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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #120 on: October 27, 2012, 03:32:32 AM »
It was different, it wasn't the classic Munsters, but it didn't stink on ice, either. Had it gone to series, I would have given it a chance. Some things didn't quite work (giant-bat Grandpa, stealth-mode Spot, Jerry O'Connell), but they weren't enough to ruin the whole thing. It was far more respectful of the original series than the promos hinted at.
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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #121 on: October 30, 2012, 01:33:38 PM »
I don't know what to make of it.  It wasn't exactly terrible but it wasn't anything special.  Part of it worked for me.  I lived Lilly's intro. Jerry O'Connell wasn't right fro Herman.  Eddie Izzard was fun as grandpa.  It had little to do with the Munsters or the Universal Monsters but it had it's moments.  Could have been better but it also could have been worse.

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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #122 on: October 30, 2012, 09:58:30 PM »
I don't know what to make of it.  It wasn't exactly terrible but it wasn't anything special.  Part of it worked for me.  I lived Lilly's intro. Jerry O'Connell wasn't right fro Herman.  Eddie Izzard was fun as grandpa.  It had little to do with the Munsters or the Universal Monsters but it had it's moments.  Could have been better but it also could have been worse.
  Jerry O'Connell was doing a different interpretation of Frankenstein's creation, and I didn't dislike what he was doing.  If he had been wearing the Frankenstein makeup from the classic horror films, I would have intensely disliked his performance.  The Monster in the Shelly book wanted to be a full human being, and I could see that O'Connell was playing a character striving to be a "good" human being.  It wasn't that easy for him with a more Vampiric "Grandpa".  I also found it interesting how Lily was struggling with her vampiric tendencies.  Fred Gwynne's Herman Munster was a very funny creation, in which he said his mother was a huge inspiration for the character of Herman.  That definitely wouldn't have worked with this darker version, but somehow, I'm not exactly convinced that today's audiences would accept the sitcom comedy that was brought to us by the same team that gave us "Leave it to Beaver".   Of course, I prefer the Addams Family from the 1960's, but I think the Raul Julia version worked better with today's audiences.
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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #123 on: October 30, 2012, 11:49:36 PM »
So, from the pilot, we know Lily has a vampire sister (Marilyn's mother) and a werewolf brother named Leslie. Still no idea where the name MUNSTER has come from, as opposed to it being Herman's surname in the original.
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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #124 on: October 31, 2012, 03:23:50 PM »
Grandpa says something to Herman like, "You weren't a Munster 'til I made you a Munster" so maybe the whole "Munster" thing is a deliberate in-story gag of Grandpa's. Sort of a hide-in-plain-sight thing. It would seem to fit with the character's dark sense of humor.
It also suggests Herman is just Grandpa's DIY version of Frankenstein's Monster, assuming that's in question at all. 

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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #125 on: November 01, 2012, 09:57:35 AM »
Grandpa says something to Herman like, "You weren't a Munster 'til I made you a Munster" so maybe the whole "Munster" thing is a deliberate in-story gag of Grandpa's. Sort of a hide-in-plain-sight thing. It would seem to fit with the character's dark sense of humor.
It also suggests Herman is just Grandpa's DIY version of Frankenstein's Monster, assuming that's in question at all.
I wish they hadn't used the name "Munster".  When they made the feature film "Munsters go home", they explained how Herman had been adopted by a family of that name.  Here it was to try to tie it in to the old series, and I think that was a mistake.  The show was good enough to stand on it's own, without trying to tie it in to the old series.  If anything, they should have just used the idea of a family of Monsters, and chosen a different name altogether.  The only thing they accomplished by calling them "The Munsters" was invite comparisons to the 1960's sitcom, which wasn't going to gain them any fans from the old series, while at the same time make it very doubtful to bring in any new people who knew nothing about the old series.  I liked the show for what it was, but "The Munsters", it wasn't.
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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #126 on: November 01, 2012, 04:15:08 PM »
It seemed a little confused. I had wanted to have let Mykhail watch this, but man I'm glad we prewatched it, for the Grandpa antics.

I liked some of story ideas, and missed Marilyn's innocence from the original as she seems to hide a sinister side in this one.
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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #127 on: November 01, 2012, 07:37:49 PM »
My girls both loved it!  Bummed them out when I had to tell them there probably wouldn't be anymore!

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Re: NBC's The Munsters Reboot
« Reply #128 on: November 02, 2012, 01:07:01 PM »

I liked some of story ideas, and missed Marilyn's innocence from the original as she seems to hide a sinister side in this one.
  Marilyn's innocense never made sense to me, as she had to be absolutley clueless not to relaize that her familly was different from everybody around them.  Her character may have made sense, like in the twilight zone, where most of the characters around her were monsters, and the few people who looked normal were the freaks.  In the series, she had a life outside the home, where most people looked like her, so why did she accept her family's conviction she was homely? Beverly Owen and Pat Priest, never played her as clueless, and were much better then the material they had to work with.  I kind of like how they maintained Mailyn as a sweet character, but stll somewhat affected by how weird her family was, which is why she wanted to be with them.  I especially liked her line about how the Homeless people who were stuck in the walls of the house she found for her family weren't homeless afterall.  I also enjoyed how she tries to sweetly explain something to Eddie, only to have Grandpa undermine what she was saying, through some bold act.
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