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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

1. noun A film, TV show, or other media that exists within the same fictional universe as an existing franchise but acts as a new beginning point for it, typically intended to update or reinvigorate the characters, continuity, tone, or aesthetic of the work for modern audiences. While technically a sequel, "Jurassic World" is typically seen as more of a reboot to the original "Jurassic Park" movies. A: "Why are reboots so popular these days?" B: "Because studio execs don't want to put in the money or effort to create a new intellectual property that audiences aren't familiar with."
2. To create such a film, TV show, etc., that serves as a new and updated beginning point for an existing media franchise. This is the third time they've rebooted the Spider-Man movies. How many times are they going to just scrap the existing version and start over like that?

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 follows up an earlier installment in the series and features some of the same elements, but which also serves as a new beginning point for the franchise as a whole. It is often intended to update or reinvigorate certain aspects of the series, such as characters, tone, or aesthetic, for modern audiences. "Jurassic World" is usually seen as a successful soft reboot of the '90s "Jurassic Park" movies.
See also: reboot, soft