Fuller House Season 5 review - A mediocre farewell to one of the greatest 90s shows

Fuller House Season 5 review - A mediocre farewell to one of the greatest 90s shows
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Ever since the revival of Full House, termed as Fuller House made its way to Netflix, people have been left wondering as to how this mediocre show ever got the go-ahead from Netflix honchos. For someone who grew up watching the Tanner girls, Danny, Joey and Uncle Jesse, this show seems like a poor way to repay the fans who were genuinely hoping for something spectacular from the makers for its reboot.

The show dealt with a lot of teenage troubles and seemed relatable to anyone who was growing up in the 90s. While the original show concentrated on the problems faced by the girls, this reboot focuses on the girls who are now adults. The children cast doesn't have much to add to the storyline.

The series follows a widowed mother and Veterinary Doctor DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) (a bizarre coincidence with her father Danny Tanner), divorced mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and bachelorette party animal Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) as they move in with DJ to help raise her three kids and deal with parenthood themselves. As previously reported by multiple news outlets, Lori Laughlin’s Aunt Becky is missing from Fuller House’s fifth and final season due to her alleged role in a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scandal.

Hopefully, we won’t get flak for saying this, but the series works better when it just focuses on the Fuller-Tanner-Gibbler household. The premise of the series was about Steph and Kimmy moving in to help DJ raise her three boys after her husband died in a fire. The series was never supposed to largely focus on the older cast, yet the first few seasons saw the writers desperately trying to include them in newer ways.

As the show progressed, we could see how Steph, DJ and Kimmy have come in gaining maturity and learning to solve problems, especially Stephanie. The audience witnesses the culmination of Stephanie’s growth from the first season, going from a party animal to a mature aunt and mother who is finally making sophisticated and career-enhancing decisions.

While DJ and Kimmy’s story is inspirational, this season’s episodes were absolutely boring. The storylines that follow DJ and Kimmy’s children are subpar at best and lack any real substance. While the audience is used to the stories of the children and adults conflicting, this season seems to mostly follow the adults. This is fine, but it could’ve made for a more interesting plot to follow the children’s lives as much as the adults.

Giving the children more of a story would have provided the show with a chance to tackle challenges teens face such as issues with cyberbullying and underage drinking, which were dealt with in previous seasons. This could give the young audience a sense of relatability to the children. It's clear Fuller House is going out with not one, not two, but THREE weddings for DJ Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). Yes, "Let's Get Married" indeed in a triple wedding in 2020. Fans may also miss subtle Aunt Becky and Michelle Tanner references, but I spotted some hints in Season 5, Episode 9.

PS- Spoiler - During Steve's proposal to D.J., Fuller House flashed back to the couple's high school love story in Full House. It was beautiful. It was also followed by Kimmy getting down on one knee to propose to Fernando. He accepted to be her husband again.

All in all, you know how the show is going to end, as it was clear even when the reboot hit our small screens. But given the political climate in the US and how different childhood is from the time we were kids, it would have been good to see the show focus more on the children than the adults. We already grew up seeing DJ, Steph and Kimmy, it would have been interesting to see how they tackle situations as adults when their children are going through a crisis.

But it seems like the makers were more concerned with giving the ladies happy endings by the finale of the show. Fuller House doesn't seem like a family drama-comedy, it is more on the lines of a rom-com that clearly lived past its prime.

Rating: 2.5/5

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