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Victorious: The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

March 11, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Enjoyable, fun and crazy! If you enjoy Nickelodeon’s “iCarly”, definitely check out “Victorious: The Complete Second Season” featuring 12 fun episodes!

Images courtesy of © 2012 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. NICKELODEON, VICTORIOUS and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. TM, ® & Copyright © 2012 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Victorious: Season Two

DURATION: 12 episodes (Duration: 312 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen Format, Dolby Digital (English Stereo), Closed Caption

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: G

RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2012

Directed by Steve Hoefer, Adam Weissman

Series Written by Dan Schneider, Jake Farrow, Matt Fleckenstein

Producer: Sean Gil, Joe Catania, Bruce Rand Berman

Associate Producer: Aline Robey, Irene Oncley, Erin Braun

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Music by Michael Corcoran

Cinematography by Mike Spodnik

Edited by Nancy Morrison, Andrew Hirsch, Patricia Barnett

Casting by Krisha Bullock, Leslie Zaslower

Production Design by Harry Matheu

Set Decoration by Jason Howard

Series Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Victoria Justice as Tori Vega

Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris

Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro

Elizabeth Gillies as Jade West

Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine

Avan Jogie as Beck Oliver

Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

Michael Eric Reid as Sinjin

Eric Lange as Mr. Sikowitz

Lane Napper as Lane

Season 2 of Victorious shines even brighter as the students re-audition for their spots at Hollywood Arts, get ready for their first-ever prom, and drive a giant cupcake through the streets!  Put your hands together for more music, more drama, and hilarious behind-the-scenes bloopers!

In 2010, from the executive producer of “Drake & Josh”, “iCarly”, “Kenan & Kel” and “Zoey 101″ came a new Nickelodeon series titled “Victorious”, starring actress/singer Victoria Justice (known for her role as Lola Martinez on “Zoey 101″) as Victoria “Tori” Vega.

“Victorious” focuses on Victoria “Tori” who has been accepted at Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her sister Trina’s (played by Daniella Monet) place in a showcase. While Trina is known more for her drive to become an actress, her sister “Tori” has talent that she is not too conscious about and now trying to fit in her new school.

“Victorious” features the following characters:

  • Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice) – Tori is a normal high school teenager who didn’t know she had much talent until she was discovered and now taken into the prestigious Hollywood Arts High School.  She has since become a big heart of her group and participating in many activities.
  • Trina Vega (played by Daniella Monet) – Tori’s older sister who doesn’t have much talent, is seen as unusually weird, vain and very outspoken.
  • Andre Harris (played by Leon Thomas III) – Andre is Tori’s musical partner and good friend.  An accomplished musician and dancer, he is often helping out Tori with her problems and working with her in creating songs.
  • Robbie Shapiro (played by Matt Bennett) – Robbie is often seen as the unusual nerd because he hangs out with a dummy named Christopher Cane.  As many think he is an expert ventriloquist, he talks to his dummy as if it’s a real person and it appears his dummy has a mind of its own and treats Robbie badly.
  • Jade West (played by Elizabeth Gillies) – Jade is Tori’s viral and gets very jealous when Tori usurps her in auditions or affects her events.  Jade is also into dark things and likes seeing people in misery.  She hangs out with the group but often seen mocking Tori.  Tori is dating Beck.
  • Cat Valentine (played by Ariana Grande) – Cat is a naive girl and her mind is often in lala land.  She is a good singer but often surprises her friends because she’s often in her own world.
  • Beck Oliver (played by Avan Jogia) – The cool member of the group that is dating Jade.  He is often the person that has to calm Jade down when she is bad.

Other Characters:

  • Mr. Sikowitz (played by Eric Lange) – A hippie teacher at Hollywood Arts High School.
  • Lane (played by Lane Napper) – The logical minded adult at Hollywood Arts High School.
  • Sinjin (played by Michael Eric Reid) – A student who does the lighting and helps out the group during their performances.  Often seen trying to get closed to the girls and often rejected.

With the DVD release of “Victorious: Season Two”, included are 12 episodes featuring Tori Vega as she continues to embrace her musical and acting talent at Hollywood Arts High School.  Watch as the rivalry between Tori and Jade starts to heat up.  What happens when a guy that Tori likes, uses her?  And what happens when the students at Hollywood Arts tries to win a Ke$ha contest?

It’s another crazy, fun and entertaining season of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”.

“Victorious: Season Two” features the following episodes (spoilerless summaries):

Note: Episodes listing on this DVD is not going by episode series #, but is going by production code #.

