Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Cinderella vs. Batman and the Passage of Time
But as I grew up, Cinderella became less special. One of the last times it was repeated on CBS was a Wednesday night years later. It was pre-empting Lost in Space and airing opposite Batman on ABC which has also began to lose its appeal. But still this was a dilemma in those pre-VRC days. I was a weird child who actually enjoyed both comic book superheroes and Broadway musicals. Batman was my very favorite TV show of all time and still is. But this was in the third season. Batgirl had leaped into the action to goose the ratings and they were rapidly running out of ideas. The episode opposite Cinderella was with Victor Buono's King Tut, a villain not from the comic book, but created just for the series, and not one of my favorites. Now I get Buono's sarcastic dry delivery, but it was wasted on me as a 10-year-old. I did wind up watching the 30-minute Batman and then the rest of the fairy-tale musical. To further add to the non-specialness, it was daylight savings time and still bright outside at 8PM, which made the event seem ordinary and not part of the glamorous nighttime.
On a recent walk through the West Village where I have not been in a while, I noticed all the unique quirky antique stores and delis were gone. In their places were high-end fashion storerooms for names like Michael Kors and Perry Ellis. As rents rose, so did the profile of the merchandise. The neighborhood had lost its individual, community feel to be replaced by corporate chic replicated in Miami, Dallas, LA, etc. That era of sleazy gay-dominated fun is gone from the Village never to return as is my child-like wonder over Rodgers and Hammerstein and DC Comics. I can try to get it back sometimes, but the innocent part of it has vanished.