witted and socially dense, SpongeBob appears a deserving passenger on one of those special busses that helps certain special citizens live a productive lifestyle. While even-more-simple friend Patrick is faithful though inconsistent in his allegiance, SpongeBob is largely oblivious to the contempt Squidward bears towards the young sponge. Similarly, SpongeBob is easily duped and exploited by his hyper-greedy crustacean employer, Mr. Krabs. But, no matter how the odds are stacked against SpongeBob, he always emerges the moral victor of every scheme leveled against him.
Sounds like an overtly simple formula, doesn't it?
But therein lies the appeal of SpongeBob SquarePants, the fact that it makes no excuses for its sappy-happy main character nor does it pass judgment on his slow manner. Instead, the show is presented as a much-needed dose of, well, silliness of the simplest sort. Creator Stephen Hillenburg delivers his porous protagonist in most unassuming fashion, never feeling need to explain his boxy physique, exaggerated overbite, and protracted pensiveness. SpongeBob is a bit slow, to be sure, but he's about as genuine a friend as your ever likely to find. Clearly, this quality attracted the show's intended under-12 target audience but, surprisingly, the uncomplicated form and format of the cartoon grabbed adults (especially the collegiate crowd) by the shirt collars and compelled them to watch the inane adventures of SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest. Perhaps exalted for its pure escapist qualities, SpongeBob SquarePants has become an unmitigated goldmine of gushing goodness, giving viewers a much-needed pause from the harshness of life above the waves.
Afficionados of the show will be quick to proclaim this SpongeBob SquarePants, Season 5, Vol. 2 is not the series' best work but, nevertheless, is an improvement over the inexplicable sourness of the previous Season 4. And while the practice of splitting a season across two volumes isn't in the spirit of the generous sponge, the content here is well presented. In this second volume that delivers the balance of Year Five's episodes, each is presented in original 4:3 full frame broadcast format, the transfers are absolutely spectacular in their sparkling and well-saturated goodness. The audio comes by way of a crisp and clear Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. Here are the episodes, by name, that you'll find within this two-disc boxed set:
• "Sing a Song of Patrick"
Extras on this set are a bit much to indulge in (that is if you're over 10 years old or aren't in the midst of a sanctioned dorm room drinking game). A collection of five animated karaoke songs are here, if you choose to participate:
• Bubble Song
All told, SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Volume 2 delivers more of what SpongeBob fans crave (even though the show seems to air non-stop on cable TV's Nickelodeon Network) and doesn't disappoint in its delivery of content direct from Bikini Bottom. That said, it's difficult to find fault with such a happy character living such an enchanted existence. And the fact that you can find him on even the most basic of cable packages, all seems well in the world of SpongeBob SquarePants.
"So what're ya waitin' for? Buy the new DVDs already!"—Mr. Krabs
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