Of Mr. Feeny

Mr. Feeny Fact

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I’ve been watching a lot of Boy Meets World (BMW) lately, a classic 90s sitcom. For those of you who have never seen this wonderful program I have two things to say:

  1. I know you don’t realize it now, but you really are missing out on something great. I would recommend watching the show. Plus, it’s the only sitcom where the college seasons are just as good as the younger years.
  2. There will be some spoilers mentioned below. Beware.
Mr. Feeny

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BMW executed the suspension of disbelief better than most. Sure there are many flaws but you simply accept them. Like the door in the main hallway of the high school that is a counselors office one episode and a bathroom the next. Or the character of Harvey, a Fonzie-esque bully, who is suddenly played by a different actor for one random episode. Did y’all know that Shawn had a sister? No? Well, that’s because she’s only mentioned once. But fans of the show either don’t care or they never noticed. Personally, I never realized the door thing until it was mentioned in an episode commentary.

Lot’s of things change throughout the show, Eric gets dumber, Shawn’s story line gets heavier, and Cory marries Topanga. But one thing remains consistent from season 1 through season 7 – Mr. Feeny.

Mr. Feeny, played by William Daniels, is the best example of the, “wise teacher who’s also a friend,” trope that I can think of. There are many shows that have tried to use that trope, Glee being the most current example, but none of them are able to capture the essence of Mr. Feeny. I think it comes down to what I mentioned earlier, you just accept him. From the first episode you understand that Mr. Feeny is going to be the voice of authority and reason throughout the show, and your okay with that. In the real world is it normal for a teacher to follow four of his students throughout their education? No, but in BMW it’s not only acceptable it’s part of the shows charm.

Daniels played his role in a way that gave his character depth, Mr. Feeny felt like a real person, like he could have my own mentor if only I were lucky enough to have him as my next door neighbor. A common problem I have with the wise teacher trope is that I get annoyed with the character, they either end up more stupid than the kids, silly, shallow, simplistic, or they fade into the background. Not Mr. Feeny, without him BMW never would have made it past season 1, he’s the heart of the show.

Mr. Feeny brings magic to the screen and never once have I doubted his importance or got annoyed by his character. Why? Because he’s genuine. He’s not trying too hard, he doesn’t go easy on the kids, he knows what they are capable of, and he is able to help them become their best selves. In short, he loves them and they him.

Here’s a bit of wise advice given by Mr. Fee-hee-heee-heeeny on the final episode of the BMW:

“I love you all, class dismissed.” – Mr. Feeny.

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Of Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian

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I am:

  • College student
  • 3.51 GPA
  • English major
  • Highly logical
  • Typically apathetic
  • Relatively intelligent
  • Fashion lover
  • Dancer
  • Blogger
  • Lazy chef

  • But I also love reality television. I understand why people hate on the genre, I understand why they bash it, and I understand why they might question my character if they find out I watch it – quite often.
    •  I really don’t care, I don’t believe in closet fandom, people like what they like. Fact. I also own The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on DVD, no shame my friend, no shame.

Here’s the deal, I do have a favorite Kardashian and that would be Khloe.

Here’s why I like Khloe, she seems the most normal. Khloe may not be as “Hollywood” pretty as her sisters but she has by far the strongest personality. She takes care of those she loves and she’s an avid activist. Unlike most of her family she does what she wants to do regardless of what their overbearing mother says – making her the most independent Kardashian. Plus, she’s spunky, funny, and opinionated. She doesn’t care what the world thinks of her. Yes she’s made mistakes (drunk driving for example) but she owns up to them. Even though the girl has a ton of money and success she doesn’t go around acting like she’s better than everyone else.

