Anonymous asked: Your thoughts on the Boy Meets World reunion show?
Thank you for asking, ANON. I would say my thoughts about Girl Meets World are Complicated with a Side of Cautiously Optimistic.
There are obvious things to love about it. This time around we get the lens of a girl instead of a boy, which is the best, and so far I like Rowan Blanchard/Riley Matthews a lot. And I love love love that we have a bunch of familiar faces—Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage obviously, but also always great to see Trina McGee/Angela, even if she has to make do with the always iffy role of Mysteriously Wise Older Black Woman. And I’m a Will Friedle superfan so I’m very into the new take on Eric—it seems like his experience in the war broke something deep inside him, but he’s emerged with a new maturity that looks really good on him.
What else. I LOVE that right off the bat there was a blink-and-miss-it reference to the Two Morgans thing, sort of hinting that Yes, there were two sisters, and not only that but there was a REASON there were two Morgans. That’s a really interesting retcon and I can’t wait to see how it plays into the larger mythology of the GMW universe.
I would definitely say the time jumps are very jarring at first. Clearly by going back and forth in time they’re going to ultimately show us how the relatively safe, pristine world of Boy Meets World turned into the chaotic post-apocalyptic nightmare of Girl Meets World, but I definitely have had to rewind and watch scenes over in order to really understand what’s going on.
(And honestly none of it made ANY sense to me at all until I went back and watched some the original BMW episodes that are referenced in GMW. Like watching the karaoke scene from S06x12 of BMW, when Shawn and Angela are trying to date other people, and I noticed Riley flickering in and out of view in the background, I nearly LOST MY GOD DAMNED MIND.)
So there’s a lot of really interesting stuff happening, but I also have some lingering concerns that I kind of want to see addressed before I pass final judgment. I’m probably not the only person who’s noticed a few clues that Feeney is still alive but somehow no longer human? What is that about? And the look that passes between Cory and Topanga when Rowan shows up wearing the leather jacket she found in the attic and it is CLEARLY Shawn’s jacket. WHAT WAS THAT. WHERE IS SHAWN AND WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT HIM.
I’m a little worried that Girl Meets World is trying too hard to be a mashup of Orphan Black and Terminator, but on the other hand I’m excited that the showrunners are clearly wanting to take some of the core elements of the BMW universe and do something really novel with them. So we’ll see! Like I say, cautiously optimistic.