Twin Peaks. The X Files. Ghostbusters. Full House…
It seems like everyday there’s some new reboot announced, and whether it’s true or just rumours, people get excited. Which is understandable, because who doesn’t want their old dead faves coming back again?
However, I’m at the point where I’m growing kind of frustrated with all these reboots. Is Hollywood lacking creativity? Are new ideas so hard to come by that instead we’ve decided to just accept recycling? If you Google this topic, you’ll find many blogs and articles asking the same questions….I’m not the only one who’s curious as to the fate of the entertainment industry, it seems.
Maybe I’m just lowkey bitter because all the reboots are things I never watched or had an interest in, so I’m unlikely to have an interest in the new stuff. Sorry, but I don’t have time to watch six seasons of Xena Warrior Princess so I can watch the reboot that may or may not be a thing.
But you may be saying to me, “Well, all your nerdy Marvel shows are technically reboots from the comics, and you still love them. And look at how many movies have been rebooted into Broadway musicals that you’re all over, you filthy hypocrite.”
Yeah, you’re completely right. I am a filthy hypocrite. Okay, well, actually I’m a moderately dirty hypocrite. Because here’s the thing: Reboots into different mediums can be cool. Movies into full musicals? COOL. Paper comics into hours worth of TV shows? COOL. White male movie into progressive genderswapped movie? COOL. But TV shows into…more TV shows just a few years in the future? It’s just fan pandering, in a way. There’s probably a reason why the show/movie ended or flopped, and people have made peace with it (with the exception of maybe Firefly’s fans). There has got to be significant improvement or major differences and so far, not many of these reboots seem to have that. And if they do, they still sometimes fail. Jem And The Holograms, anyone?
I mean, there’s nothing really wrong with reboots, I guess. They get hype and people enjoy them, to some extent. After all, these are characters and stories that people fell in love with and they’re back! Though I personally never understood the appeal of Wet Hot American Summer, the 2015 Netflix show reboot got rave reviews. It just seems like everything is getting a reboot, to the point where fresh news of one is underwhelming. However, when I think of why there are so many, one quote comes to mind:
This is really true. People are so desperate to feel nostalgia or go back to the ‘good old days’ that they’ll fully support whatever new reboot that comes about, even if it’s some show/movie that they really don’t miss all that much. As long as it’ll feel the same as the original, and be better at the same time. That’s a tall order, and as I just said, I can’t say that the order is always met, but that doesn’t seem to stop anyone.
Additionally, I must say, the rise of reboots is only furthering my suspicion that there seems to be a lack of creativity in the industry. Especially in TV, where the goal is to have a successful and interesting multi-season show that lives on in history. And yet, I’ll look at new shows and estimate their date of cancellation because I can’t fathom some shows living past a season or two.
Does that mean I don’t watch? No. I tuned into Blindspot last fall on NBC and enjoy watching it every week, but I’ve been vocal about my disbelief in the show’s continued success. Tattoo mysteries of the week can’t go on forever, especially when they already made some major progress in solving Jane Doe’s identity after three episodes. But Blindspot is a fairly original show. The promos were unlike any other. A naked, tattooed woman found in a bag in the middle of Times Square? It intrigued me, so between that and my love for Jamie Alexander, I’m giving the show a shot. It’s pretty good, already renewed for season two, and I’d recommend it, but I worry for its future.
But how many shows are essentially the same thing but with different characters? How many doctor and cop shows do we need in our lives? How many CSI and Law And Order shows can one possibly watch? I don’t watch any, with the exception of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as I don’t have an interest in most of them, but if you do, I’d love to hear your opinions on how they do or do not vary. I honestly am proud to say that most of the shows I watch and enjoy are pretty original. But maybe I’m biased.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy the shows/movies you love or frown upon every reboot announcement. After all, their purpose is entertainment, and there’s no dispute that they do just that. I’m excited for Grease Live! on Fox at the end of the month, even though there doesn’t seem to be many changes from the original movie.
So, in the spirit of positivity and trying to somewhat embrace the change, here is a homemade list of things that I personally would love to see get the reboot treatment:
- FRIENDS (it’s been 11 years. It’s time.)
- Hannah Montana (part of me is just kidding and part of me really wants to see crazy Miley as Hannah again)
- Pokemon (as an official Bway musical)
- Happy Days
- Harry Potter (an HP TV show would be nice [
Mauraders or the kids preferably])
- Sabrina The Teenage Witch (a musical of this would be neat)
- Calvin And Hobbes (into anything, really)
- Eragon (give it another shot! PLEASE!)
- Don’t Forget The Lyrics (this was a classic and I need it back.)
I do just think we need to consider how the industry is changing and perhaps stop being such loyal followers all the time. Where’s the line, and what is enough?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on that matter. Whether it’s on the reboot spam we’re being hit with these days or on the industry’s lack of originality or even if you have something you want rebooted, leave a comment! I want to discuss this with you all!
P.S. If for some reason you’ve read this exact post before on the internet, I actually wrote it for a blogging course I took last semester in university, so it’s all my own words, I’m just reposting it on my real blog!