An older Millennial trying to embrace what makes her generation special.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Nostalgia Generation

There's a generation that's so nostalgic that they brought back their own childhood once they got old enough to be in charge of the world.

Oh, no, I'm not at all talking about Millennials. Those of us who remember being called Gen Y also remember that we looked up to Gen X and their slacker culture, but there's also one more thing they did that we emulated.

They brought their childhood back.

So, back in the 90s, some of my favorite movies were The Brady Bunch Movie, The Addams Family, The Flintstones, Dennis the Menace, and Beverly Hillbillies - all reboots. Not all of them good, but I was ten so what did I care?

But even back in the 80s, they revived "The Jetsons" with new episodes and "The Munsters" with a follow up series "The Munsters Today."

So where am I going with all of this? Pointing out that reboots are nothing new, and in fact are something that Millennials grew up with?

No. We need to stop. There is about to be a fourth "Twilight Zone" reboot. See, there was the original series, but then there was a movie in the 80s, a TV show in the 80s, and TV show in the 00s, and now there's about to be another TV show.

I love reboots. I like getting to visit characters I like again in the future. We tried to make a third Munsters. I mean, it was a pretty good pilot, but maybe NBC saw the future I'm seeing and tried to save us.

I can't think of more than 5 original shows for Gen Z, and most of them are canceled now. A lot of the shows they're growing up with are our shows. I'm pretty excited at the thought that there may one day be an updated Little Shop of Horrors, which was a reboot itself, but how many times am I expected to watch "He-Man"?

We're getting to the reboot singularity. Literally everything on TV and in the movies will be something that an older generation grew up with. Either in reboot form, or because you can't cancel "The Simpsons" or "South Park." Or "Family Guy" more than three times.

This was kind of a rant, but I need it known that I do love reboots, but there are limits.

Thank goodness "The Secret World of Alex Mack" dated itself so hard it would be very difficult to remake without Alex being caught by the bad guys mid-pilot.


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