It’s gotta be better than the Super Mario Bros. movie....right?
But first, some mood music…
Why we’re excited for the show…
Zelda is an everyday fairytale, which means flexibility
Which is what we hope Netflix both honors, but gives a modern twist. There are a lot of tropes in Zelda “Tropes” are commonly referred themes, devices, motifs, and clichés. They’re everywhere because they’re easy to come with, easy to write, and already engrained in our culture. Having something bigger than ourselves bestowed upon us, getting to be the hero/heroine…isn’t that everyone’s secret desire?
There are a ton of characters, lots of magic, and room for interpretation
There’s magic, goddesses, sword fights, a dark version of Link (Dark Link aka Shadow Link), mystical creatures, and a quest. Besides, crazy, hilarious people fill Link’s hometown. Think the Shire, but more eclectic and elfin-like people instead of hobbits.
Netflix has succeeded a lot
An entertainment conglomerate like Netflix wouldn’t invest in something if they thought there was no potential. In fact, Netflix’s “why not?” attitude is how Orange is the New Black got created in the first place. OitNB was, and still is, a sensation thanks to its raunchy humor, wild, diverse cast, and incredible writing. Legend of Zelda, especially as a live action show, could give children’s television (and you know, adult television too) with some needed diversity in format and writing.
Reasons why we’re worried…
Netflix hasn’t done something like this before
This show isn’t the adult drama Netflix is known for. The description of the show is a “family friendly Game of Thrones“…not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Legend of Zelda. The fun of the game doesn’t come from political schisms within the palace. It’s about the adventure, like Lord of the Rings. At the same time, they have to keep the “family friendly” atmosphere they didn’t have in Orange is the New Black.
Video game films have a shaky history
The major problem that video game movies face is repetitive pacing. It works while you’re playing the game: you fight, then you get a break (a cut scene, or what have you), and then you get back to fighting again. When watching a show, you are lacking that interactive quality The most recent example I can think of is Prince of Persia, because, seriously, how many times can you lose a dagger, Dastan?! How many times?!!! I’ll confess though, I still liked the film.
There’s a lot of hope for this show, despite video game film’s blundering past. The Last of Us and Assassin’s Creed films show a lot of promise. After watching the “Let’s Plays” for both games, it’s not too hard to imagine how these two games got picked up to hit the big screens because they are strong on their own.
My Open Letter to Netflix
You could play it safe with the preexisting lore, but then what’s the point in watching the show when you can just play the game? Feel free to have some artistic liberty. Link doesn’t necessarily have to be a boy, and additionally, could easily be portrayed as essentially anyone of any age. Go crazy and flesh out Zelda as a person. A girl/young woman with mystical powers and a kingdom to rule basically writes itself. Also, since this is a game many adults and teens remember playing and still play to this day, keep in mind that the audience you are aiming at (young children) are not your only audience who will be watching.
So, Netflix, we’re handing you the controllers to a game franchise that we value dearly. Invoke the wisdom, courage, and power of the Triforce in your own quest for development. But most of all, please take good care of Hyrule.
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