This site tends to be a defender of the Hardline against the apparently increasing number of Confessors who are dissatisfied with the show. But I was puzzled at WOMM on Friday.
Mike started out somewhat slowly and hesitantly by saying that he thought he might be interested in the new Bond movie, which he did not name. He had seen a documentary on the franchise. As soon as he mentioned Bond, Corby jumped in and that was pretty much all we heard about what was on Mike's mind. It was Corby and Danny for the rest of the segment. With Mike saying one memorable thing:
Up to that point, no one had named the movie.
Until Mike finally did:
Several questions occur to me.
Did Mike really think "Skyfall" was named "Sunlamp"? Or was this a part of his emerging seeming-more-addled-than-his-actual-years persona bit?
Was the Bond franchise on Mike's mind at all? Or was this a complete Friday give-up?
Was this the OverCorby? Or (my weakly-held view), sensing that Mike had absolutely nothing on his mind respecting the announced Mind-topic, was this Corby jumping in to rescue a segment that had already begun wobbling dangerously?
Sometimes I worry less about their show prep exams than their mind prep. Man, that was one mess.
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One more thought: Am I correct in recalling from various remotes of all the shows that Mike is the only Ticket host who does not have the Internet running in front of him? (I have never been to a Norm remote.)
Given the man's talent and the years of incredible entertainment he's given us, do we even care that he does not much bestir himself for the show sometimes? That he even seems to take some pride in being culturally unaware?
I'm not sure I do. But then, I don't mind the OverCorby as much as some others seem to, and I do think the OverCorby is sometimes just him pulling a segment back from the abyss. And I don't mind Mike's too-old-too-early bit. To me, it still has the flavor of a bit and has not crossed the line into disrespect to both his colleagues and the P1. After all, his "Sunlamp" reference did make me laugh as I was cruising up 75.
But I understand the contrary argument.