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Did you miss me? Welp...here we are again with reviews. Only this time it'll be one series in particular. It's a series I've been keeping tabs on since mid-2015. The Toadal Drama series is a reality show but with characters from the Mario games. It's an animated series that's been going for quite awhile now. I originally reviewed Season 1 back in 2015.


SEASON 1 REVIEW:


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Since then, the show's 1st season has concluded & the lengthy journey to Season 2 has been in motion. And then it finally aired. The first episode of Toadal Drama World Cruise has aired at long last....and I'm here to review every single episode as the season airs. Now this season has 16 contestants travelling around THE REAL WORLD....for some reason, competing for 1 million bucks/coin. Without further ado, let's review!



CHALLENGE


Break into Fort Knox and grab as much money as possible but for every kill, that's 1,000 subtracted from your amount once the challenge ends.


I'll be honest...the challenge itself was perfectly fine. It was a nice first challenge. However it just kinda started out of nowhere. What I mean is, we jump right into the challenge without further explanation as to how the game will play out...but I'll get to that later. The challenge itself was executed well but it just felt a bit underwhelming at times. We're just thrown into the challenge without further explanation as to what's expected outside of the end goal. It just felt...off. Overall the challenge was neat but was lacking in explanation & proper set up.


STORYTELLING/PLOTS


Now since it's the first episode, obviously there's going to be a lot of set up and that's fine. As far as what was set up, we got some neat stuff going on.


  • It seems that Peach & Bowser are on the rocks now. Not sure why but I'm hoping we'll figure it out soon. It also seems that Peach has "Mimi PTSD" due to how paranoid she is about Dimentio. Granted Dimentio really didn't help himself by saying he got his advice from Mario & Mimi...but my god...the princess needs a chill pill. It's only Episode 1. Plot wise, I can see Peach & Bowser on the verge of breaking up to cause drama and maybe development. I'll be honest guys, I despise Peach. I wasn't her biggest fan by the time Returns ended. I still had sympathy for her though...until she was announced to be in Season 2. For whatever reason, she got into Season 2 over numerous other characters who were voted in...we'll discuss that later.
  • Dimentio....oh joy. Listen I'm one of the dudes who voted him in but dear god he lacks subtlety. It's pretty clear he's being placed as an antagonist. I'd hope he doesn't become the main antagonist but it looks as though he's positioned for it. Again, that's exciting...just wish they weren't so obvious with it. Because of this, i'm basically waiting for the plot to kick in. Folks, no matter your reality show...be it Mario, object or TPI...having your someone act too nice or have a rep/personality that hints at antagonistic ways is an easy way of saying "yeah, they're bad" and that's not a good thing. This is just how I feel now so it could easily change later.
  • Wario has a crush on Mona...and it's adorable. It's nice to know he's got a plot this time around...just hope it's not ALL he's doing for the season. It'd be a shame if Mona & Wario were simply there for just romance. Not saying that it's inherently bad or anything but there's more to characters than that. Nevertheless, I love the set up...well save the Wario & Dimentio alliance part but I'm leaving that alone until more can be seen.
That's about it for plots. Again, mostly set up so I can excuse it. Not a bad start for what to expect this season. There honestly could've been a little more but I'm happy with what we got.


CHARACTERS


I have a lot to say about everyone....so strap in.


  • Toad: You seem less sadistic and I'll be honest it's nice. Honestly you were a bit much in S1. I do wonder however why you thought going to the real world was a good idea.
  • Bobei: Let's hope you survive this season's torture dude.
  • Peach: Ok so like I said, I hated seeing her again but at least she has purpose in the season. For now, she gets a pass.
  • Goombella: Christ almighty SHE CAN GO ANYTIME SHE WANTS! Why her? She was a producer choice & I must ask...what is her reason to come back outside of being the same as she's been? I know it's only the first episode so I hope & pray something is done with her. Either that or she's early boot fodder....speaking of early boot fodder...
  • Donkey Kong: I called it. I called it the minute you were announced that you were going to be there for a running gag & first boot. I even stated it in my podcasts' pilot episode. I'm disappointed that I was right.
  • Lemmy & Iggy: PROTECT THESE TWO OMFG! They're so great together. I love their strong sibling bond. The chemistry just oozes off them so well and I'm here for it. Hoping they'll stick around for awhile. Not sure what's in store for them plot wise but interested in seeing where it could go.
  • Wario: Go read about him in the previous section of this review lol
  • Mona: Same with her lol
  • Bowser: It'll be interesting to see what happens with him this season. He's surrounded by his GF & kids....dude is probably stressed out.
  • Bowser Jr.: I don't like you. I hope to change my mind but something tells me that won't be the case.
  • Daisy: YAS GURL WELCOME BACK!
  • Carl: Still no subtitles huh? Mmmmmmkay
  • Steve: Everything you said in this episode summed up 2018. You're a whole ass mood & I'm here for it.
  • Roy: You have fans but I'd like to be proven that you're more than a jerk/bully type of character. I WANT to be proven wrong on the basis that you're seemingly one note. Hoping for the best.
  • Dimentio: Love you even though you're obviously THE antagonist.
  • Flurry: You weren't nearly as dramatic as you were in the special or the interview. I hope this is just temporary because I like you more toned down than...all of this. The actress part is fine but can the extra dramatics. Still love you though^^
  • Dry Bones: I'm mixed on you dude. You could've had plot if your supposed girlfriend was around but now I'm not really sure what the hell you'll be doing this season. Guess we'll have to wait & see.
The characters were a mixed bag honestly. Some lack any form of direction as to where they'll go while others have purpose but aren't very likable. And here's the thing....you have 16 contestants and I believe you said 14/15 episodes were planned so I'm more than certain you can do great things with the cast in that short episode count. With that in mind, I really hope that whoever you send home early aren't super obvious and at least have a chance to be a character before being sent away. Fingers crossed.


