So let me state this for the record.
Not everything from your childhood is as good as you remembered it and not everything needs to be brought back or remade.
Don’t get me wrong, I am probably more nostalgic about cartoons from my youth then anyone reading this. I love Voltron, He-Man, Transformers and G.I. Joe. I own most of these series on DVD. But I’m also under no illusion on how good these shows are and are not. Viewing them as an adult, some of them fared a lot better then I expected. G.I. Joe is actually rather well written and has some great jokes I now get as an adult. One episode even featured something called The McGuffin Device with one of the Joes explaining “I don’t know what it does but I bet it’s important.” He-Man on the other hand, not so good. But everyone has their own opinion on this. I may not like He-Man anymore but you might and you’re entitled to that opinion.
What has begun to irk me when this stuff comes up, automatically someone says something like:
“Someone should do a Kickstarter/Indiegogo for that.”
I think crowd funding through sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo are an amazing funding method for projects. Stuff like True Patriot, the Scary Godmother Doll and Amanda Palmer Records are good examples. I love the idea of using this method for funding new projects and ideas by creators. I think it’s a shame that people want to waste the time and effort to try and fund something that in all honesty, shouldn’t be funded in the first place.
And here’s where I might get in trouble with the geeks at large.
This includes Firefly.
Yes, Whedonites, we do not need a revival of Firefly or Serenity or whatever you want to call it because it is perfect the way it is. It ended before it had any chance to go off the rails and we got a solid end cap in the Serenity film. To bring back the show as a film or new television series would not live up to any expectations fans have for the series. If you want a continuation, comics are the best bet. In comics, actors don’t age and effects budgets don’t need to be met. It’s a perfect compromise. But to waste the effort in trying to organize a revival of the show is something I see as a negative. Leave it be and put your energy and money into something better, something that needs your help.
So the next time you see that petition for something that doesn’t need to be remade, Like He-Man or Firefly, remember that you still own the DVDs and they are on your shelf ready for viewing. Give something new a hand.
If you’e gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!
In a few columns, I will be celebrating two years with Geek Hard and I thought it’d be interesting to talk to a man I haven’t spoken to in a while. My first “professional” interview was with UFC Fighter, an Ultimate Fighter cast member and the only fighter to do the running man in the octagon, Nate “The Rock” Quarry. Nate has retired as a fighter and has a great clothing company / comic book called Zombie Cage Fighter. This Friday, Nate and I are going to be going one on one. We’re talking fighting, zombies and comics. Ever had a question for Nate Quarry? Ever wanted to know something about professional fighting or zombies? Now is your chance to ask. If you’ve got a question, please post it below in the comments and I’ll be sure to ask him.