Recap & Review of Season 1 Episode 1 of Reboot

Recap & Review of Season 1 Episode 1 of Reboot ...

Step Right Up.

Hannah Korman proposes a remake of the old sitcom Step Right Up to Hulu Executives in episode 1 of Reboot Season 1. The goal? To make the sitcom more edgy. The characters will no longer do the right thing.

Hulu is now a company, but they first have to find out where all of the original actors were born. Reed Sterling, who played the stepfather in the show, hoped to pursue a serious acting career. Bree Marie Jensen (the mother) married the Duke of a small Nordic country. Clay Barber (the father) was arrested twice and is now doing stand up again. Zack Jackson (the kid) has appeared in a number of teen films.

Reed enjoys the script when it comes to comedy, but also dark–and much more “real” than the previous series. Lawrence, the protagonist, even has a dark secret.

While she is filming a play in New York, Reed worries about him being so close to Bree, his ex-girlfriend.

So, he travels to Hollywood, reuniting with Clay and Zack. He knocks on Bree's door so they may converse for the first time in 15 years. However, they only end the conversation as they did in the past.

She's enraged that he canceled their program so he could do a film. He's mad she left the country for a duke and didn't even say goodbye. But in Bree's eyes, he didn't care about their relationship. He believed he was superior to all of them.

The entire cast is invited to the showrunner's office to discover Hannah storming out. When they enter, they discover the reason. It's Gordon, the original showrunner and writer. He's taking over the show.

Reed immediately protests, and the others join him when they oppose all the modifications Gordon proposes. They all storm out together, but Bree starts panicking.

Bree desperately needs this program. She finally admits she no longer is a duchess. She discovered her husband cheating on her. They got divorced, and now she is in desperate need of income. The other two are in similar bad situations in their careers.

They instead propose to attend Hannah's house to try and persuade her to stay. They promise to support her "no matter what." Hannah is adamantly opposed to Gordon. So, she's in.

Hannah is assured that Gordon isn't that bad once you get to know him, but Hannah understands better. Gordon is her father, and he modeled Step Right Up on his stepfamily, and acted like his daughter never existed.

Hannah is the "dark secret" in the new show, according to the producers.

Reboot offers a humorous premise (and, as the program itself emphasizes, the overwhelming presence of TV comedy reboots), while also provoking a heated generational conflict.

With some awkward introductions that over-explain each character's situation, the show is certainly finding its footing. Neither is the comedy nor drama as bold as we would expect, but rather a bit too clean-cut for a premise that seems to want to critique that particular style–or at least take the middle ground.

The question is whether Reboot moving forward can be self-aware enough not to fall into the same pitfalls as it is making fun of in the sitcom comedy genre.

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