As someone who was rooting for Lucas and Maya I get what the writers were trying to convey w. GMSL and I’m okay with it. *SPOILER WARNINGS*
Okay So I have Disney’s WATCH App and was able to watch Part 2 tonight after Part 1 aired. I feel the need to speak up because I see the writers getting so much hate on their twitters. I have to say that as much as I love Lucas and Maya together I totally 110% get where the writers are coming from and I don’t think a lot of you get it so I’m going to explain this to you and whether you want to agree or not is totally up to you. The writers have had this in mind since the pilot and it was clear of that in these two Ski Lodge episodes. Another thing I would like point out is that the dream sequences in Ski Lodge Part 1 were NOT the girls perception of love. They were describing each girl: Riley the romantic and Maya the adventurous. Now onto what this is all about…
First off all ever since the pilot episode aired we have always known that Maya was the rebellious one, in fact this character has been compared to that of the Shawn character on Boy Meets World. There is no doubt she’s the Shawn of the show. One of the first rebilious things that we saw Maya do was when she started the homework rebellion in the pilot episode. Remember when she didn’t wan to do her homework and she got Riley to even join in on it? Ever since we were introduced to Maya we have known that she has always been one that would break the rules.
Lets talk about Lucas for a minute. When we were introduced to Lucas we knew he was sensitive and a nice guy. It wasn’t until we met Zay that we learned Lucas was actually trying to change himself for the better. We learned in Secret of Life that Lucas was actually a lot like Maya at one time. He was getting in trouble back in Texas and that’s why he was now in NYC. We learned in that episode that “People Change People” which is the biggest lesson of this show so far. It was that episode that we learned Lucas was trying to change himself and not be one that always broke the rules. Zay even points this out in Ski Lodge Part 2 when Maya says something to Lucas asking him why he doesn’t want to break the rules. Zay tells Maya that Lucas use to be like that once and that he wanted to change which is why he came to NYC.
Now onto Riley in the pilot we have always known that she was a nice girl and always saw the good in people no matter what. She would lend a helping hand to her friends if they needed help or just help a random person on the street if they needed it. Riley has always been the sensitive one who wouldn’t hurt a fly.
Last but not least lets talk about Josh shall we? This is something that really did not dawn on me until part two about this character. If you think back (or better yet go back and watch if you forget it) to Girl Meets Home for the Holidays and Girl Meets Game night you will see that Maya and Josh are somewhat very similar. You can kind tell that Josh might have this spontaneous and rebellious side to him just like Maya does. You really get to see a glimpse of that in Girl Meets First Date and AGAIN in Girl Meets The Tell Tale Tot.
As much as I hate to admit it Riley and Lucas are more alike in a lot of ways. Lucas and Maya aren’t but Maya and Josh are. Maya and Josh have a bit of the rebellion to them. In Girl Meets First date we see Josh flirting with a College Tour guide, and in Tell Tale Tot we see Josh in the dorm room with like three girls because he wanted to hit up a college party. Riley and Lucas would never do any of that. Riley is to to sweet and innocent. She doesn’t really like brekaing the rule. The same thing can be said for Lucas. He’s to nice to people, and again to bring this back to Secret of Life he is trying to chagne so breaking the rules is something he is no longer into doing. However don’t you think Maya would do this? In fact she’s already flirted with Josh who is older than him, and she wanted to be involved in the college parties that were going on that night. It was Maya’s idea to sneak out that night to follow Josh to you guessed it the PARTY. She even got Riley who wasn’t really that big on it to sneak out with her. Remember in the episode Riley was worried that her parents would find out that she was sneaking out? Josh and Maya are so similar and I can’t believe I didn’t realize this until now.
I have come to realize after watching the Ski Lodge episodes is that Maya and Lucas are polar opposites. In fact he doesn’t like the rebellious side of her and we saw that in Ski Lodge part one and somewhat of that part two as well. This is explains why Lucas was always so concerned for Maya and why he’d try to get her to better herself. He wanted to see her change and believe in her but has come to realize now that Maya is not going to change. He thought maybe he could like her once she started acting more like Riley because that is the type of girl that Lucas is looking to be in a relationship with. This is why Lucas almost kissed Maya in Texas Part 2, it was because he got conflicted with his feelings and started thinking he might like Maya. What happened was when Maya started changing and being more like Riley he saw her differently and more like his type. Maya was acting more like the type of girl who doesn’t break rules. However once Lucas found out Maya reverted back to her old self (the rebellious girl who was breaking the rules) that is when it really sunk in for him the breaking rules, adventurous, rebellious type is not the kind of girl he wants to be with. He realized the type of girl he is looking for is like Riley and that’s when he realized he actually didn’t have feelings for Maya and that it really has been Riley all along.
Another thing I’d like to talk about is that it was shown to us back in Texas Part 3 that Lucas and Maya just weren’t going to work but no one ever caught onto it. If you go back and re-watch the episode it is so obvious. It is explained right to us in Ski Lodge 2 that Maya and Lucas went on the date and couldn’t talk or connect via having a convorsation. The reason for that is because Maya just wasn’t feeling it. She explains this in Ski Lodge to when she says that he was just too nice and all she wanted to do was dump a smoothie on his head. They just weren’t connecting. She learned to realize this in Ski Lodge part two when they had their heart to heart in front of the fire. However with Riley as Lucas pointed out when they talked in the library in the second episode of the first season they connected. This didn’t happen with him and Maya because there was no connection there however for Maya that happened with Josh. She realized that it’s because they are so much a like and Josh realized this as well after talking more with Maya that he liked her.
All in all I think what the writers were trying to convey here is that Lucas and Maya are polar opposites and because they are looking for a certain type of person to be in a relationship and have come to realize they are looking for two completely different types that they would never work out.