Bad To the Future
Okay. I think this time
may have come and gone for the most part, but it's still
hanging around a bit and I'm sure that there are a lot of
people who continue to think this way, but...
It seems cool to make fun of past stuff. Specifically
these days, the eighties. Yes, the 80s had some what we
would think of as funky, stupid, and crazy stuff to it.
But why is it overly necessary to make fun of it in
commercials and things?
Do you know what I'm talking about?
You know, something interesting in a recent commercial (I
think it's a car commercial) the two chicks are talking
about the reunion they're at and one chick is trying to
one up the other or something. Then, the lesser chick
ends up with a better car, but the better chick went to
the prom with the cool guy, and then we see Buff Johnson
(funny name) with a mullet and some old 70s car with an
80s radio sitting on the hood... Now, this is apparenly
supposed to be a ten year reunion today, putting them in
class of 91/92. Does seeing this commercial make you
think of some 70s or 80s character that the guys is
supposed to be, rather than a character of the 90s,
albeit early? I just imagine 70s/80s when I see the guy.
I haven't seen much of it, but I wish they would just
cancel That 80s Show. It's doing what That
70s Show doesn't and what it shouldn't be doing.
Making fun of it's own "subject." It's not
funny. Maybe a little humorous the first couple of jokes
they made in the first episode... as jokes... But, no
more. Yes, the show apparently has some sort of
"story" but you can't deny that they love to
make those 80s "jokes." They should call it Those
80s Jokes, instead.
Now, I'm not trying to be some guardian and protector of
the 80s. But, so many joking references are just tiresome
and unfunny. Are the things from the 80s really that wild
and wacky? We made fun of Hammer Pants about two years
after he wore them.
I think the public is becoming more dumbed rather than
intellectualized as time goes by. Movies and television
so much rely on the obvious intelligent-lacking humor of
shows in the past. Why bother with a Jack Benny look, the
dry martini of Hawkeye Pierce, or the down-to-earth,
true-to-life family threatening of Cliff Huxtable, when
you can just setup a joke like:
Alice: So, how did the competitive board game with Sue
Bob: She beat me.
Alice: Ah, she won the game, huh?
Bob: No, she punched me in the nose.
Granted, Three's Company, one of my favorite
shows is based on the simple premise of misunderstandings
and has these sorts of setup jokes. But, it never
pretended to be anything other than that which worked. It
was just slapstick, wacky schemes, and misunderstandings.
No storyline to keep up with. Each episode was different.
You didn't have to remember any who is with whom and
knows about who... And, there was never a "very
special episode," except the last one, and that's
Anyway. I admit, I like a lot of shows that do the crappy
stuff. But there just don't seem to be the intelligence
"Whazzuuuuuuu?!" said Bullwinkle the Moose.
That's a whole other story...