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“No matter how old you get you never stop meeting the world.” – Ben Savage

Before we begin, I wish to apologize for lack of recaps for Season, between school, the year-long Star Trek event, along with some personal issues, I just didn’t have the time to tackle recapping the season. So with that said…

SEASON 3

So, this season sees the kids and Cory heading to high school, continuing to learn, grow, and expand on the kids friendships. But as the season progresses the kids’ lives change in some significant way. Riley for instance learns that sometimes her welcoming, happy-go-lucky behavior won’t work on everyone, that despite being a good person, you won’t always get your way with certain things. Maya finally has a family now that Shawn finally married Katy, and that her brief period impersonating Riley had more of an effect on her than she and Riley realized, and goes on a trip to rediscover herself, which also lead to Shawn rediscover himself  and realize that he’s in love with Katy. Farkle also get’s some development, during an episode about discovering their heritage and learning that he had a relative who survived the Holocaust, and was more than likely the only one of his family to survive. The only form of development for Lucas was the (godforsaken) love triangle which finally came to an end when Lucas chose Riley, and Maya and Josh decided to “play the Long Game” meaning their gonna wait for each other, and where did all of this happen, at the Ski Lodge, the very same Ski Lodge that nearly destroyed Cory and Topanga (“America’s Sweethearts!”), and who works at the Ski Lodge? a young man named Evan, who just happens to be Lauren’s son. Who’s his father? Unknown. Something surprising for me this season was that Ava got to have a storyline, and it was a great subplot, involving the split of her parents, and Auggie and Topanga (and at one point Maya and Cory) helping her cope with everything. While I enjoyed this, I kinda wished Ava and Maya would’ve interacted a little more, since Maya knows what she’s going through. Aside from helping Ava, Topanga didn’t have much of a subplot until the final episodes where she’s offered a high paying job in London.

The series didn’t see as many returning characters here, the biggest being just Shawn and a one episode appearance by Mr. Feeny, though it’s made up for it in the finale/penultimate episode (more on that shortly) where everyone form Boy Meets World, even the original actor for Josh came back. Though we don’t see all of them interact with one another (there was going to be a scene with Harley and Stuart that got cut). And I’d be completely remissed if I didn’t mention the new opening titles, which was a shot for shot recreation of the BMW (seasons 5-7) opening. As, per usual, the episodes are aired out of order again, this made evident, in the behind the scenes episode, which if you follow the production codes, is the actual series finale. Speaking of the finale, I thought it was very enjoyable, but it felt a little to similar to BMW’s finale, at least till the ending. Though I will admit, I did laugh my ass off at the Morgan scene.

THE SERIES ITSELF

This series was great, I remember when I first heard rumors circulating about a sequel series, I was excited, even if it wasn’t true, the idea of a continuation to Boy Meets World, and the idea of Cory and Topanga passing on what they learned to the next generation, however I was kinda iffy about Disney Channel airing it, as they’re not the best network to handle the things that Boy Meets World was able to tackle in its seven year run, not to mention back when they aired the series they skipped two episodes (an episode about underage drinking and sex and being friends with benefits. Yet they aired the parental abuse episode with no problem, go figure).To put it simply, they love to play it safe. But, I don’t know how they did it, but they manage to tackle parental abandonment, religion, autism, and politics in a way that didn’t involve talking down to audiences. I really hoped that GMW was going to be the show on the Disney Channel to go the distance, to break the “four season limit”, and go on for at least five or six years. But, the higher ups didn’t see it that way. There are varying reasons for why the series was cancelled ranging from lack of merchandising to the show outgrowing and alienating it’s target audience, personally, I think that’s crap. Was I upset when I found out, yes. Was I happy with the ending we got, yeah, but I still think Disney Channel should’ve stopped the whole random episode airing nonsense, and aired World Meets Girl as the actual final episode.

