I have an 8 page research paper due on Tuesday that I haven’t started. At all. And it wouldn’t be a huge deal except I’m getting teeth ripped out tomorrow and I don’t know how that’s going to effect me.
So instead of powering through and trying to get SOMETHING done, I’m over thinking plot potential of Danny Phantom. And the fact that the Greatest Enemy episode was the one that got the closest to the truly dark and sad potential of that world and character.
Like he asks Vlad to to rip him apart because he can’t handle it after everyone’s death. As in he can’t handle fighting evil. AS HIS LIFE FALLS APART HE LITERALLY STILL FEELS GUILTY/RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE AND WANTING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT HE ASKS TO SEPARATE HIS HUMAN EMOTIONS AND GRIEF FROM HIS POWERS SO SOME PART OF HIM CAN STILL SAVE PEOPLE.
And it freaking backfires. His humanity is the only thing keeping his ghost side moral, (screw that second dream catchers shit episode) and that means that all the ghosts literally have NO MORAL COMPASS??? Or are naturally driven to do harm?? There’s so much possibility there.
Also the fact that Sam is goth in a very early 2000s type of way, indicates that she probably had some sort of inherent interest in death and occult culture is a tie that the show almost completely ignores. (It does show through a bit with the freak show episodes)
The fact that Danny’s parents essentially HALF KILLED HIM should’ve put a very interesting strain on their relationship. The idiot parent trope was a poor choice in my opinion but even so they have showed themselves to be competent enough to create technology that not only works but is deadly. Like there should’ve been some legitimate fear that they would kill him all the way and emotional tension with their relationships and confusion on the parents part.
And this is not even getting into the deeper questions of mortality, death, and the afterlife that the shows almost strictly avoids. Does everyone who dies become a ghost? Do they all have unfinished business? If so can they “pass on” if it gets dealt with? If Vlad or Danny were killed would they just become full ghosts? Do all ghost come into existence in the ghost zone or do they just find it after haunting the normal world?
All in all I really do love Danny phantom but man I yearn/ed for a deeper look at such an amazing and unique concept.