Have we ever got word on what exactly happened after the first 3 episodes? It want from a relative 10/10 to a 5/10 and just remained at that level, was every single ounce of inspiration for the cinematography, composition, choreography and world design just used up leaving us with phoned in garbage? It's just so bizarre, I've never seen a quality drop like this just happen after seeming like it'll be consistently good and then just never even remotely reach the heights it previously had. I wouldn't even say it was outright bad, but it was just resoundingly mediocre and garbage in comparison with the first 3 episodes.
Were the first 3 episodes originally made as a TV movie with the rest of the season being made later after everyone stopped caring? I can't believe that Genndy was happy with how those first 3 episodes turned out and then was also happy with the rest of the season, which was just so uninspired, predicatable and generic that it felt more like a fan-fic than anything else. Every story beat was predictable or resolved in unsatisfying ways and the encounters/fights were so unmemorable that I'm honestly having trouble remembering them outside of instances that made me think "This is just so lame, what happened to this show?".