That’s a lot of tags, huh? Well,the Disney Channel is pretty frickin’ complicated, even though it might not seem like it on the surface. Go ahead and skip this week if DisneyCorp makes you irrationally angry or something, but over here at Wednesday Art Criticism Central we’re too school for cool and are gonna talk about a fascinating television show for tweens, “Sonny With A Chance.”
I discovered SWAC last summer and watched most of season 1 and the sneak previews/whatever on YouTube during the off days of my incredibly draining internship. Mostly because Sterling Knight is attractive, let’s be honest. But that’s not why I stayed. (There are, after all, 21 episodes in season 1: that’s XXX minutes!)
This is not a fangirl tumblr, it’s a Srs Blog. So I have restrained myself from posting 100 pictures of Sterling Knight in various cocksure poses and tagging this entry things like: Sterling Knight I like your face; Sterling Knight is sexy; you can be my Knight any day; notice me Horton (big points for getting this reference, you nerd); Team Sterling; etc. Do not think that this is because I have any shame about my, uh, appreciation for this
boy young man.* No, it’s simply that I think the rise and fall of SWAC is fascinating separately from My Man Sterling here, although most of the Internet agrees that the show succeeded largely because he carried most of the dramatic weight on his lovely, lovely shoulders. OK, OK, I’ll stop….
*For the Record: He is legal and so am I. Stop judging. This will never happen, which is totally not the point of internet obsessions. Go back to reading your Elitist Blawgs and pontificating on the use of Wittgenstein to predict the Dow Jones next month.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
If you’ve never seen a Disney Channel live-action television show for tweens, you probably have good taste and relatively in-tact eardrums. Saturday Night Live has never been as funny as it thinks it is, but this clip is actually perfect:
My apologies to the international readers (hi, Chatulim!); Hulu is almost certainly the only option for viewing this one. And let’s not talk about Raven-Symone here; girl absolutely deserves her own post. (Her new show on ABC family is equally fascinating!)
Here’s the Theme Song for SWAC Season 1, which tells you all of the important context for the show, in solid cartoon theme song fashion.
And HERE is the best moment of the series, in which: SPOILER ALERT the two love interests finally get somewhere with All That Sexual Tension. END SPOILER Don’t skip this clip unless you were already planning to marathon the show; I saw this clip way out of order and it didn’t ruin anything. And because it’s a Disney show, there is no touching.
Sterling did all the acting in that scene, didn’t he? Demi’s not awful here (and she’s miles better than how she started out), but it’s really his charm as Chad Dylan Cooper that locks down the scene and creates fangirls across the globe.
(If you want to know her answer, you need to YouTube it yourself. The 2-episode arc is called Falling for the Falls. And kudos to the writers for not going the cliche route and HUGE KUDOS for Sterling for rocking his response to her response like A Real Boy would.)