Originals are better than remakes: Teen Titans

by Jolie Harper, 8th grade

Everybody knows that in the world of movies and tv shows, the originals are always better than their sequels or reboots. A sequel that does better than it’s original only happens once in a blue moon, and when it does, it’s held in high regards. (Here’s looking at you, Catching Fire and Spider-Man 2.) It’s even harder to outdo an original when it holds nostalgic value. For example, Teen Titans was a TV show very significant to my childhood. It ended in 2006, but recently Cartoon Network has revived it, in a more childish and fun version. While Teen Titans Go! still features the same characters and some of the same villains, it’s not quite the same as the more serious (well, as serious as a Cartoon Network show can get), storyline-oriented predecessor.

Teen Titans was a children’s show aired on Cartoon Network that ran from 2003 to 2006. It revolved around the lives of five original DC Comics characters, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven. Each season focused on a Titan, revealing more about each character and their pasts, like the story behind Starfire’s sister, Blackfire, and Raven’s daddy issues. Together, the five battle villains and protect their city along with the help of other side characters such as Aqualad and Terra. Full of clever humor, nice animation, and pretty decent writing, it was (and still is) one of my favorite shows to watch. The reboot, however, and really, I’m not trying to whine, just doesn’t meet the same standards. I was very excited to hear about it, but unfortunately it still wasn’t the same.

In conclusion, I’ve merely just stated the obvious. Originals are better than remakes. They usually always will be. However, with the upcoming reboots being made of 90’s classics such as Twin Peaks and The X-Files, things might change. I’m always willing to change my mind. (But let’s be honest here, the Full House remake will be awful. Who even thought it wouldn’t be?) Times are changing. Maybe this trend will change too.

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