The new ‘A League of Their Own’ is nothing like the original — here’s why it’s a rare reboot worth watching

Almost as long as it has existed, America has claimed to like the underdog. This presumably has something to do with a group of scrappy revolutionaries who crossed the ocean and then built an empire in order to build the country. We’re used to supporting Davis over Goliath; the Jay Gatsby-esque self-made riches trajectory is inherent in our national identity, and we call it the American Dream.But despite all the gestures, America never really cared real Losers – those who can’t vote for years, can’t open a bank account, can’t drink from the same fountain as everyone else, or publicly express their love for their significant other without fear of contempt or violence. In fact, it did (and will continue to) do everything in its power to suppress these people.

Maybe that’s why Amazon their own alliance The reboot feels long overdue. The 1992 original is a classic—to this day, you can walk down the street and yell “no cry in baseball” to strangers, and they’ll likely get a reference. In general, we don’t think a successful remake of an iconic film like these is possible; it’s impossible for a new version to match the original. But while the Penny Marshall film about a member of the WWII-era All-American Women’s Major League Baseball is undeniably great — arguably as great as it could have been, while still being allowed to see the light of day unleashed in that era — it’s not beyond reproach.It’s a touching story about a group of people with different personalities, but it’s also worth noting who we are do not Look. Rockford peaches are overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly straight. The only black woman we see in a single, brief scene deftly throws the ball from the stands back to the playing field before nodding to Geena Davis’ Dotty, meant to remind us , yes, black female golfers exist, and, no, they’re not allowed to play. Even though a sizable percentage of female professional athletes have historically been queer, even the coolest peaches end up pairing up with men. (Maybelle Blair, a real-life AAGPBL player who recently came out at 95, estimates that two-thirds of women in the league are members of the LGBTQ+ community.)

However, Prime Video reboots – an eight-episode series written, produced and starring Broad CityThe Abbi Jacobson – intentionally bears little resemblance to the original. It features a brand new set of characters and a brand new story, and inclusivity is the name of the game. Of course, there are similarities and allusions to the original. At one point, a character says “there’s no crying in baseball,” a former MLB star serving as the absent manager of the Rockford Peaches (though unlike Tom Hanks’ character Jimmy Duggan, Nick Offerman’s Dove Potter only lasts) for three episodes before finally giving up the team and handing over the reins entirely to Jacobson’s Carson Shaw), with a cameo appearance by Rossio’s Donnell.There are also some neat nods to other iconic baseball movies; at one point, it feels like a spiky Dream Harbor Reference, two characters arguing over whether to “have a catch” or “play catch”. But beyond that, the series began to do things its predecessor couldn’t by focusing primarily on queer and BIPOC characters.

Shaw (Jacobson), the team’s catcher/manager, falls in love with her teammate Greta (Darcy Caden) and explores her sexuality while her husband is out. On the other side is Max (Chanté Adams), a talented black pitcher who gets the pitch for the team. (Of course, she’s not even allowed try out Playing for the Peaches, let alone playing for them, so she spends a lot of time trying to convince the all-male Recreation League team of local factory workers to let her join them. ) Outside of baseball, she forms a bond with Uncle Bertie, a trans man who is shunned by his family for daring to be who he is, and begins experimenting with his own gender expression. While black women are still banned from the AAGPBL, these Rockford Peaches are more diverse — with two Latino players, a Jewish outfielder (played by the hilarious Kate Berlant who steals every scene she’s in) and Several other lesbians who lived in the ’40s got as close to public as possible without getting kicked out of the league.

The show goes to great lengths to address the racism, homophobia, and of course sexism these women encounter every day, and in many ways it feels like a welcome course correction from the original. The show is realistic and avoids any fancy wish fulfillment, for example, in the Disney version, Max will be accepted as she is a very skilled pitcher, rather than being relegated to touring with the Harlem Globetrotter-esque exhibition team Acting as a novelty. The show goes to great lengths to highlight the existence and importance of underground queer spaces, such as O’Donnell’s Vie-owned gay bar or the party Bertie and his partner throw, but they don’t whitewash the fact that it’s dangerous to let them attend so often people. (In one memorable scene, the bar is raided by police, and the Peaches’ star hitter Joe is arrested and promptly traded to another team.) their own alliance Recognize that losers don’t always walk away with wins.

Of course, that’s not to say the original didn’t understand this to a certain extent either. Fans have spent decades debating whether Peaches’ infamous loss at the end of the film was the result of Dottie conceding the ball or letting the ball deliberately allow her sister Kitt to win the game. It’s a bittersweet moment, and no matter which camp you fall into, it’s clear that Kit wants it more than Dottie, who eventually decides to give up her career as a player and become a housewife. The Amazon Collection revolutionizes this element. Carson considered leaving her husband for Greta, and eventually told him she fully intended to return for her second season in the league. While the film’s climax does have the women attacking each other, with the two sisters bumping into each other on a plate, there’s a pivotal moment in the show’s final episode (we won’t reveal any details here) involving women on opposing teams united by each other— — This is something we rarely see on screen.All this makes their own alliance A rare reboot that’s actually worth a look; it dares to differ from the source material in almost every way, offering an inclusive update to an enduring classic, real A loser’s story.

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