Flashback~Forget About it-Friday

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?


5 responses

  1. Doesn’t bother me if it’s done well. But the examples you cite are not done well. An ’80s Dazed and Confused-ish thing might not be bad. But that trailer is horrible. The only thing that almost saves it is that they made the family car at the beginning look a little like the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Other than that, no. If they start remaking Hughes films, by the way, there will be violence.

  2. good question…i think Linklater did the best job of taking us back to a different time with Dazed and Confused…i’m not so sure that innocence can be captured today. Too much CGI. My cynicism is showing.

    i haven’t seen that video in forever…makes me want to go to the Grill for a cheeseburger, fries and feta, walk over to Wuxtry to find something really obscure, then head to the 40 Watt to get a $2 24-oz PBR. Pylon and Flat Duo Jets are still 2 of my favorites.

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