Wednesday, January 27, 2016

That's So Raven

You can gaze into the future... 

21 Eps
20 mins
Comedy, Life
2003 Disney Channel

Revolves around psychic teenager, Raven, as she tries to resolve any problems before what's to come.

The pilot, Mother's Dearest, presents the sass that Raven incorporates into her character, as well as her bizarre beauty in disguises. This show stands out from the typical Disney Channel line of "this is what ["comically"] happens when you plainly lie or do something wrong in life." Raven holds back from any actions that contribute wickedness to her sunshine personality. She's lied, in somebody's face, less than twice this season. Sure, she snuck away to a fancy restaurant for a date with a senior and ran back and forth between theater rooms (for another "date," again), but at least she technically stayed true to her parents by traveling with them and housesitting with her friends. 

These characters are one factor to having four seasons. Minority groups and stereotypical white folks are a perfect foundation for verbal backlash and may even persuade us all to be resolute with our fellow mates, regardless. However, even without racist jokes, there is no denying that the show depicts whites as stuck-up braggarts and blacks, Asians like to party and have boyfriends (cough, Brenda Song again in New Girl). The Baxter family is a colorful people- eccentric, supportive, and jokesters, the limelight is shared and we're all grateful. 

There seem to be no restrictions of provocative phrases in the script and the show is somewhat suggestive with Raven's one-legged twerk in an episode (if it's not a twerk, ma bad) and MILF, boy-crazy, .. innuendos occasionally. 

If you want a taste of Old Classic Disney, check out an episode of That's So Raven. I didn't grow up on Disney and I was not disappointed with Raven! 

Ability to be Binged7
Theme Song/ Animation is Present7
Personalities Differ Among Characters6
Alternating Viewpoints/ Camera Work10
Nice! There's Character Development5
Title 7
Suspense/ Surprise4