Welcome to a special Halloween episode of Kids Get Acquainted with the Internet, a podcast about the TV shows Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World. In this episode Dan, Keith, and Caitlin do something a little different. We start out by discussing Boy Meets World season 5 episode 17 entitled “And Then There Was Shawn,” but the majority of this podcast is dedicated to special table reading of an early draft of the script that we found for that episode. The version is quite different from what ended up airing so we thought it would be fun to make a little radio show out of it. Each of us plays multiple parts so feel free to follow along with the script as you listen. It can be found here. Please send any feedback our way at gmwpodcast@ or review us on iTunes. The intro music for this week’s podcast is the theme from the movie “Scream.” Thanks for listening! PlayPodcast
Archive for October, 2014
Welcome to episode 13 of Kids Get Acquainted with the Internet, a podcast about the TV shows Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World. In this episode Dan, Keith, and Caitlin have an in-depth discussion of the 13th episode of Girl Meets World entitled Girl Meets Flaws. We discuss the pros and cons of Girl Meets World and how it compares to the original series. Please send any feedback our way at gmwpodcast@ or review us on iTunes. The music for this week’s podcast includes “Mean” by Taylor Swift and “Cool Kids” by Echosmith. Thanks for listening! PlayPodcast
Welcome to episode 12 of Kids Get Acquainted with the Internet, a podcast about the TV shows Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World. In this episode Dan, Keith, and Caitlin have an in-depth discussion of the 12th episode of Girl Meets World entitled Girl Meets The Forgotten as well as the 4th episode of season four of Boy Meets World entitled Fishing for Virna. We discuss the pros and cons of Girl Meets World and how it compares to the original series. Please send any feedback our way at gmwpodcast@ or review us on iTunes. The music for this week’s podcast comes from the show and Blues Clues. Thanks for listening! PlayPodcast
We on the “Kids Get Acquainted With The Internet” Podcast try to have a discourse rather than blind faith fanboy/girling over the show. We want to critique it objectively in a way that allows us to look at it and suggest ways to better it over time. We respect the show enough to put it through this type of scrutiny and we believe the fans deserve the best. We are taking into account the social responsibility of the show in an ever-changing world, formal elements, drama, humor, and overall aesthetic qualities rather than regurgitating nice points to an audience that already agrees with us in order to reaffirm beliefs and validate both them and ourselves as fans. Expressing a formal issue with the craft of writing and producing television is not attacking the actor, nor his fans. It is identifying weaknesses to be improved on within the structure of show. Discussing strengths and weaknesses of the use of a character as it works into the grand scheme of show and its intentions is extremely valid and not at all petty. It is critical analysis. I would also emphasize that critical does not mean negative as some of is more modern connotations would imply. It means taking a stance which involves the removal of dogma and bias and relies on careful observation and working things out logically on a formal level.
We are a podcast. The whole point is to have an intelligent discussion to compare and contrast the two shows in regards to their cultural contexts. It is a discussion; we are three people; we don’t always agree. We all have various backgrounds and significant educations that entitle us to at least some decent amount of validity in approaching these topics. We read tweets and emails from listeners to allow them to weigh in their own opinions and thoughts in regards to what we have said. I would invite you to read the material released on the blog and on twitter a little more carefully, perhaps a little more critically, and refrain from misconstruing and misrepresenting our feelings. We have made no personal attacks but have received a few. This is unfortunate and heightens the need for discourse like this in such a setting as twitter where reactions, impulses, and impressions are formed quickly and quite often very uncritically.
Today we tweeted “S1 Morgan scenes are how Auggie should be handled. Shorter scenes where the kid is in more of a supporting role” and after we got a few responses we decided that we should explain our feelings in more detail.
We think it’s difficult, but not impossible, to write good drama with a five year old character. Great drama is at the root of great comedy. Auggie is a fun character and has worked really well in a supporting role in episodes like Girl Meets Maya’s Mother, Girl Meets Father, and Girl Meets the Truth. Overall, however, we don’t think he has had any real drama when he has taken the lead in his own plotline, and his scenes have gone on too long taking away from stories about Maya and Riley. In Girl Meets World of Terror we felt that the Auggie plotline was by far the weakest of the 3 stories. Though it had its strong points most of our listeners agreed with us that it went on too long and that they would have prefered a story about Lucas’s fears. Also, it is easy to disconnect from Auggie scenes when they play up his young age, such as holding up his hand to show how old he is repeatedly, or when he starts shrieking in a shouting match with the monster in GMWoT. Things like this can make his character feel very stereotyped and his scenes contrived. Overall it feels like they are pushing too hard to capture a “cute factor” and it detracts from the main plotline of the episode when this takes over. In addition much of the writing for his character seems forced and unrealistic (ie. him concerned about Ava’s affections); they serve as a placeholder for sentiments that do not originate from within the character, but rather from projected ideas rooted in the expectation of a stereotyped character. Season 1 Morgan was also used as a “cute factor” but not quite as bluntly and also did not hinder the progression of other characters in the way that Topanga then gets trapped into dealing almost only with Auggie in scenes that share the same central themes and structure.
A lot of our favorite moments of BMW were the ones that really hit you in the gut and were great character and drama moments. In season 1 of BMW Morgan had moments like this, such as when she broke the window in “Risky Business” and was worried she was going to be in trouble. This led to a great moment where Cory was worried for her safety, then took the blame for her, and was a great big brother. Morgan’s role, however, did not take over the whole episode and she was only in short, small scenes. None of this is to say we don’t like August Maturo, or that he hasn’t grown as an actor, but in our opinions he is just better utilized as a supporting character at this point in the series.
Welcome to episode 11 of Kids Get Acquainted with the Internet, a podcast about the TV shows Girl Meets World and Boy Meets World. In this episode Dan, Keith, and Caitlin have an in-depth discussion of the 11th episode of Girl Meets World entitled Girl Meets World of Terror as well as the 6th episode of season two of Boy Meets World entitled Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf. We discuss the pros and cons of Girl Meets World and how it compares to the original series. Please send any feedback our way at gmwpodcast@ or review us on iTunes. The music for this week’s podcast includes “Terror Time Again” from Scooby Doo on Zombie Island and “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon. Thanks for listening! PlayPodcast