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Class Dismissed

The following is a guest blog post by Jeremy Pape. If you’re interested in contributing to this blog contact us with your ideas and we’ll look them over.

BACK ROW: RIDER STRONG, CHERYL TEXIERA, DANNY MCNULTY, WILLIAM RUSS, BETSY RANDLE, LEE NORRIS, WILL FRIEDLE, ANTHONY TYLER QUINN; FRONT ROW: AUGUST MATURO, DANIELLE FISHEL, SABRINA CARPENTER, ROWAN BLANCHARD, WILLIAM DANIELS, BEN SAVAGE, URIAH SHELTON, LILY NICKSAY, LINDSAY RIDGEWAY, MICHAEL JACOBS

The news of Girl Meets World’s cancellation is bittersweet. On the one hand, the idea we now permanently say goodbye to the Matthews family dynasty is like a warm, familiar, blanket being torn in the washer.

On the other hand, I think many of us have been in various stages of accepting this fate for a while. What once held great promise soon dissolved into unmet potential.

As I have been considering this post for some time, many thoughts have come to mind. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. However, this show never really “met” the demographic where they were at.

Today’s “tween” is, by and large, obsessed with social media. This was a topic sometimes discussed on GMW. When they did this, infrequent as it was, they mostly hit the mark. Yet, at the core of the show’s universe is a sort of 1950s style value system. There are many positives to gain from that mentality. In this regard, see “Girl Meets The Forgotten”, an episode that, while not perfect, certainly embodied the spirit of its predecessor. As time went on, the show got away from expressing these messages.

Everyone may blame Disney for that, and that’s fair to an extent. After all, Disney came to Michael Jacobs, so they rightfully had control of the series. Truthfully it’s a tricky business writing specifically for that tween audience, those who are just finding themselves and refining their worldview. The original series was labeled a “family” show, which meant that while kids and tweens certainly made up a large part of the audience, the intent wasn’t to write for them. This could explain the difference in the shows.

Another point of interest worth examining is who the audience was paying attention to. All of the actors in the show are very talented, and their perspectives diverse. Sabrina is a fabulous singer, and has been promoting her music (and doing a fantastic job of it!). Rowan’s contributions in the world of feminism and culture seem to get more of a mixed reaction. I’m not talking about disagreeing with her stances. That is something that is understandable. What I mean is that on her social media, you’d see people commenting stuff like “stick to acting” or some teenage viewers with no idea what she is trying to talk about. This is a problem. I believe this show didn’t teach enough about racism/bigotry and general prejudice. Numerous pertinent issues were left untouched. Personally, I learned many of those lessons by watching Boy Meets World, so I know the capabilities of the writers. We’ll never know why that avenue was left largely unexplored.

There are many things I will miss about the Meets World universe, but what I think I will miss the most about GMW is the interactions I have had with many of the people reading this. My hope is that the show influenced today’s younger viewers in a positive way. With luck, that influence will spur them to put something creative and kind out into the world.

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I Love The Feeny Call (And Meeting The Man Behind It)

The following is a guest blog post by Gemma. If you’re interested in contributing to this blog contact us with your ideas and we’ll look them over.

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On March 20th 2016 I had the pleasure of meeting Will Friedle at Toronto ComiCon, and this experience is going to make what I intend to write here infinitely harder, but I need to get it off my chest. Let me first explain why it’ll be so hard.

I woke up that morning, the last day of Toronto ComiCon, cautiously optimistic and nervous. The only experience before this I’ve had meeting a celebrity was in 2013 when I paid a disconcerting amount of money for a meet and greet experience with the Backstreet Boys (who I’ve been a fan of for just as long as I’ve been a fan of Boy Meets World so, let me live). Perfectly cordial bunch of guys, but it was very clear that they were the celebrities and I was the “fan”.

