Case Number 21005: Small Claims Court

BIG TIME RUSH: SEASON ONE, VOLUME ONE

Nickelodeon // 2010 // 288 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 29th, 2011

The Charge

Wait, what? This is pretty good?

The Case

MACHO ID
Is that what you're saying? This Nickelodeon show about four hockey players from Minnesota who come to LA to become rock stars, this transparent attempt at generating hype for another pre-packaged boy band is good?

EMASCULATED DAVE
Yes. Yes it is.

MACHO ID
First it was Make It or Break It that charmed you -- and believe you me, we all had a hearty chuckle about that in the break room -- and now you're telling me that Big Time Rush has swept you off your feet? What are you 12?

EMASCULATED DAVE
Look, I know you're my Macho Id, but you don't have to act like a dickhead. It's not a bad show, okay?

MACHO ID
Stop trying to play up as a sensitive, thoughtful man of the 21st century. Who are you trying to fool? Everyone knows you only like Thai action films and movies involving shark/octopus hybrids.

EMASCULATED DAVE
How am I being "sensitive"?

MACHO ID
You know how easy and fun it would be to lay into this ridiculous show but you're holding back. I suspect you don't want to be labeled as yet another snarky d-bag Internet personality. Well, guess what tiger -- that ship has sailed already.

EMASCULATED DAVE
I know you think you're cool with your lamb-chop sideburns and those cigarettes wrapped up in your sleeves, but you've got it all wrong. I'd have been more than happy to serve up a volley of barbs and witticisms if Big Time Rush deserved it, but, I'm telling you, it doesn't.

MACHO ID
Fine, I'll bite. How come?

EMASCULATED DAVE
For one it doesn't feel like a pop culture cash-in. Sure that's probably the end-goal, create some kind of Hannah Montana phenomenon, but to the writers' credit they don't script the show like that. The pre-packaged-boy-band concept is mocked throughout. In fact, this entire production is a parody of the teen celebrity culture.

MACHO ID
Please. That sounds way too nuanced for a Nickelodeon show.

EMASCULATED DAVE
Sure, it's not Dr. Strangelove, the humor is geared towards pre-adolescents, and there are too many goofy sound effects tossed in, but for what it is -- and contrary to what I expected -- Big Time Rush is surprisingly clever and genuinely funny at times.

MACHO ID
Man, did you just see what you wrote?

EMASCULATED DAVE
I'm fine with my choices, okay? And I'd be more than happy to recommend Big Time Rush to any kid.

MACHO ID
Well, go have fun with your new best friends watching Nickelodeon shows. I'm going to go pick a fight with the Superego. He's been giving me the stink eye all week.

The Verdict

Not Guilty. Yeah, I said it.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 85

Perp Profile
Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)

Running Time: 288 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Trivia Track
* Photo Gallery

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1131746/combined

* Official Site
http://www.nick.com/shows/big-time-rush/