*Review contains spoilers, so read at your own risk!*
Normally, I don't do reviews for half hour sitcoms, but I've gotta do it at least for the pilot episode of this show because I was super excited to learn that they were making a spin-off of the already amazing original and they made it even better by getting Cory and Topanga back and I hear some characters are even making special appearances, too!
Meet Riley Matthews who is trying to make her way in the world, just like her dad did in the original series. She has a best friend just like Shawn was and even has a somewhat annoying classmate like Minkus was.
I loved how they hinted to some of the original stories. Maybe a little too much with the homework protest. I'm surprised Cory didn't say "Yes, I would totally do that", seeing as he actually did lead one. But I am hoping that this won't be the main premise of the show and that they will create their own stories themselves and not copy off the original. It would be cute, but I don't think I'd enjoy it that much. It was cute for a starter episode. To make all of us adult fans of the show remember those episodes, but to have that always be like that, I think, would get a little old. But we will have to wait to see what kind of situations they want these kids to get into.
In the first episode, I was hoping for more appearances by older characters then just Mr. Feeny. Of course, I don't think all the characters were signed on right away, so that could partly be it. Nothing against the part with Mr. Feeny, though. It was awesome seeing Cory look back and have him see Mr. Feeny say that he did well. I was a little bummed that it was just his imagination that saw that, but still, it was a nice touch to throw that in there.
By the end of the show, Riley realizes that she needs to be herself and still protect her friends, which is what her dad was trying to teach her all along and finally gave her a subway pass.
It was a great pilot episode and I can't wait to see what the show goes on to do and I hear that other guest appearances will happen, so that might be mainly why I watch the show. To see all the old characters I know, but hopefully, I'll enjoy it just for the show itself, too.
Did you love the spin-off? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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