Susie Moore, Deputy Managing Editor for RedState
As years go, 1986 was a rather significant one for me: I graduated high school, met and began dating my first serious boyfriend, turned 18, and started college. That spring and summer were filled with special moments and memories. When “Top Gun” hit the theaters, we were there. I don’t recall the exact count, but I know I saw it in the theater several times. It had a huge impact – culturally and in our teenaged psyches. It was quintessentially mid-80s – and I know I’m far from alone in appreciating the nostalgia of it.
So it was that I looked forward with great anticipation to the release of its sequel – skeptical though I was as to whether it could ever touch the original (as so few sequels truly do). I didn’t worry much when the initial delay was announced but was genuinely disappointed when COVID put it on ice for another almost two years.