It’s always interesting to see early appearances of characters we know and love.  Superman’s chest symbol evolved for several years before turning into the stylized yellow fishies we all know and love, Spock was seen openly smiling in ‘The Cage’ and the Thing was a lumpy clay beast for quite some time.  Though Power Rangers/Sentai as we know it started a couple years earlier, the first Super Sentai series was Battle Fever J, a show notable for a few of these kind of inconsistencies, notably an Orange Ranger and a full-helmet wig for the Pink Ranger (which, frankly, always gives me a case of the screaming heebie-jeebies.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always thought that the skirt costume on Star Trek: TNG’s male crewmen were fair play for the ladies, asking: What are your favorite examples of not-quite-finalized premises in pop culture?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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!

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5 Comments

  1. October 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm — Reply

    Pretty much anything from the early years of Super Sentai, Kamen Rider and Doctor Who.

  2. B.V.K.
    October 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm — Reply

    I always like to look at the changes made from some of my favorite long running TV shows. If you compare the first season of Scrubs/Family Guy/Big Bang etc. to the last or most current season they are extremely different in the way that they handle character development, writing and in some cases production quality.

  3. J_Michael_T
    October 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm — Reply

    South Park. Watch the early episodes and compare the “finished product” to today’s. Remarkably different.

  4. October 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm — Reply

    You know, Toei retroactively added GoRanger and JAKQ to the Super Sentai lineup in 1995. Battle Fever has Kenji Ohba, though, and for that alone it deserves preferential treatment.

  5. October 8, 2012 at 6:11 am — Reply

    In some of the earlier (season 1 & 2) eps of MST3K, Joel is almost casually cruel to the Bots, doing stuff like deliberately knocking off Tom’s dome or ripping off one of Crow’s arms to teach him a lesson. Compared with his later mellow father-figure role, it’s very odd, yet I find it oddly amusing.

    And that Miss America sentai helmet is freaky. Brr…

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