A lot of us aren't able to visit with friends and family right now, but we are able to hang out with Ross and Rachel from Friends and quietly endure the excruciating moralism of the Tanner family. Yup, TV and movies are still here for us even in these troubled times. But we've noticed that some of our favorite pieces of pop-culture are ... different now. For one thing, it's weird to watch characters hug, kiss, or even shake hands without rolling naked in a kiddie pool full of Purell immediately afterwards. And for other, oddly specific, reasons, some popular entertainments just don't play the same during the pandemic as they used to, such as how ...
Space Jam -- The NBA Cancels the Season Due to a Mysterious Virus
Easily the best movie based on a sneaker commercial, Space Jam starred Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, and the palpable sense of sexual confusion among a generation of '90s pre-teens. It's a nostalgic favorite for many, but those who rewatched it recently hoping for an escape from the horrors of the real world were in for an ACME anvil-sized surprise, because Space Jam contains more similarities to our current predicament than you might think.
The story finds the Looney Tunes enlisting the help of Jordan to defeat the Monstars, grotesque aliens who have been siphoning the basketball skills from the NBA's top talents. Meanwhile on Earth, those players' sudden inability to perform is attributed to a mysterious virus.
Warner Bros.Yeah, we know.
Other players won't even share the same locker room for fear of contracting the strange illness, and are only convinced to do so in gas masks.
Warner Bros.Goddammit, did Rudy Gobert get access to a time machine?
Eventually the NBA commissioner has no choice but to cancel the entire season.
Warner Bros.And just like real life, Charles Barkley is being bullied by dozens of teenagers as we type this.
All of which oddly parallels the postponement of this year's season following NBA players and staff testing positive for COVID-19. We're guessing that the coronavirus isn't the handiwork of intergalactic theme park employees, though.
Riverdale and Lost Both Feature Bogus Quarantine Plots
A lot of us are being asked to self-isolate and quarantine during the pandemic, but weirdly, a few TV shows have taught us to be skeptical about government-ordered quarantines. Take Riverdale, the show about teens solving mysteries that somehow became a show about teens running multiple businesses they probably shouldn't be involved with in the first place. Mid-way through the third season, Riverdale is locked down and becomes an "official quarantine site." But it's all (SPOILERS) an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the dastardly Hiram Lodge in a bid to gain control of the town.
Warner Bros. TelevisionArchie: a comic that used to be about jalopies and milkshakes.