iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3 – DVD Review

iCarly is the live action hit on Nickelodeon that lets kids not fear the internet. You might know about the show if a 9-year-old girl grabbed your TV remote. But in case you haven’t here’s a summary: Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) is an internet sensation. She hosts a highly popular webcast with her pals Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress). She’s a new kinda kid since her legal guardian is her brother Spencer (Jerry Trainor). Her parents aren’t dead. The unseen dad is stuck on a submarine and mom is missing. Most of the stories revolve around the weird fame of being on the internet. While this collection is listed as iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3, a majority of the 17 episodes come from what appears to be Season 3.

“iTwins” makes Freddie think that same is hitting on him. Or is it really her? Turns out she has a twin sister. “iSpeed Date” reminds Carly that she’s a popular girl when dozens of boys want to take her to the dance. How can she find the right dancing partner? Her pals set up speed dating. “iCarly Awards” hands out trophies for the best videos on her site. It’s up to her brother to design the trophies. He’s got unique help. “iHave My Principals” reminds us why webcams can be dangerous. Carly’s principal loses his job after appearing on her webcast. “iQuit iCarly” is considered a movie, but it’s really a double length episode. Carly and Sam get tangled in a project with feuding comedians. Tempers spill over to the girls. Sam dumps the show and Carly. Are the girls really splitsville forever? Freddie gets around on “iSaved Your Life.” He saves Carly’s life and the two get rather intimate. Are they really going to remain a couple?

“iWas a Pageant Girl” is a semi-crossover with Toddlers and Tiaras. Freddie moves in on another lady with iEnrage Gibby. He’s hooking up with Gibby’s girlfriend. “iSpace Out” lets the kids train to go into orbit. They want to do a webcam from outer space with a fake Richard Branson’s help. iCarly has picked up the slack from the end of Hannah Montana. “iFix a Popstar” seems to poke fun at Miley Cyrus although the popstar looks like an out of it Britney Spears. The dance routine nails Britney’s barely there steps. “iPsycho” is the second “movie.” The gang get invited to a creepy girl’s birthday party. Nothing good happens. “iBloop” is an entire episode built around bloopers from the show. She’s ready to take over America’s Funniest Home Videos. It’s mostly people blowing their lines and not resorting to cussing. This isn’t like Alf’s bloopers. You won’t have to cover your ears.

iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3 is mostly for tween girls who need a role model for their Youtube videos. The best part of the show is that fans can make their own webcasts about how much they like iCarly.

The Episodes
“iTwins,” “iSpeed Date,” “iCarly Awards,” “iHave My Principals,” “iFind Lewbert’s Lost Love,” “iMove Out,” “iQuit iCarly,” “iWas a Pageant Queen,” iEnrage Gibby,” iSaved Your Life,” “iSpace Out,” iFix a Popstar,” “iWon’t Cancel the Show,” “iBelieve in Bigfoot,” “iPsycho,” “iBeat the Heat,and “iBloop.”

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The series is shot on high definition video. The transfers look fine. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The levels are fine including the computer noise effects. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Pilot Episode of T.U.F.F. Puppy (23:54) is the doggy version of Johnny Bravo. It’s included her since Jerry Trainor does a voice.

Shorts Meet Guppy (2:03) introduces the actor behind the character. Turns out he got the job by being related. Best of Season 2 (3:16) is taken from Turbo Nick. It’s highlights hosted by Nathan. He liked the mud covered effect.

iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3 is a cute show aimed at tweens. The webcast at the heart of the show seem more real to a kid than the pop stardom dreams of Hannah Montana. Carly is plucky and full of energy when on camera. Her friend Sam is the perfect co-host since she brings as much energy. It’s easy to see why this show is popular with kids. It can appeal to grown ups that have fond memories of the old TGIF line up from the ‘90s.

Paramount Home Entertainment presents iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3. Starring: Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy. Boxset Contents: 17 episodes on 3 DVDs. Released on DVD: April 5, 2011.

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