Kim Possible

Season 4 Episode 13

Cap'n Drakken

Aired Daily 1:30 AM May 19, 2007 on Disney Channel
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When Kim and Ron go on a senior-class trip to a historic seaport, they meet Drakken who has opened an ancient treasure chest and become possessed by a pirate's spirit.

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  • Someone has to say it, it might as well be me.

    This, to me, so far is the worst episode of Season 4 to date. There was nothing about this plot that actually stood out. I found the stuff with Middleton High being forced to adapt to the 18th century's ways to be a tedious chore to sit through. There's the odd one liner here and there, but I just found myself not caring for this stuff at all. Also the residents opening there barns to reveal that they had technology with them made me grown, because it pretty much negated the entire point of the teens getting their technology taken away.

    The pirate bit with Drakken had potential, but the pirate spirit(Black Eye Brown) possessing Drakken wasn't examined enough to be considered interesting (a flashback at the bon fire would've helped) So when the big fight in the third act took place it felt like something was missing, sure the back grounds, music, and CGI were pulled off very well; but without a good/interesting villain (Drakken wasn't the main villain) the conflict just comes off as lack luster. And what was with that stupid parrot, he turned traitor and went back for absolutely no reason both times.

    This episode frustrates me more because there was so much potential lost here, the pirate plot isn't a bad idea, it's just carried out in one of the dullest ways possible(no pun intended). They should've just made it a field trip, and not been forced to dress up. That part was poured on a little too thick. They also should've done a better job of fleshing out the pirate spirit alot more. He just came across as a stock villain more than anything else.

    Easily one of Kim Possible's worst.moreless
  • It was pretty good, but not the best...

    I thought this episode was actually pretty good, however, it is definitely not one of my favorites. The two major plot lines of the episode were interesting, especially the Senior class's sudden change in lifestyles. The way that area was explored was comical to say the least. Kim, Ron, and Bonnie struggling with their jobs is a natural reaction for most people going through what they were, but the writers went the extra mile and made it hilarious (ex: Bonnie and the chickens). I also liked how the whole yacht in the old town thing was played out. Ron was desperate the entire episode for any sort of reminders of the modern world, but he kept on getting them taken away with"point reductions". Barkin's father in the story was certainly unexpected, and he was funny from the start. I just wonder how the Mr. Barkin ended up a high school sub/Smarty Mart employee in the "modern world". The other side of the story dealing with Drakken was not as entertaining as the other plot line. Drakken's pirate side was not in the least funny, and his tactics were weird. Additionally, this side of the story was certainly not as developed as it should have been. Things went along too quickly to get a good sense of what was happening there. Finally factoring into my final vote is my lack of interest in the old times. That's about all I've got for this one.

    Overall: 7/10moreless
  • And don't forget the rum.

    The students of Middleton High end up learning about the life of people who lived centuries ago in a historical seaport. Meanwhile, Drakken finds a treasure chest that contains not just treasure, but the spirit of a pirate.

    I remember a time when made-for-TV movies aired around the time of would-be summer blockbusters whose coattails the plots were riding. "Twister" had "Tornado", "Godzilla" had "Gargantua" and the fantastic "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" had this. (Of course, with the production schedules of animation, this may just be happenstance.)

    In any event, this episode reminds me of "Showdown at the Crooked D", only with the Western theme substituted for adventure on the high seas (at least for the last third; the rest is just a bunch of uninteresting moments with the students trying to adapt to pre-technological life); it wasn't produced because of any great need to tell this story. It was produced as a result of someone going, 'Wouldn't it be cool...?'. And that end credits gag is just lame.

    Now that I think about it, there were pirates at work, here, and, on the soul of Blackbeard, I'll see those scurvy knaves walk the plank lest I get my 22 minutes back.moreless
  • Could have been so much more.

    I didn't think it was possible for a pirate-themed anything to flop, but it seems I was wrong. Though to be fair, it probably wasn't because of the pirates that this episode didn't score well for me; the time in the 'living history town' was...boring, predictable, and grating. The characters were cheap (pretty much anybody that could have been different was just another Barkin), the activities were bland and less than engaging, and it just didn't grab me - there wasn't anything happening that could have grabbed me.

    For the pirate parts, I was disappointed. Drakken as a pirate wasn't as funny as it ought to have been; the storyline was rushed (largely because of wasted time in history-land); even Shego's performance was sub par. I laughed twice during the entire episode, when I had been hoping for more. The pirate action could have been great, but things were rushed and didn't seem to well thought out.

    It wasn't a dreadful episode, but it doesn't live up to the awesomeness that has been season four. It had a lot of potential, and it didn't live up to it. Bonus points are given for being partially pirate themed.moreless
  • This is probably one of the best episodes to come out of season 4! It has adventure, comedy and a thrilling sword fight. Yes thats right a sword fight.

    This is probably one of the best episodes to come out of season 4! It has adventure, comedy and a thrilling sword fight. Yes thats right a sword fight. The writers of Kim Possible have outdone themselves in a storyline that can match the thrilling adventures of Pirates of the Caribbean. Kim and Ron are taken to a living colonial town when they get tangled up in Drakken's mischievous plots. By opening up a sunken pirates chest, Drakken possesses the spirit of a pirate and begins to dress and talk like a pirate. Kim and Ron of course barge in to mess up his plans only to have to go back out and duel on a pirate ship, risen from its watery grave. For those seen the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, there are some very familiar looks to this episode such as when the cursed pirate ship comes into view from the fog or Kim's line "Yoho Yoho.. a pirate's life, so not for you" was perfect in adding that Disney touch in there. Overall this episode was great, a highlight in an already great season.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the scene where Kim breaks into Drakken's underwater lab, Kim and Ron's scuba suit isn't attached to their shoes, but in the next scene, they are.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Captain Drakken: Mark me words, mates. I'll be back. We have a date with destiny, says I!
      Frank Barkin: (gasps) The spirit of Black-Eye Brown...
      Townsman: He vowed to return one day...
      Frank Barkin and Townsman: And conquer our fair town!

