A new television series premiered on TBS this week. The hour-long show, which is called Glory Daze, chronicles college life in the mid-1980s. The plot revolves around four male members of the freshman class at fictional Hayes College. These guys are goofy, they do goofy things. Hollywood’s take on 1980’s goofy.
I didn’t watch the first episode of Glory Daze. Nothing I saw in the previews made me want to. And after taking a peek at this trailer, I know I made the correct decision.
I am assuming the target demographic for this series is Generation X. The aim? To make us feel all warm, fuzzy and nostalgic (maybe even goofy?) inside. We buy stuff when we feel that way, right?
I was in college in 1986, and it is going to take a lot more than a 1980’s, Animal House style, ripoff to make me feel wistful. And to be honest, I am a bit peeved that Hollywood seems obsessed with the idea of dragging me down memory lane. Remakes of The Karate Kid and The A-Team hit theaters this year. And lucky us, new cinematic versions of 21 Jump Street, The Smurfs, and Footloose are on the immediate horizon. Movie and television executives seem to think that people of a certain age want to be force-fed reminders of their youth. The truth is, we are still young enough to remember the real thing, and in almost every instance, it was noticeably better than their calculated re-creation.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to reminisce. And if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I will do so non-stop if given the chance. I just don’t appreciate the weak attempts to tickle my nostalgia bone. If you want to suck me in, offer me something akin to Freaks and Geeks. Anything short of that quality, I am going to turn my Generation X nose up at you.
Fortunately for me, my college experience, at least a big part of it, was caught on celluloid. I can’t imagine forgetting what that time was like, but if I do, I can always put this in my DVD player.
What do you think about Hollywood’s current preoccupation with all things 1980s?