Danny Phantom

Season 3 Episode 1

Eye for an Eye

2
Aired Friday 12:00 AM Aug 20, 2007 on Nickelodeon
9.6
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Danny and Vlad’s game of revenge against each other begins with childish pranks, and, unfortunately for Danny, ends when Vlad decides to run for mayor of Amity Park! By overshadowing voters, Vlad wins in a landslide. The new mayor is eager to use his new power to make life as miserable as possible for Danny and his friends. He shuts down the Nasty Burger, outlaws technology, creates new school uniforms, and passes so many new laws in the name of “protecting the children” that Danny finds it impossible to go ghost.

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  • The plot thickens

    9.0
    Danny pulls a prank on Vlad who retaliates. Then a prank war escalates to Vlad running and winning the mayor's office (by cheating using his ghost powers). Not only that, he makes life hard on Danny, his friends, and other teens. Vlad also makes it hard on Danny to be his super hero self. Danny then must get the tables to turn on Vlad if he wants his self-respect and freedoms back.



    An overall clever and funny episode with Danny actually outwitting Vlad but still Vlad is not yet defeated. After all, Vlad by using his powers gains a position of civic power. Still really impressive with all how it works out. My favorite part was when Vlad wasted a duplicate on Jack who was going to vote for him anyway.moreless
  • When Danny begins to prank Vlad, Vlad returns the favour - and ends up running for mayor.

    9.0
    After the events of "Kindred Spirits," this Season 3 premiere finds a somewhat cocky Danny sending trouble Vlad's way - and unleashing a sleeping dragon. For when Vlad comes to Amity Park to return the favour, he comes during the mayoral elections - and decides to run for office! Using his ghostly powers to secure the election, Vlad proceeds to restrict the life of Amity Park's youth, in the process eliminating Danny's chances to go ghost and his alter-ego's reputation.



    At last, the episode, it is on Turbonick!



    *Halleluja, Halleluja...*



    a-hem. Alrighty then.



    I loved how this episode seemed to play off of KS, intentionally or not. The conflict between Vlad and Danny felt like it should go up a notch after that episode, and IMO, it did. Danny striking out at Vlad first with a fairly serious move seemed fitting, as did all of Vlad's counter-moves matching Danny's exactly, down to the detail. I rolled my eyes a bit at the toilet humour gags, but Danny has that in him, and in that instance, Vlad had the vultures do the deed rather than he himself, so I didn't find it as ridiculous.



    Vlad's menace in this episode was fantastic. I remember when IR and the first half of Season 3 premiered, and a few people commented on how Vlad seemed different. A few people offered this explanation, which I agree with: by the end of Season 2, Vlad hadn't won over Maddie (or even his Maddie program), he couldn't turn Danny, and his cloning project was destroyed. What has he left but a hollow lust for power? And I think this episode really conveyed that well in how bitter it shows Vlad is towards Danny. I really wished Nick had aired this season properly, because then I think some of the later episodes that were aired first wouldn't seem so jarring.



    I particularly loved the way Martin Mull performed Vlad's voice when he rejects Danny's apology. The way the line is said, I felt several emotions coming from Vlad: bitter resentment that Danny hadn't come to his side; blind anger at the destruction of his cloning project; and, especially on the line "Trust me when I tell you that your life has only begun to become a relentless nightmare," traces of sadness from his past. I'm sure the point of that line was to indicate Vlad's future plans for Amity Park, and that certainly comes across, but I can't imagine living with secret ghost-powers, alone and bitter and self-delusional, was pleasant for Vlad, and not having seen the rest of the season yet, I suspect that on some level, he understands that.



    That whole apology scene is a great moment, and I love what it says about Danny, especially after his somewhat cocky attitude earlier on. Danny was very well-played, from his initial immaturity to his frustrations with the dragon he's opened to his learning to play Vlad's game. His ending line was fantastic. I wish I could say more about him, but I'd just be repeating my stance - Danny did fine. This time around, though, Vlad stole the show.



    Some great running gags this time around - Jack's childlike enthusiasm about both the GIW and Vlad's mayoral campaign, Tucker's technological depravity, and though this is more a montage than a gag, the very nice film noir-style headlines covering Vlad's staged attacks. As a big fan of old gangster pictures, I really enjoyed the music and the overall staging of that short sequence. The music was of course great, as was the animation, especially in the first major Danny/Plasmius duel of the season.



