Great start, but...
The first season of Total Drama was great. Good concept, good jokes, nice drama, characters were all pretty cool and well rounded thanks to a good script. Because of its large and diverse cast, it is very easy to get pretty attached to one of the characters, and everything was fine.
But then, something happened.
Season two began, and the result was underwhelming to say the least. The comedy wasn't that good, the drama felt forced, and the characters became either flat, one-diensional versions of themselves or completely different without any actual explanation. Speaking of which, one of the problems is that the characters that were focused on, for the most already had alot of focus in the previous season, and those who were more minor, some of whom getting actually pretty big followings, bearly got any screen time. It couldn't have gone worse.
And yet, depending on who you ask, including myself, it did.
I am aware that there are people out there who do like the third season, also known as TDWT, or as I like to call it, TDWTF, because it had even more WTF moments this time around. Interestingly it did have an okay, if somewhat underwhelming start. The jokes did actually improve, and the characters did have better arcs, but the two new characters introduced were an interesting idea as a sort of take that on the fandom, but didn't really work because she barely got any development, and she was also a bit creepy, while the other was just a bland gary-stu. In addition, there was also a lot of nods to the fandom, but they felt more annoying than clever, and a lot of the characters felt like they were only there for the sake of filler.
What really splits people though, is something that happened about halfway through the season, and while I won't spoil what happened, in my opinion, it turned one of the characters who was already kind of a jerk into a complete douchebag, and another into a hypocrite, and depending on what kind of fan you are, you will either jump for joy or burst into an angry rant. Also, it sunk my ship.
I've deliberately avoided season 4 for obvious reasons, but from what I hear it is better than the third season, and has a completely different cast that are actually okay. Season 5 is coming out this fall, and while I'm not liking the theme, I do hope that it does better.