Wouldn’t you know - - the CARTOON ALL-STARS TO THE RESCUE comparison points just keep popping up.
As I recall, the villain of that after-school special was a snickering, smoky phantom personifying the evils of marijuana. His aim was to get every kid in sight hooked on dope, then stand back and cackle as they struggled with the various, terrible symptoms of addiction and withdrawal. That sounds enough like Caesar Clown to me so, from here on out, I’m just going to assume he ate the one Devil Fruit that turns you into devil weed and hitherto view this arc as ONE PIECE’s answer to REEFER MADNESS.
Don’t ask me how the “Yeti Cool Brothers” fit into this analogy. I’m not sure how they fit into the show itself, to be honest. Yeah yeah, I know they probably were given a proper intro 200 episodes or so ago. And I know Oda loves to gives almost every character a unique verbal ticks that they just… keep… hitting. Still, I think even the kids audience that is show is (sometimes? ostensibly?) intended for would be rolling their eyes about a couple of dudes working the word “cool” into every single line (didn’t we all learn a terrible lesson from this mind-numbing pun onslaught?).
Of course, any cliché can be made fresh with the right execution so, on the other end of this episode, I’ll tip my straw hat to this episode for coming up with a truly novel spin on the “quick-draw : instant-deathstroke : delayed reaction” gag we’ve seen in thousands of samurai stories. You know, the one where a character unsheathes (and sometimes re-sheathes, too) his katana so fast, and his opponent is just standing there stupidly, and you’re not totally sure what happens until the opponent finally just collapses?
Well, the show takes an interesting approach to that with Law toward the end, framing the stunt from the least exciting angle and then just lingering on that shot with almost clinical patience. It’s a stand-out moment, and I’d like to think it was fashioned to do something actually “cool”…
...though I wonder if maybe they opted not to show any violence in this particular part because they were already “licking the red” on the TV censor’s dial with Brownbeard’s brutal execution and the aforementioned intense depiction of drug addiction.