C’mon, you know you secretly love when a new reboot is announced.
Reboots hold a steady spot in the media we consume today. Reboots like Ghostbusters, All Grown Up, Lion King, and Fuller House are among the most notable ones from our generations, and more like iCarly, Proud Family, and other classics from our childhood are set to return. Because reboots take the original plot and modernize it, or answer questions from the original airing, many people will have their opinions about it. From film to television, it seems that everyone is jumping at the chance to grab hold of previous storylines.
Arguably one of the best reboots was Fuller House. Many of us grew up watching the Tanner family and friends, so it was the perfect opportunity for a reboot to see how their lives have unfolded. When the original series came out, people were able to relate the same problems the characters faced, and on the reruns, another generation was able to fall in love and relate to the same TV family.
The reboot, Fuller House, answered any questions that viewers and die-hard fans had after Full House ended. It also kept a similar plotline all while adapting to the new world around them. We were able to fall in love over again with a new cast and relate to similar problems as adults. Being able to please an older and younger audience with one plotline is what made this reboot so successful.
There is never a truly perfect reboot because the original is always more special to the fans. When a reboot happens, critiques are quick to point out how far it strayed from the original. Girl Meets World is a perfect example of how a reboot can ruin the fan’s perception of the original show. This reboot made for a new generation navigating their way through seventh grade, but many viewers believed it would be a continuation of the lives of Cory, Topanga, and Shawn. Mixing original cast members for the nostalgic appeal with new characters for the younger generation of fans seemed like a good idea at first, however, it ended up feeling like another overdone child sitcom.
At the end of the day, the reboot was not created for fans of the original series to binge, rather for a younger generation of fans. Let’s face it, no adult was tuning into Disney Channel every week eager to watch two seventh graders work through their problems. The Boy Meets World franchise would have benefitted from a show following the cast members in their adult life, which is what the fans truly desired.
We are obsessed with reboots and revivals from our favorite characters. When watching a show or movie we easily become attached to the characters, which is why the ending gets us so emotional regardless if every loose end is tied up or not. In a time of chaos in our young adult lives, many of us can revert back to these characters we were once so close to. Instead of worrying about the craziness in our lives, we can laugh at the hijinx brought on in zany sitcoms or cartoons.
Even though we are in an era of constant reboots, many classic TV shows or movies remain untouched in order to preserve the lives of characters that were so carefully wrapped up. I have to agree that many reboots can make or break the original intent of the plotline. It’s important for the plot of the reboot to respect the original intent, but adapting to the newer audience.