Hello deviantart peeps! I know it's been a while since you've heard from me, but between college and well...college, life gets kinda in the way of what you want to do. That, and procrastination. Guilty!
So anyways, recently, my roommate Gabby has been getting into Total Drama. I introduced it to her about a year ago when Cartoon Network decided to replay some of their older episodes, and she took it one step further by watching some of the episodes shown over the summer. She's been watching them on Netflix and has gotten me back into the fandom of it all. And now that I look at it with fresher and wiser eyes, I had forgotten how much I had liked the show. I mean, I know I was kind of obsessed with it when it first came out in middle school (I found, deep in the archives of my oldest digital artworks, an I Heart Duncan doodle I did on paint; had a major crush on him), but I had never really taken it to anything outside this level.
But now, since I'm more into fanfiction and deviantart, I have a fuller appreciation for it. For one, my Duncney shipping is still true to this day. Season three is still slightly the bane of my existence because of what happened to wreck that and crumbly put the pieces back together in season 5. However, I find that, despite the unmentioned incident occurring, out of the blue might I add (writers were forced to break up Duncney because of the network, so yeaaaaah), I find myself growing to love it more and watch in spite of ...that.
Season three took elements of some of the characters we thought we knew and played with their character development. Even if it wasn't for the better, it made the characters break out of their stereotypes just slightly. Heather, coming back from being evil Queen Bee and bald, to slight redemption of an almost anti-hero, Gwen's down-to-earth style is abruptly shaken up by an out-of-character action with huge repercussions, Ezekiel goes from poser prairie child to rabid Gollum, Cody gets more screen-time and more love than he was expecting, DJ's curse makes him rethink every encounter he has ever had with animals. So many things happen, even if they weren't a large step up from their norms, it was an improvement and, may I say, bravo to the writers who wrote Noah into the show.
He was a major, undeveloped jerk in season one, but he was absolutely HILARIOUS in season three, even becoming mild friends with Owen. I will admit it; the little, sarcastic brainiac is starting to grow on me. I even heard recently that his voice actor was to be on the Ridonculous Race, Total Drama's spinoff series, but it is undetermined if Noah will actually be returning to the show. Here's hoping!
But even with all of that, NOTHING tops the writing more than for Alejandro Burromuerto. His character stereotype is "The Arch Villain/Mastermind," and indeed, he is. I remember full out, when I first saw the show, I absolutely HATED Alejandro. He was such a brilliant manipulator, taking advantage that no one knew who he was, he had everyone in the palm of his hand by the end of the season. Like Chris said, "He's every producer's dream, and everyone else's nightmare."
But I realized, that over time, my hatred was diluted down from rewatching the show, and that was for one reason, and one reason only: AleHeather. This shipping was the ONLY reason that I had tolerated Alejandro the first time I viewed World Tour. Even my roommate Gabby admits that she still hates Alejandro, but loves for him to be with Heather, because, SHIPPING! (made me realize how powerful time and shipping has over me)
Even when season five went more in-depth to Alejandro's character to give him more sympathy and justification for his actions (he was raised by a family made up of manipulators and constantly lived in this family's, ie, his older brother Jose's shadow), I liked him because he, like Heather, had brilliant character development. This man went from cut-throat manipulating mastermind to a Grinch with a heart by the end of the season. Karma then catches up to him and rewards him by providing him the outer shell he had been developing all season: a robot. Like Heather, he is taken down a peg by those he was heavily in competition with, resulting in him becoming bald and less attractive to the viewer. He then makes a comeback, is more or less still manipulative, but in a kinder way than how artfully it was done in season three, and finally canonizes AleHeather.
My point being with all this is that he is such a brilliantly written character because he parallels Heather in who she was in the first season, only with more social skills.
They are literally the other's half when it comes to devious schemes, even being on par and respecting each other for it. Of course, they still will try and manipulate the other, more times with success than one. But their chemistry is so brilliant, how they interact with each other, how they will even fall out of character simply because of the other's presence or in trying to grab their attention, they would have set fire to the lab with all the chemistry and passion each holds; they are like the Mr. and Mrs. Smith of Total Drama. My love for them rivals Duncney, who has a similar relationship of conflict/passion (they both can only live to make the other crazy, miserable, and break the other out of their shells). And after all this character analysis, it makes me appreciate the show all the more.
Hope the series develops well and doesn't try to ruin too much. The creator wishes for at least ten seasons of Total Drama (he's already got five and a half, maybe six), so I know we fans are probably in for a rough ride. Peace out and TDI love!