Posts Tagged ‘90’s’

“Your memories of something are pretty much always better than the thing actually is in real life”. I know it’s a broad sweeping statement without any form of reference or peer review, but that doesn’t make the advice any less relevant or meaningful, like those sugar packets at coffee shops.  (Plus I added quotation marks so it seems more legit and memorable)

You see it has happened to me on more than one occasion, where I have a fond memory of a particular show, movie or game and have then managed to get a copy of said fondly-remembered audio visual “masterpiece” only to find that my memory of it far exceeds what I am actually witnessing at present.

Usually the graphics are crappy, the story telling is clichéd and don’t even get me started on the fashion and hairdos (I pray the 80’s be removed from all historic consciousness). The strange thing is that at the time you never watched and said “Wow look how terrible the special effects are!” Before CGI and animatronics we believed that puppets and claymation was the coolest thing ever.

But advances in technology aside, even the story writing back then was terrible, but I don’t remember it as such. As the fastidious and studious blogger that I am, I base this entire article and mini rant on only one TV show from my childhood that I happened to see again. (Hey, it’s not a doctoral thesis or anything).

So I might be showing my age here, but I used to love Ninja Turtles and I don’t mean the resurgence that occurred in the 2000’s I’m talking in like the early 90’s – the land of Bowl-Cut middle path hairstyles, Jim Carrey and snap bangles. Anyway, I was a fan and although I was only about 8 I thought the story telling was quite well thought out. That was until recently when I happened to see an episode of my beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on one of those channels too cheap and lazy to have any shows more recent than1995.

The episode was messy and all over the place and it took the deepest sense of nostalgic forgiveness to get through it, but the final scene was so horrific I have to share it with you. Now I have to assume that most of you are familiar with the characters involved. The four masked ninja turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, Splinter their Sensei (an ninja rat) and April O’Neil the local news reporter.

Well at the end of the episode to wrap up the events of the day, April is delivering the Action News Report and summarily says “The day was saved, thanks to a special masked stranger”. At which point the four masked turtles begin to argue about who April is referring to. This goes on for about 60 seconds or so before April (still on TV) says “Actually I was talking about Splinter” and everyone laughs. Except for me!!!

So wait, let me get this straight. For 60 seconds on a National TV station, the reporter was standing in front of the still-rolling camera, silent, then knew that the turtles were arguing about who she was referring to and then she responds to the world at large saying she was talking about Splinter (leaving the rest of the viewers of this “news” report going “What the hell is a Splinter?”  Worst of all Splinter doesn’t even wear a mask!

It was at that moment that my world changed. I realised that I was one DUMB kid.

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