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What's Next for Sarah? (2014)
A Clever Way of Handling Where Miss McCurdy Stands Now
Jennette McCurdy is certainly not unaware of where she must be standing in Hollywood after all the drama from earlier this year. It is very clever that she took the point in her life that many stars before her have faced and rather let it be a negative thing in her life, she turned it around and made fun of it and turned it into a more positive thing with this new series. Written, produced, and edited by McCurdy, directed by Colton Tran, the series follows Sarah Bronson, star of a hit tween TV series that the network now decides to cancel. Upon hearing the news, she imagines which road she might end up taking that many stars have done, though not having any clue what could be next for her. The performances are well done, the scenes are shot really well like it could be on television and Jennette is able to give you a laugh each episode either with her character or her writing. It's a win-win for her. What's next for Sarah (and Jennette) is anyone's guess.
Sam & Cat: #GettinWiggy (2014)
Almost a better ending than Victorious's ending
For the last episode, there is really less Sam & Cat and more Sam & Nona and Dice & Cat. The former are roommates for the weekend while the latter are in Arizona for Dice's modeling career. Dice was sure he'd be on the cover of a magazine until a famous model comes in, who Cat believes is wearing a wig and after some attempts to remove it, she starts attacking the model and ripping out what is actually his real hair. The part where she is attacking him and ripping his hair out is kind of brutal. Sam, meanwhile, at first isn't too fond of Nona sticking around. It's typical of Sam as we never really see her actually like any adults besides Spencer or show any love for any adults like she did with her mom at one point in iCarly. But then the more Nona is there and doing some of the things for Sam, some of the things her own mom probably never did for her, the more she comes to love Nona and she doesn't want her to leave and not be roommates anymore. She gets a call from Dice about now getting the cover since the other model needs medical attention and Cat is now arrested and won't get out for two weeks unless she and Nona get there. Not wanting to lose her new favorite roommate so early, Sam pretends to Nona that Cat and Dice are simply staying there for two weeks. Obviously a lot of people are cheesed off about this finale, but for people that watched the show that couldn't stand Cat and her voice or couldn't watch the show at all for that popular reason, this is a huge treat for them. Cat had one funny moment with her stuffed animals in the beginning but that seemed to be it. As did Dice when they went to the modeling agency and he questioned what happens after we use the bathroom on buses and where does it all go. It's actually a question I think of time to time as someone who travels sometimes, I couldn't help but laugh and agree. Sadly Dice doesn't get a lot of funny moments because of whatever situation they're going through in Arizona. Sam and Nona however had gotten the rest of all the funny moments for this episode apparently. From Sam being who she is and being captivated by so much amazing food that's been cooked for her to bringing out her devious side for us one more time at the end to Nona surprisingly doing all these things for her and being so nice even around Sam, it was just all so funny and really adorable. For a series finale, it's certainly not the best. But for people that hated Cat, it's a great finale and amazing fan service.
Girl Meets World (2014)
The bad raging cult fans returns in full force!
As well as the black and white views from Boy Meets World. For its pilot it did pretty decent. Although it looks to me it could've been a short film spin-off as the daughter meets world already by the first episode while Cory did so after 7 seasons. What good things can be said about it? The little brother made me chuckle with his one scene. The chemistry between the Matthews daughter and her best friend is pretty good. The best friend seems to have great charisma and the end of the episode let it be okay for a main character to have such a friend (because in the end there IS more to someone). And the show COULD cover stuff Boy Meets World ignored. Downside? Topanga should've had a more supportive role in the pilot so her daughter could be okay with herself and Cory's SUPER annoying not letting her have space.
But with the spin-off existing means parents can AGAIN be lazy and let their kid be raised by TV and that self-control doesn't exist to them. And it means fans of the original show will be bullies full time as Boy Meets World has taught them since that show aired. Bad news guys
Liv and Maddie (2013)
Honestly the first Disney Channel show in years I actually enjoy
Honestly, I don't get any of the hate I've seen with this show. There's a couple of small moments where at least one of the actors will overact in an episode but I don't notice it too much. What honestly interests me most about the show is Dove Cameron as both twins. I wish there could be more of a sisterly bond present in the show because I saw the first episode and I found myself really loving it. I loved how even though Liv is a star fresh out of Hollywood, she doesn't come back as someone over the top, filled with glamour and attitude. That's to be a bit expected and I understand that with other characters on TV that are like that. But I just love how surprisingly sweet she is and Maddie is alright too. Her catchphrase a little but too much but it thankfully hasn't gotten on my nerves yet. The twins are, of course, what make the show. Usually you can find the side characters to be better but I just find the stars of the show to actually be the most interesting. I've watched some of the episodes out of order but I still think it's good and has a few more funny moments and I feel like it should be given more of a chance. Just because the show is colorful and isn't some "sitcom" that's really a half an hour PSA, doesn't mean it's not good.
Sam & Cat: #FirstClassProblems (2014)
If it were a finale this would be semi decent but...
