But there’s another potential blockbuster to come that I hope will eclipse “Top Gun” audiences: I’m talking about the January 6 committee public hearings, which premiere on June 9. Just watch the buzz in advance:
And while “Top Gun” was just a movie, the January 6 panel hearings are set to be an eight-episode extravaganza. Some episodes are even scheduled to air during prime time.
There are obviously big differences between the two attractions, starting with the degree of star power. In the “Top Gun” sequel, Cruise, who gets the top billing, is joined by Hollywood stars Miles Teller and Jon Hamm.
But the list of potential talent lined up for the January 6 hearings isn’t too shabby. The final cast has still not been locked in, but could include a handful of former Justice Department officials who Trump allegedly lobbied for help in his failed bid to void the 2020 election. might even see cameo appearances, via music video, of previously recorded testimonials from big-name players such as Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.
However, the main difference between the two dramas – and it’s not insignificant – is that the sole purpose of the new “Top Gun” film is to entertain.
The Jan. 6 committee hearings, meanwhile, serve the vital purpose of making the case to the American public that Trump and key players around him are engaged in a behind-the-scenes effort to overturn the 2020 election. aims to show that they may have played more than a role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Now, we don’t really know what to expect once the hearings begin. As with the film “Top Gun” which was kept secret from the public for nearly two years after its completion to allow closed theaters to reopen after the pandemic, staff members of the January 6 committee are secretly working on final edits. before the big release date.
But if the rumors circulating around the production are correct, audiences will open with a look at the panel’s 10-month investigation, then introduce the gripping script and a number of key players in the political melodrama.
Like a matinee that hasn’t opened yet, but the audience has seen the trailer, audiences are hungry to know more about upcoming attractions.
Will there be any surprise appearances – maybe an appearance from someone like former Vice President Mike Pence? And how will Donald Trump respond to allegations about his potential role in the drama, including reports last week that he welcomed January 6 protesters’ chants to ‘hang Mike Pence’?
Another intriguing question is whether the Justice Department will prosecute some or all of the figures involved in the January 6 unrest – assuming the committee’s case is compelling enough. What if one of those people involved happens to be the former president? Just weeks ago, the department requested witness transcripts from the committee, so federal prosecutors could keep their options open on that front.
If the January 6 hearings lead to criminal charges against Trump, it could of course lead to a blockbuster that will blow up the current attraction. It would be an even bigger sequel to the original “Trump on Trial” miniseries – his two impeachments. And who knows? Later, a future spin-off of Trump’s hit reality show may be called “The Apprentice: Rikers Island edition.”
It has been over 500 days since the January 6 attack on our Capitol to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. It reminds me of one of the most famous lines from the original “Top Gun,” when the two main leads, Maverick and Goose, said, “I feel the need…the need for speed.” From where I’m sitting, it’s no longer a question of speed. I “desperately feel the need…the need for justice”.
If the January 6 committee hearings can help achieve that goal, it will truly be this summer’s biggest blockbuster.