This week’s installment of Amphibia is a must watch. In the latest episode, Olivia and Yunan take to the skies in their flying car while trying to evade an army of black widow spiders! The episode ends with some really exciting twists that will leave you drooling for more.
“The Amphibia is an American animated series that aired on Nickelodeon from September 9, 2011 to October 8, 2013. It follows the adventures of four amphibian friends who live in a pond in Central Park.”
Season 3, Episode 7, “Spider-Sprig/Olivia and Yunan” REVIEW: Amphibia
“Frog-Man, you’re nothing more than a blemish on the city’s face. Prepare yourself for some laser surgery!”
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The Plantar and Boonchuy families are watching a movie about Tarulantu-Lad, an extraterrestrial that transforms into a superhero, in “Spider-Sprig.” Hop Pop and Polly think it’s a joke, but Anne’s father is moved to tears, and Sprig is inspired by the hero. Sprig, on the other hand, quickly finds himself at conflict with Robert Otto, the neighborhood’s safety officer. Sprig is successful in saving an out-of-control school bus. Molly Jo, Robert’s granddaughter, exits the bus, ignoring him in favor of Sprig. At the junkyard, Robert discovers spare components from Andrias’ robots and assaults Sprig. When Molly Jo is threatened by the property damage they have caused, the brawl comes to an end. Sprig and Robert are accused of being greedy attention-seekers, and they resolve to clean up the mess. “Olivia and Yunan” begins with a flashback to when Olivia rescued Marcy and took her home. Marcy agrees to assist Olivia’s family in protecting Newtopia, as Olivia’s family has pledged to do. The region is now filled with industries, and Andrias assigns Olivia and Yunan to monitor production. Olivia and Yunan make the decision to track down Marcy and battle the Mad King. The vents emit pictures to deceive her rescuers when they remove her out of her tank. Marcy sees the projection gadget for a brief while, and they all work together to smash it and escape. Andrias, on the other hand, intervenes and explains his plan for Marcy.
“Spider-Sprig” is exactly what it sounds like (an 11-minute Spider-Man tribute), and it’s also quite predictable, which I don’t like. In this episode, the creative team behind Amphibia puts their fandom on full show once again. Season 3 has a lot of references so far, and although I can see how that would be annoying for some viewers, I’m not complaining. I enjoy Brad Garrett’s Robert and how he transforms from a decent but excessively self-important public worker to a supervillain. I’d want to see more of his connection with Molly Jo, particularly as it seems that this is the root of his dislike for Sprig. Because this is just an 11-minute episode, I understand preferring action over secondary character interactions. Even still, it would help to explain Robert’s conduct or at the very least offer some background. On the other hand, I acknowledge that if he was depicted in a more sympathetic manner, it would be less amusing for him to transform so radically and swiftly.
It irritates me that “Spider-Sprig” holds Sprig and Robert equally responsible. Sprig’s motivations are a combination of honorable and self-serving, but I believe that individuals are defined by their actions, not by their intentions. If you do good and assist others, it doesn’t matter what your goals are since they haven’t caused any damage. Similarly, if you have excellent intentions but the result is terrible, you have done something wrong. The fact that Sprig isn’t always correct is masked by the fact that he’s attempting to assist others, while Robert Otto is just interested in avenging himself at any costs. I also find it interesting that, despite collaborating twice to rescue Molly Jo, Sprig and Robert fail to collaborate to keep the city secure. Even when they reach a mutual respect and understanding in the end, they just part ways as Sprig returns home and a police officer notifies Robert that he is being detained. This is most likely due to time restrictions and the lighthearted character of the plot, which is just acceptable. “Spider-Sprig” basically settles for good enough when it might have been excellent, in my opinion. However, I enjoy how it hits on the overall cliché of superheroes doing more harm than good and how that affects the little people. Anne’s father’s response to the film is charming, and I wish he had a larger role in the episode. I sometimes believe Amphibia might benefit from full-length single-release episodes, and this is one of those instances.
“Olivia and Yunan” is a meatier narrative than “Spider-Sprig,” and it continues the practice of blending darker stories with lighter ones. When King Andrias, a deliciously hateable figure performed by one of my favorite voice actors, appears in an episode, I’m always thrilled. “Olivia and Yunan” returns to Andrias’ insanity, as the eponymous protagonists catch him muttering to himself but really to the Core, the creature that eventually inhabits Marcy. Andrias’ tank, in which Marcy has been marinating since he stabbed her, looks eerily similar to the one Luke was in following his fight with the wampa in The Empire Strikes Back. I’m guessing this is another deliberate reference. Similarly, the ruined Newtopian terrain is similar of what Saruman did in The Two Towers to areas of Middle Earth. Amphibia’s impacts may be seen in even the greatest Disney Channel episodes.
The characterization of Andrias is one feature of “Olivia and Yunan” that I especially loved. When dealing with or discussing Marcy, he turns aside a number of times. His body language, facial gestures, and particularly what he says to Marcy about imploring the Core to use a new host contribute a lot to his character. Andrias had previously been presented as a kind guy who wished to assist the humans in returning home safely. In “True Colors,” his true motivations were exposed, and he was proven to be (and has since remained) a cunning, self-serving, child-stripping monster with no redeeming traits. Returning to what I mentioned previously, Andrias’ care for Marcy and feelings of remorse don’t make up for the fact that he almost murdered her. He’s even using her as a vehicle for some ominous god. It merely adds fuel to the fire that Andrias is either insane or under the control of the Core in some manner.
Overall, I preferred “Olivia and Yunan” to “Spider-Sprig,” and I’m excited to see where Andrias, Marcy, Olivia, and General Yunan go next. I’m guessing Andrias will send Marcy after Anne in the human realm, or set her on Sasha, who is still in Amphibia. In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing the rivals reunited, whenever and whenever that may be.
Plot – 7
Acting – 8 points
9 – Production Design
“Spider-Sprig” is entertaining, but it contributes nothing to Sprig’s character or the season’s overall plot. “Olivia and Yunan,” on the other hand, is fantastic.
The “ivy amphibia age” is a review of the episode “Spider-Sprig/Olivia and Yunan”. The episode aired on October 20, 2016. This is the seventh episode in season 3 of Amphibia.
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