During our Friday M.S.P., you’ll get a chance to hear Young Zack, Old Stephen and I discussing some of the greatest characters in the Western world, and how they work in multiple contexts. (As for who those characters are, tune in tomorrow!) That train of thought, along with random riffing on the Faceyspace, got Otter Disaster and I discussing stories where the characters are out of their element, and how enlightening they can be about the core concept of those characters. Lightning McQueen’s journey in ‘Cars’ is a good example, and, even though it has been DECADES since I first saw it, I vividly remember the episode of Underdog where our hero is left powerless in a Western setting and ends up having to fight Riff-Raff in a lovely take on ‘High Noon.’
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Magical Steampunk Batman sounds absolutely awful, asking: What’s your favorite story where the hero plays the ‘fish-out-of-water’ role?