Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fuller House Came Out and It's Even Worse than You Imagined


Where to even begin.

When Netflix said they were producing a season of a Full House reboot, we all quit our jobs to make sure there would be no distractions in our lives when it was released. There has never been, at any time since that crocodile gave birth to the first human baby*, a more exciting announcement than the one that told us that Full House was coming back.

Yes, we all knew it was going to be terrible. Let's just get that out of the way right now. Nobody actually thought this was going to be a good show. We all saw Full House in the 90s. We see it on tv all day, every single day. There is basically a channel devoted to Full House syndication. Every one of us saw at least a flash of one of the show's scenes just today while we flipped back and forth between Love It Or List It and Naked and Afraid. Just how terrible Full House was and is has never drifted far enough into the recesses of our minds to allow nostalgia to fool us into an alternate reality wherein this show wasn't gag-inducing.

So when we heard they were going to revive the spectacle and make a dozen more episodes, none of us were under the impression that a well-written bomb of comedy genius was coming our way. But that totally and completely didn't matter. Because Full House raised us. Not our parents. Full House.

I had four dads growing up: Danny Tanner, Jesse Kastoplinskjlkjsis, Joey Gladstone, AND LIFE LESSONS. So a 12-episode jaunt back into the Tanners' lives was like coming home from college for Thanksgiving after two decades of living in a world where most problems can't be completely resolved with violins, 30 minutes, and a few decorated cliches.

And that's surely how it felt for all of us 30-somethings who sat down over the weekend to the familiar sound of a theme song TO WHICH NOBODY HAS EVER KNOWN ALL OF THE WORDS. ("Whatever happened to budumbudubity. The milk man, the paper boy, theevernenen TV! Minish manold familiar friends, WAITING JUST AROUND THE BEEEEEEEND!")

And no, you may not look up the lyrics on the Internet. Full House was on before the Internet and so you aren't allowed to use technology that proceeded the show to decipher its nonsense. Them's the rules of our generation.

The theme song ended and the show began. And we were back in the only-slightly-remodeled house 29 years later, an amount of time that makes abso-freaking-lutely no sense whatsoever on any level no matter what with liberty and justice for all.

Why are we counting the amount of passed time from the pilot episode? Why not since the time we last saw the Tanners? When the show tells us that the events that are about to occur are taking place "29 years later," are we to assume that nothing after the pilot episode happened? Was it all a dream?

DID MICHELLE NOT REALLY FALL OFF THE HORSE?!

But before you have an opportunity to do math and realize how freaking old you and everyone in this show now are, the forced introductions begin.

DJ is hotter than we expected.

Uncle Jesse has somehow aged in reverse and is a beautiful piece of man and now all of us are gay for having seen him. ALL OF US.

Aunt Beckie is a freaking super model. One who asks Jesse if they can have another baby even though they are, like, 75 now.

Joey's life is still so sad that we forget to notice his appearance.

Danny Tanner looks like your disappointed high school principal who has been promising to retire for 29 years while doing various crass stand-up comedy routines on the weekends.

Stephanie's meth boobs are so big that at least one of them now has its own atmosphere.

And Kimmy Gibbler looks exactly 100% the same as she did 29-enty years ago, BECAUSE THERE IS A GOD AND HE KNOWS WE NEEDED SOME STABILITY HERE.

On a side note, sometime in the last 29 years, Nicky and Alex stopped being identical twins. And, since Blockbuster video stores shut down everywhere a few years ago, I'm concerned that they are probably both unemployed. In real life.

What all of the above leaves us with is a very confusingly-sexualized version of the trademarked innocence that raised us. I swear to you that Stephanie's cleavage was so enormous that Netflix advises that you get a bigger tv so your current one won't explode when she puts on her hooker dress for Danny's going away party in the first episode.

Yes, Danny, and all of the other "grownups" are already getting the hell out of there on the very first episode. Every single one of them got their dream jobs at exactly the same time and so they are all moving away at once. Even though DJ's husband died 12 seconds ago and left her with three terrible child actors kids to raise on her own.

But don't worry. Stephanie and Kimmy decide to move in last minute to inverse Full House and raise the children with her.

