Nothing makes one feel older than watching TV Land, the cable equivalent of the oldies station, and seeing shows that you watched in their first run. So it was for me, recently, with the episode of ‘Friends’ featuring Ross and Rachel discovering which celebrities are on their “No Strings Attached” list. Though I have never seen the appeal in Isabella Rosellini (she looks eerily like Dave Foley, for one thing) I can get behind the theoretical idea/game at the heart of the episode. But, since we are a pop culture website, if the Faithful Spoilerites were to play, we’d probably have to alter the rules a bit. James T. Kirk was always a hit with the ladies in-universe, but would he appeal to today’s audiences? Thus, I came up with three
rules guidelines for harmonious living regarding today’s query:
- Rule 1: The person must be come from another universe (read “must be imaginary.”) You may choose Tony Stark, but NOT Robert Downey Junior, unless you’re in the DC Universe. (Which you are not.)
- Rule 2: You may choose a certain timeframe of their life (i.e. “Han in ‘A New Hope'”) but they must remain true to their character. No upgrades or personality swaps, unless you can make a canonical argument (i.e. “Mirror Universe Spock.”)
- Rule 3: There is ABSOLUTELY NO… Rule 3.
- Rule 4: One imaginary paramour per customer, no choosing R2-D2 AND C-3PO, unless there is no way to separate (i.e. Chang & Eng Bunker, who are not imaginary, and thus make a terrible example.)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) won’t use Ross’ 5 celebrities idea, because that’s another show entirely, asking: What one “alternate universe” person would you choose for a no-strings-attached (unless you’re into that sort of thing) romantic fling?