By Brenda de la Cruz
Disney Plus’ “Big Shot” manages to encompass laughter, warmth and valuable lessons in its debut.
“Big Shot” gives off a traditional family show vibe without trying too hard to be funny or corny— given that it is on a Disney platform. Characters are placed in unchartered territory where they need one another in order to navigate their feelings and find their way.
John Stamos stars as a recently fired college basketball coach who takes on a new coaching position at a private high school for girls. Here, he is met with privileged and smart-mouthed young women who challenge him and vice versa.
Stamos is most known for his role as Uncle Jesse in “Full House” which ran from 1987 to 1995. While his role as Coach Marvyn Korn is a bit more temperamental than his loving and caring role on “Full House”, viewers do get a few glimpses of his soft side during the show.
In a nutshell, Korn is a rude and blunt individual who is used to getting his way, until he meets his match at the high school he is employed at. It’s a constant power struggle, all while attempting to teach one another valuable lessons, whether they know it or not.
All while Coach Korn is re-learning how to connect with others, he must also learn to connect with his daughter, Emma, played by Sophia Mitri Schloss, known for “Sadie” and “Lane 1974.” Schloss does a great job as a teenager who simply wants to spend time with her big shot dad (pun intended.)
Its characters and storyline leave viewers wanting more as they learn more about each role, further connecting them to the cast. The writers and actors do a great job at making fans care about what happens next by pulling them in with true and similar problems teenagers, athletes and most adults go through. Viewers are treated like a part of the show.
The show also stars Jessalyn Gilsig, known for “The Stepfather” and “Nip/Tuck,” Yvette Nicole Brown, known for “Avengers: Endgame” and Nell Verlaque, known for “The Marijuana Conspiracy”.
“Big Shot” is rated PG and each episode runs approximately 40 minutes. The newest episode airs this Friday on Disney Plus.