After several decades of hemming and hawing in the face of the evidence that movies about female heroes and/or starring more than one woman can be financially successful, I suspect that Wonder Woman finally was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Before Wondy, we had the moderately successful Ghostbusters: Answer the Call; coming next year, we will be #blessed by Ocean’s Eight. However, the thing about the latter two films, both reboots of previously all-male franchises, is that they are movies where the gender of the protagonists is incidental. That’s why it’s possible to reboot them with women; there’s no reason a lady can’t bust a ghost or rob a casino as effectively as a dude.
I am an eternal optimist when it comes to reboots, mostly because it’s exhausting to be constantly whining about a ruined childhood. All I hope for is that the reboot captures the spirit of the original.
Unfortunately for the laboriously titled The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again, that wasn’t easy. To belabor my metaphor, they probably shoulda called the reboot Ghostbusters to help them with capturing that spirit, because the movie struggled and grasped and ultimately failed to do so.
Netflix has been the source of many a binge-watching show, particularly for this blog—Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Sense8 are all programs that we’ve had fun analyzing and celebrating. So when I heard that Studio Mir had a new show on Netflix called Voltron: Legendary Defender, I had to check it out. As usual, I had fun binge-watching it, but… I didn’t really have any strong feelings about it one way or the other. It certainly has potential, but it hasn’t quite blossomed yet.