Oh, and if I didn’t mention it someone else will, there are campaigns to keep the series going on Freeform, or streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu of the like. While they showed interests, and the millions of subscribers kept requesting it, the Netflix campaign failed, why? because Disney doesn’t want to give up the rights. Michael Jacobs said he has said he’s working on saving the series, but only time will tell if that’ll work out or not. Personally, I hope it does work out, because the writers aren’t done telling stories about these kids, they haven’t moved on to the next stages of their lives, and we really want to see where they go. So let’s hope we’ll see them again.

REVIEW

Overall, this was an excellent season, and I’ve said before, I’m gonna keep saying it again, this was an outstanding series. Disney were complete fools for letting this show go. I mean, so what if it didn’t have much in merchandising, or that it was starting to outgrow it’s target demographic, THAT WAS THE POINT OF THE SHOWS! Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World, told the story of the trials and tribulations growing up and the things you learn as you grow. It’s like the header said, no matter how old you are, you’ll never stop meeting the world.

Lastly, to Michael Jacobs, April Kelly, Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Peyton Meyer, Corey Fogelmanis, August Maturo, Ava Kolker, Ceci Balagot, Amir Mitchell-Townes, Cheryl Texiera, Uriah Shelton, Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danny McNaulty, Lee Norris, Will Friedle, Anthony Tyler Quinn, Betsy Randle, William Russ, Lilly Nicksay, Lindsay Ridgeway, Trina McGee, Matthew Lawrence, and of course, Mr. William Daniels.

Oh, can’t forget about Darby Walker and Sarah Carpenter.

Thank you all for three great years, let’s hope you’ll all come back again someday. And let’s hope it doesn’t take another 20 years to make it happen. Until that day…

Thunder. Lightning.

Done.

RANK: 5 out of 5

I am going to start recapping a new series soon, and I think you might be surprised what it is. In the meantime, come back when we pay tribute to one of the best shows on Cartoon Network.

2016 is over, and good freaking riddance! The world’s dumbest rich guy became our president. We’ve lost so many people, and apparently, even during the holidays, we still have to keep loosing people. But, there were some positives to this year, I did a year-long celebration of Star Trek, and despite a minor hiccup in September and October, I still consider that a success, I held a marathon of Robotech, tried Ecto Cooler and Crystal Pepsi for the first time ever, and only one of those drinks made me throw up, and I created an Instagram account to show off my artwork.

As mentioned, in the Big Hero 6 review, Marvel Month is tackling the first franchise in outside of animation. The 200th post is coming up soon, and I haven’t made an official decision on what I’m going to cover yet. I was planning on holding a poll on Twitter to see what people want me to cover.

I have plans on doing retrospective series on Digimon, but that’s currently being put on hold until, the final three Adventure Tri movies are released, and the new series, Appli Monsters has ended. As for movie reviews, I plan on reviewing Rogue One following this post in honor of Carrie Fisher’s passing. Next up, is Ranger Spotlight, I’ve been meaning to give my thoughts of the trailer for the new movie. And of course go over some of my favorite team-ups from the both Power Rangers and Super Sentai. Since my first interview was a success, I’m working on scoring another one soon.

So, with that said, Happy New Year folks, let’s hope and pray that 2017 will be better than 2016.

Keep a look out for the Rogue One review.

Later.

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So, what have we learned?

When Boy Meets World started it’s second season, the writers knew that the characters needed to grow up, and just like its predecessor, Season 2 of Girl Meets World sees the kids at the cusp of growing up. Starting with Season 2, the show started to take bigger risks with its storylines, while examining more serious subject matter. At the same time. Some storylines worked, others not so much, but Season 2 nevertheless broke new ground.

However, the season still has its issues. While the season was starting to cut back on the cheesy Disney Channel moments, there were plenty of that, mostly from Auggie’s subplots, and the crossover episode with Best Friends Whenever come to mind. The big issue I had this season was the love triangle between Riley, Maya and Lucas, which, I really, really didn’t want the show to go this route. They even introduced red herring Charlie Gardner as a way to help Riley get over Lucas. The Texas Trilogy could have easily settled the issue then and there, but dragged it out into a “will they, won’t they” this. Thankfully (as mentioned in the last recap) this will be resolved soon in Season 3. Really, the ones I felt bad for was Farkle and Zay, who had to witness this whole thing unfold. Hell, so far in Season 3, they’re motivation is trying to end this, as they and the writers know this is getting old.

