Reboot All Around
Remember the shows you loved as a kid or maybe even the games that we recall putting hours into? There is a chance that one of them is currently being rebooted for you and a new audience. In the last decade, there have been multiple attempts to successfully reboot multiple franchises to show to a new generation and attempt to make a profit through nostalgia. While some have gone on to become incredibly successful franchises financially but not critically, others have simply become failures or rather seen as inferior to the originals. While in some cases the reboots will never truly capture the magic of the original piece, there have been some reboots that have successfully accomplish what they are created to do. Currently, we may be in the middle of a reboot renaissance.
In early 2017 there have already been two reboots that have been made and released and have surprisingly done incredibly well both financially and critically. The first one was released in January; Resident Evil 7. Resident Evil up to this point had been in a rut, aiming away from horror and focusing on action. As a response, Capcom released RE7 which was a more down to earth approach then the last few Resident Evils. The main focus of this game was the attempt to go back to the beginnings of the series, a focus on horror. Not only did it accomplish this and possibly grab new fans, but it paid tribute to the original games as well. The main antagonists, the Bakers, share a resemblance to the enemy Nemesis, an enemy that stalked the player throughout Resident Evil 3.
The game is considered by some to be a love letter to the series, as well as a new step forward. 7 also was played in a first person perspective, which had never been done before in the series. It was also built from the ground up to be experienced in VR, adding to the new audience it could grab. Video games are not the only thing getting the rebooted treatment, it is also hitting childhood favorite shows.
Back to the Past
Starting in March, Samurai Jack received a fifth season after 13 years being off the air. Many fans were excited but also skeptical, very expected of reboots of childhood favorites. The fifth season started on March 11 on Adult Swim and was met with acclaim. Critics and fans praised how faithful the show was to the original 4 seasons, in aesthetic and pacing. This is due to the fact the 5th season is done by many of the original creators, which most reboots are not. Many of them consist of a new team that either grew up with the original or highly respect it. Even Resident Evil 7 does not have the original team from the first few Resident Evils, simply a brand new team. Samurai Jack was also able to advance into a new era because of the technology it has embraced.
A majority of it was done on paper while the new season is done on a computer. Many feared it would take away from the original unique style of the show, but it further enhanced it. The show also features a much darker tone then the original, appealing to the older audience. This works well because the original audience is that older audience and it fits the overall feel of the show. Two reboots that are doing incredibly well, there are some that have not done to well.
There are some reboots that many would consider unnecessary and were better left alone. In 2007, Paramount released Transformers and while it was commercially successful it was not well received critically. Many people put criticism towards the focus to the uninteresting human characters rather than the Transformers. Though not well received, the films have continued strong financially to this day.
Another one is coming from Warner Bros. and DC with the DC Cinematic Universe. Reintroducing their iconic characters as Batman and Superman, the effort so far has been disappointing. Warner Bros. issuing a new Batman after the Christopher Nolan films was a very hit or miss opportunity. Resulting in mixed responses from people as some love Ben Affleck as Batman while others despise him. The DC cinematic universe is also losing directors due to Warner Bros. restrictive nature.
Reboot: Fear Them or Love Them?
Many people today fear that filmmakers are more interested in doing reboots then new original films. However, where there are bad reboots, there have lately been very good reboots that have established the brand again. The recent reboots have been handled with respect and care and not focusing on simply making a profit on nostalgia, which most them do. Samurai Jack and Resident Evil 7 have shown that creators can do a reboot and not only do respect to the original but can grab new fans as well. This gives hope that many people who are working on reboots now take this into thought and put time and care into it. Rather than simply attempt to make a quick buck through nostalgia.