The Art of the Remake (or lack thereof) ~ Outside the Margins with TC Blue

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Hello again, all! It’s the 30th, and you know what that means, right?

Yep, you guessed it! Time for me to ramble on topics of dubious interest! Woot!

Now, I’m generally pretty chill, but right now there’s something that’s really bothering me (aside from political things, and racism, and injustice, of course, because those things ALWAYS infuriate the frilly blue heck out of me, and that’s such an understatement, I can’t EVEN. But that’s not what I’m going to ramble about. Not now, anyway).

See, it’s that time of year again. The time when hopes and dreams can be either fulfilled or shattered beyond the telling of it. Yes, dear readers, it’s FALL TV PREMIERE SEASON! shudders

Full disclosure, I’m not the biggest TV fan in the world. Until this past March, I hadn’t actually had a TV for close to 9 years. That said, I’ve discovered lately that it isn’t all bad, and yes, I have my Favorite-Shows-of-Dubious-Worth (Project Runway, anyone? I mean, I’m NEVER going to be a fashion designer, so I have no idea why I find it so entertaining, but I DO! And I know how to sew, so I tend to giggle when one of the contestants stitches things together on the wrong side, or uses the wrong stitch, or — Gods forbid — tries to machine sew chiffon with a regular running stitch… but I digress).

I also have programs I’ve been waiting impatiently for, like Lucifer, which hopefully will live up to its first season promise with the just-begun season 2. I need answers, damn it! grins

Most “reality TV” makes me cranky, with the exception of the aforementioned Project Runway, and Masterchef. waves geek flag hard But worse than having a Kardashian on every corner is this horrifying trend of remaking and “updating” old TV shows.

Before I go on, a little history.

I have a love/hate relationship with remakes. Also with film or TV versions of books. I used to get incredibly upset when the film/TV version of something didn’t live up to the printed one. Eventually, I reached a point where I just couldn’t be pissed off all the time. (No one likes a constantly cranky person.) SO, I started doing what I still do to this day. I don’t expect things to be as good as the book. I just don’t. In fact, I go a step further and look at film and TV versions of books as the visual equivalent of fan fic.

Some of it’s good, a lot of it isn’t, and I really just expect characters with the same names doing things that vaguely resemble the story I read. It sounds strange, but it works for me.

This method does NOT work when it comes to TV remakes of old TV shows. LOL

The other day, I had the extreme misfortune to see the pilot episode of the new “MacGyver.”

Now, I went into it hoping for the best. I did. I thought a remake might be interesting, if it was done well. I was fully prepared to commit myself to the updated Mac and his cronies. For about three minutes.

I don’t know if any of you saw the cluster-fork (see me not cussing? Yay, me!) CBS obviously spent a stupid amount of money to make happen, but in my opinion? If you didn’t, be very, very glad.

I could go on for hours about the clunky plot, crappy acting, and ridiculous premise, but we don’t have that kind of time, and that’s not the point.

The point is… I have nothing against remakes of classics (and for my purposes, the original MacGyver was and is a classic). I have nothing against big budgets and super-fun explosions — I LOVE explosions and action movies/TV shows.

What offends me is when a remake completely robs a story (and the characters) of any and all charm. When it makes everything about the characters utterly unlikable. (The new MacGyver is a smug little poop who need a good spanking. And not the fun, sexy kind.) It would have been far more interesting — to me, I mean — if they’d instead shaped a series around MacGyver’s son, who we met in the last episode of the original series, rather than trying to remake the show.

There are some remakes that work, of course. Hawaii Five-0 seems to have loads of fans, and while it’s not really my kind of show, the episodes I’ve seen have been pretty engaging. (Also, hot men. Many, many hot men. In Hawaii, where the scenery is gorgeous even without the hot men.) Lethal Weapon, the pilot of which was not atrocious, and which I may watch regularly, because even though it’s not really like the movies, it’s still entertaining.

So there you have it. That’s where I stand on this very important issue. I give a firm thumbs-down to bad remakes.

I’m sure you’re shocked, as you should be. But like I said… remakes are like fan fic. This one, unfortunately, isn’t the good kind… but do feel free to try convincing me otherwise. grins

As always, thanks for your time!

TC Blue


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