When Disney Channel announced last year that they would be rebooting Boy Meets World with a spin off series that centered around Cory and Topanga’s children, I was skeptical. Could Ben Savage still pull off Cory Matthews? Could the writers recapture the magic of the original series? Would it be funny like it’s predecessor or cheesy and overdone like most current Disney shows? If the pilot taught us anything, it’s that the answer to all of those questions was yes.
The first season gifted us with the reunion of Cory and Shawn, the return of Stewart Minkus, and an all grown up bully Harley Kiner’s uttering the words “baboon.” Now, twenty episodes later and two months after its debut season ended, Girl Meets World is already back for its sophomore year. Micheal Jacobs, the creator and show-runner of both series, said on his twitter that the first season was about getting to know ‘the girls world’ and teased that the second will be about merging the two worlds — which I have dubbed “Girl Meets Nostalgia.”
As part of its premiere week, Disney chose to air the first five episodes of the new season every night, which include a couple more familiar faces that are sure to set our 90s hearts a-flutter. In tonight’s episode, titled “Girl Meets Pluto,” the gang sneak into Mr. Feeny’s back years to dig up a time capsule that Cory, Shawn, and Topanga had buried years ago. Shall we take this moment to appreciate the fact that after fifteen years, we’re heading back to Philly? The last time these characters were all together on screen was during the final scene of Boy Meets World, which I often times refer to as an emotional sucker punch.
When the first promotions were released about this reunion episode, I thought to myself “this is it, nothing can top this moment.” Then, the next episode’s promotions were released and I learned that it was “Girl Meets Plays With Squirrels.”
Yes, that’s right ladies and gentleman: Eric Matthews and his alter ego ‘Plays With Squirrels’ are about to make an epic comeback and introduce themselves to the next generation. According to reports, this episode centers around a horrible fight between Maya (the new Shawn) and Riley (Cory’s daughter). Unsure of what to do to help mend their relationship, Cory calls in his older brother Eric to come hash out some wisdom — which he seemingly does in very Eric fashion.
And, if that’s not enough, various tweets tell us that this season also promises the return of Angela More, Mr. Turner (who apparently following his motorcycle accident has not been in a coma all of this time), and Shawn’s deceased father Chet. You can catch Girl Meets World every night for “What In The World Is Happening?” premiere on Disney Channel at 8:30/7:30c and then at it’s regular time slot on Friday’s. TGIF is back.
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