I’m on the record as being ambivalent about Girl Meets World, Disney Channel’s
highly enthusiastically ridiculously anticipated sequel/spinoff to millennial favorite Boy Meets World. (I also take full responsibility for helping to stoke that fervor for the past year and a half.) On one hand: Nostalgia! On the other: This is clearly a series meant for viewers born after the original show ended in the year 2000, and if you’re not one of them, watching it will make you feel old. The show’s bright colors, broad jokes, and earnest lessons all scream “modern-day Disney,” and it’s unclear how much the series cares about hooking mothers and fathers as well as their progeny.
Rather than focusing mostly on TGIF refugees Cory and Topanga—played once more by original Boy stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel—Girl chooses to emphasize its tweenage characters: Cory and Topanga’s everygirl daughter, Riley (cute, poised Rowan Blanchard); her Shawn Hunter-esque best friend, rebellious Maya (Sabrina Carpenter, who shows some real promise as an actress); the dorky classmate who’s in love with them both, Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis, mugging his brains out; though the series hasn’t confirmed it yet, IMDB implies that he’s actually playing the son of Stuart Minkus, his own BMW analog); and quiet dreamboat Lucas (heartthrob-in-training Peyton Meyer), who’s clearly going to be the Topanga to Riley’s Cory. READ FULL STORY