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Good and Bad TV remakes.


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#1 OFFLINE   lwilli201

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

The demise of Mockingbird Lane before it even got started got me to wondering what makes or breaks a remake of old TV series. Most just do not make it.

A notable exception is Hawaii Five-0. All I have to hear is the theme music and I am there. I loved the original. I am old enough to remember it :lol: and I love this remake. Some how it did not miss a beat from the original series.

"Chicago Fire" is basically a remake or "Emergency' which was a very good series. It has a little more personal drama than I believe is necessary but that seems to be the norm these days.
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#2 OFFLINE   MysteryMan

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:32 AM

My vote for the worse remakes are Dragnet and The Fugitive.

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#3 OFFLINE   djlong

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:09 AM

To be honest, I rather liked the "Ed O'Neill" Dragnet. But, of course, taste is subjective.

To me, though, the worst ever remake, and I'm taking a small liberty with the definition, was the Sci Fi Channel's remake of Flash Gordon. It's the very dictionary definition of dreadful.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:17 AM

I have found almost all the remakes of 80's cartoons are absolutely terrible. :( It seems the only one's that ever survived remakes is TMNT. The original was good, the 1st remake series was good, and even the new one on Nick now isn't bad.
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The GI Joe remakes, Transformer remakes, He-Man remakes were all terrible in my opinion though.
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I haven't watched all of the Thundercats remakes, but the first couple episodes seemed okay. I'd have to watch further to give it a proper eval.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:06 AM

"Chicago Fire" is basically a remake or "Emergency' which was a very good series. It has a little more personal drama than I believe is necessary but that seems to be the norm these days.


I don't know if I would call Chicago Fire a remake of Emergency. There has been a number of shows which highlighted fire fighters since then.

As for remakes, I personally have not found a single remake worth watching..

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:03 AM

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:05 AM

What about Battlestar Galactica? That was good and successful.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:11 AM

"V"


I liked where "V" was going, however, the winter hiatus just killed it.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

My vote for the worse remakes are Dragnet and The Fugitive.


Really? You didn't like Harry Morgan in Dragnet?

I'll agree with you on the Tim Daly version of The Fugitive, although it did last a full season.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:50 AM

Really? You didn't like Harry Morgan in Dragnet?

I'll agree with you on the Tim Daly version of The Fugitive, although it did last a full season.


I was refering to the 2003-2004 series staring Ed O'Neill.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:24 AM

its about time for tv remake of mission impossible
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

its about time for tv remake of mission impossible


There was a TV remake of Mission Impossible. It ran from 1988-1990.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:24 PM

There are so few fresh storyline ideas, that most shows can generally be traced to a previous program, if you look hard enough.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

I liked where "V" was going, however, the winter hiatus just killed it.

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Yeah, but what killed it for me was the horror aspect well into the season. When Anna turned into a jagged-toothed monster, I tuned out. It seemed a gratuitous use of CG that cheapened an otherwise promising series.

Other, I'm sure, liked it ... not my cup o' tea though.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

What about Battlestar Galactica? That was good and successful.


Yes it was. It had a huge following and was considered by some to be better than the original.

Not sure I can say the same for Caprica, although I don't think it was given time to develop. I put it in the same category as Stargate Universe - promising, but no banana.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

Would you consider Star Trek: Next Generation a remake or a sequel?


Don't really matter, but I'm a Trekkie. ;)
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

Don't really matter, but I'm a Trekkie. ;)

Ya. I too think it was the best of all the STs, but I pulled my post after thinking about a "remake" in the pure sense, where the original characters are portrayed by new actors.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

Ya. I too think it was the best of all the STs, but I pulled my post after thinking about a "remake" in the pure sense, where the original characters are portrayed by new actors.


Unfortunately, I am hopelessly compromised. If you were to put a Star Trek title on Gilligan's Island, I'd be honor-bound to watch it. :P

I think I agree with you. The original cast characters were mentioned at times, but for the most part, it was more of a "continuation" than a remake - probably could say the same for Deep Space Nine and Voyager, with the prequel Enterprise bringing up the rear (front?).
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

I was refering to the 2003-2004 series staring Ed O'Neill.


Where would you place the 1989 version?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:49 PM

Where would you place the 1989 version?


That version had different characters than the original making it a spinoff rather than a remake.

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