Reboots, remakes, and spin-offs: All of them come in swarms in this day and age, and every moviegoer has an opinion on them. Most hate them, it doesn't matter if they're good or bad, enjoyable or horrible, just the fact that the movie is classified under one of these categories is enough to get most people pretty ticked off at "unoriginal Hollywood".
While I sympathize with that, seeing as how I'm so nostalgic that it annoys even me, I can't say I fully agree. See, I consider reboots, remakes and spin-offs to be ways of keeping something that's popular still popular for years to come.
Remakes are a retelling or an homage to the original source material. They more or less tell the exact same story, and while that's a little lazy, if it's done right and the story is actually interesting enough to retell, it can be good. Reboots do a complete overhaul of the original source material, changing almost everything about it and restarting with a new story.
Both of these methods can be great or terrible ways of making a movie, but my absolute favorite is the spin-off. A spin-off doesn't retell the original story, or change it, it continues it. It creates a new story, without largely affecting the original.
This is why I'm not so frightened when I hear that a show from my childhood is getting a spin-off, because I know that the original story will more or less remain the same. That's not to say I don't like reboots or remakes, like I said, they're cool if done right. But the spin-off is something I definitely encourage.
If a show is good enough to merit a spin-off, then Hollywood, get right on that! For example, a show I loved to watch when I was younger, that happens to be getting a lot of internet buzz recently, is Zoey 101.
Debuting in 2005, Zoey 101 focuses on titular character Zoey Brooks and her friends at the fictional boarding school, Pacific Coast Academy. It was an instant hit among audiences, becoming one of Nickelodeon's highest-rated shows, and kicking off the careers of some future Nick stars such as Victoria Justice and Erin Sanders.
Zoey 101 ended its 4 year run on May 2, 2008. But like anything popular, the internet kept it alive for years. As a big fan of the show, I think it's about time that it transcended from being just the subject of funny Tumblr posts and 'Throwback Thursdays', and get back on television! Here are 3 reasons we need a Zoey 101 spin-off!
1. We're Clearly Still Interested In It!
Like I said, Zoey 101 may have left TV, but it certainly didn't leave the hearts of all the huge fans of the show with internet access. One such fan was series creator Dan Schneider, who decided to give the internet a pretty awesome gift last week.
It's been 10 years since the season 2 episode "Time Capsule", in which Zoey made a DVD about how she felt about her friends and buried it in a time capsule. She promised her crush, Chase Matthews, that he could find out what she said about him in 10 years—leaving Chase and the audience without an answer for a long time. But true to his word, Dan Schneider released a video on his YouTube channel 'DanWarp', which finally answered the age-old question - "What did Zoey say?"
Sean Flynn, who portrayed Chase, and Christopher Massey, who portrayed his friend Michael Barrett, reprised their roles for the 5 minute video. The internet exploded with reactions of pure excitement for the long-awaited video. For a 5 minute video ending on a cliffhanger that provides even more questions we'll probably have to wait to get the answer to, it was surprisingly well-received—with over 7 million viewers!
If anything, this only proves how much we still care about the world of Zoey 101. If Dan was ever thinking of making a spin-off, now would be the best time to do it.
2. The Past Is Making A Comeback!
You've probably noticed that a lot of the things that were popular in the past have suddenly resurfaced and become popular again.
How could you not notice? Just this year alone we've seen the return of Terminator, Jurassic Park, Mad Max and Star Wars!
In the world of television, this year also saw the premiere of a Boy Meets World spin-off, Girl Meets World, as well as upcoming spin-offs of Full House, X-Files and even The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!
This odd time loop that we seem to be experiencing is exactly why a Zoey 101 spin-off could work so well right now! Like I said, the fanbase for Zoey 101 is still very large, large enough for a possible spin-off to get some great ratings and perhaps an even larger fanbase.
3. The Premise Could Be Incredible!
So let's say a spin-off is made, what would it be about? Well, spin-offs of shows usually center on a certain character from the original show. Girl Meets World focused on Corey and Topanga Matthews and their daughter, Angel focused on the character Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Torchwood focused on the minor character Captain Jack Harness from Doctor Who.
Considering that the short video released on YouTube focused on Chase, a possible spin-off would likely be about him, with his best friend Michael possibly tagging along. The spin-off could focus on the pair's lives in the real world, outside of PCA, as they try to become functioning and responsible adults—but failing at it, hilariously failing at it! Other characters from Zoey 101 could guest star, even Zoey herself.
While it's unlikely, I'd love for the show to air on a more adult-oriented channel - perhaps on Comedy Central, or Nickelodeon's own late night block, [email protected] The show itself was made for preteens and teens, so seeing as how the fans of the show have grown up, the show could as well. Like I said, it's a little unlikely that Nickelodeon or Dan Schneider would want that, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.
In a world full of futuristic technology, we truly are stuck in the past. So with our society being forever trapped in a never-ending time loop that starts at the 80s' for some reason, what's one more show revival?
A Zoey 101 spin-off would definitely gain some attention. There's certainly a story for a spin-off, as well as a fanbase—and assuming it's good, it will put a part of my childhood firmly back in the spotlight!
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