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Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by GOK, Nov 27, 2006.
1982 is a couple of years before 1981? Weird.
I think Carebear was referring to this:
Which was indeed a couple of years before '81.
NOW you're forgiven.
Aha, my cunning plan to get back in favour worked! Yay! lol
I have the DVD set, as advertised
on the Gold Monkey website. It's "ok"..
just old VHS recordings re-cut onto DVD.
The show, IMHO was excellent. Well...
When I was 12 it was spectacular! Historically
inaccurate, yes.... Hoaky, yes......
But most entertaining.
"Tales of the Gold Monkey" and
"Call to Glory" inspired my aviation
pursuits. And 4000+ hours of
flight-time in the 'ol log book later....
Let's hope the studio will introduce
all of our favorite shows [restored] onto DVD.
See You in the Clouds....
I had watched this show when I was a kid and enjoyed it so I picked up the DVD box set several years ago and found that I still really enjoyed it (except the pilot episode, which is bad). It's got some good humour in it for adults and it's just charming and harmless entertainment. I'd like to see Bring 'Em Back Alive again but that's not somethat that will ever make it to DVD (if someone knows differently, please let me know).
I loved the concept of Tales of the Gold Monkey. However, It’s execution was a little weak. Nonetheless, I have the box set and it’s a fun bit of fluff.
I still wonder why there are very few other modern examples of that genre around. Is it that there are just not that many people interested in pulp-fiction type adventure stories set in the 1930s in exotic locales? Is it viewed as un-PC these days? Saw something once that argued that “exotic” is a code word for cultural appropriation and racism. I disagree, but that is neither here nor there. Also there is the whole “you shouldn’t trivialize the evils of Nazism (or in this case Japanese Imperialism) by turning them into cardboard bad guys” thing. Maybe it is as simple as “baggy trousers and fedoras are out of style”. Has Indiana Jones become such a cliché that it has poisoned the well? I think Agent Carter might have been the last show that gave the genre a whirl.
Anyway, I’d very much like to see some current program take a stab at showcasing the STYLE of the 1930s and take place in a world that has not yet been domesticated, electronically networked, and made bland. And if you want to make the bad guys a little more nuanced that’s okay, but there should still be emphasis on the fact that “bad guys” actually did exist and they were actually trying to take over large parts of the globe during that distant day and age. Throw in some cool vintage transportation and a period soundtrack and I'd be over the moon.
In short: I would not be opposed to a 2020 relaunch of Tales of the Gold Monkey*. Make it a little less hokey and a little more historically accurate. Film it at actual South Pacific locations. Load it with star-power. Hire some decent writers. Throw some money at it. If only.
(*Settle down. It's just a fantasy.)
A reworking of "Terry and the Pirates" for contemporary audiences could go over big right now. Consider -- the original had nuanced ethnic characters, a really strong female lead in the Dragon Lady, who despite the lingering whiff of racial stereotyping, was a classic anti-hero before the term was invented. You had Japanese fascists/militarists versus heroic Chinese defending their country from invasion. And if you really wanted to bring it up to date, there's no reason why Terry Lee and Pat Ryan couldn't be women. And their sidekick Connie, too. I'd be fully on board with something like this. I'd even write it.
Maybe we could crowd fund it. I volunteer to be on your concept development team.
It would need to be a lot less hokey. I think the world today may be too complex for this kind of show unless they can do justice to the issues of race and culture and colonization and take a more nuanced Deadwood-style approach to it - which has gritty social comment propelled by energy and humour, along with a great writing.
But if it's just a half-baked Indiana Jones style production without it's own clear point of view, and if it doesn't work hard to make something intelligent of the material, it would be just too banal for today's audiences and would genuinely risk trivialising history and being offensive in all the wrong ways.