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1001 Animations: Secret Swapper of Doom

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Show: Powerpuff Girls 2016
Episode: 31
Year: 2016

Writer(s): Jaydeep Hasrajani, Leticia Abreu Silva


I'm guessing those of you seeing this think this review is some kinda joke given my thrashing of "Painbow" right? WRONG! It may have taken a while but PPG2K16 has actually managed to find its niche with me. Having seen "Viral Spiral" and "Bubbles of the Opera" as examples of how this show, despite being an unnecessary reboot can actually work itself into a pretty decent show. Does it still have bad episodes? Oh yeah, but the good that shines from it is actually on-par with the original series; even though some examples are directly taken from the original show like "Bubbles of the Opera".


I've seen diary plotlines done many times before; usually done to teach how to respect privacy and secrets, but never quite like this. This time around they mix your typical diary plot with the use of a magic paper fortune teller, here called a secret swapper. This little beauty has the ability to predict the future and give accurate information to the letter, at the cost of feeding it secrets; in particular the embarrassing sort! I can actually buy what the PPG do here as genuine childish naïveté and not maliciousness for stealing Professor Utonium's old diary and revealing his secrets; given the thing has brought them a lot of stuff in return for its power and then gave it all of their secrets as well. As such, nobody really seems out of character to me and the Girls seem a lot closer to how they were in the old show.


It eventually reaches the point where the Secret Swapper becomes a giant paper machè Godzilla which spouts the Professor's secrets all through Townsville! Because an actual villain is causing a large scale level of embarrassment I can buy Utonium's pain of losing the trust of his children for creating this monster indirectly; and it helps a lot of the secrets revealed in this episode are actually pretty funny! The way the girls defeat it is a very neat method rather than just blowing it up or setting it on fire. Because when you reveal your own secrets willingly they don't hurt anywhere near as much and the pain that does occur fades faster. And if you REALLY need to know who created such a beast? You haven't watched the old show at all... Yeah, I could predict right away who caused this mess, but it doesn't change the fact that this was a great episode all the same and is pretty much "Little Yellow Book" done right.


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I'm guessing those of you seeing this think this review is some kind of a joke, given my thrashing of the episode "Painbow", right? WRONG! It may have taken a while, but The Powerpuff Girls 2016 has actually managed to find its niche with me. Having seen the episodes "Viral Spiral" and "Bubbles of the Opera" as examples of how this show despite being an unnecessary reboot can actually work itself into a pretty decent show. Does it still have bad episodes? Oh yeah, but the good that shines from it is actually on-par with the original series, even though some examples are directly taken from the original show like "Bubbles of the Opera".

 

I've seen diary plotlines done many times before; usually done to teach how to respect privacy and secrets, but never quite like this. This time around, they mix your typical diary plot with the use of a magic paper fortune teller, here called a Secret Swapper. This little beauty has the ability to predict the future and give accurate information to the letter, at the cost of feeding it secrets; in particular, the embarrassing sort! I can actually buy what the Powerpuff Girls do here as genuine childish naïveté and not maliciousness for stealing Professor Utonium's old diary and revealing his secrets, given the thing has brought them a lot of stuff in return for its power and then gave it all of their secrets as well. As such, nobody really seems out of character to me, and the Girls seem a lot closer to how they were in the old show.

 

It eventually reaches the point where the Secret Swapper becomes a giant papier-mâché Godzilla which spouts the Professor's secrets all through Townsville! Because an actual villain is causing a large scale level of embarrassment, I can buy Utonium's pain of losing the trust of his children for creating this monster indirectly, and it helps a lot of the secrets revealed in this episode are actually pretty funny! The way the Girls defeat it is a very neat method rather than just blowing it up or setting it on fire. Because when you reveal your own secrets willingly, they don't hurt anywhere near as much, and the pain that does occur fades faster. And if you REALLY need to know who created such a beast? You haven't watched the old show at all... Yeah, I could predict right away who caused this mess, but it doesn't change the fact that this was a great episode all the same and is pretty much "Little Yellow Book" done right.

TheSuperSaiyan10's avatar
I hated this episode because of the ending. You defeat the monster by basically shafting the professor. This whole episode feels like a poor attempt at an unnecessary character assassination of the professor. This episode could have gone from terrible to just decent if they burned the paper monster into ashes before it got loose.
FireMaster92's avatar
I have to agree with ya. Why could the girls just use their heat vision to burn down that paper monster? Plus the way they defeat the monster not only doesn't make much sense, also confusing. I mean if the girls weakening the monster by spilling their secrets, than how come the monster was perfectly fine when he shout out his secrets? 
Taz2300's avatar
Don't the writers see what happens when they actually put EFFORT into a cartoon? This reboot as bad an idea it was to execute it the way they did The show actually has a slight chance at redemption if they just understand what made the original well loved
MantaDrifter's avatar
A diamond in the rough indeed; this episode seemed closer to its original show's brethren. I am enjoying the fact they are keeping HIM subtle at the moment and operating from the shadows. I hope when he has a big episode and open battle with the girls they do him justice.
Simpsonsfanatic33's avatar
This was a good episode of the show and HIM was at the ending of it. I get the feeling he's gonna do something really and simply evil to destroy the Powerpuff Girls, just like in the old show when he changed all of the people of Townsville's love for the girls into hate or taking over and destroying the world in the future or acted like Freddy Krueger and invaded the girls dreams and gave them nightmares so that they would feel scared to defeat him.
shadowgamer20's avatar
i feel  the only reason people dispise this show is because its the popular thing to do and not because its genuanly bad

