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This Movie And TV Cliche Needs To Die

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Hulu’s comedy show Reboot has a fantastic cast including Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, Paul Reiser, Johnny Knoxville, and Rachel Bloom. While the series, which is wrapping up its first season soon, isn’t absolutely hilarious, it does have some memorable episodes and shares how dramatic it can be to reboot a sitcom that was once the most celebrated on TV.

There is one particular scene in Reboot that includes a cliche that is often seen in movies and TV episodes. This isn’t the most interesting storytelling and should definitely be avoided as fans have seen it so many times.


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Tea Fraser reboot won’t include a beloved element, and when a TV show comes back, it definitely has to appeal to what made audiences like it in the first place. Reboot changes Step Right Up just enough but makes sure to include similar plotlines to the original series. Two of the main characters who star in the show-within-a-show look to the past as well and in the process, have a storyline involving a tired and unnecessary film and TV cliche: making up stories about strangers.

In episode 6 of season 1 of Hulu’s new comedy series Reboot called “Bewitched,” Bree Marie Jensen (Judy Greer) and Reed Sterling (Keegan-Michael Key) are staying a hotel and trying their best to ignore the fact that they still like each other in a romantic way. Bree wants to play the game that they used to: making up wild tales about people who they see. She sees three people who she doesn’t think would typically spend time together and thinks that they’re committing a crime.

Bree walks up to where Reed is relaxing by the hotel pool and says, “There is something going on with those three. They were whispering.” When Reed tries to ignore this, Bree says, “The widow is in cohoots with man bun and they’re pretending to be art dealers.” While there are many memorable sitcom quotes, this conversation isn’t particularly funny, and Bree and Reed get a bit too caught up in playing this game. It ends up seeming awkward instead of hilarious.

Bree and Reed have a great love story as they used to be together when filming the original sitcom and seemed to love each other in a genuine way. When the show opens, it’s clear that they haven’t interacted in years, while quietly missing one another and wondering if the other person is still thinking about them. While the game is meant to show that they used to bond in this specific way, this trope is so overused that it’s hard not to become frustrated. Reboot is a sitcom with good character development, but there could be another way to show that Reed and Bree can still bond with each other. Even if they had a regular conversation just catching up, it would still be better.

There are countless times when TV and movie characters sit in a park or shopping mall or restaurant and watch strangers, coming up with wild backstories that don’t make much sense. They might claim that a couple are both having affairs or one person is a serial killer or suggest secrets that two friends or relatives could be keeping from each other.

Reboot is one of the best sitcoms on Hulu right now as it’s fun and energetic with a fantastic cast. It’s wonderful seeing Judy Greer and Keegan-Michael Key’s characters interact, especially since Greer doesn’t often star in a TV show and is known for her many movie roles. Most recently, Greer starred as Karen Nelson who unfairly dies in Halloween Kills. But Bree and Reed could definitely talk about almost anything else instead of playing this cliche game that has been seen too many times.

The key issue for Reed and Bree is that neither one really wanted to break up and now that Reed is getting serious with his partner Nora (Eliza Coupe), Bree thinks that it’s too late. But since Reed still cares about Bree, it seems like these characters would be better suited to having an honest, genuine conversation about why they split and whether they want to try dating again.

The episode of Reboot ends with the characters noticing that the three strangers who they were talking about are getting arrested, suggesting that they were somewhat right about what was going on. But this doesn’t feel like a satisfying ending and seems kind of silly.

The main problem with this cliche? It’s uncomfortable to watch characters spying on strangers instead of having real conversations that allow them to share emotions or move the plot forward. Since this cliche is used so often, it doesn’t feel like the best storytelling. Other aspects of Reboot are much funnier, like when Zack Jackson (Calum Worthy) fights with his ex-girlfriend over custody of their beloved dog.

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