Sunday, April 16, 2017

Once more with Carmen

A faux tweet linked to one of the gazillion stories about Gina Rodriguez voicing the storied title character in Netflix's new animated version of Carmen Sandiego.

Too bad, but this looks like Nick's reboot of Legends of the Hidden Temple. A game show will come back as something other than a game show. Netflix's show seems like just another cartoon, with some Geography 101 tossed in to impress the children's TV groups.

Rueful confession: I was never a big fan of the old PBS game show, anyway. Lynne Thigpen was afflicted with Overacting Syndrome, and the educational TV load loomed way too heavy for my frivolous taste. Even the legendarily catchy theme song left me less than spellbound.

But it was still a game show, and it's mildly irritating to see a non-game version instead of a genuine revival. But maybe we've got enough classic game show rewinds for now.


  1. This is more of a reboot of the "Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?" cartoon.

    1. Yeah, that's what all the stories say, and it looks to be true.