What is it? We've already done Liv and Maddie so just look it up the first time.
A quick review of two episodes at once because, uh, we're falling behind a little now. Cowbell-a-Rooeny was excellent. I've said before that Liv and Maddie, especially post-Season 1, is incredibly hard to review not so much because it's so consistently good, but it's so consistent. Everything that's been said about the previous episode still applies to the next. Of course Dove Cameron is going to remain spot-on in both roles. Of course Joey and Tenzig are going to have their best chemistry off each other (at least that's what I think, they play off each other really well and it emphasizes their strengths). Of course...uh, extra characters.
Cowbell-a-Rooney is about Liv introducing her new Voltage costar to Steven's Point and basically shoving him off to Maddie to have him "wade in the deep end of the cheese pool." Long story short, Josh is replacement Diggie, so in a lot of ways it ends up being the Meet-a-Rooney we never got in the first place. There are actually a few parallels to how both Mosh and Miggie formed - Miggie was during a co-ed game and Mosh was, uh, this cowbell week thing.
There, now we got it out of our system.
So Cowbell Week involves putting cowbells around all the other students until there are two left standing in which they have to basically dunk a cowbell onto a suspended stuff bull's head from a basketball hoop so, yeah, it's pretty much exactly how Maddie met Diggie. The path to a girl's heart is through competition, guys.
The B-plot is about Joey feeling insulted over how everyone knows him as Catshirt Guy (that's totally not fair! Everyone should know you as Rocket Geek Guy!) so he hands over all his cat threads to Parker who's absolutely convinced it's just a phase (you get just one guess as to whether or not he's right, because that's all you need). It doesn't get a lot of screen time but they make effective use of it, unlike other shows (*coughPretty Much Everything Else On the Network cough*) so we're left with the meat of Maddie discovering Josh and admittedly Cowbell Week does look very fun on screen.
Then there's a potentially budding romance between Dump Truck and Andi. It's nice for Andi to finally get over Holden (something I theoretically should know something about but am incapable of). I also like Andi. And I like Dump Truck. Which is why I'm a little nervous about this pairing. We've seen what happens to relationships on this show. This show chews through ships faster than a Nazi U-Boat wolfpack or, uh, that plague on The Last Ship I guess.
Also, Maddie is a complete psychopath. Liv acknowledges this. Josh thinks this is specifically what's hot about Maddie. Actors, amirite?
Final Grade: B+. It's good but it's not Rate-a-Rooney or even Kathy Kan-a-Rooney good. Very close though.
Episode MVP: What's His Face, the guy who plays Josh. He really does make the episode, and Cowbell Week. Also, this gif:
Hey, Unknown. I agree with everything you said. Liv & Maddie is very consistent and is the best show on Disney Channel in terms of quality and comedy. I like this show better than Girl Meets World right now for numerous reasons:
1. It is like the good old Disney Channel comedies (considering it began at the bear end of the age of great comedy: July 2013). The episodes have some unrelateable and relateable dialogue, but still pullets it off. JUST LIKE WIZARDS OR GOOD LUCK CHARLIE OR HANNAH MONTANA OR EVEN JESSIE SEASON 1 & 2.
2. It isn't unbelievably preachy like Girl Meets World which tends to take its preachiness and life lessoning too far within the Disney World concept.
3. The show keeps improving. The writing department is amazing for the show. John Beck and Ron Hart are the best writers on Disney!
...I have to sleep right now because school tomorrow. Ugh high school nights. But I'll finish the review tomorrow. Sorry!
Don't worry, I can just take over again in the meantime :)
There's a thing about "unrelatable" dialogue, or at least "realistic" dialogue - "realistic" dialogue actually really sucks from a storytelling and entertainment standpoint. There's a lot of pregnant and empty pauses, a lot of "ummmms" and a lot of words that are just flat-out misspoken or misused that wouldn't make any sense. In the heat of the moment our brains are actually capable of filling in the missing or correct details, but on a script it would just come out like the pile of poorly-formed nonsense it is. This is why "realistic" dialogue actually tends to be the mark of am amateur.
This is why "relatable" dialogue is so important. It's the difference between being called the next Larry David and carrying home a bunch of rewards and being called a hack and making people write lengthy articles about why the network exec that greenlit your show should face defenestration (look it up :p ). Good relatable dialogue basically fools your audience into thinking its realistic. Mike brought it up about how Dan Schneider was really good at it before he lost his touch. Right now I'd say LaM is the best at it, on either network, by far.
I don't think Girl Meets World is all that preachy in Season 2. In fact, I don't think it was preachy at all to begin with. Now, heavy-handed, that's a different matter. Meets Crazy Hat and Meets Demolition were preachy, with Evelyn Rand giving Farkle and Aubrey a stern talking to. I mean, that's about as literally preachy as you can get. Meets Game Night was just heavy-handed. The difference is largely execution of delivery as well as message: it's being preachy by having a character either lecture a stand-in for the audience (Farkle/Aubrey/hell whatever character happens to be standing around, Sarah In The Background getting a stern talking to by Evelyn Rand about why it's bad for her to steal Darby's lunch and why she should feel bad) or just look at the camera and directly preach to the audience about why something is bad, and why the character/audience should stop doing it, and why the character/audience should feel bad. Just one of the reasons why Boy Meets World was so powerful a show in its time and genre was because it specifically avoided this when this type of storytelling was contes de jour for everything else of this genre and time period, in addition to avoiding being so heavy-handed (I guess time and/or staff changeovers have not been well to the show, at least for GMW Season 1). Being heavy-handed is when you have the scriptwriting and directing equivalent of a giant neon sign having large arrows pointing at a metaphor, symbolism or direct message because you're afraid that subtlety will fly right out the window with your audience (i.e., you have no real respect for your audience whatsoever). Kind of like how the characters in Meets Game Night kept insisting that the game they were playing was a metaphor for life every two seconds only because they had to use those two seconds to catch their breath.
I HATE "Girl Meets Game Night." That episode was embarrassing the first time I saw it. It deserves a good thrashing sooner rather than later.
I need to get on my Liv & Maddie kick soon. I was wary of it at first because it looked like vapid garbage, but it seems like people can't stop praising it so I should see if it's worth the hype.
Even I still can't get over that Jessie exists in animated form, and the character designs are just so ugly (the Marvel Universe cartoons in all honestly kind of really blow).