If you watched even the first five minutes of the new TV show “Girl Meets World,” you might have felt like you were watching something you’ve seen before.
Not because it was this generation’s reversal of “Boy Meets World” – the show that brought us the great angst of “Cory” and “Topanga.”
(That’s definitely how the show has been promoted thus far)
It all sounds good on paper:
- Ben Savage’s character “Cory” wants his wide-eyed, 11-year-old daughter “Riley” to make her own world instead of live in his. He states, “I’ve already met the world. It’s your turn.”
- Cory and Topanga have no problem letting Riley go out and explore the big city as she sees fit.
- Riley has a cool, hip friend named Maya who knows the ways of the world.
- Maya takes Riley on a subway, throws herself at a boy to teach Riley how to do it, and dares Riley to keep go even further with “reinventing” herself.
Thankfully, there’s more to it. The show ends in a happy place, and we’d expect the same in future episodes.
But… is that the landing place in the real world for the set-up we just read, though?
How often do we actually see parents who encourage their kids to reinvent themselves (under the influence of a cool, hip friend who knows the ways of the world) end up weeping over where their kids ends up versus chuckling along with a laugh track?
Hope/pray it goes somewhere more productive. Given the edge of where “Good Luck Charlie” ended, we may be in for more than an amusement park ride in this series.
Maybe this isn’t a big deal. Maybe it is. I can already hear “Boy Meets World” fans more excited to see their favorite characters onscreen than ponder what I’m proposing here.
Can we get Mr Feeny to weigh in on this?
P.S. If you don’t know the movie I’m talking about, Walt Mueller summed up its impact/effects quite well in this great post: http://www.cpyu.org/2013/10/02/thirteen-ten-years-later/ - check it out.