Let me be clear. I shipped Riley and Lucas from the instant she fell into his lap on the subway. Come on, you know you did too. I dare you to find anything more precious than this (baby animals excluded), because I do not think it’s possible:
And, honestly, I still ship them. They are so sunshiney and awkward that they can’t help but be adorable. There’s the time he brought her a horse:
And the look he gave her when she showed up to their first date:
However, just because I love them together does not mean that they should be together. In fact, for the sake of Girl Meets World as a show it may just be best for Riley and Lucas, the assumed Cory and Topanga, to just be friends.
If the past few episodes are any indication, the Girl Meets World writers may be thinking the exact same thing. Turns out, Riley is trying to figure out if she has romantic feelings for Lucas or if she sees him more as a brother.
I may have cried. But, y’all, I get it. I get the reasoning for not having these two together. And I can even understand (and possibly some day support) the couple the writers seem to be setting up instead: Lucas and Maya, aka Lucaya. While I have no idea how they are going to make that transition considering Riley and Maya are best friends (you know, girl code and all), I do think Lucaya might be the best option for the show.
I enjoy consistency, but I also appreciate surprises, particularly when a show breaks out of their norm and does something unexpected. From day one, everyone assumed Riley and Lucas together was end game for the show. But perhaps these writers don’t want to be predictable. Perhaps they want to keep us guessing. Yes, it is a kid’s show, but that doesn’t mean it always has to do what people assume.
And isn’t that what makes for great TV? Creating characters and a story line that people not only care about but have to keep watching to find out what happens next? Well, now with this Lucaya possibility, Girl Meets World is excelling at both.
Also, Maya Hart herself deserves a plot twist like this. First, she deserves to know that she is loved and that people care about her. She has had a tough childhood, with an absent father and a mom who is constantly working to try and make ends meet. She hasn’t been shown a lot of care in her life and deserves a dating relationship where she is shown just how special she is. Lucas is maybe the sweetest middle school boy in the history of middle school boys and has already begun to show he cares.
This sweet, southern gentleman may be the perfect fit for Maya. Second, she deserves more air time. Currently so much of Maya’s story line is supporting Riley, but to give the show even more flavor, more Maya-based plots are necessary. Riley and Maya are total opposites and a story based on Riley alone would only be sunshine and rainbows. While I like sunshine and rainbows, viewers, even the younger ones, need to know that sometimes life comes with an edge. For Girl Meets World, Maya Hart is that edge. Having Maya be the one that gets the guy would be an easy and interesting way for her to get more story time.
Perhaps the most significant reason Lucaya would be a great plan is that this plot line would help separate Girl Meets World from Boy Meets World. One of my favorite things about Girl Meets World is that it often pays homage to its parent show.
However, Girl Meets World is not Boy Meets World and while some of the characters are the same, the new generation of characters deserve their own story. They deserve to set out on new paths and not always follow in their parents footsteps. We, the fans, should not only let them, but enjoy watching them grow. Therefore, giving the new Shawn instead of the new Cory the romance allows for a break from the past. So, writers, if Lucaya is the route you choose to take, this is one fan that understands.
For now, I’m going to enjoy watching these characters be middle schoolers where romance is at the bottom of their list of things to worry about and they have their whole lives ahead of them to date each other and meet new people. Besides, who meets their spouse in middle school anyway? (wink wink).