A couple of years ago, while trawling through YouTube for Columbo videos to share on my @columbophile Twitter account, I stumbled across an absolute gem created by YouTube user ‘ohonemorething’.
Entitled Just One More Inception, it’s described as ‘A Columbo Inception trailer parody’. What that doesn’t tell you is that it’s 2-and-a-quarter of the best video minutes you’ll ever spend.
“Just One More Inception is 2-and-a-quarter of the best video minutes you’ll ever spend.”
I was very sad to see that the video was subsequently removed from YouTube sometime in mid-2015. I thought I’d never again enjoy its sweet, sweet portrayal of the greatest TV show of all. But help was at hand.
This time I put a plea for assistance via the columbophile Facebook page in late March 2016. And one of the canny page followers was able to point me in the right direction to its location elsewhere, so I can now share it merrily once more!
Featuring clips from several legendary episodes, including Murder by the Book; Death Lends a Hand; Etude in Black; Double Exposure; Now You See Him; Troubled Waters and A Stitch in Crime, the video entirely succeeds in making Columbo look like the coolest show of all time for today’s audience.
The clips used have a cinematic quality about them, all the big names are here, and there are some of the series’ very best lines included. The whole piece has been edited together very professionally, and seems to have been inspired by this trailer to Leo Di C thriller Inception.
“The video entirely succeeds in making Columbo look like the coolest show of all time for today’s audience.”
In short, it’s a great tribute to the show. And with talk of a Columbo reboot regularly circulating on the internet, it’s as relevant a view as it’s ever been.
My old Twitter friends may role their eyes that I’m playing that video again, but if you’re a fan of Columbo and you haven’t yet stumbled across this I’m certain you’ll love it. So click the image below, and enjoy… (note – will take you to an external site, but a perfectly OK one).
And if we’re talking honourable mentions, this one below is 1-minute of unadulterated Columbo joy! A TV promo from Japan, it’s got nice graphic touches and a catchy jingle which quickly catches in the mind: ‘Say the name…. COLUMBO!”
Before I go, here’s just one more video… This 80s TV promo for Murder by the Book is also rather wonderful. I’m certain you’ll enjoy it.
As always, I’d be happy to hear your thoughts. And thanks for reading. It means a great deal to me.