One of my favourite Spongebob episodes ever was the 15th episode of season titled 'Band Geeks'. The funny punchlines were excellently delivered as usual and it was more than satisfying to see Squidward getting one over Squilliam. However, this episode will live on in the hearts of many fans because of the Bubble Bowl scene that was poetic punctuated by the Bikini Bottom Marching Band's rendition of 'Sweet Victory'. It was clearly a clever spoof of Super Bowls half time spectacles and another reminder how the show often expertly pokes fun at the idea that life is similar both below and above sea. So after the tragic death of show creator Stephen Hillenburg in November, an over 1 million signed petition, and weeks of hype and tease by NFL marketing, my own excitement to relieve a fond childhood memory came and went in a couple of seconds. Spongebob and the rest of the band wasn't a complete no show but all we got was mere few seconds of Squidward introducing rapper Travis Scott and 'Sickomode'. It was the ultimate bait and switch almost seeing as a major slap in the face to each of those million petitioners. However, one could argue that the Super Bowl Halftime show is only 30 minutes long and features a variety of headline acts that all need their time in the spotlight, but I believe there were more than enough time for the less than 2 minutes rendition of 'Sweet Victory' by spongebob's band similar to the one in 'Band Geeks'. It would of made Patriots' victory (as a disgruntled Arsenal fan I am required to hate on Stan Kronke's other teams) that much sweeter. Nonetheless, the NFL doesn't owes us Spongebob fans anything and the original idea to have 'Sweet Victory' at the event was to honoured Hillenburg. So in that sense we can say mission accomplished but excuse me as I go and watch 'Band Geeks' for the 50 millionth time to damper my disappointment.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.