As a regular episode, as it has been filmed, it's a really good one! It may be a final one since Jennette McCurdy is no longer happy with the network and Ariana Grande is more focused on her music. So Sam & Cat babysit two very spoiled kids that can only seem to do things based on their schedule. They get offered first class tickets for a flight to the Bahamas if they escort the Baums children there since not even their parents like flying with them. But they forgot to bring their timers they usually have on them and get Dice and Goomer to bring the timers to the airport. There's a couple of jokes about the airport security in this episode which I really liked such as the one security guard completely missing the man that went through the metal detector behind his back and caused it to beep. Goomer and Dice bring the timers in a bag but Goomer makes the terrible mistake of saying he brought timers for the Baums as everyone believes he means bombs. The show really felt more like one for adults with this episode. If there was any evidence that this show could also be for adults, besides the fact that Sam & Cat lived together independently from parents or have faced some problems adults do go through but in a more comical fashion, this episode was a big one. Goomer and Dice get interrogated by two people and the whole time Goomer is interrogated it's very funny! In fact, this time around, Sam, Dice and Goomer, got more of a chance to shine and make one laugh than Cat did, that's what I noticed. Meanwhile, Sam & Cat and the Baums children wait for their flight and we come across those people that might fill up the chairs around them with luggage and other stuff, Coco from Zoey 101, and then they have to wait for other people to get on the plane even though they're first class and each time they think they'll be next it'll be somebody else. I was surprised Sam never pretended she had a pet so they could get on the plane to be honest. Dice and Goomer start arguing because Goomer talking during their interrogation isn't helping either one of them at all. Goomer gets chocolate milk like he wanted ever since getting arrested and he splashes it in the two agents' faces and he and Dice take off. Sam & Cat are finally able to pass through the gate to the plane but are closed off when the airport is on a lockdown because of Dice and Goomer. And what's worse for them is everyone else that's on the plane gets to leave but Sam & Cat and the Baums children and everyone else are kept back from going for awhile. As a sudden finale, I could just say Sam & Cat went to the Bahamas and that's the last we see of them: in paradise. As a regular episode, it's still alright. I found it very enjoyable and exciting, for a last episode that may have been filmed for the show. In case things aren't patched up with everyone on the Sam & Cat team, I'll say now that this show has been a fun one nonetheless. Funny, sweet, sometimes even suspenseful and once surprising, full of throwback to iCarly and Victorious, and even emotional at times. All in one season. A big thank you to the team for bringing us a good show and one I already have fond memories based around this show. If this is the end, goodbye Sam & Cat. It was fun while it lasted and hopefully everyone can move on to great(er) things for themselves.
Sam & Cat: #DroneBabyDrone (2014)
Pretty good episode featuring Nona
While we still have the show, we get more screen time with our beloved Nona played by Maree Cheatham. The episode starts out with Cat being bored and she has to watch the news for an assignment but it bores her to death to Dice and Sam get her to go on a site where she can watch the news covered in just six minutes. That's where they hear about these drones that deliver apparently anything so they take advantage of it while they can. Having drones fly around and deliver and pick stuff up from them proves to be too much when one crashes through their window and another takes a baby they were babysitting for a night. Need I also mention that from getting so much stuff that they most likely didn't need that they barely pay attention to the baby and Nona looks after him in this episode. Let's just say it's a bit nuts what can happen when you can buy so many things and find yourself getting so wrapped up in those things. They get the baby back in the end though thanks to the help of Nona being able to make the baby laugh from falling down as it happened previously, in order to tell which baby they were babysitting. This episode also shows to me how companies can be, trying to assure that they are normally good quality despite having a bad reputation, like this delivery service in this episode. I loved Sam and Dice hanging out a little more here after the previous episode. Funny parts to me involve Sam, Nona, the nice man that works with the delivery service, the landlord, Dice, even Cat. I think everyone got a chance to shine in this episode and I felt there was a balance. And maybe this is because I loved Three's Company, but I feel like the landlord could've been a good addition to the show as well. So Sam & Cat wouldn't just be like Laverne & Shirley but for kids, but a tad bit of Three's Company...but for kids. Either way, it was a good episode and I can't wait for the next one on the 26th of April.
Sam & Cat: #SuperPsycho (2014)
Very good episode!
