Saturday, September 28, 2013
Tomorrow is the Very First Day of the Rest of Your Life
Stumbled across the opening scene from Then Came Bronson again and struck how it still resonates 44 years after seeing the pilot. Can't help but think the writer mapped out a series of archetypal characteristics the would capture the imagination regardless of whether a person rides a motorcycle or not.
I want to say it has a universal appeal but it definitely was created with men in mind — a Mad Men styled world where the guy always gets the girl during or at the end of almost every adventure. Can't remember ever having a conversation with a woman who pointed to Then Came Bronson as an important cultural event in their lives.
Listening to Bronson's brief exchange with the man in the hat at the intersection and riding off on a motorcycle to see the world was a powerful idea for me at 15. It remains that way today. And even though I ride a Vespa I can easily imagine myself on a Sportster.
Wonder what a 2013 version of this would be? Ewan McGregor and Charley Booman's Long Way adventures have some things in common save for the absolute aloneness that Bronson can conjure.
Maybe it's time for another pilot. I have some ideas...