Or, “I never Meta Maverick I didn’t like!”
Be it James Garner as "Bret Maverick", Jack Kelly as "Bart Maverick", Roger Moore as "Beau Maverick", and, even Robert Colbert (of The Time Tunnel) in his very brief shot as "Brent Maverick".
|"I wasn't a Maverick long enough to get my own DVD box cover!"|
|"I wasn't on Bonanza very long either, but I DID get into the opening credits!"|
Wow! That was a long enough digression to be a "cutaway" on FAMILY GUY!
But, now... back to "Meta-matters"!
I happen to find "Meta" humor and references, forth-wall breaking, etc. to be quite funny. (Quick, one-sentence digression - as opposed to the loooong one you've just experienced - I also find "deadpan" to be just as funny, most likely because an enthusiastic guy like me is so incapable of doing it that I regard it as "humorously alien".)
And so, when preparing my script for the Uncle Scrooge story that I called "A Game of One-Cupmanship" (I enjoy puns, too! Can't cha tell?) I included the Meta-gag of Scrooge whiling away the time by sleepily singing the theme to Disney TV's DUCKTALES.
I thought it was a nice Meta reference, in keeping with the generally fast-paced, zany nature of the story.
Imagine my surprise, while watching "Family Pride", an episode of the classic TV western MAVERICK (Original Air Date: January 08, 1961), to find Roger Moore, as Beau Maverick, WHISTLING THE MAVERICK THEME SONG to open the episode's teaser!
Meta?! Snack-dab in the middle of the 1960-1961 television season?!
Gotta love that!
Oh, since the 4 th season of MAVERICK was released on DVD by Warner Archives (as were the final three seasons of the series), and their discs don't play on computers - thus no episode-specific screen captures for "Family Pride" - I'll just scan the package cover and the disc to represent Roger Moore's completely unexpected "Maverick Meta-moment"!
|It's the FIRST EPISODE on this set!|
...It's not as if you could hear him whistle in a Blog post anyway!