No one Will Friedle meets at a Con is just a “fan”. In my own experience: Will’s demeanour made my nervousness vanish, his immediate recognition of the film reference on my t-shirt almost made me black out and a comment he made about me having a great superhero name made me feel like one (when Batman says you have a great superhero name you DO NOT OBJECT). I don’t think Will would know how to behave like a celebrity if The Kardashians tied him to a chair and brainwashed the conduct into him. There were maybe five people in line in front of me (TIP: Go to these things right when they open, you breeze through lineups and all the food’s just being made so everything smells like pizza) so I could hear interactions Will was having with others and this is a guy who’s never met a stranger. Will’s so nice he could hide in plain sight up here and no one would know he’s not Canadian. (more…)

Four Storytelling Problems Girl Meets World Needs to Fix in Season 3

The following is a guest blog post by Josh Taylor (of the late The Girl Meets World Podcast). If you’re interested in contributing to this blog contact us with your ideas and we’ll look them over. Take it away Josh!

Two seasons in, and I have a love/hate relationship with Girl Meets World.

I love how funny it is, I love the chemistry of the actors, and I love having the universe of Boy Meets World back on television. Most importantly, almost every episode of Girl Meets World has at least one or two genuinely great moments that keep me hooked.

With that said, I have grown increasingly frustrated with it over the duration of season 2. I keep expecting the show to move past its awkward stage and begin moving into maturity, and while there have been a few glimpses of this growth throughout the season, by and large, Girl Meets World still has the same storytelling problems it had in season 1.

As of the writing of this article, the most recently aired new episode of the show is Season 2, Episode 29 “Girl Meets Bay Window.” I will be referring to this episode specifically throughout this post because it is a prime example of the storytelling issues that make Girl Meets World so hit-or-miss for me. (more…)

Ho Ho, Is That The Stupid Idea Train Coming ‘Round The Bend?

1The following is a guest blog post by Gemma. If you’re interested in contributing to this blog contact us with your ideas and we’ll look them over.

*I apologize if the following contains any misspellings of Mr. Feeny’s name to “Weeny”. Any such occurrences are completely accidental.

If Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World are supposed to be reflections of real life it needs to be acknowledged that in real life people in their 80s are typically at the end of life. George Feeny is at the end of his life. It’s not something to be sad about, death is as much a part of life as first crushes, school or marriage is. Those are all topics both Boy and Girl have covered and in fact the latter has already handled a character’s death with Mrs. Svorski, so I think they can do it again. Stupid idea? Everybody lost their collective heads when they thought Mr. Feeny was a ghost in Girl’s Pilot. Well… (more…)

Guest Blog: My Love–Hate Relationship with Maya Hart

The following is a guest blog written by Erin (AKA @PerfectlyAwry on Twitter). As with all our guest blogs, we don’t necessarily agree with all of her points, but we think it’s important to share a variety of perspectives. If you’d like to write a guest post, send us an email at gmwpodcast@gmail.com and we’ll look over what you have. Thanks Erin!

This post originated as an email that I sent to the KGAWI crew after “Girl Meets Texas,” regarding my ever-growing issue with Maya Hart. Then, “Girl Meets Forgiveness” aired and I realized that my relationship with this fictional character is somewhat complicated.

This may not be the most popular opinion, but I’m willing to take the heat, so here it goes… I definitely have a love-hate relationship with Maya Hart.

“Forgiveness” touched me. I even teared up a little bit at the end when Maya couldn’t forgive her father but learned to forgive herself. We all have things in our lives that we need to forgive ourselves for. Some of these things are small and seemingly insignificant, things that we should have forgiven ourselves (or others) for a long time ago, but other things are bigger, secrets that we keep, things we don’t talk about, things that hurt us to our core.

While I don’t have a father who abandoned me, Maya’s story touched and I felt for her. I understood why she couldn’t just let go of the pain that she’d felt for the majority of her life. That’s where my love for Maya comes in. These are the times that I see her most genuine and true. I root for her when she’s a strong, kick-ass teenager who defends herself and the people around her. When her feelings are real, I love her and want her to find happiness, but over the course of season two, I’m found myself more frustrated with her than anything else.  (more…)

Hey Our Friends Were Worried About Something, So Let’s Learn About It

IMG_3394.GIFThe following is a guest blog post by Gemma and Nan.  If you’re interested in contributing to this blog contact us with your ideas and we’ll look them over. 

