If you're like me, then you spend countless hours engaging in dozens of 80s movies about teen angst, and animes about black haired protagonists trying to fend off evil and prove they're more than just a kid. So what does this mean? Well, for starters it means that my homework doesn't get done. It also means that a Netflix subscription (or the password to someone else's!) is an absolute necessity. (If you don't know what Netflix is, then let me start off by being the first to question how you even function daily. However, I'll humor your ignorance. Netflix is for video streaming; Movies, television, all that good stuff.)
If you're also like me, then you allow mindless hours of video games to cloud your thought processes. One of my favorite game series that just keeps on giving, with HD remixes for the Wii U I do not own and for the 3DS that gives me a headache, is [The Legend of Zelda](movie:988445). I don't know if you are aware of this, as many of us try to forget, but the Super Mario Bros. television show once released a ridiculous cartoon about the hero of time himself, Link. ("Well excuuuusseeeee me, Princess!") If you have no idea what I am referring to, consider yourself lucky and do me a favor and DO NOT Google this show. There are still some of us out there trying to recover from the incident.
Netflix is rumored to want to create a live-action series about Link and his quest to save Princess Zelda from the hands of the evil Ganon. This plot outlines essentially every LoZ game ever created, so how could the show provide the experience the way an interactive video game does? With the right special effects and top notch casting, anything is possible. While the story of a damsel in distress seems to be retired, the Nintendo game has remained successful by adding different twists to each game. There are different monsters, characters, weapons, and forms of game play. Each game also requires different strategies to navigate through different dungeons, and each game differs in the animation style. These twists and changes keep the series alive, as each game is significantly different than the last, minus saving Zelda.
So far Netflix has created successful series, including Orange is the New Black. However, a show about a teen swordsman wearing a green pointy hat is very different from a woman's prison. If Netflix wants to keep the same audience of strong empowered women (RIGHT ON!), then they will have to be careful with creating the character for Zelda. If she's anything like she is in the games, this shouldn't be a problem. If you remember Orcarina of Time, you'll know that Zelda is capable of fending herself in the face of danger. Or perhaps you remember her in Twilight Princess where she assists Link in his defeating Ganondorf. The producers will have to watch out and make sure they don't make the mistake of projecting Zelda as a helpless girl locked away in a tower, then Netflix is going to have a wave of problems in their face. This is if the show is to be geared toward women as much as men, which it should be. This is another issue that the creators will have to overcome. They need to identify their target audience. If it's men, then they just need to bulk Link up and throw a nearly-naked Zelda in a tower and have Link kill monsters with his masculinity. If the audience is children, then how far will they take the violence and monster creation? The intended audience should be men and women, no doubt. As for age appropriateness, if the creators want to shoot for a darker feel (such as Twilight Princess), then the rating should be TV-14, without question. This will allow for intense fights and little to no limit on animation style. If the show is for kids, then I'm afraid we'll have another brown haired young man without pants who does everything in his power to try to kiss the princess. Believe me, we can't have another terror such as that.
Will the show become successful? It's too soon to tell, especially without any cast or overview of the story. If the show is to be successful, then they will have to ditch the low grade CGI that too many movies and shows have tried to pass off as legit (dare I even mention names?). They will also have to focus on developing the characters, something that the games don't always do since they focus mostly on Link's quest. If the show can develop its characters and make it more than just sword play, I think that we can have a fun and well rounded television series on our hands. Many gaming fans will already be anticipating the pilot, so as long as they stick around, Netflix will have little to no problem keeping its fan base.