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All right, haven't done a cartoon review in a while. What's on the to do list of cartoons to talk about.


Gravity Falls?


Eh, too in depth. Plus there's YouTube videos that go way more in depth than I ever could.


Over The Garden Wall?


Same issue as Gravity Falls.


Star Vs. The Forces of Evil?


Not enough material to really judge it yet.




Oh, boy. I'm gonna have fun here, since I spent practically a few years on you. Plus I don't see many videos talking about this show (Other then your typical CN rant which feel like less proper critique and more, "WHAAA, I MISS THE 90S!!!" So here we go. Total Drama Whatever.


Before we start, let me talk about my history with this show. It was 2008, I was 10 years old in a weird fanfic/shipping phase (OK that phase never ended).The difference was I was really only doing it with Pokemon at the time, until this show came around.


At first it didn't seem interesting to me but then I watched an episode and got addicted to it. I recorded all the episodes, I fanfic'd and shipped in it, and I would go online and look at fan stuff about it. Kind of like what I do with MLP today.


This was practically the only show I was watching on Cartoon Network seeing as at the time, Cartoon Network was going downhill fast since they only had 2 original cartoons, and the rest were either imported like this show or even crappier live action.


I watched through the first 3 seasons of this show, and then kind of fell out of it. There was like a 2 year hiatus with this show and in the process, I lost interest. By the time the 4th season did air, I was already addicted to a particular cartoon about candy colored horses. ;) I checked back much later, just to see what they've been up to, and they were only whatever to me. Not good, but not bad.




Now on to the show itself.


The show comes straight from the nation where you can ride a moose with a hockey stick, Canada. The show is basically an animated spoof of reality shows like Survivor. Now it's not the most original concept seeing as Drawn Together came out 2 years before this show. Basically, the host, Chris and the Chef named well, Chef, make these teens compete in realty show esc. challenges all for a huge sum of money that most of the time, the winner doesn't even end up keeping for a while.


And that's basically the show, lets move over to the humor.


The humor can be a mixed bag. This show has quite a bit of edgy humor, seeing as it's from Canda, and they are slightly more lenient on the censors as we are. Some of the adult jokes can either be subtle or kind of blatant. And yeah, they can get the reality show spoof right at some points. Though, there is one thing I don't like about the humor. This show seems to have some strange obsession with fart jokes, puke jokes, and being hit in the balls jokes. And they overuse these jokes so much, thinking they're funny but they're not. I sometimes feel like a group of 12 year olds are writing the scripts with stuff like this. So yeah, humor well funny, can get into the juvenile territory.


Now the animation.


Animation is typical for cartoon standards, not much to say there. The character designs are the Butch Hartman style of having them drawn with geometric shapes, so if you don't like that style, you'll probably be turned off.


Time to talk about the characters.


This show as a lot of characters. The contestants are all teenagers with varying personalities that can range from, decently done, to gag character, to terribly handled. And yeah they can be kind of stereotypical at points, and do stereotypical things like have drama over relationships. But lets talk about the host and chef since they're in every season by default.


Chris is the host. Now, sometimes, I wonder why he's not filed for so many criminal laws seeing as he's gotten away with nearly killing teens on TV (Yes, this is a show within a show). Like he has to have at least ten charges of child abuse. One minor nitpick I just want to say here. They will sometimes get new contestants after the writers worn out the old ones. If the ones who compete claim to watch it, and see them nearly getting killed, then why would they sign up? Eh, who knows? Maybe they thought it was fake.


Chef is basically like Samuel L. Jackson. He cooks the characters gross food and has an epic accent. That's about it.


This show will sometimes have contestants that are stereotypes of fandoms. One season had a fangirl of their show named Sierra. Who clearly represented the fandom side of Tumblr, and was really obsessive. Another season had a gamer, who always played his video games and kept getting them confiscated. And Another season had a character who thought he was a wizard and kept trying to perform spells. What's next? Are they gonna have a character who represents bronies?


This show seems to air on CN in some odd limbo with each season being under different names. And that's kind of how I'm like with this show. I either am addicted to it or I don't give a crap about it. Like last week I practically forgot about this show, and then suddenly I'm marathoning the most recent season of it, and that kind of inspired me to make this review. I think my limbo with it comes from the lack of rewatchability this show has. Remember, it's a cartoon that plays out like a reality show, where characters get voted off almost every episode. So it kind of takes the suspense of it if you already know the outcome of it.


So due to this I'm gonna play it safe and give this show a 7/10. Not sure if that's too generous or too hard. I'm just rambling here. So, that's my review.

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XD I marathoned that show on Netflix last week and it was awesome. But, to me, it'll never get as fangirled as much as mlp. Total drama ruined my shipfics XD 

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The first three seasons were great (which were Island, Action, and World Tour). I still wish that Gwen had won in the first season (I wanted her to win so badly....) 


However, the fourth season, Revenge of the Island is where I stopped watching. This season had a lot to to do with radioactive waste and things like mutations, and I personally hate that kind of stuff (which is partly why I hate Flutterbat). Even worse is that a particular contestant ended up getting exposed to radiation and eventually mutated into a nearly-mindless monster. And from what I'm told, she actually remains that way for the course of the series, and even in the future seasons. 


....Are you kidding me? That's sad! She did absolutely nothing to deserve that, and she most certainly does not deserve to remain that way for the rest of her life.


I actually shed a few tears for her---that's how strongly I feel about it. This was where, for the first time, I legitimately wanted Chris to be imprisoned or killed, because he had now crossed the line. It was mostly his fault that she got exposed to radiation, and for all intents and purposes, he actually stole a teenage girl's life away from her. 


I just couldn't really keep watching after that. So that's where I just quit the series. 

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I used to really like the Total Drama series and I still think that the first 3 seasons (Island, Action and World Tour are actually good) but personally the moment I stopped watching the series was after the horrible 5th season All Stars. Seriously that season completely and utterly destroyed the characters especially poor Courtney. The episode "Sundae Muddy Sundae" was soo horrible and obliterated Courtney's character soo badly that it is now completely iredeemable. That is when I gave up on the series though I forced myself to watch the last two episodes of the season just to finish it. 

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