The third season of “Girl Meets World” has given you many an emotional episode over the course of its run, but at the same time, we have a hard time thinking that any of them were as emotional in some ways as “World Meets Girl” was when it aired on the Disney Channel on Friday night.
There were many reasons for the high emotions, but the biggest one is pretty simple: Timing. Just two days after the show’s cancellation was formally announced, the network decided to still present fans with an episode that was basically a love letter to them. Reminding viewers about how much they love the show, only to punish them by saying that their show is canceled, is one of the strangest phenomenons ever.
We suppose that we should elaborate on that further in saying that when the network decided to end the show, it wasn’t done out of malice, or to make any of the fans feel bad. The reality here is that TV is a business, and clearly someone determined that there was not enough money to be made in “Girl Meets World” despite its popularity and also its social-media presence. It’s a shame, but it is what it is. (There are still ways to fight for the show, if you choose.)
As for reviewing the actual content of this episode itself, that’s a rather difficult thing to do for several obvious reasons … with the biggest one being that we’re talking about a show here that didn’t have much of a story to really speak of at all. This was mostly just highlights from past episodes, question-and-answer sessions, and getting to see a little bit of the set.
For us, the best part of the episode was seeing some of the stuff that you never think about when you watch the show regularly, such as how the young actors go to school, what sort of fan mail they receive, or the relationship that they have with much of the crew that works on it. This was the stuff that was more interesting to us than revisiting old clips. We feel like we’ve gotten to know Riley, Maya, and Lucas rather well; it was a little more interesting to get to know Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, and Peyton Meyer.
If you love “Girl Meets World,” this was a great love letter to the series — provided that you can tune out some of the negativity surrounding it. With that being said, we’re sure that there were also people out there who would’ve preferred a more ordinary episode since this felt almost like a special feature on a DVD set — engaging, but not what you expect from the show. Grade: B-.
Want to see where we are going to see the “Girl Meets World” story go from here? Then be sure to visit the link here for further details on “Girl Meets Sweet Sixteen,” the penultimate episode of the entire series. (Photo: Disney Channel.)