The volleyball scene is utterly confusing
The elephant in the room is the volleyball scene, clearly the most confusing and erotic scene of any movie. Why did the director of a movie about fighter pilots in the Navy find this scene totally necessary? I could write thousands of words about this scene, but I’ll keep it brief. I don’t know why it’s in here, I don’t know what purpose it serves, and I don’t think anyone knows.
As one dude as obsessed with the scene as I am remarked, “Why would Ice Man and Slider, who love busting Maverick’s balls, not give him crap for wearing jeans to play sand volleyball in the summer?”
I mean, these guys could have just as easily been playing a high-stakes game of Poker or Monopoly...but volleyball? In the summer? In jeans? What does it all mean?
Nobody—including the audience—is taught any lessons
If McKee is indeed correct about the hero’s journey, then all we have to do is look at the last scene of Top Gun to realize that Maverick will never truly change. Iceman says it himself, “You’re still dangerous.” Followed by the famous line, “You can be my wingman anytime,” to which Maverick retorts, “Bullshit, you can be mine.”
So, Iceman is still a stickler for the rules and Maverick is still a hothead wildcard—well, a hothead wildcard with a dead best friend.
Jeremy Glass is a hothead from New England who's prepared to go down for this—that's why they call him the "Nor'easter." No one calls him that.
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