TV Review: Fuller House S1 E13, “Love Is In The Air”

Published on March 7th, 2016 in: Comedy, Current Faves, Netflix Reviews, Reviews, TV Is Dead Long Live TV, TV Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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The final episode of Fuller House’s first season comes to an end in a predictable, yet endearing way. D.J. chooses herself over Matt and Steve, Kimmy calls off her wedding with Fernando, and the two families realize they are better off together.

Additionally, familiar faces Jesse and Becky return to the Fuller home once again to renew their vows on their 25th anniversary. But for all of the things that this episode did right–like how it wrapped the season-long arcs of D.J., Kimmy, and Jackson’s courting of Lola–this was one aspect that missed the mark entirely.

Aside from the fact that that Jesse and Becky met in the house, this story makes no sense. Why would the couple travel from Los Angeles to San Fransisco for this occasion when they have a life, and presumably more family and friends there? This was a sloppy way to bring back unneeded classic characters.

The rest of “Love is in the Air” feels significant, but is undermined by all of the issues throughout the season not being solved.

One of those issues includes the consistent problem of D.J. not showing emotion with her children. In fact, there are only a couple of sequences in “Love is in the Air” where they are all in the same room, and at one point, Kimmy and Max share an intimate moment that delivers more heart than all of the times D.J. is with her kids combined.

The show is far from perfect, and some of the issues are quite bothersome, but the main positive that emerges is that it becomes more of an independent entity as the episodes go on. And while it’s still tethered to the predicating series in some ways, the performances of new and returning actors make the characters relevant.

Fuller House is the definition of a guilty pleasure. It’s not an intelligent show by any means, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining; sometimes, a daily dose of stupid is exactly what is needed. With a second season ordered and plenty of unanswered questions, Fuller House has the platform and potential to grow into a classic in its own right for a new generation.

Read the rest of Tyler’s Fuller House reviews.

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