    • Drakken: Good. Shego, give me the sword.
      Shego: After throwing me in the stockade? Yeah, that'd be a "Nay". I'm captain now!

    • (Kim has her new pirate outfit)
      Kim: Thanks for buckling the swash, Monique.
      Monique: Tis my pleasure.

    • Franklin Barkin: (giving orders) Weigh anchor! Hoist the main sail! Ready the rudder!
      Ron: Aye aye, captain. (looks at Kim) Okay, like what's a rudder?

    • Shego: (to Drakken) You know, this whole possessed pirate thing has turned you into one dangerous dude. It's a refreshing change of pace.

    • (Shego is about to attack Kim)
      Kim: You know, I wouldn't. You might break a glass window...
      Ron: ...and let in (pointing outside) the ocean!
      Drakken: Hmm, they have a point.
      Ron: A very sharp point.
      (Ron grabs a pick and strikes the window, causing ocean water to flood into the lair)
      Kim: I promised Ron he could do it.
      Drakken: Shego, to the escape craft. (talking like a pirate) And save my booty!
      Shego: (hauling the treasure chest) If I had a dubloon for everytime I'd done that.

    • (Kim and Ron enter Drakken's undersea lab)
      Drakken: Avast, Shego. Capture these scurvy dogs at once.
      Kim: Scurvy dogs?
      Ron: It has a certain offensiveness to it.

    • (The Seniors arrive in the history town)
      Ron: How? No cars, no movie theaters, and not one Bueno Nacho. How do they live!?
      Kim: On hard work and simple pleasures?
      Monique: Sure. Who needs movies when you can hit the Friday Night Witch Trial?
      (Ron notices a suit of armor with a "Do Not Touch" sign on it)
      Ron: Well and cool, suits of armor!
      Kim: DNT sign, Ron.
      Ron: Aww man! I hate the DNT!

    • (Barkin blows a whistle which scares Ron)
      Barkin: Listen up Senior-trippers! This year's outing to South Beach Bay Harbor has regretably been cancelled.
      Seniors: What?
      Kim: What happened, Mr. Barkin?
      Barkin: Freak storm.
      Ron: Define "freak".
      Barkin: Volcanic ash.
      (Kim and Ron look at each other)
      Monique: Well there's plenty of other Senior-trip sites. What about North Beach Bay Harbor?
      Barkin: Booked
      Kim: West Beach Bay Harbor?
      Barkin: Booked
      Ron: East Beach...
      Barkin: Everything's booked, people! But fortunately through my connections, I got you in at Port Mystic Cove Haven.
      Ron: Liking the word "cove". Still sounds like watery fun.
      Barkin: If by "watery fun" you mean a living history town...
      Kim: Living history?
      Barkin: For the next week, you will dress, speak, and work as though you were living in the 18th Century.
      (The Seniors act in disgust)
      Barkin: Hey! This isn't a vacation, people. This is an assignment!
      Monique: We're going to be graded? But we weren't going to be graded on our other trip.
      Barkin: Ha, says you. Now start boarding.
      (Ron begins to get onto the bus)
      Barkin: Not that ride, Stoppable.
      Ron: Then how are we getting there?
      Barkin: Move that bus!
      (The school bus rides off revealing a horse-drawn wagon)

    • Monique: South Beach Bay Harbor, girl. A whole week of sun, fun, roller coasters, and word has it...
      (Ron comes in with a suitcase)
      Ron: Coming through! Yeah, had to finish loading my pool side pack. CDs, DVDs, and MP3s. Plus the Multi Media Player, back up Player, and back up back up Player.
      (Kim points at a lunchbox-type container Ron is holding)
      Kim: You fit all that in there?
      Ron: Uhh, no way. All my clothes are in here. This is my pool side pack.
      (The camera zooms out and shows a suitcase as tall as Ron)
      Kim: Overpacked, and ready to go.
      Bonnie: We're only staying a week, Ron!

    • Shego: Do you see that skull in crossbones? It doesn't exactly say "open me".
      Drakken: Yeah, when have I ever cared about warning labels, Shego?
      Shego: Got me there.

    • Pirate Drakken: (to Shego) Aye, set the main sail, wench.
      Shego: Okay, first of all, we don't have any sails, and second of all, call me "wench" again, and we'll be planning a burial at sea!

    • Kim: (to Drakken) Yeah the pirate's life - so not for you.

    • Pirate Drakken: (to Kim Possible)Ye think ye're all that, but tis not so!

  • NOTES (1)

    • In order to promote its new movie, Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End, Disney chose to air this episode a week before the film's premiere. It is worth noting, however, that the episode was not created with such a purpose in mind. Bob Schooley claims that he simply pitched the idea one day that it would be funny if Drakken got hit with a pirate curse.


    • Pirates of The Caribbean:

      While Barkin's dad, Ron, Kim, Monique, and Bonnie are sailing in their ship, the music that is playing is a remake of the theme song of Pirates of the Caribbean.

    • Pirates of the Caribbean:

      When the pirate ship appears from the mists of the open sea it is a reminder of the infamous Black Pearl from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

    • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition:

      When Barkin tells the school bus driver to move the bus, he is making a reference to when Ty Pennington tells the RV driver to move the bus when showing the family their house in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

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