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2012-09-30 01:50:07 PM
Didn't this EXACT list get greenlighted a couple months ago, and subsequently ripped to shreds in the comments thread for the author not knowing what "reboot" means?
 
2012-09-30 01:55:07 PM
That reminds me, I need to get caught up on the new Dallas.
 
2012-09-30 02:09:33 PM
So, I didn't hallucinate the Love Boat: The Next Wave.

Saw ten minutes of one episode, and I wanted to kill myself.
 
2012-09-30 02:16:59 PM
The article is dated yesterday, but is actually 2 years old. Fail.
 
2012-09-30 02:22:11 PM
I thought the Bionic Woman remake at least tried to do something good. The original was basically Six Million Dollar Man with a vagina.

And was the V remake that bad? I saw one episode and it seemed OK.

TNG is the best remake. You watch Star Trek: TOS and remove your nostalgia and it's basically garbage.
 
2012-09-30 02:23:45 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: The article is dated yesterday, but is actually 2 years old. Fail.


Lazy media starts repeating itself? Say it ain't so.
 
2012-09-30 02:25:22 PM
I'm pretty sure this is a slideshow I've seen before, it also just re-opened the wound that was my complete disappointment in the new Knight Rider. I watched that and kept hoping it would somehow, finally turn around. It never did.
 
2012-09-30 02:25:29 PM
Hmm...the article is "new" but it seems strangely familiar...as if it was itself rebooted 
 
/ someone should write a book
 
2012-09-30 02:25:44 PM

farkeruk: I thought the Bionic Woman remake at least tried to do something good. The original was basically Six Million Dollar Man with a vagina.

And was the V remake that bad? I saw one episode and it seemed OK.

TNG is the best remake. You watch Star Trek: TOS and remove your nostalgia and it's basically garbage.


The V remake wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. It kept trying to keep up your suspense as to when the war between the races would really start, but it held it off so long that when it did kick off you didn't really care.

I'm not sure why they consider TNG a remake, it was a continuation of sorts, it didn't remake anything.
 
2012-09-30 02:27:59 PM
You know what never gets mentioned in lists like this (even though "reboot" isn't correct) is the second Fantasy Island with Malcolm McDowell. It lasted only a season I think and was actually fun to watch. It had a creep quality the first one didn't and didn't rely on the thrill of seeing Donny Most in something besides Happy Days.
 
2012-09-30 02:28:35 PM

rickycal78: I'm not sure why they consider TNG a remake, it was a continuation of sorts, it didn't remake anything.


True.
 
2012-09-30 02:30:36 PM
List of the Best Reboots:

1. Battlestar Galactica

List of the Worst Reboots:

1 - Everything else
 
2012-09-30 02:33:14 PM
The girl from the new Bionic Woman was face meltingly hot, so I never understood all the vitriol directed at that show.
 
2012-09-30 02:37:34 PM
Damn, thought that said robots, leaving disappointed.
 
2012-09-30 02:42:09 PM

NeedlesslyCanadian: Didn't this EXACT list get greenlighted a couple months ago, and subsequently ripped to shreds in the comments thread for the author not knowing what "reboot" means?


With most (if not all) of the ripping centered around the fact thatTNG was most certainly not a reboot or remake.
 
2012-09-30 02:48:11 PM
BSG is the best remake ever. Hands down. It both far surpasses the original and was also one of the best and most thought provoking dramas on television at the time.

TNG is not a remake. It is farking stupendously awesome, but not a remake.
 
2012-09-30 02:55:29 PM

bhcompy: BSG is the best remake ever. Hands down. It both far surpasses the original and was also one of the best and most thought provoking dramas on television at the time.

TNG is not a remake. It is farking stupendously awesome, but not a remake.


We all know Enterprise is the best Trek reboot/spin off
 
2012-09-30 03:04:49 PM
I heard the new Hawaii Five-O was good, so I tuned in for an episode to check it out. For reasons that remain unclear to me, the plot involved a handful of police and ex-military invading Best Korea to rescue a hostage. Seriously.
 
