Jessie Reviewed: The Fear...in...Ou...c'mon, you can do it...no, I can't, the title is so stupid just like the episode itself I can't even type it out for the purpose of this header (#4.19)
What is it? Yeah, this is a back-to-back review of the same show so you should know by now. Also, that opening quote still holds so friggin' true to this day. I think even Debby herself admitted it at one point.
Does anyone else feel like Debby Ryan's destiny is voice acting? I mean, on live-action shows, she has gotten a lot less motivated and seems to phone in a lot of her stuff, but with voice acting, she wouldn't have to worry about that. She can do kids shows because her voice is friendly and inviting, but also adult shows because her voice is deep and sultry. Yeah, I can imagine her in a voice role on Family Guy or American Dad.
I have been looking for a way to express my appreciation for Jace Norman. He's no Josh Peck or Jerry Trainor in any sense of the word, but he does very well with Schneider's brand of comedy. One reason why these shows tend to fail these days is because the actors have to understand the material and a lot of them don't. Norman just gets what he is supposed to do. His line delivery, his facial expressions, his mannerisms.......he is the perfect Schneider's Bakery actor. Hopefully, he improves since he still comes off as very plain but he is at the very least, one of the reasons why Henry Danger isn't as bad as it could be. Hell, I even got some good laughs out of Game Shakers. Watching the show with my sister this week made it ten times more enjoyable. I was even laughing at Hudson, for crying out loud. Matt Bennett's guest appearance was wasted though. I have no idea why they had him go by his real name since that was pretty much Robbie Shapiro and everything that happened to Matt is exactly what would have happened to Robbie. No difference, no interesting plot direction, nothing.
Eh, I'll have more time for Nickelodeon in my Thundermans review. But a special treat for readers: This Friday, as one final blowout, I will be reviewing the Jessie series finale alongside Unknown. It only seems fitting and the respectful thing to do. Plus, some Girl Meets World pregame and postgame analysis all weekend. Hopefully. If they want to make this Texas event the greatest adventure ever, then I'll meet them halfway. But the pressure is on for them to deliver. Disney Channel, consider yourself put on notice.
It's funny you mention voice acting for Debby since she'll be featured in a CGI Disney Junior show as one of the stars, it premieres December I believe. I'm not sure what the show's called, I don't remember, I'm too lazy to look it up right now. She'll be playing a fairy godmother or something, but it's not a spin-off of Sofia the 1st (I think).
Yeah, it didn't even occur to me until you mentioned it but Debby definitely has been phoning it in since sometime in the middle of 2014. She used to have a lot of energy and even, dare I say, passion for this show. What the hell happened, Debby?
Spongey444 in the comments says I'm too harsh on this episode. I think what turned me off and set me up determined to give this a D no matter what was the beginning, especially when Jessie told Zuri and Bertram that she doesn't care what they do. What the fuck, Jessie? Since when did you turn into a bitter, Lena Dunham-style burned-out Millennial hateball of cynicism? You used to be the anti-Girls, full of actual optimism and hope and an attitude of not giving up to achieve your dreams. This is exactly what I mean by, if 18-year old Season 1 Jessie Prescott and 22-year-old Season 4 Jessie Prescott ever met, 18-year old Jessie would punch her 22-year-old self right in the face and move back to Texas. Even 17/18-year old Bailey Pickett, who basically went through the same cynicalization in the last season of SLoD as Jessie, would be wondering what the fuck happened to Jessie.
Yeah, I can definitely talk about Jace Norman here. He and his co-star Riele Downs are probably the best things on the network right now. Yes that includes Brec Bassinger, yes that includes everyone on Thundermans. Both of them make Henry Danger rise on their strengths. And stuff. The funniest thing will always be Henry having that crazed look to him when he was brainwashed - it either looks like someone who's been stressed and frightened out of his mind, or perhaps a Schneider Zombie - and then giving Captain Man a wedgie. Fun fact: the kid brother who brainwashed Henry is played by Gus Kamp, who's now Barry on Best Friends Whenever.
I have so little hope for Meets Texas because the previews pretty much give me the impression that, for their first three-parter, the writers went trolling on Fanfiction.net and just found whatever they felt like they could rip off without the original author noticing and suing for. I agree with Shipping Wars are Stupid, or at least with the basic message of that user name. The idea of Lucas getting amnesia is actually a really intriguing idea - and then they piss it away by having it turn into a shipping pissing contest between Riley and Maya. Which might as well be a proxy for being a shipping pissing contest between Riley and Maya shippers in the fandom itself. Unlike Liv and Maddie, Girl Meets World is pretty much turning into a bad example of listening to your fandom, or rather, having the inmates run and consequently fuck up the asylum.
But other than that I'll do my best to give the pre and post-game analysis for both Meets Lucaya and Ooray for Alternate Episode Titles. I've already spent a good amount of time preparing: