Neil Genzlinger has written an amusing article for The New York Times (a free registration may be required) in which he discusses watching a variety of sitcoms from the 1960s on DVD and learning that scenes involving danger and spectacle he thought were so amazing are, upon close inspection, both ineffective and disappointing. For example, during the opening credits to F Troop, the characters played by Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch are among those attacked by Indians and arrows strike their hats. Writes Genzlinger:
Alas, the loathsome DVD tells a different story. Watching the sequence in super slow motion, it is clear that Oâ€™Rourke and Agarn already had arrows in their hats in the first frame. Mr. Tucker and Mr. Storch simply jerked their heads backward to create the illusion that the arrows had just struck. Boy do I feel stupid.
He deconstructs other scenes from F Troop as well as I Dream of Jeannie and The Munsters, all in good fun. Some of those commenting on the article, however, take it far too seriously, berating Genzlinger for watching these shows in slow motion or for ever thinking the scenes in question were real. Personally, I enjoyed the article and its facetious tone.