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I wasn't sure where to post my thoughts, so I hope it's okay that I started this topic?

I am watching the reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  It's called "Bel-Air".  I had no idea what to expect from this, because TFPoBA has such a .... innocent, goofy, sweet, fun quality whereas the previews for Bel-Air made it look dark and gritty.  But, I'm on episode 5 and the show quickly won me over.  I'm enjoying it.

Anyway, I bring this up because Ashley Banks was straight in the original show but Ashley Banks, version 2.0 is kind of questioning things.  Not only that, but she's sitting at this glamourous dinner that her (very wealthy) family is holding with a bunch of influencers, one who is a non-binary person named Michelle who uses the pronouns them/they.  Michelle is some big influencer.  Ashley is sitting beside Michelle and is asking Michelle questions about gender and Michelle is answering by talking about what they think future generations may think and do when it comes to gender.  This is five episodes in, so this all feels organic and natural.

It's funny because I posted that I envisioned the exact same kind of scene for Rock and Che when picturing how Sara Ramirez could have been used on this show instead of as some plot device to give Cynthia Nixon wish fulfilment and to torpedo Miranda/Steve and humiliate the latter.

Bel-Air is a great example of a reboot done right.  (So far, anyway).

Also, Saved by the Bell and The Babysitters Club (the new versions) also handled these gender dynamics with aplomb.  SBTB is an absolute genius show and one of the main characters is trans.  My point:  Rebooting older shows from the 80s/90s/2000s to the 2020s can absolutely be done.  And it can be received very well, even by people like me who watched the original SBTB and TFPoBA and absolutely adored them.

Now, there is an obvious difference between the examples I provide here and AJLT.  AJLT is using the exact same characters and actors.  NOT rebooting them, but keeping them and simply bringing them to current day.  That being said....... these shows really do show how the writing could have been a lot more thoughtful and respectful while modernizing the main idea behind the show.  

Also, some of us think Carlton 2.0 has been ruined on Bel-Air.  They made him into an asshole, like a Miranda-lite.  But I kiiiiiiiiiiinda think the writers are going to give him an arc?  I don't know.  Maybe I'm wrong!

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3 hours ago, Ms Blue Jay said:

My point:  Rebooting older shows from the 80s/90s/2000s to the 2020s can absolutely be done.  And it can be received very well, even by people like me who watched the original SBTB and TFPoBA and absolutely adored them.

I enjoyed reading your post, and totally agree with your point. I haven't seen all the reboots you mentioned, but I did see the SBTB one and have to agree with you. It was done really well, and the original was one of my favorite shows growing up, along with Fresh Prince. They did a good job making it more modern and inclusive, but keeping the same cute, fun vibe of the original series. 

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I think a big difference is the writers of the new Saved By the Bell and Bel Air weren't trying to right what they perceived to be the wrongs of the original the way the writers of AJLT were.   

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9 minutes ago, bluegirl147 said:

I think a big difference is the writers of the new Saved By the Bell and Bel Air weren't trying to right what they perceived to be the wrongs of the original the way the writers of AJLT were.   

I don't recall racism on Fresh Prince, but despite the diverse SBTB cast, there was the odd racist line on that show. 

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Yeah, I think the SBTB Version 2.0 ARE trying to right some of the wrongs.  Now that Mark Paul Gosselaar is grown up, he feels bad that he portrayed being part Native American on the show, for instance.  There was definitely some cringey humour and ignorance of the time.

Bel-Air isn't trying to right wrongs, I agree.  It's deliberately trying to be its own entity, and while the difference in tone was shocking and hilarious when we saw the previews, it makes sense when you actually watch the show.  I'm incredibly impressed that they managed to pull it off.

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On 3/1/2022 at 1:07 PM, Ms Blue Jay said:

 

It's funny because I posted that I envisioned the exact same kind of scene for Rocky and Che when picturing how Sara Ramirez could have been used on this show instead of as some plot device to give Cynthia Nixon wish fulfilment and to torpedo Miranda/Steve and humiliate the latter.

  

Also, some of us think Carlton 2.0 has been ruined on Bel-Air.  They made him into an asshole, like a Miranda-lite.  But I kiiiiiiiiiiinda think the writers are going to give him an arc?  I don't know.  Maybe I'm wrong!

 

Do you mean RAMBO?  🤣  I know they are both 80s tough guys.

 

Oh I saw the trailer for FPoBA and was like, NO, that is not Carlton.  The best part of Carlton was just everything Alfonso Ribeiro brought to that character.  The dance!  

 

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Whoops.

Charlotte's kid is called Rock, but I called them "Rocky" by mistake.

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