Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sean's Shameless Self Promotion

Hey everyone, I know you're still waiting for the top 4, but in the meantime I've been very active on youtube the last couple months. So if you like the Kingdom Hearts series and/or profanity and/or me, definitely check out my channel https://www.youtube.com/KBManimations

There aren't actually any animations, sadly, but still. At least subscribe to make me feel good about myself. You all are an awesome and dedicated audience, and I'd hate to lose you.

That's all for now, have a great summer!

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  1. Don't really have a Youtube account, but I'll watch anything and everything you do.

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  2. Shipping Wars Are StupidMay 25, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    DANCE WATER DANCE!!

    Now, then, Sean, tell me-who is the toughest Organization member?

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    1. Haha, that's a good question. When they ported the game to the ps4, part of the Xemnas fight stopped working properly, and they still haven't fixed it, so I'd say xemnas, especially at level 1. Although Larxene has probably eaten up the most of my life.

      If we're talking character/lore toughness, it's gotta be MY BOY AXEL

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    2. Having played a lot more Kingdom Hearts II (and 2.5) than my brother, I have my own ideas.

      Roxas is probably the easiest for me--my good friend Trinity Limit saved me a fair few times.

      Toughest is harder to say. Xemnas in general is pretty darn tough, and has a long, long fight. Vexen can be a real pain with his shield and clones. And then Leaxeus with his GIANT tomahawk...

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    3. I'll check it out later. I'm not really into Kingdom Hearts, but I do enjoy your take on things.

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    4. What about your son, Will? Kingdom Hearts is a franchise that a lot of teenagers enjoy.

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    5. My son is more into Minecraft and League of Legends.Especially Minecraft. Besides, the only gaming device in this household are the laptops.

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  3. Just watched your Level 1 battle against Data Roxas--it was awesome.

    But what made you decide to go through the whole thing on Level 1? Bragging rights?

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    1. Yup! Bragging rights. And just sort of seeing if I can do it. Glad you're enjoying it so much man! Both of your comments on this post make me genuinely thrilled, thank you

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    2. Hmmm...maybe Shipping and I need to start playing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 again (on our last game, we were at Level 33 and still on the Islands...we wanted to see how far we could get). Just to see if we can...

      Also, you're my friend Sean. I'll happily partake in whatever you write or produce...

      Speaking of independent works...I really should get back to my novels. Anybody want to read a novel where a Minotaur of royal lineage betrays his father after he forms an alliance with demonic beings?

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    3. Don't think I've heard of a protagonist minotaur before, could be interesting

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    4. You're tearing me up there Cryptid. In theory that novel sounds interesting; but I do also need to focus on encouraging my partner to publish her stories. She's pretty fantastic, but also poor self-esteem. For a while she was putting up some movie reviews and fanfictions online; but various things have really played with her self-esteem lately.

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    5. I know I've said bad things about Reddit before, but r/worldbuilding and r/WritingPrompts are great places for budding writers to develop their skills.

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  4. Boy Meets World is my favorite show and Kingdom Hearts is my favorite game series, so you know I'm all over this

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    1. You have IMPECCABLE taste. Always love to have you along man.

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  5. can u at least say when the top 4 posts will be out? or at least just when 4 will be?

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    1. Give. Them. Time.

      They. Will. Get. There. When. They. Get. There.

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    2. You would have to ask the C man. But this play that he wrote and produced and maybe directed opens next week, so he's still got his hands full for a minute. It's an unofficial sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which is cool.

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    3. "It's an unofficial sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which is cool."

      How does that work exactly, from a copyright perspective? Is this a spiritual successor, focusing on a side character? Or is it furthering Bueller's story?

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    4. iiiiiiiiiii'm not really sure, sorry

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  6. Sean, I must say I am having a blast watching some of these videos. I just watched the Monstro-Pegasus Cup, and enjoyed it immensely.

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  7. ^ i was just asking, calm down

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  8. Oh, Sean. I just remembered a bit of advice. Shipping and I discovered some time ago that if you come across Black Fungus Heartless (the black and purple mushrooms), that using the Gravity spell is a very, very good idea to fight them.

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    1. Yeah someone commented that on the video I think, definitely good advice

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    2. Of course, Shipping and I are also in the habit of level-grinding to obscenely high levels (we made it our goal to never leave the Islands without being on Level 12 or so), and then plowing through the Heartless.

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  9. I noticed you've been uploading a lot lately. I don't know what any of the words in the titles mean, but it's been nice to see that you're still around m8

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    1. Yeah well grad school starts in september, so I gotta cram as much youtubing in as I can before then

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  10. Just watched the Atlantica play-through, Sean. Man, I've forgotten how hard Ursula could be.

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  11. Maya liked Lucas before she became Riley and that steamy campfire kiss was more electric than the subway kiss. He was looking at Maya the whole time. Do you think farckle could like Riley as more than a friend? His laugh is his fav sound. He only went out with smackle because she wanted to. Smackle us too perfect. Riarckle would be the most realistic coupke

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    1. I don't remember this part in Kingdom Hearts, but I haven't played 0.2 yet. Sounds like Aqua meets some interesting characters in the RoD

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    2. Im talkibg about gmw. Sean pls answer this. Was the campfire kiss had more chemistry than the rucas subway kiss? Do you agree maya liked lucas before she became riley? Do you think far

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    3. This is an GMW question. Do you think farckle could like riley more than a friend? Riarckle would be the most realistic couple on the dc.so would lucaya and zaydora

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    4. I have no idea about any of these things. Watch Boy Meets World instead. I will answer any of your questions about Boy Meets World.

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    5. "Watch Boy Meets World instead. I will answer any of your questions about Boy Meets World."

      I already knew I liked your blogging style. I think you're my hero now.

      Joy - in all seriousness; I don't dislike GMW. I just can't find myself moved to care so much about what the characters did that we never saw.

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    6. Sean is the hero the Feeny-verse fandom needs.

