The Reboot Phenomenon In Today's Pop Culture

The Reboot Phenomenon In Today's Pop Culture

What brought me to the five reboots out today.
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I am definitely one of the people who always harp about how AWESOME the 1990s was. Apparently, current pop culture agrees with me.

Right now there are three television shows that have been rebooted, and two that are in the works of debuting reboots.

What exactly does it mean to reboot something?

When a show that previously aired is returned, but with a new twist to its main storyline, this is a reboot.

Reboots are double-edged swords. Satisfying a large fan base of a show is one of the objectives of a reboot, yet it's rare that can be done. Every person who was a fan of a show wants to see something different if the show is brought back.

Here I list the five shows in reboot status currently, what I liked about the show originally, and if I personally wanted to see a reboot.

1. "Sailor Moon"

"Sailor Moon" is a Japanese anime cartoon about a reincarnated princess and her protectors and their battles against the Negaverse.

I had been watching "Sailor Moon" since it's very early time slot of 6 a.m. I was mesmerized by the girl power of these "pretty soldiers", the many different storylines, and the clumsiness/ditziness of the main character.

"Sailor Moon" put the characteristics of sun sign astrology into personification. My mother was teaching me astrology during the time "Sailor Moon" first began airing, so it was fun to compare notes.

I particularly enjoyed drawing the Sailor Scouts and collecting "Sailor Moon" memorabilia.

Today I have a good majority of the dolls, stickers, VHS episodes, and taped-from-television episodes on VHS.

In my eyes, "Sailor Moon" was perfect the way it was. I wouldn't have minded more of "Sailor Moon R", "Sailor Moon Super S", and the "Sailor Stars" seasons dubbed for the United States.

The reboot "Sailor Moon Crystal" debuted on Hulu back in June 2014.

2. "Charmed"

"Charmed" is a supernatural drama about three sisters who find out their witches.

I watched "Charmed" from the first episode to the last episode - completely engulfed in it the whole time. The show made me cry, made me think, made me think, made me laugh, and made me curious.

"Charmed" was not only the first show I watched all the way through, it was also the first show I participated on fan websites about. I was one of the geeks who talked about Charmed Universe theories on message boards and begged all my friends to watch it.

I didn't want a reboot for Charmed, but I did wish they had continued the stroryline of the future descendants of The Charmed Ones since the end of Season Eight was rushed due to the elimination of the WB Network for the now CW Network.

The reboot was officially announced in 2017.

3. "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer"

"Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" is a supernatural drama that follows the journey of Buffy Summers, a 16-year-old Slayer. The show was a continuation of the movie "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry that came out in 1992.

Buffy was one of those shows that teenagers of the 90s grew up with. The storylines were typical of the struggles high school students went through. Peer pressure, teasing, dating, suicide, school shootings, puberty, parent/teenager power struggles. The show just added the supernatural elements.

I was so devoted to Buffy that when she started dating Riley and college - I had to stop watching. I was so upset that the intense Buffy / Angel storyline was so no more. I eventually came back to the series and caught up with it after it ended in 2003.

Buffy was as intense and intricate as a show could be. I don't feel like it needed a reboot.

The reboot was confirmed in 2010.

4. "Full House"

"Full House" is a show about a single father raising his three daughters with their uncle and his best friend.

I loved "Full House" because of its cheesiness. The storylines were relatable, but they were also much simpler than what was seen in Buffy and Charmed. The innocence of the show was what gave it magic.

Kimmy Gibler was my favorite character since my first name is Kimberly. She was the white female version of Steve Urkel on "Family Matters."

"Full House" had a huge fan base. Though a fresh take on its premise is interesting, my question is, did it really need a reboot? "Full House" was one of those classic 1990s shows with dramatic music, audience sound effects, elementary conflicts, and after school special messages at the end of each episode. Shows like that are good within its time. Outside its time it just feels inauthentic.

The reboot started on Netflix in February 2016.

5. "Roseanne"

"Roseanne" is a comedic drama about a low class and low brow family.

What drew me to "Roseanne" was the sarcastic humor they used throughout the series. It greatly resembled the humor on "Married With Children."

At the time, though I thought "Roseanne" and her husband were funny, I related more to the interpersonal struggles of her kids. The show barely featured them (because it was about Roseanne obviously), but when it did I paid extra attention.

I came to "Roseanne" in the first place because of the movie "She-Devil" that Roseanne did in 1989.

I had no idea "Roseanne" was being rebooted! I'm at a loss as to why it needed to be rebooted. I wasn't even aware it had a big fan base!

The reboot began March 2018 on ABC.

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1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

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1. 11.22.63

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If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

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If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

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8. Intervention

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9. Smallville

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