Friday, June 19, 2009
Well, it’s not really an Arbitrary But Fun Friday, because there’s no “what’s your favorite Christopher Walken cameo” or “what’s your favorite Led Zeppelin time signature” question. It’s just arbitrary. But because mds fears, in comment 28 of this thread, that I have acquired a License to Slack, I know I have to put up something for the weekend. Even though Jamie’s school year ended on Wednesday, and he has no summer camp this year (the local Y graciously grandfathered him in for four years, allowing him to attend a camp whose age limit was 12), which—as you will see next week—affects my blogging-and-working schedule in predictable ways.
So, here is today’s arbitrary and yet world-historically important insight, gleaned from a largely pointless perusal of YouTube the other day. I have decided that Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D., the Nowhere Man of Yellow Submarine (voiced by Dick Emery), owes a great deal to the clown in the Twilight Zone episode “Five Characters in Search of an Exit” (played by Murray Matheson), a/k/a Pirandello-meets-Toy Story. Discuss.
Or talk about any other Twilight Zone episode you care to name. The series as a whole hasn’t aged very well, to be sure (and my goodness, what a lot of ham it contained! beginning with that Shatner fellow!), but it was kinda influential in some ways, after all, and a couple of the episodes (like “To Serve Man” and “It’s a Good Life") really are Classic in that pop-culture way. And I loved it when I was 12 or 13. (Hey, maybe I haven’t aged very well.) My own favorite: “The Arrival.” Why? Just because.