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    7. So true. I remember finding Boy Meets World Reviewed; shortly after he'd wrapped it up. Then reading through every review.

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    8. Is that what brought you here, Will?

      I remember back when Sean was only in Season One of BMW Reviewed. Yeah, Shipping and I have been following for a very long time.

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    9. Possibly. I do remember wishing I'd heard of it earlier so I could participate in the discussions. But it was also about that time that I ran into some real fanatics of another fandom; so it put me off participating even here for a bit.

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    10. You guys are too good to me. When I first started I wondered if anyone else on earth cared about Eric wanting to go to college. But it meant so much to me that I had to get it out there, and people really responded to it.

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    11. I don't think that I personally have given either you or Christian enough credit for what you do. It was actually your reviews, even more than the hints in GMW, that got me interested into hunting down episodes of BMW. The majority of the fare that made it down here from America from the '80s and '90s that was aimed at kids/teens is not something I'd want to revisit now. Your reviews encouraged me to think that maybe I should give it the benefit of the doubt.

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    12. "Eric wanting to go to college"

      I think this is the kicker. This is one of the reasons why BMW holds up so well.

      The trope of a older teenager who didn't study nearly as much as they should have, struggling to get into college is not an uncommon one. But to my knowledge, BMW is the only show where it was a genuine struggle for Eric.

      Eric did poorly on the SATS and despite his best efforts, he did not get into college by the skin of his teeth. That's far more realistic, but it's also far rarer in sit-coms (On the "George Lopez" show and "Last Man Standing," similar plots occurred, but both times the slacker student wound up getting into college...which they frankly didn't deserve).

      BMW really is such a great show. I love BMW. I love Eric Matthews.

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  12. Yo Sean, been watching some of the KH II videos, specifically the World That Never Was, No Damage, Level 1 (Seriously, what is it with you and bragging rights?)

    Well, I am happy to say that I learned something. Counter Guard being extremely effective against Sephiroth was something I was not aware of, so kudos.

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    1. Level 1 No Damage is a category that's been around since the Final Mix PS2 days. I just wanted to prove I can roll with the best of them B)

      Also apparently Christian himself is playing Ferris, so I'm guessing it's mainly about Ferris

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    2. Acting and producing? Didn't he also write it?

      Huh, Christian's putting his Creative Writing degree to good use. Kudos to him.

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  13. Okay, hope you don't mind another KH question Sean, but this doesn't have much to do with bragging rights. More, the franchise as a whole.

    You mentioned in your play-through of Dream Drop Distance that you really didn't like "358 Days/2." I was curious about that--while it's not my favorite game to play, it's actually my second favorite story.

    Also, when on earth do you think KHIII is coming out? I'm hoping it's before we're Feeny's age.

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    1. 358's story is good, I'll take all the Axel I can get. The Organization has a lot of interesting characters. The inventory system was just really strange and trying to play with the Dpad on the DS was unbearable. If it were like a total overhaul on the PS4 where it played like one of the other games, I'd be down.

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    2. Yeah...there's a reason why I literally haven't PLAYED 358 Days since I beat it.

      But I love the story. I love Roxas and Axel and Xion.

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  14. Halfway through the Neverland/Hercules Cup video Sean.

    I'm having a lot of fun.

    Also, for the record, in Hallow Bastion, when you fight Riku for the first time, he's actually much harder if you had beaten him on Destiny Islands.

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  15. literally will friedleJune 3, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    I don't have much of an interest in Kingdom Hearts (I played the first game like a year after it came out, but never finished it), but I'll check this out.

    And I'm contemplating posting a link to my music <___< I don't remember if I mentioned this before, but I play a bunch of different instruments and uhh write stuff. No singing (I think my voice is awful and I hate trying to write lyrics) but I think it's okay.

    plz convince me seanzie

    also i'm pretty sure the top 4 will start on my birthday next week

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    1. Happy almost-birthday, literally will friedle!

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    2. I'd love to hear some of your jamz Will

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    3. literally will friedleJune 5, 2017 at 10:40 PM

      aww jeeeeeeeeeeez

      D:

      D:

      D:

      YOU GUYS WILL FIND OUT MY REAL NAME D:

      benposadas.bandcamp.com

      it's free to stream there


      I'd suggest listening to Two, Four and Five from Five, or like stuff from Least Awful Things (my "greatest hits"). My stuff is kind of folky-country with a prog bent, except I've moved away from the folky-country stuff.

      also now that you've seen me you know that i'm the second most handsome guy in this community (behind seanzie)

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    4. literally will friedleJune 6, 2017 at 8:11 PM

      Oh, and thanks, Cryptid!

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    5. dude Two is MY SHIT! and i'm not just being nice, i was listening to Five like "yeah I can come up with something good to say about this" but then I switched to Two and I was like OH SHIT. Now I'm on Four, this one's awesome too. Dude. I'd throw like 5 bucks in for the download if I weren't living off my credit card right now.

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    6. Glad to see you're in the beard club too. And also the "first name that's one degree of separation away from Boy Meets World" club.

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    7. Of course, that is all balanced out by the confirmation that you are not actually Will Friedle, so yeah, it's a zero-sum

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    8. literally will friedleJune 7, 2017 at 9:09 PM

      Yeah, Two is my favorite song of mine. I think it's the best thing I've ever written and will probably never be topped. You can also download it for free <_< I'm really glad that you like it, though. It's always kind of a weird feeling when I share muh SHIT with other people, because I have no confidence in it or myself.

      also in order:

      a. i actually shaved my beard off last october when the giants lost to the cubs (partially because of that, partially because i was never really convinced that it looked good and mostly because uhh this girl that i'm completely infatuated with is really into beards and the only reason i kept it as long as i did was because i knew that but also she uhh isn't/wasn't interested in me so YEEEEEAAAHHHHHHH [although like BODY LANGUAGE says that she is but there's no point in dwelling on that right]). i'm thinking about growing it back, because like...it's getting hot and so i don't really want a beard, but i wet-shave with a shaving brush and safety razor and stuff, so i need to use hot water and FUCK THAT

      b. yeah. i want to say that i was originally going to be "ben sandwich" on here (well, bmw-reviewed) but ben sandwich proper beat me to it.

      c. I MIGHT STILL BE WILL FRIEDLE. I may have found some random dude's bandcamp page.

