Earlier this year, it was announced that Spongebob Squarepants series creator Steven Hillenburg will return to the show for the first time since leaving in 2005. He was recently a main story writer for the 2015 film, Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water, which definitely felt like more to a return to the series golden age (1999-2004) than ever before.
Hillenburg is set to be very involved with the creation of new season 10 episodes, but there is no set release for season 10. So in this waiting period, this question must be asked: Will Spongebob return to its glory days? Will the humor be clever and quotable as it once was? Will “No Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument” type material return?
As previously stated, Sponge Out of Water was a step in the right direction in terms of quality. However, can ten years of turmoil and medicracy be reduced by one man? I believe it will be a gradual process and it may be take an entire season or two to reach the show’s full potential.
We all know how great Spongebob can be. It’s humor in the first three seasons was completely original, meaning it contained very few well-worn tropes and cliches. Looking back, I appreciate the classic episodes more than ever. Unfortunately, the series was tarnished by most of the episodes that followed the first film in 2005 onward. If Spongebob had ended in 2004, it would undoubtedly be considered legendary. It is still is,but there’s so much to sort though…
Hillenburg, can you save the day? We shall see.