Why Fuller House doesn’t suck and you’re just pretentious and insecure

Fuller House is here, and to the alleged dismay of many, it looks like it’s probably here to stay. We just got two seasons in less than a year, and it’s been on the front page of Netflix since the first season premiered. We have a new season “coming soon.”

Despite its apparent success, it’s been almost universally panned by critics. It has a nice 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a consensus of “After the initial dose of nostalgia, Fuller House has little to offer to anyone except the original series’ most diehard fans.”

Now, that’s an interesting take, and it makes a lot of sense. But how is that a critique? That’s like saying, “If you didn’t like Lord of the Rings, you might not like Lord of the Rings 2.” What?! No Way! No crap, dummies. If you didn’t like FULL HOUSE, you’re not going to like the SEQUEL TO FULL HOUSE.

Everyone needs to take a giant step back and get off their high horses.

David Weigand of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “the episodes are predictable because they’re unoriginal and the writing is painful.”

Wow, I never thought of it THAT way, how insightful. You need a keen and astute mind to make those kinds of observations. I know a secret though, pssst, it’s not supposed to be original. Nothing is more painful than reading reviews by people who don’t understand the content they’re watching. This show IS a nostalgia act. That’s the purpose of the show. It’s 20 years after the original and John Stamos is producing; it’s fan service.

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I don’t think he’s exactly gunning for Emmys here. Don’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. Intent matters in the eyes of the law, and it matters here.

Maureen Ryan of Variety, wrote that the show “continually goes to the well of having cute kids mug for the camera as they practically yell their lines.”

Yeah, that’s nothing at all like “HOW RUDE,” or “YOU GOT IT DUDE.”

I get it, some lines make you cringe, a good amount of the show is cheesy. Now, I dare you to go sit down and watch two to three episodes of Full House in a row and not cringe through it. With Jesse’s massive mullet and three grown men randomly bursting into A cappella during their day-to-day routine, I bet you can’t. Remember the “Forever” music video? With bare-baby feet touching a grown man’s feet?

Or that Christmas episode from the second season when the family is stuck in an airport (along with the rest of the people in the airport) and Jesse decides it’s his time to shine and stands up in front of everyone and gives a monologue about Christmas. You people have no memory or shame.

Fuller House is nothing more than a fun, “where are they now?” look at characters from an old show because the actors aren’t dead yet, and it should be judged as such. It is, in fact, a cheesy 90s show that takes place in 2016, and it accomplishes that goal quite well.


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Back when I saved the WCSU Writing department…

The Echo of Western Connecticut State University

Jordan A. Sprogis

Dakota Sarantos
Managing Editor

Leo Budnick
News Editor

Provost Jane GatesMuch talk has circulated among the Professional Writing majors of Western Connecticut State University as to whether the school will still offer a degree in their intended field of study by the beginning of this Fall.

Junior Eric LaRocca is one such student enrolled in the program who has voiced his dissatisfaction with the possibility of merging the Professional Writing Department with the English Department.

“Whether they realize it or not, the School of Arts and Sciences at Western has an obligation to those currently studying in the Professional Writing department and cannot manipulate the duration and/or requirements for those who have been persistently laboring in the program. This poor decision not only speaks volumes of the culture in which we live where illiteracy has skyrocketed and is commonly applauded, but perpetuates the lopsided notion that the…

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Man of 1,000 Thoughts: What is the meaning of life?

It’s about 6 months old, but the sentiment still holds true.

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Dakota Sarantos
Managing Editor

Dear Man of 1,000 Thoughts,
What is the meaning of life?
– Ant Man

Mr. Pym, Rudd, Anthony…whatever you’re calling yourself these days, I’m not immune to the colorful, attractive nuances of idealism. Just a few days ago I was determinedly aloof; trapped too deep in thought and brooding over the difficulty and misfortune of my existence. Then, as I stared down the darkness, face up on my bed, I had a romantic thought. Sure, I’m working part time for minimum wage while going to school and trying to afford rent and food. But besides people having it worse than I do (they really do), I decided it would be fun to simply change my perspective. I was looking at these things as negatives when I could look at them as…something else #Arrow.

I’m going to school and I’m days away from graduating with a Bachelor’s…

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Professor Bozzone publishes ‘Off Somewhere’

Ol’ Prof Bozzone

The Echo of Western Connecticut State University

Dakota Sarantos
Managing Editor

After nearly three decades of playwriting, WCSU’s maverick Creative Writing professor William Bozzone released his first book “Off Somewhere”, a collection of short stories published by Whitepoint Press on Nov. 17 to positive reviews. Why is he a maverick? Bozzone wrote the stories under the penname Z. Z. Boone, because it’s not about him.

