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Episode 4: Reboots & Reimaginings

The homework for the episode:
Pete: The Magicians 1.01 (TV show)
Martha: Riverdale 1.01 (TV show)
Calee: Sailor Moon Crystal 1.01 (TV show)

It’s our fourth episode, which means we’ve officially been doing this for over a month! Hooray! This week, we dive into the concept of remakes, reboots, reimaginings and adaptations and Martha realizes that each of these concepts could probably be their own episode? What makes a good reboot, motives, and purpose are all discussed, and we all unanimously agree to strike the phrase “[X] ruined my childhood” from our cultural vernacular.

Your podcasters’ credentials:
Pete: SPQR by Mary Beard (audiobook as read by Phyllida Nash)
Martha: Tagalong Girl Scout cookies
Calee: Outlander tv show

Reboots and Reimaginings – Additional Material
Archie by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples (ongoing comic)
Coupling (Britain – 2000-2004) and Coupling (America – 2003)
Eat Drink Man
 Woman (China – 1994) and Tortilla Soup (America – 2001)
Fargo (The Coen Brothers, 1996) and Fargo (F/X TV show, 2014-current)
The Hobbit (novel by JRR Tolkein; film by Peter Jackson, 2012)
The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau, 2016)
Let the Right One In (Sweden – 2008) and Let Me In (America – 2010)
The Office (Britain – 2001-2003) and The Office (America – 2005-2013)
Seven Samurai (Japan – 1954); The Magnificent Seven (America – 1960); and The Magnificent 7 (America – 2016)
Shall We Dance (Japan – 1996, America – 2004)
Star Trek (JJ Abrams, 2009)
Transformers (Michael Bay, 2007)
Yojimbo (Japan – 1961) and A Fistful of Dollars (America – 1964)

Supplementary reading:
“Don’t Call It a Reboot: How “Remake” Became a Dirty Word in Hollywood” from The Guardian (located here)
“The Mary Sue Interview: Lexi Alexander on Why Hollywood Loves Remakes” from The Mary Sue (located here)

Our theme for our next episode is going to be: Exploring the Hero/Sidekick Relationship. Enjoy doing your homework!

Your homework for March 15:
Pete: Batman & Robin, vol. 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison (graphic novel)
Martha: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (graphic novel)
Calee: Adventure Time, episodes 1.03, 1.04, 1.05 (TV show, available streaming on Netflix)

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