K, K…you know the drill by now. No explanation necessary for a post that reminisces over TV and / or film from a long lost youth. But in case you didn’t know the drill, it is just that: a post that reminisces over TV and film from my youth, specifically the 1980s and 90s.
OK? Oh K…what do you have in store for us today?
Let’s begin with a silver screen edition to the category. A story about coming of age, a tale of the underdog, a yarn that taught us life lessons…like how to wash a car.
The wax on / wax off training schedule of Daniel-san Larusso, under the watchful eye of his sensei, Mr. Miyagi, was the unorthodox regime that kids copied everywhere, thinking it made them an instant martial arts expert.
That, and standing on one leg with their arms in the air…
With an evil, rich-kid jerk to overthrow (literally), love interests (and accompanying power ballad in the sequel), humour and a lot of heart, Karate Kid epitomises 80s movies and still makes the grade thirty plus years later.
However, one show I watched that I’m not sure would fare as well these days, was The Kenny Everett Show.
Apparently, it was predominantly a music show, with a few comedy sketches thrown in. But all I remember is a bizarre man, dressed in drag, swinging his legs around, shouting, “All in the best pawsible taste!” I feel he was like an 80s Keith Lemon.
For whatever reason, I found him hilarious and frequently copied his signature move when sat on a chair. Beyond this, my memory of the show is hazy to say the least but perhaps it rivalled Top of the Pops, with the amount of big music acts it had appearing. Maybe you can tell me!
And finally, we shall end with my favourite K of the time, a double K in show title and major character.
Long before he squeezed into some tiny red shorts, David ‘the Hoff’ Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, the crime fighter that drove around in KITT, a high-tech, self-aware and almost indestructible car. Together, they were Knight Rider.
I obviously enjoyed the crime aspect, as this established itself as a favourite genre early on. But if I’m honest, it was really KITT that maintained my viewership. In a time when computers and robots were really coming into their own, I absorbed anything that seemed one step-closer to a sentient, artificial life-form (Terminator was yet enter my life and sway me the other way and distrust all AI.)
Plus, it made a very cool noise. Almost, maybe, as good as a lightsaber! 😉
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