Bears rolling belly-up in their last performance of the season – check
Frogging 3″ of Inishmore because somehow it’s behaving differently than the test swatch – check
Forget to reset alarm so that I’m woken up at 7:00 a.m. on a day I don’t have work – check
I’m cruising right along, no?
And I forgot to mention the American tragedy I witnessed a couple of nights ago. I was channel-surfing latenight on Saturday and noticed that Top Gun was coming on at 1:00 a.m. There are certain movies in the world that I find it difficult to turn off, regardless of the time, regardless of whether or not I own it on DVD – Top Gun is one of them.
So, I flip on over to WGN and settle in, promising myself I’d flip it off after the volleyball scene, thereby giving myself a definite bedtime. I’m cruising along, muttering the lines aloud in the silence of my room, complaining at all of the fun “Edited for Television” omissions that have been made, then we get to the pre-volleyball scene. You know, the one where they’re in the classroom and she’s advising him on his work (“If I reversed on a hard cross I could immediately go to guns on him…”) and she invites him to dinner. Blah blah blah, “It takes a lot more than just fancy flying,” she walks away, he smiles, and what is SUPPOSED to happen is he gets up to walk out, Slider mimics the model airplane going down, he mockingly says “Crash and burn, Mav?”, Mav leans in, sniffs, says “Slider, you stink!”, Slider slyly sniffs his underarms, Sundown laughs at him, Slider slams the model airplane down on the desk and you hear the opening bars of Kenny Loggins’ “Playing with the Boys” as we switch the volleyball scene.
What happened was, “It takes a lot more than just fancy flying,” end scene, then Mav’s driving up to her house on his motorcycle.
EXCUSE ME?!? Now, I’m all for editing for content and even editing for time on television but you do NOT cut the volleyball scene out of Top Gun. Drop a flyby, drop a few seconds out of each dogfight, but the volleyball scene? That’s just wrong.