This is Not the Sequel Series You’re Looking For

I am definitely one of the Millennials who was super stoked about the Boy Meets World sequel series when I heard about it. I even called it. Back when the Dallas sequel series started I was all, “If they ever make one for my generation it’ll be Boy Meets World.” And I was right. Sort of.

I’m not sure you can really consider Girl Meets World a true “sequel series” so much as a new show with the same formula and a couple of the same characters who stay mostly in the background. GMW is intended to be BMW for a new generation. I wouldn’t have a problem with it if they weren’t taking something I hold dear and turning it into another Disney Channel also ran.

There are many problems with the GMW model. The whole reason they did it as a so-called sequel series was to cash in on the name recognition of BMW. However, most of their target audience has never heard of the original show much less watched it and developed an attachment to it. The point of bringing back Corey and Topanga was to hook Millennials like me. They stated firmly that this would be for the new generation so what on earth made them think twenty and thirty somethings would want to watch an insipid Disney Channel show? So why include BMW characters at all? All the hype was caused by and paid attention to by us. Not tweens.

A glaring problem is the way the world has changed since 1993. When BMW premiered I was almost 8-years-old. The perfect audience for a sitcom about an 11-year-old boy and his friends. That’s right. It was about the kids. That was pretty revolutionary for the time. There were other family programs on but mostly they focused on the parents and the kids were there for comic relief and to cause conflict. This was a show for us and about us. I think that’s the main reason it lasted so long and is still revered by our generation. Others came after but it was pretty much the first. Today, TV is flooded with all kinds of shows aimed at the tween market ranging from goofy BMW-type sitcoms to creepy vampire soap operas. With that much market saturation, GMW needs us to pick up some slack but I don’t see it happening. I, for one, am too old to listen to a little girl whine about how she wants to be like her best friend and teachers give too much homework.

Another problem is this is now a “girl” show. Back in my day, girls watched all the stuff boys did but boys wouldn’t watch something they considered girly. I’m not a parent and I haven’t spent a lot of time around little boys lately but I’m guessing that hasn’t changed much. So let’s do the math here. Audience – Millennials – Tween Boys = Tween Girls. I know girls this age can be obsessive. Trust me. But with so many options and overstimulation on and off the screen, can something this generic capture enough hearts? Time will tell.

I think it’s great that they want to make a BMW for today’s tweens. I really do. I loved it. Hell, I still love it and will watch it at every opportunity. That’s why it rankles that we’ve been deprived of a real sequel series. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would have liked a show about Corey and Topanga (and Shawn!) struggling with adulthood, marriage, parenthood, jobs. The things we’re now struggling with. BMW was unique because it featured the kids. A well-done sequel series could have stood out again by bringing back the family sitcom. To me, GMW is a missed opportunity.

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I’m a Bad Millennial

There are so many articles about Millennials and how they have their phones glued to their hands and constantly post statuses and pictures on Facebook and spend way too much time on the internet or playing games on their phones. That made me realize I must be bad at this whole Millennial thing. I don’t take very many pictures (never of meals) and I hardly ever post a status on Facebook. I leave my phone in the other room and only get the text later. Oops. I actually only got a smart phone last year. I only browse Facebook when I’m really bored. They’re gonna take my Millennial card away!

What to do? I guess I should start playing all the games you can get on your phone, take pictures of everything I see, text every contact I have 50+ times per day, and post to Facebook every time I eat or go to the store or my dog does something cute. Because it’s all about me, you know?

Even though these behaviors aren’t limited to the Millennial generation (don’t even get me started on that), it seems to be more prevalent. I’m expected to act that way and since I don’t I guess I’m a little odd. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. The internet is the greatest thing ever. Ever, y’all. But I also like to watch some TV, read a book, play with my dog, have a conversation with someone face to face, or even over the phone. It’s nice that Facebook has made it possible to keep up with people from your past but some people take it to a ridiculous level. I enjoy articles that my friends share but I really don’t need to see pictures of your food. And I don’t see the point of Twitter at all. But I guess it makes sense. People were already self-absorbed before all this stuff that makes it seem like everyone cares about everything you do.

It’s now gotten to the point that I’m seeing numerous articles that implore people to put down the devices and actually live. That makes me sad. I guess I should consider myself lucky that I haven’t become a slave to my phone because it looks like a lot of people have. People have commented that they have to actively wean themselves off the device. That’s actually a little scary. So maybe I’m not a bad Millennial after all. Maybe I’m just a person who has better ways to spend her time.

I Need Caffeine (and Other Things That Make Me Feel Old)

I always prided myself on the fact that I could wake up in the morning and not have to use a substance to get my day started.  Not anymore.  I’ve been so tired in the mornings that I can barely function, so I finally gave in and started taking caffeine pills in the morning.  I’ve been much more productive but it really sucks.  I’m 27 and here I am sucking down caffeine just to feel normal.  Where did all my energy go?  I guess I’m just getting old.

I have high cholesterol.  It runs in the family so I figured I would get it someday but I thought I’d get at least 10 more years before I had to worry about it.  I’m in my mid-twenties, I eat a low cholesterol diet anyway, and I’m not overweight and yet I have a Lipitor prescription.

There are players in the NFL that are younger than me.  For some reason, that really makes me feel old.  I guess it’s because as a kid, NFL players seemed like the real adults.  They’re out on the grid iron knocking each other around and they’re so freaking big.  Now I see these 22-year-old kids out there and they look like they’re 12.  Crazy.  It isn’t just the NFL either.  It’s all professional sports, the Olympics, and the military.  When did I get so old?

I have a chiropractor.  I always associated back pain with middle age and yet I manage to wrench my back on a somewhat regular basis.  I should be spending my money on alcohol, not chiropractor visits, right?

My high school friends have babies.  These people are stuck in time to me.  I remember them as they were in school.  We were kids together so it’s strange to see their Facebook photos with their own kids and spouses.  I’m like, “She’s too young to have a kid!”  And then, “Oh, yeah, she’s in her mid-twenties, too.  Whoops.”

I find myself thinking things like, “Kids these days.”  Like I’m an old geezer in the porch rocker talking about the good old days.  You don’t realize how quickly things change until you grow up and look at the things kids are watching and reading and listening to.  I’m at the upper end of Millennial so I’m one of the last kids who spent any part of their childhood without the internet, cell phones, or cable TV.  Older people will say things like, “I bet you don’t even remember a world without smart phones.”  And I’m like, “No, actually, I’m old.”