TV Club: Wander Over Yonder’s usual mastery in genre parodies comes up surprisingly short

Wander Over Yonder loves to do two things: experiment, with episodes like “The Void” or “The Breakfast,” and play with genre conventions, with episodes like “The Cartoon” and “The Hero.” Generally, Wander knocks it out of the park when playing around with styles and meta-styles, allowing the writers and animators to have ridiculous fun with the characters and the settings. Sometimes, though, those same writers struggle with messing with those various conventions, particularly when dealing with a specific genre. The most recent example was “The Bad Neighbors,” a fine if flat take on the generic sitcom. Well, we can add “The Search for Captain Tim” and “The Heebie Jeebies” to the “nice try” list. Not to say these were bad episodes. They were just lacking the kind of energy that usually allows the crew to really rip apart the genres that they were aiming for. Even if they weren’t …

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