Raven’s Home might make mil­len­ni­als nos­tal­gic

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - SO­NIA RAO Wash­ing­ton Post

I’m be­gin­ning to doubt Raven Baxter’s abil­ity to gaze into the fu­ture.

“Raven’s Home” pre­mièred Fri­day night, al­most a decade af­ter the orig­i­nal series’s fi­nale. Raven-Sy­moné reprises her role as the ti­tle char­ac­ter, who is now the di­vorced mother of teenage twins, one of whom has in­her­ited her su­per­nat­u­ral skill. An­neliese van der Pol re­turns as Raven’s clue­less and also di­vorced best friend Chelsea, who re­cently moved into Raven’s ec­cen­tric Chicago apart­ment with her young son, Levi, in tow. The pri­mary fan base of “That’s So Raven,” which started in 2003, has aged into their 20s and be­yond. These view­ers might ap­pre­ci­ate some as­pects of “Raven’s Home,” be it the re­turn of her “vi­sion face” or knack for phys­i­cal com­edy. We’re even treated to her catch­phrase, “Oh, snap!” a lit­tle ways in.

But mil­len­ni­als are a gen­er­a­tion of cord-cut­ters, and are un­likely to reg­u­larly tune in to the Dis­ney Chan­nel once the nov­elty fac­tor wears off. What about the chil­dren, you ask? It’s a Dis­ney Chan­nel show, af­ter all, and kids might re­late to the jeal­ous sib­lings. Is­sac Ryan Brown and Navia Robin­son play twins Booker and Nia, and the for­mer’s at­tempts to shave as a pre­teen or pro­tect his sis­ter are en­dear­ing. Lit­tle Ja­son May­baum is Levi, a less de­vi­ous but equally in­tel­li­gent ver­sion of Raven’s younger brother, Cory. But even if younger view­ers like these three, that’s not enough. The heart of “Raven’s Home” is a charis­matic Sy­moné and call­backs to the orig­i­nal show, two fac­tors kids won’t care as much about.

ERIC MCCANDLESS, DIS­NEY CHAN­NEL

Ason May­baum, Navia Robin­son, Sky Katz, Is­sac Ryan Brown and Raven-Sy­mone in an episode of “Raven’s Home.”

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