Friday, April 08, 2005

Right Church, Wrong Pew

~ It is not a new phenomenon, but rather an ongoing series of failures. Is it not true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? One would think so. However, if recent history can be used as an acid test, a different conclusion would be reached.
~ When a concept is successful, it is unceremoniously copied. So it is in the world of entertainment. The so called reality shows are the current programs du jour. On the heels of the success of one reality show, there was spawned one after another clone. Like dandelions in your yard, these unwanted weeds have spread. In truth, even the original was an insult to the intelligence of a moron.
~ Still replicating are the numerous crime investigation, police procedural and court room drama types of programs. Unlike the reality programs, some of these are actually pretty good.
~ The most disturbing form of imitation is the dreaded remake! A remake is bothersome because nearly everyone to date has been unfaithful to the original. Others, trying to be true, simply fell flat. Of course, there are some exceptions. The recent remake of "Flight of the Phoenix" was one such exception. It stayed faithful enough to the original with its own updates. The result is two films that can be watched back to back and enjoyed.
~ The reason that I am broaching this subject occurred while watching a recent episode of the remake of "Battlestar Galactia," on the SciFi channel. While it is not exactly a terrible program, the writers turned the main elements every which way but loose. Fans of the original series, myself included, are shocked and outraged at what they have done
to the show.
~ Boomer and Starbuck are now females! What's up with that? What in the world were they thinking? The cylons now have human form! They evolved? Where are those shiny automatons with flashing laser eyes? Is there nothing sacred anymore?
~ Oh, by the way, were you aware that they are airing a remake of "Kojak?" It's true. But if you were a fan of the original, don't get too excited just yet. Please be advised that Kojak, lollipops and all, is now black. Vin Rhaimes is a good actor, don't get me wrong, but they should rename the show and his character.
~ Will we be disappointed by some upcoming remakes? We probably will be. "Bewitched" with Nicole Kidman as Samantha sounds interesting. I am holding my breath for "the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." With Spielberg at the helm, "War of the Worlds" will probably be the box office hit of the summer.
~ They are due to hit it good with some remakes. Let us hope they enter the right church and not sit in the wrong pew!

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