Not the Nostalgia I Remember
So let me start this story the way it began: someone I follow on social media mentioned Alexei Sayle. I looked at his photo for a moment, and realized I knew him mostly from my vague memories of watching The Young Ones on MTV, back when I was in middle school.
“Oh that guy,” I thought. I think he’s a more popular comedian than I realized, and wondered what else he had done. Because I only knew him in the context of The Young Ones.
So I looked at his history on Wikipedia, and something caught my eye. He was originally hired to play a chef on a show called The Golden Palace, which was a very short-lived sequel to the very popular sitcom The Golden Girls. It was a seven year contract, but he was fired before the show began and replaced.
But wait – Golden Palace? I knew of the Golden Girls, but had never heard of this other show. There was a sequel?
So I started looking for clips of the show online. And reader, what I found was quite surreal.
The first 20 seconds of this video felt like watching Too Many Cooks for the first time. Totally weird, and not quite convinced what I was seeing was real.
Seeing this felt like peeking into an alternate universe. It’s definitely something from the past, but not from any past that I remember. Such a weird thing to see.