So this year we got two 90’s shows brought back to life in the form of Roseanne and Will & Grace. Word is next year we’ll get Murphy Brown as well. So, the big question is how were these reboot’s?
Here are my
thought real quick :
And yes I know Roseanne is still halfway through it’s very mini
season but I’ve seen enough episodes to comment on it. And honestly, it
doesn’t feel like the same show. It feels more like someone trying to
copy the show. Yes the characters are there and recognizable but it
doesn’t have that “real” feeling either. It feels like if Roseanne made a
new show for today and just had the same cast in there. They are also
trying too hard to be topical. The Trump love in the first episode,
Roseanne’s over the top punishment of her granddaughter in the second
episode, Darlene’s son wearing dress feels painfully forced and not
realistic, Becky’s surrogacy makes no sense and is dropped before it
even begins, and while it was great to see Johnny Galecki reprise his
David character did they have to make him such a dead beat dad that Dan
wont even allow him in the house? And why the heck has DJ hardly had two
lines? There were some funny gags and I laughed at times but the feel
is just not there. I don’t mind the retcon that keeps Dan alive but it
just feels, off. The laughter even felt forced, like a terrible laugh
track. There are four more episodes so maybe I will change my mind but
so far the show feels off the mark.
Unlike Will & Grace which nails it. Maybe because the creative
team is basically the same right down to director Jim Burrows. As I
noted elsewhere they did a big retcon basically eliminating the final
season of the regular run. And since that season (especially that last
episode) sucked, it’s no big loss. It does feel like the same show, ok
maybe not Season 1 when it was new but certainly not as old and stale as
it got. It’s not perfect, the Trump stuff is a little much especially
in the first episode which was almost worst than on Roseanne, and some
of the guest spots from the old days were basically there to wink at the
audience and offer very little. The worst was Alec Baldwin who comes
onto the scene as if he’d been there all along. Sure. Some of the
stories got icky like Will and Grace having sex with the same guy and
another where it turned out Grace had sex with three generations of the
same family, but that’s what Will & Grace did. The characters felt
the same with Grace being Slothen, Will being alone, Jack being man
hungry and Karen the rich socialite. But while the same it was clear
their lives had evolved since the original run. They did a nice tribute
when they killed off Rosario (the actress didn’t want to return) and
their Christmas episode was…..interesting. So overall, I liked it. Was
every episode perfect? No I got bored a few times. But it wasn’t awful
and I look forward to its return.
IMDB kind of summed up my feelings as it had Will & Grace’s new
episodes added as if it was just another season while Roseanne’s was
under a totally different show as if it weren’t the same show that we
loved in the 90’s.
That’s it for now, agree or disagree? Comment and let me know.
So after all that gushing it’s only fair to mention a few that weren’t quite as good. Like last time, these aren’t The WORST Superman stories per se, just the one’s that I did not enjoy. Course there are plenty more than 10, but this is what I came up with. They can’t all be gems and these stories sure aren’t.
Here are ten awful Superman stories, in my opinion anyway
I said before that Superman titles before the Crisis reboot seemed stuck in the Silver Age. This one is a great example of what I mean. Superman blows a Pan flute at a local museum, and grows horns! Yes, really. And this was made in the 80’s! In order to not be seen that way he wears a Batman cowl to cover up his head, but can’t pull off Batman’s shtick.