Some shows would benefit from a reboot, or sequel series- maybe it’s because they have messages that would be even more relevant now than when they aired or because the original didn’t end in a satisfying matter due to the network.
And since we’re all still stuck inside until the foreseeable future, it’s a good time to focus on how things can be improved.
I, a white girl from the Connecticut suburbs, absolutely loved this show. Since we’re still living in a society where every other new show or movie is based around superheros, you would think that Static Shock would be up for grabs.
I know the character appeared in Young Justice, but I want the 2000s Static, who is kind of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man kind of hero. Virgil Hawkins gets electricity powers after a gang war accidentally sets off some experimental “bang baby” gas.
It ends up giving anyone who breathed it in, superpowers. And since many of those affected were inner-city gang members or people of color, the Bang Babies are disliked for many reasons. Virgil decides to take up the mantle of the local superhero.
This show got deep -There was an episode focusing on how Virgil’s best friend, Richie’s father, was a racist; another on school shootings; homelessness and losing a parent. Virgil, though more privileged than some of his peers, definitely struggles a lot with being discriminated against.
The allegories to racism, class warfare, and the like are all pretty obvious. And I think, a black superhero who can stand on their own and deals with these issues head-on is exactly what we need.
The reason I think it needs to be rebooted is that the original is very dated in terms of humor, slang and celebrity cameos: I doubt most 10-year-olds know who Little Romeo is. And to maybe drive it away from the Saturday morning cartoon sense of story telling. But the general message is really important… You don’t have to racebend another character or have someone take up the mantle to draw kids in.
If somebody like me can relate to and enjoy this show, I can’t imagine what it will do for the groups actually represented.
A few years back, in 2015, Mr. Warburton, the creator of the show, released an animatic called Galactic: KND which shows Numbuh serving as the Earth representative of the titular organization he joined in the finale.
And they definitely aren’t the good guys.
To say fans rejoiced seeing these characters again (and hearing Numbuh 3 curse and finding out that Lizzie is an alien) is an understatement.
Unfortunately, the network execs aren’t interested in a sequel to the show, which is disappointing. I have been five years for this show, and I hope we get it one day soon. (If you go on the show’s wiki, there’s a whole list of characters who were supposed to be introduced. It’s really cool!)
We never did get a really good ending to this series and with its transgender subtext, retro art style, humor and unique spins on typical tropes and general fun tone… I think it’s a reboot that could keep people’s attention.
Plus I know there are a lot of fans around. I’ve seen that fan-art on Twitter, guys. I don’t mind, I’m just saying if you have a thing for a robotic cartoon character, all of you shouldn’t be judging anyone/
I was not a fan of the DRASTIC art style during the second season, nor was I a fan of how the show ended. There’s a lot more of this world and myth set to be explored and I think it’s a good time to start back at the beginning.
Provided that Dante Basco is still voicing Jake Long, of course.
Wash your hands, wear a mask and don’t go out unless its absolutely necessary.
And that’s the scoop!