How can I forget?

Ahh, childhood. It’s amazing how vivid my memories are when I think of the TV shows, movies and music from those long-gone days.

I remember the stories of bungling spy Maxwell Smart, bionic woman Jamie Sommers, incredible hulk David Banner, and Knight Rider and his car KITT. There were the adventures of Indiana Jones and Sarah Connors, and the slasher flicks like “Prom Night.” And who can forget the cartoons: the Chipmunks, Horton Hears a Who and Speed Racer too.

I remember the popular TV shows, like “90210,” and the ones where celebrities would perform circus acts or test their mettle playing “Password” and “Family Feud.” And how about those average Joes who would take on the “American Gladiators”?

And who could forget the cheesy pop music of the era: Abba, then “Xanadu;” Duran Duran, then New Kids on the Block and — wait a minute…

Shit. This isn’t my childhood I’m remembering. It’s THIS FRICKIN’ YEAR! All this crap is back like a bad dream. I mean, didn’t most of this shit suck the first time around?

Don’t be surprised if in 10 or 20 years, we’re forced to endure “Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter’: The Musical,” “Cloner Wants A Wife,” “Son Of The Zohan,” “Cavemen: The Evolution” and the Jonas Brothers’ “mature” comeback single “(Everything I Needed In Life) I Learned At Camp Rock.”

How did it get to the point where just about all of our entertainment is either a sequel, a remake, a reboot or a reunion? The Terminator should have come from the future to warn us about this.


4 Responses to “How can I forget?”

  1. We get sequels and remakes because Hollywood doesn’t have to think to get those made and make money on them from boomers trying to reclaim their lost youth.

    And, yeah, all that crap left me cold first time around. I’m waiting for the movie version of “Manimal”.

  2. Milwaukee Fred Says:

    Think of the possibilties: Laverne and Shirley, now a couple of old chicks, move to California and finally get married. Independent film, probably.

  3. Amen. Originality is dead. How else can you explain the nauseating plethora of “reality” TV shows that have descended upon us like the plague in recent years.
    Hey, you don’t need to be smarter than a 5th grader to get on TV these days.
    So they might as well rehash all the old faves. . .can’t wait for ALF’s triumphant return to prime time.

  4. 45vinyljunkie Says:

    Originality is dead for two reasons. First, it’s a lot cheaper to just copy some formula that has proven so successful in the past; and two, I think many in our society will spend every last cent they have to relive their youth, which explains why Lynyrd Skynyrd, such as it is, still tours and can charge — and get — $40 a ticket. I’m still expecting to see the day when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr grab a couple of has-been guitarists (I believe Peter Frampton and Steve Miller are available), call themselves the Beatles again, and charge $150 a ticket to play to sell-out crowds in 50,000-seat stadiums.

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