    I have only one real nitpick - if this episode is playing off of KS, then wouldn't it have been Vlad's Colorado home that was destroyed, not his castle?



    But overall, a great start to Season 3 and a great way to start off the series anew. The Vlad/Danny interactions seemed key to making this episode work, and IMO, those moments shone brilliantly. 9 out of 10!moreless
  • This is, by far, among the best of the new episodes. Is it me, or are the endings getting better?

    9.5
    Honestly, I wasn't impressed by the show lately. "Beauty Marked" was beginning to get annoying. "Frightmare" was rushed and displaced. "Urban Jungle" was a pain to watch. (and the surprise appearance of frostbite didn't make it any better.) Not to mention that the latter two were aired out of the origional order where I live.



    I was really getting skeptical with this show. It had great promise, but was being destroyed by the absolute incoherence of the shows. Then, I saw this one.



    It was rushed. Everyone agrees on that. I think that that's what's wrong with the new eps; in my opinion, whoever the person who had timing must've gotten fired from the story-animation staff. But the storyline was great. "An Eye for an Eye makes the world go blind", and the phrase couldn't be any truer for this episode. Danny pranks Vlad (not really doing the old man justice, and he DID bring all the problems Vlad caused upon himself) and Vlad retalliates 100 times over (hence the problems Danny caused himself.)



    This episode was also humorous, its only jokes that I had a problem with were the nude ones--innapropriate jokes just don't seem to fit in my idea of DP. The government breaking into Vlad's house was hilarious, and Tucker's reaction to his lack of technology was humorous as well (though as far as the GIW go, I have to ask, why didn't they find anything, since a moment before they show up, Vlad admitted to having a state of the art subterranian ghost lab? oh well.)



    And to top it all off, Danny surprises everyone by actually outsmarting Vlad! rather impressive. he's not really playing the 'c student' role any more, which is nice; all the action he gets from fighting ghosts should make him a bit more instinctive and smart. Ending in Irony with both Danny and Vlad getting what they want (though Vlad's somehow still mayor,) shows that DP isn't still hanging onto those fairy-tale endings, which is nice. and most impressive part was the ending line for the show, which is possibly the best one they've come up with so far;



    "Wherever there's a draw, there's bound to be a remach."moreless
  • Danny and Vlad's little game of revenge goes haywire when Vlad becomes mayor and makes life miserable for Danny and his friends.

    10
    This episode is pretty good. It was funny how Danny told the Guys in White about Vlad's lab. The Guys in White tore apart Vlad's mansion searching for it. In retaliation, Vlad had the Guys in White tear about Danny's room. After that, Danny made Vlad's hotel room tangible so the news crew was able to get footage of him naked. Too bad for Danny though, because Vlad had the ghost vultures do the same thing to Danny. It was hilarious seeing Tucker grab onto Lancer's feet to prevent him from taking the technology. It was weird seeing Sam in clothes that weren't gothic looking. It doesn't suit her. The best part of this episode has to be the fighting scene between Danny and Vlad right after Danny learned Vlad was going to run for mayor. Vlad wasn't all there. Danny was able to kick his butt easily.moreless
  • This eppi wasn't my ALL TIME favorite, but it was still a good episode.

    9.2
    Basically Vlad becomes mayor after Danny and Vlad play some pretty funny pranks on each other. Vlad stole all of Danny's tricks, though! He really needs to learn how to be original. Darn, I really dislike this 100 words minimum thingy! Oh well. What really surprised me was that Vlad made a duplicate of himself and tried to zap it to make his human self seem like the "Good Guy" and try to pin the blame on Danny Phantom. I liked the ending and how Danny can overshadow Vlad and make his voice SOUND LIKE Vald's! He flies behind a limo and Vlad zaps the limo on accident. Danny turns into his human self after the clone gets zapped and he's acting like Vlad hit DANNY. You should watch this eppi and see its pretty good.moreless
David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Danny Fenton/Phantom

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Samantha "Sam" Manson

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Maddie Fenton (Mom)

Rickey D'Shon Collins

Rickey D'Shon Collins

Tucker Foley

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Jack Fenton (Dad)

S. Scott Bullock

S. Scott Bullock

Dash Baxter

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