Warning: Some small spoilers in this editorial.
This whole week, Disney Channel has given us the first five new episodes of the second season of Girl Meets World. Series creator Michael Jacobs has stated in numerous interviews that the first season was about creating Riley’s (Rowan Blanchard) world, but season two is about her world growing.
Cue numerous Boy Meets World cameos and references. This whole week we have seen the two shows starting to merge to create something that fans have wanted to see when the show first started. Sure, we got to see Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong) in two episodes last year – and small glimpses of Harley Keiner, Minkus and Mr. Feeny, but other than that, we’ve only had Cory and Topanga (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) to bridge the gap.
In the first episode of season two, “Girl Meets Gravity”, when Mrs. Svorski (Cloris Leachman) passes away, we see Cory give Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) a call to make sure he is doing alright. It wasn’t until the fourth episode, “Girl Meets Pluto” that many of the other references come into play. Shawn helps Cory, Topanga, Riley, and Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) head back to Philadelphia to dig up a time capsule. The episode is full of Boy Meets World references, including lines like, “They want you to take the rolls!” to the Feeny call (now done beautifully by Maya and Riley).
In tonight’s episode, “Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels”, we get the long awaited return of Eric Matthews (Will Friedle). He comes back as his Mr. Squirrels character and even refers to Riley as, “my niche.” It is clearly evident that Jacobs knows that longtime Boy Meets World fans would be watching this week.
While we have been fortunate enough to get these glimpses into the past, season two has many more coming up in coming weeks. It has been confirmed that Mr. Turner (Anthony Tyler Quinn) will return in “Girl Meets the New Teacher” while Angela (Trina McGee-Davis) and Chet Hunter (Blake Clark) will also return later this season.
A lot of people have complained that the first season of Girl Meets World was too childlike, or too Disney Channel like. Many forget that Cory and Shawn in the first season of Boy Meets World were also in middle school. Part of the fun of the original series was to see Cory go through his growing pains. For those of you still holding out or just tried the show once need to try again. Girl Meets World has hit its creative stride, and the show will only get better.
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