SpongeBob SquarePants Fans Are Petitioning to Have 'Sweet Victory' Played at the Super Bowl

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In one popular episode of SpongeBob SquarePants titled "Band Geeks," Squidward and the Bikini Bottom gang perform a rousing rendition of David Glen Eisley’s song "Sweet Victory" at the fictional Bubble Bowl. Now, in the wake of the death of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg, fans of the cartoon sponge are pushing for the song to be played at the Super Bowl, according to ComicBook.com.

A Change.org petition to have the song performed during the Super Bowl’s halftime show has been signed by more than 575,000 people—more than halfway to their goal of getting 1 million signatures. It was created in memory of Hillenburg, who died last week at the age of 57 due to complications from ALS, ak.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for 'Sweet Victory' to be performed at the halftime show,” the petition reads.

The petition’s creator, Isreal Colunga, of Portland, Oregon, wrote that the petition “started as a joke on Twitter” but turned into something much larger. “It’s beautiful and it shows how much SpongeBob and Mr. Hillenburg impacted our lives,” Colunga writes. Bob Kulick, the guitarist who performed 'Sweet Victory' alongside Eisley, even shared the petition on his Facebook page.

The NFL hasn’t responded to this particular request, but Maroon 5 is already slated to be one of the halftime performers. If the tribute to SpongeBob did somehow get the green light, it wouldn’t be the strangest show in Super Bowl history. When the San Francisco 49ers played the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989, a magician dressed as Elvis Presley (called Elvis Presto, of course) performed the “world’s largest card trick” in 3D as spectators in disposable glasses watched on.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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Netflix

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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