TechnoRetro Dads: Top Gun – Take Flight with a Blue Light

by TechnoRetro Dads

Was Top Gun an action movie or a chick flick? JediShua and shazbazzar revisit the top money-making movie of 1986 through thirty year-old lenses.

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Enjoy this three-day weekend if you’re in the USA as the country unites in honoring those who sacrificed all for the cause of liberty and self-government. Join the celebration as shazbazzar and JediShua mark the day by remembering Goose, Maverick, Iceman, Hollywood, and Merlin as these fighter aces take to the skies in Top Gun. With Tom Cruise enjoying his early prime, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards take off with an all-star cast in the biggest box office hit of 1986. But shazbazzar thinks he has discovered a conspiracy promulgated by the suits at Paramount that resulted in this money-making movie. By disguising a chick flick as an action movie, Top Gun drew the attention of male and female audiences alike. What do you think? Is Top Gun an action movie or a chick flick? Let us know!

The flying continues as the ‘Dads open the Star Wars Scrapbook to remember starships and flying toys from their childhood and today. From X-Wings to TIE Fighters to Folded Flyers, the pilots in that galaxy far, far away had the machines to satisfy anyone’s need for speed.

But there is more…lots more! Angry Birds can be a fun distraction for the day, on your phone, tablet, or in the theater. Just make sure you prepare yourself for the experience. Keanu Reeves is attacked in 1897 before playing Wembley stadium with his band Wyld Stallyns in 2001–on the same day that RoboCop was born. And if those things don’t seem to fit together, you have a pretty good picture of what’s going on in our minds this week on TechnoRetro Dads.

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About TechnoRetro Dads

Join shazbazzar and JediShua each week for a look back at the 70s and 80s as they share the fun and fandom of their youth with their families and friends. Topics include TV, film, music, and games of the ’70s and ’80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star Wars and TRON. TechnoRetro Dads are a blend of new and old as stories are passed down from one generation to the next.

If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just fondly remember the sci-fi/fantasy properties of the ’70s and ’80s, then this podcast is for you!

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