Since alot of people seem to whine about me not saying ANYTHING positive on here. I thought I'd comment on one of the episodes that I actually liked from the second half of season 4.
Seeing this episode getting slammed irritates me for a couple reasons.
The first reason people seem to not like this episode is because of a villain who has a gimmick based on Math. How people found The Mathter to be embarrassing on the same show that has a Rogue Golfer(Duff Killigan) as a villain is something I don't really understand. Plus he was from Team Go's Rogue's gallery, and their villains have had this certain degree of campiness to them. Also KP calling the Mathter lame multiple times was pretty funny in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way.
But my biggest frustration with people and their dislike for this episode is that they fail to realize that this episode made Mr. Stoppable a more 3-dimensional character, but people don't see the reasons why. Until this episode came along I found both of Ron's parents to be bland and uninteresting. But the scenes involving Ron's dad(him wearing a cape into BN, getting jumped by the police, being chased by wild animals, and handling a FD fire in the kitchen) that people seem to despise are all things I could see Ron portraying. These scenes showed that Ron and his Dad are more alike than we all thought IMO. Him being the hero in the same group as Kim and Hego was probably the best moment for Mr. Stoppable in the entire show. I know people complain about the Mathter but I thought he was good enough foil for "The Actuary of the Year".
Overall while this episode doesn't step in the same league as the best this season has to offer (Ill Suited, The Cupid Effect, Odds Man In, Stop Team Go) I still find this to be a solid and under appreciated episode.
I recently watched the entire show, and this episode was horrific.
Just terrible from start to finish. Easily the worst, in my opinion, of the entire run.
Ron's parents are just nutjobs, his mother is a distant barely involved figure, they don't include him in anything and Ron barely seems to care about them as well. Maybe they just didn't get around to it, but it's more like Kim is his only real family, and it's why he goes nuts during the Movie when Eric takes Kim away from Ron.
I remember reading a preview type thing before I watched it which said "ron's dad helps Team Possible with his math ability".. and I expect he was going to do some crazy equation to break a villians evil plot/superweapon.. instead he shoots math out of his head.
Ron's mum comes in, flits off just as quickly, doesn't appear that interested, seems out of it really, don't think they showed the baby.
Ron's dad has a "crap, my son doesn't respect me" moment, an actuary isn't that heroic an occupation to a 17 year old whose main cares in the world are nacos, school and trying to get laid/get to third base. He then decides to try and be super dad the firefighting (ends up being their cooking Those shoes are mine, betch.), lost people rescuing cape wearing (really) superhero. It just makes him look desperate.
It didn't help that the bad math guy was probably their most camp bad guy since Junior Senior because, to me, it descended it into the realm of pure farce with the lame math puns.
The story didn't make much sense either.. even for a show like Kim Possible, let alone the logic of being able to turn a person into someone who can instantly destroy anything.. and you can't find a better way to use it than turning the heros sidekick/bf into a destructive midas.
Before I start I'd like to address something Netherwood brought up in his review on page ten. He was talking about Superman/Clark Kent singing in the shower and what he might sing. It is a little known fact that Superman actually owns all of the Metallica cds. I'm not making this up. It's in the comics.
That said. I really didn't hate this one but I got the feeling I be within my rights to do so. Both the Mathter and the whole report thing seemed rather forced but it's clear the cast and writers had fun with it. I actually liked the math puns up to a point but I liked better the Mathters math based fighting equipment. It's actually refreshing to see one of these villians coming into the fight equipped to do his own fighting for a change. Plus there was this
Hego: Do You want the good news or the bad news? Kim: Surprise me Hego: Hanging with Ron with be a blast? Kim: ....Okay not blown away by the upside.
Manofevil: Author of the Kimmunist Manifesto, writer, statesman, and founder of modern Kimmunism.
Do us a favor luv, Stick yer 'ead in a bucket and kick it.
So, gentlemen, that's how it is. Until Grissome... resurfaces, (heh) I'm the acting president, and I say starting with this... anniversary festival, we run this city into the ground. ;D