Andi Mack Review: How Disney Channel Begins Its First Coming Of Age/Coming Out

TVOvermind | 10/29/2017 | Araceli Aviles
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Andi Mack pushed the envelope by building its premise on a teenage pregnancy, without actually ever saying the phrase. Disney Channel is thenow going to tackle its most controversial topic by introducing a gay character. Adults watching the show probably already suspected that Andi Mack series regular Cyrus was gay, but it’s not the type of thing that has ever been tackled on the network, let alone commit to the story long-term. Kids go through things, they see and experience the diverse world as it is, and the network is not hiding from that anymore. Based on the season premiere, the story is heading in the right direction.

Andi is smart for her age. Last season she realized that she’d become so obsessed with trying to be in Jonah’s life, it was hurting her. Hoping to relieve some of the stress in her life, she broke away. She chose to focus on her friends and her family. Though she has decided to forgive Jonah, that decision is not without its complications. In both of those respects, Andi’s adolescent mentality was shot down hard in the season premiere. The reality of Jonah’s presence in her life was quickly rattled by his continued involvement in his ex-girlfriend’s life. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the writers have chosen to round out Amber’s life with some complex financial issues that no teenager should ever have to worry about. Then Andi’s dreams of a nuclear family were shot down when Bex decided she would not accept Bowie’s proposal. Considering how beautiful Bowie’s proposal was, we feel Andi’s pain on this one. However, this is just the first of many ways she will learn that life doesn’t turn out like the picture in your head.

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