Unpopular Opinion: It’s Time to Let Go
I hate when someone says television and movies were better when we were kids. For me, it is the English equivalent of nails on a chalkboard, or someone who smacks when they eat. Of course, television was better then, the hardest decision we had to make was whether or not we would eat cereal or pop tarts. Life was simpler when we were young, we didn’t have the rigors of everyday life bogging us down. We didn’t have to worry about bills or where our next meal would come from, we always knew that our parents had our best interests in mind. And it also didn’t hurt that our minds saw life differently. It was nice not to hate everything.
But to say entertainment was better then is a bit of a stretch. Now, we are bombarded by news, depressing stories, and social media, it just makes the appeal sound better. An example, take the show Saved by the Bell. It was one of my favorite shows as a kid. I always wanted to know what happened to the gang at Bayside. But did any of us in our youth question that straight A student, Jessie Spano would become addicted to……Caffeine. And I understand that caffeine is a drug, but at that point she was setting herself up for a very lucrative career in law, trucking, or stripping. We didn’t question it, we rolled with it. How about when Zack Morris sells pictures of the girls of Bayside without their consent, or Screech dressing as a woman to go into the girl’s locker room. Here is another example, The Power Rangers. No one could put two and two together seeing these powerful karate fighting, spark shooting from their chest teens and come the conclusion that these teens wear the same colors as the power rangers on a daily basis. Let alone how much money it costs to rebuild Angel Grove each week. These shows in hindsight when seen with the eyes of an adult are kind of dumb.
And this trend also extends to Hollywood. I hate the fact that all of these shows are being rebooted to try to capture lightning in a bottle twice. A lot of these shows being brought back are not even good enough for a reboot in the first place. Can someone explain to me why Sister, Sister and Sabrina are getting rebooted? It is to capitalize on the idea of how popular TGIF was back in the day. At the point of this writing, Full House, Sister, Sister, Sabrina, Boy Meets World, and Family Matters have been rebooted in some form, or are close to it. That is almost the entire line-up and it’s all from the success of Fuller House. It is getting to a point of almost parody. And honestly, it needs to stop. Hollywood needs to find ways to come up with new ideas, or this is all we are going to be getting. I swear to god, if I see a reboot of Cop Rock, I am going to fly to Hollywood and kick that person in the balls or lady balls.
And I am in no way saying that it is a bad thing to hold nostalgia close. Enjoy what you did as a child, but remember you are watching everything through a different set of eyes.