Talking Bout My Generation-Hollywood gone over the line?

Day 136


It’s to the point in my life when my generation has become a selling point for Hollywood. Every generation goes through it, but yesterday I knew it was our time. Watching the previews before the latest Star Trek movie, I was bewildered to see an upcoming movie adaptation of a beloved childhood cartoon- G.I.Joe.

gijoe logo.jpgI should have known this was coming after the blockbuster hit that was Transformers a few years back. Then there was the bringing back of Indiana Jones for one last shot at getting our dollars. After all, we were the generation dragging our parents to the movies to watch all the previous releases.

But now we are at the point in life where we are having kids (some more than others) and like our parents tried to relive the childhood with Howdy-Doody reruns. Hollywood expects that those of us with children will try to pass it on-the eighties that is. Those of us without will just be happy to bring up some good memories.

Well, I give some of the movie makers credit. When they take an institution like Transformers and capture people to make the movie who loved the original series, then you get a great product. If they had found someone else to do the voice of Optimus Prime, WE would have known.  But not all of our memories of excellent childhood cartoons are great memories.

One of my favorite action figures from the Joe series was “Ace” who came as part of the
ace83.jpgskystriker plane. I wish Ace could have met his match and gone down in a fight against the evil terrorist organization determined to rule the world- known as COBRA. However, I lost Ace to a child my mom was babysitting for a friend. She took Ace and that left a hole in me that was never replaced.

I never heard what became of Ace. he may have ended up being forced to hang out with Barbie rather than fight the evils of the world. You were not forgotten my friend. You fought many good battles in the skystriker and you were a brave soldier.

Hollywood has just opened that wound yet again.

But I wonder what’s next? Will we see some ill-thought up plan to create a Cabbage Patch movie or a CGI version of My Little Pony?

I know, if it sells they will make it, but Hollywood you may have stepped over the line on this one. If this GIJoe is as bad as it looks, my generation is smart enough to pull out the dvd of every episode we could get our hands on, and laughingly stash away for that moment in time when it is needed. The real GIJoe. When after a night of tearing down the town and a Denny’s late night rendezvous, one of your friends finds and asks excitedly, “Whoa you have the first season? Let’s throw that on.” And just like you were 8-years-old again, grown men sit around the tube reliving sandbox moments and the action figure they never got but always wanted or the episode that was their favorite. 

Time will tell if this will rake in more nostalgia dollars, or just be a bad idea gone bust. I dedicate this post to Ace and all the other Joes who were broke or stolen or never reached their full potential in the homes of America’s children. Gone but not forgotten.

(And yes I know GIJoe was orginally released after WWII and were like a foot tall, but I’m only referring to the 1980’s version.)

Other notes

Yes, Star Trek was a great movie to see, and if you loved the franchise at all you won’t be disapointed with this one. I grew up on Star Trek too (reruns of the original series and the movies and the next generation) so I treaded lightly into this one. However, there was not ounce of dissapointment. The writing was almost Rodenberry himself (original creator who’s dead) and the graphics were spectacular. There is a part in the movie where they are battling on a mining apparatus and it actually had my heart racing, not only because of my fear of heights, but the cinematography was excellent. It’s a fun movie.

And not to be overlooked as this IS a baseball blog, the Rockies pulled out some late inning heroics with Brad Hawpe himself taking one yard to add to a three-run ninth inning, winning the game 3-1 against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Nicely done Hawper, let’s see more of it this whole away series. 


  1. ohy22xd

    I want to watch Star Trek! Please don’t spoil it for me šŸ™‚ Nice to see Brad Hawpe win the game for the Rockies. But for the Padres, everyone (or almost everyone rather) did what they needed to do to win the game against the Reds last night.

  2. rockymountainway

    Hyun Young- There is no spoiling! If anything I made you want to see it more : ) Yes, it is nice when the team can get a win as a team and the Rockies had some team play, but I single Hapwer out for over the top performance.

  3. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    If they make a movie of Cabbage Patch or My Little Pony, I will lose all faith in humanity. At least GIJoe can potentially be a good movie. What kind of craptastic movie would Cabbage Patch and My Little Pony be? Wait…don’t answer that. And I hope your Ace didn’t have to hang out with Barbie. That’s just mean. I NEVER did that with my brother’s action figures.

  4. rockymountainway

    Jen- What if I said one is already in the works..? Lol, just kidding. If it sells anything is possible and glad you were cool to keep your brothers action figures from chillin with Barbs : )
    Hey C- Nice to see you back and glad you have faith in the Rockies beating those whom we shall not name. We’ve gotten beat up pretty bad by them earlier so when they come to Denver we’ll see : )

  5. Kaybee

    I really wonder what’s coming next. I mean, along with all these re-makings and things, there comes the sequels. Which are usually not as good… but we’ll see. I can’t wait to see Star Trek!!

  6. iliveforthis

    Tom- Hey, what’s the difference between a Trekkie and a Trekker? Also, I thought the Transformers movie was totally BA and I’m beyond stoked for the next one. I even bought the special collectors edition of the movie where the DVD case transformers in to Optimus Prime. Yeah… I’m beyond cool…

  7. rrrt

    Well, Tom, I must admit that my sister and I did force our brother’s lone GI Joe (yep, he only had one) to mingle with our multitude of Barbies. We were constantly trying to “marry” him off, but the pairings never lasted, as Barbie was much taller than Joe.
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  8. raysrenegade

    You know they are saying the reason for so many of these cult movies is the fact that Hollywood is not coming up with so many original ideas now, and that old staples like toys and kid activities can be made into movies.
    I am personally hoping they make “Candyland” or “Chutes and Ladders” into a movie.
    Seriously, some of the upcoming movies might not be huge blockbusters, besides Star Trek, but they will bring back some old memories of the man with the Kung Fu grip.

    Rays Renegade

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