In 1995 I made a decision to forgo a night of watching whatever was on “normal” TV, and instead found myself deliriously delighted with a period piece I found on PBS (not a station anyone I knew was watching – aside from my Granny). Always a fan of fashion, British accents, and people who were clever with their wordsmithing, I fell in love with the short TV series that I quite soon forgot the name of.
Of course, years later I saw that I had saved the cover of the TV Guide (thoughtlessly ripped on one edge and grossly faded, but dutifully preserved in a plastic sheath) from the week the series “The Buccaneers” premiered. (I had several binders for things like “Fashion”, “Hair Inspirations”, “My Personal Drawings”, “Interior Design Ideas”. )
I’d yet again forgotten about “The Buccaneers” until I was doing some of that Netflix wandering I’m so prone to doing (I really and abso-truly miss wandering idly down the rows of Blockbuster without a specific agenda or movie in mind) and came across of the familiar movie poster. I would have requested it immediately but it’s on the “Netflix Instant Watch” feature, so instant-watch I have! (Well, three of the five parts, so far.)
This is one of the times where I must raise a glass of – well, right now I’m drinking Peach-flavored sparkling water by Fruition – to the wonderful things that have come because of The Internet. I’m constantly able to rediscover things I’ve lost (and I sometimes half-seriously chide my Mother for not keeping detailed lists of everything I saw and had in childhood because I’m sad when I can’t remember what a certain cartoon was). The Internet is full of retro sites, and with good reason. We’re nostalgic. We like records of things, and especially when it comes to reliving the things that made us happy as children. The fact that Netflix also has “The Jetsons Movie” is icing on this guilt-free cake of goodness. (Youtube has lots of great stuff, including many memorable retro mickey cartoons online.)
P.S. Two of the main actresses from “The Buccaneers” (Carla Gugino and Rya Kihlstedt) were both in the 2009 movie “Women in Trouble“. The movie also has two Friday Night Lights actresses (Connie Britton and Adrianne Palicki)!
P.S.S. Another great thing about the Net is bringing people of common interest together. Such as fans of period movies, or of certain novelists, or even movies where Mira Sorvino is ridiculous. And I think that the ability to bond with others who like the things you like, helps give you confidence. And that goes for things you liked in the past, or things you like in the present. Maybe I’m just more okay with embracing new things, but talking to people via twitter and blogging I’ve come to watch and read things I otherwise might have never considered (“You want me to watch a show about pirates in freakin’ outer space? Pass!” Cut to: “Omg, I LOVE Firefly!”.