I loved the original series as a kid – for the first few years, anyway. Though even back then, as a fifth grader, I thought that the premise 1) kind of pandered to Baby Boomers by playing all the greatest historical postwar American hits and 2) took it easy on the studio by having a time travel show where the time machine was a fog machine, some lights, and a fan, and the studio could dive into their props and costumes departments and use whatever had been gathering dust for the next episode.
The new lead is – Jesus, can this be right? – nearly ten years younger than me. If the premise will be the same, and that the show won’t go farther backwards than the birth of the main character, then us Xers and millennials can look forward to some pandering in our direction. I look forward to the ripped-from-the-headlines-(archives) episodes about the Bobbit, Buttafuoco, Harding, Westboro Baptist Church, OJ and shark attack analogues, a grunge episode, a Woodstock '99 episode, a 9/11 episode, a two-parter about a soldier in Desert Storm and his son in the same spot in Iraqi Freedom, an episode curiously similar to the plot of American Pie with Jason Biggs guest starring in the Eugene Levy role, and a Napster episode.
I’m glad to see that Ernie Hudson is involved, that guy never gets the acclaim he deserves.
If they carry anything, ANYTHING, from the original series, I hope they wind up fixing the series finale. Give Scott Bakula a guest star role, let him go home, and spell his character’s name correctly on the last title card. That’s “Beckett” with two Ts.