Hey guys! Gerawallstar here, and I am here to review the second Veggietales episode God wants me to forgive them. I used to watch this episode heavily as a kid, and I loved it then. As an adult, not so much.  In my opinion, this episode was a step backwards compared to the first one, especially the later episodes. I don’t know. I think the way this episode did its message of forgiveness was weak. The first segment of the episode was The Grapes of Wrath. The story was mediocre. I liked the opening where the grapes singed “We are the grapes of wrath”. It’s a song that I enjoyed a lot as a kid. Unfortunately, after that, this part of the episode goes downhill. The grapes made fun of Junior calling him “Cheese headed bean boy”, despite claiming to them that he is an Asparagus. They also made fun of his name and laughed at him when he got landed in the sandbox. The whole segment shows Dad Asparagus lecturing to the grapes about forgiveness, and how they should forgive Junior after apologizing when they made fun of him. While Bob and Larry also go to see QWERTY the computer seeking bible passages about forgiveness. This is where this segment has problems. The problem I have with this segment is that it hammers in the message of forgiveness to death where it feels like you are watching a show for toddlers. I know what you guys are going to say, “This is a show for kids and toddlers. They have to explain about forgiveness this way.” Yes, this is a show for kids, but the way this episode handles its message feels like this show in general is made for toddlers and it gives a false impression on the viewers watching this thinking that this is for a different target audience. The way they handle the message about forgiveness in this part of the episode is just not good. Which again, I know this is a kid show. The grapes having to forgive junior when they made fun of him is fine. But honestly, forgiveness is a controversial and touchy subject as there are better ways of handling the forgiveness message. The next segment is the forgive –o-matic. Fun fact: this segment was heavily inspired by Phil Vischer because he did this a puppet show like this in Bible College. Phil’s idea of this was that they were going to experiment using both silly songs and segments like this in each episode. There were a lot of angry letters from fans. They were wondering “where’s the silly song?” Because of negative controversy with this segment, Phil decided to stick with the silly song every episode moving forward. After seeing this, I understand why. This moment of the episode was not good. It was boring and uninteresting. Although, I laughed at the end where the announcer slips and falls after Junior says to him “Say Goodnight Gracey.” The next segment is called “Larry’s Lagoon” which is a parody of the 1960’s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island”, which is a good show by the way if you haven’t seen it. This segment is decent. It’s a lot better than the grapes of wrath segment because the message and story was executed better. Unlike the last segment, the characters did something that makes the forgiveness message more sense. Larry destroyed some property which made it impossible for the passengers to get out of a deserted island. The whole scene where mishaps happen causing the passengers to forgive each other was effective, because they in return forgave Larry for refusing to accept his apology/taking his anger out on him. The song that a weird talking tree sang “Forgiveness in your heart” is good, but not great. With those three segments out of the way, what is it that I liked about the episode? The animation is a big improvement over the last episode. The textures improved a lot. I liked the designs of the environments, and I loved that small lighting detail that was used in Bob and Larry when they were looking at a bible verse in the “Grapes of Wrath” segment.

Overall, God wants me to forgive them is okay but honestly a disappointment for me. The animation is polished and an improvement over the last episode. Larry’s Lagoon was an enjoyable episode to sit through and its message was executed better. But the whole forgive-o-matic segment, the over-explanation of the forgiveness message in “grapes of wrath” segment, as well as that segment was a letdown. I don’t hate this episode, but this episode is not that good. I give this episode a 6/10.

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