When I was a kid like young Zach, I used to enjoy sitting up each weekend to watch episodes of Saturday Night Live on the Quasar TV I bought for 12 dollars.  (That sentence is awful, and yet I’m somehow proud of it.)  I vividly recall some of the most memorable moments of SNL first-hand, including the assassination of Buckwheat (“brought to you by Mutual Life, because YOU could die tomorrow!”), the television debut of Spinal Tap, and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ impersonation of MTV’s Nina Blackwood.  Many of the jokes and bits of business stick with me to this day and I have continued watching the show periodically throughout the years, even though I consider myself to be a casual fan at best.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is that thing, where a midget on roller skates wears all your clothes, and you, like, pull them through the airport, asking: What bits of pop-culture do you find yourself revisiting over and over again, regardless of their quality or changes in tone or direction?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. There are a number of movies that I keep coming back to, but none more than the Star Wars movies. From the brilliance of Empire, to the blandness of Clones.
    Other pop-culture contenders: Buffy, Red Dwarf and the works of Steven Spielberg. Each of them can cure a bad mood, and heal illness.
    It may not quite qualify, but Christmas: Movies; music; and that fuzzy feeling that they create.

  2. I may not enjoy every offering from Star Wars (such as Greedo shooting first or some of the retcons) but overall it is still one of my favorite settings. From the cohesive novel universe (where what happens in one book still exists in the next, unlike Star Trek novels) is where I tend to get the most enjoyment other than the original trilogy, but I also enjoy bits of the prequels (Yoda’s fight scene), the animated Clone Wars series (we got to see Dathomir, my favorite world, quite a bit last season!) and some of the games (not all, though).

    Similarly, I tend to stick with Doctor Who, Everquest and Green Lantern through thick and thin as well, and to a lesser degree Star Trek.

  3. Batman, doesn’t matter if its animated, Nolanverse, Burtons movies, comics, graphic novels, literary novels or video games. I know I will probably like it, cause Batman is awesome.

  4. Filmation cartoons. Maybe it’s because I grew up with them or learned about why their quality was what it was when I was older & tried to be an animation lay-historian, but I can’t help but love them. And occassionally quote them.

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