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 22: Beck Falls for Tori – Tori auditions for a film but finds out later that it is for a stunt double.
  • EPISODE 28: Helen Back Again – Hollywood Arts High School has a new principal and it’s Helen (from “Drake & Josh”) and she wants to redo student auditions at Hollywood Arts. Special Guest: Yvette Nicole Brown
  • EPISODE 26-27: Locked Up (TV Movie) – Tori and the group are invited to perform at Festus’ home country in Yerba, but unknown to the group is that Yerba is a very dangerous country.
  • EPISODE 30: Tori Gets Stuck - Tori and Jade compete in getting a role in the play “Steamboat Suzy”.  Meanwhile, Robbie is rushed in the hospital and the only person that can donate blood is Tori.  Will she jeopardize her role to help him?
  • EPISODE 30: Tori Tortures Teacher - It’s Sikowitz’s 10th year anniversary teaching at Hollywood Arts but as Tori tries to celebrate the occasion, she may be making him more depressed.
  • EPISODE 31: Jade Gets Crushed - Is Andre developing a crush for Jade?  What are these feelings he is having?

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 29: Who Did It Trina? – Trina is hurt during a performance and it may be sabotage.  The members of the group are interrogated by Lane. Special Cameo Appearance by “iCarly” actor Nathan Kress.
  • EPISODE 21: Beggin’ On Your Knees - Tori falls for Ryder Daniels, a popular guy known for using girls at Hollywood Arts High School.
  • EPISODE 23: Ice Cream for Ke$ha - It’s an ice cream contest and whoever can spell Ke$ha will win a special concert at their school. Special Guest: Ke$ha
  • EPISODE 25: Prom Wrecker – When Jade’s performance is canceled due to prom, Jade wants revenge by sabotaging the prom (which Tori is the coordinator of).
  • EPISODE 32: Terror on Cupcake Street - The group are taking part in a cupcake float for a parade, but the float gets stuck in the bad part of town.
  • EPISODE 34: Blooptorious - Featuring the puppet Christopher Cane interviewing the stars of “Victorious” and showcasing their bloopers.

VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Victorious: The Complete Second Season” is presented in full screen, Dolby Digital (English Stereo). The series is shot via Digital and the picture quality is very good on DVD. I didn’t notice any major artifacting or digital noise. But for the most part, fans should be pleased with the video and audio.

There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Victorious: The Complete Second Season” comes with the following special features:

  • “Seven Secrets” with Victoria Justice - (22:40) Learn more about the actress who plays Tori Vega on “Victorious”.  Victoria Justice talks about coming from Hollywood, Florida to Hollywood, California and having her own show.  Many more fun facts about the actress!
  • Behind The Scenes - (:54) Behind-the-scenes of the cast of the “Victorious” two-episode special “Locked Up”.

A fun and entertaining series, the second season of “Victorious” has definitely improved since the first season and actress Victoria Justice continues to shine!

When I saw Victoria Justice appearing on “iCarly” last year, I had the feeling that Nickelodeon or even Dan Schneider was planning to use the actress for a new show and I was right. Victoria Justice who had starred on “Zoey 101″ and had short roles in various Schneider-related series has her chance to not just showcase her acting but also singing.

And here we are with “Victorious” season two.  The cast has since gotten better with their chemistry and Victoria Justice is much more confident playing the lead character and more comfortable in her performance this time around.

The episodes are still fun, silly and enjoyable.  I do enjoy the way the writers integrate the characters in each episode and for the most part, the writing has gotten better.  For the majority of this season, “Victorious” focuses a lot on Victoria Justice taking on a variety of roles.  May it be a singer, a prom coordinator, writing her own play, making her own music, there was definitely a great utilization of the lead actress, while the supporting cast also have plenty of scenes as well.

As for parents who are wondering if this is fine for children, for older children, I can say yes as there is no scenes that caused me to rethink of having my own son watching the series. But the series does focus on teenagers and it’s a teen-driven comedy series. I didn’t see any violence but kids who like to mimic what they say on TV, it’s up to parent if they feel that the show is appropriate.

There are some questionable scenes that parents may object to.  One features Cat Valentine accidentally receiving emergency calls on her cell phone and in her naive way, she loves the attention from the calls but doesn’t really call 911 to get them help.  Another scene that parents may not want their children to watch is “Tori Gets Struck” which features Tori donating blood and when Robbie accidentally drops the bag, the blood explodes on both characters.  Definitely something that may freak out younger viewers.

