This episode is bad. For one reason: The characters are written wrong. There are jokes (crash dummy Squidward; pretty much goes without saying at this point), but most of them fall flat due to incorrect characterization. Squidward needs to be the arrogant one who doesn't follow the rules (but it still needs to show that he has proven his boat smarts to begin with), and SpongeBob has to be the one to learn from the mistakes. If it was written this way, all of the jokes would work (it might even be one of the best episodes of season 5, had it been written this way). Stuff like "Looks like you guys forgot your boat smarts" would come off as rewarding rather than insulting.
This episode, I'll say was OK. Not as awesome as others see, but has some great points, jokes, and gags scattered around to balance everything. I enjoyed Squidward being a crash test dummy,SpongeBob doing funny things while driving, and maybe one or two other things. What really made this episode not that good was Squidward and Mrs. Puff being unjustified, but what do you know? At least it's far better than anything else like that. 7/10
No idea what to think of this one. I don't mind the Squid abuse too much since it's a scripted training video, and it's short so the torture is tame, some parts are funny too. If SpongeBob wasn't so stupid this could've worked.
Ignore my old review. This ep was actually pretty funny.
A. While a lot of it is about Squidward getting hurt, the gags are actually pretty varied and clever.
B. The episode is in a video format, so it's not like it's a story where Squidward fails to achieve his dreams, it's just a collection of gags.
C. This episode is clearly a joke, so I think people complaining about bad morals is rather petty.
This is a decent episode. It's showing you the rules of the road in a comedically entertaining way. There's also some funny jokes. The only thing holding this episode back is Squid torture. It gets a B
Highlight: Crash Dummy Squidward
Ranking so far
1. Boat Smarts
2. Rise and Shine
Really don't know how to feel about this one. The concept is... interesting to say the least. But I do think it could've been handled a lot better. There were 1 or 2 decent jokes in here that I found kinda funny, but other than that this episode is very light on comedy, which it could've used more of considering it's so short. The squid abuse doesn't bother me that much here because it's scripted, but some of the scenes felt a bit too gruesome to me. Also, the part with all the wrecked cars was a PERFECT chance to use the "My Leg!" gag again but they didn't. For shame writers, for shame.
Meh episode (5/10)
1. Spy Buddies (8)
2. Friend or Foe (8)
3. Night Light (5) 4. Boat Smarts (5)
5. Rise and Shine (5)
6. The Original Fry Cook (5)
7. Waiting (3)
8. Fungus Among Us (2)