2012-09-30 03:07:15 PM
V?
V wasn't bad.
Why?
Because in one shot, you had Laura Vandervroot, Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin sitting at the same table.
In heels and dresses.
I spent many a time in my bunk.
 
2012-09-30 03:07:46 PM

bhcompy: BSG is the best remake ever. Hands down. It both far surpasses the original and was also one of the best and most thought provoking dramas on television at the time.


Yep - Can't think of another reboot that comes anywhere close to BSG.

Gimmick: I heard the new Hawaii Five-O was good, so I tuned in for an episode to check it out. For reasons that remain unclear to me, the plot involved a handful of police and ex-military invading Best Korea to rescue a hostage. Seriously.


It's actually not that bad a show, except the two lead characters are dull and their 'banter' is terrible. But good supporting cast, solid guest stars.

/never saw the original, so I can't make a comparison
 
2012-09-30 03:09:12 PM

NeedlesslyCanadian: Didn't this EXACT list get greenlighted a couple months ago, and subsequently ripped to shreds in the comments thread for the author not knowing what "reboot" means?


This is a remake of the original list.
 
2012-09-30 03:11:10 PM

JasonOfOrillia: NeedlesslyCanadian: Didn't this EXACT list get greenlighted a couple months ago, and subsequently ripped to shreds in the comments thread for the author not knowing what "reboot" means?

This is a remake of the original list.


Uh, no, it's obviously a reboot of the original list.
 
2012-09-30 03:11:56 PM

NeedlesslyCanadian: Didn't this EXACT list get greenlighted a couple months ago, and subsequently ripped to shreds in the comments thread for the author not knowing what "reboot" means?


Oh God, I remember that thread. It was 250 posts of people bickering about what constituted a reboot, a remake, or a sequel.

To be clear, there's Battlestar Galactica, then there's everything else.
 
2012-09-30 03:14:04 PM

NeedlesslyCanadian: Didn't this EXACT list get greenlighted a couple months ago, and subsequently ripped to shreds in the comments thread for the author not knowing what "reboot" means?


This is the reboot of that greenlight.
 
2012-09-30 03:15:06 PM
t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-09-30 03:15:28 PM
There was absolutely no way Coupling could have succeed in the U.S. (which itself was just the U.K . version of Friends). The humor was too risky. No way they have something like Jeff's whole riff on breasts be on national tv among the other stuff I saw on the original Coupling. Including the tons of nudity the show had.
 
2012-09-30 03:16:03 PM

Gimmick: I heard the new Hawaii Five-O was good, so I tuned in for an episode to check it out. For reasons that remain unclear to me, the plot involved a handful of police and ex-military invading Best Korea to rescue a hostage. Seriously.


i loved the original. watched the first episode of the new. holy crap, ultra violence right from jump, just ridiculous. oh well.
 
2012-09-30 03:24:10 PM

skinink: There was absolutely no way Coupling could have succeed in the U.S. (which itself was just the U.K . version of Friends). The humor was too risky. No way they have something like Jeff's whole riff on breasts be on national tv among the other stuff I saw on the original Coupling. Including the tons of nudity the show had.


Perhaps. Would it have worked on a channel like HBO? I sort of doubt it.
 
2012-09-30 04:09:28 PM

Gimmick: I heard the new Hawaii Five-O was good, so I tuned in for an episode to check it out. For reasons that remain unclear to me, the plot involved a handful of police and ex-military invading Best Korea to rescue a hostage. Seriously.


Maybe because they cast Koreans who are supposed to be Hawaiians.
 
2012-09-30 04:22:36 PM

NeedlesslyCanadian: Didn't this EXACT list get greenlighted a couple months ago, and subsequently ripped to shreds in the comments thread for the author not knowing what "reboot" means?


Yes.
 
2012-09-30 04:27:29 PM

bhcompy: TNG is not a remake. It is farking stupendously awesome, but not a remake.


Well, it's not the next generation either, since it takes place 80 years and 3 Enterprises after Kirk and Spock.
 
