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By Elizabeth Brenner
Netflix released the first season of “Fuller House” on Feb. 26 as a continuation of ’90s sitcom, “Full House.”
It’s corny, it’s campy and the hug-loving family is still bordering on being a cult- so nothing has really changed. In fact, the whole premise of the show is basically photocopied from the original.
While it’s not a prerequisite to have seen the original series, there are many throwbacks. This includes the opening sequence as well as a side by side comparison to the last scene of the first episodes. It follows DJ Fuller (played by Candace Cameron Bure) formally DJ Tanner, her three children, Jackson, Max and Tommy, Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) who is DJ’s best friend and her daughter Ramona, as well as DJ’s sister- Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin).
DJ is recently widowed and has to raise the boys by herself until her sister and best friend both volunteer to move in and help her.
There are certain points and storylines that are repeated from the original series, such as the adult thinking that the talk they had with the child solved the kid’s problem when it actually just confused them, but any excuse for America’s Uncle, Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), to make a cameo is one I’m fine with. Although why Uncle Jesse’s twin’s room was moved to the other side of the attic was never explained.
DJ’s three boys are more or less generic copies of DJ, Stephanie and Michelle.
Max. (Elias Harger) is supposed to be the wise-cracking 7 going on 30 middle child- the new Stephanie. But let’s make one thing clear, Stephanie Tanner he is not. His jokes aren’t funny and usually fall flat.
The writers never explained why Max’s wardrobe is basically kackies and button up shirts. I feel like a 7-year-old wearing with that outfit needs an explanation.
He also shares Danny’s affinity to clean, much like Michelle did when she was a young child. Throughout the series it seems like the writers are trying to find a good chatchphrase for him. However, nothing fit.
Jackson (Michael Campion) is the oldest child in the Fuller family- the new DJ. However, I find it hard to believe he was the best child actor they could get in that age group.
Many of the lines he delivered seemed to fall flat because the actor didn’t seem to care about what he was saying. If he was supposed to be surprised in a scene, he didn’t seem it.
Tommy, the baby, is played by twins Dashiell and Fox Messitt. They sometimes have better comedic timing than the older kids.
Ramona (Soni Bringas), as Kimmy Gibler’s daughter, was the best kid actor in the series. She has great delivery and motivation with her lines. She wasn’t as crazy as I expected a Gibbler or even half-Gibbler to be, but maybe that’s a good thing.
Fernando Hernandez-Guerrero-Fernandez-Guerrero (Juan Pablo Di Pace) plays an overly exaggerated Latin lover who is Kimmy Gibbler’s husband from whom she is separated from through most of the series.
This character did not need to be as ridiculous as they made him. I don’t know if it was a badly executed flashback to how crazy Kimmy had gotten in high school, but I couldn’t see why Kimmy was interested or in love with him for any reason besides his looks.
In real life, Juan is handsome and has a hint of an accent. I would’ve been more interested in their relationship if they didn’t make Fernando such a ridiculous character.
In short- If you were a fan of the show then you will appreciate and salivate over all the jokes, including Steve Hale coming in with an Aladdin-like wig and Letterman’s jacket.
However, if you never watched the original series or were not a fan, then you most likely will not understand or enjoy this show.