Introducing “a new bunch of moptopped heartthrobs” from “across the pond, the big one with Hawaii in the middle,” Stephen Colbert dressed BTS up as the Beatles — and put himself in Ed Sullivan drag — for a pair of black-and-white segments that lovingly recreated the look of the Fab 4’s history-making look on that very same stage in 1964.
The “young lads from Seoul” know how one can rock a Beatlesuit, because it seems. And in the event you thought nobody may ever beat John, Paul, George and Ringo for tightly executed synchronized choreography, seven-part concord and winsome rapping, it’s possible you’ll need to assume once more.
The chilly open on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” identified that the Okay-pop phenoms’ look got here precisely 55 years, three months and 6 days after the sign second of the Beatles’ televised British invasion in February ’64. Every of the seven members was launched in panning closeup (“Hi, my name is V, and I’m a good boy”) and recognized by his nickname… which, in all seven instances, was “the cute one.”
Following an interview (one thing the Beatles by no means received on the couch-free “Ed Sullivan Show”), it was again to the land of B&W pastiche as BTS carried out “Boy With Luv” in entrance of an unplayed Ringo-style drum equipment.
With Colbert slicking his hair again and adopting Sullivan’s officious method, sure throwback gags had been aimed over the heads and demographics of the core viewers, like the truth that BTS had been purportedly preceded on the present by “Cassius Clay and his spinning plates, everyone.” Later, the host promised that “we’ll be right back with the plate-spinning magic of vice president Hubert Humphrey.”
Purported viewers inserts additionally had screaming ladies and sign-bearing boys in 1964 regalia … a slight exaggeration of the wry enthusiasm with which precise modern-day Beatlemaniacs greeted the affectionate homage, if in all probability an understatement of simply how badly BTS followers need to maintain the group’s collective hand.