i mean i woudnt call it a good show persay and its one of the most pointless shows out there but is it really as heinous as people say it is? oh hell no 

i mean for a simple kids show its pretty harmless fun and it does its job as being fun childrens entertainment

not everything needs to be for both kids and adults sometimes a show aimed more at kids isnt a bad thing if u ask me

aslong as the show isnt insulting its critics or being just nothing but inmature toilet humor i have no issue with the show existing


would i prefer it to apeal to all audiences yes but im not gonna get upset when a show just wants to target itself to a younger crowd either 
Taz2300's avatar
This isn't about "it's cool to hate". That's a very closeminded assumption.

If you've seen the show you should know that fans have legitimate reasons to dislike the show. The problem with the revoot is that before it was just pandering to kids. There's nothing wrong with a show appealing to just kids. MLP is an amazing kids show. That's good but you shouldn't use pandering bullshit or try to be "hip" "memes" or "cool or relevant" to children for entertainment. The target audience of a show doesn't excuse the quality of a show. You're not supposed to let target demographic dictate the quality of a cartoon.

You still need to put EFFORT into a cartoon all the same. Sofia the First is a great cartoon targeted for children because it's put actual heart into it. The whole reason the show existed was corporate bullshit wanting to make a profit of the franchise sell toys

This episode actually shows what happens when writers put actual effort into a show
shadowgamer20's avatar
*sigh* not everyone views cartoons like you do

me i think ppg 2016 is harmless fun it might not be perfect and yes the pandering is a issue but i woudnt change the channel if a kid was watching it as for a childrens show its decently silly and fun to watch
Taz2300's avatar
You need to understand that it being a kid shownis not Ann excuse to not put EFFORT and smart writing to it
shadowgamer20's avatar
i didnt say that im just saying that not all shows need to be as expertly written as u say they do

besides ppg 2016 has given us qutie a few good eps remember viral spiral?
Taz2300's avatar
Actually yeah all cartoons need to have actual effort put into writing. I'm not saying all writers have to be like Craig or Gennedy but they need to put actual effort if they want to be good is what I'm saying. Like Sofia the first.

Yeah I know not all the episodes of PPG 2016 are bad and they can be great. But what made them great is how close they are to the original source material. If they put effort into the future episodes like they did with Bubbles at the opera then the show can actually be good
shadowgamer20's avatar
ok 1 how do u know no effort was put into the show

i mean most of the original voice actors who came  bac are still as great as they always was(especilly mojo) the comedy can still be funny 


also stop comparing ppg to a preeschool show if ure gonna compare it to anything compare it to a show like i dunno clarence or gumball since there more near the dempgraphic ppg is aiming at
Taz2300's avatar
Voice actors alone doesn't show if there was effort put into the show. They didn't even bring the original CAs for PPG back. Also the original VAs that are still here need a bit of practice to get the ages of the voicing again. Also I was comparing them because I was making a point that shows for a younger audience like Arthur or Sofia show a that there was effort for writing even if it's just for kids
Taz2300's avatar
Alright then. But if you want a better explanation about why the reboot was a bad idea youtu.be/IQ4G7Lf6qBU
Here's the link to better explain.

A kid is better off watching the original show it's for the best
shadowgamer20's avatar
also u do realise ppg was rebooted before right/

did powerpuff girls z not exist a litural anime adaptation of the show that devided reviewers on whether it was good or not 
Taz2300's avatar
There was still effort put into the anime
Jules2005's avatar
My favorite episode is Princess Buttercup.
shadowgamer20's avatar
mine would be the ep the secret life of blossom powerpuff or viral spiral 
UltimateJKC1994's avatar
A GOOD episode in the show?
MattMacroPika's avatar
This show has its awkward moments, but i love it nonetheless!!
FireMaster92's avatar
As much I dislike that show along with TTG but I have to admit that even bad shows has does good episodes and hell even good shows has bad episodes too.
Regulas314's avatar
Don't get me wrong, I still don't like this show, but I welcome any episodes that can prove themselves to be good. It's why I'm sticking with this and Teen Titans Go despite my dislike of them.
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