The internet has been a very inhospitable place for me of late, but last night I was forced to take refuge from the massive amounts of and watch Project Runway: All-Stars with my family.  The downside of this was NOT that I didn’t enjoy the program, but that, since this season was shot concurrently with the last one, it lacked the presence of host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn.  The one-two punch of sexy/paternally immaculate really solidifies the format, and makes Runway more than just another ‘artists-get-eliminated-based-on-random-factors-and-unfounded-opinions’ show in the same vein as a dozen other similar programs.  Without the charm, wit and fabulous ass that the hosts bring to the table, it’s just not as good a show…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is ready to make it work, asking: Which key players are absolutely necessary to your enjoyment of their respective corners of pop culture?


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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. Anyone but Anthony Daniels as C-3PO just doesn’t work for me. That might sound funny coming from someone who is technically deaf, but he brings more than just a voice to the droid.

    Similarly, I think a lot of animated series would be quite different without the voice actors they have. It is sometimes more than just someone delivering the lines written, some of them bring a lot of personality to the characters. Several of the classic Simpsons moments of Homer being stupid weren’t originally written but ad-libbed by Dan Catellaneta.

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