Hello and goodbye. That was basically what defunct video rental company Blockbuster said as it briefly resurfaced on Twitter on Tuesday, August 11, after a six-year absence.
The first tweet showed up around 9 a.m.
Just checking in. 👋— Blockbuster (@blockbuster) August 11, 2020
And Twitter was pretty welcoming ...
Look, we're not gonna get all sentimental here, but it's good to hear from you. You've been missed. From Friday night rentals to late fees and forgetting to rewind... you've always been in our hearts. A lot has changed since we last saw you. If you need anything, we're here. pic.twitter.com/5tdAIZ6AZp— MGM Studios (@MGM_Studios) August 11, 2020
The year is now 2020. Still no flying cars. Welcome back.— roxane gay (@rgay) August 11, 2020
Hey! You don't happen to have any extra copies of NCAA 13 or 14 laying around do you? DMs are open.— Isaac Shouldice (@CShouldiceG9) August 12, 2020
Then alas, not even eight hours later, Blockbuster decided to descend back into the hole from whence it came ...
Ok, we've seen enough. Checking out.— Blockbuster (@blockbuster) August 11, 2020
Of course, Twitter had a heyday responding to that as well.
They saw 2020 and really went: pic.twitter.com/S41PeLVDLH— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ცɿՐძ 🐦 (@QwertysAdvocate) August 12, 2020
A little social distance humor:
I guess it’s too late but all you had to do was get longer chains for your pens.— Matt Larson (@mklarson74) August 12, 2020
And the question we're all asking:
Can you please hit rewind before you go?— jason nightingale (@bigjnighty) August 12, 2020
The one thing we wish Blockbuster would have settled before slipping back into darkness? Whether or not Shazaam really existed. You know they know!
If you're really in need of a Blockbuster fix, there is one lone Blockbuster still alive in Bend, Oregon. This week, they announced that they'll be turning the store into an Airbnb for three nights in September, for the ultimate '90s sleepover.
To be honest, we don't blame Blockbuster for taking one look at 2020 and deciding to skedaddle. But what say you? Should they give it another go? Is Blockbuster what we all need right now? Tell us in the comments!