Where’s the sequel? 🎥🍿

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Just watched E.T. the other night for the first time with the kids, and it was every bit as good as I remembered it when I saw it when I was 6… 

For those millennials & gen Y’s that haven’t seen E.T. I am not going to blame you, like most other deficiencies of yours, it’s your parent’s fault.

To quickly sum up this Hollywood CLASSIC, a spaceship lands on earth, one of the extraterrestrials decides to go exploring and then gets left behind when the flying saucer takes off early to avoid the humans coming to capture them… E.T. was the alien that was abandoned and he just so happens to be the cutest ugliest creature I’ve ever seen.

The plot thickens when E.T. meets a little boy named Elliot and develops a relationship that physically and emotionally interconnects the two of them… Elliot’s older brother & little sister (Drew Barrymore) eventually get introduced to E.T and quickly form an immense family bond… 

Yet, on Halloween, things take a turn for the worst when E.T & Elliot get lost… Eventually, Elliot comes home but E.T is nowhere to be found.

The kids go on a massive alien hunt and find E.T. in a gutter all jacked up… They brought him home, but by this time the government agents figured out where E.T. was living and proceeded to raid then quarantine the home. The doctors and government officials attempted to revive a deteriorating E.T but he faded off and was pronounced DEAD… As a kind gesture, they let Elliot have a moment to say goodby as they locked E.T. up into an icebox to preserve the body…

Then, a funny thing happened… maybe it was the icebox or E.T. feeling Elliot’s love, but E.T. came back to life and the little fucker, in the most adorable voice, gets up saying… 

“E.T. PHONE HOME. E.T PHONE HOME. E.T PHONE HOME!!!!” 

Elliot, who is shocked beyond all belief, then unlocks the box and he and E.T. hop into the government van that Elliot’s brother stole and they’re off to the races to go meet E.T’s family who apparently were coming back to earth to get him… 

It is an emotional ending as E.T. gets picked up by his outer space getaway rig and then cruises off into the galaxy… 

Figuring the last time I watched the movie was over 30 years ago, I was surprised at how it struck similar chords as when I was a kid.

Ultimately, I was left with the same two questions I had after the first time I saw the movie…

  1. When does E.T. get to come over to my house/ 🤷‍♂️
  2. Where the fuck is the sequel??? 

Think about all the shitty sequels that have been made and you are telling me this GEM couldn’t get a gosh damn encore? 

Even if there was no E.T. trilogy (which there should be), how about a remake??? 

I get it, many of you are saying “How are they supposed to top it?”

The answer… VERY EASILY. 

This wasn’t some crazy film stuffed with irreplaceable stars… This was an innovative film with cool special effects for its time but I can make a higher quality movie on my freaking Instagram Story Time… 

After meditating on this for a couple of days, I realized we now live in the ON DEMAND culture of binge-watching shows whenever we want and most of the content we consume simply has no end. 

Our society has catered to my 6-year-old self and as much as it is convenient, it also has shortened our attention spans and deteriorated this beautiful thing called patience. 

Of course, I still want to see E.T. the movie 1 – 9 followed by the eternal E.T. show that has its own channel and plays 24 hours a day… While we are at it, an animated version & maybe even a reality E.T. show would be super cool too. 👍

Yet, we here at the Daily Hustle know damn well life isn’t always about getting what we want when we want it… As a matter of fact, I can make the argument that entitlement and expectancy are the two biggest things that have plagued our current society. Even though we have more access to more information instantly at our fingertips, we are becoming less grateful and much tougher to please…

So… I have officially had a change of heart… I began this Daily Hustle with the idea of rallying support for an E.T. mega sequel and I am going to end it saying I hope it never gets made… Not because it wouldn’t be fantastic because Drew Barrymore playing the hot Mom would be absolutely surreal.

My reasoning for hoping it never gets made is because we are spoiled and need to realize that we can’t always have everything served on a silver platter and spoon-fed to us… 

Sometimes in life, we need to appreciate what we have and what is there in its most natural and pure form. With true classics, there is no upgrade and no modernizations that will be able to make it better, so unless we are advancing and progressing, we are just filling our own pathetic perceived needs that really aren’t needed at all… 

Simply put, sometimes in life, there is no sequel and we are all much better off for it… 

I think. 🤔 

-EB