Today, we live in a world where a very commonly done thing in Hollywood is reboots. Recently, the most famous ones that come to mind are (many from Disney, coincidentally) Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and more to come like Pan and The Jungle Book. While these may have been successful in the box office (Alice in Wonderland made over $1 billion worldwide!?!?), and temporarily satisfy movie lovers it is a clear example of the lack of new, fresh ideas in Hollywood.
However, this does not only happen for movies, with many TV shows coming from movies. In the not-so-distant future, there is going to (apparently) be new TV shows about old hits such as School of Rock, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Taken (??), and even Shutter Island, the hit Scorsese-DiCaprio Movie. So basically, everything is getting rebooted.
Normally, reboots (like sequels) tend to be worse (some exceptions may be Ocean's Eleven, Batman Begins and Casino Royale for reboots, and Godfather 2, and The Dark Knight for sequels) so when I saw that a Scream TV show had been made, I cringed with fear. Not only are reboots worse the second time, or that the Scream movies were really good, but the fact that is that the concept of the movies is so simple that the show would feel repetitive and unneeded.
However, when I watched the show a couple of weeks ago on Netflix, I was shocked. I actually thought it was pretty good. Not only was the premise good, but it had good character development and a very interesting back story. It also had new characters and settings which, while that can sometimes take away your interest, was exactly what this needed: a fresh start.
I mean, don't get me wrong. As I have said, I loved the Scream movies, but mainly the trilogy. The fourth movie, which was created 11 years after the trilogy ended, seemed a desperate box-office pull. Although it did have good moments, with the always awesome Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) and David Arquette (as the clumsy 'Dewey'), it lacked story and motive, and overall seemed random. The new 10 episode series gives time for character development and has an interesting new setting and story, something that the movies did not have. Also, characters are not killed so quickly, which allows us to like them more and feel sad when they are actually killed. Not only that, but we are actually given time to see a proper investigation and this gives a new element to the show. So, instead of taking away what made the movies awesome, the director(s) not only reinforce that but also add new elements that make it even better.
Although it may not pass the level of the first movie (which at the time of its release changed the horror genre), it is pretty close, and it has obviously passed the expectations and survived the fate of reboots.
Personally, I thought the series was great and recommend people to watch it. The second season has already been ordered by MTV and it should be expected by the end of 2016, and will continue with the same characters and setting.
So, what do you guys think about Scream season 1? A lucky win, or a calculated success, and what do you think will happen in Season 2?