Bunk'd is boffo!
To all of those out there who believe Bunk'd perpetuates racist stereotypes, please stop. This is a show by DISNEY. It is supposed to be entertaining. It is supposed to take the mind of the viewers away from the numerous ills which plague our society. We see enough of the problems of racism and other ills on the news.
If you watched Jessie, you are well acquainted with Emma (Peyton List), Ravi (Karan Brar) and Zuri (Skai Jackson). Emma is still a fashion diva and likes to make over everything she can find, but in Bunk'd, you can see a very savvy, very intelligent young lady, not the flighty, sometimes clueless, teen we saw in Jessie. Ravi is still athletically challenged, but he has made great progress in other areas. Zuri no longer has her imaginary friends and is no longer obsessed with rainbows, unicorns and mermaids, but she still loves her Blake Shelton.
The breakout character of Bunk'd is Lou (Miranda May). She has brought out the best in Emma and has fulfilled the big sister role Jessie (Debby Ryan) filled on the previous show. Lou also shows tremendous compassion and leadership for her fellow bunk mates, Zuri and Tiffany (Nina Lu), and is very level-headed about the gaffes Jorge (Nathan Arenas) is prone to commit. Lou and Xander (Kevin Quinn) are friends but know not to cross the line and make it awkward, something which is very important for teens. I'm glad to see Lou and the Rosses will be back in season three.
One nitpick: too much emphasis on the Emma-Xander-Hazel (Tessa Netting) love triangle, which really isn't a triangle, because Xander cannot stand Hazel. Tessa does a fabulous job of acting out the villain role, and she is more of a mean girl than Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfired (the "Mean Girls" of the movie which starred Lindsay Lohan) could ever hope to be. The question is will it still be in the plot now that Xander's character has been written out of the show for season three.
If you have not seen the first two seasons, catch up on Netflix. I love this show. Here's hoping Miranda, Peyton, Karan and Skai will have many, many more adult roles coming their way--hopefully after at least two more seasons of Bunk'd, that is.