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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Reboot?

Everybody else on line is talking about this, so I guess I should too. These are quick thoughts so I'm going to do them as bullet points.

  • There have been rumored reboots before this one. As is obvious, they didn't happen. However, the fact that Joss is involved gives this one more credibility.
  • The reports don't give any real details on the proposal, so it sounds like more of a concept than an actual series outline. It's pretty hard to judge that.
  • The term "reboot" seems to be used to mean multiple things: (a) a re-do of the original series with new actors in the original roles; (b) a continuation of the previous series with new actors/characters mixed with old; (c) a completely new series that builds off the basic premise but can be entirely different. I have no idea which of these might be on offer, but the different meanings seem to be driving a lot of the internet debate.
  • I'm pretty skeptical of the idea. I'm not a fan of re-boots generally. I think Joss told his story with the original series and I doubt there's much new. It looks as though this proposal may be more like Agents of Shield, where Joss' name is on it but he doesn't actually run it. While I can enjoy watching AoS, it's fluffy, not Buffy. Lastly, the fact that Disney/Fox are involved -- they have to be because of the complicated ownership rights -- bodes poorly for the show. We're likely to get tame and safe stories, perhaps with a more diverse cast (good!), but not the innovative and cutting edge drama of the original.

2 comments:

  1. I have to admit I've long dreamed of a show about slayers - multiple - being helped and guided by members of the original show. I picture Xander, Dawn, Faith, the potential played by Felicia Day, Andrew, Robin, and others.. With special guests Angel, Spike, Giles, Willow. Well, I guess I'd like to see everyone. Maybe in Cleveland, lol.

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    1. I think it could work this way, and I'd be happy to see all those characters back. But the most important thing for me is the quality of the writing.

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