The cast of Seinfeld is on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly because they are going to be reunited on-screen for the first time since the show ended in 1998 in a story arc about them being reunited for the first time (ooh, meta, college will be so proud) on Curb Your Enthusiasm. OK. My only question is: who cares?
Nothing feels more stuck in the ’90s than Seinfeld. The humor holds up OK, kind of, but the world has moved on (FINALLY!) from being concerned with airplane food and close-talkers. People in New York don’t think that it’s OK to wear comfortable cross-trainers when you’re going to a restaurant. We have the Internet now, and Barack Obama. 30 seconds of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job is weirder than anything Kramer did in the show’s nine year run. Do they even make Grape Nuts anymore?
I’m not trying to be a Soup Nazi about this, but I just don’t care! My life has meaning and value, I do my best to live in the present, and stunts like this are tolerated but never celebrated. Nostalgia is cold comfort. I’m sure someone cares about this, though. That’s OK! It’s OK to care about it. Although why do you care about it? Have you been missing them all these years? Because it is over, and there is a lot of great TV on now that you can enjoy. There are plenty of other people who deserve a moment in the spotlight. The world is changed, you can feel it in the water.
You know who is really looking forward to the Seinfeld reunion? Michael Richards. Anything to erase that nightmarish racist melt-down from America’s mind.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is a great show. I mean, you either like Larry David or you don’t, and that is how you determine whether you like the show or not, but I like Larry David. If the reunion is good, it will be because Curb Your Enthusiasm is good, not because the guy behind Bee Movie is good. Because he is not good. Not anymore. He is insanely rich. And he has a recognizable face. But those are different qualities than being good. Or funny.
But maybe it is just me.