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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Shake it up Wizards of Waverly Place

shake it up
We went into the Wizards of Waverly Place finale with trepidation. It felt like an end of an era — Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and now, Selena Gomez — they were now officially done with their Disney days. That said, if Wizards had to end, I was thoroughly content with this ending. The last-ever episode of Wizards of Waverly Place airs tonight, and I can safely say that I’m more emotional about it than most adult males.

I never had the Disney Channel growing up. It was a premium channel until the late ’90s, so the only glimpses I would ever get of it would be during those free preview weekends that used to happen. As a kid with plenty of entertainment options, it didn’t really seem worth it to me, even if my parents had been up for paying for it (which they weren’t). 
7th heaven

austin and ally
Going into the third level of the wizard competition, I was conflicted about who would be named family wizard — Alex (Selena) or Justin (David Henrie) — but it quickly worked itself out. Justin ran through the tunnel first, thus winning the wizard title. Fortunately, he admitted Alex was actually the rightful winner, as she helped him break free from tree roots. Thus, she was crowned the family wizard. Only one Russo will get to keep their magical powers. Will it be Alex (played by Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie), or Max (Jake T. Austin)?  Ultimately, no matter how much 
discovery channel waverly

harlem globetrotters
I might want to justify my fondness for Wizards of Waverly Place as my ability to recognize quality entertainment no matter the perception, what I think it really stemmed from was a desire to earnestly embrace something that was decidedly uncynical, at an age where life becomes increasingly complicated. For at least a half hour at a time, I was able to revert my brain and enjoy something for kids in much the same way a kid would — and if that happens one last time tonight, for me or anyone else, that’s a pretty good trick.
good if you are 7

Over all, I was content with the Wizards ending. Sure, it wasn’t super complicated — but it fit the show perfectly. After four memorable years, it was time to say goodbye.


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