Followers of Ariana Grande can now revisit the pop star’s early days in Hollywood due to Netflix’s acquisition of the 2010-2013 Nickelodeon sequence Victorious.
The singer performed highschool scholar Cat Valentine, who was typically described as proficient but eccentric and candy however frustratingly dumb. The character’s dim-wittedness grew much more irritating on the spin-off Sam & Cat, main viewers to query the writers’ motives.
Why is Cat so dumb and bizarre on ‘Victorious’?
This puzzlement has outlasted the present as evidenced by a 2017 thread on reddit. “In Season 1 and a pair of, [Cat] was a rather well balanced character, being each ditzy and humorous however in a really candy and [lovable] approach, and was simply regular sufficient to be practical,” one commenter defined.
“Season three and four her ditzy facet was actually overplayed, on the fault of the writing quite than Ariana’s appearing,” the critic continued, “and she or he simply misplaced her [lovability], turning right into a mind useless [redhead] quite than a ditzy one. Disgrace actually.”
Issues went from dangerous to worse as soon as Sam & Cat took over, which Billboard blamed on the sitcom’s “decidedly bitter tone.”
As author Andrew Unterberger identified, “It was one factor to see Cat get often beat up in B plots on Victorious, however to see her take it on the chin from the genuinely mean-spirited Sam in the primary plot of practically each episode acquired fairly tough.”
Ariana Grande defended the character following the spin-off’s cancellation.
Whereas viewers have been beginning to get fed up with Cat’s antics, Ariana expressed overwhelming affection for the function after Sam & Cat did not obtain a second season. “After I was youthful, folks liked Cat a lot I used to faux to be extra like her,” the Grammy winner revealed in a 2014 Fb publish.
“I believe that is actually as a result of I love her a lot. Her appreciation for all times and all people she encounters. Her ardour and real pleasure for the little issues that most individuals dread like faculty tasks and work,” Ariana added. “She at all times noticed damaging obstacles as alternatives to make issues good.”
The actress acknowledged that although the character appeared easy and daft, certainly one of her favourite issues about Cat “was that she by no means misplaced her sense of marvel.”
“As we develop up we develop into increasingly jaded and terrified of how we come throughout,” Ariana famous. “Though Cat goes by the identical ridicule as anyone else does rising up, she by no means modified or misplaced her childlike marvel… To me she is definitely so much smarter, stronger, and braver than all the remainder of us.”
To be clear, not everyone seems to be on the Cat-bashing prepare. Numerous Victorious followers have acknowledged on social media that the bubbly redhead is a a lot better character than the present’s major protagonist, Tori Vega (performed by Victoria Justice).
“[Cat] was a extremely likable and relatable character that did not survive solely primarily based off her brother jokes,” one reddit person beforehand remarked. “I do not suppose the writers actually knew what to do along with her, and simply acquired lazy. Which is actually unhappy.”