identity criss

anonymous asked:

But not everyone does require a deeper look. For example denying maya had an identity criss despite painting purple cats which is a clear symbol that represents riley. it needed to be big and obvious because gmw is still a kids show (pt 1)

And mj needs to communicate things in a way kids will understand the story he’s telling, its all about understanding ones audience. But I imagine its easy to say maya was still herself because in turn its easier to validate her feelings for lucas.


It’s not even primarily an issue of “validating Maya’s feelings for Lucas,” it’s an issue of validating her RIGHT TO GROW AND CHANGE AS A PERSON, period, just like Farkle. In order to give Riley and Lucas their chance to become official and fail on their own merits though…the writers had to get Maya out of the way. And the way they did that was for her to have an identity crisis which set off a chain of events which essentially “reset” the kids’ narrative in several respects. But that identity crisis wasn’t happening before GM Triangle, it started after. Maya did not question who she was as a person until AFTER several of the people she cares most about essentially shouted down all the positive aspects of her growth while she tried to stick up for the person she’s grown/growing into. I wouldn’t be able to make the argument that Maya never “turned into Riley” in the first place if the show runner and writers had not planted the evidence for it in insanely obvious ways. And I *wouldn’t* make the argument at all if the evidence wasn’t there. There’d be absolutely no point to that.

The writers point blank confirmed on Twitter that the two photos of the bench in GM Tri were a story point. The reason Maya painted that screaming purple cat is because the bench reminded her of her friendship with Riley which is under serious threat at the moment. But while the audience knows that, the character has apparently forgotten. The paintings were in two completely different styles and the art teacher very clearly confirmed that he was WRONG about Maya being a copycat of Riley. He knows darn well that Riley painted a very simplistic purple cat and he knows darn well that Maya also painted a purple cat in a completely different style, and yet he still says that his assessment of Maya as a copycat was WRONG to start with and that he owes Maya an apology. But just like the girls, a lot of people in the audience are only looking at that purple cat instead of thinking critically and listening to *everything* we were shown onscreen. That’s looking under the microscope at its finest.

And while viewers who look more deeply into things (as the writers have instructed us to do both within the narrative and IRL over and over since 2014) already understand how the non-triangle arc was essentially “everything going wrong"—aside from Riley/Maya surviving which was the main thing and the reason why everything else had to go haywire—what is now becoming quite clear in the post-ski lodge episodes is that something is very very off in terms of how “the world” settled up after that arc. I’m pretty sure even a six-year-old could spot that something is off with Riley and Lucas as a “romance” at this point, and that only keeps getting more and more obvious as the season goes on. But of course…the people who were looking more deeply (at the higher level interpretation of the show) already knew something was off with the Rilucas “romance” and they’ve known it for a very long time.

The show runner has said more than once that he’s creating this show on multiple levels for multiple audiences age-wise. You may choose the kid-level interpretation which is simple and easy and requires little-to-no critical thinking whatsoever, but there is also a second one—a more complex and “grown up” interpretation—which has slowly but surely become more and more obvious as time’s gone on.