Sorry for the late reply, I just checked my messages now. Band Geeks is bad because none of the jokes are very funny (except Plankton screaming "CORRECT!"), and it tries to do too much dark humor. Squidward saying "too bad that didn't kill me," Squilliam having a heart attack, the flag twirler scene... none of it is very funny. I also don't really like Squilliam as a character. Well, this is just my unpopular opinion. Thanks for asking.
I think it's an abysmal episode because the plot is extremely barebones, and due to that it's very boring. Also, the ending comes out of nowhere, the band scene was extremely rushed, and the talking cheese scene is just...arrgh
There aren't many jokes that I can remember. There's the "bold and brash" joke, which isn't really funny because I do like the painting, and the follow-up line is pretty cruel. Then there's the marble statue, which I just didn't find funny. The "perfect circle" scene was fine, I guess. Artist Unknown in general is pretty forgettable.
@Tyler: I think it's unfunny, one-note, and surprisingly family-unfreindly. Every joke is either "SpongeBob kills people with his breath" or "SpongeBob has no self-confidence." It also features one of the first instances of jerky Patrick, where he just pops up out of nowhere to insult SpongeBob.
@Alternative: Yeah, that one is still a work-in-progress. I'm not entirely sure if I can deal with the responsibility of updating a H&H, so I don't know if I'll end up publishing it.
Yeah, it's my least favorite DoaWK book. Here's why:
It's a rehash of The Long Haul.
The book is incredibly light on humor. The only jokes that even made me smile were Greg talking about Charlotte's Web and the monkey.
All the other jokes in the book are gross out. Pee jokes, urinal jokes, gross animal jokes...
It's cliche and predictable. You know that nothing good is gonna happen to Greg and his family and that everything will go wrong.
There's a "phones are bad" teen-stereotyping scene. I read an article that Jeff Kinney thinks "kids these days don't know how to hold a conversation because of phones," so this is a case of the author shoehorning his own opinions into the book and making fun of people.
The ending. Greg and his family steal clothes, food, and commit illegal acts and get banned from the resort. I think this is the worst ending in the series.
Still, I respect your opinion. Can you tell me why you liked the book? I'm curious.
The Meltdown is between Double Down and Old School for me. The climax was just enough to save it from the "bad" rating. I noticed that there are way too many words written in all capital letters, and I didn't like the climate change rant. (Geez, does Jeff Kinney have to shove something like this into every book now?) The book feels like a random chain of events until the snowball fight starts. The Meltdown and The Getaway both have this strange art style that feels like a bootleg Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.
Old School is better than The Long Haul but worse than The Meltdown to me. I like the first half, but everything starting from when Greg drops the toothpaste cap down the drain is either mediocre or flat-out bad.