Total Drama Action
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|Total Drama Action|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||27 (including special)|
|Original run||January 11, 2009– June 10, 2010|
Total Drama Action is the 2nd season in the Total Drama television series. It started on June 11, 2009. The players on the show are Geoff, Bridgette, Izzy, Trent, Gwen, Owen, Heather, Le-Shawna, Courtney, Beth, Lindsay, Justin, Harold, Duncan, DJ,
Plot[change | change source]
Like the previous season, much of Total Drama Action chronicles the events of the eponymous fictional reality shows. The Total Drama series itself is an "animated reality television series", which stars the cast and crew of the fictional series, parodying many aspects of reality television in general.
After last season's winner, Owen (Scott McCord), forgoes his prize money of C$100,000 for a challenge (open to all 22 of Total Drama Island's contestants) in which the winner would receive C$1,000,000, the money was left in limbo after a situation resulted in a 14-way tie. As such, show host Chris McLean (Christian Potenza) had no choice but to commission a second competition with all 14 tied contestants. The contestants are told to arrive at an abandoned movie studio lot in Toronto, where the new competition, titled "Total Drama Action", would take place. Because of its location, Chris tells the contestants that the challenges would all be in the form of various movie genres. The accommodations of the contestants are handled by Chef Hatchet (Clé Bennett) in a similar manner to how it was handled in the previous season.
After a quick elimination of two contestants, the couple Geoff (Dan Petronijevic) and Bridgette (Kristin Fairlie), a second challenge determined the team captains of the two competing teams: the Screaming Gaffers, headed by Gwen (Megan Fahlenbock), and the Killer Grips, headed by Trent (Scott McCord). From then on, challenges would alternate between "reward challenges" where winners would receive a special prize, and "elimination challenges" where the losing team would vote off one of its own in an elaborate "Gilded Chris Ceremony". The pattern of reducing the contestants down was briefly interrupted on two occasions: once when Izzy (Katie Crown) was reinstated following a voting irregularity where her alter-ego, "E-Scope", was voted off, and another time when Courtney (Emilie-Claire Barlow), a contestant who did not originally qualify for Total Drama Action, successfully sued the show. The players eliminated would make the "walk of shame" and into the "Lame-o-sine", where they leave the movie studio.
Once seven contestants were left, the Screaming Gaffers and the Killer Grips were dissolved, and the challenges became individual-oriented in nature. Chris hired Owen as his ringer to sabotage the other contestants and to create drama. Eventually, two contestants were left standing: Beth (Sarah Gadon) and Duncan (Drew Nelson). The Total Drama Action winner was Duncan. Beth wins in the alternate ending.
TDA Aftermath[change | change source]
Sprinkled among the episodes (taking the place of reward challenges) is TDA Aftermath, a show-within-a-show hosted by Geoff and Bridgette, commissioned shortly after their eliminations. On TDA Aftermath, Geoff and Bridgette interview eliminated contestants on their Total Drama Action experiences. They are accompanied by the contestants of Total Drama Island that did not qualify for Total Drama Action, as well as other previously-eliminated contestants. TDA Aftermath consisted of various "never-before-seen footage" sequences (purportedly taking place during the events of previous episodes), as well as two recurring segments, "That's Gonna Leave a Mark" (a segment of the contestants getting badly hurt), and "Truth or..." (in which a contestant is interviewed and are hurt if they lie to the hosts or the studio audience).
When the field eventually narrowed down to two contestants, (Beth and Duncan), a final obstacle course challenge would lead the contestants into the Aftermath set, with the first one arriving winning the show's million-dollar grand prize. Unfortunately, Beth and Duncan had sufficiently cooperated enough though the final challenge to arrive at the same time, and what was meant as a season recap became a show in which the winner would be determined. After efforts by the eliminated and nonparticipant contestants to come up with an impartial way of determining the winner all fail, Chris (supposedly leaving on vacation) ultimately returns to the set and has the eliminated (but not the nonparticipant) contestants vote for the winner who was eventually Duncan.
Elimination Table[change | change source]
|Ep 5||Ep 7||Ep
|3-4||♂ Owen||WIN||IN||IN||IN||LOW||WIN||IN||IN||IN||IN||OUT||Returns in Episode 21||IN||IN8||IN||OUT9||PASS|
|3-4||♀ Courtney||Debuts in Episode 13||IN6||WIN||WIN||WIN||WIN||WIN||IN||WIN||IN||LOW||OUT||PASS|
|14-15||♀ Bridgette2||IN||OUT||Hostess of TDA Aftermath||PASS|
|14-15||♂ Geoff2||WIN||OUT||Host of TDA Aftermath||FAIL|
Key[change | change source]
|M||The Killer Grips and the Screaming Gaffers merged in this episode.|
|1||Izzy was eliminated under her alias "E-Scope" making her able to compete as Izzy again.|
|2||This episode was a reward challenge, meaning no all-star was eliminated|
|3||This episode was a reward challenge, meaning no cast-mate was eliminated.|
|4||This episode featured a double elimination, meaning two cast-mates were eliminated.|
|5||Even though DJ won the challenge for the Gaffers, he quit due to feeling guilty about his illegal alliance with Chef.|
|6||Since Courtney put in her contract that she couldn't be eliminated the day she got back, all 4 votes were against her anyways, so only her vote for Owen counted.|
|7||Lindsay won the challenge, but she chose to share the reward with Duncan.|
|8||Owen didn't compete in the challenge because Chris had him sabotaging the other cast-mates.|
|9||Chris fired Owen for blowing his cover to the other cast-mates.|
|10||Duncan and Beth both tied in the challenge.|
|11||This episode had 2 endings, one where Duncan wins, and one where Beth wins. Duncan is listed here because he won in the USA.|
|Winner of Total Drama Action and $1,000,000.|
|Runner-Up of Total Drama Action.|
|Teams||Was on the Killer Grips|
|Was on the Screaming Gaffers|
|Won for their team (Episodes 1-7 (before the teams dissolved)).|
|Won for themselves (Episodes 8-13 (after the teams dissolved)).|
|Was on winning team, but didn’t help win (Episodes 1-7(before the teams dissolved)).|
|Received an award at the awards elimination ceremony.|
|Received the final award at the awards elimination ceremony or had the 2nd most amount of votes.|
|Eliminations||Was voted out by their fellow cast-mates.|
|Quit the competition.|