Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Columbo = Class Warfare


2. Every episode is glorious, if very thinly veiled, class warfare. Like “Die Hard,” but without the machine guns and broken glass. Some rich bastard will engineer an elaborate and ingenious murder. Swarthy little working-class Columbo – driving his beat-to-shit foreign convertible and pulling down an LAPD salary of $11,000 a year – will then wander onto the scene and proceed to slowly and methodically destroy some amoral, snobby, arrogant, self-serving, stick-up-the-ass bastard’s life.

Not sure I've ever really noticed the class war angle,
but it does help explain my enduring love for Columbo.

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