“This is the way the world ends/ Not with a bang but a whimper.”
So T.S. Eliot clearly couldn’t have had Disney Channel’s four-season run of “Hannah Montana” in mind as an apt metaphor when he wrote “The Hollow Men,” but the words remain eerily relevant.
The vehicle that brought Miley Cyrus into the collective cultural consciousness — and revived the career of dad Billy Ray — quietly went the way of so many children’s series before it on Jan. 17, with the last episode, “Wherever I go.”
In the two-parter, Miley (recently outed as her alter-ego, Hannah) faces the finale-worthy dilemma of going to college or starring in a film. Since this is Disney, clearly both options would be equally desirable for the young demographic, so what’s ideal to kids these days?
Well, Miley got into Stanford. A perennial top 10 university among undergraduate programs and the West Coast equivalent of the Ivy League, this makes sense. The movie, on the other hand, is a tad out of touch.
Steven Spielberg invites Miley to Paris — girls love Paris! — to co-star in his next project with… Tom Cruise. Yes, in the world of “Hannah Montana,” the pinnacle of film has not changed since 1997.
Miley chose college, obviously. It’s sensible and sets a good example for the kids. It also offers a little bit of redemption for the character, who, out of touch as that blonde wig would lead you to believe, can still recognize a flop when she sees one.