If I had a dime for every time I saw “[insert show from 2000s] reboot in the works” on my Twitter timeline in the past few months, I would be able to pay off my college loans tenfold.
I’ll be honest with you, I hate reboots. I think they serve no purpose except as a flagship of streaming services and ways to draw former audiences back to TV as a new generation is watching TV in fewer and fewer numbers.
I know what you’re thinking, “She’s a jaded, edgy, hipster who hates all things fun and mainstream.” Not entirely true, I like “The Office,” and I used to really enjoy old Disney Channel shows, but that’s the operative phrase: used to.
I have no desire to know what Lizzie McGuire is up to these days.
I can make a rough estimate: she’s in New York, working at her dream company in some fancy, well-lit New York office ... as an assistant.
She’s hoping to work up the ranks, but as she says that, someone knocks the coffee she’s carrying for her boss onto her shirt.
Oh no, how quirky and relatable she is. I, too, struggle in my adult life. She’s also navigating the dating world (using Tinder, of course, because she is a struggling millennial, just like us but with a Bitmoji companion) and it has its ups and downs.
Until, who comes across her phone screen but ... Gordo?!
How crazy and insane that ALL of the beloved characters are back together!
I don’t think they’re cleverly written. I think they’re old characters that are picked up, dusted off and shoved into a bundle of millennial tropes.
I can’t even say it’s a “same soup, different pot.” It’s more like “same soup, same pot, just a little older.”
Why do we all flock to old soup? Because long ago, we had a really good soup. It made us happy, it warmed our little kid hearts. Now, as unhappy, stressed adults, we return to that old soup, hoping it will taste the same.
Will it? I can’t say, but I am saying that if you’re returning to reboots to relive some joy from your childhood, try something else.
To conclude this angsty, I-only-like-REAL-TV rant ... I encourage you to look beyond the excitement of seeing famous TV characters come to life, and instead try to find a new show to enjoy.
In this age of countless content and content creators, why not find a new favorite rather than return to an old one?