I came across something the other day which I just had to write about.
I recently found old re-runs of a show I watched on Sky back in the late 90’s called The New Professionals. As I was a fan of the original with Bodie and Doyle from the 70’s I naturally gave this a go. At the time I thought it was ok, production values were ok for a show that was partially funded by Sky, there were some good action sequences and even if some of the acting was a bit dire I quite enjoyed it. On now to the re-runs, I caught the first episode on a channel called Movies4Men, which shows some really bad action movies mixed occasionally with the odd gem, but basically they show straight to dvd fodder. Knowing this I thought I’d give this a go and see if the show was as good as I remembered or if my taste had changed. Whole chunks of the story had been ripped out and I mean ripped out. It wasn’t even done with any thought to help the story flow they had just taken out all the action scenes or fights and in some cases scenes that actually helped keep the story together. To call it a hatchet job was being kind. I went online to check out the show and found that even when it first aired on Sky it was edited poorly with some action scenes being cut. This so badly done that it ruined the shows chances of ever being shown again. It’s taken almost 14 years before it has been shown and I find it incredible that a channel that specialises in action films has taken the decision to cut this even further. What is the thinking behind all this? The other films they show are far more gratuitous than this and with all the subsequent editing most episodes make no sense at all.
I have a rumour that there is a plan to bring this original idea to the big screen. I hope whoever is behind this uses this as an example of what not to do, nor do I hope they follow in the footsteps of the producers who brought us big screen versions of Starsky and Hutch and the new 21Jump Street both of which have turned out to be embarrassing examples of movie makers who do not understand the source material and take their efforts down a completely different path, these people should not be allowed to make films period. On what planet is it a sane decision to take a much-loved action show that was watched by millions and turn it into a comedy? Simple answer, none.
In what other media does this unnecessary tampering occur do you think?
That’s all for now, see you all soon,