I'm a little slow today. I just switched to Sanka. So...have a heart?

Monday, September 25, 2006

The State. Point-Counterpoint.

Getting to Maybe said:

$240 Worth of Pudding

Best Week Ever shares the news that The State will be released on ITunes

From The State's website:

The first season of the 1993-95 MTV Series will be released on iTunes Music Store, starting Tuesday, September 26th. Depending on how many people download, MTV will release subsequent seasons, and then eventually, hopefully, a DVD.


My Counterpoint:

But wait.

This seems like a TOTALLY good idea -- but you know we've all idealized The State... a LOT.

It's not going to be as good now as it was. I really don't think. Call me a pessimist, but the same thing happened with Kids in the Hall.

Well, not exactly the same thing, but they kept running the show, and running the show, and the show that used to be the funniest show on Comedy Central, became awkward and un-funny to us.

Because humor changed, and the shows that used to be groundbreakingly funny and fresh and new, and shocking...became trodden, cheap-looking and the jokes fell flat. You can see the same thing when you watch "In Living Color" now. Or you can see it with the Classic Saturday Night Lives. We all claim to think they're hilarious, because everyone else says they're hilarious, but inside, we all know they're not funny anymore. What's so fucking funny about "Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!" Or Eddie Murphy as Buh'Weet? At the time - funny.

Now, not.

So, I for one, don't want to see The State. I loved the show. I still repeat lines from it. I still wish I had learned the words to "Porcupine Racetrack" (you can't find them on the web.) I still might even be able to watch Viva Variety! because it wasn't as good as The State was in my mind.

But I am cautious about running out and buying the DVDs if they're released. I don't want what was a generational icon of a sketch comedy for me, being tarnished with age. I want to remember The State for what it was when it was what it was.