FAVORITE MOMENT


So my favorite moment has to be the song. The production on the song was great. I do have some issues with it but I'll touch on that in the next section. I like what was done with the parody lyrics. Job well done.


NITPICKS/THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE


  • I brought this up in my podcast & I'll bring it up here: GIVE. CARL. SUBTITLES. DAMN. IT! Look I love Carl a lot but are we REALLY going to put up with him being unable to speak english or be understood by others outside of Daisy. That doesn't sound too great. And the weird thing is...you brought it up in this very episode when Carl appeared in the confessional. A certain cartoon reviewer I watch once said: "Pointing out your problems doesn't make it go away." It's such an easy fix though. JUST. LET. US. IN. ON. WHAT. HE'S. SAYING. If no one else understands him then fine...but give us an idea of what he's saying with subtitles. You could literally make a gag out of what he's actually saying and what others think he's saying. Come on now...it's right there and could be comedy gold.
  • Good lord there was absolutely no set up or explanation before things got started. What basically happened is that the cast was introduced, teams were established, the challenge suddenly happened & an elimination went down. It's seemingly gotten to the point, right? Well that's a problem. You see, this is the first episode...and in said first episode it's your job to explain what's going down during the competition. You don't need full on explanations but you need to provide some info. What are the many locations on the ship? What about the confessional? What are the conditions of the ship? Why the real world? Are there any twists we should know about? The beginning felt a bit rushed. It seemed like you left out some stuff.
  • I loved the song...but it was both too long and came out of nowhere. I'm fine with songs but don't you think you could've explained that aspect of the game to the cast? Explain how it's signified that everyone must sing? I don't mind the music...but I do mind when it's not explained or at least given a heads up thus we're pushed into music as if we're in High School Musical or Glee. The voices also sounded a bit autotuned. Some did, some didn't...honestly I don't want to say they were 110% completely & I'll leave it at that. Some characters simply shouldn't sing if they don't have to. And considering you didn't establish the rules of the singing, then I suppose you could apply the "No singing" clause to some of the characters. Outside of that, just shorten the songs. You don't need to parody a whole ass song. That is unnecessary....even TDWT knew to keep their songs brief & to the point.
  • Not exactly the biggest fan of the cast now that I've seen them in action. I'm still not fond of the producer picks. Some are fine and others are meh. Can we just...not do the viewer's vote next time? You should've just chosen the cast yourself if you were concerned as to who'd get sent in by the viewers. The object show curse if you will.
  • And finally, why the hell are you going to the real world? Seriously why? You've got the entire untapped world of Mario at your fingertips and you chose to go to the real world? Come on now, that's a missed opportunity.

ELIMINATION


This was such a predictable first boot. I hated it so much. Why even have DK compete if he was only going to be an easy first boot. Again, I called it months back when he was announced. He's got a running gag of dying that wasn't going to last that long because it gets old quickly. Sure enough I was right. DK is one note as hell and that's sad because there could've been more...so much more. I'm not saying he needed a whole ass plot but there could've been more for him if more time was given. It's why I'm typically against first episode eliminations in most reality shows (Mario, TPI's, Object Shows, Fan Shows, etc) because then you have a dilemma when the first boot had no reason to be there to begin with. Shows like Survivor & Big Brother get away with it because they're unscripted to a degree....but most shows that parody them online are scripted mostly so there's no excuse. So yeah, I didn't care for DK and I hope that the other one note characters (Goombella & Roy to name a few) don't get the same treatment. That would make the producer choices even more of a question mark.


