Episode 71 had filler scenes. Most of what Zubashi and Gangles do is filler, it's like the episode has to be 8 minutes long so there's a scene of them in there that accomplished nothing. Most of the episode accomplished little so therefore I'm standing by my arguement that it's the closest thing to filler that we're gonna get this season.
I kind of have to agree with Adam on Zubashi and Gangles. I'll get into this in my review of all of season 5, but the Zubashi and Gangles scenes definitely feel like filler.
Now granted, I get it. Stupid Mario Brothers is suppose to be a comedy. You want to have those scenes as well for the people who watch the show just for comedy. I know that finding a balance between the people who like comedy and the people who like the plot/action scenes has been difficult.
However, the Zubashi and Gangles scenes feel very out of place to me. It feels like half of the things they're doing are being done just because they're waiting for the plot to get to a specific point. I'm not saying don't have Zubashi and Gangles do comedic things, or even the villains for that matter. I personally enjoyed the Nox Decious/Zubashi/Gangles scenes earlier in the season with the whole magazine gag. Because at the time, I thought the preparation thing wasn't going to last this long, or at the very least they would show what they were doing to prepare.
That's one of the issues I'm having with this season. It's true that there are new things are being introduced every episode. So every episode does add something to the plot, and therefore isn't a filler episode. However, there are scenes are characters that are not doing much because we're waiting for the final episodes in the season to arrive, instead of because this and that are happening.
Zubashi and Gangles's comedic scenes could have been accepted as plot if they were interacting with the ninja army, either making plans or training ninjas or something. And those scenes could have been goofy and comedic because we know the ninjas are like that, we've established that from season 4. But instead, we see them doing on a date and never mentioning it again. Or going to see a movie, and probably coming back and saying "Oh that movie was good/terrible and sucky." All while saying again and again "We are still preparing our army."
I get that a lot of Stupid Mario Brothers has been about these kinds of scenes, where the characters go out and do these random things. That was fine in the eariler seasons when Mario and the gang was just hanging out, and was fine in season 4 where there wasn't a threat and everyone naturally went and goofed off. It was understandable.
But when Zubashi and Gangles are saying "the only reason we haven't attacked yet is because our army isn't ready is yet" while they're off doing random things, it just feels out of place. Heck, we even had a scene where Decious asks "What are you doing strategically?" and Zubashi responds "We're waiting for the right time." Even Decious agrees that isn't what should be happening, and every scene he's had I felt helped moved the plot.
Zubashi and Gangles aren't bad characters. They are funny, and we can have comedic villian scenes. I welcome them with open arms. But it doesn't have mean having the characters wait around because we haven't reached episode XX yet.