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Believe me, the last thing I want to do is say something negative about Eric, but he contributed nothing. And then Topanga absolutely nailed it. Seriously, Pangers kicks ass on this show.The last coffee shop scene was very cozy, and I”m glad Eric got to make me laugh a few more times. Will Friedle is amazing, and his time as a voice actor has only improved his timing and delivery. And then the very last scene during the credits was… uhhh….Okay so what”d I think? I laughed more than any other episode of this series. Will Friedle maintains his god status. Topanga is an absolute boss. …But I”m not really satisfied. Eric didn”t actually do anything, and we were given almost no information about his activities during the last 15 years. They didn”t even MENTION Mister Feeny. The moment Shawn walked on camera in Home For The Holidays we learned what he”s been up to and they even addressed Angela right away. All we know about Eric is that he”s possibly the mayor of somewhere. I want more. Fortunately, we”re going to get more. And hey, Shawn”s first episode was definitely his weakest, so if this is Eric”s weakest episode, then we”ve got a whole lot to look forward to.Fuck Zay.Christian?P.S. I finally changed my display name to Sean. Looks like my comments are still as ConfidenceKBM, but yeah. From now on everyone will see my username as Sean.I don”t know what”s so hard to understand about this, Sean. It”s pretty clear what”s going on. Eric Matthews is the duly elected mayor of St. Upidtown, New York, a small town upstate on the border of Canada full of people dressed in rags and full beards who are probably crazy. Eric dresses like that because they do and he needs to fit in to be their mayor. Obviously. Keep up.
I don”t even know what to think about this episode. It”s absolutely not what I wanted for Eric, it”s not the Eric that means the most to me. Did I enjoy the episode? Absolutely. So much. Even this Eric is great, and hilarious, and more fun than anyone else. But it”s not all it could be or should be, because of this mistaken notion that the writers (and maybe even Will himself) have that this is the Eric that worked best and everyone prefers. Which I just don”t believe is true. But this has been touched on so much, I just don”t have the energy anymore. But again, what bothers me even more than going with latter days Eric personality is this bizarre whittling of the character down to his role in one episode. Making Plays with Squirrels such an intractable part of his personality when it was just a little gimmick used one time out of 150 or so episodes, and by turns, defining him by his ability to heal friendships which, like, was hardly “Eric”s thing.” It”s like the writer of this episode only ever saw one BMW episode starring Eric. And the writer was Michael Jacobs. I just don”t GET it.So, what I”m going to try to do is evaluate this episode on its own merits. This is the Eric they”re going with. It”s a valid Eric, he existed on Boy Meets World. And he”s not as bad as he could be, and his life isn”t as ridiculous as it could be. After all, he”s not actually a hermit who married a moose. In fact, he”s not actually Plays with Squirrels. They evoke him in the title, but he”s never referred to as that. And they don”t mention how him dressing like that has any connection to when he broke up that fight in college.He”s a small town mayor, not a crazy hermit. And he”s actually only dressing like that because it helps him seem one with his constituents. That”s… I mean, it”s something. Actually, if you think about it, this isn”t too far from the life Eric almost had if he”d stayed in that Sprinkletown in “You Can”t Go Home Again.” “Out there I”m nobody, but here…. I could be king.” That”s exactly what happened. Now, I can complain that at the end of that episode Eric decided that wasn”t good enough for him but… I also never really quite bought that. There”s nothing wrong with being a leader in the community of a small town. That doesn”t have to be settling. And Eric would actually probably be a good politician, as long as he was coached with talking points. He”s charismatic and likable and he cares about people and can show it. He could have worse jobs.
So, what do you think? Do you think there”s any hope for us getting any meaningful Eric development during Girl Meets World? Will he find love or fulfillment? Does he have hopes or dreams? Any chance they touch on any of that at all?Anyway, yeah, Will Friedle sells the hell out of all of this. He hasn”t lost a single beat. And, I can”t say this enough, he”s really, really funny in this. I won”t bother to enumerate what his funny moments were, because there were just too many. Some were bad, but he still sold – namely things that were just regular stupid and not funny-stupid. Life confusing the meanings of meditation and mediation, stuff like that.I did really like him being dismissive toward Topanga. While Eric is defined by his big heart, I do like when he”s also kind of arrogant and snarky. Will does that well, and somehow the cockiness and the big heart go in tandem really well with Eric.And, wow, I never thought there could be a friendship-threatening argument dumber than in The War but… they found it. I don”t buy Maya reacting this way at all. Being called a “short stack of pancakes” enrages her? It”s barely even an insult. Grow up, Maya. What the hell”s the matter with her? I can not believe the extent to which she can dish it out but can”t take it. I mean, I literally can”t believe it. It doesn”t seem like her at all. Maya wins LVP for this episode.Well… except for Zay. FUCK Zay, guys. Remember when he said “Who is this guy?” all snide to Eric. Who is HE? WHO ARE YOU, ZAY?!WHO ARE YOU?!!?!?You”re absolutely right about everything you said about Zay. He doesn”t belong here. It”s like they bring in some other guy to write his dialogue. Oh, and having no butt? That”s Shawn”s thing from “She”s Having My Baby Back Ribs.” COME UP WITH YOUR OWN THING, ZAY! He”s just so obnoxious. His little hallway hustler thing is just not working at all, and is not charming.Yeah, the thing with Farkle”s gun was cool.You”re right that Eric didn”t really do that much to help, but I guess he did facilitate the conversation, which is sometimes all mediation”s about. I was disappointed, though, when Eric said it goes deeper than that. It looked, for a second, like he was going to be the first one to hit on Maya having feelings for Lucas. But… no.Oh, I think you said this in another episode, but I also like that they”re calling Riley “Riles.” I have a cousin named Riley, and my dad always called her “Riles.” SO IT FEELS TRUE TO MY LIFE.That ending… I don”t know what to say about that ending. I guess in the next episode Eric will be running for senate. But I kind of want to watch that episode.Anyway, at the end of the day, I enjoyed this episode in spite of itself. It”s got some funny jokes, but it”s not particularly well written all totaled. And the characterization of Eric is a mistake. Will Friedle”s funny enough to sell it, because he”s Will Friedle. But it”s a waste. Still better than “Girl Meets the Secret of Life” though. Yowza.TOO BUSY FOR PICTURE-HUNTING. MAYBE LATER.You asked me “Do you think there”s any hope for us getting any meaningful Eric development during Girl Meets World? Will he find love or fulfillment? Does he have hopes or dreams?” Looking at the second question, I”m not even remotely interested in Eric finding love, and it doesn”t seem like Eric cares much either. And it looks like he”s already found fulfillment. Hopes and dreams though, that”s a good question, but can you tell me the hopes and dreams of any character on this show? So it would surprise me if we got that deep into Eric when Riley doesn”t even have hopes and dreams. I”m betting that all of the Eric appearances this season are going to be fanservice and that we might get to something more meaningful in a later season if/when Will finds a comfortable state of mind.