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    9. it's free -> i know, but i wanted to symbolically buy you a beer or a taco or something
      it's hot -> don't go outside, like me
      girls -> life is pain
      ben sandwich -> that guy's brother? bread sandwich?

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    10. literally will friedleJune 7, 2017 at 11:15 PM

      money -- download it for free and then pay me when you have some extra money in ten years <___<

      stay inside -- i walk to work D:

      girls -- everything is the worst. also i genuinely don't understand women at all. i don't mean "I ASKED THIS BROAD IF SHE WANTED TO FUCK BUT SHE SLAPPED ME WHYYYYYYY" but like "she's looking at me what does that mean that girl smiled at me why i don't get it she's laughing and smiling WHAT IS HAPPENING"

      bread sandwich -- oh, from that show!

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    11. I've started listening to it too, literally will friedle.

      I like Track 5 quite a bit. It actually kind of reminds me of Eric, marching to his own beat.

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    12. literally will friedleJune 9, 2017 at 12:03 AM

      Thanks, Cryptid! It's funny that you say that, because Eric/Will (obviously) wasn't on my mind, but I can kind of hear it a bit <___<

      also, funny story about that track: it's a few different parts that are all in different time signatures (the first bit is in 5/4, and then uhhhhh I don't remember the others. I know the drums are 4/4 [pretty standard], but the rest are like 6/4, 7/4 and 9/4 and maybe more) and that just kind of run all over each other. It was inspired in part by Terry Riley's "In C" which is basically a set of melodic figures that are played in a progression by each instrumentalist in an orchestra. so basically like they all start off playing the same thing but then each person moves along through the figures at whatever pace he or she feels like (you can move forward whenever and even skip figures, but you can never move back). when you get to the last one you stick on it until everyone gets there. anyway, that whole idea actually reminds me a bit of eric too, in particular the "go ahead and move around whenever you want"

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    13. Woah super late reply here but Terry Riley is awesome and the comment section of this blog is the last place I expected him to be mentioned. You rock Will.

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    14. I don't really think there's such a thing as "super late" replies 'round these parts anymore Jacob.

      "Terry Riley"....must put it on the list....

      And I do love how varied the commenters are here. We have most of the English speaking world--I've seen posters from Canada, Australia, at least once from Great Britain.

      And one time, there was someone who was able to guess my favorite author from an off-hand comment I made on what I was writing.

      I love it here!

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  16. Hey Sean, just saw your video on Xemnas and really enjoyed it.

    Also, remember Cowboy Bebop. Yeah, looks like a live-action version is in the works.

    http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/cowboy-bebop-live-action-tv-series-1202454831/

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    1. Yeah well we just saw how well Ghost in the Shell worked out, so I'm having a hard time getting excited about it

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    2. Also thank you! I worked really hard on that xemnas video.

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  17. Hey fellas.

    Apparently, in Philadelphia last weekend, there was a con of some sort, and Will Friedle and Rider Strong were both there. And there was a BMW panel too...

    https://twitter.com/fangeeker/status/870007434491842560

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  18. Sean!

    Since you're currently working on Kingdom Hearts 2.5, I thought it might interest you to check out the brand-new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaHSpUZgW24

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  19. Oh my. My partner pointed out to me the other day, that my son is at risk of having a Feeny in regards to the same teacher throughout his entire high school career. Same English teacher for three years.

    Unfortunately; she's not really a very good teacher.

    In other news, he's moving through season 5 quite slowly. He just saw the halloween episode. This -is- the season my partner starts getting very anti-Cory in regards to how he treats other people.

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    1. Season 5 is, as Milestones and Sean have put it, the first season that doesn't feel as if there's noticeable improvement between seasons.

      There are definitely elements of Season 5 I don't like very much--Lauren. But after that abomination of a Triangle in GMW, [How I hate Lucas Friar] I will never complain about Lauren ever again.

      And there's definitely some very good elements in Season 5. "Eskimo" comes to mind.

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    2. I don't actually dislike Lauren for Lauren. I do dislike how Cory, and even Topanga, dealt with it. And well yeah; love triangles are well and good if they are done right - the GMW one was not. I didn't actually really hate Lucas until the triangle. I didn't really feel anything for him. But that the outcome was that he knew -all the time- who he liked, but held back out of fear of hurting someone?

      What I -do- find interesting about Season 5 is that I think it's arguably the season where the characters other than Cory get their best chance to shine - if for no other reason than a lot of the Cory-centric episodes are not, this season, some of the stronger ones, but Shawn ones, and Eric ones as well, often are.

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    3. Oh, I don't dislike Lauren nearly as much as I used to. I disliked the Lauren Arc as a whole--or I did in high school and college, when I fell in love with BMW. But in the last couple years that's diminished somewhat. I guess it's just not the sort of stressor I would have done--though I'm not sure of what I actually would have done.

      And that's a fair point--Lauren threw Cory for a loop, whether she intended it or not. Friar on the other hand strung Riley along since virtually the second episode which is when he first realized she liked him (not to mention his disgustingly immature behavior whenever a different boy expressed interest in Riley)

      On the note of the Everyone-But-Cory-Gets-Their-Chance-to-Shine in Season 5. We did get "Eric Hollywood" which is one of the funniest episodes ever, and has a remarkably touching B-plot where Topanga and Shawn reconcile their strained friendship independently of Cory. And of course "Eskimo" is perhaps Shawn's very best episode (Amusingly, I once saw one GMW fan who was less familiar with BMW as a whole describe it as an entire season's worth of character development in one episode)

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    4. Exactly. I think I've stated a few times I didn't hate Lucas at first - and still quite like Zay. But with his attitude at the Si Lodge; both in referring to someone else talking to her, as well as not saying anything because he didn't want to hurt Maya, sucked. And way back in season 2, Charlie Gardner had a point. You do -not- get to be jealous when you're refusing to say anything. (Jealously isn't great at the best of times, but at least if you've stated your intentions, it is not necessarily the worst thing ever - Cory got jealous; though Topanga did a pretty good job of puncturing it most of the time).