Oh, and as I expected, Disney Channel is still airing episodes out of order. I know they’re never gonna read this, but Disney Channel, continuity is your friend, it helps people easily follow the story of the show.

Unnecessary plots aside, there were plenty of storylines that didn’t make Season 2 outright unwatchable. Farkle, for instance, really came into his own this year with episodes like “I Am Farkle” and “Money,” which progressed his character in realistic and relatable ways. And when Riley, Maya and Lucas weren’t obsessing over who liked who, they too had standout storylines in “Yearbook,” “The Forgiveness Project” and “The Secret Of Life,” respectively.

Season 2 also featured some great Boy Meets World tie-ins, like “Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington”, “Hurricane”, “Semi-Formal”, and “Pluto”. There were fewer of these callbacks than last year, but ultimately I think that was for the best, as this season was about developing the five main kids for both the good and the bad.

Overall, aside from doing the most cliched of storylines in screenwriting, it was an excellent season, and is really coming into its own.

Now, a while back, I mentioned weather or not I was going to keep going with the recaps, I’m afraid I’m stopping for the time being, things have been a bit hectic lately, aside from school, I’m also looking for a new job. So, for the time being I’ll just be watching the show, I hope you’ll all understand.

In the meantime, come next time when Dead Television returns, with a very obscure Nicktoon.

Cory's last lesson before Rip Hunter whisks the four away.

Cory’s last lesson before Rip Hunter whisks the four away.

PILOT

Riley and Maya sit at the window and ask each other if they how much they like Lucas. Shortly after, Lucas joins Riley and Maya to deliver a prepared speech about their love triangle with the help of index cards. In the end, what does Lucas want? For nothing bad to happen between them. I want to say good luck to him, but also these kids are insanely mature when it comes to their emotions, so who knows what is going to happen.

Later, Cory and Topanga explain to Riley that life will always get harder, and that the love triangle is only getting worse because no one is talking about their feelings anymore. Maya and Riley both think that Cory hasn’t taught them enough. “Dad, you’re more than a teacher, you’re like a father to me,” Riley explains, delivering my favorite line of the episode. Lucas arrives to make his final decision: he’s going to stop the love triangle in its tracks and they’re all just going to be friends. In essence, he chooses himself.

Back in Cory’s classroom, we see the immediately effects of Lucas’s choice. Maya is lying across two desks and moping, Lucas is facing the back of the classroom, and Riley has her face smashed against a window. “We value our friendship too much to look at one another,” Lucas explains. Cory makes them go back to their usual seats, then gives them their last assignment: they have to figure out what they’re giving back to their school.

Later, Riley says that she’s not ready to leave middle school yet. “We were kings, Matthews,” she says to Cory, echoing him and Shawn. They’re joined by Maya, Farkle and Lucas for one last lesson. Cory runs through a few key lessons from the show thus far: “People change people”, “your biggest allies are the people around you”, and “you can tell your friends anything”. Cory instructs them to live their lives and face whatever is coming next.

The kids have two surprises for their graduation day. The first is a friendship bench that features art pieces from all four of them. As for their class prank, they’re stealing Cory, by getting him a different job way. Thanks to a phone call to Mr. Turner and a petition signed by all the parrents, Cory gets a promotion to be the kids’ high school teacher.

After the party, Riley, Maya and Lucas sitting at the window and contemplating the state of their love triangle. Riley and Maya both still have feelings for him, but Lucas doesn’t want anyone to get hurt.

And the adventure continues….

REVIEW

The episode was OK, while the gang’s goodbye to middle school, the bench dedication and Cory’s promotion was well acted, but the episode’s actual plot about leaving a legacy, and moving on to the next phase of life was completely overshadowed by the triangle. Thankfully, according to the writers during the Q/A, this subplot will be end soon. Overall, aside from the love triangle taking over the episode, this was at best an average finale, and actually felt like a finale, unlike Season 1.

