Maggie and the Ferocious Beast was a co-favourite show of my childhood. I loved Maggie and her adventurous spirit. I loved Beast, who while ferocious looking, is so fragile and sensitive. I loved Hamilton (although not at first, he is so fastidious, it took some time to warm up to him). I loved so much about the show that I struggled over how to change it or reimagine it. I think, for me, I would like the show to be a little more direct and just tell us that it’s all about Maggie and the Ferocious Revolution.
The very same goes with Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. Maggie has multiple siblings and cousins, all younger than her and obviously all getting more attention than her. To Maggie, her young life is in turmoil and she copes by escaping to the world (the often fantastical and entertaining world) of Beast and Hamilton. I would have the show say that Maggie is living in times of massive change, there is a revolution turning everything upside down in her life. And that her Comrades, Beast and Hamilton, are helping her manoeuvre the troubling waters of revolution and growing up. I think this would give kids a fairer view of change than the toxic views older generations give them, and a fairer view of revolution than the idealistic ones movies or videogames give them.
I think Maggie could become a Che and inspire girls all over the world with her self-belief that, like her, they can get through anything.