Last week, I went into detail about one of my new favorite television series, Girl Meets World. I talked about some of the changes the show went through between Season 1 and Season 2. Most notably, they finally gave a lot more personality to the (extremely vanilla) love interest Lucas Friar as well as the big switch of characterization of my favorite character, Farkle. Some of these changes I took well. Some, like the revisions to Farkle, took some time to get used to.
Now, while I do love the characters, I have to give credit to the producers and writers of Girl Meets World because, while many would classify the show as a “kid’s show,” they are trying to make it more like a show for, well, someone who is growing up. They could’ve played it safe and just tackled problems kids faced and puppy love like the majority of Season 1. But Girl Meets World is taking on topics a lot of other “mature” shows would be afraid of talking about.
Oh, there are still some silly episodes, such as the one where the incredibly uncoordinated Riley tries out for the cheerleading squad. There are also the prerequisite cameos from the Boy Meets World cast, including Shawn, Cory’s best friend, Minkus, Farkle’s father and Topanga’s rival from school and, of course, Mr. Feeny, Cory’s teacher. In one episode, Riley and her best friend Maya even meet Cory and Topanga when they were kids! How’s that for a blast from the past?
But there are a lot of topics that I didn’t expect Girl Meets World to cover because of how “childish” Season 1 was. So, when they started talking about some really heavy stuff in Season 2, I was taken aback. And I loved it! These were actual subjects that a growing teenager actually will encounter, including online bullying, grieving the death of a loved one and spiritual belief. But the biggest thing they did tackle was something that has been brewing throughout the entire Season 2. And that is how to deal with falling in love for the first time.
You see, way back in the start of Season 2, Riley and Lucas went on their first date… which ended in a disaster. They just couldn’t talk to each other. They did break up amicably and decided to remain friends. Then came the episode entitled Girl Meets Yearbook, which pretty much launched a really bizarre and yet, quite a lovely love triangle. When the yearbook came out, Riley and her friends had a really weird reaction to what was being said about them. Riley was going to be okay with it… until she found out that Lucas and Maya, not Lucas and her, were voted Favorite Couple.
This led to Riley trying out being a goth girl (since people were commenting on how happy she was all the time) and Maya trying to be more like Riley (to try to find a solution to the issue). During the closing minutes, Maya, still thinking as Riley, tries to force Riley and Lucas together as they are so similar… but they’re more like brother and sister! This actually shocked me (and a lot of viewers) since, in an odd sort of way, it made total sense!
Then, throughout the entire season after that, they did hint that Lucas may have feelings for, of all people, Maya! And it may seem like Maya may also have feelings for Lucas but couldn’t tell Riley that since she knows that Riley likes Lucas… oh, it’s just so dramatic! It all kind of culminated in their three-part episode, Girl Meets Texas.
For viewers who wanted closure on who will eventually wind up with who, Girl Meets Texas may disappoint as it didn’t really resolve anything. The third episode ended with everyone still being confused on what they’re supposed to do. I understand why they may not like it… but I absolutely loved it! It’s something that tweens and teenagers do have to go through, especially when you’re falling in love with someone for the first time. And you cannot control feelings, no matter how hard you try.
This was a pretty sensitive topic and it was handled delicately. It didn’t give any clear cut answers when it came to love but, sometimes, that’s how life is! And with Girl Meets Texas, the show cemented itself as something that I just have to watch. Not because of the love triangle (but it is a big part as to why I love the show), but because it does something a lot of other Disney shows never do: grow up with the audience.
I do believe Girl Meets World will eventually resolve this love triangle and will “ship” either Riley and Lucas or Maya and Lucas. But it’s too soon. I would want to see how this would affect the bond between Riley and Maya or how they can deal with its repercussions. But for now, I’m really enjoying the ride!
Well, while were on the topic of shipping characters, I may as well talk about that next week! See you then!
What are your thoughts on how Girl Meets World is taking on complicated topics? Let me know in the comments section below!