The worst thing about Phantom Planet – worse than Vlad turning petty villain, or Valerie getting stiffed, or the final boss turning out to be a great big glowing meteor – The worst thing about Phantom Planet was the fact that it showed that the Fenton Portal could be turned off.
At least Vlad’s growing megalomania had been a trend foreshadowed by season 3. The Disasteroid hearkened back to Danny’s desire to be an Astronaut. And Valerie? We were used to the narrative forgetting about her. It’s all disappointing, but typical.
But the Portal? The device that turned Danny half ghost in the first place? The door through which the ghosts swarmed into Amity Park, causing Danny to take up his cause? The rip in space-time that started it all?
Eh, flip a switch. Turn it off. It isn’t permanent, after all.
It ~completely~ invalidates the entire show that came before it. All of Danny’s hard work, late nights, failing grades… all the battles he fought, injuries he accumulated, all the growth he went through–what was it for? Why struggle when they could’ve just turned it off?
Amity Park faced massive damages from ghost attacks. Ghosts nearly took over the world multiple times. People’s lives were in danger.
The narrative set it up that this was an unfortunate side effect of the portal’s creation. Logically, a rip in the dimensions doesn’t seem fixable, and once it was opened, a mess followed… a mess that Danny took one glance at and said, “Well, someone has to help,” – and then he did. That’s what made him a hero.
And you’re telling me that all of it could’ve been achieved by just… turning it off?
…Phantom Planet is the worst.