Total Drama All-Stars
Christian Potenza first announced the fifth season in an interview with Tom McGillis (the creator of the series), saying that Total Drama All-Stars would be very similar to Total Drama Island and Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, due to the high worldwide ratings of the latter. That means that this part of the season takes place back at Camp Wawanakwa; in a single location once again, unlike Total Drama World Tour. This part is also very similar to the previous season, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island (both being very similar in terms of length, location, features and cameos).
This half is an all-star season which features a return of fourteen of the strongest contestants from both the first and second generation cast. This is the first season to feature characters from two different generations competing together. The theme for this season is "Heroes vs. Villains" which means the competitors were separated into teams based on their past performance; with protagonists or "Heroes" from each season having to face off against each season's antagonists or "Villains". Both the season's first title, "All-Stars" and the "Heroes vs. Villains" theme take after respective seasons from Survivor.
- The writing is atrocious and sometimes inconsistent.
- Most of the jokes are just mindless toilet humor.
- Gwen, Courtney, Duncan, and Cameron get placed on teams opposite of their personalities. At the beginning, Gwen is placed as a Villainous Vulture because of her "actions" in "World Tour", while Courtney (who has done terrible things on her own) is a Heroic Hamster. Later, Duncan and Courtney swap teams where Duncan is a Hamster and Courtney is (rightfully) a Vulture. Then, Cameron gets placed onto the Villainous Vultures for no reason while trying to quit the season.
- The eliminations are way too predictable.
- A completely missed opportunity. Mixing first generation and second generation players could've been awesome but the selected cast of character was distasteful. In fact, Brick was originally supposed to return, but they replaced him with Sam. Anne Maria, Cody and Owen were also going to return, but we ended up with characters barely considered "All Stars".
- A very lackluster season finale, ending with the island breaking apart.
- Not as much interesting cameos as there were in the 4th season.
- Chris goes from just cruel and enjoying torturing the characters to flat out trying to kill them!
- The Mal sub-plot and the curing of Mike's multi-personality disorder were executed too poorly for words, and the reason why Mal was unleashed was just because of Scott hit Mike in the head with a shovel on accident.
- Character derailment was through the roof for the sake of this season; the stereotypes (Lindsay and Sierra) were too far. In general, Mike's MPD was poorly written and it is not what the disorder really is, such as the reviled "reset button".
- Gwen gets a terrible and sad story arc. It jumps between her trying to reconcile with Courtney, to then dumping Duncan for no good reason, to then having a feud with Courtney. She ends the season without Courtney or Duncan, so what was the point? She was almost like a completely different character.
- Duncan's character is also ruined. He became overall, a very bland and unlikable character.
- Speaking of the elimination order, it was a tragedy in the form of an entire season. The infamous Love Triangle makes the merge, as well as Mike, Cameron, Scott, and Zoey, who already made the merge in Revenge of the Island.
- The merge happened too early. Why would you merge 8 out of 14 remaining characters? Wouldn't it make more sense to do it with 7 out of 14 remaining contestants, divvy it up at the exact halfway point?
- Courtney and Scott becoming a couple was teased for most of the season but then they break up the same episode they become a couple.
- Too much focus on Mike and Zoey in this season, as well as Alejandro and Heather becoming a disgusting puppy-love couple.
- Lackluster challenges. One of them was simply a boat race.
- Even though Mal was supposed to be the main antagonist of the season, all he did was break people's things and just be a writer's pet (he, Mike and Zoey were the writers' pets of the season).
- The theme song was cut short, the theme song was good the way it is originally was.
- The animation, although it's quality dropped since last season, is still decent.
- Tolerable acting (most of the time).
- Some of the jokes are OK.
- The second part of the season, Pahkitew Island, while still pretty bad, was a massive improvement over this and was much more well-received.
- It did celebrate the 100th episode of Total Drama.
- There's a somewhat effective running gag of Chris constantly getting pestered by lawyers reminding him that he's only out of jail under parole.
- The interactions between the first and second generations are interesting to watch.
- Less onscreen vomiting and no nudity.
- The Flush of Shame (this season's elimination exit) is somewhat creative.
- Alejandro and Scott are no longer in their cruel conditions (the Drama Machine and Trauma Chair respectively), despite the latter having no explanation to it.
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Total Drama All Stars has received mixed to negative reviews from critics and fans alike. Many claimed there was "character derailment" within both the new and old casts of characters. It currently holds a 5.4/10 on Metacritic based on 9 reviews, and a 6.5/10 on IMDb. Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, however, was considerably more positive. The season currently holds a 73% approval rating according to Rotten Tomatoes.
- DeviantArt user JasperPie made a fan rewrite in order to fix the many issues of All Stars.