Tv Talk: GMW 3×05 – Girl Meets Triangle

So far, episodes 3-5 have been far better then the first two episodes of this season. We have had really good lessons taught, witty dialogue said, and clearer pictures as to what is going on with Maya and why there was even a triangle to begin with. However, this episode has one major flaw that I am surprised Disney allowed.

Katy Hart.

Now, I love Katy Hart. I think she is an amazing single mother who is trying to give her daughter the world. I think Katy and Shawn should be together. Katy needs to be in more episodes. Seriously, I love Katy.

The Katy that this episode depicted disappointed me. Disgusted me actually, to be more honest.

Katy was portrayed as aloof; as not involved in her daughter’s life. She stated that she shouldn’t even be at the Matthew’s house because it involved her daughter. Even when she was playing a ‘strong parent’ she insinuated that Maya should stay with the Matthew’s and not with her. She told her daughter “You have the best! See you in a month. Don’t forget to eat”.

And all of this was done to a laugh track. As if a neglectful parent is something to laugh at. As though it’s not a serious matter that Katy just insinuated that she doesn’t see her own daughter for a month at a time. We know for a fact that Maya does not live at the Matthew’s, so who is paying attention to Maya at home? Who is making sure that she is taken care of? That she has food, electricity, and adequate shelter? Where exactly is Katy in all of this?

This is not the Katy that we have learned about in previous episodes. This is not a good representation of single parents. This is not a good representation of what is funny.

My heart goes out to all the kids whose parents are neglectful, all the kids in DHS custody and foster care, and the kids whose parents have given custody away. They watched this episode, and they heard people laugh at the situation. A situation that they know all too well is not a laughing matter.

Disney, you have disappointed me. You know better. You can do better.

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Movie Madness: The Fundamentals of Caring

The Fundamentals of Caring premiered on Netflix June 24, 2016, and is based off of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Evison. The story follows Ben (Paul Rudd), an out of work guy that is postponing signing his divorce papers, and Trevor (Craig Roberts), who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Trevor and his mother have just recently moved from the UK to the US, and Trevor has never been far from his home outside of the plane trip over. Ben gets his certificate in caregiving, and his first client becomes Trevor, much to his mother’s disbelief. Trevor spends his days watching TV, eating waffles, and labeling a map with the US’s roadside attractions (such as largest Bovine and deepest pit). Ben and Trevor easily fall into a rapport with each other, and Ben helps Trevor and his mom agree to a road trip to see a good portion of the attractions while his mom is on a work trip.

Along the way, Ben avoids being served with a court order, they pick up hitchhiker Dot (Selena Gomez), Trevor goes on his first date, they confront Trevor’s father, and they help a woman give birth. Not only do they discover what America has to offer in the way of roadside attractions, they also discover how to cope with what has happened in their life: Trevor being abandoned by his father soon after his diagnosis, the death of Ben’s son, and Dot’s issues with her father.

This movie has solid performances from all of the actors, and shows the acting range far beyond Disney that Selena has. At its heart, the movie is about learning to cope with your past and how to move on towards your future. If it wasn’t for the R-rated language, this movie would be a staple in any family’s movie collection.

Where to Watch: Netflix (Watch the Trailer)

TV Talk: Dramaworld

Dramaworld is a 10 episode online dramady that premiered in April. It is set in both LA and Seoul, South Korea and follows American college student Claire Duncan. Claire spends almost all of her free time watching Korean drama (K-drama), much to her father’s chagrin. When her cracked phone meets a puddle of water while she is watching the latest episode, she suddenly gets transported to Dramaworld.

Dramaworld is where all of the K-drama’s are filmed and is a self-contained world (much look Tune Town in Space Jam). The characters do not know that they are characters, and their memories get wiped as soon as the k-drama is ‘finished’ and the next one begins. As far as they know, they are living normal lives and are none the wiser that they are being filmed and that it is airing in the ‘real world’. Claire discovers that there are ‘facilitators’ in Dramaworld who are regular people like her that help the storyline move along and makes sure the main characters fall in love.