FINAL THOUGHTS


Sooooo...disregarding how mixed this review may seem, I did enjoy this episode. Sadly this episode (and season) has become the victim of high expectations after the lengthy waiting game for it. I'm happy Toadal Drama is back...but the show has some growing pains to deal with. And when I say that, I know for certain that almost anything I critiqued is an easy fix. Some things aren't and that's why they were addressed. My hope is that Episode 2 can deliver something better because on it's own this pilot was just...fine. There's a lot to like...but a lot to hate. I'm hoping it'll get better from here on out. Here's to the rest of Season 2...hoping it doesn't take too long air all of it's episodes lol


THANKS FOR READING! :D



EPISODE:


  • Listening to: Music From Glee
  • Reading: The Croaking (Webcomic)
  • Watching: Toadal Drama World Cruise Ep.1...duh lol
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WARNING! The following review contains spoilers...read at your own risk.


We have much to discuss ladies & gentlemen. I know I don't do much here on DA anymore but I thought today would be a good day to finally remedy that, if only for a journal post. Today I'll be giving my thoughts on the first half of 2319mi's TPI: Abandoned. Recently the show reached episode 15, which was deemed the mid-season finale & in many ways it showed. We're going to talk about the season overall. Episode's 1-15 have been...a wild ride to say the least. Gonna say it right now, this show is pretty much one of the few shows I consistently watch nowadays & keep up with. In other words, aside from AXC's inevitable clock to conclusion ticking, Abandoned is one of the few shows keeping me tethered to the community right now. With introductions out of the way, let's discuss this show's highs & lows the only way I know how: REVIEW FORM! :D


So last May, we witnessed a pilot that looked like it had potential. More importantly, it was a new pilot from Jake....who already had 2 previous/unfinished shows under his belt. That's all I needed to know upon seeing this new show in my sub box. I was hesitant that this particular show wouldn't work out...and to my surprise, that pilot almost made me cry tears of joy. I reviewed Jake's previous TPI...and he managed to take a lot of that advice I gave him to heart since that review dropped in 2016. As a result, he took the time to make this new show. I instantly fell in love with Abandoned, along with many others in the community. I'm really glad this show is getting major attention across the board...well deserved.


Premise-wise, the show starts off like 99% of all other TPI's. The setting is no surprise but it's how it's executed that makes it different from all the others. Abandoned is set in a place called Camp Nightmare & has 30+ contestants competing for cash. As you can tell, this gave me way too many red flags. First off, I'm not the biggest fan of big casts anymore. Long story short, if you have more than 20 contestants it bugs me. That being said, Jake pulled off having 30+ contestants & almost all of them are likable.... almost (worry not....the character section exists for a reason.) On top of that, his plots/storytelling were also working overtime to stay consistently good & surprising. He's also got some great humor...seriously dude, you're hilarious.


Now then, let's talk about those plots & how the storytelling was executed. For the most part, the storytelling was pretty solid. Everything was well paced & played out nicely...save for a few minor plots. There were instances in which some plots decided to exist & go on for longer than they had to. For example, the dragged out love triangle between Electrike, Flaaffy & Dewott. This plot has been going on forever now. Nothing has progressed, not much action has been happening..all we're seeing is Electrike suffer by watching two bland as hell characters date one another. Or how about the Ivysaur & Frosslass plot...which started out so sweet & then turned to crap real quick. Ivysaur is a terrible excuse of a person for what he did. And the less I mention the dragged out ZoraQuil couple the better. It didn't start out that way (I dug them at first because I predicted those 2 hooking up in the beginning) but it did become a problem in the later episodes. The single digit episodes did a great job of introducing us to the characters & sending certain ones home when their time had come. It seemed like everything played out just fine for a long while....and then the double digits happened, specifically 11-15. Brace yourselves...I'm about to rant...


