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20 June 2015 @ 11:35 am
I stand corrected.  
More often than not we tend to judge a book by its cover. Initial first impressions tend to be the deal-breaker in many situations, and with the many different forms of media it's no different. We're all guilty of judging something based off from the description alone to the looks of the previews, to simply based off what others say. But sometimes, we take a chance and are proven wrong from our first impressions.

Girl Meets World was one of those shows for me. I was curious about it, so I watched it when the series premiered. I was uncertain what to feel at the time. I think many people felt that way, because it wasn't exactly reminiscent of the 90s show we had all known and loved. Aside from Cory and Topanga, it was clearly a Disney Channel production that doesn't have that same quality charm the original series did, and it did mostly focus on the kids more than the original cast. So it put off some people in that regard. However, when you think about it, it's kind of ridiculous to judge based on that. The show is targeted towards the younger generation, sure, which is why it's called Girl Meets World. It focuses on Riley Matthews as she grows up in the technological age of the 21st Century, very different from the 90s. But the enjoyment of the show shouldn't be mutually exclusive either, since it does bring back old cast members, and is continually doing so in the second season with Eric, Mr. Feeney, and Angela and Mr. Turner. It's kind of the best of both worlds, really. While true it doesn't have the same charm of the 90s and is unfortunately part of the Disney Channel manufactured programming, it is still very enjoyable. Plus, Riley Matthews is an adorable cupcake and her friendship with Maya is pretty much just as important as Cory and Shawn's friendship, along with the other friendships that are made between the kids. Some of the life lessons and messages are a little heavy-handed, but there is still heart and charm to it nonetheless.

I think most people wanted a continuation of Boy Meets World instead of something else entirely by shifting its entire format, but once you get over that fact and accept it for what it is it can be rather enjoyable. Never mind to marvel at how Cory and Topanga haven't aged, and Shawn is still hot, and even how most of the original cast is willing to come back for nostalgia sake.

Another show that I've completely changed my opinion about has been Jane the Virgin. Originally I was baffled because of the description, and the previews weren't doing it much favors either. Of course at the time I was unaware that it was based off of an actual telenovela and it would be a play on the genre, which none of the previews or descriptions alluded to. Brilliant marketing ploy or nah? Who knows. But as soon as the show began, all those initial impressions were thrown out the window, and thankfully too because Gina Rodriguez deserves all the praise and recognition for her performance on that show. And then there was Faking It, an MTV show that when promoted was pitched as two high school girls pretending to be gay in order to be popular, which immediately raised red flags for everyone. But instead of being an offensive queerbaiting mess, it actually turned out to be about the self-discovery of one's own sexuality, which I've seen some people relate to with their own experiences during their youths, especially those who suddenly discovered that they weren't 100% straight like the main character does. While the show isn't perfect, it wasn't as horrible as many people thought it out to be from the vague description.

Case in point: don't always assume based on what you see on the surface of things. Appearances are often deceiving, descriptions and previews will be vague, and people give false information based on their own personal bias. Sometimes yes, there will be things that you will instinctively know are horrible or just aren't for you, but other times it's best to just wait things out without jumping to conclusions. Who knows? Something might just surprise you.
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author_by_nightauthor_by_night on June 20th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
I actually decided to watch a bit of the first season of BMW too, because I missed that - I only discovered BMW in the last two or three seasons, and I may have even missed the last season as well. Not sure on that, it seems the last one had their married life, I was positive the finale was Cory and Topanga getting married. Maybe it was a FRIENDS thing where that was supposed to be the last season, but they renewed at the last minute? I don't know. In any case, it was fun watching both a bit of GMW and the first season of BMW. (Though it's weird to see how Topanga/Danielle Fishel ended up being one of those people who just grew while aging, i.e. basically ended up being a carbon copy of themselves as kids. Not counting the clothing, I now see what people mean when they talk about how Topanga was a hippie chick at first.)

I also worried there'd be too much 2.0-ing, but I think they're okay there. Maya (whose friendship with Riley is great) does seem like a bit of a Shawn 2.0, but on the other hand, it's a pretty common trope, plus it happens IRL with some regularity. I had a Maya to my Riley, and think a lot of girls did (or had the reverse). Besides, their friendship feels so real, and in a way a lot of TV female friendships don't.

Also, I like seeing Cory and Topanga as adults. Cory's still... Cory, but not so much he doesn't seem to have grown up. I really do feel like the show is for older and newer fans alike. Not to mention that the show did mature with its viewers, and now we're seeing it when many of us are closer to Cory and Topanga's age, if not exactly.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on June 20th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
Not sure on that, it seems the last one had their married life, I was positive the finale was Cory and Topanga getting married.

The last season was them finally getting married, though the last episode was basically all of them looking back at their lives and deciding what to do with their lives as adults, with Cory and Topanga ready to move to New York, with the final scene being a tearful goodbye to Mr. Feeny in their old childhood classroom.

I now see what people mean when they talk about how Topanga was a hippie chick at first.

