Recently, major changes have been made to a few pages without the consent of the community. Tables have been split off of pages to be made into their own articles, articles have been made without considering adding them to existing pages, etc. This will lead to merging articles (back) together after some discussion.
While it is okay to be bold when editing the wiki, it is common courtesy to add the content you are removing from the article to the talk page for review. In this way, other editors can come through and discuss whether the change was a good one or not. If the consensus is that it was not a good change, then the passage can be added back into the page easily.
If you are going to break off a major section into its own article as was done on Isabella's page with her relationship with Phineas, then you need to discuss it either on the talk page for the original article or in the IRC with the admins and anyone else who happens to be there. This will help cut back on the number of reversions that need to be done and help develop better communication amongst the members of the community.
Help Wanted: Looking for ways to help encourage people to spend more time improving the articles on the wiki rather than hanging out in the blogs and making comments. Is there something we can do as an admin team to encourage more participation? Are you worried about making edits in the encyclopedia? Are you concerned about "messing something up"? What issues do you have that are stopping you from making more edits to articles? Leave the answers on this issue's talk page.
While we wait for confirmation as to when Season 3 starts, Disney has resumed showing new episodes. Flash has already reviewed the first four of 2010 (see the previous issue). Today it's my turn.
"Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers" started out with a callback (an acting term, meaning a reference a previous event in the show) to Candace becoming engrossed in a new subject and staying up all night. Previously it had been during the family's trip to England, where she and Stacy read the Sherlock Holmes novels at her grandparents' house. This time, a hint of romance in an old sci-fi movie that Phineas and Ferb are watching piques her interest and she outlasts the boys to finish watching the rest of the marathon.
From there, life imitates art as Candace comes to believe that Ferb is an alien. Since her mom has already gone out, she presents the mounting evidence to Phineas. In a few episodes, there has been a role reversal in the busting process, most notibly "What Do It Do?". It would have been easy to have Phineas mirror the long-suffering attitudes that everyone else Candace pleads her case to, but he stays in character, enjoying the prospect of having an alien for a brother and setting her straight.
For the Agent P/Doofenshmirtz side of the story, Agent P's briefing was fun to watch. Major Monogram being distracted by the monitor being cleaned and not understanding French had me smiling. And when Dr. Doofenshmirtz started pulling on the ribbon sticking out of his mouth, I knew that was going to be a mistake.
The one part of the episode I didn't enjoy was the song. I'm not particularly fond of songs that have excessive repetition in them. When a song repeats a line or two over and over again, it just seems like the songwriters aren't trying hard enough to think of new lyrics. But, the episode closes with another callback, this one all the way back to "Rollercoaster", and that positive note brings this episode back up to a B+.
Next, the kids head to the mall with their mom to do back-to-school shopping in "Ain't No Kiddie Ride". Phineas tries out a rocket ship ride at the mall and expresses the same lament that many adults share: the past often seems more fun and exciting than it usually was. But they're in a better position than most of us are to make reality match their imaginations and the rocket ship ride quickly becomes a real rocket. Buford gives it a go, then sends Candace for a flight.
While they follow Candace on the other rides they also souped up, Doofenshmirtz deals with the frustration of people not remembering his name. His scheme for the day is actually quite ambitious, which shows a nice change of pace from some of his more petty schemes and reminds us of just how capable he can be. But of course, it's always something small that trips him up, literally in this case.
Flipping back to Candace's wild ride, Baljeet has been experiencing frustration of his own when the dollar bill is not accepted by the money slot. This show is not afraid to spend a little time exploring a sight gag, and this one comes back in the end with a great and unexpected payoff. Attention to detail like this is what earns this episode an A-.
Agree with this review? Disagree? Can't really decide? Let us know on our talk page.
Poll of the month
FadhilPF is continuing his "Poll of the Month" and encourages all of you to cast your vote. There's two more weeks left in the current poll, so vote today.
The 2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award is coming, and our show, Phineas and Ferb is in the running for the category of "Favorite Cartoon" against Penguins of Madagascar, The Simpsons, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Voting has already started, and we need as much help as we can so we can get Phineas and Ferb to win, when the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards airs on Saturday, March 27th, so please get as many people as possible to vote. Here is the link to vote for your favorites for the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award: http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-awards/vote/
Largest total number of votes:
1. Battling living gelatin. — 9 votes.
2. Tie, with 8 votes each:
Rescuing her brothers after she succeeds in busthing them.
Being chased by all the animals she insulted.
3. Standing firm against aglet promotion. — 6 votes.
4. Tie, with 4 votes each:
Being crowned the Queen of Mars.
Participating in an aquatic show against her will.
