After two weeks, it seems my Monday M*A*S*H Discussions are a big hit with readers. Last week’s discussion has generated more than 20 comments so far, just like the first discussion did two weeks ago. My hope is that these discussion posts will continue to elicit comments for weeks and months after they’re initially posted.
Today’s topic requires some imagination: Would you watch a M*A*S*H remake?
The 4077th for a New Generation?
Notice I’m not asking if you think M*A*S*H could (or should) be remade. Personally, I feel there’s no way anyone will attempt to remake M*A*S*H, for both creative and financial reasons. But that’s a topic for another week. For the sake of argument, let’s pretend a television network, cable channel, or streaming service has announced plans to remake M*A*S*H.
Hypothetically speaking, in this scenario, would you watch the new version of M*A*S*H?
There’s no wrong answer, of course, but I suspect most readers will state they have no interest in watching a remake of M*A*S*H. Personally, my gut reaction is to say is no way. Absolutely not. There’s no chance I’d ever want to watch a remake of M*A*S*H. It won’t be anything like–or anywhere near good as–the original series, so what’s the point?
On the other hand, sheer curiosity may drive me to watch at least the first episode. That’s what happened with the latest Star Trek TV series, Star Trek: Discovery. It didn’t intrigue me at all yet I still watched the series premiere, simply to satisfy my curiosity. Would I do the same with a M*A*S*H remake?
The very idea of M*A*S*H being remade may offend some fans. But why does it? No matter how poorly the remake performed, or how badly it suffered creatively in comparison to our beloved sitcom, the original version would still exist. It would still air in syndication on television. It would still be available on DVD.
Perhaps those outraged by even a hypothetical remake feel they’d have to be loyal to the original version. Maybe they think they’d be betraying the memory of Larry Gelbart if they watched a remake.
Other fans may be intrigued at the possibilities of a remake. Are you one of them?
Hit the comments with your thoughts.