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Girl Meets World

 

June 7, 2014

Last night I had a chance to watch the pilot for the highly anticipated new Disney Channel show, Girls Meets World. As a follow up to the hit TGIF show, Boy Meets World, which ran from 1993 through 2000, the show has a lot to live up to. The story follows Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory and Topanga from the original series, and her own quest to discovering the world.

The show has a lot to live up to, but with Michael Jacobs and April Kelly on board, the creators of Boy Meets World, and Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprising their roles as Cory Matthews and his wife Topanga, there is definitely potential. It has already been stated that several characters from the original series will be making appearances throughout the series which will further help connect the two shows to one another.

So what did I think of the pilot and what hidden nods to the original series should you watch out for? Spoilers Ahead!

Girl Meets World

The pilot begins with Riley and her best friend Maya (the female version of Shawn Hunter in the original series) attempting to sneak out to the subway without Riley's parents knowing. Of course, Riley's father, Cory, catches the two and explains to her that the one thing he wants more than anything else is for Riley to make the world her own.

Riley and Maya make their way to school and while on the subway meet a boy named Lucas who just happens to be in their class as well. Once they arrive at school we learn that Riley, Maya, and Lucas' teacher is none other than Cory himself. While here we also meet fellow classmate and all around know it all, Farkle (the Stuart Minkus of the series and apparently Minkus' son!). Maya decides to throw a rebellion against homework and Riley, trying to be cool like Maya, goes against her father's wishes and follows suit.

No Homework More Freedom

The following day at class after Cory asks for everyone's homework, Maya collects the homework and attempts to set it on fire. Instead, the sprinkler system goes off and Maya gets detention while Riley insists she should receive it as well. Cory explains that he won't give it to her since the only thing she did wrong was be a bad friend and not try to get Maya out of trouble (much like Cory always got Shawn out of trouble).

In the end, while Riley and Maya believe Cory and Topanga will force the two to stop being friends, they are pleasantly surprised that all they want is for Riley and Maya to be there for one another and keep one another out of trouble instead of getting each other in it.

Cory Matthews

The show had a feel similar to the original series with the variety of characters found within. Cory and Topanga are very similar to Mr. and Mrs. Matthews in the original series in the sense that they are supportive of their children, but are also strict as well. Riley and Maya play the roles of Cory and Shawn extremely well in the sense that you can tell that Maya just wants to rebel while Riley wants to both do what's right, while also being seen as cool in the eyes of her friend.

The character of Farkle is somewhat annoying and I really hope he tones down his over the top attitude. While his intelligence is similar to that of his father Minkus, the major difference is Minkus never tried to steal the show away from the other characters. Instead, he was a great secondary character that helped enhance the show. Farkle, on the other hand, not so much.

Farkle

One character I hope we get to see more of as the series continues is Auggie, Riley's younger brother. He only had a few scenes in the pilot, but overall he cracked me up while he was pondering the ways of life.

The greatest star of the show, however, was the small references to the original series. In Boy Meets World the characters attend John Adams High, named after our second president, while in Girl Meets World the girls attend John Quincy Adams Middle School, named after our sixth president.

Prior to watching the episode I had heard that Mr. Feeny, the mentor to Cory, Topanga, and the rest of the characters in Boy Meets World, would be making an appearance. As soon as Riley and Maya arrive at the subway, you can find a poster in the background featuring Mr. Feeny! While I was very excited to see Mr. Feeny (while also missing the Feeny call at the same time) on the poster, I was thrilled when he arrived, in an almost ghost like manner, at the very end of the episode to congratulate Cory on a job well done.

Girl Meets World

While I'm not sure if Girl Meets World will be the classic that Boy Meets World was to my generation, I am very excited to see how this show will evolve throughout its first season!

What are your thoughts on the new series?

 

 


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