2012-09-30 04:32:22 PM

wallywam1: Gimmick: I heard the new Hawaii Five-O was good, so I tuned in for an episode to check it out. For reasons that remain unclear to me, the plot involved a handful of police and ex-military invading Best Korea to rescue a hostage. Seriously.

Maybe because they cast Koreans who are supposed to be Hawaiians.


Dude, there was already a thread about what constitutes an "actual" Hawaiian.
 
2012-09-30 04:32:55 PM

KrispyKritter: Gimmick: I heard the new Hawaii Five-O was good, so I tuned in for an episode to check it out. For reasons that remain unclear to me, the plot involved a handful of police and ex-military invading Best Korea to rescue a hostage. Seriously.

i loved the original. watched the first episode of the new. holy crap, ultra violence right from jump, just ridiculous. oh well.


You're right, it is good. :p

I don't watch a lot of TV. But if I tune into a show where a lot of ex-special forces guys turned cops turn Honolulu into 1988 Beirut with an orgy of automatic gunfire and explosions, well it's better than yet another cop procedural. At least they're putting some production value into it.
 
2012-09-30 04:35:11 PM
Came here for Reboot.
Leaving like a Guardian entering a game.
 
2012-09-30 04:51:47 PM

wippit: Came here for Reboot.
Leaving like a Guardian entering a game.


I'd also argue that Reboot had one of the best reboots in turning from a kiddy show in season 2 into a darker more mature show in the 3rd season.
 
2012-09-30 04:52:34 PM

rickycal78: farkeruk: I thought the Bionic Woman remake at least tried to do something good. The original was basically Six Million Dollar Man with a vagina.

And was the V remake that bad? I saw one episode and it seemed OK.

TNG is the best remake. You watch Star Trek: TOS and remove your nostalgia and it's basically garbage.

The V remake wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. It kept trying to keep up your suspense as to when the war between the races would really start, but it held it off so long that when it did kick off you didn't really care.

I'm not sure why they consider TNG a remake, it was a continuation of sorts, it didn't remake anything.


Yeah, this. More of a sequel than a reboot/remake.
 
2012-09-30 05:26:13 PM

addy2: You know what never gets mentioned in lists like this (even though "reboot" isn't correct) is the second Fantasy Island with Malcolm McDowell. It lasted only a season I think and was actually fun to watch. It had a creep quality the first one didn't and didn't rely on the thrill of seeing Donny Most in something besides Happy Days.


Okay, so it wasn't just me then. All I remember are bits and pieces. Like how they went for a "Be careful what you wish for." kind of vibe. And that they replaced Tatoo with a snobby gay butler and a stupid fat guy.
 
2012-09-30 05:31:14 PM

Old enough to know better: addy2: You know what never gets mentioned in lists like this (even though "reboot" isn't correct) is the second Fantasy Island with Malcolm McDowell. It lasted only a season I think and was actually fun to watch. It had a creep quality the first one didn't and didn't rely on the thrill of seeing Donny Most in something besides Happy Days.

Okay, so it wasn't just me then. All I remember are bits and pieces. Like how they went for a "Be careful what you wish for." kind of vibe. And that they replaced Tatoo with a snobby gay butler and a stupid fat guy.


Who were infinitely less annoying than Tatoo. Can't find it anywhere these days but I would love to see it again. I remember some old travel agent, right? He's the one who would send the people there and he'd use some tube like those tubes at banks for autobanking?
 
2012-09-30 05:31:26 PM

Old enough to know better: addy2: You know what never gets mentioned in lists like this (even though "reboot" isn't correct) is the second Fantasy Island with Malcolm McDowell. It lasted only a season I think and was actually fun to watch. It had a creep quality the first one didn't and didn't rely on the thrill of seeing Donny Most in something besides Happy Days.

Okay, so it wasn't just me then. All I remember are bits and pieces. Like how they went for a "Be careful what you wish for." kind of vibe. And that they replaced Tatoo with a snobby gay butler and a stupid fat guy.


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The show wasn't half-bad. Every episode was basically "be careful what you wish for", but it was still enjoyable week to week.
 
