Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Boat Sailed

Once upon a time....at least for a couple of years....there was this cruise boat which lent itself out to being a piece of a TV show.  The cruise boat?  Pacific Princess....was the background for most of the shots used for the TV show.

This week...and you won't notice it much in the press....but the Pacific Princess, which has sat around on an Italian dock for several years....will now be sold for scrap.  No one wants to refit the ship, and it's glory days are long gone.

From 1971 until probably ten years ago....it was probably still in some strong operational shape.  But there's a limit to what a vessel can sustain, and I imagine rust was an ongoing issue.

The Love Boat was an active show for nine years, with 249 episodes made.  I know it's fairly shocking that these guys could actually 249 hours of material to keep the public interest on the show....but it's the truth.

It started in 1977....the year I went off to the Air Force.  To be honest, I don't think I saw a single episode of the show until January of 1980, when I finally returned to the US after two years in Germany.  At the time, it probably was a decent TV show....compared to some really bad shows (BAD Cats, the Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, and Hart to Hart).

Today, a show like this would last through twenty episodes and then be tossed at the end of the season.  Most folks would say it doesn't reflect real cruise situations: lousy food, sanitation issues, passengers drunk for 24 hours a day, drugged-up women flashing old guys, and violent assaults.

So it'll be dragged into some port....torn apart....gutted, and sold for scrap.  Maybe some Turkish guy will video this whole process and make a new TV show where iron men take on various Love Boat characters as they get into the guts of the ship.

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