Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume One
by Laura Tucker
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Every generation has its teen idols. Nickelodeon tapped into an old formula to create their newest teen idols. The 1960s brought teenagers The Monkees, a music group created from a group of actors with musical ability, and created a whole genre of well-loved music. While Nickelodeon hasn’t quite found the same success with the music of Big Time Rush just yet, they’ve definitely tapped into the same formula.
Teenage girls in the 1960s had crushes on Davy Jones, and teenage girls in this decade have crushes on James Maslow. Just as The Monkees was comprised of Jones, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, and Mickey Dolenz, Big Time Rush has its own group of talented actor/singers.
Maslow is part of the Big Time Rush group along with Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena Jr., and Logan Henderson. In the show, their characters were all friends on a hockey team in Minnesota, then get plucked out of obscurity and sent to California to become a hit music group. This creates both the drama and comedy for the boys as they have to figure out how to now be big time stars in a world where nearly every one around them is a star or trying to be one.
Much of Big Time Rush becomes slapstick in the very same way that The Monkees did, complete with chasing girls around and stumbling over things. That adds to a lot of the fun, but what teenage girls enjoy most are the four guys themselves. In this day and age of social networking, they’re even more accessible. Gone are the days of getting out the spiral notebook and writing a fan letter. Now girls can access these four guys on Facebook (my daughter has a daily habit of visiting Maslow’s Facebook page).
Luckily for these young girls, Nickelodeon has just released Season One, Volume One of the series on DVD. Now they can erase the episodes they’ve been saving on the DVR to watch over and over. They can get the same from this two-disc DVD set that includes the first eleven episodes of the series (with Nicole Scherzinger, Chris Masters, Erik Estrada, and Lorenzo Lamas as guest stars), along with a bonus episode that includes trivia throughout. Also included on the DVD set is a digital version of a flip book.
Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume One will be released on DVD on March 29, 2011 for a suggested retail price of $16.99.