There are days when I think people in Hollyweird have lost all sense of imagination. Why do I say this? One word………
Every time I remake/reboot comes out based on a previous movie or TV show, my skin crawls a little bit, and I am soooo apprehensive about it, because more often than not, it really does an awful job of re-imagining the original movie or series. There are very few exceptions to this rule in my opinion. I’ll give you the GOOD ones first. Keep in mind……..this is just my opinion. Yours may differ, and you are more than welcome to them.
Battlestar Galactica: This show was originally done in the late 70’s to early 80’s (if you count Galactica 1980 along with it), and was a pretty well done series for the time. Lorne Greene and cast guided the journey of citizens from Caprica on their quest to the lost planet of the 13th tribe: Earth.
The new series is darker, more brutal, and not as sugar-coated as the late 70’s version, BUT……if you don’t try to compare the two, the new series is a really awesome work of science fiction. Edward James Olmos does an outstanding job leading the fleet to their destination, and wow…..the Cylons grew some bollocks and got VICIOUS! 5 seasons worth of kick-butt, knock-down, drag-out awesomeness.
Star Trek movie series: I am a fan of the old-school Star Trek, and even got into the 4 other series that came after it (one actually came BEFORE it, but I digress), so when they stated a new Star Trek MOVIE was coming out – with a whole new cast portraying the characters I grew up with, I was apprehensive to say the least. There was a lot riding on this gamble, but wow…….they did an amazing job with the cast, the writing…….everything about it screamed gold. My fears were averted, and I remain enraptured in the Trek universe.
V: I enjoyed the original series back in the day – the mini-series, followed by “The Final Battle” and then the TV series – it was all really good stuff. I enjoyed the new series quite a bit though, because they took the Visitors and made them DARKER. Ohhhhhhh Anna was pure evil to say the least. She was conniving, cunning, and just an all-out BAD person. It was so sad to see them kill this series mid-run. It would have been great!
OK……so what am I griping about? Some of the schlock that came out that was just pure drivel!
21 Jump Street: You take a serious crime drama done around a high school and turn it into a farce comedy? REALLY? It was so far away from the way the original series was that it hurt to even watch the trailer to it!
Star Wars I-III: Yes, they told the pre-story, but it had SO MUCH CGI crammed down our throats, it was unreal! Add to that, they turned Darth Vader from one of THE most bad-ass villains to grace a screen to a whiny, angst-filled teenager with a hate complex on! Oh, and don’t EVEN get me started on Jar Jar……..
Miami Vice/Starsky & Hutch/Nancy Drew: No……..no……no. Just don’t go back that far in the TV archives and try to re-write what was perfect back in the day. They didn’t even come CLOSE to the formula that made the originals the classics that they are.
Now there are signs that there is a new Peanuts movie on the horizon – done in CG no less! Oh, and we have the Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie. I guess no cow is too sacred for the remake giants of Hollywood.
Maybe I’m just too old-fashioned – or maybe just too old to even want to allow people to re-imagine classics, but maybe we like our memories to be untainted with the horrific stuff that gets cranked out and stamped to be golden, when it’s just a turd in a gold foil wrapper.