Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

On one episode of the A-Team, Face has gone missing, and the others are looking for him in a small-ish, rural community. Finally, one of the locals tells them that he saw a guy matching Face’s description get picked up by a woman in a Corvette – and they headed to a motel. The others quickly find the motel and said Corvette, which has the personalized license plate of “Koochie”.

“Koochie?” BA scoffs. “Something tells me she ain’t no PhD.”

(Quite possibly BA’s best line of the series. 😀 )

The TV show “Benson” was a situation comedy about a governor and his somewhat quirky staff.

In one of the more serious episodes, the group – as part of the government leadership – was tasked to participate in a drill in which it was simulated that there had been a nuclear attack. They were in the basement/shelter listening to the “news report” on the radio describing the devastation. Even though the report was fake, just part of the drill, between the somber note in the reporter’s voice and the sirens constantly wailing in the background, the whole scene began to overwhelm the group with its badness. Finally the governor turned off the radio and the group decided to go outside and just enjoy the calm night under the stars.

I think about this episode sometimes when I start to get overwhelmed, especially by some gloom-and-doom prediction I’ve heard on the news. Yes, someday things might be bad – truly, some days *will* be worse than others – but I’ll deal with those when the time comes. Until then I’ll try to keep some perspective, and not miss out on the good things in the present.

A plot in an episode of Friends involved Phoebe finding out how some classic movies really ended. It seems that when she watched them as a child, her mom would turn the TV off before something bad happened. In re-watching the films, Phoebe is devastated by the real endings, and she lists among the badness she has discovered that “Rocky loses.”

However, in the context of that film, I don’t think Rocky’s loss was such a bad thing. I mean, from the start, he didn’t think he could beat that other boxer; he just wanted to go 15 rounds with him, which he did. So what if he wasn’t deemed the winner by the event’s judges? He did all he could, and he accomplished what he wanted. Sounds like success to me!

When I think of “tv shows I liked better when I was younger,” two immediately come to mind:

1) Beauty and the Beast – when I first watched this show I thought it was OH-so-romantic. Now, I don’t really feel the need to watch it again.

2) Knight Rider – I admit it: I was crazy about this show as a kid. (I’m pretty sure the bulk of my fascination was with the talking car.) Looking back, it was really a pretty generic offering… with an increasingly conceited star.

So there you are. Two shows that I’m pretty much “over.”

But to be fair, if I did watch them again, I just might rediscover their appeal. (Maybe.)