Next, we look at the season overall.

Window

This post is dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL.

PLOT

At the bay window, Riley asks Maya’s permission to tear down the bay window. Maya is upset and can’t imagine life without her sanctuary. “‘Change fills my pockets with pennies of uncertainty,’” Maya quotes, using Riley’s own words to reason with her. Riley won’t be swayed; she wants to get ahead of the life changes they’ll face in high school by changing her room.

Farkle joins them for this first walk down flashback, where they recount how he saved Riley’s life. Young Riley nearly drowns bobbing for apples, as she thinks she has to stay underwater until she gets one. Young Maya wants her to lift her head on her own, but Young Farkle (who used to wear glasses, like Stuart) pulls her up. He pledges to love them both the same.

Lucas shows up to express his feelings. “I know this place has a lot of meaning to you both, and you both are special to me…in ways you’ll eventually tell me,” he explains. He laments not growing up with them, so Riley and Maya use a musical number to change the past. Present-day Lucas ends up surrounded by the young version of Riley and Maya, since that is the only way they’ve known him.

Later, The Matthews aren’t thrilled about Riley tearing apart her room, but they eventually agree with her decision. “When you get too comfortable, there’s no room to grow,” they explain. Another flashback shows Young Riley upset that the arrival of her brother, Auggie will change her family’s dynamic. Maya insists that it will be okay because they all love each other, leading her to explain that her father has left. This was the moment where Maya determined that change is bad. Maya (who’s crying at this point), getting even more upset that high school will change everything. The boys insist that they will always be there, while Riley says that she is Maya’s safe place, not the bay window.

In a another flashback, Young Riley is singing at the bay window when Young Maya hops in for the first time. She wants to get away from her parents’ yelling, while Young Riley just wants someone to sit with her. They instantly declare themselves best friends.

Riley and Maya meet Young Riley and Maya. “We wanted to visit you and spend times with you before things change,” they explain, both fighting tears. The four of them meet young adult versions of themselves. YA Maya is moving to SoHo, which freaks YA Riley out. They agree to take their memories with them. The episode ends with Riley and Maya putting the finishing touches on the updated bay window and reaffirming that they’ll always be together.

REVIEW

This was a bit of a mixed bag, while it was very touching and it was nice to see how the girls met (and how they met Farkle), the flashbacks would felt a little slow at times, and the story seemed a little exaggerated. However, the girls were outstanding, as were their younger and older counterparts. And the glimpse of the future was very well shot. Overall, while it wasn’t the best episode, it still had its moments.

Next time, we finally finish Season 2, but first we revisit some heroes in a half-shell.

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LOOK OUT! It's the one-armed man!

LOOK OUT! It’s the one-armed man!

PLOT

Some time before Yearbook (thanks Disney Channel!), Cory is explaining communism to the class. Riley loves the idea of everyone sharing, ignoring Cory when he says that it means no one is more or less successful than anyone else. Riley and Maya declare themselves communists.

After the intro, Auggie is bored, so Topanga suggests piano lessons. Auggie isn’t into the idea of working hard, but Topanga says he’s going to have to work to discover himself.

While Topanga is relieved that Riley is a communist and not a mime, but she’s not too thrilled about the fact that Riley thinks John Lennon is the president of communism. Riley realizes that she’s going to need a pretty powerful lawyer to help with the Maya/Farkle situation, Topanga might just be that lawyer.

The next day, the JQA Honor Board, assembe in the classroom, Riley calls Topanga in to the hearing. She has Riley, Maya and Farkle act out the cheating incident, revealing that Riley was an accomplice as well. Riley is uncomfortable when she realizes that Maya is adopting Farkle’s mannerisms, giving her the first hint that communism might not be right for her.

