New Fiction: Riding the Shark by Rebecca Blomberg
Posted by Marie123 10/26/16 2:23:13 A.M.
Unlike most traditional sitcoms, Full House never jumps the shark. Whereas Fonzie literally jumps a shark, Chrissy gets replaced, Raven Symone and Cousin Oliver join their respective casts, etc., FH’s quality is upheld right through the end of Season 8, which in fact boasts some of the series’ very best moments: The Viper vs. Nelson showdown culminating in the song by Frankie Valli, Jesse’s basketball game with Kareem, and of course, Jesse’s repeated mangling of the Three’s Company theme song for the donkey. The series finale finds Michelle falling off a horse and losing her memory, along with the return of our beloved Steve, reminding us why we loved the show all along. Furthermore, this episode, “Michelle Rides Again,” features Joey and Jesse refusing to dress up in silly costumes to wrestle some Swedes to appease the network, in a self-referential nod to the fact that we’ve ended our journey without ever compromising the show’s artistic integrity.
Posted by JDBRenz8 10/26/16 4:17:12 A.M.
This is incorrect; by Season 4 you have newly married Jesse and Becky moving into Danny’s attic at the demand of Princess Michelle—an absurd way to uphold the original premise that they all live in the same house. Shark=jumped.
Posted by Marie123 10/26/16 4:27:44 A.M.
See, I disagree. Season 4 is when FH actually hits its stride. Before then, the humor was a little less wacky, and although there were some early highlights, like the introduction of Walter “Duck Face” Berman, we largely had to suffer through morality plays and ladies’ man, mullet-era Jesse. With the Season 4 advent of more absurd hijinks, the heartwarming material shines in a more realistic, less condescending light. This is where the show finds its voice. Case in point: Jesse’s infamous pre-wedding “tomato country” skydiving incident, complemented by his touching rendition of Forever when he finally makes it to the ceremony. Also see: Danny’s contrasting performances of My Generation and My Girl at DJ’s school fundraiser, the former’s ridiculousness allowing the latter’s emotion to resonate.
Posted by JDBRenz8 10/26/16 5:21:12 A.M.
No, by Season 4 the characters are behaving childishly to force stupid plot lines, and by the time we reach Season 8, they’re not even realistic human beings anymore. You get such bullshit moments as Danny threatening Ryan with a canned ham for standing up Stephanie and that God awful Vanilla Weasels storyline. A huge departure from the original characters and concept of a nice family banding together to deal with tragedy.
Posted by Marie123 10/26/16 9:47:44 A.M.
A. It was not a canned ham, it was Spam and B. You’re so wrong, especially Re: Vanilla Weasels. Season 1 Joey, the idiot in the Hawaiian shirt living in Danny’s alcove, was probably more likely to cry over those cookies than any other season’s Joey. And
what about the DJ/Stephanie alliance that really emerges in Season 8? That’s the most touching, realistic character dynamic from the entire show. You have the silly things, like them convincing Michelle she has Smedrick’s Disease so she won’t take their
“Counting Cows” ticket, and then the more serious ones, like everyone’s favorite Very Special Episode (except maybe the one where Kimmy gets drunk) when Deej stops Steph from going on the dangerous car ride. They’re officially friends. This is something I really came to appreciate as my closest in age sister grew up and became my best adult friend, so these episodes really strike a chord and ring true for me. Also, DJ’s looking pretty hot by the time she turns eighteen
Posted by JDBRenz8 10/26/16 10:08:01 A.M.
Whoa, let’s slow down for a minute and back up. You’re putting words in my mouth. I never said Season 1 Joey wouldn’t care about his Vanilla Weasels, all I said was that the later story lines were contrived and driven by the characters’ stupid behaviors. Do you mean to tell me the man who opened for Wayne Newton, voiced a cartoon dolphin with Frankie and Annette, ran a successful advertising agency, held down jobs as Ranger Joe, Mr. Egghead, a substitute teacher, and a Rush Hour Renegade would actually climb ontoa table in a fancy restaurant to lick some cookie crumbs off a plate? I think not.
Posted by Marie123 10/26/16 11:33:21 A.M.
Well this IS the same man who bought DJ a stolen car, wasted all that cash he owed Danny in the episode “Mad Money,” and let Steph drive a car through the wall of the kitchen. Not exactly a beacon of responsibility. And let’s not forget the time he brought Michelle and her science club to a bar on Super Bowl Sunday and almost got everyone killed. The Vanilla Weasels seem to be pretty much in character with what we know of the man.
Posted by JDBRenz8 10/26/16 11:42:16 A.M.
The whole point of the stolen car episode was that Joey wanted to be taken seriously, so you’re contradicting yourself here! Would a man who wanted to be taken seriously climb on a table to lick some crumbs? Really, Marie123?
Posted by Marie123 10/26/16 11:50:55 A.M.
Even if he wanted to be taken seriously, that episode contains a million examples of his stupid, childish behavior. It’s why after the family lists them all out to exculpate him from the crime that his feelings are hurt, because he’s confronted with all of his immature
tendencies, and he’s embarrassed in front of the lady cop. This is the guy who carries a woodchuck puppet around on his hand and talks to it in public, out of character, not in the context of the Ranger Joe show. He’s a silly guy, deal with it.
Posted by JDBRenz8 10/26/16 11:52:53 A.M.
Now I feel like I’m being personally attacked. All I said was that the story lines in Season 8 got extra ridiculous, and now I’m being lectured about Mr. Woodchuck?
Posted by Marie123 10/26/16 11:56:36 A.M.
I’m not lecturing anyone, I’m just pointing out that the tone of the show has long been heightened and that’s where it shines. How Rude!
Posted by JDBRenz8 10/26/16 11:58:21 A.M.
Yeah, the story of a widower with three motherless daughters is totally goofy…asshole.
Posted by Voxox121 10/26/16 12:13:09 P.M.
this show sux u guys r fags
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