I wanted to be Laura Holt as a teenager. I wore the hats. I had the style, and I may have mimicked the persona in that I was driven and not easily swayed romantically. Hmmm Apparently, I was channeling her well into my early 40s, as well.
So, my initial reaction to learning from Deadline.com that Hollywood was rebooting Remington Steele was “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” Ahem.
I will admit that there was a little part of me that thought, if they keep the same noir-ish style of the first season, I could finally put that spec work I did when I was 15 to good use. I’m sure my parents could find it in a box somewhere.
Now, I realize that this is the next generation and not a reboot of the original series. BUT what made the original series, at least in the early years, work so well is that unusually strong female lead. It dealt with sexism in the workplace head on. There were real social issues in play beyond that, particularly in the first couple of seasons. Is that going to be the case here, or is she just a detective with a quirky love life?
Will mom and dad make an occasional appearance? And tell me, did any of you think that Laura and “Harry” would actually marry and have kids? I’m not sure I ever did. I kind of pictured them running around the world solving jewel heists forever.
I know I shouldn’t judge before I read it. But I was just in a room with a lot of talented, innovative writers with strong, original ideas for television, and this pains me a bit. Now I’m going to console myself by watching my DVDs of the first season.
“So I invented a superior… a decidedly masculine superior…”