It is fall premiere season, and all the newest shows are competing for YOUR attention.
There are some incredible original shows, like American Horror Story (my very disturbing BAE), but it seems Hollywood is continuing the trend towards remakes! What is getting the treatment now?
MacGyver and The Exorcist.
Both premiered on Friday night, with solid numbers, but mixed reviews.
Let’s start with “The Exorcist.”
A preview, if you’re curious. SCARY WARNING. Well, somewhat. In my opinion, compared to the original? It may as well be a kid’s show.
Reviews are so far FAIRLY positive, all noting that while there were a lot of problems with the first episode, it was JUST the pilot.
As this review from Screen Rant sums up, “How compelling is it? Well, it’s not quite time to quote Father Merrin, but it’s enough to keep watching.”
The Hollywood Reporter agrees, writing here that, “…if you’re the kind of person who likes scary shows and mythology, it might be fair to give The Exorcist a few episodes to see what it has planned.”
Question is: will they include the staircase scene? You know the one.
Now, MacGyver. Oh, MacGyver.
Again, a sneak peek for your consideration.
And the reviews are ABYSMAL. This review from Vulture just tears it apart, saying it is too late to make a convincing remake, because “…everyone has become a “life hacker” or whatever, making Angus MacGyver seem less like the Junk Drawer Jesus he used to be and more like your high-school friend who posts clever interior decorating ideas on Pinterest.”
This review from the A.V. Club says a lot of the same, also adding that Lucas Till (MacGyver 2016) simply looks too young for the job. “Anderson’s MacGyver was certainly someone you would follow through an acid-drenched tunnel after a building exploded (the trek from the original pilot). Till looks like someone who might be able to hook you up with some out-of-state fake IDs.”
Deadline also points out that they had an awful lot of trouble filming the pilot, having to basically scrap everything and start from scratch in a rush.
They had to MacGyver MacGyver, is what I’m saying.