Not a shipper but I did like the Seddie arc. I thought the writers kept them true to the characters they were and I thought all the episodes had a good balance of comedy, hijinks and romance and I also thought Sam and Freddie had very good chemistry. I especially loved the way they "broke up"...still happily making out in an elevator.
I don't ship, in general, nevermind iCarly (of course there are exceptions). But I also really enjoyed that arc. I thought it was some of the best work they ever did on the show. I liked that there were no outside dilemas of the day. I liked that it wasn't them responding to something wacky. I liked that, for the first time, it gave Carly something to do where she responded like a real human person. She got to be funny and increasingly frustrated with being either in the middle or cast out. I thought the episodes were funny and dealt with it all well. They were episodes that mostly just dealt with the main cast. And they were quite good. And it gave both Jennette and Miranda the chance to shine. Miranda got to show how funny she can be. Jennette got to show Sam's other side. (Not particularly impressed with Nathan Kress ever.)
But the episodes weren't really iCarly. The problem is Dan just wants random humor. If he thinks Freddie's crush on Carly is funny he will use it. If he wants Creddie he will do it. Which is fine. It is his show and it is just a kid's show. But the actual audience actually gets invested in these characters in a way he obviously isn't. And Sam, in particular, is someone people care about a lot from what I have seen. For some reason, she is the only one I really can invest in the way I would invest in a real character from a real show. To me she is like a Wife of Bath or Falstaff character. Not to compare this to Chaucer or Shakespeare (which is insane) but amoral, lustful, greedy but so vivacious I can't help but love her the most. Freddie just drifting back and forth just ruins the dynamic. Because I actually care about the two girls and not about him.
This isn't Betty and Veronica. Carly and Sam are the main characters and best friends. (Plus, both could do better.)
They should just never have done the arc and kept things as they were. They can't just go back now.
Also, I have been wondering what's odd about the latest episodes for me but I couldn't put my figure on it and now I do think that it's partly a sort of detachment I'm feeling with Sam and Carly/Freddie and maybe that the kids have just outgrown the show.
I think it is just that everyone is going through the motions. They all seem pretty tired of this schtick except for the kid who plays Gibby. And that includes the writers. Stuff like Freddie's crush was organic not just totally random episode screech to a halt stuff. Sam being upset or weirded out by Creddie was organic. Like in iSpeed Date when she walked in on them or how she would randomly bring up that Carly would never want him or how she got them to break up. Not some awkward conversation. Jokes were funny not completely over the top stretching to make it work.
So much of it now just seems like audience baiting. That is bad television.
Edited by Betsyb, Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:55 AM.