Recently I found myself talking to a baby boomer who told me I had an old soul and asked for my age. I told them I was turning 27 in April and they proceeded to tell me Im a millennial and how I was just coming into the world of nostalgia and he was right. Lately we’ve been getting our nostalgia fix on a daily. With new sequels, remakes and reboots. New Star Wars, Transformers, Jurassic Park, Zoolander, Spiderman, Mission impossible, Ghostbusters (I could literally go on) we’ve been getting a big dose of yesteryears. TV was no exception. Watch any Jimmy Fallon clips and you’ll see what I mean.
Teen Wolf, MTV’s Scream, Shows like “Full House” (now Fuller House) and Gilmore girls are having second lives on Netflix, That’s so Raven coming back on the Disney Channel and I wonder how long it will go. One reboot just officially ended and that’s Disney sequel to Boy meets World, “Girl Meets World”. Premiering to widespread critical acclaim back in 2014, Girl Meets World focuses on Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) – teen daughter of BMW super-couple Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) – and her journey through middle (and later high) school alongside friends Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), Lucas (Peyton Meyer) and Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis).
I grew up watching Boy meets world, saw every original broadcasts on ABC (remember TGIF?) and the reruns on the disney channel and ABC family so I was initially excited to see them bring the show back. I thought it was cool to see what Corey, Topanga, Feeny, Shawn and Eric been up to. So I tuned in to the premiere to see what the show would look like. I haven’t watched Disney channel in years and I didn’t have my Godson around me as much so I have no clue whats going on in children programming but I wasn’t waiting to have a kid to see what Girl meets world looks like (you should of seen the midnight screening crowd I was in to see Finding Dory, not a kid in site!). I truly felt what Nostalgia felt like. It was like the character been living their lives the whole time and it felt good to see them again...but you know how it feels to see an old friend and you just want to rekindle and catch up on old times until things get played out and you can’t wait for them to go home so you can rekindle another time? That’s how I felt trying to keep up with the series.
Like I said before, I don’t have any children so I literally have no reason to tune into Disney channel so I keep forgetting the series was back on(I did go back to Nickelodeon at times to see old episodes of All That and Rugrats). Thanks to blogs, I sometimes got an update that older characters were appearing on the show and tune back in to see Shawn get Married by Mr Feeny or when Eric came to visit but I really had no interest in the series in total. The cast was great but the show is for a new demographic, nostalgia goes out the window when it’s time to focus on the kids (it is on disney channel). For that fact, I never tuned back in but when I heard it was ending (again, through blogs) I had to come back and see how the show was going to end.
The series creator Michael Jacobs revealed that there was early talks are underway to continue Girl Meets World on another platform but he stressed that those talks were in the very early stages, and nothing was for sure yet so as of now, the season 3 finale on Disney Channel is now a series finale.
So I called my twin brother and we tuned in together for another nostalgia fix knowing they would bring back the older cast and when I say they brought back everybody, THEY BROUGHT BACK EVERYBODY. I was shocked to see the original little sister Morgan and her replacement both on set at the same time, they even joked about it (it was in way better taste than the full house cast joke about the Olsens not being there). The show started off great but I was quickly reminded why I never continued watching the reboot. The transitions to the same location over and over with annoying guitar riff, the fact I had no clue who any of the other children were, the fact Corey is a grown a** man still behaving as he did in season1, (it was insulting). I was seeing the old faces but not getting the same feeling I got watching the ending of the original Boy Meets World. It felt forced. Im sure for kids who watch the show and are big fans might feel different but as an adult fan of the original series, it’s just not the same. It’s good to see old friends and family but I know for a fact if the show comes back on Im not tuning back in.
Which made me wonder how long until we get tired of the remakes, reboots and Sequels? I loved Star Wars Rogue one but with a new installment or spin off every year with the next Marvel or DC or Pixar sequel (there are way too many franchise sequels and remakes to name here). Either or, I know Im going to keep seeing these films in theaters, still see these reunions on TV because like most American millennial, I need that dose of Nostalgia but I can already see that this is going to fade out soon..maybe after the scarface remake?