Season 4 Episode 6

iStart a Fan War - Part 1

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2010 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Carly, Sam, and Freddie accidentally start a fan war between who should end up together, Carly and Freddie (Creddie), or Sam and Freddie (Seddie). Meanwhile, Spencer faces his online gaming nemesis Aspartamay.

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  • The funniest 1-hour "iCarly" TV movie since "iDate a Bad Boy"

    This review is for both part 1 and part 2 of the 1-hour "iCarly" TV movie "iStart a Fan War". In my opinion, this is the funniest 1-hour "iCarly" TV movie since "iDate a Bad Boy". This 1-hour TV movie just had me laughing so hard. I thought it was very funny when Spencer made his Aruthur costume. Carly talking to her new crush on webcam in her room was pretty funny. Spencer's (Aruthur) entrance at Webicon was hilarious. It was so hilarious when the fans were attacking Freddie and then Freddie went back to the fans because he loved being attacked by fans. It was hilarious when Spencer threw his Aruthur stick at the fans to save Freddie from the fans and then the fans throw it back at Spencer. Carly, Sam, and Freddie being at their conference at the Webicon was very funny. I also loved the surprise appearances from this show such as Craig, Eric, and Gavin from "Drake and Josh" and Stacey from "Zoey 101". Craig and Eric (just like in "Drake and Josh") were hilarious in this 1-hour TV movie. It was funny when Craig and Eric got kicked out and then Eric said that they got kicked out of the Teen Choice Awards because Craig wanted to touch Justin Bieber's hair. I was also excited that Jack Black guest starred in this 1-hour TV movie because he is one of my favorite actors. The Spencer (Aruthur) vs. Aspartamay battle was so hilarious and I couldn't stop laughing because of how hilarious the subplot between Spencer and Aspartamay was. Gibby, Guppy, and their grandfather's subplot was also hilarious. Let's just say that this 1-hour TV movie didn't make me stop laughing until it ended... that's how hard I was laughing. Overall, the funniest 1-hour "iCarly" TV movie since "iDate a Bad Boy". 10/10moreless
  • It was one of their best episodes yet.

    I just have to that this is one of the best episodes of iCarly yet. I will admit that it did not resolve the question of whether Freddie's significant other should be Carly or Sam, but it was a very good episode. Sam didn't tormet Freddie once in it. Spencer's confrontation with Jack Black was a total scream. As a nerd, I figured that the triangle debate would get out of hand, but in my humble opinion, I feel that Carly deserves Freddie more than Sam does. Sam does not deserve Freddie the way she treats him. I give this episode a perfect 10.moreless
  • A decent, cute episode. Solid the way I've come to expect from iCarly, but definitely NOTHING like we were led to believe.

    In this iCarly episode, the iCarly cast heads to Webicon to connect with their fans. However, during their panel, a fan war breaks out between the 'shippers: those who want Carly and Freddie to be together (Creddie) and those who support a Sam and Freddie relationship. Spencer meets up with an online rival from his "World of Warlords" game (Jack Black), and Gibby has a hard time getting there at all. The rest of this review is about the main plot with Carly, Sam, and Freddie. The subplots were wonderful and I just loved them.

    To be honest, this episode was a bit of a disappointment. That analysis has nothing to do with the quality of the episode and everything to do with how the writers chose to deal (i.e. NOT) with the main plot point. (I thought all the actors did a great job, as usual; my frustration is with the script).

    In the interest of fairness, I am a shipper (although which 'ship is irrelevant for this review), so I probably felt higher stakes for this episode. Even so, I can't help but feel slightly insulted as a fan by the way this episode was marketed and then used as a (really, REALLY) unsubtle lecture. In this episode, to be frank: nothing happens. I mean *nothing*. Yes, Spencer and Gibby deal with some shenanigans. But for the main cast, nada. There's a fan war...and they don't even really get involved. The iCarly crew had SUCH hype about this episode, and this is how I responded throughout the episode:

    1. Episode starts: Excitement level- 10, Omg, I'm *so* excited!!!!!!!

    2. Carly talks about the 'shippers to her beau of the episode; she has no interest in it: Excitement level- 9, oh, well, i guess she's used to it, but I wonder what will happen next????

