reboot

(redirected from a reboot)

soft reboot

1. The act of restarting a computer system without disconnecting its power source. Wait, don't unplug your computer just yet—try doing a soft reboot first.
2. A film, TV show, or other media franchise that exists within the same fictional universe as an earlier work or installment and features some of the same elements, but that is intended to reinvigorate or update the franchise by altering others, such as some of the actors or certain unpopular aspects (but not its continuity). Jurassic World is usually seen as a successful soft reboot of the '90s Jurassic Park movies.
See also: reboot, soft

hard reboot

1. The act of restarting a computer system by disconnecting and reconnecting its power source. Wait, don't unplug your computer just yet—only do a hard reboot if you have to.
2. A film, TV show, or other media franchise that is related to an earlier work or installment but is intended to reinvigorate or update the franchise by dramatically altering many elements of it, such as continuity, aesthetic, tone, and the cast of actors. Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins is usually seen as a hard reboot for the caped crusader.
See also: hard, reboot

reboot

A film, TV show, or other media franchise that exists within the same fictional universe as an earlier work or installment but that is intended to to reinvigorate or update the franchise by altering some or many of the elements, such as the cast of actors, continuity, tone, or aesthetic of the work. Jurassic World is usually seen as a successful reboot of the '90s Jurassic Park movies. A: "Why are reboots so popular these days?" B: "Because studio execs practically salivate at the thought of a movie that comes with a built-in audience."