I'm goin to get a little phiisophical thistoday and pose an question. Which is it the we love more, the shows themselves or the reminders of the era in which we saw them. To begin with, let's admit that (depite it's many shortcoming's) this time in society is a great time to be a fan of classic TV. I mean, we can go to our local Target or tap a couple keys on Amazon and get pristine (hopefully) full season sets or most of our favorite shows. It sounds like it would have been seen as perfection as recently as 25 years ago. So what is their possible to really complain about?
Sometimes I get to thinking is it actaully the shows I'm sho so jazzed up about as much as the memories and time they take me back to when I first saw them. To illustrate, I had the choice to watch my favorite Hogan's Heroes epsiode on a 16mm print or my perfect DVD copy of Season1. Which did I chose? I didn't have to even think about it. It was the 16mm all the way. Now compared to my DVD set, it was grainy, the coler was red, there was sometimes a drop in sound. And there sat my high quality DVD sat right on the table next to me. What the heck was wrong with me? Sure, the DVD copy was far superior in quality. No sound drops. Bright colors. But I just didn'y enjoy it as much. Same epsiode on both so what exactly is my problem? What did the 16mm subpar copy have that my "perfect" copy didn't? Plenty. Original bumpers and commercials. The sponsers product on the lower left ending theme screen. It just had a different feel. "The right feel." I thought, "This is the way is was." It made me remember a whole lot about my life that the DVD copy didn't. It's kind of abstract, but it was the feeling I was looking for when I bought the DVD set. This is REAL nostalgia
Now this an example that I have taken a little bit of poetic licenense with. It didn't happen exactly this way, but it has happened to me quite a few times. So now the philosophy. I think for me, it's not so much the shows (although I love em) as the nostalgic experience they give me overall. Think about it, 35 years, I left the room to get a snack during commercials. Today, I'd be glued to the TV if my favorite program was running with original ads.I din't care about the local ads or t"une in next week" stuff. Today, if you are fortunate enough to have access to these, it makes for a great experience. It takes you back to period of your life that the shows can fully not if they stand alone.
Think about the following long gone MO, You know it well. Your favorite TV is on in the afternoon. You never miss it. You have been waiting for your very favorite episode to appear in the cyle. You have seen it so many times you know the episode before it so you are clued in when it's coming. The local TV Guide comes in the mail and your scour that time period hoping that this might be the week. You read the premises of this week shows and determine that these plots make your show at least half a season away yet. Disappointment sets in. Hey, here's a consulation, your fav episode from your next favorite series IS running this week. Oh, well. Not a total loss
Today I just pull it off my shelve and watch it. 30 seconds and it's ready.
Which would you prefer? I know my answer