5. Tie, with 2 votes each:
Lifeguard at Lake Nose. - ("The Lake Nose Monster")
Taking on the role of Sherlock Holmes with Stacy as Watson.
One of the hallmarks of a show hitting its stride is when they can devote some time to the secondary characters without shoving them in our face. When such characters come suddenly to the forefront on a live action series, it usually means that the character is being written out or the actor is leaving the show. In this case, Irving gets a little more of the spotlight in the first episode, and Norm gets his share in the second. While fan reaction to Irving has been mixed, I'm starting to look a little more kindly on him and both should be around for a while.
I have written before about how I appreciate it when I can see that a show is really paying attention to detail. Such is the case with "Not Phineas and Ferb". This episode hits us with it right off the bat when Phineas' "Adventure in Space" song suddenly drops off as we see Candace lying in bed. It took me a little bit to realize that not only had the volume been reduced because Phineas is in a different room than Candace, but one of the channels was cut completely so that we hear him through only one of the speakers in our TVs. How many other shows would have done something like that?
As the episode gets up to speed, we see Irving is still obsessed with being around Phineas and Ferb, but then his older brother, Albert, literally busts down the door and offers some unexpected perspective on that obsession. Diedrich Bader returns to Phineas and Ferb to give Albert his voice. Irving finds himself defending his devotion and enlists Buford's and Baljeet's help since the real Phineas and Ferb can't be found. He alternates between disbelief that Albert accepts the obvious masquerade and the need to keep it going.
But Agent P and Doofenshmirtz can't be left out of mix, so we learn that Heinz wants better minatures for his model railroad. As usual, it comes back to his childhood, but he once again transcends the usual petty need for revenge and goes for something more ambitious: stealing famous landmarks from across the world.
Irving finally can't stand the fact that Albert fell for it. They return to the backyard where Irving gets to experience a little of what Candace goes through every day. We see for the first time Irving and Albert's mother and Buford's mother, and they get to experience a little of what Linda goes through every day. A very satisfying ending to an episode that gives some minor characters some attention. A.
Candace, on the other hand, isn't experiencing much satisfaction. Another failed attempt at the beginning of "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!" leaves her in disbelief through an entire evening. Still standing in the backyard the next morning, advice from Isabella prompts her to give teamwork a try. She enlists the help of Stacy and Jenny, putting them through a "bust camp". Jenny convinces a reluctant Stacy to help Candace and we're treated to an homage of Charlie's Angels, complete with a real fireball explosion behind the trio just like in the CA title sequence.
Phineas continues helping other characters get a little more screen time by allowing Baljeet to choose the day's activity and to say one of his catch phrases. But it's actually Major Monogram that says it and that begins the hand-off to Norm. When Doofenshmirtz praises one of his other robot creations and says some unkind things about Norm, we feel a bit of sympathy towards the robot. But in the end Norm saves the day, strengthening the relationship between the two.
Though separate from "Not Phineas and Ferb", this episode matches it in expanding the roles of the secondary characters, and earns itself a matching A grade.
Agree with this review? Disagree? Can't really decide? Let us know on our talk page.
Wikia recently changed how new pages are created, giving you the choice of a single layout or a blank page. Our wiki has several layouts for songs, episodes, characters and other types of pages, so this really doesn't help us. To get around this, the menus on the left side of the screen are going to change. A few choices will be moved into a new menu, arranged much like the "Behind the Scenes" and "Community" sections.
Watch for the change in the next few days.
Affiliated Wikis update
A little more work has been done on the Affiliated Wikis project. Part of the work we can do ourselves, and part of it will have to be done behind-the-scenes by Wikia.
At the moment, there are 55 English Phineas and Ferb wikis, 8 in Dutch, 1 in French, 5 in German, 2 in Italian, 2 in Portuguese, and 10 in Spanish. In all the languages, about half of them haven't had any edits in over 2 months, some of which haven't had anything done to them since they were created. In effect, they've been abandoned. Wikia has a procedure for adopting such wikis, but it involves making regular posts to show you want to take over the wiki. Our situation is a little different. Whether the wiki is active or not, they will be invited to become part of a larger wiki so that the fragmentation of wikis about this show can be reduced.
When we get an answer back from them, we'll let you know.
New block policy
A new policy has been drafted that will formalize our blocking policy. It outlines how to handle people that cause trouble on the wiki and describes what actions warrant being blocked.
Details about it can be read on the Block policy page. Changes to the policy will be accepted for the next week, and then voting on formal adoption will be open right after that. Check the Talk page for some insights as to why the policy was drafted and to suggest changes or cast a vote after March 7th.
Coming in two weeks:
Results of the next Bi-Weekly Top 5
Update on the YouTube video policy
other articles to be determined (submissions wanted)