Manimal, and why you can never go back..

I'd been waiting for Manimal to come through from Lovefilm for a while. I'd pre-reserved it for rental even before it was available, remembering it fondly from watching it as a child. I can recall my excitement as he'd change into different animal forms to solve problems, and my first exercises in breathing control as I sought to emulate his metamorphoses...

In hindsight, however, I should have left those memories well alone - though I retain my fond childhood memories, I now know how thoroughly rose-tinted those glasses are.

It goes far beyond the now badly-dated special effects, and extends into the terrible writing; "JC's" back story has more holes than a sieve (an English college professor working for American Intelligence during the Vietnam War, of all things), the poor scripting & characterisation of all the protagonists (the attractive female police officer / detective - unclear which! - most of all), his clothes tearing as he transforms into a panther and magically reappearing, un-torn and freshly pressed, when he transforms back, and the lack of explanation for what happens to the additional mass as he transforms into a bird of prey, or a pussy cat are just some of the problems with the first episode.. Only a humorous scene (overlooked by childhood me) where a transformed pussy cat peeks down a female criminal mastermind's open top saved the episode from being a complete loss..

The moral of this story, for me, is to be careful with treasured childhood memories, and to leave those fond recollections safely on the shelf, gathering dust, lit by the warm glow of both innocence and distance in time.

Beware the opening of Pandora's Box, especially when it contains a DVD from a childhood TV series...