This week, the Heave staff was asked:
What was the thing you couldn’t stop watching or listening to as a kid, and has it held up as you’ve gotten older?
Sonic the Hedgehog. Couldn’t stop watching the show, couldn’t stop playing the games. But I never beat them. I recently went and downloaded them on Xbox Live and pWned them with my 23-year-old skills, and it felt like conquering a lifelong demon.
I could never get enough of Whose Line Is It Anyway? I made a point of being glued to the TV set when it was on. I’d laugh so hard that my mom would threaten to block the show. I finally caught an episode of Aisha Tyler’s incarnation and it passes muster. I was crying last night, dear readers. Tears of laughter.
The Brave Little Toaster was my most-rented VHS as a three-and-four year old. I tried to watch it last year and got 20 minutes in before falling into a depression-coma. The dark moments in Toaster make Pixar look like Raffi.
As a child, I never stopped listening to Tracy Chapman. SO MUCH Tracy Chapman. I had a little handheld cassette player with a microphone, and for my third birthday my godfather bought me her self-titled album. I could sing every word of every song on that cassette tape. I still can, and do.
Hands down, without a doubt, I can watch Saved by the Bell at any given time and still enjoy it like it’s the first time I’m seeing it.
I’ll skip the obvious one, seeing as I’m one of Heave’s two wrestling columnists and I still watch/discuss/irritate my girlfriend with it as much now as I did 10-15 years ago. As far as things that have not aged well with time, I did an exercise two summers ago where I re-watched all of my most heavily rotated VHS family movies to see how they’d gotten on over time. The Pagemaster is kind of creepy now, The Little Rascals I begrudgingly love inasmuch as it’s an entire screenplay written out of dumb puns and I respect that, and The Lion King is pretty much unwatchable once you’ve done a media studies grad school program. The inherent sweetness and the total racism just exist in endless conflict.