Reboots: Bothered and Bewildered
Why can’t Hollywood come up with an original idea anymore? If it’s not a reboot, it’s a spinoff, or a modern shoutout to a classic show with iconic characters. There have to be some sparkly new ideas out there.
Being a fanfic writer whose major creative contribution involves creating smutty sagas with other people’s original characters, it might be a little hypocritical of me to protest too loudly. Yet, I must.
News of a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has certainly sent shockwaves throughout the fandom world in recent weeks. Hate it or love it the idea is generating a lot of buzz. Here’s me buzzing.
Reboot of BtVS: Bad
A new Buffy for a new generation. Concept and characters the same, but with different actors in a current-day Sunnydale? The dynamic would be completely different. The idea alone has created discord within a very loyal fanbase.
Spinoff of BtVS: Been There, Done That
Angel got his own show, and I thank the network Powers that Be for that creative move because it’s the reason I started watching Buffy in the first place. An expanded universe of goodness. Same world, same characters and actors, and until the networks separated them, even crossover episodes. Maybe they missed an opportunity by putting Faith in jail rather than in her own spinoff.
Shoutout to BtVS: Good
The fact remains that we love these shows, BtVS and Angel. Are they perfect? No. Want to travel back in time to tweak the things you love, hate, or envision just a little differently? Me, too. Set the time capsule to 2002. Let’s go!
Does our passion for an original creation make further exploration of that world wrong? Absolutely not. That’s why we have fan fiction. Maybe television can do that, too. Maybe it’s still Sunnydale rebuilt from the ashes with a new Hellmouth emerging. Or better yet, a new town with a completely different vibe. The new Chosen One with new friends, foes and personal woes. A modern spin on a very old tale of a girl with the strength and skill to fight the forces of darkness.
Is a time jump of twenty years enough? I’d want this show in a bubble. Make it stand on its own. No guest characters from the original shows. No unnecessary references to those characters. Create something that feels like BtVS in the world of BtVS without it actually being BtVS all over again.
I’m interested to discover more about the plans for this reboot, rework, spinoff, shoutout. Will I watch it if it happens? You bet. I reserve the right to be judgmental and scrutinize every aspect of every detail on the show. That comes from the heart because it’s what fans do.