Starring: Corbin Bleu, Hallee Hirsh, and Kristy Wu
Released: October 1 to November 5, 2005 (TV premiere) / June 5, 2007 (DVD)
Review: I had high hopes for this series. Being the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon fan that I am, live-action "kiddie" shows like this always pique my interest, especially when people from one or both of those networks are involved. Unfortunately, this first "volume"--which is nothing more than the first four episodes edited into a movie--falls flat. Though the acting and production values are great and the story is interesting enough, it just doesn't have that attention-grabbing factor that I've seen with other television shows intended for the younger set. If you're an avid fan of the show, you probably already have all the DVDs; if you've never watched it, but really want to, get this first volume from the library before plunking down hard-earned cash on an entire season set.
Content Concerns: Some of the girls wear low-cut tops and/or short shorts; one girl is seen in a bikini twice. Shirtless guys are also seen. Violent content involves a plane crashing--obviously--and a kid getting hurt after a bad landing. (He recovers.) The scene where a girl gets leeches on her legs could freak some kids out. A lack of closed captions or any sort of subtitles or dubbing makes this inaccessible for those who are hard-of-hearing or don't speak English.