Monday, August 11, 2008

Get Smart Chestertonian Moment

After the recent issue of the old "Get Smart" TV show on DVD, we've been watching for family "movie" night.

Last night's episode was particularly Chestertonian.

86 and 99 are fighting off the bad guys in the toy department of a store. After discovering that they are out of real ammunition, they begin to use the ping pong ball shooter, the toy guns, stuffed animals, and finally, a toy exploding dirigible to fight off the enemy successfully.

When 99 wonders how they did it, Smart says, "Well, we had every toy made for children at our command; they only had real guns and bullets."

I liked that line a lot, and it seemed as if you might like it, too.


  1. Why yes - and here's what it is echoing:

    ...the popularisation of the Trojan origin by Virgil has a vital relation to all those elements that have made men say that Virgil was almost a Christian. It is almost as if two great tools or toys of the same timber, the divine and the human, had been in the hands of Providence; and the only thing comparable to the Wooden Cross of Calvary was the Wooden Horse of Troy. So, in some wild allegory, pious in purpose if almost profane in form, the Holy Child might have fought the Dragon with a wooden sword and a wooden horse.
    GKC, The Everlasting Man CW2:288

    --Dr. Thursday

  2. +JMJ+

    That kinds of reminds me of the Home Alone movies. =)


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