But I personally didn’t find anything wrong with older children watching “Victorious” and they may enjoy the music especially the comedy presented in the series. For the most part, these episodes are safe and are intended for young teens or older children.

And as for the series, this is not a musical show in the sense of shows like “Glee”.  It’s a different type of series that takes on teen issues, friendships and wacky situations.  The show is primarily about Tori Vega and while others may display their musical or acting chops, its a series about Tori and friends. No one breaks out in song or dance unless the situation calls for it but if anyone is doing any singing, it’s Tori Vega and sometimes her very crazy sister Trina.

I found the series to be fun and wacky at times. You have the teen drama, the teen angst and crazy moments, especially when it features ventriloquist Robbie Shapiro and his bad attitude dummy, the spaced out Cat Valentine or Tori’s bratty older sister Trina.  I did notice that this second season featured less of Beck Oliver and shorter appearances by Tori’s sister Trina and the episodes tend to focus on storylines that revolve around Tori, Andre, Jade, Robbie and Cat.

As “Victorious” is on its third season, it’s important to note that this is the complete second season of “Victorious” (whereas the first season was released in two DVD volumes).

Overall, “Victorious” is a fun and enjoyable series and with the second season, the episodes continue its fun, crazy hijinks and good music. Victoria Justice has really developed to be a pretty solid actress with a solid voice.  So, I pretty much like how her character has been developed in these last two seasons.  Also, with the other characters itself, although I felt the writers are playing the naivety of Cat Valentine a bit too much and when there are no laughs but silence, it seems quite a bit awkward.  But the acting is much better for this second season, especially as the talent are now settled in.

If you are a fan of “Victorious”, this DVD of “Victorious: The Complete Second Season” is recommended!

Victorious: Season One, Volume Two (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoyable, fun and crazy!  If you enjoy “iCarly”, definitely check out “Victorious: Season One, Volume Two” featuring ten episodes + the “iCarly/Victorious” special.

Images courtesy of © 2011 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. NICKELODEON, VICTORIOUS and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. TM, ® & Copyright © 2011 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Victorious: Season One, Volume Two

DURATION: 10 episodes + iCarly Crossover Special (Duration: 240 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen Format, Dolby Digital (English Stereo), Closed Caption

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: G

RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2011

Directed by Steve Hoefer, Adam Weissman, Russ Reinsel and David Kendall

Sweries Written by Dan Schneider, Jake Farrow, George Doty IV, Matt Fleckenstein, Arthur Gradstein

Producer: Sean Gil, Joe Catania, Bruce Rand Berman

Associate Producer: Aline Robey, Irene Oncley, Erin Braun

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Music by Michael Corcoran

Cinematography by Mike Spodnik

Edited by Nancy Morrison, Andrew Hirsch, Patricia Barnett

Casting by Krisha Bullock, Leslie Zaslower

Production Design by Harry Matheu

Set Decoration by Jason Howard

Series Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Victoria Justice as Tori Vega

Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris

Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro

Elizabeth Gillies as Jade West

Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine

Avan Jogie as Beck Oliver

Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

Michael Eric Reid as Sinjin

Eric Lange as Mr. Sikowitz

Lane Napper as Lane

Take center stage with Victorious Season 1, Volume 2! From performing at a children’s party to being stars of a reality show, the students at Hollywood Arts keep things interesting with their crazy antics and creativity.

From the executive producer of “Drake & Josh”, “iCarly”, “Kenan & Kel” and “Zoey 101″ comes a new series titled “Victorious”, starring Victoria Justice (known for her role as Lola Martinez on “Zoey 101″) as Victoria “Tori” Vega.

In “Victorious”, the story focuses on Victoria “Tori” who has been accepted at Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her sister Trina’s (played by Daniella Monet) place in a showcase. While Trina is known more for her drive to become an actress, her sister “Tori” has talent that she is not too conscious about and now trying to fit in her new school.

She becomes friends with a talented musician Andre Harris (played by Leon Thomas III), a journalist/ventriloquist named Robbie Shapiro (played by Matt Bennett) and rival Jade West (played by Elizabeth Gillies) and her boyfriend Beck Oliver (played by Avan Jogia) and naive actress Cat Valentine (played by Ariana Grande).

With the DVD release of “Victorious: Season One, Volume Two”, included are 10 episodes from the first season plus the “iCarly/Victorious” special.

“Victorious: Season One, Volume Two” features the following episodes (spoilerless summaries):

Note: Episodes listing on this DVD is not going by episode series #, but is going by production code #.

