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Re: [Icehouse] OT: Oh No

  • FromJoseph Pate <jpate@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 11 Oct 2007 13:58:29 -0700 (PDT)
I have the "Daddy, do something!  AhhhhAAAAhhhhhhhh!" scene stuck in my
head (fitting, since it was a time loop on the episode, IIRC)

My opinion on this:  instead of trying to cash in on nostalgia and 
worrying about whether you get it right or not, make something the way
you want to make it, and offer it up.  Silly parody?  Fine.  

The gray area, of course, is if you end up with a show *mostly* like 
LotL, then you've just ripped off LotL.  However, I think the difference
between that and a 'remake with a twist' is just semantics.  I do have
to confess that I really did like the two Brady Bunch movie remakes --
really moving Gary Cole from "that random guy from Midnight Caller" to
comedy gold -- only further cemented when I finally saw Office Space.
So what I'm saying is, I don't know what I'm saying.  Why are you 
still reading this?  I'll shut up now.


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> On Thu, 11 Oct 2007, Subhan Tindall wrote:
> > I thought LOL was *already* a comedy!  It had a pretty significant
> > cheese factor if I recollect correctly.
> It had a massive cheese factor, but it wasn't a comedy. It took itself 
> very seriously. There was some comedy in the scripts, but it was... 
> ponderous.
> I think that a straight remake of LOL would flop today -- simply because 
> the genre territory has been well-trampled. Trapped in an alien landscape? 
> Alien monsters? Ancient crystal technology? It would come off as a weak 
> mashup of _Lost_ and _Stargate_.
> A good nostalgia-based comedy *could* work, a la _Galaxy Quest_. But even 
> if it were brilliant, it'd be pandering to an awfully small audience. 
> (_Galaxy Quest_ wouldn't have worked if most movie-goers hadn't *heard* of 
> Star Trek, or of Trek fans as a cultural stereotype.) And if you try to 
> appeal to the larger audience, you're back to a straight remake.
> But I'm willing to be positively surprised.
> --Z
> -- 
> "And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these were the 
> *
> Bush's biggest lie is his claim that it's okay to disagree with him. As soon 
> you *actually* disagree with him, he sadly explains that you're undermining
> America, that you're giving comfort to the enemy. That you need to be silent.
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