Monday, February 29, 2016

My Thoughts on Fuller House

Hello All,

Like the rest of America I spent the weekend of February 26, binge watching Fuller House. For those of you want to feel nostalgic all over again check out the trailer below.
 The first episode started with the original opening to Full House, so ironically the first person we see is Michelle, although Mary-Kate and Ashley never did reprise their role. We then go on to find out that DJ (Candance Cameron Bure) is a recently widowed mom of three boys, Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger) and Tommy (Dashiell & Fox Messitt). Kimmy (Andrea Barber) is a separated from her husband and mom to a girl, Romona (Soni Bringas). Stephanie (Jodie Stweetin) is a touring DJ whose stage name is DJ Tanner. Danny (Bob Saget) and Becky (Lori Loughlin) are about to start filming a new nation-wide television show, Wake Up USA. Jesse (John Stamos) is about to become the music director on a soap opera and Joey (Dave Coulier) is a comedian in Vegas. And some how DJ's doofy high school boyfriend, Steve (Scott Weinger) is a doctor who still pines after DJ (because obvi, their an OTP). 
LtoR: Steve (Scott Weinger) & DJ (Candance Cameron Bure)
I had been excited to see Fuller House since the revival was announced. I kept up on all the new information and read every article that stated why the Olsen twins weren't going to be reprising their roles. About 48 hours before Netflix released Fuller House I read a pretty bad review on the show and it made me worried that Fuller House wasn't going to live up to my expectation. But here's the thing Fuller House actually exceed my expectations.
LtoR: Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), DJ (Bure), Kimmy (Andrea Barber), Danny (Saget), Becky (Lori Loughlin), Jesse (John Stamos) and Joey (Dave Coulier)
I thought that Fuller House would be filled with the cheese factor. And don't get me wrong it was very much filled with the cheese factor but let's be honest so was the original Full House. One thing that I feel like the writers did really was keep up with the times and their demographic. Although we all love Full House from its prime, a show that wholesome probably wouldn't last long today. Instead Fuller House made jokes about tequilla shots, pot brownies and hooking up. Jokes that Danny, Joey and Jesse probably never would have been able to make. 
LtoR: Jesse (Stamos) & Stephanie (Sweetin)
Fuller House threw some shade towards the Olsen twins. All in a fun loving way. I feel like many of the die hard fans were worried that Michelle would be forgotten but she was mentioned every few episodes. And hopefully the Olsen twins didn't feel too insulted and will eventually come back in future seasons (if they get renew, which I feel like they will). 
Throwing some shade LtoR: DJ (Bure), Stephanie (Sweetin), Danny (Saget), Joey (Coulier), Becky (Loughlin) & Jesse (Stamos)
There were a few things I found annoying. Out of the 13 episode in season one there were only about 3 or 4 where Jesse, Joey, Becky or Danny didn't make an appearance. Which don't get me wrong I do love these characters but it also felt like the writers were worried that the new characters wouldn't be able to keep up or prove their worth. I feel like the writers of Fuller House should have taken a hint from the writers of Boy Meets World and let the new characters shine and bring back the originals for special occasions. 
LtoR: Kimmy (Barber), DJ (Bure), Stephanie (Sweetin)
My other slight annoyance was bring back the catch phrases. It seems that Stephanie Tanner who would now be in early thirties never did out grow her signature catch phrase "How rude" and Uncle Jesse couldn't make an appearance without saying "Have mercy". 
LtoR: DJ (Bure), Kimmy (Barber) & Stephanie (Sweetin)
The primary thing that Fuller House took from the original is how much heart the show brought There were always lots of hugs and I love yous. But it also focused on friendships, especially of the older ladies who affectional call themselves the She-Wolf pack. But the cuter friendship was between DJ's oldest son, Jackson and Kimmy's daughter Romona. Although it was obvious right off the bat that the writers wrote them so that if the show gets renewed a few more times they can through those two in a romantic relationship. But for now they are sweet innocent friendship. 
LtoR: Max (Elias Harger), Jackson (Michael Campion) & Romona (Soni Bringas)
Overall I LOVED Fuller House and I am anxiously awaiting the second season because I fell back in love with the returning characters and fell head over heels in love with the newer ones. If you watched Full House during your childhood or the reruns on Nick at Night and you haven't watched Fuller House then my only question is why?
LtoR: Kimmy (Barber), Stephanie (Sweetin) & Tommy (Dashiell & Fox Messitt)
Have you watched Fuller House? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

-P.S. Happy Leap Year! Is that even a thing? Do we wish each other happy leap years?

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