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2016 appears to be the year of the remake with fan favourite shows from the 1990s making their comebacks. Fuller House Season 1 premiered February 26, 2016, then you had Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, followed by Season 2 of Fuller House. The popularity of Girl Meets World in 2014 most definitely fueled the reboot rush after the Boy Meets World cast made a triumphant return to the small screen.
If the TV gods are listening ...psst... Roswell ...psst... Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Fuller House Season 2 comes back with a roar as we join our favourite dysfunctional, yet completely loveable family as they close out 2016. DJ (Cameron Bure) has finally made a decision on the big Steve (Scott Weinger) vs Matt (John Brotherton) cliffhanger from last season, though her heart is broken when she finds out the newly formed best friend union have moved on without her.
Stephanie's (Jodie Sweeten) storyline follows an unlikely union between her and Kimmy's younget brother. The possibility of becoming the next Mrs. Gibler looms but only if she can overcome her commitment issues.
Kimmy's (Andrea Barber) storyline is vague to be honest, and doesn't appear to have a true arc to it. She is along for the ride, interjecting humour when needed. There could be so much more here, but the potential is squandered on cheap laughs.
There is of course the continued jabs at the missing Olson twins, Mary Kate and Ashley this time at Thanksgiving dinner with Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) looking right into the camera and calling their absense out.
As with all reboots making the rounds, cameos from original cast members reign supreme, and of course Danny, Becky, Jesse and Joey all return, and not just in human form.
The New Kids on the Block have a wildly awkward encounter with the she-wolf pack which could very well be the highlight of the entire season. While I was never really on the New Kids on the Block bandwagon, their presence in this episode was enjoyable, and the constant use of their song titles in their dialogue was bang on.
Flashbacks to the past hold onto the nostalgia that the show is built upon. I have to admit that the first kiss montage had me laughing out loud, and the she-wolf pack continues to reign supreme as they adopt a new member, Kimmy's daughter Ramona. Please - someone make me an honorary member of the She-Wolf Pack (Arrooo).
While the returning cast members are a blast from the past, the truth is that it is the new cast members, Ramona (Soni Bringas), Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger), Matt and yes, even Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace) that breathe fresh air into the series and their storylines are what kept me watching.
While season 2 was enjoyable, the nostalgia factor is running out. Season 1 capitalized on the nostalgia of catching up with a piece of our childhood. Finding out where the Tanner family ended up after the show ended fueled interest in the project. That draw was the reason why so many flocked to Netflix to binge watch the full 13 episode season.
The writers have left the finale of season 2 wide open for a third season with the door not being fully closed on DJ and Steve, even though he's engaged to CJ, and DJ is with Matt (and can we just talk about how swoon worthy Matt is?). While the third season hasn't yet been picked up I hope that the writers dig in and find a way to keep the show going by forming a future for these characters instead of focusing on the past. Eventually the nostalgia will wear off, and the show will crumble and fall.