OVERVIEW: Kim Possible is an animated series that aired on Disney Channel from June 7, 2002 to September 7, 2007. The show is centered around title character Kim Possible, a teenage girl who fights crime. She's assisted by her best friend/sidekick Ron Stoppable, a goofy klutz who mostly serves as comedy relief, and Rufus, Ron's pet naked mole rat.
|Team Possible. They can do anything.
|We're evil. Gonna have to deal with it.
REVIEW: This show does a really good job of simultaneously parodying and paying homage to the super-spy genre. The over-the-top plots allow for ludicrous circumstances that let the comedy come naturally, while still allowing for impressively animated action and even some genuine drama.
|Also, laser hands.
|Also, Kim's parents seem way too OK with her just going out and fighting hoards of super-villains wielding incredibly dangerous technology.
|This pic of young Kim and Ron basically sums up their whole relationship.
The only real problem I have with this series is its mixed relationship with stereotypes. For example, it's great to have a show with a strong female lead and lots of strong female characters, but it's kind of upsetting that every female in the show, except those played for laughs, have the body type of a Barbie Doll. Or how Kim is strong and smart but is constantly worried about getting a boyfriend. It's like for every ten progressive thoughts the show sponsors, there is one narrow-minded or poorly executed thought that makes the show seem cliched. In addition, sometimes messages that are supposed to be progressive and open-minded just seem forced. There are a handful of episodes where characters disregard Kim because she's "just a girl" and she has to prove herself. These are fortunately few and far between, but it bothers me that the show feels it needs to go out of its way to have "girl power" episodes. The characters, especially the female ones, are strong and well-written already; they don't need to force the idea that these characters are cool.
|Come on, writers! You were so close to being perfect!
|Although they may be left confused about proper hand care. HOW IS SHE FILING HER NAILS THROUGH A GLOVE?!?
AGE RATING: As I've said, this show is OK for viewers of any age. That said, the show can be pretty action heavy, and a lot of the high school drama will only be relatable to kids around that age. I'd say anybody over the age of 10 or 11 can enjoy this show fully.
VERDICT: Similar to Danny Phantom, this show had a weird ending. Instead of building up the main villains and having a huge plot revolving around them, a totally new and unexpected threat (aliens... literally aliens) emerges that forces the heroes and villains to unite. Unlike Danny Phantom, the finale mostly manages to capture the spirit of show, although some characters feel a little out of character just so that they can get a "happy" ending.
|Plus, Ron practically goes super saiyan.
SCORE: 8/10 (Great)
VERDICT: Revive/Rest in Peace