Episode's 11-15 are a mixed bag & hard to rewatch because of it. The biggest issue I have is bringing back the 4 contestants at such an early time in the game. See here's the thing with that...I'm not mad that they're back. I've had a lot of time to think about this...and while I can't stand Servine or have no real reason to care about those that came back, that's not my biggest issue. No no, my biggest issue is WHEN they came back. Jake...you have too many damn contestants to be bringing back 4 characters that early in the game. There's no excuse for that & pretty much did nothing to propel anything major in terms of plots. Sure, Kirlia got some development & Servine is serviceable as well....but what the hell is Corphish still doing in the game? Why did freaking Bergmite come back!? I love Bergmite but he had absolutely no reason to come back. He's a damn one note & you thought he was worth bringing back!? Come on man....one notes were meant to stay gone once they're gone & unless you had plans to develop him, I reiterate once again: NO REASON TO COME BACK! Then there are the eliminations....oh my god the eliminations. With the exception of 15, all of the eliminations in these episodes have been predictable or just made absolutely no sense. Need some proof? Ok...did anyone reading this give a damn about Meditite let alone remember her existence? Did we care about Poochyena enough? I sure as hell didn't...he's literally the same character type (and pokemon) I made in my own show back when Revenge of Stick Figure Island existed. We all saw Swellow's elimination from a mile away...adding insult to injury is the separation of a couple all in the same episode....nothing says "let's anger me" quite like separating a couple that literally hooked up in the same damn episode.


In light of watching some recent TPI episodes, I’d like to touch on the art of predictable outcomes. It’s fine to have something be seen as predictable so long as it’s executed well. I don’t mind it once in awhile. However, it becomes a problem when shows depend on it & make that their entire shtick all season. You can only do it so many times to the point where I am feeling the same way every damn episode. I’ve seen this on 4 different shows in the past couple months & I’ve grown tired of it. Again, predictable outcomes CAN BE GOOD but should be done in moderation otherwise most people will catch on & grow bored knowing exactly how things will play out.


The characters are one of the best parts of the episode...but also one of the more frustrating parts as well. One of my biggest gripes is the background characters. For some reason, Jake thinks it's ok to let some of the cast just go for episodes with one liners or no dialogue while living off the fact that they still exist. I mean, I get it...you kinda have to do that with how many characters are on this show. You can't possibly work on everyone in the same episode per episode....that just sounds ridiculous. However, that doesn't excuse some of the characters that get shoved into the background to simply exist & suddenly get a plot but then fade into the background again or get the boot out of the blue (See Meditite as an example.) I'd love to know more about Mincinno aside from the fact that she's a dumbass, I would've loved to know more about Meditite & how "un-zen" she can be...would've been nice to see more out of her. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of what Corphish could do...because right now, he's a one-note party guy with comic relief buying more unnecessary time. You see what I mean folks? As the numbers continue to drop, I sincerely hope Jake has a plan to finish off some of these characters & NOT leave them hanging. With 20 contestants left, I'm really hoping for tighter writing & character stuff because now there's no excuse.


Going in-depth about some of the characters for a moment, I'd like to touch on some of them and their plots. Let's go!


  • Pansear: You are best character & it's a damn shame you didn't get to stick around much longer. Shame you didn't get your own separate plot..at all.
  • Servine: Die honey. Die.
  • Fletchinder: You're garbage.
  • Munchlax: I feel you're in a "middle of the road" situation. You started out simply existing but then you pulled a fast one with that vote you made & then sabotaged Swellow...you could go either way at this point...just wish you did.
  • Flaaffy: You're bland honey. You've done absolutely nothing of note since putting Electrike in the friend-zone.
  • Dewott: You're also bland to me.
  • Electrike: You're the best character out of the 3 in this dragged out love triangle.
  • Bergmite: I love you dude but you should've stayed gone. You're a one-note.
  • Riolu: All talk & no action. All you have to your name is a sabotage & 15 episode facade.
  • Gastly: You're doing great bro...getting better per episode.
  • Mincinno: Wish you were used for more than your humor.
  • Corphish: Same as Mincinno.
  • Bisharp: Great host...who can be an asshole.
  • Hariyama: You put up with a lot of crap. God bless you & your patience.
  • Ivysaur: You're a terrible person. You deserve to get your ass kicked for hurting Frosslass like that. Jake this is lowkey my least favorite plot thread of the entire season thus far so thank god you ended it when you did.
  • Frosslass: I'm sorry girl. You deserved so much better.
  • Quilava: You're some form of LGBT honey. Jake, you fell into the "coming out" trap & it's dragging..do something about it...this couple is dragging. Pansear basically summed it all up for me in Episode 15.
  • Servine: Die. Die. Die. Die.
  • Magby: Love you man. Glad you're proving yourself & finally kicking things into overdrive.


