Sunday, December 15, 2013
I have written at length about its many wonderful moments and life-lessons, one of which, however, I have not yet addressed and will do so now:
Shortly after Rudolph arrives on the Island of Misfit Toys, with his friends, Yukon Cornelius (the arctic prospector) and Herbie/Hermie (the elf who wants to be a dentist), he believes he must venture out on his own to fulfill his destiny. And he does so by breaking off a piece of land-ice, and using it as a drift-device to carry him on his way through the artic sea.
[I call his friend "Herbie/Hermie" because the name actually changes from the first half of the show to the second; it was a mishap in the production that has been documented by those associated with the special. But for the sake of this post, I will from here on in refer to him as "Hermie."]
As Rudolph drifts across the frigid waters, he wistfully bids farewell to his dear friends, saying, "Goodbye, Cornelius. I hope you find lots of tinsel. Goodbye, Hermie. Whatever a dentist is....I hope someday you will be...the greatest."
It is by far one of the most poignant moments in the entire special...and it says so much about Rudolph's touching and massive heart...leaving each of us, of course, with food for thought....especially what he says to Hermie:
Without understanding in the least anything about Hermie's intended profession, Rudolph only wants the best for his friend. Not only does Rudolph want Hermie to succeed...to find his joy...to find his bliss...but he wants Hermie to be the BEST at what he aspires to be.
It's such an inspiring moment...and a telling lesson for us all:
To be happy for others...to wish only the best for our friends and family members...to send only good thoughts for increase and happiness of every kind.
What a true mark of integrity...what a true sign of well-wishing...what a true and joyous way to live.
Thank you, again, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," for your continued insight, all the magic you bring to television year after year - and for being the perfect representation of just how wonderful a medium television has the power to be.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I just didn’t love it.
I always want to love anything that has to do with Star Trek - and or classic television in general.
And that’s just the way it is.
Not in Star Trek Into Darkness, that’s for sure.
Ultimately, this new Trek film is a pseudo remake of 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (thus far and most likely forever the best in the movie series), but without the heart and soul. The grit is there. The action/adventure is there (maybe too much so). The attempt to please original Trek fans is there but not much else.
Shortly before Into’s world premiere, it was announced that Abrams would be jumping (space) ship and now also be responsible for rebooting, of all things, the Star Wars franchise…Trek’s main competition. At first Abrams declined, but then, apparently, his wife convinced him otherwise. It soon was made known in the press that certain ownership issues with Trek merchandising was one of the reasons why Abrams would leave Trek for Wars.
And I'm not sure any potential new Trek producer will ever be able to please my portended vision of Trek. I’d love them to. But I just don’t know if that will ever come to be.
In looking back over the near fifty years of the franchise, all any true original Trek fan ever wanted was the original actors (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelly, etc.) back on TV in a new Star Trek TV series. No one asked for a feature film (the first being 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture), or any other TV Trek like a Next Generation, a Deep Space Nine, a Voyager, or (yikes!) an Enterprise. Those were all very nice sci-fi shows.
Abrams’ first Trek flick should have been the first new exploration of that historic five-year-mission, instead of over-doing the origin story as was presented.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
There’s a surreal quality circumventing The Brady Bunch that has transcended
television time and space.
Ok, but why? What is the near-miraculous appeal of this increasingly popular and ever-expanding media-family franchise that made superstar names of Florence Henderson (who played matriarch Carol Brady) and Robert Reed (father Mike Brady); the former child-actors-turned-icons Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), Susan Olson (Cindy), and ever-affable Ann B. Davis (as the lovable, wise-cracking housekeeper Alice)?
In a recent view of reruns of the original series (which is now broadcast, among other places, six times in succession on like The Hallmark Channel), I began to comprehend the core of its appeal – through adult, yet-child-like eyes.
Before I began to re-watch the show, I transported myself back in time, and thought, “What if I was more a child? What would I think if I saw The Brady Bunch through yesterday’s eyes?”
If I was a kid again and turned on the TV and was suddenly startled by a thin white line that streamed across the monitor, have it subsequently transform into a visual of an extremely welcoming woman with a pretty smile, only to have three similarly-facial clad young lasses appear to the left of the screen; followed on the other side of the screen by a pleasantly-handsome man and his three charming young sons…all of it happening as a bouncingly happy music with story-telling lyrics played in the background…I’d be hooked from the get-go. I would have been mesmerized
It would be like watching a living cartoon…in the most beautiful, surreal way.
What more could any child want? What more could any adult want then to view life through a kaleidoscope of loving-kindness that resolved all conflict?
But me? I always outright loved it, for all the world to see.
Years later, A Very Brady Christmas (with a new Cindy, portrayed by Jennifer Runyon) became the highest-rated TV-movie of 1988, which inspired the thirtysomething-esque, more dramatic-oriented The Bradys weekly series (with Susan Olsen back as Cindy; but with Marcia now played by Leah Ayres) from early 1990…and so forth and so on into Brady-infinity.
Again, there was something surreal about it all…and there always will be.
Thank the Brady gods.
Monday, May 06, 2013
2] If at all, possible, any living member of the original cast or production team of the original series or conceived project should somehow be involved
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lucie Arnaz is a dynamic combination of talent, personality, intelligence, humor, and demure that is rarely found in the world of entertainment. The daughter of industry legends Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, Ms. Arnaz could easily have easily played upon her famous heritage. But her iconic parents, whose contributions to the industry remain enormous, guided their daughter (and son Desi Arnaz, Jr.) with a gentle hand and a sophisticated elegance. Raised in prestige and wealth, Lucie Arnaz could have easily adapted to the usual high-rollers game of arrogance and pomposity; inaccessibility and avoidance. Instead, and by way of her parents’ best virtues, she’s opted from the word go to live her life with grace and kindness; discretion, integrity and humanity.
Monday, January 28, 2013
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