This leaves us only to assume that Michelle was probably supposed to be in Kimmy's place when Fuller House was initially imagined by the writers(?). But Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen literally hid from this inevitable calamity. Because say what you will about those ladies: they know what the hell is up. And they were not about to go down on this sinking ship.

Still, one gets the sense watching this mess that we are all being cheated and that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen owe it to America to wade the disaster with the rest of us. We made Mary Kate and Ashley into the tragedies they became. We almost literally handed them billions of dollars to produce garbage films and whatever doors those opened for at least two full decades. The least they could do is show up to a depressing reunion of the thing that put them on the map in the first place.

But no. Everyone but Michelle came to the party. Even Stephanie and her boobs and her extremely confusing British accent that sounded like an unintentional mix of cockney, the Queen's English, and a Jar Jar Binks impression. EVEN STEPHANIE came back. Because everyone else understood the importance of making this thing happen.

Which brings me to Macy Gray. Yes. Macy Gray is in Fuller House. And she is clearly on every drug that anyone has ever tried. And I'm completely sure that a profoundly inebriated version of herself was the only version that would have ever agreed to be a part of this. With every line she delivers, she seems to be half looking over her shoulder the way one does when they are worried their friends might see them talking to the weird kid.

She even yells a split second before her scene cuts out what I can only imagine was not a scripted line: "why am I doing this?! I have a Grammy!"

I'm not kidding you. That really happened. And apart from Kimmy Gibbler complaining that she lost her deposit on a rental car when she gave birth inside of it, this was the only non-mocking laugh the first three episodes pulled out of me.

I sat on the couch in awe at the schizophrenic family programming reaching desperately to be both wholesome and scandalous simultaneously, but awkwardly failing to do either. I was surrounded by 30-something year-old friends who were having all of the exact same visceral reaction to everything with which we were being assaulted. And then the third episode ended. And we all made the same disgusted sound in unison.

Then I realized something: Yes, Fuller House is terrible. But you know what, folks? I was completely entertained every single second it was on. And with God as my witness, I will watch every episode. Probably twice. And if they make 12 more seasons with 12 episodes each, with or without Macy Gray, I will devour all of those, too. Probably, even, on a Friday night. So I guess those people did something right, by doing a lot of things oh so wrong.

Twice up the barrel, once down the side.

*I received my public education from the state of Utah so I'm completely guessing about how evolution works.

~It Just Gets Stranger

52 comments:

  1. I was waiting for this review... I just knew you were going to watch it. Just knew. Anyway, I have to agree... It was pretty terrible, but I watched all the episodes IN ONE DAY and recommended it to my grandmother. I promise you, by the fifth or sixth episode the middle brother grows on you and is actually pretty cute. And Stephanie's boobs are out of control the whole way through... wasn't this supposed to be a FAMILY show?!?!?!?!
    I'm not really sure how evolution works either, so your crocodile theory works for me! In Texas the teachers kind of scanned through that subject to avoid arguments... it's not well received around these parts, unless you live in Austin.

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  2. I'm loving Fuller House. It's just as hokey and corny and overly sentimental as the original, and now I can unironically inflict it on my children...and they love it, too!

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  3. Okay this post seriously made my life just a little better! I cannot stop laughing!:)

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  4. Eli for president. This is the best thing you've ever written. Stranger for life.

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  5. Where is the "like" button when u need it!? I would totally vote for Eli!

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  6. I have tears. Bravo. I haven't laughed this hard since your Jurassic World review.

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  7. I'm still trying to recover from the amount of times you said boobs with no apologies to Cathie.

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  8. Same here! Haha

    Not that Eli knows what BOOBS ARE CATHIE!

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  9. I am so happy and grateful to be old enough to have NOT grown up on Full House, and since my "temporary" assignment of tour guiding ended on Saturday the 20th, I also Did Not have to watch even a single frame of this new torture. An excellent review, Eli, but you know SOMEONE (namely I) must step in to correct your atrocious grammar.

    1. "proceeded the show to decipher it's" should be "PREceded ... its"
    2. "three terrible child actors" is perfectly fine, although BABIES really don't qualify as ACTORS ;)
    3. "as God as my witness" ...IS, Eli, IS. As God IS my witness! I'm pretty sure I've corrected you on this one before, so now you're just being stubborn.

    There was at least one more thing that, while technically grammatically incorrect, didn't sear my eyeballs to read it, so I'm chalking that one (or more) item(s) up to "Eli's vernacular".

