Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Two steps nearer to its grave
Media Moment: That ’70s Show
Queen Related: Episode Title: Keep Yourself Alive
Back in June I had already commented on how each episode of Season Eight of That ’70s Show was named after Queen songs. So after watching the episode entitled Keep Yourself Alive last night, I’m not sure what more I can say about the Queen link other than there’s a bit of irony in calling it that because the series was on its last legs.
I can state unequivocally, however, that when Ashton Kucher and Topher Grace left the show, it lost the spark that kept the juvenile banter funny. With apologies to Josh Meyers, Donna’s new boyfriend, Randy, brings nothing to the show and his lines seem flat, never funny, and as an Eric replacement, his character doesn’t mesh with the rest of the ensemble cast, in my opinion.
One can’t blame the network nor the show’s producers for trying to keep the sitcom going for a few another season since it was absolutely “spot on” (to quote Gordon Ramsey) at its peak of popularity.
As the blog title suggests, this episode brought the series that much closer to its finale. Maybe that’s the irony of using this particular Queen song.