Binge Watchers: Fuller House

Do you miss your old familiar friends waiting just around the bend?

BY JACOB TROXELL
Editor-in-Chief
@trox3

Have mercy! “Full House” is back.
The long awaited return of “Full House” now tabbed “Fuller House” reunited stars from the 1990’s sitcom that many Salisbury University students grew up watching. Season one came out Friday on Netflix and had many binge-watching all 13 episodes over the weekend.

The entire plot of the show is brilliant, and it’s as close as you can get to “Full House” 21 years later, which is what every original fan wanted.
This time around, the women run the show after Danny (Bob Saget), Joey (Dave Coulier) and Jesse (John Stamos) were in charge of the Tanner’s San Francisco town house decades ago. Work has the guys out of town, and sadly out of some episodes.
But it only makes sense. It’s a new time. Plus the ladies are capable of holding the fort down.

D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), like her father Danny, is tasked with raising her three children after losing her spouse, and thankfully receives help when her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) move in to help. And if you’re wondering why the name D.J. takes her husband’s last name “Fuller,” thus the name “Fuller House.”

Characters
The jabs at the Olsen twins are priceless, especially the one in the first episode, as they were the only main characters to not come back for the show’s reunion.
Danny, Joey, Jesse and his wife Rebecca (Lori Loughlin) not being in every episode takes away from the show a bit, but it’s refreshing when they drop in for parts of an episode or two.
As for the kids, they aren’t as good as the 90’s Tanner trio plus Kimmy Gibler, but Max (Elias Hanger) is clearly the best, funny, adorable and feels like the next Danny Tanner given how he dresses and how much he loves hugs.

Ramona Gibbler (Soni Bringas) can be just as annoying as her mother sometimes, but that comes naturally with the role of being the bothersome girl next door, except this time it’s down the hall. All things considered, while her character is unlikeable,  she plays a solid “basic” teenage girl. Oh yeah, and Tommy (Dashiell and Fox Messitt) is, well, Tommy. A baby. Always a consistent performer.

The oldest Fuller child Jackson (Michael Campion) is in all 13 episodes with the rest of them, and while his role doesn’t make or break the show in season one, it may down the line. John Stamos said that if they can do a second season, he would like to see the children’s roles increased.

But it may be tough to do. Danny Tanner only being in two episodes felt wrong, and although Jesse and Joey were each in four and three episodes, respectively, it felt like a medium full house. It might take a third season until original fans warm up to the younger actors and want to see more of an increased role. Plus with Soni Bringas, 14, and Michael Campion, 13, not quite into their high school years, there are only so many story lines that can be based around them.

Speaking of increased roles, it’s hard to care for Kimmy and Fernando’s love life, especially after Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace) treats her poorly. Kimmy is still strange and can irritate the viewer, but is a go-to well of comedy relief for the show. It was better when she was in more of a complimentary role in the original show, but not everything can be like the first.
Some of this may just sound like sour apples and wanting the show to be exactly like the old one, but the show is good in its own.

Emotion
The entire first season is littered with love interests, most of which are hard to care about, and one that seems all too predictable. It seems obvious the series is setting up for D.J. to get back with her high school boyfriend Steve (Scott Weinger) who was also on the original series for 50 episodes.
And for anyone who remembers watching the original series as a kid, just seeing the faces and hearing the voices of the Tanners brought you back, and that’s all some wanted.
Unfortunately the show couldn’t bring back Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played Michele Tanner in the original series, but the cast “stuck it out” like they said they would in the “Full House” finale in 1995. If you don’t remember how the original series ended it, watch the three-minute clip on YouTube sometime. It’s ironic how the original ended and how this one began.

   Connections
A few episodes in the first season lack a plot, even for a sitcom that doesn’t normally require much of a plot at all. Episode six in particular merely involves the second-generation makeshift family going to a wrestling match, but it ends in classic “Full House” fashion, with a life lesson taught after a sit down with dad, but this time mom. Oh yeah, and a hug of course.

Season one is also full of good jokes at the show’s own self, like when D.J. makes fun of child actresses not knowing anything. And if you didn’t laugh when Danny lost to Jackson’s full house hand in poker, there is something wrong with you.

As for the corny jokes, if you don’t like them, just remember this show is riding off the success of a 90’s sitcom that starred Danny Tanner, one of the corniest dads in television history. What did people expect?

Prediction:    D.J. will marry Steve. This is not rocket science people.

Even if the acting is iffy and corny in certain spots, even if the plot sometimes sucks, even if some of the kids aren’t the perfect fit, even if the entire cast isn’t back, at least the show is one thing: realistic. Change happens in life, so enjoy the show for what it is.

Applaud the cast for doing what most other shows can’t, or don’t do. Imagine if “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” came back, or “Family Matters” or even “Friends.”

Not that this was an add water and stir kind of comeback – because it certainly could have been screwed up – but fans should appreciate seeing something that hardly ever happens.
It’s like Michael Jordan with the Wizards. Is he the greatest player (sitcom) on the court (tv) every night? No. But if you could, would you pay to go back in time and sit courtside to watch him? Hell yes you would.

“We did this for the fans,” Cameron Bure said during an interview on E! in regards to “Fuller House” critics. “We think they’re (the fans) going to absolutely love it.”

Well The Flyer does, and gives it a 8.5/10.

So what about season two?

“Only time will tell and the audience is the one who really is the barometer of this,” Dave Coulier told PEOPLE. “It’s pretty much hope and wait.”

We want to know your opinion as well. Go to my Twitter account @trox3 and vote on my poll in my pinned tweet that will be open for a few days.

By the way, it just got picked up for season two.

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