This is a new sort of post for me and it has arisen from the fact that I recently binge watched all of Hannah Montana for no good reason and Twitter seemed to support me sharing my thoughts. The following are some of the main things that I wanted to talk about. These can get pretty spoilery so if you care about spoilers, you should probably not read this.
Here we go!
1. The characters are basically all jerks.
This is the thing that stood out most to me when watching the series. I couldn’t understand how Disney thought these episodes were good family content, especially when most of their viewers are impressionable children. Almost all of the characters were selfish and willing to treat their friends/family terribly to get what they want. Many episodes relied on people being horrible in order to move the plot forward or to get cheap laughs.
This might have been excusable if these acts were called out and recognized as being bad, but this hardly ever happens. I can only imagine how many children learned flawed lessons from watching this show.
2. The series can, however, occasionally be wholesome.
While I was mostly upset by the episode plots, every so often I would come across one that was particularly wholesome. In one episode, for example, Jackson wins two tickets to a Lakers game and ends up being emotionally manipulated into agreeing to take two different people to the game. I was prepared to be disappointed by this episode but surprisingly, people apologized for inviting themselves and in the end they were all able to attend together. I was pleasantly shocked.
3. The Hannah Montana Movie was weird.
For one thing, it takes place between Season 3 and Season 4 (I think) so it’s a bit awkward in terms of timing. Additionally, Season 4 hardly ever mentions or acknowledges the events of the movie–I noticed only one mention–even though there were significant developments that occurred.
Also, the ending of the movie was pretty farfetched and didn’t make much sense…I’ll just leave it at that.
4. They did us dirty with Jake Ryan.
I don’t even want to go into how upset I was with the whole Jake-Jesse arc, but it was TERRIBLE AND I HATED IT.
What I did want to talk about was how Miley and Jake were kind of set up to be endgame but it seems like the writers just gave up. There was even this big event on Disney Channel where viewers were asked to choose between Jake and Jesse and the audience chose Jake. A few episodes later, Disney wrote out his character and made Miley end up with Jesse. Like WTF???
I remember my teenage self being completely enraged by the fact that they misled everyone and went back on their word. Maybe they watched too much Hannah Montana and didn’t learn proper morals.
5. The continuity was a mess
Several episodes contradicted other episodes so it was hard to keep track of what was supposed to be accepted as canon or not. The most notable example that I can think of off the top of my head is that Oliver couldn’t sing in one season and in another he was a leading contestant on a singing show. It didn’t make any sense.
Speaking of things that don’t make sense, Robby Ray was publicly known as Hannah Montana’s father, but he was also Miley Stewart’s father. Even if people didn’t recognize that Hannah and Miley were identical, they would have known that the two of them shared the same father. Not to mention, his disguise is literally just a mustache that he only sometimes wears.
Welp, that’s all for now! If you have anything you want to add/talk about in the comments, feel free. I’m always willing to rant lol.