Total Drama Island

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Total Drama Island

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This animated take on the reality genre sees twenty-two teens competing in physical challenges in a dilapidated summer camp setting over a sixty day period. Season Two sees the name of the show change to Total Drama Action with fourteen teens competing in movie related challenges on a run down movie studio lot. In the third season, which has been titled Total Drama - World Tour, fifteen contestants - including brand new characters - travelled the world and burst into spontaneous every episode. The fifth season, titled Revenge ofthe Island, had an all new cast return to the island featured in the inaugural season.

Theme Song: Dear mom and dad, I'm doin' fine... You guys are on my mind... You ask me what I wanted to be And now I think the answer's plain to see... I wanna be...FAMOUS... I wanna live close to the sun... Well pack your bags 'cause I've already won... Everything to prove, nothing in my way... I'll get there one dayyy... 'Cause I wanna be famous! Nah nah nah-nah nah nahhh... Nah-nah-nah nah nahhh na-nah-nah nah nah nahhhh... I wanna be... I wanna be... I wanna be famous... I wanna be... I wanna be... I wanna be famous! Doo doo-doo doo... Doo doo-doo-doo doo doooo...

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AIRED ON 7/18/2014

Season 5 : Episode 26

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  • This is a pretty awesome parody of reality shows

    9.0
    This show is such an obvious spoof on Survivor, The Amazing Race, and other challenge-related reality shows its not even funny. But I like it. It's a really great show. It's so far the only show on Cartoon Network that is really good, and its not even a CN original. The vast majority of the characters are cool, even the bad guys. Bridgette, Cody, Lindsay, Harold, Dawn, Noah, Owen, Izzy, Leshawna, DJ, Gwen and Courtney are all my favorites. But as cool as most of them are, its pretty obvious that all of the characters are based off some kind of stereotype. Such as Owen being the fat guy who loves to eat, Duncan being the juvenile delinquent, and Heather being the mean girl.



    Alright, with the release of Total Drama: Pahkitew Island. I will now do a re-review of what I think of each season. Total Drama Island is still the best season of the show. It did a great job of establishing the characters, the challenges were entertaining, and I liked a few of the romances. But they didn't stop there. Total Drama Action in my mind was just as good the first season, with the only problems I had being the blatant Duncan/Courtney fan service that occurred through the second half of the season. But I liked the location and that the challenges were all based around a different movie genre.



    But then we got Total Drama World Tour... Yeah, I don't like this season much anymore. I did at first, but after re-watching it, World Tour's got a lot of problems. Well, I take it back, I still like most of the locations they went to, and the challenges involved. But after the Niagara Falls episode, all of the challenges were just BORING! Not only that, but the finale was the worst finale in Total Drama history! I also kinda like Alejandro as a villain. Though one could argue that he was too perfect, I still like him FAR more than Sierra. My biggest problems with this season were the behaviors of my two favorite characters. Cody and Bridgette. This was supposed to be Cody's season to get some proper development like Harold and Beth got in TDA. But instead, Cody didn't do JACK! For practically the whole season! He did hardly anything! Sierra did everything for him, and he never grew a pair and told her off for her obsessive clinging to him. Then there's Bridgette. Creators? What did you do?! You went and fucked up my favorite character by making her shallow, and always needing to kiss a guy! This is the main reason why I wanted her to stay broken up with Geoff in TDA, because after they started dating, her personality changed! And in this season, with her boyfriend not competing, she was pining over Alejandro. And when she was caught, Geoff forgave her almost immediately! WHAT! Ugh! Speaking of cheating, I wish the whole Gwen kissing Duncan (which was great for drama, don't get me wrong) could've been handled a little better. Firstly, even though Cody saved Gwen's bacon, she never thanked him. WTF, Gwen! That was nice. I can't believe Cody still tried to help her after that. Secondly, it kinda sucks cause I liked Gwen and Courtney's friendship. Initially rivals, then friends. But now their mortal enemies again. While good for drama, it's a little sad cause I liked their friendship. And thirdly, the creators wasted several opportunities that they could've used to instill more drama! Like maybe Cody and Courtney developing a friendship over their mutual heartbreaks, with him no longer supporting Gwen, and the two of them forming an alliance against Duncan and Gwen. Along with Sierra getting jealous at Courtney for actually hanging around with Cody instead of just hating Gwen simply because Cody liked her. Come on! That would've been perfect! A great twist if handled properly and bringing in a lot of drama! I could think of other scenarios that would've made this season so much better, but I'd be here for hours. So I'd better move on.



    My views on Total Drama: Revenge of the Island have changed also. By that, I mean it's not nearly as bad as I thought it was and is actually pretty good. Most of the characters grew on me, with Dawn now being one of my favorite characters, I liked the former contestants cameos, and the toxic waste theme for the island brought a sense of danger that I intitally hadn't thought of before. Scott's still a terrible villain though, with the stupidest strategy I had ever heard of. Why would you purposefully sabotage your own teammates to get them eliminated? If he had succeeded he'd of gone up against a whole team by himself. Odds are, he'd of been gone quickly after. Come on, Heather and Alejandro were much smarter than this. I can't even take Scott seriously. Also, Dawn should've lasted much longer than she did! But that's just a nitpick. Season Four was still pretty good. And then we got Season Five, which if combining both All-Stars and Pahkitew Island, was average at best.