    I think I may have to watch JUST Danny's party so I can verify Stephanie's boobs and Jesse's turning me gay.

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    1. I think I have to reject all of your corrections, Emelle. "God as my witness" is my phrase and it makes sense that way. And "proceeded" is the correct word. The technology came after the show, not before it. And try to tell Mary Kate and Ashley they weren't child actors when they were getting paid as babies to giggle on Full House!

      Twice up the barrel, once down the side.

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    2. Oh, but I did change "it's." And I've shaved my head as a punishment for it.

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    3. Eli - we need a drinking game for all your grammatical errors. NOT that we know what those are, Cathie!

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    4. Emelle is right Eli. It's As God is my witness. You could also say With God as my witness. But you are correct with the word PROceeded as it came after the show.

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    5. Ok, I think I can agree with "with God as my witness."

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    6. So the definitions of proceed and precede aren't really related to each other---to proceed can mean to come forth from something, but not to come after something. Probably the best word to use here would be "postdated."

      If you'd posted a picture of your hair, though, probably no one would've even noticed.

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    7. YES, thank you. Postdated would be the better word. We were incorrect about proceeded. Anon, you should proofread Eli's blog before he posts from now on.

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    8. I want to be right about "proceeded" so much that I may petition that the definition of the word be changed.

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    9. I had to read your dadgummed sentence three times, Eli, to understand what the frack you were even trying to say... Because most people wouldn't USE the word "proceeded" in the way that you used it. Technically, you used the correct grammar. But Anon and Lee are right in that POSTDATED would have helped the sentence make sense the first time.

      Now back to the Olsen twins being paid to giggle as Michelle... they were babies until they became child actors. Babies cannot act, nor can they really take direction. So being paid to giggle isn't really what happened there... they were made to giggle, and the cameras rolled long enough to capture it. Their parents were paid to bring them to set. Eventually, as they grew up in that environment, they were paid to act. Coogan Accounts have all kinds of legal mumbo-jumbo language, that probably includes the use of words like "proceed" to mean "postdate", so you would completely understand how they're set up, Eli. All I know is that they are meant to keep immature actors and their parents from squandering those earnings (but, like child support, the parents can use {SOME OF} it to raise the kids/run the business).

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    10. Why do people feel like they need to come to your blog and try and correct what you write. So rude. It's not that big of a deal people!

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  10. I only watched the first episode, but I decided that Stephanie's boobs are their own character, and they are indecent. Also, my brother got all pissed off at me when I laughed out loud at one of Kimmy Gibler's jokes. But you know what? I stand by my laughter. It was legit, and the rest of it was a train wreck. (I can't even tell you how quickly I hated Stephanie with that ridiculous "British" accent--and that was before she even introduced us to Things 1 and 2 (her boobs).

    Also, I'd hate to be in a shot with John Stamos. He's far too handsome, man. How does a 50-something year old man look so good?

    The twins might be my least favorite part of the pilot, and that's saying something. Abysmal acting all-around. The fact that they named the dog Comet Jr. Jr.. Staring into the camera after the joke about Mary-Kate and Ashley's design empire in NY. The canned laughter. I could go on.

    But that Tommy baby is sure cute.

    And I'll soldier on, I know I will. I'm morbidly curious to see how this plays out. (Tell me it gets better, Eli!)

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    1. The joke about the Olsen Twins and looking into the camera is the only thing that has made me laugh out loud so far!

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    2. The laughter wasn't canned, but the audience probably had to be prompted on "when" to laugh. Most Warner Bros. sitcoms (and yes, this was shot on the WB lot) use live audiences. Before a show gets a regular audience, the people who sit in the stands don't laugh at appropriate moments, or the laughter isn't genuine. It IS live, but it's probably forced.

      A great example of this would be The Big Bang Theory. Nowadays, you never hear the audience, because you're too busy laughing at it all (which is what the audience is there for - to prompt you, but unconsciously). Back when the show was new (first season or two), no one really "got" its premise, so they actually paid audience members cash to sit there and laugh.

      While the "laughtrack" audience you hear on Fuller House was probably fans of Full House, they may very well have been completely lost, and so their laughter is forced (and possibly not mixed well by the guys sitting in the sound booth behind them). So now you know.