I find her highly likable especially in comparison to the rest of the more notable Kardashian’s:

  • Kim Kardashian – very materialistic and desperate, plus there’s the whole marriage scandal.
  • Kourtney Kardashian – decent business woman but she keeps sticking around with her loser baby daddy even after he punched a mirror in a drunken rage and lied to her for years on end.
  • Kris Jenner – the mother and the least sane out of them all. She gets highly emotional and irrational at the smallest detail, she’s manipulative, nosy, selfish, and she prioritizes business over her family on a regular basis. (She’s my least favorite reality TV star. Even the chicks in The Bad Girls Club are more likable).

 

Khloe Kardashian No H8

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Of a One-Track Mind

Now, based off the title a lot of people are going to assume the following words are going to revolve around sex. It’s understandable, but not what this is about. Sorry. I’ll talk about sex later – I promise.

This

Girl doing Homework

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Versus

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Number Two is the Winner!

A one-track mind is a blessing and a curse. Say I need to get my clean on, an assignment is due in twenty minutes, or crashing the car is not an option. In all these cases having a highly focused mind on one activity is positive, preferable even. I’m afraid that the negatives tend to out way the good, at least currently in my life.

Lately my brain will be focused on one of the two tracks that most frequent my thinking-sphere: success and entertainment. Unfortunately these two trains never seem to be able to occupy my mind at the same time.

When I get on a success kick it’s literally all I care about. I don’t want to hear about your petty boy problems, listen to tales of your children, or even what you’re making for dinner. The only thing that concerns me is not failing at life (I have many a friend that can testify to this). I go heavy into research mode searching for internships, entry-level positions, and jobs for after graduation. I hoard hours at work, beg people to give me shifts and refusing to leave if they try to cut me early. Basically, my resume and money is what matters.

Now, if I could maintain the success kick I would be in a great place, career wise. However, a need to giggle with friends, dance, and be merry eventually creeps up and knocks my success train off the tracks, temporarily. This is where the need for entertainment takes over. I lose my drive regarding school work, I hang out with friends more than usual, suddenly have a dating life, and watch way too much TV. Everyone knows I love television, hell I better considering I want to work in television. When the need for entertainment takes over it’s not just watching anything and everything or never being home. I get engrossed into one particular show, and I usually hang out in the evening with other living beings.

As I said, one-track mind. This time around it’s Supernatural, I’ve been watching that show pretty much whenever I’m not at work. When it’s time to be focused and do homework (i.e. succeed at life) I find myself watching Supernatural while playing four-suit spider solitaire. It’s an amazing show, clever, well-written, and way more interesting than what I’m supposed to be doing. In fact, it’s the type of show I would love to be a part of creating.

Try as I might, it’s not easy to force myself onto the success train till graduation. Somehow I get my work done. Miraculous.

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Of My TV Obsession

Television

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For a person who loves books, calls herself a writer, and wants to go into mainstream publishing – I sure do watch a lot of TV.

I wish I read more. I really do. I love great prose, strong metaphors, witty language, and surprise endings. I have fellow creative writing friends who will exchange work with me, there’s great joy in being proud of my own and my friends creations. There’s an epic amount of books out there to read and I always devour the free books shelves at the Library. But, what I spend most of my personal entertainment time doing is watching TV.

I like TV. No – I love TV – it’s like a long epic movie where I get to fall in love with the characters. They become like friends or enemies that live in a box. I like bonding with people over shows, introducing people to new shows, discovering new ones, geeking out to Joss Whedon, I like the what happens next feeling from episode to episode.

In TV land I get emotional way easier than I do in real life. I’ll start crying during reality shows, when someone dies, when the new-found love is exciting and wonderful, when people get married, when men cry, when oppressed gay youth get bullied, and when someone is performing and their talent blows me away, pretty much at anything depending on mood.

Normally I’m not a weepy person, and let me clarify that I’m not bawling my eyes out while devouring cookie dough ice-cream, usually it’s nothing more than watery eyes, usually. I’m very good at keeping my emotions in check and ONLY displaying those to whom I select – my fave persons as it were. But I get really obsessed with certain shows, and what can I say, TV world seems to bring out my emotional side.