    I think All-Stars was great! I was happy that Gwen redeemed herself and reconciled with Courtney, even gaining new friends in Zoey, Mike and Cameron in the finale, Alejandro got out of the robot suit and hooked up with Heather, Duncan had a hilarious storyline of becoming a softie, though trying to prove he's still bad, and Mike's newest personality Mal proved to be a different breed of villain for this show. Mal was actually evil! He did some truly bad things in this season, and I hated him every step of the way. However, I hated the Scott and Courtney shipping! I HATE Scott and LOVE Courtney, so there was no way I was going to support this. Also, this is another nitpick, not really criticism, but I wish more contestants competed in this season. I mean it's called ALL-STARS! Where were Leshawna, Bridgette, Cody, DJ and Dawn, among others? I just wish there were more characters in this. As for Pahkitew Island... This was boooooring! I'm sorry, I just didn't get into this season at all. I liked Shawn and Jasmine (and their relationship), as well as Sky, Sammy, Scarlett and Max, but I didn't like anyone else that much. Though Scarlett's heel turn was a huge surprise. But characters like Dave, Amy and especially Sugar, are among my most hated characters in the show's history. Dave's annoyingly pessimistic, Amy's a total bitch and Sugar... do I even need to go into detail about how unlikable she is?! Also, I hated the challenges. Maybe it's just me but I thought these ones were lazy for the most part, totally different from the past five seasons'. Pahkitew Island was just not very good. Not as bad as World Tour, but still boring as hell.



    So yeah, those are my views on each season. While the show does have some gross humor, it has more genuine humor going for it. Even though the characters are all stereotypes, it's a parody of reality shows, so they kinda have to be. And at least most of them are likable. I think this show is pretty amazing, despite a horrible third season and a boring Pahkitew Island. Its funny, and dramatic in many places, the challenges are pretty well thought out, the romances can be sweet and there are so many characters to watch and root for. I would definately recommend watching this show.moreless
  • Man, it's such an awesome show!

    10
    The funniest parts were: Lindsay's dumbness, the characters barfing, Harold saying "boobies" and Leshawna fighting Heather.



    Characters: Designs are aweschum! The characters I hate are: Heather, Courtney, Alejandro, Eva and Staci.
  • One of the best, and probably only animated reality tv series there is!

    9.0
    Awesome show! I was sad when the season ended. Then I got glad again when i found out there would be more seasons to it. Total Drama World Tour was by far the best season so far to me. But TTI was a great show. The characters were likable and they had that one bitchy character (Heather) who would manipulate others to stay in the game. The show kept me entertained and I wouldn't mind rewatching the episodes over again.moreless
  • One of the Best shows of All times!

    10
    This show is amazing! It is clever, has amazing character development, and overall just makes me smile! If anyone is even considering to watch this show WATCH IT PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (:
  • Meh...

    2.5
    I'm not really into reality tv shows. The only one I ever was interested in was VH1's rock of love season 1 and 2. Other than that, reality tv shows annoy the hell out of me. So when Total Drama Island came out, I was very skeptical.



    Indeed, the show does run on stereotypes an awful lot but I decided to try watching it. To start things off, I really HATE how lazy the art style is. This cartoon came out when art style (in my opinion) started to decline in quality. Not that I hate eccentric type of designs but TDI's style is just lazy. The characters anatomy is just an eyesore to me. Anyway, on to the show itself.



    The one thing that kept me watching was seeing how far they'd go with the situations in the show. In that one episode where they did a boat challenge and Heather's top got caught on a tree branch and ripped off, I was flabbergasted that they actually went that far on a kids show. So I just had to see what else they'd try to get away. Needless to say, there were a few parts that made me chuckle but due to the excess toilet humor, it was very rare as I'm not into constant toilet humor.



    As for the characters, I only really liked "The weird goth girl" Gwen but only because as you learn more about the character, you see how level headed she is and plus, I could somewhat relate to the character, Bridget the surfer girl, Izzy the crazy girl, and Jeff the party guy. All the others were just meh to me.



    The only thing that really annoys me about the show is that it wouldn't die. Island was, mediocre at best but watchable if there was nothing else on. The second season was okay but I tuned out halfway through as I got bored. I tried watching the debut of the third and just found it stupid. I just didn't like how they tried to milk this mediocre cartoon and wouldn't let it die.



    The funny thing is that if they went with a more intricate art style that didn't look so lazy and done in flash, I would have been a lot more interested in it. But alas, it was not.moreless
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Animation, Comedy

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outrageous situations, weekly elimination, nerdy friend, life in the outdoors, gossiping teens