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Get Smart

Lately, I've been having conversations about Get Smart, no doubt because of the remake.

I've not seen the remake, not because of any particular dislike for anyone in it or responsible for it, but simply because this new version doesn't appeal to me. I watched the original show a lot as a kid, and there's really no one else who can occupy the space of Maxwell Smart outside Don Adams, Barbara Feldon as 99, and Edward Platt the Chief (it appears that he killed himself, too). Most of the kids I've been talking to have never seen the original show, though a few of them are discovering it on DVD now, and watching it that way. Apparently they hold up pretty well, though I haven't seen any for a long time. Skipping through the net tonight, however, I found this on youtube:



The charm of the series is on display here: the elaborate gags, the voice Don Adams uses to pull off Smart, and the beauty and intelligence of Feldon acting as a foil to the former. The uniform she's wearing isn't hurting anything, either.

I remember that, when I was a kid, I had one of these big moments when I realised that Adams was also the voice of Inspector Gadget. It was like I had suddenly learned to join connections between pieces of work, and to identify the lines that ran behind things--or perhaps I just felt that I was particularly clever, and wanted to show off to my friends later when I told them. My memory is a funny thing, so I don't remember how that went: most likely they all knew before me, and I was arriving late to the scene, but that's how it is. I never saw the remake of that, either, I might add, though this might have been because I dislike Matthew Broderick. Still, I was happy enough with the cartoon that it didn't ultimately strike me as necessary to watch the flick.

You know, if those old Get Smart episodes are floating around cheap, I might pick them up. I could handle a few seasons of the Cone of Silence, gags about girl scouts, and Barbara Feldon.

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ashamel
Jul. 30th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, we just grabbed Season 1 on DVD. Is good stuff.
catsparx
Jul. 30th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
we've been watching our way through season 1 for a few weeks. Its awesome! We sit there pre-empting the gags before they come outta Smart's mouth. What I never realised when I watched them as a kid was that the show is a Bond spoof. All those ridiculous gadgets...
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
how could you never realise that?!
catsparx
Jul. 31st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
er... because I was about ten?
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benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
ohmygod it's missnessa! i've missed you SOOOOOO much!
nick_kaufmann
Jul. 30th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
I love Get Smart too, and like you I have no real interest in the remake.

Oddly, I had the same revelation about Inspector Gadget! We must be psychic twins. (Though Inspector Gadget actually disturbed me a bit as a child. I kept trying to figure out if he was human or a robot.)
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
pfft.

i always knew he was an andriod.
nick_kaufmann
Jul. 31st, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
That just disturbs me more.
ext_106448
Jul. 30th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
My one word review of the remake:

Meh.

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Sep. 17th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
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