Initially I thought there were a bunch of reboots cause Hollywood was creatively cracking. Then I thought well, some reboots are successful, so Hollywood does what it does best, it follows the crowd or trends (which is another form of not being creative.) Then I thought, we live in such tumultuous times, we crave the past. Or, maybe it’s a bit of all three.
When I was a teenager, and Beverly Hills 90210 first aired, I was immediately a die hard fan. When I found out there was going to be a reboot, I was so excited I couldn’t wait for it to air. Next thing I know, I found myself watching it over and over and over again, and stopped to think about my behavior.
When I was in my late twenties, and I went through a harsh depression, I would sit home alone and watch my 90210 DVD over and over and over. It brought me back to my childhood when things were easier. Life was easier. It felt nice to sit and rewatch something from my past when things were good, while I was living with my depression. Looking back, it wasn’t a crutch for managing my depression, it was more so the opposite. It fueled by depression. I thought it was making me happy, or help me find some content in my deep seated discontent when really, it was hindering my recovery.
Recently, I have felt down, and next thing I know I am back on my couch watching the new BH 90210, and think it is making me happy when, based on what I learned from my previous experience, it’s not. I had to stand up and walk away. Watching it once a week when it initially airs is fine, but, rewatching it is a whole other thing.
Reboots can bring us some sense of nostalgia or solace but, be cautious. You might be entering a dark cave when you think you are experiencing joy. So, what’s with all the reboots? Like I said, it can be a bunch of reasons but, think about your mental state and emotional relationship with a reboot. Be consciousness of how you feel when you engage with a reboot. Think of it as comfort food. Too much of it might be costly.