      I don't think Cory never, ever gets the chance to shine in Season 5; but the Eskimo is a pretty good example that the other characters shine a lot more than in previous seasons. But I definitely think that various episodes mean my partner isn't as keen to watch them this year - because yeah, there's "Eskimo" and "Eric Hollywood" - but there's also "No guts, no Cory" or "A very Topanga Christmas". Which given her growing dislike of Cory's relationship with Topanga, or more precisely, how he copes with it, is not a good episode for her. (So does this mean each season of BMW was an entire show's worth of character development in a single season?)

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    5. I still hold Zay in low regard not just because he wasn't funny at all for the first half of his appearances [he may have ended up being funny, but that took quite a while], but also because of his complete irrelevance to the plot [He has one conversation with Riley in between his intro episode and "Real World."]

      I actually think the GMW fan was more referring to how "Eskimo" was more or less the growth we'd see from an entire season of GMW.

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    6. I liked "A Very Topanga Christmas." I grew up hearing my parents talking about how marriage is hard enough without adding another degree of complication like race or religion (It's not that my parents were opposed to it. They were wonderful and welcoming to the woman my older brother married who subscribed to a different faith). I didn't fully understand what they meant until I saw this episode. "A Very Topanga Christmas" very clearly put the issue into focus for me.

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    7. Kit - I don't dislike "A Very Topanga Christmas" exactly. But really, it is one, mainly, for the Corpanga shippers. There may be some who like it despite it; but if you're not a fan of Corpanga, like my partner isn't (or more precisely, she's not a fan of Cory - and to be honest, even differing traditions aside, he's not at his best in this episode), it's not going to be one of your favourites.

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    8. Hi Kit, long time no see. That's a fair point about the episode, and wasn't one I had fully considered.

      Part of the problem for "A Very Topanga Christmas" is that Topanga seems a bit too demanding--it's one thing for Topanga to drink cider over eggnog, and it's not something for Cory to fuss over. But insisting on a "real" Christmas tree, and demanding they drive hours to cut it down instead of getting it from a lot is ridiculous.

      That said, I do enjoy Shawn and Jack trying to connect.

      As I recall, 1960poster remarked a while back his disappointment that we never got to see some of the Christmas compromises Cory and Topanga made with their own family [Though Riley strikes me as more of a hot cocoa drinker than either eggnog or cider].

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    9. literally will friedleJune 18, 2017 at 2:34 PM

      "...Topanga seems a bit too demanding..."

      Uhh, more than a bit <_<

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    10. Topanga is very demanding yeah. But what finally tips Cory over the edge is actually not really that bad - and he is guilty very much of not actually trying to talk to her about it. Just takes off. Jack and Shawn are finding compromises, when they still don't really know each other, and it take a crazy-stupid dream sequence for Cory to realise that compromises, rather than one way or the other, is what needs to happen.

      I do think it seems they have an actual tree in GMW. To be honest, in my experience, what tends to happen is you start your own traditions when you have your own family; rather than it being a compromised mish-mash of the two.

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    11. Hey guys, interesting discussion. When I was first starting watching GMW, my working theory was that Lucas was being set up to become a bad, or at least unreliable, boyfriend, the eventual teen romance to end in disappointment for Riley. That feels like something I have said before, and I will never know now.

      It took a long while to warm up to Zay. As originally conceived, he was impossible to like.

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    12. I'm not sure; but that's partially because I have no faith in Disney letting something interesting like that happen. He was clearly, at least in season 1, being set up to be 'Prince Charming'.

      On the other hand, Jacobs has stated on more than one occasion, that Lucas+Riley was not going to be Cory + Topanga. I believe the words were something like 'there will only be one Cory and Topanga'. Season 3 in particular was not showing him in a good light in regards to good boyfriend material.

      I always liked Zay. Whether a GMW-style show was a good showcase for that kind of character though... unlike, Friends for example, it did better with a small, very tight group of friends. In some respects, I think even adding Smackle as a somewhat regular didn't really work.

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    13. Milestones! My friend, it's been far too long1

      Disney seems to operate in two basic storylines in regards to love, as far as the Disney Channel Live Action Universe is concerned [these are the shows made by It's A Laugh Productions). Usually, there's either the one romance interest that keeps coming around despite several breakups and occasional one-episode interests (Not unlike Topanga was...only usually far more generic. Friar is not the first in the line of boring-as-hell boyfriends on the Disney Channel) or else part of the group and they toe the line between friend and boyfriend and it takes forever and is annoying (Triangle aside, the will-they, won't they we got from Riley and Friar in Season One and Two is hardly unique, just far more singular)

      I hated Zay at first--I dislike characters that delight in their stupidity and any character who sings about being a member of the D-D-D-D-D-F club isn't just someone to not like. It's a character to hate.

      It took a long time to warm up to him--until Texas. And then the Triangle came around, and the realization that Friar had communicated with Zay in "Creativity" led me to conclude that Zay knew that his friend had feelings for both girls for a very long time. He knew what was going on, and did nothing to stop it. I do not like characters who stand aside.

      Plus there was the fact that he had virtually no impact whatsoever on the plot of any episode apart from "Texas" after his introduction until "Real World."

      I've made no secret of my hatred of Friar, and I think a fair bit of it spills over onto Say, for better or worse.

      Say what you will of her role in Season 3, Isadora actually mattered a LOT in the episodes she was in before she joined the group in high school. And she tended to play semi-important roles when she did appear...though I would have killed for an episode that focused just on the three girls.

