A Dearth of Reboots
Every time I turn around, it seems like there’s another reboot of something. Like MacGyver. I remember the show when it first aired, and it was a fun action show with an unconventional hero.
The new version? Meh.
It just isn’t the same.
Josh Whedon talks about reboot fatigue.
You bring something back, and even if it’s exactly as good as it was, the experience can’t be. You’ve already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time.
I think there’s a lot of truth in that. Movie, TV, and even books are affected by what’s going on in the culture and even the news. Some of the ideas develop out of that, because that’s what the audience is wanting to see. So a show rebooted after twenty years would be very different than the original, not to mention not having the original actors, which also influences the series.
I get why the studios are doing reboots. They think that if the series was successful once, it will be successful a second time. When I was Voyage to the Bottom of Sea fandom, I wanted the series to be revived because I wanted to see more stories. That’s, in fact, why people write fan fiction stories. But in hindsight, that show was very much a product of the 1960s, starting out with spies because James Bond was hot, and then when that died, they went to aliens and monsters. If someone recreated it today, it would have the same name, but that’s probably all it would share.
Better still would be if they stole ideas from the past and used them, rather than reboot. I’d be disappointed at a reboot of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. I’d watch a show that took the basic idea and went in a direction suitable for today.
Please, no more reboots.