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Boy Meets Cool

Friday is the day to be cool, to be hip, to be, well…

At least Girl Meets World’s attempt at a reboot of a ’90s classic occasionally brings back these moments between best friends Cory and Shawn. The weekend calls for the coolest levels of cool. Cory and Shawn’s handshake is one of the greatest of all-time. Yes, this BMW staple is on par with the simpler handshake between the Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff.

As cool as the other side of high school.

This is what “Flashback Friday” is all about.


Here’s the 4-11

April 11th is the ideal day to give the “low-down-down low-no doubt!” of exciting news in popular culture this week.

It’s also a good excuse for the classic Meet the Parents reference above.

Famed director Richard Donner announced this week that a relentlessly buzzed about/requested sequel to the cult-classic The Goonies is going to be a reality on the silver screen. Is this a good idea or bad idea? There are valid reasons for both answers right now, but part of the answer may lie in another long-awaited sequel coming out later this year called Dumb and Dumber To.

Why, you ask?

Because that comedy is widely considered to be, if not the funniest (my vote), then one of the funniest movies ever made. If Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly brothers can recreate that magic and entertain devoted fans like the 1994 masterpiece, then perhaps taking cinematic gold out of the safe can lead to a treasured Goonies return.

Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are infinite words for what this band has meant to American music, culture and, of course, Foo Fighters. During the ceremony at the Barclays Center, former Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear were joined by fellow rocker Joan Jett (in place of the iconic Kurt Cobain…) for a special rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

20 years later and that catchy guitar opening with the unforgettable pulse-pounding drum beat still takes your breathe away.

Last, but certainly not least, is the first video evidence of the “worlds colliding!” spin-off sitcom Girl Meets World.

Hmm, there seems to be a lot of demand and fanfare for returning to the 1990s and even the 1980s (Goonies and Goldbergs) lately…

Here’s a fascinating/mind-blowing phenomenon: For every other show, I relate to and have related to the younger characters or the 20-something or 30-something single characters. But for Girl Meets World, my connection is strictly with the parents. Cory and Topanga are now officially adults raising a daughter and a son (wow). Relating to the parents on a sitcom is brand new for me (and surely for millions of others), yet it doesn’t feel that strange. Maybe the only part is that it’s going to air on the Disney Channel, but that’s a small price to pay for the soon-to-be-viewed-glory of watching Cory and Topanga (and their friends and family…) try to act like adults and see the world through the eyes of a new generation.

Actually, as an uncle, I can relate to that.

And there’s Jimmy’s Daily Planet’s 4-11.

An Action = An Opposite and Equally Funny Reaction

Life can be beautifully wonderful one minute and then transform into a personalized scene from, “Inception” that surrounds us without more than a moment’s notice. These situations/clashes can be countered with just a little extra effort and creative thinking on the part of adept individuals.

Where do you keep your bike helmet?

A Resurgent Glow from a Golden Era

It is being widely reported today that, “Girl Meets World,” the spin-off series to the Millenial ’90s favorite, “Boy Meets World,” has officially been greenlit, according to Yahoo TV’s Kelly Woo’s article, “‘Girl Meets World’ Is Officially Happening! Disney Channel Orders Series.”

cory and topanga
Yahoo! TV/Eric McCandless/DISNEY CHANNEL – Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rowan Blanchard, and Sabrina Carpenter in the series premiere of Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World.”

The purpose of the post is first to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Second, take a close look at the picture above. The best friends hugging is nice, as is Cory’s/Mr. Matthew’s reflective contemplation of his daughter’s best friend dynamic (Cory and Shawn…Cory and Shawn…) from the eyes of a parent.

This show is going to be a fascinating journey (FYI – This is the point where each of us does, “The Fenny Call”)!

However, the best part of the screen shot is the look on Topanga’s/Mrs. Matthew’s face. Her heartfelt glare towards the love of her life (Monkey bars!) transcends whatever is happening in this scene and encapsulates the return of the cool-family friendly-TGIF show from the ’90s.

The return of wholesome, cleverly written and wonderfully acted television with pertinent subject matters and important life lessons will arrive soon enough. 2014 will see the return of Cory, Topanga and Mr. Feeny (at least in the pilot). Perhaps a cameo from Shawn? Plays with Squirrels…?

Even if it’s just one show, turning on any spotlight to shine greatness starts with a glow.

P.S. Girls of America: Turn off the “Real Housewives” of wherever and start doing your video research on the beautifully intelligent and independent (with a healthy side of weird) Topanga.