I always thought after iStill Psycho that the "Crazy Nora" episodes ought to be like a trilogy. And thankfully we got one. Nora Dershlitt escapes in this episode to take revenge on the iCarly gang. But wait, this is Sam & Cat. Surprisingly, Carly being in Italy is too far for Nora to take revenge on her for the moment, so she goes for the next best thing: Sam. After escaping the prison she meets up with Gibby, who we still love and miss, though I can't say the same for his lack of intelligence but it is still funny. Nora finds out where Sam is and heads to LA. She catches her seeming to love Dice a lot, and I love that in this episode we get to see that Sam & Cat do care for Dice. So Dice gets kidnapped by you know who and Nora leaves a note. They then decide to go to Nevel for answers being the evil genius that he is. Yes, Nevel Papperman also returns. We also get a cameo of Crazy Steve from Drake & Josh. Poor guy. Nevel helps them find where Nora may be and as they check some of the abandoned homes, Cat stumbles upon a horribly disguised Nora who tricks her into getting kidnapped as well. Dice and Cat are both in the bottom of a well and as Nora is waiting for Sam, the lights go out. When they come back on, Sam appears ready to save everyone, and ready for some raw chicken. Nora then proposes that she and Sam fight (as she was working out while in prison). Sam manages to easily beat Nora and throw her down the well and calls the police. She's then put away in a maximum security prison this time and Sam gets a call from Nevel who's escaped and won't tell her where he is, but that he's eating with Gibby. As a lot of people are aware, this episode pays a little tribute to Silence of the Lambs and I love it! My favorite scenes are when Sam is on the phone with Nora, when Sam & Cat meet Nevel and when Sam and Nora are finally face to face. Funniest bits from this episode I'd say is the way Sam tells Nora to give back her Dice (also heartwarming), Cat making crapples (cranberry juice with apples dipped in them) and Sam trying them and telling them they taste like crap...ples, Nevel saying why we never knew about Carly's mother, Crazy Steve being in an asylum surprisingly, Nevel saying Cat makes Gibby look like a genius, Goomer thinking he went to the bathroom but wasn't and needed help from Dice, Dice telling Nora she's only wasting hoses because she's throwing them and telling Sam not to fight since there's no sandwiches in the well if she loses, and Sam holding Maurice and a fork and saying "Who wants chicken?" when she appears. So now we've seen about every iCarly character but the Shays unless you count seeing Jerry in the blooper episode, then it's just Carly. Hopefully we could get some Victorious appearances soon. Anyway, great episode, the second half of the first season (I personally call it season 2) has been great, can't wait to see the other ten episodes.
Sam & Cat: #StuckInABox (2014)
Still pretty good
I notice with this episode there's more dialogue than there is action but when there is, of course, it comes off funny. I think Cat being stuck in a box showed that Sam & Cat is filled with tons of excitement because of Cat's energy that's expected. So when she's sealed in the box, so is that overexcited energy. But it was still a little nice seeing Cat have a deep conversation about her life to Sam. And Sam I think gets to shine more in this episode, what with Cat stuck in there. I think when Cat is on screen with her, the spotlight is more focused on Cat because, again, that vibe she gives off and the scenes would be more focused on her. But in this episode, it's more on Sam and I love it and it doesn't disappoint. A few episodes back, I mentioned what I think was Cat's funniest moment in the show. In this episode, I find Sam's funniest moment was seeing her "be charmed" by the magician and then attacking him offscreen and scaring Dice and Goomer when they think they're seeing blood on the floor. It's definitely the best part of the episode. Basically, they try getting Cat out of the box before they go ride at an amusement park that's just opening up again after an accident. They go to the magician who they believe can get her out but he never goes through with it so they try to decide to take her along to the amusement park in the end, regardless. Though they fail to notice Cat in the box having fallen out of the car. Still a pretty decent episode, the next one I know is going to be great. I can't wait for that one.
Sam & Cat: #FresnoGirl (2014)
Really nice and funny episode
Right from the beginning to end the episode was really funny. I feel like Sam got more chances to shine this time around, as everyone else did. The best parts I think were Sam with the gun she can shoot hot dogs out of, Sam imitating the man running the doll store, Cat's fudge that actually comes in handy, Randy, Goomer's t-shirt problem (and every time he said Timmy Tee which he called his lucky shirt, I thought of Timmy Turner) and the doll company over pricing everything. A girl named Kim wanted a doll and had to get a good grade on her test in order to pass. She seems to but much later she's discovered to have gotten a mark lower than the mark (or higher) she made a deal with the girls. In order for her to owe Sam & Cat back, she has to be little Randy's date for his birthday (as a way for the girls to get Goomer back after he ended up putting up fliers of himself in his lucky shirt and making himself seem as though he were missing, and the reward was a trip to Hawaii). Kim goes, reluctantly, and you might think in a situation like this something bad happens to the girl in a show like this, but that's not the case. And I love that Kim is one of the few kids they babysit that they get along with. Not like Gwen and Ruby or the girl with Poober. A really fun episode, great start after the hiatus, can't wait for the next episode.
A fun clip show
So naturally there isn't much to say about this episode except the bloopers are really funny. Not to mention both Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande add something to them making them even better. There's also a bit of a throwback, and a reunion. We got Mikey Reid returning aka Sinjin from Victorious, we got to see Jerry Traino and Miranda Cosgrover from Drake & Josh and iCarly, and Drake & Josh themselves. Sort of. Despite being a clip show this time around the actors not in character, you still get the feeling they still are. And here's a bonus about this episode. If you couldn't handle Cat's voice before (FYI someone in my life has a voice higher than hers), you're going to love seeing Ariana talk as herself. Quite honestly, due to my own life I could handle Cat's voice a lot better but when you watch the other actors still sort of in character and then watch Ariana using her own voice, you really wonder why Cat couldn't sound a lot more older like in the first two seasons of Victorious. But I digress. Fun clip show, loved the bloopers, and anyone that loves Puckentine will get a bit of a kick when seeing the scenes between Jennette and Ariana near the end.