When the program begins, the viewer watches the opening scene as Riley’s best friend Maya, tries to get her to go to school. As the scene progresses, Maya resorts to playfully teasing Riley and invokes the word, “Rileytown.” Upon hearing that word, Riley begins to yell at Maya, leaving the viewer and Maya to wonder about the reason behind Riley’s outburst. The rest of the episode is dedicated to finding the reason behind Riley’s outburst. Since the show is told in the third person, the viewer finds out the reason behind Riley’s outbursts at Maya, at the same time Maya does. The limited third person narrative structure of the episode does a great job in portraying the fear and anxiety of having a cyberbully, by not having Riley outrigh...
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...equences. Through the direct address, the show does a great job at reminding viewers that cyberbullying is a real problem and that behind the screen and anonymity is a real person with feelings.
“Girl Meets Rileytown” is a great episode. It’s an extremely emotional episode that is heightened by the show’s unconventional usage of third-person limited narrative structure and its overt use of direct address to demonstrate the effects of cyberbullying from an individual perspective. Overall, I really like this episode because it takes a heavy topic, like cyberbullying and makes it relatable to people of all ages. As a domestic sitcom, the show has an emotional core that resonates with me, especially with its emphasis on family and friendship. This emotional core is the main reason I like Girl Meets World, and the reason I will continue to watch episodes from this series.
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