Dangerous Fandemonium in Sonic Boom’s “The Biggest Fan”

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Sonic’s awkward encounter with Mark the Tapir at Meh Burger in the latest Sonic Boom episode “The Biggest Fan.” Courtesy: Boomerang

In my 13 years of being a Sonic fan, I have always admired Sonic’s way of being–his speed, his charm, his devilishly good looks, and his even his smile. Yes, I was obsessed with Sonic–and his dark, anti-hero counterpart Shadow–but my obsession wasn’t as clinically serious as that of Mark the Tapir in Sonic Boom‘s latest episode, “The Biggest Fan” (a title reference to a long-forgotten boy band film of the same name, starring Dream Street lead Chris Trousdale).

In this episode, Sonic meets a socially awkward tapir named Mark, a self-proclaimed number one fan whom Sonic allows to be his personal assistant. Mark’s gestures to Sonic were admirable at first–picking out his bandana, grilling his hot dogs, painting a portrait of him holding a chili dog, and advising him on the best strategy to defeat one of his enemies. But he soon takes his friendship with Sonic to a dangerous level by getting into a bicycle accident and imprisoning Sonic at his cabin, where the walls of his room are filled with numerous Sonic memorabilia.

“The Biggest Fan” doesn’t preach about the Sonic fanbase as a whole, but rather about the dark side of fanaticism–creative stupidity and overt criticism. For example, there’s good Sonic fan art, but then there’s fan art that makes your eyes want to bleed into permanent blindness. I drew a few pieces of Sonic fan art, but they weren’t as professional as the ones I saw on deviantART, yet I’m still proud of them. I also saw pieces of Sonic fan art that have been amateurishly drawn on MS Paint, involved female characters being unrealistically pregnant, and–even worse–recolored on screenshots from Sonic X. Overt criticism of the Sonic games has been running rampant in the decade after the release of Sonic ’06. SEGA didn’t make Sonic ’06 terrible on purpose. The development team was downsized in half after Yuji Naka’s departure from Sonic Team, and they were rushed to complete the game in time for the release of both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, placing them under insurmountable stress. Elise’s kiss of life was indicative of that, but big whoop! Sonic and the Secret Rings may have made under the same stress despite that it didn’t come out until three months after the Wii’s release. One bad game shouldn’t have to release a chain of negative criticism for successive games like Sonic Generations and Sonic Lost World. Also, please keep in mind that Sonic Boom is a spin-off franchise, not a part of the main canon despite Boom Sonic appearing alongside Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic in the 25th anniversary banners.

I’ll always love Sonic, but the actions of Mark the Tapir don’t represent me in any way, shape or form.

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One thought on “Dangerous Fandemonium in Sonic Boom’s “The Biggest Fan”

  1. I watched this episode repeatedly just to figure out little details here and there. TM’s the name; author with autism, an enthusiast on SEGA, and an eclectic discoverer of anything worth interest.

    I have noticed a few clever references from the Sonic franchise.

    Tan arms (original design)
    “Quiet, Tails!” (PG version of “Shut up, Tails!” from the movie)
    Sports tape (Overused, sure; but I personally like it. It’s interesting how they make fun of their own design)
    SonAmy obligatory (Mashup up names are fun, but I personally find them annoying. The obligatory part is quite clever, as it has been used over and over again.)
    Pink Girl wanting Sonic’s autograph (Classic Sonic and Amy moment where he would run away!)
    Amy glares at Tails (That was an AWESOME moment because before Boom, she was so attached to Sonic that she would chase him around every time she sees him!)

    It’s an interesting episode, hated Mark the Tapir, but I can tell that he was designed to be hated. Never really like to call myself a ‘fan’ of anything; just someone who’s interested in a lot of things.

    All and all, I think it was a well executed episode! Go on and watch that movie, Sonic!

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