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The Amazing World Of Gumball – “The Joy” Recap

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When the boys show up to school in an unusually happy mood, Miss Simian begins to suspect that they are infected with some sort of virus.

I’ve always preferred comedy over horror. I can appreciate the classics, but most forms of media that are meant to be scary just try too hard. Fortunately, I am not entirely unfamiliar with the tropes of the genre, so I was able to discern what this episode brought to the table and I liked it. Miss Simian has been the subject of episodes in the past, but this is the first time she has been the primary focus. She carried the episode rather well, although I feel like this episode would have benefited from having the outbreak happen just a bit sooner. Replacing zombies with happy children was very amusing, with the virus being spread through hugs instead of through bites and scratches. There were a lot of references to things that are commonly done in these types of movies, but the “pretend to be infected” gag that surprisingly works is always one of my favorites. “Shaun of the Dead” comes to mind. The episode didn’t have much of a resolution since Miss Simian failed to cure the outbreak, but I can forgive these types of endings as long as they aren’t too common. All in all, this was a solid episode. It had some very funny moments and it built up the tension appropriately.

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