 “I wanted the book to be about the writing, not about me. It’s easy to let ego run wild—I did it as a dramatist—and this time I felt the need for Bill Bozzone to be as invisible as possible,” said Bozzone.

 It was time for a change of pace.

 “I’d spent close to thirty years writing for the theatre, and it started feeling a bit stale. I wasn’t really enjoying the collaboration as much as I once had.”

 Looking to do something new, Bozzone went to his old passion of writing fiction.


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MMA injuries are due to improper training

As the sport of Mixed Martial Arts slowly inches its way into mainstream media with emerging UFC stars like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, an issue that’s becoming more prominent, or more realized, is injury in the sport.

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Time and time again, fans will hear of canceled fights mere weeks before the scheduled pay-per-view events due to injury of fighters.  Most famously, a UFC pay-per-view event, UFC 151, was scheduled for Sept. 1, 2012 at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas, was canceled on Aug. 23. The headlining bout was UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson. The UFC announced Dan Henderson was unable to fight due to an injury. Usual practice is to find a quick replacement. However, in this circumstance, Jon Jones refused to fight a replacement on short notice, prompting the UFC to cancel the event entirely.

More recently, UFC 189 was meant to feature Featherweight Champion José Aldo defending his title against Conor McGregor. The event was scheduled for July 11, 2015. On June 23, the UFC’s Facebook page reported Aldo had suffered a rib injury and may pull out of the fight. Following controversy regarding the severity of the injury, Aldo pulled out of the fight and was replaced by Chad Mendez. Another highly anticipated fight was cancelled. Since 2011, Aldo has pulled out of five championship bouts due to injury.

It was reported earlier this week that former WWE superstars and current UFC prospect CM Punk suffered a shoulder injury in training and may have his debut fight delayed.

Bennie “The Jet” Little, former three-time kickboxing champion, current MMA trainer, head of CT Academy of Kickboxing in Danbury, CT, and former kickboxing trainer of UFC light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira, offered his insight on the frequency of injury in combat sports.

“It comes down to how these guys are training. At night, during the day, how hard they’re pushing themselves. Sometimes you push yourself past that limit to where you need to back off sometimes,” he said.

While Bennie says the solution is to simply back off and let yourself time to recover, he also says it’s not that simple.

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“As an ex-fighter myself, [I know that] you’re not gonna back off because you’re thinking the other person is training harder.”

So a fighter might know better, but they don’t necessarily listen. So what happens when they train too much?

“Your joints get a little worn out or a little weak, and you’re not giving your body that rest to recuperate…you’re tearing your body down little by little every fight you have, no matter what happens.  But eventually, if you ain’t taking supplements and trying to recover and getting good sleep and all that, of course you’re gonna break your body down. You’re gonna get injuries all the time.”

So what advice, if any, does Bennie have to prevent such frequent injuries?

Take two, three days off, and come back. If you ever go in the gym and train really hard and then you’re sore and you take two or three days off and you come back, you feel like a new person. Your body tells you what it needs. If you don’t listen, eventually it’s gonna shut down. Whether it’s broken bones, pulled muscles, anything. It can happen to anybody.”

Not only does he say it’ll lower risk of injury, but it’ll improve your performance.

However, Bennie says over-training isn’t the only risk for injury in combat sports.

“The biggest thing right now is fatigue. These guys cutting weight – that’s dangerous.  You’re cutting so much weight, what do you think you’re doing? You’re breaking down your body. You got a guy that’s 185 cutting down 135, 145. That’s not gonna do any harm to him? Yeah, you’re messing with your organs. Your organs are used to pushing out a certain amount of nutrients and energy. Now it’s pushing out hard, trying to keep up with that metabolism.”

Weight cutting is a common, across-the-board practice in combat sports. It’s not uncommon for fighters to cut over 15 pounds before a fight, but this is notthe same as dieting. It is swiftly losing weight and draining your body of nutrients, like water.

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“What do you think’s gonna happen? You’re gonna end up breaking something, because sooner or later your body is just wearing down. You’re depleting your body, which you shouldn’t be doing. That’s why I don’t cut weight. If I can’t fight in my weight class, I’m not fighting at all.”