- May 12, 2018
Yeah it is kinda light, I think it's still good enough to be classified as "good" though.
are you trying to review season 1 as a whole"Hall Monitor" is one of those episodes that I've seen exalted like a classic, but talked about so infrequently (other than a meme or two) that I have to wonder what the audience consensus actually is. Looking through this thread, I see a lot of "goods" and upper-middle reviews (like 7 or 8/10). So it seems to me that this episode is just stuck in a sort of ambivalence, where some people think it's one of the all-time greats, others find it mid, and still others find it to be a good, solid episode. Personally, I find myself identifying most closely with the last group. So let's talk about it.
I think something that puts people off about this episode is that it's a boating school episode that really doesn't have all that much to do with boating school. And especially so early into that setting, it's a bit jarring to not see much of Mrs. Puff or the location. On the other hand though, this works nicely with the plot of this episode, with SpongeBob causing chaos throughout Bikini Bottom, so I'm going to let this slide. It doesn't really bother me all that much anyway.
This episode is funny. The beginning of the episode is hilarious to me. The ending (or second-to-last scene, I guess) always cracks me up, even if it is the beginning of Mrs. Puff going to jail for increasingly unreasonable causes. I think where this episode really draws its ambivalence is the whole sequence with Patrick and the maniac. If you find it funny all the way through, this episode is amazing. If it drags at any point, well then the episode drops down a few tiers. Which group I fall into varies depending on the day, to be honest.
"Hall Monitor" is also a good exploration of SpongeBob's "geekiness". Watching the little square dude get geeked up about being the hall monitor is adorable. Once again, we also see Patrick being a supportive best friend, which is always a win in my books.
Because of everything I said above, such as my wavering in whether I find parts of this episode to be dragging, and how funny this episode is regardless, I'm situating it firmly in my "Great" tier. I just think it's a cute, funny episode, but I have to be in the right mood for it to really resonate with me, which means its rewatchability is not the greatest.
Episode Tier: Great
Episode Score: 8.5/10