Fuller House does not fill me up

Story by: Ian Carson

Attempting to tug at the heartstrings and take advantage of the diehard fans of the ended “Full House” series, Netflix launched an original series called “Fuller House.” The new show contains members from the original cast of “Full House,” and includes some new faces, such as Elias Harger, who plays the role of DJ Tanner’s middle son.

The first episode of the series was overloaded with references to “Full House,” which seemed to be a failed attempt to reel in older fans of the show. The new show also mirrors plots lines that were integral in “Full House.” For example, DJ’s husband died, leaving her to mother her kids alone. She moves into her childhood home, and her sister and best friend move in with her to help her with the daunting task, which is very similar to the base of the original series.

Beyond the first episode, the show features some racy plotlines that would not have otherwise occurred in “Full House.” Take, for example, the fact that DJ goes to a nightclub with her friends and meets two men who try to come onto her by buying her alcohol. Perhaps it is just a sign of the times, but this would have never occurred in the previous series.

In addition, “Full House” often featured wholesome lessons at the end of each episode, while still maintaining an entertaining atmosphere and relatable characters. However, in “Fuller House,” the lessons are not as clear and hardly as entertaining.

The new series is also chock full of overblown and overdone pop culture references. Every chance the writers got, it seems they referenced the fact that technology plays an important role lives now, but only portrayed the negative aspects. They played on the “teen who can’t get off their phone” stereotype more than once in the season.

The new show is not without its entertaining moments, nonetheless. DJ’s son said in the first episode that the three bad words are “Darn, booger and Donald Trump.”

Student reactions to the new series have been mixed.

“I don’t think it lived up to what it used to be, but it’s still pretty decent,” said Sydney Cook, 9.

The new series was recently renewed for a second season, and I certainly hope they work on restructuring the plot lines to bring back more of the “Full House” feel to it.

Fuller House

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

The house down the street just got fuller, ladies and gentleman, because the American sitcom “Full House” is back with a twist.

DJ Tanner-Fuller was, at the end of the original series, only 18 and graduating high school. In the revival, she is a 40 year-old widow and mother of three. Her kids become too much to handle on her own, so she invites her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy to live with her, just as her father had done in the original series.

The setting has not changed and the tall white and grey house with the red door is shown in the trailer, which shows the famous Golden Gate Bridge and the green lawn across the street from her house. The audience gets to see the kitchen and the living room with so much detail that was not in the original series. A puppy is scratching at a door when it hears the voices of the old cast, even one of Joey Gladstone’s catchphrases, “Cut. It. Out.”

Most of the original cast will be shown in all 13 episodes of the Netflix series, except for Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, which means no Michelle Tanner.

Nevertheless, the cast will be coming back better and ever with John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse, as an executive producer.

There is much promise with the new series, which will be released on Netflix on February 26, which is just around the bend. Don’t forget to catch it when it released and see just how much fuller this house has become.