The Plugged In Show, Episode 108: The Sequels Strike Back … Again. Plus: Hawkeye!

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LISTEN TO THE PLUGGED IN SHOW, EPISODE 108

Quick quiz: Of the five movies that have earned the most money this year, how many are sequels, reboots or franchise add-ons?

Answer: All of them. Expand the list to the year’s top 20 movies, and 17 fit the bill. From James Bond (No Time to Die) to the Ghostbusters (Afterlife), from classic musicals (West Side Story) to slapstick comedies (Home Sweet Home Alone), the entertainment world loves nothing better than a known property—something audiences loved before and, presumably, will love again. (And don’t even get me started on movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe—the 27th of which releases this weekend.)

So why does Hollywood love these old familiar properties? Why do we? And what, as parents, do we need to be especially aware of when it comes to these things?

And, since we’re talking about sequels (of sorts), we’ll unpack Hawkeye, the newest Marvel TV show on Disney+, wherein the hero may be getting a human sequel of his own (in the form of young Kate Bishop).

So string your bows, notch your arrows and shoot to join us! And hop into our conversation on Facebook and Instagram. (You can send us an email at [email protected], too.)

And check out links to everything we talked about below.

Additional Resources:

Focus on the Family: How to Develop Media Intelligence in Your Home

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.