Ah yes, hippie!Topanga. It was interesting seeing her transition from that to who she became later on, though she never lost herself. I love that they kept that aspect in GMW, and that's who Cory fell in love with no matter. ♥

Besides, their friendship feels so real, and in a way a lot of TV female friendships don't.

Exactly, and it's something I always look for whenever I get into something. It's very rare to find genuine female friendships depicted in fiction that don't often resort to some mean-spirited frenemy showdown, but when you find them, when you see the closeness and the unconditional love and support and how natural these friendships seem, it's refreshing. Riley and Maya, much like Cory and Shawn, have their own way of communicating with each other and even when they have their first fight it still feels like it's a friendship. Who are, you know, having their first fight. You can tell how much they mean to each other and how often Riley will defend Maya and vice versa, and it's beautiful and adorable to witness.

Not to mention that the show did mature with its viewers, and now we're seeing it when many of us are closer to Cory and Topanga's age, if not exactly.

I think that's one of the things some that got people concerned, because while GMW is about their daughter growing up, most people wanted to see Cory and Topanga in their adult lives which we can follow rather than the children. But as mentioned, it shouldn't have to be mutually exclusive. The show may revolve around Riley and Maya's adventures, but it doesn't exclude Cory and Topanga from their lives or see them as useless parents in the background, since we see Cory being the sensible adult teaching (literally) Riley and her friends important life lessons which shows how much he himself has learned from his own life growing up. Same with Topanga giving her own advice when the girls need it. And as adults ourselves, we can understand where they're coming from and we can see it all come together from the other side of the spectrum.
author_by_nightauthor_by_night on June 20th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the full transition from hippie!Topanga to not!hippie, but I think it's normal for kids to go through personality stages, and yeah, she never really lost herself. Although I will admit it always bothered me that she decided to go to Pembroke and not freaking Yale, but then again, maybe that would've been too pretentious for her hippie side, and in a way it was truer to her character to choose staying close to loved ones.
americana exotica: Outlanderinterchanges on June 20th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
I love Girl Meets World. The "lessons" can definitely be a bit too heavyhanded, but they could also be back in the early days of BMW as well. And Riley and Maya are just so adorable. I definitely think people went in with the wrong expectations (not thinking it's a Disney show about a 12-year-old) and I'm already rme over people bitching about Shawn and Angela not getting back together.

I haven't watched Faking It, as I am kind of over watching shows set in high school, but when I heard about its exploration of sexuality, I got kind of excited because I love that stuff. But when I talked to someone who watches it, she said that bisexuality had yet to be talked about/mentioned as a thing people identify as. Is that still true?
author_by_night: cool_largeauthor_by_night on June 20th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm already rme over people bitching about Shawn and Angela not getting back together.

I remember wishing they would get back together back when the show was on, but looking back, I'm kind of glad they didn't, only because IIRC they broke up/made up a few times, and while that sort of thing does work for some couples IRL... that's not generally sign of a healthy marriage to come. And even when I saw the episode where I think Angela put an end to things for good, it was clear to me that on her side, it was very much over, regardless of whether or not that was the case for Shawn.

Renée: Heroes. Claire Bennet.rogueslayer452 on June 20th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think people had different expectations when they first heard about it, especially when they heard that most of the cast was returning in some form. They expected it to be one huge reunion, without taking into account the fact the show will be focusing on the kids more. No matter, the show is still very cute and it does give us some nostalgia.

As for the whole Shawn and Angela situation, I guess I can understand why people wouldn't like them not being together if they were their OTP and had hoped that they remained together after the BMW finale. But in all honesty, it's a realistic portrayal of people who were involved for a while during a period in their lives but somehow they just didn't work out. And that's okay. Like Shawn said, some people aren't meant to be together forever like Cory and Topanga.

But when I talked to someone who watches it, she said that bisexuality had yet to be talked about/mentioned as a thing people identify as. Is that still true?

Sadly, it's still true. :(

It's frustrating when you have an opportunity to explore the different types of sexualities, but somehow bisexuality is almost either ignored or erased. And it's not just this show, but almost every show that features the whole LGBT acceptance, the L and the G are often recognized, but nothing else underneath that umbrella are. That needs to change.
americana exotica: Peggyinterchanges on June 21st, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
I don't really get why people thought that, though. It was always obvious to me that it'd be focused on Riley and her experiences (hence the title of the show).

I don't remember if I shipped them or not back in the day, but catching some episodes in repeats in the past couple years made it obvious that they were never going to be a Cory and Topanga. I like Angela as a character, though, and it makes me sad that it seemed to suggest she and Topanga aren't friends anymore. But I barely talk to my friends from high school either, so shit happens.

Ugh that's really frustrating. Like it sucks that the B&T are ignored everywhere, but on a show that's about discovering one's sexuality, it's even more disheartening that bisexuality is just ignored as an option.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 22nd, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)
But I barely talk to my friends from high school either, so shit happens.

Yeah, life happens. It's always such a common thing that you promise to stay in touch, and perhaps you do for a little bit, but then you gradually drift away from each other due to one thing or another. It happens. So I'm assuming that that's what happened between Topanga and Angela. It's not that there's bad blood, it's just they both have their own lives and couldn't keep up with each other. Just like in real life, you can't always keep in contact with everyone you were friends with back in school. And there's always time to reconnect.

but on a show that's about discovering one's sexuality, it's even more disheartening that bisexuality is just ignored as an option.

