What’s past is prologue

Posted: 29 October 2010 in film, life, music, television

More and more society is looking to the past for heroes and enjoyment. After the return of icons such as Indiana Jones and John McClane in recent years it’s been a series of reunions, comebacks and returns over the last week.

Reunions: The entire cast of “The Sound of Music” was reunited after 45 years on Oprah’s show in the US. Christopher Plummer has been accused of being a miserable sod over the legacy of the film, but look at it from his point of view. It’s one film in an august career that has encompassed Shakespeare, Terry Gilliam, Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek. When he goes to his grave he’s going to be remembered for a single project from 1965 and not all the great Shakespearian roles he tackled. He’s not down on the film, he simply puts it into perspective from the view of being an actor. He enjoys its reputation and appeal but doesn’t subscribe the OTT aspects associated with it. Fancy dress, sing alongs, etc.

Comebacks: For the first time since 1995 the original Take That lineup is about to go on tour, and has managed to crash the internet in the process as the fans clamer for tickets. Does Robbie Williams need Take That more than they need him? Who knows? Who cares? They’re back, they’re going to be performing. If it’s not your cuppa tea then don’t stress about it. Watch something on the telly or a DVD.

Returns: After 37 years Jo Grant, erstwhile and clumsy companion to Jon Pertwee’s 3rd Doctor appeared in the televisual “Doctor Who” universe. In “The Sarah Jane Adventures” she met Sarah Jane Smith for the first time and together they met Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor for the first time. A lovely romp in nostalgia that was a tad thin on story but loaded with love, affection and flashbacks to celebrate the near 47 year history of the main series. And a beautiful coda that referenced and paid homage to many of the Doctor’s Earth-based companions.

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