Halfway through 1986, the show hooked me in that campy, guilty-pleasure kind of way. And that's despite being hit repeatedly over the head with awkward '80s pop-culture references. I'm going to forget one guy just called Wham!
the next Beatles
(my apologies to George Michael
). What isn't '80s enough about these flashbacks is the hair. I'm sorry. Back then, the hair was big
. Like Mt. Everest big. And there was no such thing as too much blue eye shadow. Now, on to the drama: Sure, we've seen it all before, but I admit I want to find out how in 20 years, six buds go from Friends
to an episode of Law & Order: SVU
. But for now I'm digging the fact that Six Feet Under's
Keith is once again a cop. Yeah! And I'm having fun matching the characters to '80s movie icons:
Craig: Looks like Tom Cruise in Risky Business. Acts like Pretty in Pink bad-boy James Spader.
Aaron: Just called him Duckie the entire hour.
Jenna: Think of her as Lea Thompson in Some Kind of Wonderful mixed in with a little Demi Moore in St. Elmo's Fire.
Carla: Mary Stuart Masterson in Wonderful plus a bit of Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink.
Sam: She's Ms. Ringwald circa Breakfast Club as well as Ally Sheedy in St. Elmo's Fire.
Will: I tried to go retro with Will, but I'm in agreement with my little sister. She thinks he's pretty much like Chino boy Ryan Atwood on The O.C.
And speaking of Will, is it me or did he not seem too upset to be sitting in jail? The guy is taking the rap for his best friend. But I guess falling in love with said best friend's girl makes up for everything, right? Bring on 1987.