In this episode of VeggieTales, Bob finds that Larry has assisted The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything in taking over the show. They've discovered that doing nothing gets really boring and are ready to actually start doing something. After much pleading, Bob finally acquiesces, and the Pirates tell a short story about George Muller, a man who trusted in God for everything and started several orphanages. The Pirates believe the show to be finished, but Larry reminds them that normally they have a Silly Song followed by another story. At first no one has a song, but then the French Peas appear with a tune they've been working on for some time. They take over the "2nd Set" and recruit Bob into singing a song with some dancing "turtles" in a segment called "Karaoke Ukulele With Bob". After this impromptu gig, the feature story begins: the tale of Gideon. In the VeggieTale version, Gideon is a tuba-playing marching band member who plays marching and pep music for his younger brothers' football team. An angel of the Lord appears to Gideon and tells him God has chosen him to lead the Israelite army (which doesn't exist) into battle against the invading Midianites. The story of how Gideon testing of God, the selection of the army, and how God uses the Israelites to defeat the Midianites is pretty much intact, but altered slightly with some VeggieTale humor (for instance, instead of drinking water, Gideon's army drinks slushies instead). At the end of the episode Bob congratulates the Pirates on a job well done, but then is informed by Pa Grape that they have bigger plans: starring in a movie of their own. This is the beginning of the buildup of the buzz for the planned 2008 release of a Pirates Who Don't Do Anything motion picture.
GIDEON TUBA WARRIOR comes off as pretty standard VeggieTales' fare. Except for the Pirates hijacking the show and having Bob sing an unplanned karaoke song, the episode stays close to the VeggieTale format. I played in the marching band in high school and I enjoyed that take on the tale of Gideon--strange as it seems it fits perfectly into the stories of the humble Israelite warrior. Kids will enjoy watching this episode as well as fans of the series. It's not the best VeggieTale, but it is a good one.