The Merriam Online Dictionary says that a “friend” is… never mind. If the Girl Meets World episode Girl Meets I Am Farkle taught me anything it’s that labels and definitions are just words. They’re helpful when learning about something but they tend to shortchange the meaning of the words or in Farkle’s case, be wrong. I prefer to define words by my personal experiences with them when I can. To me, chiefly, a friend is someone who is always there for me and tells me what I need to hear, whether that friend is a real person or not.

That’s why I choose to consider the characters of Boy Meets World my friends. I invited them into my home and we hung out every Friday night for over two years (I started watching the show in October 1997) and they taught me the importance of education when I was apathetic towards it, friendship when I didn’t believe in it, and family when I wanted to rebel against it. Now I invite them and their families in again when I watch Girl, and new friendships are forming. Continuing to watch Boy as it exists in syndication has made stronger my appreciation for not only the characters but the actors & actresses who play them, so my pool of friends deepens as they are added to it.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day and recently I found out that a few particular friends have been on a journey with their mental health. That and seeing the kids research Asperger’s Syndrome in Girl Meets I Am Farkle has inspired me, with the expertise of my fellow blogger Nan (a licensed mental health counsellor in Jacksonville, Florida), to learn more about what my friends have dealt with. One’s mental health can be affected by many different conditions but henceforth Nan will be delving into Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.  (more…)

Guest Blog: I’d like for Girl Meets World to Adopt Tommy Please

Let me take you back to July 10th 2015 at approximately 8:45pm ET during the Girl Meets World episode Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington. Eric Matthews was getting his ass handed to him during a New York senatorial debate (which was moderated by his brother, now I’m Canadian but I’m guessing that’s probably not cool) when this happened:

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Yeah that was anticlimactic but you know the story: Tommy, the orphaned boy Eric almost adopted in Boy Meets World rode in on his firetruck and won the debate for Eric (come to think of it Cory being the moderator might’ve been a set up, it appears he knew Tommy was gonna fall out of the sky). Danielle Fishel’s orthodontist then got some free promotion, I cried, you cried, everybody cried.

After I stopped, I realized something: Girl is not without its problems (OK I knew that already) and the addition of the Tommy character could solve many of them. Let’s focus on three shall we? (more…)

There’s Only One Cory and Topanga

The following is a guest blog written by Nan, one of our loyal podcast listeners. As with all our guest blogs, we don’t necessarily agree with all of her points, but we think it’s important to share a variety of perspectives. If you’d like to write a post for the site send us an email at gmwpodcast@gmail.com and we’ll look over what you have. Thanks Nan!

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I take some issue with people assuming Riley and Lucas are the next Cory and Topanga. Yes, I believe they may have initially been cast for their roles with this model in mind. Yes, many situations over both series are parallel with both couples (first date for example). However, a casting template and similar scenes do not make them the same couple. The characters are different. Question: in what ways are Riley and Lucas really like Cory and Topanga? Riley met Lucas in 7th grade and knows very little about his life. She is learning who he is, and he is slowly getting character development. Cory and Topanga were established (in the end) as a couple who spent their entire lives together (more like Auggie and Ava, which has been referenced on and off screen), and they know everything about each other. Topanga was in Cory’s life before SHAWN was. The parallel to this on GMW (other than Auggie and Ava) is Riley and Maya, and, to a lesser extent, Farkle with both girls. How is Lucas like Topanga, other than being the “other” person in the relationship? With Riley and Lucas, Riley encompasses the best parts of both of her parents, and Lucas fills a role not present in BMW. To me they are a unique couple showing minimal resemblance to Cory and Topanga, other than situational similarities through plot.  (more…)