The Weekly Geek: Rebooting “Star Wars” and “Beavis and Butthead”


Reboots really are all the rage these days. Just look at the wonders that rebooting has done for James Bond, Star Trek and Batman (seriously, did anyone see Batman and Robin? That franchise was going down a sad path), for a few examples of “genre” movies made modern.

So what if they remade Star Wars, the granddaddy of them all?

Total Film recently posted an utterly believable fantasy timeline of what could theoretically happen to a galaxy far away, should the powers that be decide to give it the 2009 Star Trek treatment. Starting from Lucas’ first inklings of rebootability, down to writing, directing and casting choices, it’s pitch-perfect from the great ideas (signing Chris Nolan and JJ Abrams to write) to the amazing fanboy in-jokes. Here’s a prime example:

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It’s brilliant, and territory that the fabulous Charlie Jane Anders of Io9 covered last summer. However, as much as I would like to see this happen, I’d be even more stoked to see the turgid “prequel trilogy” re-done. If anything in cinematic history is in need of a big old “do-over” it’s the once-highly-anticipated, critically maligned trilogy starring Hayden “I like sand” Christensen and poor Natalie Portman in a halter top.

Also, since this is my fantasy re-boot, Anakin is a woman — a hot Jedi woman, who falls in love with the sassy queen. An intergalactic romance between two star-crossed lovers ensues, and you can bet that there will be a much more creative use of lightsabers in my version.

Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Moving along to something that may actually happen, it looks like we’ll soon be getting more Beavis and Butthead on MTV. By “more” I mean actual new episodes are coming down the pipeline. The Huffington Post has the scoop so far:

The New York Post‘s Michael Starr reports that Beavis and Butt-head episodes are “in the works.” The show, which was a hallmark of ’90s slacker culture, was canceled in 1997.

The new series would keep Beavis and Butt-head in their perpetual high-school state, but it would be updated so that the pals — who obsessively watch music videos on a battered TV set — could lob their snarky comments at more current targets like Lady Gaga.

The news is making me incredibly nostalgic for 1990s MTV, when awesome animated shows like Daria ruled (herself a Beavis and Butthead character, later spun off into her own eponymous series), and the network frequently played glorious, wonderful and/or terrible music videos. If MTV is returning to the glory days — even just a little, I will consider forgiving the decade of distinctly geek-unfriendly reality programming.

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