Remakes, reboots, reimagining, retellings – it doesn’t matter what you call them, they can be tricky. This is especially true when rebooting something as popular as The Waltons. The show grabbed the hearts and minds of American TV audiences in the 1970s. It was a throwback to a simpler time at a period when the country was fraught with division. The creators of the updated Christmas special hoped to recapture that magic once again.
The Waltons’ Homecoming, a reboot of the original Walton family Christmas special The Homecoming: A Christmas Story premiered last night on the CW. Sam Haskell produced the reboot. He said he hoped it would help bring families together to share in the holiday magic. Currently, we don’t know if that happened or not. However, a quick look at Twitter reveals that it did bring some fans of the original franchise together.
Several fans took to Twitter to voice their disappointment with The Waltons’ Homecoming. That is to be expected with any remake. However, it seems that these fans are bringing up relevant points.
The Waltons’ Homecoming: A Little Too Modern
The Waltons was a family-friendly show. As a result, they kept their language and behavior squeaky clean. Today, standards for what is “clean” are a little different for most people. For fans of the original series, though, things haven’t changed. During the new Christmas special, audiences heard a few curse words. They weren’t happy about that. One Twitter user pointed out that “The swear words & the mention of Mary Ellen’s bosom were uncalled for.”
However, the language wasn’t the only problem some fans had. One Twitter user pointed out that the family dynamics in the show were “too contemporary.” Grandma and Grandpa didn’t even live with the rest of the family in The Waltons’ Homecoming.
Something Is Missing Here…
For some reason, Ben doesn’t appear in The Waltons’ Homecoming. The cast and crew have talked at length about making the show and their hopes for it in recent weeks. However, no one ever mentioned cutting Ben out of the remake. One Twitter user said that rebooting the franchise without Ben is like rebooting Happy Days without Ralph Malph.
Technical Issues on The Waltons’ Homecoming
Some fans tuned in to watch The Waltons Homecoming but all they could see (or hear) was the lackluster production. Several fans took to Twitter to talk about the sound of the Christmas special. Apparently, the music was so loud at times that they couldn’t hear the dialogue. That seems like an unforced error.
An Overall Disappointment
Several fans took to Twitter to air a range of grievances. However, these two tweets really sum up the bulk of the criticisms. The first is a little more serious and dives into some detail about what they believed was wrong with the movie. The second was just the funniest and most to-the-point takedown of the Waltons reboot.