Auggie shows up to school with a suit and his new lawyer swagger. He offers representation to Frankie, who is about to be in trouble for pushing Dominic off a swing. Auggie accidentally rats him out to their teacher. Ava and her friend dress Auggie like Topanga to hide him from Frankie.

The next day, The rest of the kids have built a wall around Riley, Maya and Farkle to contain the communism. Cory gives out some test scores, Lucas and Zay got 100 percent, as did the communists, but he divided them by three so each get a C. Maya defects from communism first, she wants to do well because she does well. Riley puts her hand over her heart and stares at the flag. Cory says he’s proud of her.

Back  at the apartment, while Cory and Topanga talk about the kids, Auggie returns to the apartment (still in drag), saying that he’ll give piano lessons a try. Cory and Topanga agree to deal with it tomorrow.

REVIEW

This episode was fine, but it felt more like a Season 1 episode. I like that the episode dealt with democracy and communism and did an  good job teaching the lesson. The Auggie B-plot was… the usual not very good, but I will admit I did laugh when he dressed as Topanga (following in his father and uncle Eric’s footsteps). Overall, despite being okay, it was a decent episode, and Danielle Fishel did a great job directing, let’s hop she get’s to do it again.

Next time we learn how Riley and Maya became friends.

On a more serious note let’s keep the family and friends of Christina Grimmie in our thoughts, and if you can donate to the Grimmie family’s Go Fund Me page please click here to do so.

In memory of Christina Grimmie (1994-2016)

Seriously, what is with Disney Channel referencing Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany's? This is the third time I've seen this on Disney.

Seriously, what is with Disney Channel referencing Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany’s? This is like the third time I’ve seen this on the Disney Channel.

PLOT

The episode opens with Cory’s lesson on Money “paper we put our faith in.” While Cory explains the lesson. Stuart arrives to inform his son that they’re no longer rich thanks to an ill-advised investment, and has a mental breakdown in front of Cory.

After the intro, Auggie asking for his allowance. When Cory offers to pay him, Auggie turns him down, as Topanga makes more money than he does.

Later in Maya’s room, Farkle asks Maya for lessons on how to be poor. Maya shares her most important lesson with him: “I don’t really have much, but I try to appreciate what I do have.” Farkle is very fascinated by Maya’s ability to see and interact with her neighbors.

The next day, Cory has a new secret of life to share with the kids: kindness and charity change people. Their assignment is to think about who they would help if they had money and how. Stuart enters the classroom to announce that their money situation has been saved, but Farkle is humiliated by their excess of riches. Later, he talks to his father about giving up their money, since they have too much stuff and never see each other, asking Stuart “What good is what we have if what we have keeps us apart?”

Much later, Auggie apologizes to Cory for making him feel bad about his salary. The Parents Matthews assure him that both of them have the same value regardless of the difference in salary. Topanga’s lawyer job isn’t more important that Cory’s teacher job — both of them are in their chosen fields to help people.

The next day, Stuart takes his son’s request to heart and meets with Cory and Topanga about setting up the Minkus Family Foundation. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is at Topanga’s to help them choose the person who would benefit the most from the money. After Lucas and Riley fail to impress him, Maya spells out her plan: “I’m going to get an education from him, and I’m going to earn my own money and one day I’ll be in a place with good walls and a good roof…if I have enough, I’ll fix someone else’s roof.” Stuart grants Maya the money on the condition that she do something with it, and to not let it sit there.

Later, the kids seem to be hanging out in Maya’s room, but are actually in Farkle’s room with model of Maya’s room built in the middle of the room. While Riley’s singing a song about zombies, Farkle and Maya are watching her neighbors walk by via webcam.

REVIEW

This was an OK episode, the lesson was outstanding. but the first 15 minutes kinda rubbed me the wrong way, especially with Farkle asking Maya to help him be poor, I don’t know that just seemed a little rude. Lee Norris was wonderful and very touching as Stuart, as usual, and Mark Cuban was hilarious. Overall, while the episode started off a bit weak, it still had heart.

Next time, Danielle Fishel takes over the directors chair, in a story about communism.