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  11. I'm going to say it right now, I hated Full House, and Fuller House looks like absolute garbage. I won't waste my time watching it. My wife asked if I would watch it with her and I outright said no! We finished watching our show and walked in to watch maybe 10 minutes of Fuller house and it was as bad as I thought. The kid actors were awful and totally overacting (I will give DJ and Stephanie this, they were much better child actors then these kids). Danny looked awful. Jessy and his wife looked like they barely aged, and Joey is not funny.

    The only bright side to the show is that Candace Cameron is definitely hot. The end.

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    1. Pssst....I've never even seen Full House...or Seinfeld...or Lost...or Survivor...in a world of modern television, I am a complete stranger.

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    2. You're probably better off for it. Television is bad for the brain anyway.

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    3. I'm not sure DJ and Stephanie were better actors from Day 1, though. I don't remember the first season very well, but I imagine they overacted and were pretty terrible, too. The kids got noticeably better a few episodes in.

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    4. Emma Watson learned to act through the course of the Harry Potter movies. I DARE you to go back to the first one and not cringe everytime she's on camera! But she DEFINITELY grew into the role, and now I can't get enough of that beautiful young lady.

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  12. I literally had no idea what to expect when I clicked this link and now I love you. More than words. This blog has now been bookmarked. You pretty much 100% accurately described what I felt when I binge-watched this entire series in one day. Thank you.

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    2. Hey Melissa, I checked out your blog...you live in Winnipeg too? That's so cool. I didn't think anyone else from Winnipeg read Eli's blog. I also noticed the pictures of food trucks and I was like, HEY, that's Broadway...I work on Broadway right near that Greek food truck. That's so crazy, what a small world.

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    3. Yeah, but are you at least 12th cousins thrice removed? I mean, you MUST be, right? ;)

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  13. But DJ's Mexican wrestling scene!!!!!!!

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    1. That was THE most ridiculous and unbelievable scene. I could not suspend my disbelief. And therefore it was the very best--they knew it was too over the top, and they did it anyway.

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  14. In the picture, who is the guy in between Uncle Jesse and Danny?

    Also, why is the post tagged with Adam, Matt, and Wade?

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    1. I think that's the creator or director.

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    2. Oh. Either way, he should be shunned.

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  15. Cathie is going to be asking you questions about your knowledge of boobs Eli!

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  16. All the critics hated it and everyone I've heard talk about it, including my high school students, loved it. It may survive a while after all!

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  17. I want you to know that my coworkers read this post in a meeting this morning and people were laughing so hard there were tears. This post is a perfect example of why I'm an every day Stranger.

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  18. Meth boobs. I love it almost as much as when you said youttthhhhhhes in Europe in your video.

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  19. Meth Boobs. My favorite line of all time.

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  20. Oh my gosh, yes! But, I always KNEW it was going to be TERRIBLE, so I wasn't even a little bit surprised by it. If anything, I'm more wondering why I ever liked the original show so much in the first place.

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  21. Unpopular opinion: I loved it! The first episode I was unsure about, but the season overall was really good! Then again I'm a nostalgic old fool....even though I'm only 20, my nostalgia is that of an 80 year olds

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    1. I loved it too! So happy about a second season. I laughed multiple times during each episode.

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  22. SEASON TWO CONFIRMED!!!!! There is a god.

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    1. Maybe the audience will actually WANT to be there, and the writing will improve enough for the audience to laugh appropriately.

      Not that I'll be sticking around to find out, although I might be back at Warner Bros. giving tours (and thereby "selling" those free seats). We'll see.

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  23. The hardest part for me was the strangley inserted "infertility discussion" between DJ and Stephanie in one of the episodes. It had ZERO series plot weight and was a painfully obvious dig for emotional depth using a sensitive topic. I felt it was sort of tasteless.

    Otherwise, it was wonderfully awful. I missed Kimmy Gibbler!!! Having seen all 13 episodes now (I waited to read this until I did see them, In case spoilers!) I think i love it. And I'm excited to see season 2.

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  24. I laughed out loud at this. Yes to all of it - OMG IT'S SO TERRIBLE I CAN'T STOP WATCHING AND I LIKE IT. The end. Thank you John Stamos and your sorcerer's stone.

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