By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
Fans of The Loud House will be glad to know the next new set of episodes will begin late January. This series is one of those guilty pleasures to enjoy watching late at night. The Casagrandes is a spin-off that’s showing a lot of promise and both will continue month and I can’t wait! Loud House has new episodes starting Jan 25th and Casagrandes on Jan 11th. As much as I hoped for Nickelodeon to offer a holiday special, it did not happen.
Both grew on me as I regularly have YTV playing in the background late at night and this two-hour block helped those long nights feel shorter. Both series offer better humour and is a better take on examining having a large family than the Cheaper by the Dozen. Here, Lincoln is a 10-year-old boy with a lot to figure out in a household with ten sisters. My favourite episodes are those where he has one of three people to turn to for “manly” advice. There’s his father, best friend Clyde (who is the adopted son of an interracial gay married couple) and “Pop Pop” (the grandfather).
Having John DiMaggio around as Bud, the grouchy neighbour is just perfect. He’s not really like a second grandparent, but the holiday episode explaining why he is always grouchy is the closest thing we can have to a How I saved the Grinch episode. Although typecast (he was Bender from Futurama), I’m loving it!
The Casagrandes is worth tuning into despite it being similar to the main show. The difference is simply in a very independently punkish Ronnie Anne. Her pride can get her into trouble and she learns for herself in how to deal with tough situations more often than not. She’s not She-Ra, a role model to look up to, but is a youth whom younger viewers can associate with.
Since the two series lives in the same universe, just how often crossovers happen depends on the new team managing the properties. The big question viewers want to get properly answered is if Ronnie and Lincoln will indeed become a “couple.” Ever since the episode “Save the Date,” the lad wants nothing to do with being all ga-ga over this particular girl. She’s aware of this and helped him save face by “ditching” him. But afterwards, “Dance, Dance Resolution” suggests that his indecisiveness makes dating nearly impossible. Just how will his date see him? Plus, he really did not want to attend his school’s dance. He’d rather spend time in the arcade and Ronnie Anne shared similar feelings. “April Fools’ Rules” shows him concerned for Ronnie’s well-being. He takes all of Luan’s pranks. It’s hilarious to watch how this boy deals. As for whether season four will see everyone age a bit, I feel that never happens with these shows. Animations based on comic strips keeps their characters forever young like Ash in Pokemon.
Sometimes the coming of age theme is important to keep the narrative going forward and this rule applies to both series. While Lincoln knows of how important parenting can be, taking care of an egg is quite the responsibility. He believes Ronnie is reckless and doesn’t allow her the chance in “Shell Shock.” This leads to their first real argument. “The Horror-Scope” (The Casagrandes) has Ronnie stating she has no romantic interest in Lincoln.
However, I believe things will change as these two grow up. They obviously enjoy hanging out together. The fact Lincoln has visited her a few times suggests some type of feeling. Even though he was soliciting advice for a friend, nothing is said about him taking Ronnie Ann’s words to use for his own use later. The two are very cute together, and in kept me interested in the series is seeing the two play off each other in Sam and Freddie fashion (iCarly), admitting to not admitting their interest. Just how much this will play in upcoming episodes depends on where new showrunner (former story editor) Michael Rubiner wants to take it.
Recent episodes of The Loud House has deemphasized Lincoln’s plight. It’s been less about him and more about the family. I still watch it. The series is light-hearted John Hughes style comedy that I do not get so see often enough.