If you were on social media at all this weekend, you will know that Netflix just released season two of Fuller House on Friday. In fact, if you’re my friend on Facebook, you will know that as soon as I got home from work on Friday and was eating dinner, I started watching the first few episodes of this season.
On one hand, it is obvious that Netflix has decided to go the direction of Hollywood. Rather than trying to generate new ideas, if you want to really appeal to millennials who have a strong sense of nostalgia, take them back to their childhood. Rather than try to develop a new family sitcom, bring back the actresses from the one that we all watched for hours every night all through our childhoods.
Not that I’m complaining of course because I am watching Fuller House and I did see The Karate Kid remake a few years ago. I’m not saying that nostalgia is necessarily a bad thing, and we all love to take a trip down memory lane every now and then.
What I am saying though is that nostalgia tells us something very important about human nature. We develop emotional connections that permeate all areas from our lives. Even something like a TV show that cannot reciprocate our emotions can be given our affection. In fact, that affection can clearly impact our future decisions. If Fuller House was not building off of the brand of the original, I somewhat doubt that I would have turned it on. However, I decided to watch it because of the classic version which I have enjoyed for many years. I will probably continue to watch it as long as they keep producing new seasons for that same reason.
As people who have these types of emotional attachments to all kinds of different things, is it really any surprise that we don’t like change very much? If Fuller House had casted someone different than Candace Cameron Bure to play DJ Tanner, many people would have been upset. Why? Because that character is a product of the actress who has played her, it would not seem right if anybody else had been cast in that role. Again, we even have an emotional connection to a character that was played by a particular actress.
This might seem to be a rather trivial example. After all, TV shows are not really matters of life and death. However, nostalgia is powerful and is a product of our emotion. As much as we try to deny it and claim that we can be entirely objective, that really is not true. Our human nature is emotional, and that is a good thing.
That you were going to talk about a little bit more in this week outside of the context of Fuller House. Emotions are inconvenient things at times, but they are also intrinsic to our humanity. We will take a look at a Christian perspective on emotion.