|Binro the Heretic - 2017-06-10 |
Goodbye, Mr. West.
|Maggot Brain - 2017-06-10 |
|Bort - 2017-06-11 |
Sad to see Adam West go, but he also lived a long time. And, I'm glad he lived long enough to be vindicated, I think.
By "vindicated" I mean this. It used to be that a guy would star in a show, he'd be typecast and his career would tank, and he would be remembered as joke fodder if he was remembered at all. That was Adam West for a long time. But thanks to the Internet more than anything, old stars today can remain in close contact with the public, establish a rapport with their fans, and become genuinely beloved by the public. George Takei is perhaps the best example of this: from a joke where he'd appear on "Malcolm in the Middle" as a washed-up star desperate for any work at all, to one of our favorite LGBT icons. It really did get better for him, in ways that would have seemed impossible to that boy in an internment camp, or that closeted actor in Hollywood.
Adam West as well. Yes his career did take an unlikely direction where he'd play fictional versions of himself, but beyond that, I think the affection for him turned from ironic to genuine. That maybe didn't make him any richer, but maybe it made the joke years worth it after all. His choices and efforts were at last vindicated.
Two Jar Slave
Adam West lived long enough to see his silly show be loved by four generations of fans. That's more than most people get.
And Val Kilmer was, I think, probably a very good Batman in a very bad movie. Iceman just didn't get a fair shot.
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