Bridget Feeney | Friday, November 16, 2012
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware Disney is in the process of producing a “Boy Meets World” sequel called “Girl Meets World.” The series would focus on Cory and Topanga (still happily married) and their daughter, Riley. Cory has assumed a role exactly like that of George Feeny as he teaches seventh grade history.
If you’re like me, you rejoiced when you first heard of the news. My younger self was thrilled as I immediately thought back to the days of John Adams High and Eric’s Feeny call. The show defined childhood for many of us. However, once you get past the initial excitement, you might have realized just how poor of a decision it is to give it a sequel. Don’t get me wrong – I love “BMW.” Arguably, it is one of the greatest television shows our generation will ever know. From Cory and Shawn’s unshakable friendship to Mr. Feeny’s sage advice to Cory and Topanga’s iconic love story, that show is one of my favorites. The series finale in Feeny’s classroom still makes me cry. It serves as a reminder that before the days of Snooki, Kim Kardashian or the real Housewives of Orange County, television could actually contain some substance. “BMW” is entertaining yet also educational; comical yet also moving. It showed me the importance of responsibility and loyalty and also the love and forgiveness of the people in your life. The show even tackled issues darker than anxiety about college or long-distance relationships when the characters confronted issues of under-age drinking, domestic violence and sex.
How many shows did you watch as a kid and if you watched them now, you would enjoy just as much as you did back then? Not many. That’s because “BMW” is a classic. And that is exactly why it needs to be left alone.
Classics are praised because they are one-of-a-kind. They’re on a whole other level. You just don’t touch classics. I will admit certain remakes and sequels of movies and television shows can be successful, even enjoyable. But I just don’t think this sequel can be done right. Despite my love and adoration of all things Disney, I realize the Disney channel today is not the same as it was in the 90’s. Even though Michael Jacobs, the creator and executive producer of “BMW,” is rumored to be on board for this sequel and is supposedly spear-heading the new series, I am still weary. While some of the original cast is probably back for this show, I doubt it will ever amount to the same level of entertainment and timelessness that is “BMW.”
Admittedly, if and when the sequel airs, I will watch it. I will try to give it a fair chance, and I admit there is a small possibility the sequel will actually be worthwhile. I almost hope I am wrong, and that this new series turns out to be a genius move on the parts of Disney and Jacobs. But for now, I will remember “BMW” for what it is: a treasured part of childhood.
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