Plot: Danny finally has a chance to be in with the popular kids when Jazz coerces Dash into inviting him to his big party. While he’s enjoying a taste of popularity, Sam and Tucker don’t enjoy being ignored and blown off by Danny. In an effort to get money for new cool clothes for the party, Danny decides to sell all of his dad’s old tech in the garage. However, it’s been tainted with ghost goo from battling Technus – a ghost who controls all machinery and gadgetry.
All of the tech he sold starts coming to life, controlled by Technus, and Danny will need a little help from his friends to take him down.
Breakdown: This episode was alright. It was half and half. I had my problems with the main plot because it’s just such a tired sitcom plot to have the dorky protagonist suddenly become slightly popular, ignore and abandon his non-popular friends only to discover, gasp, that the popular kids are jackasses and he wishes he were unpopular and back with his friends again.
There was also more cringey slang this time around, and I had to pause and rub my temples when Sam used the term ‘vaporware’ to describe a regular ol’ piece of shitty software. Tucker, as a tech guy, should’ve called her out on that.
Also, Danny’s resolution to Dash’s problem of ‘My computer’s being overloaded with schoolwork (?)’ is to replace the motherboard and install a new OS. Not only is that all sorts of wrong, but I sincerely doubt Dash would have the know-how to do that on his own.
However, I did like the revelation that Sam is filthy rich, she just chooses to keep it a secret to not be treated differently. Says a lot about Sam as a person because she could easily be popular too if she wanted to be. It’s also funny how she was clearly going to offer to buy the clothes for Danny, but stopped herself when he blew them off again.
Technus is a really great enemy because he not only has ghost powers, but he also has technopathy and makes creative robots with junk. He’s pretty funny and can definitely stand his own in a fight.
All in all, I liked this episode. The plot with the popularity is moreso worn out than it is something that really bothers me, but Danny was a bit of a jerk in that part, as expected, though.
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