DISC 1:

  1. EPISODE 16: The Diddly-Bops – Tori and friends book a performance at a children’s party, meanwhile Andre receives a call from a record producer.
  2. EPISODE 12: Cat’s New Boyfriend – Tori finds out that her ex-boyfriend Danny is dating Cat.  Meanwhile, Trina introduces her friends to fish that eats callus.
  3. EPISODE 20: Sleepover at Sikowitz’s – Sikowitz teaches the group a lesson about method acting.
  4. EPISODE 18: The Wood - A new reality show called “The Wood” is being filmed at Hollywood Arts and the group end up on the show.
  5. EPISODE 11: The Great Ping-Pong Scam - Tori wants to know why her friends are avoiding her.

DISC 2:

  1. EPISODE 8: Survival of the Hottest – A heat wave hits Los Angeles and Tori and friends decide to go to Venice Beach.
  2. EPISODE 9: Wi-Fi in the Sky - When Tori and Trina’s flight gets delayed, Tori uses web conferencing to work on a group project with her friends.  Special Guest: Perez Hilton
  3. EPISODE 13-14: Freak the Freak Out - When Trina gets her wisdom tooth pulled off, Tori must take care of her because her parents leave for the weekend.

VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Victorious: Season One, Volume Two” is presented in full screen, Dolby Digital (English Stereo). The series is shot via Digital and the picture quality is very good on DVD. I didn’t notice any major artifacting or digital noise. But for the most part, fans should be pleased with the video and audio.

There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Victorious: Season One, Volume Two” comes with the following special features:

  • iCarly Crossover Special: iParty with Victorious - (1:09:50) When iCarly finds out that her boyfriend is dating Tori in Los Angeles, iCarly and friends travel to LA to confront her boyfriend and Tori.
  • Behind The Scenes: iParty with Victorious Mash-Up Performance - (1:22) Behind-the-scenes of the cast of “iCarly” and “Victorious” recording their music at the studio and scenes from the set of the special episode.
  • Music Video: Best Friend’s Brother – (3:37) Featuring a music video featuring Victoria Justice.

“Victorious” is a fun and entertaining show that isn’t deep, just teenage fun with music and comedy!

When I saw Victoria Justice appearing on “iCarly” last year, I had the feeling that Nickelodeon or even Dan Schneider was planning to use the actress for a new show and I was right. Victoria Justice who had starred on “Zoey 101″ and had short roles in various Schneider-related series has her chance to not just showcase her acting but also singing.

And here we are with “Victorious”!

Because Dan Schneider’s name is attached to this series, I know that the series has been compared to “iCarly” and when you make those comparisons, it makes it difficult because “iCarly” is such a popular show and if it doesn’t measure up, some people tend to think its not a good show.

With “iCarly”, the series tends to focus on three friends (and one family member) and there is a good amount of character development within those four characters. It’s a tight-knit group featuring tight-knit stories and with “Victorious”, you have seven individuals and storylines that primarily focuses on Tori.

In some way, because it’s taking place at an art school, some people may feel that it’s a contrived series that is a Nickelodeon take on entertainment ala “Glee” and some may even compare it to Disney’s teenage film series such as “High School Musical” or the TV series “Hannah Montana” but in this case, it’s not. It’s a different type of series that takes on teen issues, friendships and wacky situations.

The show is primarily about Tori Vega and while others may display their musical or acting chops, its a series about Tori and friends. No one breaks out in song or dance unless the situation calls for it but if anyone is doing any singing, it’s Tori Vega and sometimes her very crazy sister Trina.

I found the series to be fun and wacky at times. You have the teen drama, the teen angst and crazy moments, especially when it features ventriloquist Matt Bennett and his dummy Robbie or Tori’s bratty older sister Trina.

Also, it was cool to see the special “iParty with Victorious” included with this DVD release and the collaboration with Miranda Cosgrove and Victoria Justice once again was very cool!

One thing I noticed about this second half of episodes is that the cast are more comfortable, especially with one another and they happen to be much more in sync.

As “Victorious” is on its second season, it’s important to note that this is the second half of the first season DVD release, not the complete first season.

As for parents who are wondering if this is fine for children, for older children, I can say yes as there is no scenes that caused me to rethink of having my own son watching the series. But the series does focus on teenagers and it’s a teen-driven comedy series. I didn’t see any violence but kids who like to mimic what they say on TV, it’s up to parent if they feel that the show is appropriate. I personally didn’t find anything wrong with older children watching “Victorious” and may enjoy the music especially the comedy presented in the series.

