Viewing the show as you get older

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Re: Viewing the show as you get older

Post by marklungo » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:34 am

First, this is a really cool topic with a lot of thought-provoking writing. I'm sorry I didn't read it three years ago when it was new.

So why am I responding to it after so much time has passed? Because of this passage.
Betaruga wrote:I still don't quite get what "Down these means skies. A kat must fly" means tho. Dunno if I’m missing a comma or am just missing a reference all together, or what. I never really grasped that one. It sounds poetic but awkward xD Or I'm 20 years slow. Help, anybody?
I know there's every chance that Betaruga has learned the answer by now, but just in case...

Raymond Chandler was a legendary novelist and screenwriter who is best remembered for creating Phillip Marlowe, a famous private detective character whose stories codified many of the "private eye" tropes that remain familiar today. Chandler also wrote "The Simple Art of Murder", a well-known essay about detective fiction that is the source of the quote that T-Bone paraphrases. You can read the entire article here, but here's an excerpt from the relevant paragraph:
In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.
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Re: Viewing the show as you get older

Post by Ty-Chou » Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:10 pm

Thanks for sharing with us, Mark. I had a feeling T-Bone was paraphrasing something, but I didn't know what it was. Very interesting! Though I personally never found T-Bone's statement confusing. I knew what he was saying, even as a kid.

The previous Swat Kast on the Ghost Pilot episode make me think about one aspect of the show that irritated me both as a kid and now as an adult for different reasons: Callie writing Manx's speech.

As a kid, I was irritated at Manx for being lazy and making Callie write his speeches for him. As an adult, I am still irritated that Callie is writing Manx's speeches, but there's one of that irritation directed at Manx. It is very common for politicians to have someone else write their speeches. People who's education and specialty is writing exactly that. No one thinks any less of politicians who have professionals draft the speech for them.

As an adult, what irritated me was that Callie was writing the speech. She could go hire one of these professionals to do it for her, but she's choosing to do it herself. So I don't... really feel that bad for her.

As a kid, we don't really think much about the jobs of politicians and what is and isn't their responsibilities. It's still fun to watch something from my childhood and, as an adult, suddenly have that "wait a minute!" moment where you see things from a new perspective.
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Re: Viewing the show as you get older

Post by Darker » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:29 pm

Hmm, I somehow missed this one... Oh well, it's never late for me to speak my mind (btw am I the only one who thinks that saying has never made sense).

Seeing how I never managed to watch SWAT Kats when I was younger (I don't think it was even dubbed here, and if it was I completely missed it) and only knew about it for a while before finally watching it a few years back... Frankly, I don't think much would've changed, so I guess I've always been very accepting of things (I don't want to call myself smart because if there's one thing I'm not is smug, or at least not intentionally xD). Even when I was young, I couldn't bring myself to hate guys like JJJ from Spidey's shows and comics, or General Ross from Hulk's shows and comics. They were grumpy and despicable but I could understand why they did what they did, and I only understood them even more as I grew up... Granted, they still did stuff I thoroughly dislike to this day... But their SWAT Kats' counterpart (if you will), Commander Feral, never went far enough that I would say his actions were badly thought out, I think he's the tamest of the three characters I've brought up by a good margin, because he's still willing to thank the SWAT Kats and isn't hell-bent on bringing them down 24/7 like the law with so many superheroes.

But yeah, in the fashion of Walt Disney's popular line ("You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."), I think I would've loved the SWAT Kats show back then just as much as I love it now. It's up there as one of the best shows featuring anthropomorphic animals, imo. And that opinion has not changed yet.
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