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    14. And yet, Maya responds to that with "I know that tune!" but we love Maya. Maya tends to delight in her stupidity too - though this is a real issue with kids shows today; not just Disney ones, that they don't draw the line very effectively between 'academically stupid' and 'streetwise stupid'. Maya... usually does okay with this; but we are still told constantly that it's only improving herself academically that makes her worthwhile.

      The point is that in season 3; Zay had no less of an impact than Smackle or even Farkle. I think Zay suffered quite majorly from the fact that all the storylines had to be about -all- the kids at once. It made it really hard to get development for the late-running Zay. I think he tends a little bit the way Jar Jar in the Phantom Menace suffered - he was clearly written as someone for the kids to laugh at.

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    15. "And yet, Maya responds to that with "I know that tune!" but we love Maya. Maya tends to delight in her stupidity too"

      I knew the moment I posted the comment, somebody would rightly bring this point up.

      I don't disagree for the most part--I've long loathed how laziness in academia is often treated as a joke. Sure there were plenty of jokes in the original show about how Cory and Eric and Shawn could be stupid-heads, and Eric's laziness and his realization that it isn't what he wants to be defined by later in life prove to be one of the things that made the original show so special. And there were several episodes where Feeny said "I know you can do better."

      We get pieces of this with Maya, but it's often maudlin and then that stupid arc in Season 3 undoes so much work. But we never get any indication that Zay is trying to do better in school.

      And I do agree that all of the characters suffered from having the group be so centralized, but at the same time, I never wanted a group that large in the first place, and I'd say half of them were not needed for the show at all [Power Trios are still my favorite].

      I acknowledge your point about Jar Jar, but I think that better describes Auggie and Ava [Especially if we go with Jar Jar secretly being a Sith Lord]. Zay was introduced, in my view, to flesh out Bucky McBoring [instead of just banishing Bucky McBoring back to Boring Land].

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    16. I acknowledge that this particular show may have been better served with less; but I know my son for example, finds Zay hilarious. Now, whether he would have been a better character in a show which did better with a large ensemble, where people had individual arcs I admit we don't know for certain, I just think he may have.

      And if you want to scale it back to a power trio of Riley, Maya and Farkle I have no real issue with this - I just don't think Zay is less deserving than Lucas particularly, or even what we saw of Smackle in Season 3.

      Large groups of friends can work; but you need to be more along the lines of sharing the spotlight around, rather than trying to force them all into one story. Now whether having a large group of friends is too abrupt given the strongest years of BMW were probably when the show mainly focused on the Shawn/Cory/Topanga dynamic; or whether Jacobs is the kind of writer who does well with large groups (given BMW probably wasn't as good with the additions of Jack, Angela and especially Rachel); is a different question entirely.

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    17. Cryptid456-Topanga is going over the top to force Cory to adopt her family's traditions, and that's wrong. To me, the episode was never about who was right or who was wrong. Watching it, I wasn't taking sides, it was just one of those rare light bulb moments. It resonated with me, because it hit me that "oh, this was what my Mom was talking about."

      Cryptid456-"though I would have killed for an episode that focused just on the three girls." I would have loved an episode that split up the characters by gender. The girls go off in the city and have an age appropriate adventure, and so do the boys.

      Will van Roekel-"Large groups of friends can work; but you need to be more along the lines of sharing the spotlight around, rather than trying to force them all into one story." I agree with this 100%. It's part of why "M*A*S*H" and "Friends" worked so well.

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    18. "To me, the episode was never about who was right or who was wrong. Watching it, I wasn't taking sides, it was just one of those rare light bulb moments. It resonated with me, because it hit me that "oh, this was what my Mom was talking about."

      Well, you can't say fairer than that, Kit. "AVTC" is not my favorite BMW holiday episode by any stretch of the imagination (Turkey Day and Santa's Little Helper [Season One] take that honor) but if you enjoyed it so much then that's great

      I acknowledge your point, but I think I actually would have preferred an episode with just Riley, Maya, and Isadora.

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    19. I agree with Cryptid on that one. If they were going to have a large cast; they needed to do more of having characters sitting out for the majority of the episode. Personally, given how blind Riley is about Lucas, I'd also want it to be about the other pointing out how controlling and jealous he is.

      M*A*S*H is a good example. Friends... well; once the initial Ross/Rachel romance played out they didn't do a good job on that. It became the Ross and Rachel show; with far too much time spent on setting up their eventual reunion.

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    20. Yeah, I'm with Will. I don't object to mixing up dynamics, but there's still only so much time to tell the story. 22 minutes is not a long time, especially since a good minute is eaten up by the theme song and the tag scene is almost always inconsequential [not bad, but just inconsequential].

      And while I'm certainly the last person to object that Lucas Friar is a controlling, jealous, coward, I'm not sure how many of the group would actually raise those points. Maya was right next to him when he threw his tantrum in Ski Lodge, and I don't see Zay doing it either.

      Of course, the most logical course of action would have Riley and Friar double-date with Farkle and Isadora and using them as a foil.

      I still haven't seen a full episode of Friends.

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    21. Cryptid456-"I think I actually would have preferred an episode with just Riley, Maya, and Isadora"

      I'd totally be on board for that, but they would have to have a line or two to explain why the boys aren't there. It could be as simple as Farkle is at a family event while Lucas and Zay have tickets to one of the Texas teams playing an away game in New York and they're making a day of it.

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    23. Fair enough--throwaway lines to explain temporary absences are pretty common. Also, as a plot point, much as I loathe the Yankees, if they were to no-hit the Texas Rangers, or outscore them by thirty points to nothing (Or both), then that means the two Texans saw their team get stomped. I would laugh

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    24. If we continue with Smackle not pretending she has a crush on Lucas anymore, I could see her stating it as she thought that's what boyfriends were meant to be like. "You know more about dating than I do. I thought it was normal!"

      Well as long as the sporting event isn't against the Knicks. Because Lucas going to a basketball event and -not- inviting Riley... might actually make a point to someone.