2012-09-30 05:34:43 PM

NeoCortex42: Old enough to know better: addy2: You know what never gets mentioned in lists like this (even though "reboot" isn't correct) is the second Fantasy Island with Malcolm McDowell. It lasted only a season I think and was actually fun to watch. It had a creep quality the first one didn't and didn't rely on the thrill of seeing Donny Most in something besides Happy Days.

Okay, so it wasn't just me then. All I remember are bits and pieces. Like how they went for a "Be careful what you wish for." kind of vibe. And that they replaced Tatoo with a snobby gay butler and a stupid fat guy.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 350x250][www.trbimg.com image 238x290]

The show wasn't half-bad. Every episode was basically "be careful what you wish for", but it was still enjoyable week to week.


I'd have watched a second season. they set up some nice mysteries among the cast. And McDowell was terrific.
 
2012-09-30 05:49:03 PM
Aside from the character and names, the reboot of BSG is a completely different show that shouldn't have been associated with the original Battlestar Galactica.
 
2012-09-30 06:05:57 PM

AliceBToklasLives: List of the Best Reboots:

1. Battlestar Galactica

List of the Worst Reboots:

1 - Everything else


Second.

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2012-09-30 06:12:34 PM
A lot of the original shows were pretty bad to begin with.
 
2012-09-30 06:27:56 PM

stonecracker: Damn, thought that said robots, leaving disappointed.


As God is my witness, so did I.

/ Imagine my surprise when the first image was the cast from 'Dallas'.
 
2012-09-30 06:48:39 PM
The only one I take issue with is "V". I thought it was good and getting better. It deserved another season just to tie things up, but I wouldn't want to have seen it run much beyond that.
 
2012-09-30 06:59:45 PM

drewogatory: The girl from the new Bionic Woman was face meltingly hot, so I never understood all the vitriol directed at that show.


Indeed.

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2012-09-30 07:04:45 PM

vrax: The only one I take issue with is "V". I thought it was good and getting better. It deserved another season just to tie things up, but I wouldn't want to have seen it run much beyond that.


The new V could have been awesome if they just brought back Ham Tyler, I don't give a shiat how old he is.

Michael Ironside ftw

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2012-09-30 07:20:11 PM

Mugato: vrax: The only one I take issue with is "V". I thought it was good and getting better. It deserved another season just to tie things up, but I wouldn't want to have seen it run much beyond that.

The new V could have been awesome if they just brought back Ham Tyler, I don't give a shiat how old he is.

Michael Ironside ftw


Don't forget his associate, Chris Farber. That dude has to be as big as a house by now. Coincidently, he almost kills Michael Ironside's character in the very underrated Extreme Predjudce.
Also, Ham Tyler showed up in the second episode of the second V miniseries and after he shows up, talks smack to the Beastmaster and his rebels, proceeds to dust about two dozen Visitor troops while covering a rebel withdrawal. Pretty good scene.
 
2012-09-30 07:29:21 PM

Mugato: vrax: The only one I take issue with is "V". I thought it was good and getting better. It deserved another season just to tie things up, but I wouldn't want to have seen it run much beyond that.

The new V could have been awesome if they just brought back Ham Tyler, I don't give a shiat how old he is.

Michael Ironside ftw

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Agreed! Michael Ironside is awesome.
 
2012-09-30 07:29:53 PM

drewogatory: The girl from the new Bionic Woman was face meltingly hot, so I never understood all the vitriol directed at that show.


It was the writing. She was constantly whining about having super powers. If I woke up and sadly found myself betrayed by my fiance, yeah, it would suck. Same with finding out that my body, by large chunks, were no longer my own. But in about five minutes I would realize that I look no different, that my body can still touch and feel the same as it always had before, and now I can see for miles and crush cement blocks in my fist.

I would find it hard pressed to stay depressed once I figured out that my life was not going to change much, except now I can lift cars and see through walls. But the way they wrote the chick, she just wouldn't quit biatching about what she was now and what she is able to do. Just got annoying.
 
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