And then there's the antagonist problem in the show. I've had an issue with the villains in this show overall tbh. The only one keeping me interested, especially after Episode 15, was Gastly. The others are just...disappointments. Riolu, the golden boy turned bad egg, is honestly just a nuisance who basically pulled a Nidoking and made himself look good in everyone's eyes, but is now out for blood. All of the signs were there for the perfect reveal & at first, I was on board..but all it's been is big talk about a game he's playing while pulling one sabotage and setting someone up. It just doesn't feel as big or important. I'm not asking for brutality or pure evil but I am asking for more actions that make me give a damn about someone claiming to be "bad." Speaking of attempted bad, Fletchinder sucks. She's a generic villain & funny enough, she was like this in Jake's last TPI. I don't see her getting interesting at all. She's supposed to be hated I'm sure...but if she's supposed to keep my attention then you've failed in that department. She only gets props for convincing Munchlax to get his hands dirty...that's about it. She's done sabotage and dodged elimination too many times....I just want her ass gone. She's not doing much anyway. And of course, there's the most egregious antagonizing force of them all...Servine. This poor excuse of an antagonist has been nothing but a nuisance as well but since the beginning...so basically she's worse than Riolu. Credit to Riolu, at least he had some nuance to him regarding the whole "not really good" reveal...but Servine was straight up atrocious since day freaking one. But if that wasn't enough...the idea of her leaving one episode & coming back in the next has been my biggest complaint. No scratch that, it's the one thing that's pissed me off since Episode 11 aired. Yeah, that's what bothered the hell out of me. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!? No seriously, why the hell would you do that!? Jake...this was where I started having issues with the show when you decided to bring back these contestants & NOT work with the ones you had. To be honest this wouldn't have been a problem if you had just done this later in the game...like merge or something.


Ok, I think I've said enough on that subject. There seems to be more negative than positive in this review, but that's only because these thoughts were being saved for the scrapped review I had plans to post on the channel months back. Just so we're clear, I'm still in love with Abandoned. I think it's one of the best TPI's I've ever seen. Hell, it was my original #1 TPI of 2017 (shock of all shocks, right?) Do I think it's better than my usual favorite: Levi's TPA? In some ways, yes but in others not so much. Either way, Abandoned is still one of the better shows to come out of the dry well that was 2017 in TPI making. Sure there was Total Pokemon Cross Country, Total Pokemon Paradise, Total Pokemon Village, Poke-Survivor: Back To The Past, Levi's TPA, Some Fool's show set in a Safari Zone & yeah, even Total Pokemon Galaxy Games....but this was the only one that I managed to keep up with throughout it's run all last year because of how consistent it was, both in its schedule and quality. The single digit episodes were phenomenal. Even Episode 10 was spectacular, as I believe it was a true peak in how good the show can be. Episode's 11-15, however, were rocky as all hell. Let me sum them up like this...


  • Episode 11 was the first hiccup & that's when it all began
  • Episode 12 began to show more issues beneath the surface
  • Episode 13 was just straight up piss off-worthy, especially it's ending
  • Episode 14 was a return to form despite the predictable outcome
  • Episode 15 was a pleasant surprise & reminded me of how great the show is...but hot damn it's lengthy lol
Overall I still loved the 15 episodes we got. Far from perfect but still exceptionally written & brought to life with a passion to make something great. I can tell that Jake definitely gave a damn about this show with all of the effort put into it. And now he's reaping the rewards that come with putting in the work towards a show...even if it's a hobby. It can be done, folks. No excuses. And with that, I shall conclude this review folks. Thanks for reading...as this will likely be the only journal I post here until Abandoned or my boyfriend's TPI concludes (I owe him a complete season review^^) Until next time, peace out!


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Here BTW: www.youtube.com/user/TheAndyXC…


...then please check out this survey I made for my channel. I'd greatly appreciate it^^

Survey: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI…

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BeekBeek85 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Student Artist
Can I be honest?

I've actually watched you from the very beginning.
Back before I had a deviantART...
Back when I got a YouTube...
Back when my number 1 device was my tablet...

I watched the very original AXC~. Back when most of the current contestants were in their youth~. I also watched the TP Hotel franchise for a good chunk of the run~. And even Michael's TPI series when that came out.

In advance, I'm sorry for not watching the recent AXC series. That will change this summer.

But, all in all...
I wanted to say...

birthday cake Happy Birthday~!!! birthday cake 

Here's to another series of fun years~!
:happy birthday: 
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Luipunker91 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018
thanks for all the faves so far ^^
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daz-swole Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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builtbytallsteve Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank your for watching. This should be fun. If you have any requests or questions, just let me know.

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Peace 
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Yecow Featured By Owner May 25, 2018
Thanks a lot for watching!
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pepeckt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018
Thank you so much for the :+fav:
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Elysian-Fall Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for :+fav:ing donut boi :heart: Vento Aureo by Elysian-Fall
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birdgirl69 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for :+fav: and also happy holidays ^^
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no--ri Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
Thank you for the watch~!Love 
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Luipunker91 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
thanks for the watch
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