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    25. "If we continue with Smackle not pretending she has a crush on Lucas anymore, I could see her stating it as she thought that's what boyfriends were meant to be like. "You know more about dating than I do. I thought it was normal!"

      Given that Isadora's first experience with "normal" students were Riley and Maya and Farkle, and seeing how Farkle was in full-on "Ladies" Mode, and later on seeing Maya and Lucas with their banter, I'd say that's a reasonable assumption.

      As for the Knicks, I don't know--considering he went home for the holidays and went out of his way to avoid telling Riley, I'd say that's actually quite in line for Friar's character.

      And now I'm imagining what Riley would do if the boys [sans Farkle, who I doubt would actually want to go to a basketball game in the first place] went to see the Knicks without her.

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    26. "And now I'm imagining what Riley would do if the boys [sans Farkle, who I doubt would actually want to go to a basketball game in the first place] went to see the Knicks without her."

      Even worse - what if they won! I actually find it quite distressing that in Maya's big speech to Lucas about how he should go find her, she never warned him about hurting her. I just find Lucas' attitude in season 3 in particular to be disgusting; and I have this faint hope that Maya was meant to challenge him on it later during season 4 - that's the whole thing about how it's Maya and Riley's friendship that's the most important that was meant to be what Season 4 was about. It's the only that makes him not being called out on it during season 3 okay.

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    27. "Even worse - what if they won!"

      And if Riley missed it....do you the the Minkus penthouse has a giant vault to hide in? [I'm actually amused by the idea that Minkus would get big money vault like Scrooge McDuck, but that's a topic for another day. Like tomorrow...]

      "I actually find it quite distressing that in Maya's big speech to Lucas about how he should go find her, she never warned him about hurting her"

      Which is especially strange, considering they "justified" the Triangle by Maya "testing" Lucas to see if he was "safe" for Riley. [Which is was just stupid, but made worse by there being relatively muted reaction to Friar's tantrum over Evan]

      "and I have this faint hope that Maya was meant to challenge him on it later during season 4"

      That'd be too long a wait, in my opinion. (But then, I wanted him gone in Season 2) Having said that, I'm completely on board with a confrontation. But although Maya's the obvious choice to do so, I'm not sure she's the best. And more to the point, in the event that a confrontation could turn physical (which knowing Friar, would not be unlikely), Maya would be squashed flat. Tough she may be, the girl is smaller than Isadora.

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    28. You think Farkle would actually let Lucas use his home to hide from Riley when he brought it on himself?

      That reaction to Evan was crazy. Topanga reacted to Lauren better even when she found out everything; and Lauren did seem at that point, a far more genuine threat to their relationship than Evan ever was. Not to mention, at the point she was talking to him, Lucas was still staying mum because 'I don't want to damage the friendship'.

      If you want the kids to handle it; none of them could stand up to Lucas physically. Maya would do better than the rest; unless you want to recruit Billy Ross or Charlie Gardner. Though maybe Shawn stepping in wouldn't take away power from the kids the way Cory or Topanga would.

      "You hurt my best friends daughter, who is also my kids best friend?"

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    29. "If you want the kids to handle it; none of them could stand up to Lucas physically. Maya would do better than the rest; unless you want to recruit Billy Ross or Charlie Gardner. "

      True, but I wouldn't put it past Farkle or Isadora to just build a giant laser and melt him

      "Though maybe Shawn stepping in wouldn't take away power from the kids the way Cory or Topanga would."

      Which just goes to show that whether kids want to admit it or not, they need parents.

      I'm not quite sure if I agree that Cory or Topanga stepping in would actually "take power away" from the kids, but even if it does, it'd be necessary, if such things were to occur. While Cory and Topanga did take a back seat in "Flaws" and "Rileytown," it was also clear that if things in those episodes got worse, then they needed to go to the adults.

      I'd have no issue with Shawn stepping in in itself, mind you. Especially since he doesn't hold to the same One True Love mantra that Cory and Topanga set whether they meant to or not.

      It actually be interesting to see Shawn go Papa Wolf--he's got an edge to him, an Alan-like toughness that Cory doesn't have.

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    30. Cory/Topanga stepping in would be a very calm, measured debate as it were - and Topanga pointing out legalities if Lucas did go as bad as it might.

      Shawn stepping in would be somewhat akin to Alan in "Cult Fiction". And yeah, he's a lot more aware of how exceptional Cory/Topanga was I think. Though they did admit how they weren't the norm near the end of BMW; I don't think they really (until recently, anyway) realised how their relationship can impact others around them, and their beliefs on love.

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    31. "Cory/Topanga stepping in would be a very calm, measured debate as it were - and Topanga pointing out legalities if Lucas did go as bad as it might."

      Everybody. Loves. Stuart.

      Cory does have a temper to him--it just takes severe provocation to piss him off. If a certain boy who strung his daughter along for two years were to actually hurt her physically, then all bets are off.

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    32. Yeah; but we're not talking, yet anyway, about him taking to hitting Riley. I mean if that's the case; Lucas has got more to worry about than Cory regardless; but yes, if it went that far that's an issue. I'm just not sure he'd find that part of himself if we're just talking about his controlling/jealous nature.

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    33. Cryptid456-

      "True, but I wouldn't put it past Farkle or Isadora to just build a giant laser and melt him"

      I would love to see Farkle or Isadora plotting some type of Bond villian weapon to get even with someone who hurt Riley or Maya. I think they would both be touched at the effort and thought, but would say they'd rather handle it themselves, but if it doesn't work, "I'll keep your crazy super-weapon as a back-up."

      "It actually be interesting to see Shawn go Papa Wolf--he's got an edge to him, an Alan-like toughness that Cory doesn't have."

      I would love to see Shawn go Papa Wolf for Maya or Riley.

      "Cory does have a temper to him--it just takes severe provocation to piss him off. If a certain boy who strung his daughter along for two years were to actually hurt her physically, then all bets are off."

