So I Realized I Kind of Really Miss the ’90s

Emmet Sullivan

Emmet SullivanPLAY Editor

I realize that there is an election next week, but as the lone Illinois resident in the Connecticut for Lieberman party, I have already decided who I will vote for, so I won’t devote any more space in The Daily about those annoying political opinions (go to the Forum page – or any opinionated NU student – for that).

So instead, I’m going to talk about my dreams. Throughout my time in this world, I’ve amassed a few of them.

Now I’ve given up on some of them – I don’t think I’m going to be getting that Nobel Peace Prize anytime soon, although I won’t refuse if whoever decides that calls me up one day and offers – but I still have a few floating around. Some of them, I’ll admit, are a little far-fetched. I plan on taking a ride on Air Force One at some point (I don’t have to be President, I gave up on that one; I just am going to get drunk with the Prez at 30,000 feet).

But my current dream in life is to relive the 90s. Let’s just get one thing straight – I was meant to live about a decade or two ago. I am a true child of the 80s and 90s, and I have the facts to prove it.

Don’t get me wrong about today’s pop culture, but how can you even compare K-Fed to Right Said Fred? Deal or No Deal to TGIF? (And I mean old school TGIF, with “Family Matters” and pre-college “Boy Meets World”).

I have the old Billboard legends playing when I walk down Sherman (and I mean the good ones – Coolio, Lauryn Hill, Third Eye Blind…)

I live my life by the philosophies of Can’t Hardly Wait. You laugh, but I’m still wondering if Ethan Embry ever wrote back to Jennifer Love Hewitt, or if she ever ran out of things to say if she really wrote him a letter every day. And that’s just the main story, which sucks in comparison to the other storylines. Like where the hell is klepto kid today?

And while “Degrassi’ is a pretty good stand-in for the teen soap – I mean, they do go there – there’s no millennial “90210.” “The O.C.” had a shot, but it died long before Marissa did. And seriously, a major conflict was Seth smoking pot. “90210” had been there, done that by the third episode. You fail, “O.C.”

So anyway, I have this dream, and slowly, the outside world is starting to help me out. A couple things have happened recently to renew my love for my childhood. First of all, I hear there is a new play downtown opening soon about what happened to the Goonies. CNN.com, that noble news outlet, reported a few days ago that the 80s classic “Fraggle Rock” will be released on the silver screen some time in 2007.

It’s a start, at least. Now just let me know when “Doug” comes back on the air and I’ll be set.

P.S. As much as I joke about NU students being annoying about politics, you really should vote.4

Medill junior Emmet Sullivan is the PLAY editor. He can be reached at [email protected]