3-D movies have come and 3-D movies have gone. Well, they’re back as I am writing this and haven’t yet gone, but one definitely gets the sense that the end of the current cycle may be near. Not that the idea of 3-D movies will disappear even if 3-D movies disappear from cinemas. And you can think television for that. Anyone who has watched enough TV can tell you that 3-D movies as a fad pops up on just about every kind of TV show eventually.
Richie and Potsie, in their more impressionable days, want to join a gang called the Demons. Even by TV sitcom standards, the Demons are a pretty lame gang. The initiation process involves something the Demons call the Deadly Dares. Deadly being a very relative term apparently. One of the deadly dares that Richie and Potsie must do in order to gain entry into the Demons is attend a movie theater currently showing a 3-D movie. (It was the 50s, after all!) Anyhoo, they no sooner get seated and put on their nifty red and blue 3-D glasses they get up and start singing “My Country Tis of Thee.” This being the 50s–did I mention that?–everybody else in the theater feels compelled to stand up, put their hand over their heart and sing along.
TV writers seem pretty sure that 3-D movies are going to be coming back around on an endless loop of fad recurrence that is still hanging around a thousand years into the future. Fry and Leela go to see a 3-D movie, but the cyclopean nature of Leela prevents her from full enjoyment. By which I mean to say she is unable to experience the three-dimensional aspect of the movie because she only has one eye.
Part of the programming of the fictional TV station at the center of “SCTV” was a fictional horror movie host named Count Floyd. And Count Floyd’s airing of low-budget horror movies very often included movies featuring the fictional low-budget horror king Dr. Tongue. Some of whose movies were shot in gloriously low-budgeted 3-D. Who–I ask you who–can ever forget such classics of the genre as “Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Stewardesses.” Here was the kind of movie made for 3-D, but which, alas, never seem to make it to the local multiplex that insists on setting aside no less than six of its theaters to show 3-D versions of movies that make absolutely no hay out of the process at all.
The Big Bang Theory
One episode of “The Big Bang Theory” is ostensibly about the dream of every person bullied in high school to get back at the bully once they have become successful in adulthood and the bully has spiraled downward into even greater idiocy. And yet within that kernel of idiocy within that walnut of a plot device is a reference to 3-D that verges on genius. But only just barely verges because the idea, while appealing, makes no scientific sense whatever. The bully whom Leonard gets the chance to enact revenge upon has come seeking Leonard’s “genius” in creating a pair of glasses that can turn any movie you watch into a 3-D experience.