Arts & Culture

One of the biggest complaints that plagues Hollywood is the lack of original ideas.

Every month you have to wade through a sea of sequels just to find anything that is remotely original. But is television suffering from the same fatigue with reboots being all the fashion at the moment? As I write there’s a hell of a lot of internet hand-wringing about the plans to reboot Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which itself was a remake of a film that was made only a couple of years before. But can television and cinema actually help each other out.? Still on Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s theme, a Hollywood movie actually came to the rescue of the untimely demise of his follow-up series Firefly with the film Serenity, nicely tying up some of the loose ends and doing justice to the characters. They’re doing the same with Deadwood now. Another critically acclaimed series that suffered an untimely demise after its superlative third season. This beautifiul and gritty Western television series (think the Sopranos back in frontier land) was just hitting its stride when it got cancelled so a movie to tie it all together would definitely work. [caption id=“attachment_41858” align=“alignleft” width=“300”] (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)[/caption] Star Trek has always been a great marriage between television and film. The original tv series transferred to the big screen with some real success (just ignore Star Trek V in favour of Wrath of Khan). Other films that have made the successful transfer from film to TV are the likes of Lethal Weapon which is a brilliant TV series even without the likes of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. There is definitely a great intermarriage between the two mediums. A television series can do the kind of character work that a movie can only dream of but cinema has the budget and the resources to really do your ideas justice.  It’s like incest with better results.