      I would love to see Cory and Shawn both upset and ready to inflict serious damage on someone. Cory would be the type to go just plain crazy and crazy has no rules or limits. Shawn would be more methodical and just plain intimidating/threatening.

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    34. I actually think when angry Cory has been more effective than Shawn, it's just that he gets angry so much less often. Shawn's angry always tended to have a twinge of why pissiness to it. But Cory, when like furious, wasn't *scary* per say, but I felt it more. Angry Shawn always feels like he could start crying at any moment, Angry Cory doesn't.

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    35. By the way, hi everyone, I'm Christian. I'm new here.

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    36. Christian! The Prodigal Blog Administrator returns! Welcome home!

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    37. How'd the play go anyway? It was a sequel to Ferris Bueler according to Sean.

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    38. Oh, and back to the subject at hand--Christian has a legitimate point. He articulates the WHAT of Angry Cory well. He isn't angry often, but when he is, watch out. [Unfortunately, we don't get to see Cory angry very often in GMW. Riley's a well-behaved kid but there were times when he should have been sterner. And there's definitely room for a story where Cory gets angry, for what he believes to be legitimate reasons, but

      I actually wondering what role their upbringing has to do with this. Shawn may have been told growing up that "boys don't cry," so he resorts to angsty anger more readily than Cory.

      And looking back to the earlier comments about confrontation, with regard to the Matthews family, I'm now pondering what Uncle Eric or Grandpa Alan would do if someone hurt Riley. Eric has a sort of angry-cry to him, with "The War" and "Brotherly Shove" coming to mind, but then "Brotherly Shove" also confirms that he is more than willing to use his fists to protect loved ones. And Alan...would likely EAT anyone who got him angry enough.

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    39. For angry-Eric if we're talking about Lucas treating Riley badly; I'm thinking more "Long Walk to Pittsburgh, Part 1". He doesn't get angrily easily; and now it's probably even harder to do so; but I feel there's a capability of a little bit of Alan in him if someone hurts his family. We saw goofy Eric mainly in GMW; but I don't think that means the Eric that threatened Shawn when he thought Shawn was trying to steal Topanga has just vanished.

      And yeah. If Lucas thinks that he can hurt Riley and not have some problems with Alan, he's stupider than I thought.

      Aah, all the missed opportunities.

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    40. Will van Roekel-" If Lucas thinks that he can hurt Riley and not have some problems with Alan, he's stupider than I thought."

      If Lucas ever hurt Riley his best chance for survival would be to duck out of the room while Alan, Cory, Shawn, and Eric were arguing about who gets first crack and who gets to kill him.

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    41. "f Lucas ever hurt Riley his best chance for survival would be to duck out of the room while Alan, Cory, Shawn, and Eric were arguing about who gets first crack and who gets to kill him."

      And Topanga trumps the lot of them. She's fiercely loyal to those she cares about.

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    42. Will van Roekel-"And Topanga trumps the lot of them. She's fiercely loyal to those she cares about."

      I love it! While the men are arguing, she handles things and Lucas never dares hurt another woman again.

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    43. We never really go to see much of Alan in GMW, which is a darned shame--though hardly surprising, as grand-parents rarely show up for more than an episode or two on any show on the Disney Channel, and even on the original show, we only saw Grandma Matthews once, and Nana Boo-boo once.

      Still, Alan and Amy being the wonders that they are, I'd have liked to have seen them. I can't help but wonder what Amy would do if Riley asked for advice on romance. Amy never really bought into Corpanga as One True Loves, and I can't help but think she'd have a dim view of Bucky McBoring.

      As for Alan, I think he'd provide something vital to the show's structure. He'd show that a strict parent, is not a bad parent. Hopefully. And I've said before, that I liked the idea of Alan appearing for a presentation for Veteran's Day at the school.

      Also, if Topanga gets to destroy Friar, can she destroy Mrogenstern too? I acknowledge that her behavior improved (marginally) but Ava's gotten away with treating Auggie terribly, and even in Season 3 she treated him badly.

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    44. Amy could well have been the key to puncturing the myth about true love that Riley holds; last episode notwithstanding. I know Topanga tried with Auggie; but it's really quite hard to argue against "But it worked for you!".

      I don't mind if she destroys Ava exactly. I just wish if they were going with her being like she is because her parents were constantly fighting, they did something with that rather than it fading into obscurity after it's announced they're divorcing.

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    45. As much as I despise and detest Friar in general, I do have to admit that the final episode, where he and Riley break up amicably and stay broken up, is superbly handled.

      The problem course arises with the Everything Else he's ever done--stringing both girls along for two years, knowing Riley had feelings for him when he did not return them and not making it explicit that he did not, describing the girls to Zay first by their physical appearances [Awful though his behavior often was, even Farkle at his earliest stages described them by their personalities], and his behavior towards anybody else who expressed interest in Riley--to say nothing of how he treated Riley in those situations, I'm still inclined to see him get his comeuppance. Preferably from someone with the surname "Matthews" though I'm open to "Hunter" or even "Minkus" and honestly wouldn't mind seeing "Keiner" or "Stechino"

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    46. Whilst I agree with Lucas getting his comeuppance, if we're willing to go for Minkus, Keiner or Stechino, I'd open the floor up to Turner or even Lawrence.

      To be fair; describing by looks alone is more how he describes Maya. Riley was 'the pretty brunette who never gives up on anyone or anything, and no sacrifice is too big for her friends".

      I'm... actually unconvinced they would have stayed broken up if we'd had another season. They didn't break up exactly, just acknowledged that they weren't going to try for a long-distance relationship; and weren't going to go against Cory/Topanga on it. I suspect if we'd had a 4th season; they would have reunited over the summer, or in the first episode back.

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    47. "To be fair; describing by looks alone is more how he describes Maya. Riley was 'the pretty brunette who never gives up on anyone or anything, and no sacrifice is too big for her friends".

      ...well, your memory is far better than mine.

