In A Fight Between…
By Philip Schweier
February 3, 2021 - 13:52
Later, my friends and I began dream casting our favorite movies. If they did a re-make of __________, who would play our beloved characters?
Suddenly, all that fantasizing we indulged in wasn’t so fun anymore. Hollywood started following through, reviving fondly remembered franchises, often with little regard for what made the source material successful in the first place.
Television has become a battlefield littered with episodes of regurgitated shows, most of them dismal failures. Occasionally, there’s the odd Star Trek: The Next Generation or Battlestar Galactica, that surpass their predecessors. But for every one of those, there are 10 other shows that crash and burn.
The original mid-1980s TV series starred Edward Woodward as a former intelligence operative. He spent 88 episodes helping every day people with nowhere to turn, fending off stalkers, blackmailers and sometimes professional assassins. Two feature films starring Denzel Washington were released in 2014 and 2018.
The new version – scheduled to debut after the Super Bowl on February 7 – has upset many fans of the original series, manifesting in animosity on social media.
I’m a member of the Equalizer Appreciation Group on Facebook. A fellow member recently posted a photo of Queen Latifah and invited others to share their thoughts. Unfortunately, he was inundated with anger, bitterness and resentment. An admin for the group respectively asked the original poster if he would consider removing the post, in the interest of settling things down. The OP agreed.
Over the years, I’ve come across several people who are quick to judge a series (TV or movie) without ever seeing a single episode. They condemn it for its content, its star or its production value without ANY first-hand knowledge whatsoever. There’s a term for this behaviour: contempt prior to investigation.
I’ll admit, I was skeptical of the new Battlestar Galactica, and happy to be proven wrong. As for other shows, such as Hawaii Five-0 or MacGyver, I was never fans of the original series. But if others enjoy one version more than the other, so be it. Why should I waste my time raining on their parade?
In an argument between someone who has seen only one version of a series, and someone who has explored other variations, who is likely to better informed? Until you have adequate information to form a legitimate opinion, perhaps the best thing to do is to keep quiet, and keep an open mind.
Let people enjoy things.
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