Overall, “Victorious” is a fun and enjoyable series and with the second half of the season, the episodes continue its fun and crazy hijinks but moreso, the acting is much better as the talent are now settled in.

If you are a fan of “Victorious”, this DVD is recommended!

Victorious: Season One, Volume One (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

June 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoy Nickelodeon tween series such as “iCarly” and “Zoey 101″, then more than likely, you will enjoy “Victorious”.   A fun series featuring crazy comedy and music!

Images courtesy of © 2011 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. NICKELODEON, VICTORIOUS and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. TM, ® & Copyright © 2011 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Victorious: Season One, Volume One

DURATION: 10 episodes (Duration: 243 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen Format, Dolby Digital (English Stereo), Closed Caption

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: G

RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2011

Directed by Steve Hoefer, Adam Weissman, Russ Reinsel and David Kendall

Sweries Written by Dan Schneider, Jake Farrow, George Doty IV, Matt Fleckenstein, Arthur Gradstein

Producer: Sean Gil, Joe Catania, Bruce Rand Berman

Associate Producer: Aline Robey, Irene Oncley, Erin Braun

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Music by Michael Corcoran

Cinematography by Mike Spodnik

Edited by Nancy Morrison, Andrew Hirsch, Patricia Barnett

Casting by Krisha Bullock, Leslie Zaslower

Production Design by Harry Matheu

Set Decoration by Jason Howard

Series Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Victoria Justice as Tori Vega

Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris

Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro

Elizabeth Gillies as Jade West

Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine

Avan Jogie as Beck Oliver

Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

Michael Eric Reid as Sinjin

Eric Lange as Mr. Sikowitz

Lane Napper as Lane

Hit the stage with Tori Vega and all the amazing students at Hollywood Arts, the most prestigious performing arts high school in the country! From wowing the crowd at the big showcase to movie roles, stage fights, costume make-up and more, these talented students are ready to shine!

From the executive producer of “Drake & Josh”, “iCarly”, “Kenan & Kel” and “Zoey 101″ comes a new series titled “Victorious”, starring Victoria Justice (known for her role as Lola Martinez on “Zoey 101″) as Victoria “Tori” Vega.

In “Victorious”, the story focuses on Victoria “Tori” who has been accepted at Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her sister Trina’s (played by Daniella Monet) place in a showcase.  While Trina is known more for her drive to become an actress, her sister “Tori” has talent that she is not too conscious about and now trying to fit in her new school.

She becomes friends with a talented musician Andre Harris (played by Leon Thomas III), a journalist/ventriloquist named Robbie Shapiro (played by Matt Bennett) and rival Jade West (played by Elizabeth Gillies) and her boyfriend Beck Oliver (played by Avan Jogia) and naive actress Cat Valentine (played by Ariana Grande).

“Victorious: Season One, Volume One” features the following episodes (spoilerless summaries):

Note: Episodes listing on this DVD  is not going by episode series #, but is going by production code #.

DISC 1:

  1. EPISODE 1: Pilot (Extended Version) – What happens when Tori Vega takes her big sister’s place in her school’s showcase.
  2. EPISODE 2: The Bird Scene – Tori wants to try out for the lead role in the play “Moonlight Magic”.
  3. EPISODE 3: Stage Fighting – When Jade and Tori are in a fight scene, things go for the worse when Jade accidentally hits Tori’s eye with a cane.
  4. EPISODE 10: Beck’s Big Break - Beck has a small role in a movie but Tori accidentally gets Beck fired.  Now, Tori must try to fix things!
  5. EPISODE 6: Tori the Zombie - When Cat uses Tori as her assignment for class to make a person look scary, she accidentally uses cement glue on Tori’s face.

DISC 2:

  1. EPISODE 5: Jade Dumps Beck – When paparazzi take pictures of Beck and a popular star, Jade gets jealous and splits up with Beck and later regrets it.
  2. EPISODE 4: The Birthweek Song - Tori needs to figure out what to get her sister Trina for her Birthweek and comes up with a song.  But when Trina is expecting a present, it causes a little dilemma for Tori.
  3. EPISODE 7: Robarazzi - When Rob starts filming his friend’s personal lives and posts on his blog on the website “The Slap”, although it becomes a hit, his friends are upset of seeing their personal moments online.
  4. EPISODE 19: A Film by Dale Squires – Tori and friends are excited when they get to work on a film directed by Dale Squires, but he takes full credit for the film which upsets the group.
  5. EPISODE 15: Rex Dies - Robbie’s dummy Rex is damaged when Tori tries to create a tornado for a play.

VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Victorious: Season One, Volume One” is presented in full screen, Dolby Digital (English Stereo). The series is shot via Digital and the picture quality is very good on DVD. I didn’t notice any major artifacting or digital noise. But for the most part, fans should be pleased with the video and audio.

There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Victorious: Season One, Volume One” comes with the following special features:

  • Meet Tori Vega - (:34) A short featurette featuring Victoria Justice talking about her character.
  • Meet the Cast - (:46) A short featurette featuring the cast talking about how they love working with each other and on the series.
  • Freak the Freak Out Music Video – (2:19) An upbeat dance track featuring Tori and starring her friends from the series.
  • Beggin’ on Your Knees Music Video – (3:15) A romantic video featuring Tori.

“Victorious” is a fun and entertaining show that isn’t deep, just teenage fun with music and comedy!

When I saw Victoria Justice appearing on “iCarly” last year, I had the feeling that Nickelodeon or even Dan Schneider was planning to use the actress for a new show and I was right.  Victoria Justice who had starred on “Zoey 101″ and had short roles in various Schneider-related series has her chance to not just showcase her acting but also singing.

And here we are with “Victorious”!

Because Dan Schneider’s name is attached to this series, I know that the series has been compared to “iCarly” and when you make those comparisons, it makes it difficult because “iCarly” is such a popular show and if it doesn’t measure up, some people tend to think its not a good show.

With “iCarly”, the series tends to focus on three friends (and one family member) and there is a good amount of character development within those four characters.  It’s a tight-knit group featuring tight-knit stories and with “Victorious”, you have seven individuals and storylines that primarily focuses on Tori.

In some way, because it’s taking place at an art school, some people may feel that it’s a contrived series that is a Nickelodeon take on entertainment ala “Glee” and some may even compare it to Disney’s teenage film series such as “High School Musical” or the TV series “Hannah Montana” but in this case, it’s not.  It’s a different type of series that takes on teen issues, friendships and wacky situations.

The show is primarily about Tori Vega and while others may display their musical or acting chops, its a series about Tori and friends.  No one breaks out in song or dance unless the situation calls for it but if anyone is doing any singing, it’s Tori Vega and sometimes you will see her sister on stage, albeit more of a comedy-based supporting character.

But overall, I found the series to be fun and wacky at times.  You have the teen drama, the teen angst and crazy moments, especially when it features ventriloquist Matt Bennett and his dummy Robbie or Tori’s bratty older sister Trina.

While “iCarly” has had success not just in ratings but also giving Miranda Cosgrove a music career, you know that Nickelodeon is hoping to match that success with Victoria Justice by creating music and music videos based on her character Tori.  And I do feel that it’s good to showcase Victoria’s music as she is a pretty good singer and her acting is good but it helps to have those supporting characters around her.

The series does have its moments of uber-corniness but it’s tween show and for the most part, the writing and acting is appropriate.

As “Victorious” is on its second season, it’s important to note that this is not a complete first season DVD release.  It’s pretty much 10 selected episodes of its 20-episode first season run and part two will hopefully come out later this year.

As for parents who are wondering if this is fine for children, for older children, I can say yes as there is no scenes that caused me to rethink of  having my own son watching the series.  But the series does focus on teenagers and it’s a teen-driven comedy series.  I didn’t see any violence but kids who like to mimic what they say on TV, it’s up to parent if they feel that the show is appropriate.  I personally didn’t find anything wrong with older children watching “Victorious” and may enjoy the music especially the comedy presented in the series.

Overall, “Victorious” is a fun and enjoyable series and right now, like most series in its infancy, writers are getting a feel for its characters and its overall setting.  Is it better than “iCarly”, my answer is no.  But then again, I would also remind people that its a different type of storyline as well and it features more characters but also focuses on one primary protagonist.  For the most part, if you are a fan of the series, then this DVD is for you!

Elizabeth Gillies at the “Party for Good – Making Meals to Feed Young Minds” event in New York City

June 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK - JUNE 29: Elizabeth Gillies attends the 'Party for Good - Making Meals to Feed Young Minds' event at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on June 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Gillies attends the ‘Party for Good – Making Meals to Feed Young Minds’ event at Basketball City – Pier 36 – South Street on June 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images). Content © 2010 Getty Images All rights reserved.

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