When is a Fridge More than Just a Fridge? When a figure of cultural interest hides /escapes within said Chamber of Cold.
‘Nuke the Fridge‘ has displaced / replaced ‘jump the shark’ as the synonym for the point at which a brand / hero / series shifts from excellence to mediocrity within the space of a set-piece. When did that shift occur? Well, we can thank that fourth Indiana Jones film from 2008. That one with a Kingdom and a Crystal Skull. Now, I am a defender of said movie. Seriously. The first half is excellent but it loses its way and any sense of magic / mystery /menace once the quest is defined and the baddies’ motives seem muted, somewhat, relative to their Nazi /Thuggee predecessors.
Harrison Ford’s age was not a problem, indeed Indiana wears age with a kind of ‘I told you so’ relish. There are hints of reflection : ‘you get to the stage where life stops giving you things and starts taking them away’. But this is still a vital adventurer and that alone, for me, makes the piece radiate a kind of optimistic hope and why I would have welcomed a fifth entry to the series. That said, it’s fair to say that the depletion in atmospheric magic within that 4th instalment left it less beloved among most fans and yes, that all started with our hero hiding in a fridge, from a nuclear blast. It stands out as a tonal irregularity and a shadow of decline in creativity / verisimilitude.
But we don’t just do movies here. Politics is up for grabs, too. I have always been open about that. Nothing partisan, mind. Just open discussion with an occasional, nostalgic, ever so slightly biased / subjective hope for a resurgent ‘Third Way’ in a world that now sadly favours the old divisions of left vs right. We cannot ignore the cultural climate’s relationship to the fractured political landscape. The USA faces impeachment of POTUS. And tomorrow? The UK will stage its THIRD general election in 4 years (they are meant to occur once every 5, 4 at a push).
I would not presume to tell you how to vote. And I will not declare my own allegiances. What I would say is you MUST vote, and whomsoever you choose is a matter of conscience. But DON’T be fooled by this pseudo-presidential style. One does not vote for a Prime Minister. You vote for a local MP, based on whether that person serves you and the community to their fullest and best. My local MP does just that, though at national level, I cannot say same for their party.
IF a sufficient majority of MPs of one colour party HAVE done a good job and enough numbers are made up for a majority, yes, that facilitates a particular leader reaching number 10 Downing Street in time for Christmas. But that is the end, not the means, the conclusion rather than the premise. So if a party fails to secure that lead, the leader, by tradition, stands down because they simply failed to WORK hard enough to rally troops together in the correct spirit.
So: to all you media luvvies out there, using bad language in tweets? Stop it. Stop it NOW. Support a specific MP, locally. If you DO choose a party, then do so with your whole heart and without animosity or aggression. Shouting ‘metropolitan elite’ because you think that is what people may condemn you for being? Almost invites the very derision you claim to fight against. Urging people to ‘vote tactically’ is a confused message at best, especially if you have had zero prior involvement in political campaigning. Crying hysterically about an NHS that is not under threat but may perchance require some outside investment /collaboration and reorganisation to SAVE its existence as a free at point of need envy of the universe service..helps nobody. Sorry.
So it is at once hilariously funny and desperately sad, that the defining image, of the final day of this crucial election is Boris Johnson; a party leader and probable next inhabitant of Number 10..hiding. In a FRIDGE! It went viral. Quite how accurate the story is happens to be beside any relevant point. Boris was supposedly doing an interview and yet he somehow did not show on schedule, on the eve of the election. And apparently, he hid, in a fridge.
And it was embarrassing and a defining image, sadly, at the wrong time. Just like Indy 4! There are of course other parallels between Boris and Indiana Jones. Both classical scholars yet rogues; somehow winning against odds and getting the job done, despite numerous episodes of near unprofessional behaviour. And both are basically, fictional, in that the persona is not the man or the true ideals for which they stand, almost accidentally.
Boris is a love him or hate him kinda character and the party line (for saying, at parties, literally) is ‘yes he is very clever and funny but should he be fit to run a country?’. Well, once again, that is a matter of simple mathematics in a First Past the Post electoral order. IF Bo-Jo has enough MPs at his disposal, in the requisite territorial places /lines, after tomorrow’s election, then he can form a government. If not? He cannot (coalition unlikely near impossible) and he’d no longer be a Party leader as the Tories hate a loser. And if he wins? Don’t rejoice or despair.
That was and is and always will be democracy. And however one may manipulate the process to a product, we have transparency and security in that very system. It is through that ideal, rather than any photo-finish farcical moment, that our politicians are hired, fired, judged and recommissioned or not. Just like THAT problematic sequel..you have to look beyond the Fridge.
Good luck to ALL parties, tomorrow. Thank you to ALL voters, campaigners, pundits, advisers and front line staff. And may the best person win. And may Indiana Jones 5 FINALLY get moving in 2020. 🙂