Oh.  My.  God.  The A-Team‘s Face and Donald Trump have the same haircut.  I missed out on so much cool cultural subtext as a wee kiddie.

With all these extra digital free-to-air stations, we get a lot of reruns from the 1980s, otherwise known as the Golden Age of Bad Television. I don’t have cable, so it’s been a long time since I’ve seen this stuff—The A-Team, Magnum PI, The Rockford Files and so forth—so I’m starting to pick up things that I missed nearly a quarter-century ago.

Case in point: Knight Rider. It occurs to me now that if Michael Knight is this super-secretive rich guy who heads a well-resourced organisation that pursues shadowy aims beneath the government’s raider, then he’s probably the 1980s equivalent of Osama bin Laden.

Come to think of it, there were a lot of shows in the early 1980s about vigilantes operating either without government sanction or totally outside the law. Maybe this reflects some sort of early-1980s, anti-government zeitgeist. I dunno; was the Carter administration really that oppressive?

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