Post by Butterscotch on Sept 26, 2014 14:16:07 GMT -5
I finally watched an episode a little bit ago. Considering all the hype leading up to the show, it's flown under my radar since it stated airing.
The ep I watched was okay. It had some neat callbacks to the original series. The show's tone seems to kind of a mix between the original series and modern Disney shows and it felt a little off. I'd probably wstch it again, to get a better feel for it
I've watched an episode myself, the second to be exact (I'd intended on watching the pilot but youtube didn't seem to have it). Let me make clear right away that I had NOT gone in looking to bash it as I'm about to, I'd really wanted to like it but it let me down.
Cory and Tupenga are exactly as we remember them which is a huge highlight. The fact that all this time apart didn't effect the chemistry between these actors is amazing, however there are areas where that wasn't exactly appropriate considering they are supposed to responsible adults now and are parents. They alone got all the laughs from me.
The daughter has a lot of the younger Cory we all grew up with in her and is well cast for her appearance; she is a perfect likeness of Ben and Danielle. His hair and eyebrow color as well as eyebrow thickness and her face and facial feature shapes. The younger brother was well chosen as well; Ben's curly hair with Danielle's color and a lot of Ben in his face. At the same time however she is a bit ridiculously unintelligent. The Maya character definitely carries her.
The acting is by far the poorest I've ever seen, almost every line spoken by the school kids couldn't have been delivered in a more fake manner. Even the five year old younger brother was more believable. The Maya character stands out as the most skilled in the cast and the most mature of the characters.
There was also a very unrealistic atmosphere in the way the students were able to talk in typical volume during class. That's one flaw with Cory, he doesn't make an effort to keep his students in line and there was the one chick just walking right out of detention but the whole detention thing was heavily implied to be a set up so I can give that a pass. Overall though he'd come off to me here as a terrible teacher and very unprofessional. Which is what I was referring to when I'd said that the original Cory we all grew up with isn't always appropriate in this series.
I didn't see a moral here as there always was in BMW, I did however see an attempt at one at in this particular episode. There was a don't be in a hurry to grow up theme which is valid and something about the importance of friendships but none of it was well displayed. The fact that I, and at 27 didn't receive the friendship message speaks strongly of their lack of execution.
Though I'm not too motivated, part of me wants to give it a few more episodes since I've learned not to judge based on too little content.
I truly am disappointed that it didn't impress me more as I'd granted it a bit of my faith during the anticipation period but this isn't exactly unexpected. If however other classic characters such as Eric or Shawn ever plan on making an appearance I am totally watching that.
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Post by Butterscotch on Dec 6, 2014 13:14:40 GMT -5
Did anyone catch the new episode with Cory's family and Shawn visiting for Christmas? It was neat seeing everyone. I thought Cory's younger brother should be a little older than he seemed? Did they mention Eric or Morgan at all?
Also, where is GMW set? I've only seen two episodes, and kind of got the impression that it's set in New York, but I also got the impression that Girl Meets World was trying to say that Boy Meets World was also set in NYC and I'm like 95% sure it was set in Philly? Am I misunderstanding something or did they retcon the first series?
Post by Butterscotch on Dec 6, 2014 13:27:39 GMT -5
Never mind, I Googled it myself. I'd forgotten that Cory, Topanga, Shawn and Eric all moved to NYC in the BMW finale. I thought Cory was teaching at the same school, but apparently he teaches at John Quincy Adams high, not John Adams high. That's pretty cute, actually. And Cory's younger brother is 17, which makes his flirting with Maya kind of icky.
^Haha Butters. I don't know how old Maya is but I'm pretty sure she's young enough for it to be icky indeed.
I just happened across one episode. Didn't know anything about it before but was just super excited to see Cory and Topanga back together! Even if everything else was weird. It was all pretty unrealistic, but they tried to keep the same feel as the original BMW. I thought it was interesting how the daughter was like Cory with a friend like Sean and there's even a Minkis (??)- type kid in the class. This is all based off of one 20 minute observation. So um yeah it's not like I'll be watching this with a lot of intent in the future but I give it an A for effort. Nothing could truly replicate BMW, and this definitely does have a modern-Disneychannel-feel, but whatever. I was pleased to see Mark Jacob's name in the credits. Is he still working on it or do they just use his name for historical reference haha?
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