Baxter’s back, back again. And she’s got a house full of mini-me’s with her.
In a world of reboots, reviving a show after 14, almost 15 years is tricky and could go one of two ways. It could be a smashing success like Gilmore Girls, a few season flop like Girl Meets World (although I was sentimental and appreciated the lessons Corey Matthews taught our new generation), or it could be a super cheesy hit like Fuller House.
The verdict on Raven’s Home, the follow up to 2000s sitcom, That’s So Raven, is that it’s a worthy sequel.
Raven Baxter, who went from psychic teenager to psychic mother, has not changed one bit. I mean literally, the first episode almost seems as though you’re a pre-teen again. Except now, Raven’s a divorced mom to two kids, Nia and Booker, who don’t know that she’s actually a psychic. And she’s not planning on letting them in on her mom power either since neither of them have displayed psychic abilities themselves… That is until the first episode. The show must have a purpose again.
And in order to be successful with the nostalgic adults and not just with a new generation of Disney kids, there have to be elements of the original. In this case, it’s Chelsea, now a mother to super intelligent (it’s hard to believe I know) son Levi, who is also divorced and living with her BFF Raven. We have yet to meet Chelsea’s ex-husband but we do know Raven’s ex is Devon Carter, her high school crush. Disney Channel has always been known for it’s happy endings so it’s refreshing that they are actually acknowledging that sometimes, things don’t work out, especially between high school sweethearts. There’s also a beauty in Raven and Chelsea owning the fact that while their marriages fell apart, they are still strong, independent women.
But alas, just like in the original, Raven is up to her usual shenanigans. It seems like she hasn’t learned a damn thing since her younger years when it comes to misconstruing visions. Almost immediately, she gets a vision that Nia is going to realize that her favorite child is Booker. She goes through lengths to make sure that she shows her daughter a significant amount of love but Nia doesn’t really care. She’s more concerned with Booker’s claims that he’s getting psychic visions since he’s known to fabricate stories and exaggerate.
Surprisingly, everyone else – Levi and Tess, who is a little over exaggerated in my opinion – completely believe him. They brainstorm ways that he can convince Nia but it’s ultimately useless until Booker gets a vision of her getting hit by a punching bag in gym class and then it happens. Booker contemplates telling Raven but Nia assures him that “mom would never understand visions.” Oh, you’d be surprised.
And of course Raven went to gym class to prevent her vision from happening, only to contribute to it happening and instead of her kids getting suspended, she did.
The younger generation does a phenomenal job at matching the energy and up-to-no-good spirit of the season cast, who haven’t skipped a beat. The only thing I would change is toning Tess down a bit. That’s not to say her acting is bad, I actually enjoy her tomboy character but all the black slang will get old quickly.
It’s nice to see Disney Channel get some color again! Now don’t screw it up Raven… oh who am I kidding?!