    3. The other characters show no interest in the 'shipper revelation either: Excitement level- 8, hm, i thought they'd REACT a bit more...oh well, Action to follow!!

    4. They get to Webicon, have their panel, fan brings up the 'shipper "war"...and Carly/Sam/Freddie seem confused as to why people think this is interesting- Excitement level- 7, something HAS to happen soon, right? Right?

    5. Fanwar happens, fans go crazy...C/S/F just seem frustrated: Excitement level- 6.5. Why should I be excited? The main characters seem moderately unconcerned.

    6. Carly makes her speech, asking for rational behavior: Excitement level- 5.5. We are being lectured. It is supposed to be the pinnacle of the episode, and the climax is a speech...telling people to not be so excited. If I get less excited, I'll be drowsy.

    Normally, I wouldn't be so harsh. This episode was just as good as most iCarly episodes. But THAT is exactly the point. They made this episode one of their iCarly movies, got a fantastic guest star, and were admirably connecting with their fans. But they did that by billing "iStart a Fanwar" with phrases like "The question everyone wants to know!" and "What fans have been waiting for" and other "drama!filled! statements". In the advertisements, they acknowledged how much their fans wanted to hear about this, how excited they were. I knew there was no way we'd get a clear answer, but they literally gave us nothing. They hyped us up, and then lectured us through Carly as to why it was silly to be hyped in the first place. Dan and the other writers didn't have to continue with any romantic hints, but they almost acted confused: We have *no* idea why people think there's romance. Except that there HAVE been (a couple) episodes with romantic undertones. And never got resolved. But it's disingenuous of the writers to act like we completely created ALL romance in our heads. The script makes the characters act like "Oh, we've never considered romantic possibilities, we don't know why you are", when we know that's not true. It felt rude for the writers to say "Look! Fans! This thing you've wanted to hear about? We're gonna go all out for this episode!...PSYCH!" I know a lot of real-life fans recognized themselves in the tv-fans; but the characters we actually identify with (Carly/Sam/Freddie) don't get invested in the issue at all, so why should we be invested in the episode? It's irritating to spend all the previous time being told to "get excited" and then being told the *whole* episode to "calm down". Dan and Co. had an opportunity: an exciting topic and a dedicated fan base who was on pins and needles to see it. They made it one of the most uneventful (for the main characters) episodes yet. They walked out of Webicon *exactly* the same people as they walked in, and the only ones being moralized at was...us. Without the hype, this would have been cute.moreless
  • superb

    carly, sam, freddie and spencer go to webicon, where spencer battles his online enemy aspartamay, and carly and her friends accidentally start a 'fan war' between who should end up together, carly/freddie or sam/freddie.

    pretty good, i didn't really think i would like spencer's plot but it was pretty funny, probably the best part of the episode. gibby's plot with his grandfather was kinda boring and really didn't need to be here, it was obviously just filler (Though some was good). There wasn't really a 'twist' at the end though which was disappointing. But overall pretty good, gets a B+moreless
  • 11/19

    The latest episode of iCarly is actually pretty funny and made me miss the show which hasn't had a new episode in over a month. I am not much of a Jack Black fan, but I would be lying if I did not say that he was actually kind of funny here. I was surprised they ran so long with that World of Warcraft parody, I mean I bet the average 12 year old viewer did not even know what was going on.

    Speaking of the show's young target audience, why is there always so much violence on this show? It works because iCarly gets massive ratings, but maybe it sends the wrong message.

    The Gibby, Gubby and Grandpa scenes were good though. This whole episode was well-done.moreless

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