It’s been one week since I sat down to binge-watch Fuller House Season 3B. Yes, I watched it all the way through, but felt that I needed a solid week to process all that I’d seen.
[WARNING: SPOILERS FOR FULLER HOUSE SEASON 3B BELOW!]
I’m sorry to say, my reaction to the pilot presented me with a huge stop sign. One which left me disappointed. While the content of what I wanted to happen with the characters was unfolding, the execution was plain awful. Here’s the thing, anyone who knows me knows I love Full House and that Fuller House has been a really enjoyable experience thus far. The second half of Season 3B took me on a rollercoaster of emotion regarding the writing that is playing out for some of the characters. Honestly, some of it just came off as plain lazy.
With that said, I think that it’s important to remember that the Japan episode wasn’t a season premiere, it was a mid-season premiere. I’m going to be fair and say, if I had waited until the entire third season when all of the episodes were ready, I would have judged it less harshly. (I would have still had issues with Steve’s CGI koi-wedding scene.) But, who’s going to wait for that when you can binge nine episodes first? What I wanted to happen with DJ and Steve could have easily happened in San Fransisco without all of the bells and whistles. Instead, it just felt like a very showy way to make things happen.
All in all, DJ and Steve’s storyline is what frustrated me the most. I expected to be happy, but the execution of them getting back together was phony delay after phony delay. Thankfully, the rest of the characters made for some more interesting storylines. I would never expect to say that Stephanie was my favorite part of the season, but she was. Seeing her go through the process of getting pregnant and finding a surrogate was very interesting. Of course, I’m still not quite sure how I feel about that surrogate being Kimmy.
I don’t want this review to come off completely negative, because there were things I enjoyed. However, the end of the finale left me asking if the Fuller House creative team are trying to push a reset button, one that they should have pushed much sooner.
When the legacy cast returns for the last two episodes, things feel so much more natural. So much so, that I think the creative team has finally realized it. There are a lot of career changes that happen in an instant for Danny, Joey, Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky…all of which lead them back to San Fransisco, where they’ll be much closer to the girls. My reaction…
This is what they should have been doing all along. The first season gave us a lot of the legacy cast, and since then it’s decreased significantly. In some aspects, it works well. In others, it just doesn’t! I’m relieved and hope that they show up more and more. In fact, Danny even says he’s going to move back into the house. I’m happy about that. Especially because of the extra special cameo at the end.
As a matter of fact, this healed all bitter wounds I had endured as I watched this season. (I didn’t scream with excitement or anything when I saw her.) Danny and Vicky’s relationship was one that I really enjoyed watching in the original series. If she’s coming back and they’re going to be together again, I’m a happy fan.
I guess the only thing left to say is, Fuller House Season 3B was a mixed bag for me. I loved some things and I hated some things. I’m still hoping there will be a fourth season, but there’s no word on that yet. What were your feelings on Fuller House?
All three seasons of Fuller House are now streaming on Netflix.