While Claire thinks that the show she fell into (Taste of Love) is a RomCom, she soon discovers that not all is right in Dramaworld and that the show has turned into a mystery. She even finds herself breaking one of the cardinal rules: Don’t fall in love with the leading man. Can Claire fix Dramaworld before the end of the season airs? If she doesn’t, Dramaworld will be over forever.

While the show centers on the world of K-drama, viewers do not have to know anything about them in order to enjoy the show. All it takes to enjoy this show is to be a fan of any show, because any fan can connect with the emotions surrounding your ship not getting together or how it would be to suddenly land within your favorite show.

Where to watch: Netflix and Viki (Watch the trailer)

TV Talk: GMW 3×02 Girl Meets High School Part 2

If you haven’t seen Girl Meets World 3×02 on the Watch Disney App/website yet, do not continue reading.

The second part does a lot better job of allowing us to see what the gang will be like in high school, as well as answering questions left open from Part 1.

We finally got to find out why the Seniors were doing what they were doing: They once were a group of 6 that got split up because one half wanted to jump right in and the other wanted to take their time. The 3 that wanted to jump right in realized that they had made a mistake and never apologized to their other friends. They wanted to make sure that those that came after them learned from their mistakes and history wouldn’t repeat itself.

Personally, I thought that their reasoning behind it all was a good one, especially the bit about how the gang’s safe place was each other and that they would only survive high school if they stuck together. I did not like the furthering of the love triangle. Not only do we have the Lucas/Maya/Riley triangle, we now have the triangle between the Seniors. If the fact that the Seniors triangle has not been figured out in 4 years is a clue to when the original triangle is going to be resolved, I will scream. Then again, the writers on twitter have said that the triangle gets resolved this season, so hopefully they are not trolling us.

My favorite part of the episode is when Lucas owned up to his actions and realized that he had abandoned his friends. Not only did Lucas own up to it, but so did Farkle. It’s always nice to see the characters learn the lesson on their own without Corey’s or Riley’s influence. This moment was great character development for both Lucas and Farkle, and I hope we see more of it throughout the season.

We also got to see the dark side of Riley: She hopes that Lucas has a really bad day. While most would think that that wish is not really dark, for Riley it is and it shows how she has grown as well. In Season 1 she never would have said something like that, but I think Girl Meets Rileytown allowed her to realize that she can show when she is hurt or upset and that she doesn’t always have to be happy.

Next up is Girl Meets Jexica: Riley makes a pretend profile online in order to become more popular. Part of me thinks this will be a continuation of Girl Meets Rileytown, and I am so ready for it. This show seems to be at its best when it tackles hot topics, and I expect Jexica will be one of the highlights of Season 3.

TV Talk: GMW 3×01 – Girl Meets High School Part 1

If you haven’t seen Girl Meets World 3×01 on the Watch Disney App/website yet, do not continue reading.

I love Girl Meets World, and I am constantly having in depth discussions about it with my 9 year old client (we’ve even used Girl Meets New Year as a focus during one session to talk about my client facing her own fears). It pains me to say that I was not too impressed with this episode. A lot of the jokes/acting reminded me of Season 1, and not in a good way.

For instance, I like realistic comedy. Farkle ending up on top of a light fixture and then falling without getting hurt is not realistic. It is 100% over the top Disney humor that has many parents gauging their eyes out. Season 1 had a lot of unrealistic humor, while Season 2 went more realistic. In my opinion, Season 2 was the better season. I had high hopes that Season 3 would continue the Season 2 awesomeness.

The love triangle, where do I even begin. On twitter, the writers have said numerous times that it’s not a love triangle, but this episode stated it several times. Smackle even directly said “I wanna be in the triangle!”. The way the triangle was handled/talked about in this episode was just painful. It was very immature and the only saving grace to how many times it was brought up was Zay. Zay has consistently been the best addition to the show, and his well timed outsider looking in humor is spot on.

Lucas and Riley fought like an old married couple throughout the whole episode, but Lucas and Maya barely interacted. When they did, it felt stilted/forced/off, like Lucas was only talking to her because he knew that he was supposed to in order to make it ‘even’ between Riley and Maya.

