TV Review: Fuller House (Season 3 - Part 2)
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To take the advantage of the Christmas holidays and the binge-watching that goes along with it, Fuller House returned to Netflix three days before the big day after a three-month break, picking up right where it left off.
The Tanner-Fuller clan finally step foot in Japan (ala the on-location episodes of the original series in Hawaii and Disney World), preparing for Steve (Scott Weinger) and C.J’s (Virginia Williams) big day. The second doubts strewn throughout the previous episode are hyped here, relying on D.J. (Candace Cameron-Bure) and Steve to make their feelings known to their respective others, before it’s too late.
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The entire ‘will-they-won’t-they’ narrative with D.J. and Steve has become monotonous by this point, so much so that Steve leaving C.J. at the altar and D.J. refusing Matt’s proposal lands flat. It was only a matter of time before the two began to find their way back to each other, but the whole ordeal could have easily been sorted out back in San Francisco rather than going through with weddings and proposals to leave C.J. and Matt in the dust. Luckily, though, this is dealt with in the first episode of the return, and not dragged out further in the remaining eight episodes.
What is interesting to consider with Fuller House, is that creator Jeff Franklin left the original series during season five. In turn, the remaining three seasons were out of his control and it wasn’t fun for him to witness what they decided to do to the characters. To return with the same cast at a different point in their lives allows Franklin to correct the wrongs that he didn’t like in those last three seasons, and they can be seen thoroughly throughout Fuller House, especially here with D.J. and Steve rekindling their high school romance.
For Fuller House to air in the age of social media also helps not only Franklin but a lot of creators that are reviving their shows. Much like with Chris Carter and The X-Files revival, fans are able to voice their opinions on troubling aspects, which can be fixed in future series (if they are greenlit). Much like the behest surrounding Steph not being able to have children in the first season of Fuller House - she has now been given the chance via IVF and surrogacy to have kids of her own.
As cheesy and over-the-top as Fuller House can get, it does know how to adapt to the time period it is placed in, along with the audience that is watching it. The majority of those watching revivals are those that were fans of the original, and in this case, the original aired in the late 80s/early 90s. Fuller House’s demographic splits between those who grew up watching the original, and to those growing up watching Fuller House.
It sprinkles pop culture references and the reliance on technology here and there (namely, in this section of season three, the episode ‘A Tommy Tale’), whilst also giving the fans a huge slice of nostalgia with episodes like the two-part finale, ‘Fullers in a Fog’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’, where the original cast from Full House (John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin) reappear when needed.
Full House and Fuller House were never deemed ‘groundbreaking’ by critics, but in a way, they are. It normalizes a less-than-idyllic dynamic and allows kids going through similar situations that they and their family are not weird or different, just living in a uniquely loving environment. Both series tackle growing up with ease, along with the problems attached to everyday parenting. When you push aside the questionable dance routines and borderline Razzle-worthy acting, Fuller House is a joy to watch, as was its predecessor.
We saw D.J. and Stephanie grow up into these wonderful adults by their dads, and now they get to do the same – alongside Kimmy (Andrea Barber) and her partner Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace) – to Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger), Tommy (Dashiell & Fox Messitt) and Kimmy and Fernando’s daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas). And if all goes well with Steph and Jimmy’s surrogacy by Kimmy (via a ridiculously hilarious turn-of-events), we’ll get to see the same with their kid.
Fuller House is available to watch now on Netflix.