It’s here — what we’ve all been waiting for: ‘Fuller House.’ However, it’s not really what we’ve been waiting for.
If anyone was a Full House fan growing up, it was this girl. Danny’s OCD, Jesse’s hair jokes, the girls’ one-liners — as a kid, they were hilarious. As an adult, I can watch reruns and smile. So it pains me to say, Fuller House was pretty much the opposite of what I was hoping for.
While binging the 13 episodes — yes, really — I found myself asking many many questions, mainly who the audience was this time around. The original was for kids to watch with their families. It had lessons, quirky one-liners, and yes, it was cheesy — the way every show was cheesy in the ’90s.
This time around though, is it for young kids? If so, the lesson section is fine, but there is no way that same age group would get all the callbacks to the original, the jabs at the Olsens, the Dancing with the Stars mentions.
So with that being said, is it for the adults? Those like me, who fell in love with Full House? If that’s the case, I’d have to say to throw out the cheesy violin music. If it’s going to be a satire of the original, filled with caricatures of the original characters, then let it be that. Throwing in lessons about sharing a room with your little brother? Well we already saw that with Steph and DJ. The aunt heading on the road to follow her love for music but realizing she misses her nephews? We saw that with Jesse.
My main issue is that this series tries to have both: the callbacks for the adults and the lessons with violins that honestly, don’t really work in 2016. Well sorry gang, you just can’t have both. Or maybe you can, but this isn’t it.
As for the timeliness, the show is kind of all over the place. Would Uncle Jesse still be obsessed with Elvis? Maybe. Would adult Joey still carry around (an abnormally large) Mr. Woodchuck? Probably not. Would DJ and Kimmy’s kids know the Flinstone’s theme song? Definitely not.
I understand you want to show that the kids we loved grew up to be adults we love. Except, for the most part, they didn’t actually grow up. If Kimmy is supposed to be in her 30s, she wouldn’t be saying “Hola Tanneridos” or hugging Mr. T really creepily.
And that brings me DJ. In the original series, Danny was geeky, older kind of loner Danny. But DJ was hot, funny, popular and married and had kids young. So while Danny’s out of touch ways made sense, DJ’s are just confusing and awkward. She’d know what “Do you have reservations?” meant; she’d know that “Raise the roof” isn’t a thing; and she’d know how to sync her electronics.
So, should you watch the show? Sure. You already have a Netflix account, so give it a shot. If you don’t like it by two episodes, don’t sit through the rest. If you love it, I’m glad. I really was hoping for the Tanners to be a hit and make me feel the way the first did. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.