I am also not a fan of the Seniors making Freshman lives miserable trope. It does not happen in real life. Maybe in smaller high schools where the entire class size is 10 people, but the size of High School normally portrayed on television realistically does not have these kinds of issues. In a school of 2,000 people, there is way too much going on for Seniors to actually care about Freshman.

I was really confused as to why the Seniors were doing what they were doing, as well as their comment that Topanga’s was their place. Do they realize that Topanga is Riley’s mother? Why exactly did neither Riley nor Maya say that? Cory’s question still has not been answered; why are the Seniors singling them out specifically?

Highlights of the episode are Cory/Topanga talking about doubts and Maya/Ava talking about parents divorcing. The first was just way too adorable for words. Cory being clueless that Topanga ever had doubts, and Topanga trying to downplay it but her inability to lie wins out. The truly heart wrenching scene came when Maya comforts Ava about her dad leaving and how it’s not her fault, as well as telling her how to handle it all.

That scene is what makes Girl Meets World worth watching. We can have the kitschy humor, but at the end of it we have very real life lessons being shown.

I hope that Part 2 fills in the missing pieces as well as showing the direction Season 3 will be going in. The writers have stated that it’s their best season yet, but we shall see.

Throwback Thursday: Traffic Light

Traffic Light ran from February 2001 to May 2011, and was adapted from an Israeli TV show called Ramzor. The show revolves around 3 best friends from college (Mike, Adam, and Ethan) who are currently in their 30s. Each best friend is at a different stage in their life: Ethan is single with a dog, Adam just moved in with his girlfriend, and Mike is married with one child. Each episode shows the best friends trying to figure out the demands of their relationships, as well as finding the perfect balance between home, work, and friendship.

The show separates itself from all the other RomCom shows out there by allowing the women to actually be people. Their story lines were just as important as the mens, they didn’t revolve around being annoyed that their significant other wouldn’t do anything they asked them to do, and they were allowed to be funny. Not funny in the “I am such a nag and I constantly do everything around the house” way, but funny in the actual sense of the word funny. They had witty one liners and they freaked out more then the men about commitment. They were genuine characters in the show. It is this level of writing and representation that needs to be seen more in Hollywood.

The show has a very similar set up to Rules of Engagement, so that is most likely why the show only has 13 episodes. Others believe that it was due to the very confusing title. No matter the reason, it is still an unfortunate loss that this show never got a Season 2.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon (Watch the trailer)

Where to find the fandom: Sadly there is no fandom

Throwback Thursday: Eureka

Eureka is a science fiction show that aired on the SyFy channel from 2006 to 2012 for 5 seasons and 77 episodes. The show begins with US Marshal Jack Carter escorting a fugitive prisoner (his daughter Zoe) back home to LA to live with her mother. They decide to make a pit stop in the town of Eureka, and little does Jack know that the entire town is made up of geniuses who work for Global Dynamics, an advanced research facility that develops all of the countries new technology.

During the pit stop, the town’s sheriff is incapacitated by an experiment gone wrong, and the town chooses Jack to fill in temporarily. Jack is not a genius, but thanks to his down to earth logic and insights, he is able to view the towns problems from a different angle and offer insight into how to handle them. Jack and Zoe soon choose to stay in Eureka, despite all of the crazy schemes the natives cook up.

If you are wanting to get somebody into science-fiction television, this show is a great start. It is campy, fun, tech-savvy, but still accessible to those with no science background due to Jack always needing an explanation. The only downside is that it is the ultimate troll.

Every time something good happens between OTP’s, they pull the ultimate troll and change the course of history. There are so many times where history gets changed because something goes wrong with the space time continuum and the amazingness that just happened between our OTP has no longer happened. Marriages, children, kisses, everything that an OTP shipper wants and needs is given and taken away in mere minutes. And yet the show has witty writing that keeps you drawn in and wanting to see it through the end. The end has one of the best pilot call backs I have ever seen, so it is well worth the trolling.

Where to watch: Netflix (season 5 only) and Amazon (Watch the trailer)

Where to find the fandom: Fanfiction, A03, and Livejournal