      But I think they would have stayed broken up. And given that the idea of a romantic relationship was at the heart of their friendship--and that Friar repeatedly proved to be a lousy friend otherwise--I don't know. [How the heck didn't he know that Riley was a Knicks fan? Even if Farkle and Maya go out of their way not to mention them (which is reasonable), did he never ask Riley so simple a question as "Riley, what'd you watch on TV last night?")

      Speaking for myself, I wanted Riley to have several love interests and to learn something new from each. I wanted something genune to develop with Charlie--and I'm convinced that was Will Friedle's intention when he wrote "Semi-formal."

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    48. Yeah; but he'd been a pretty lousy friend for two years and Riley still wanted to date him. I dunno. My partner has issues with the Cory/Topanga relationship; but at the very least you can see how they got there. I just can't see how Lucas moved from initial attraction.

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    49. Cryptid456 -"As for Alan, I think he'd provide something vital to the show's structure. He'd show that a strict parent, is not a bad parent. Hopefully."

      I'm not sure I would describe Alan as strict. That being said, it would have been great if there was an episode where Cory was stumped at how to deal with a situation with Riley, and Topanga asked him, what would your father have done? We might have gotten to see a different side of Cory.

      "And I've said before, that I liked the idea of Alan appearing for a presentation for Veteran's Day at the school."

      That would have been good. Out of curiosity, did you have anything beyond the idea of a Veteran's Day episode? Did you have any ideas for what the plot might be?

      "Speaking for myself, I wanted Riley to have several love interests and to learn something new from each. I wanted something genune to develop with Charlie--and I'm convinced that was Will Friedle's intention when he wrote "Semi-formal."

      This would have been fantastic. Even Cory and Topanga dated other people before ending up together.

      Will van Roekel- "I suspect if we'd had a 4th season; they would have reunited over the summer, or in the first episode back."

      I hope not (although it probably would have happened). I like the idea of seeing them staying friends (realizing they work better as friends than a romantic couple). I like the idea of the two of them growing a little and realizing they are okay with dating other people.

      If there had been a 4th season, I wish that Thor and his friends would make frequent appearances and be the someone who isn't related to them/a teacher to go to for advice. As a result of the divorce, Ava and her family move away. Auggie is seen at the dinning table and when his story impacts Riley, or when Riley's story is based on Auggie.

      Also, in this hypothetical 4th season, they don't force all 6 kids into every subplot. The writers would start letting some of Riley's friends get subplots. Essentially make the show a mash-up of "Boy Meets World" and "Friends" for tweens.

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    50. I was talking what I thought would happen; not what I wanted. I'd prefer Lucas to go back to Texas. In fact, I'd prefer to keep Ava than Lucas; purely because she seemed to be improving. Lucas, if anything, was getting worse.

      I didn't like Thor. Let a bully be a bully. He's either a bully, or a mentor, but that 'fake-bully' thing was such a cop-out. Most bullies, in my experience (and given I went to a private catholic school, I dealt with it a lot), don't start trying to get better till after high school.

      I agree with your concept about not forcing all six kids into every subplot though. And as long as we keep the 'meant to be' angle that Friends had out of it, yeah.

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    51. Will van Roekel-I would have been okay with Thor and his friends being bullies/antagonists. It would have added something to the series. Having redeemed Thor and his friends, it seemed like a waste not to use them more.

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    52. Kit - The problem was, they were never 'redeemed'as it were. They just said they were doing it all along to make sure Riley and co were 'ready'. I mean, come on. Even if I accept that a graduating student cares whether the school is 'in good hands' after they're gone, which is hard enough; if they're the sort of student that cares there -had- to be a better way to make sure Riley and her friends didn't drift apart. And that's not going to work anyway. Isadora is really Farkle's friend who hangs out due to association and she has problems making any friends; Zay is really just a friend-in-law. Lucas isn't likely to stay friends once the romance has played out in all honesty. Even Farkle is borderline. Riley and Maya would stick it out; but they have to acknowledge the fact their life -will- take them in different directions, and being forced to stay together by fake-bullying just isn't going to work long-term. And we're meant to buy that Thor isn't as dumb as he acts, so we have to question that anyone but someone truly stupid would think that would have an effect.

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  20. Just watched the Hades Cup and Gold Match last night Sean. I laughed hard at the Ice Titan, to be honest.

    Also, I wish I had known ahead of time so I could have warned you about using Aero on the Titan.

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  21. Happy Father's Day everyone!

    Let's all raise a glass to Alan Matthews, greatest of all sit-com fathers! In his name, let us watch "On the Fence," "Father Knows Less," "Model Family," "Kid Gloves," "Career Day," "Rave On," "I Ain't Going to Spray Lettuce No More," "Wheels," "Turkey Day," "Uncle Daddy," "Raging Cory," "Prom-ises, Prom-ises," "Better Than the Average Cory," and"I'm Going to Be Like You Dad." [I was tempted to include "Family Trees," but feel free to skip that one. Eric is too mean and Alan was NOT in Coast Guard]

    Also, in Chet Hunter's name, let's watch "Janitor Dad," "We'll Have a Good Time Then," "Getting Hitched," and "Road Trip"

    Oh, and in Jonathan Turner's name watch "He Said, She Said" and "I Never Sang for My Legal Guardian"

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    1. Have to wait for me to celebrate Father's Day. First Sunday in September in Australia.

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    2. I'll makes a note of that. Say, isn't your birthday in the first week of September as well?

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    3. Yeah it is. It's on the 5th; so every few years they land on the same day.

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  22. Currently watching the Live Stream of Sean playing Kingdom Hearts 2.5 on Level 1

    Go Sean! GO!

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    1. Cryptid my friend, I will join you in cheering Sean on, even if I'm not really sure what this is (the internet says a computer game) and would never be able to figure out how to watch.

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    2. Ah, Milestones...explaining Kingdom Hearts is complicated. There are entire hour-length videos describing it [Consider, that it would probably take ten minutes to describe Star Wars if we only use the movies].

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm-NoyqzGkY

      If you want a shorter version, there's this one

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99hSFcl5LK4

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