Zoey 101 used to be favorite show. Now, I seriously wonder why I watch it. In the old days, I loved this show. I wrote fan fiction, belonged to a fan site, and would scream at my parents for even suggesting we go out when a new episode was on. This was before the good old days of TiVo.
There has only been one great episode this season, "Quarantine". This is the episode where scientist/nerd Quinn (Erin Sanders) releases a germ in her dorm room. This causes her, Zoey (Jamie Lynn Spears), Lola (Victoria Justice), Chase (Sean Flynn), Michael (Chriss Massey), and Matthew Underwood (Logan) to be stuck in a room together. Quinn worries that her boyfriend is cheating on her, while Zoey needs to cancel a date. Lola tries practicing for an audition by randomly screaming. Chase thinks he's going to die, and Michael is so hungry, he's willing to eat baby food. Logan, meanwhile, is the only sane one.
There have been a couple of good ones: "Surprise" (season opener), "Chase's Girlfriend" (Chase's girlfriend forces Zoey to not talk to Chase), and "Zoey's Tutor" (the gang thinks Zoey and Logan are dating). As for the rest, I don't know why I bother watching.
One of the main problems of Zoey 101 is the tendency to kick off the good actresses. Kristin Herrera (Dana) was kicked off the show after the first season. The official story was that she was fired for looking "too old". This was total crap, because she was the same age as Sean Flynn. Since then, she has been seen in Freedom Writers with Hilary Swank. Kristin was awesome. She played the really mean roommate. She could have made this season so much better.
The second actress sacked was sweet Alexa Nikolas, who played Zoey's boy crazy, sugar-high roommate, Nicole. Blogcritics was one of the first sites to address this topic. Basically, Alexa was too much for high-maintenance Jamie Lynn Spears. I won't go into too much detail, as you can read it for yourself. Plus, it just really pisses me off. Jamie Lynn’s sister Britney Spears actually came on set and threatened Alexa, making her cry. She has been spotted guest starring on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Anyway, the writers tried to make Quinn act like Nicole, all hyper and boy-crazy. It just doesn't work.
The next problem is they never play new episodes! The season aired September 24, 2006 and they haven't played the entire season. Are you joking me? Seriously? Get real. It's so random, too! Honestly. It's not like every three Sundays, it's like one week goes by, new episode, five weeks, new episode, four weeks, new episode… IT GIVES ME A HEADACHE!
It is well known that I hate Jamie Lynn Spears with all my heart. She's a horrible actress. I feel I waste my time by explaining how bad she is, so simply go find any other article I wrote on Zoey 101. There have to be at least five different places I rag on her (including when I blame her for Alexa getting fired). But, honestly, is she getting worse? I find as the years go on, she is getting worse rather than better. At least in season two, there are some times when she is at least tolerable. ("Spring Break-up" and "Time Capsule," to name a couple). Give Matt and Erin some lines and don't make it a show revolving around her. I don't care if it's called Zoey 101, I only watch for the supporting cast!
Season three is crappy. Step it up, Zoey 101, because you are already losing one of your biggest fans. It's no wonder that I've heard rumors of cancellation.Powered by Sidelines