Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle


So, an episode of the old TV show "Matlock" was on in the background while I was suiting up this morning.

Lately, we've seen a variety of remakes of old TV shows or old movies, all of which took the original setting and premise into a darker, more serious direction, with far greater attention paid to the inner motivation of the protagonist. I've sometimes heard this described as a post 9/11 trend, and examples include the Battlestar Galactica remake, the James Bond remake, the Miami Vice remake, and even the Batman remakes.

I'm wondering if maybe it's time for a Matlock remake.

Maybe, in every single episode, Matlock would find out that the client he just successfully defended was actually guilty. He then retires to a seedy, smoky bar, and drinks far too much Scotch on the rocks while trying to explain to the bartender why even the guilty deserve a defense. But after the cab drops him off at his run-down brownstone, the episode ends on a far more haunting theme, with brooding music in the background while Matlock looks at the old-style police revolver on his nightstand while turning over in his fingers a scrap of paper with the defendant's home address.

Welcome to the 21st century, Mr. Matlock.
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