It really is. I mean, the show does feature some other things, for example there is a character in the second season who comes out as being intersex. So there is that at least. I just think that with any shows that features something progressive (especially in terms of gender and sexuality) there will always be something missing or left out or completely ignored, when the option would've clearly been available for discussion or consideration.
Northern Wanderermidnightwhisper on June 21st, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
I've been really tempted to check out Jane the Virgin. It kind of looks cute! And the previews definitely don't do it any favors!
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 21st, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
Believe me, the previews don't do the show justice at all. They were absolutely misleading as to what it's about. Basically, it's just as many people say it is: adorable wacky fun that is both hilarious but also filled with emotional moments and heart as well. It's definitely worth giving a go. :)
Julie: Original ★ glassesragnarok_08 on June 21st, 2015 03:17 am (UTC)
I can't say that I've looked at Girl Meets World yet, but hearing about its charm and heart, I might just take a look.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 21st, 2015 05:46 am (UTC)
I think you can find most of the aired episodes on YouTube. It's certainly worth checking out. :3
an idea is bulletproof: television  I TV TVelizalavelle on June 21st, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried Girl Meets World yet but your recommendations never steer me wrong, I'll have to give it a go sometime :)

Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on June 21st, 2015 03:26 pm (UTC)
Just keep in mind that it is a Disney Channel show, so it has a similar kind of formula most kids shows do (which does repel some people in general), but once you understand that you may like it just fine, I think. :)
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on June 22nd, 2015 12:23 am (UTC)
For sure. I like most anything if I'm in the right mood for it. I'll just wait until I'm in need of some Disney TV formula and this will be just the thing :)
orangerfulorangerful on June 21st, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
There is a real art to marketing tv shows and many networks fail so completely if a show actually has any unique traits. It's like they ONLY know how to market bad sitcoms and CSI shows. Anything else they get confused and attempt to FORCE it into the mold of another series, which turns a lot of viewers, or at least viewers like you and me, off from the show before it even airs.

Which is why I have friends like you who are willing to take the risk. I appreciate your bravery! :-)
Renée: Firefly. River Tam.rogueslayer452 on June 21st, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'm still reeling on how FOX attempting to promote Firefly, which none of the previews and promotional material came even close to conveying what the show was actually about, never mind now little it was promoted in the first place. I know previews are meant to be vague in order to allure people in and not give everything away, especially if there is some huge twist that happens in the plot, but sometimes they just do it completely wrong to the point where it turns so many potential viewers away. It either looks like every generic show and, as you said, doesn't show what interesting aspects the show may have that separates it from the rest.

On the flip side though, marketing also does the opposite where something can seem really good but it turns out to be utter crap. So, it's all about how one disguises it through promos.
lynnyloulynnylou on June 21st, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
I haven't had the time to check out GMW but I do want to check it out since I loved the BMW back in the day. I wasn't sure how good it would be since it was a Disney show but since reading what said about it I am going to give it a shot.
Renée: Claire. No ordinary girl.rogueslayer452 on June 22nd, 2015 02:37 am (UTC)
Disney Channel is definitely not as good as it used to be back in the day, since it's now very repetitive with its concepts and content in their programming, but they do have some rare gems. The last show I remember thoroughly enjoying was Wizards of Waverly Place.

Girl Meets World has similar DC expectations in how its written and filmed, but it is still an enjoyable show that does a good job with being for the newer generation and for fans of BMW to enjoy. :3
Allisonvapor on June 21st, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
I don't watch "Girl Meets World" because I just can't stand Disney Channel productions anymore, but I love seeing the gif sets on Tumblr of all the old characters coming back. Nostalgia!!
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 22nd, 2015 03:05 am (UTC)
I don't blame you for your reservations about the channel itself, it's not as it once used to be. Though the show itself is very cute, and seeing the old cast members return brings all the nostalgia. It just makes me so happy. ♥
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on June 21st, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I totally agree about Faking It. Another MTV show that surprised me by being better than I thought it was. Another was Tenn Wolf, the first TWO seasons. S3 and onward? Not so much.

Renéerogueslayer452 on June 22nd, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
There are certainly some shows that you're surprised are so good from what you originally thought, but then down the line you're surprised at how bad it had gotten, all that potential gone, sometimes far too quickly than anticipated.
Samarsakuraberries on June 22nd, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
Everyone was talking about Girl Meets World back when it first aired - meanwhile I've never even watched Boy Meets World!

I'm glad you got into Jane the Virgin! Yeah, pay no attention to CW trailers. They need to fire the entire department in charge of trailers. Literally every single CW show has horrific trailers that in no way reflect the tone of the show being advertised.

Faking It!!!! I love that show so much. And yeah, I do remember when it first came out folks on Tumblr were pissed about it, but it's actually pretty decent with LGBT themes? And it's funny and clever as hell. I can't wait for it to come back!