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.
Comments on: "Auggie Talk" (4)
The writers have a reason for everything! They are the same great writers as BMW so I’m pretty sure they know what they’re doing! They know what story lines they want and how they want to develop each of the characters and set them up for future seasons!! Plus Girl Meets World is NOT the same as Boy Meets World, sorry people but it’s a whole different story and some aspects of it should not be compared! This show is also meant to be a family show geared towards KIDS and there are probably a lot of kids that like the auggie scenes because it relates to what they are going through. I’m sorry but comparing Morgan and Auggie and how much screen time they should get is ridiculous. There are so many reasons why they should not be compared but I think I’ll just stop here…
I’m sorry but I believe what makes someone a true fan is the ability to engage critically with the things they love. I love both shows despite their imperfections. I don’t have blind faith in the writers because the writers are imperfect human beings.
Girl Meets World is a continuation of Boy Meets World. Of course they will be compared. That’s like saying you shouldn’t compare a movie with its sequel. They also invited comparison by setting Riley up as Cory, Maya as Shawn, Farkle as Minkus, Lucas as Topanga, Cory as Feeny, and yes Auggie as Morgan.
Now you make a good point that the big difference here is that this show is geared more towards kids and therefore kids will connect more with Auggie. Personally I think that is a shame because BMW was a family show meaning it was geared at everyone. Everyone on this podcast watched and loved BMW as a child. We didn’t need long drawn out scenes with Morgan in order to love the show. I think Disney isn’t giving kids enough credit if they feel they need Auggie to have his own plots all the time. I loved Auggie in the eps I mentioned in the post and I wish he’d remain in that role.
All the points Bethany has pointed out are all CORRECT, and just to add to that, Auggie is taking the role of not only Morgan but Eric as well. It seems quite petty to write an entire blog post about how much you dislike Auggie’s role in the show. I mean, honestly, we can all sit around and talk about how GMW is different then BMW, but at the end of the day Auggie is doing TERRIFIC. BMW was also on a different network then GMW is on, and the way this show is being written is not any less a “family” show then BMW was. GMW IS ONLY IN ITS FIRST SEASON! Get over yourself, this show is great without you pointing out how it’s different. I’m sorry, but that’s what GMW has represented and BMW represented as well. Just because you are different doesn’t mean you need to disrespect and bring down others. End of story.
Keith: 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 emphasis 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.