Retro Reboot—Old TV Shows That Are Back Again
For retro lovers like us, it’s a bittersweet time as we see some of our old favorite TV shows rebooted. Our reactions can be initially that of happiness to hear shows we have been fans of are on the air again or available for streaming, but real devotees may not always be huge fans of the new versions.
Some of us will tune into the reboots with a bit of skepticism, even though the producers must have felt that there would be enough interest from both old and new audiences, to make these successful once again. We’ll see! Two canceled shows that are back again are Voltron: Defender of the Universe and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe was an animated sci-fi television series that first aired on September 10, 1984. The last of the show’s 72 episodes aired thirteen months later on November 18, 1985. For anyone not familiar with the series, Voltron is about a team of astronauts that pilot robot lions that together form different parts of Voltron, a super robot. Created over 10,000 years ago as the defender of the universe, Voltron stands over 100 meters tall. With the phrase, “Activate interlocks,” the five lion robots come together forming one giant robot whose purpose is to protect the universe from evil forces.
The new series is called Voltron: Legendary Defender and consists of animation with CGI for the Voltron action sequences. The first season includes 11 episodes and has been available on Netflix since June 10, 2016. We’d love to hear what old Voltron fans and those new to the series think of the reboot. How does the new show stack up against the old?
The original Xena: Warrior Princess aired from September 1995 to June 2001. The live action fantasy series starring Lucy Lawless consisted of 134 episodes and attracted a large cult following. The reboot will not feature Lawless, or her co-star Renee O’Connor. Another change is that the show will not be written as self-contained episodes, but rather as an ongoing serial. The modern reboot is rumored to be planning to ditch the old costumes for more historically authentic garb as is worn in Game of Thrones. (So, no more short little leather skirts.) There is no set date for the release of the new series to be aired on NBC and reports say that they are still in the planning stages although a pilot is planned for sometime in 2017. It will be interesting to hear what the response is to the Xena reboot. If you come across this blog once the new show has aired, please let us know what your thoughts are!