Yesterday on Facebook I saw someone say something along the lines of “Democrats try to hurry change, Republicans stand in the way, but things change at their own pace.”
No; things change because people change them. Just to pick an example: men would never have gotten together on their own and said “hey, let’s give women the right to vote.” Behind every major social change there are brave, hard-working people willing to push.
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An occupational hazard with watching these old movies is that sometimes the world has moved on so far that the very premise seems wrong. Of course, it was a very different world in 1963, what with the George Wallacing, the whites-only hotels, iconic MLK speeches, and a Presidential assassination. The Beatles released their first album and Sylvia Plath committed suicide. (The two events are presumably unrelated.)
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I didn’t watch the debate on Monday. Instead I watched the final Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode from their Comedy Central run: Laserblast. It’s a Charles Band film and cheerfully entertaining in its own right, and then MST3K ended the series (they thought) with an elaborately staged spoof of Kubrick’s 2001. Actually, the episode is online. Just take ninety minutes and watch the whole thing.
Might as well; the rest of this post is about politics.
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With Carry On Cruising, we are six-deep in the Carry On series. That’s roughly 20% of the way through. Nevertheless, we’re recycling the “band of misfits” plot for the fourth time.
Captain Crowther (Sid James) has been captain of the Happy Wanderer cruise ship for ten years. He’s hoping to move on to a large transatlantic ship, but this voyage he discovers several of his key crew members have been replaced with five newcomers. He’s worried they will botch things up, thus preventing him from getting the appointment to the new cruise ship. They do bungle things, but by the end of the movie they’ve learned how to work together. That’s pretty much the same setup as Sergeant, Teacher, and Constable.
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A lot of folks are out of work. Bert Handy (
Sam Vimes Sid James) starts up an odd-job agency called “Helping Hands.” The premise provides quite a bit of variety in setting at the expense of narrative structure — the cast circulate through a series of odd jobs, culminating at the end with an all-cast home-repair-themed extravaganza.
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I said last time that I was looking forward to Sid James but I want to open by talking about the other Kenneth. Prior to Carry On, Kenneth Connor replaced Peter Sellers on the radio show Ray’s a Laugh and understudied him on The Goon Show, so he had an excellent comedic heritage coming into the Carry On. Connor’s appearances bookend the series, showing up in the first seven films, then seven of the last eight. (Since Carry On Columbus was shot fourteen years after the penultimate film, Carry On Emmannuelle, it seems unfair to hold that against him.)
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So when Guardians of the Galaxy came out, I wanted to get a Groot action figure. But they wouldn’t sell you a large one. That would be too easy. Instead, a part of him came with every other action figure in the set. So to have a complete Groot, you had to buy all of the rest.
A month or so ago I saw the new Ghostbusters figures in a toy store. Each came with a part of the “Rowan” ghost.
Then today I was reminded of this classic MST3K invention:
I hate it when comedy routines become reality.