Saturday, October 3, 2009
I saw something very disturbing on television last night, and it wasn't Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.
Lee Majors, the Six Million Dollar Man, is hocking bionic hearing aids.
Aside from the fact that this is cheesily called the “Bionic Hearing Aid”, I've got no issue with Mr. Majors trying to make a buck. Plenty of older celebrities have been on TV, lending their name to stuff. Go for it. That's not the disturbing part.
I think the source of the weirdness is:
1) Majors is sitting in a chair, looking sort of uncomfortably propped up. But he's not paralyzed, just frail.
2) This makes me think of childhood heroes, and fondly remember him as Steve Austin.
3) Then I realize how old he must be (70 years old according to IMDB), which makes me feel ancient for even remembering The Six Million Dollar Man.
A bit of a mortality wake up call.
About a year ago, we picked up some of the old Six Million Dollar Man episodes on Amazon.co.uk. Apparently there was a moratorium on selling them here in the USA – I heard this was because Hollywood was in talks to make a movie. I don't know how true that is, but I can't wait to see what a travesty that'll be. I also heard Jim Carrey wanted to do it. There's not enough words to describe how horrendous that is.
Anyway, hubby and I thought the episodes were still pretty good. My daughter, not so much. For us, I'm sure part of the enjoyment comes from our childhood memories. Steve Austin was part American James Bond, part athlete, part superhero.
Heh. Makes me wonder if my daughter will feel the same way in 30 years, when she reminisces about Buffy The Vampire Slayer with her own children.