- Jun 19, 2014
- Favorite Character
- "You know who"
One of my most favorite episodes. It's so fun to watch. 9.5/10
My review from 2020 kind of says it all in a much more concise way than I can do now, it seems. To expand on this review, I want to say that I love the Old Western style of this episode, it just works so well.This episode's a classic. What really stands out to me looking back on it is that it's a really low-energy episode compared to other episodes of SpongeBob, and that's probably because it's parodying Old Westerns. Just with the music and jokes and everything, this episode is a lot more...tense than other episodes. It's hard to explain. It isn't the funniest episode in the show but I'm fine with that because the episode is simply entertaining. I will say that the pace feels much slower compared to other episodes, and while that's good for what the episode is, that doesn't make it the most enjoyable for me personally.
this episode is a classicMy review from 2020 kind of says it all in a much more concise way than I can do now, it seems. To expand on this review, I want to say that I love the Old Western style of this episode, it just works so well.
Although we'd see Bubble Bass very little after this episode (until more recently), he was a beloved character for a reason. Man's is funny and has so much personality in his short appearance in "Pickles". Speaking of characters, everyone is on their A game in this episode (actual plot notwithstanding). SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward are just great here, and as always it's nice to see more sides to SpongeBob than the cheery happy sponge (although I love that side too). And I love when Mr. Krabs is a good boss to SpongeBob.
"Pickles" is full of iconic moments from beginning to end, which can't be said about many episodes. We have Bubble Bass' order, his throwing of Squidward, his taking money from Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob's breakdown, Mr. Krabs' and SpongeBob's training, SpongeBob getting mad, and then the final showdown at the end. How many other episodes have this many iconic moments? Not many.
This episode's classic status is...quiet, compared to how people talk about episodes like "Band Geeks", "Pizza Delivery", "Chocolate With Nuts", and the like. People talk about it and rave about it, but it feels so much more subdued than how other episodes are praised. It's like it's status as a classic is just so understood there's no need to shout it from the rooftops. Maybe that's just me. Either way, I love it, because I don't have to worry about wondering whether this episode is overrated.
I'd like to amend the ending part of my 2020 review. At the time, the slow pace of the episode didn't work with me. It does now. I've always appreciated how the slow pace makes the episode what it is, but now I can actually enjoy that slow pace because it lets all the moments breathe, as I've said before during these season 1 reviews.
Episode Tier: Amazing
Episode Score: 9.4/10