Dec 4, 2019
Baywatch “Mirror, Mirror” (part 1 of 4)
Just by pure happenstance, this turned out to be the week where I finally had to add “Hasselhoff” to my MS Word spell check dictionary. We didn’t intend to post two recaps of two episodes of two completely different shows starring David Hasselhoff on the same week—it just happened that way. Perhaps there’s some sort of irresistible force that attracts all recappers to discussing the Hoff sooner or later.
A couple of days ago we covered Knight Rider, and now it’s time to talk about Baywatch. Do I really need to tell you anything about Baywatch? I don’t think I do. After all, at its peak it was the world’s most watched TV show—the Guinness Book of World Records says so. At the time, it had an estimated weekly audience of over 1 billion people in 142 countries, providing clear evidence that large breasted women jogging in slow motion truly is the universal language.
I’ll be honest: The time I spent preparing for this recap is the first time I’ve ever watched a complete episode of Baywatch from start to finish. I remember seeing bits and pieces of it when it was on, but I always thought of it as just one of those shows that aimed for the lowest common denominator, with broad, obvious plots and plenty of hammy acting. As it turns out, I was absolutely right.