Do We Really Need A ’90s TV Revival?

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Lots of things from the 90s are coming back – from the fashion to the hairstyles to the tv shows. I grew up in the 90s, and I have fond memories of the television shows of the era. Most of them don’t hold up to the modern day, but nostalgia is strong.

When I first learned there was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot in the works, my interest was piqued. I flashed back to my childhood and how much I loved watching all the action and fighting. However, I lost interest for a big reason. I learned that Joss Whedon was attached as an executive producer. Lately, there’s been a frustrating trend of Hollywood trying to use nostalgia as a replacement for creativity and originality.

Monica Owusu-Breen, the new writer, executive produce and showrunner of Buffy clarified that it’s not a reboot but more of a revival. Hollywood keeps offering up new reboots, revivals and remakes from the 90s.  While there are some people who want them… the majority of us are pretty tired of seeing them get the big budgets. When there are accused serial harassers like Joss Whedon attached to them, that enthusiasm wanes even further.

I would love to see a black slayer, but why can’t we have new and original material? If Fox wanted something with a similar feel, they could have optioned the right to L.L. McKinney’s A Blade So Black – which was pitched as Buffy meets Alice in Wonderland. I think it would give fans of Buffy something similar, but also it would stand on its own.

Buffy isn’t the only property trying to cash in. Charmed is doing it as well. They race-bent the sisters, and now they’re Latina. Instead of being the Halliwell sisters, they’re the Vera sisters. It seems like studios are taking projects from the late ‘90s that ended in the early aughts. They freshening them up a bit by setting them in modern times, race-bending the characters and that’s it. It all feels tired and unoriginal.

Some people have compared it to getting hand me downs, and that’s what it’s starting to feel like. We can’t get any original content of our own. I am all for inclusion and progress, but I don’t want it this way. Maybe if there were more balance, like for every reboot there were two new projects, I wouldn’t be as annoyed.

If I can find properties with similar themes, I know the studio executives can too. If studios want something like the old shows, why not try adapting A Blade So Black or the Brooklyn Bruja series by Zoraida Córdova?

Do some work, studio executives. I even did some of it for you in an article about YA books that would make great teen dramas! Take a chance on something that’s actually new, not a rehash of the 90s. Your viewers deserve better.

 

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