A recent conversation with Critical Hit’s Adriana led me to the shameful revelation that I’ve never actually sat down and watched any of the various incarnations of Sailor Moon, a show that she informed me is destined to be “my favorite show I’ve never watched.”  As a conscientious upper-midcard nerd, I try to keep aware of the things that preoccupy our people (in case there’s an uprising, I want to be able to speak the code-phrases that keep me from being executed by the new nerd leadership, be they Otaku, Brony or Magigeek.)  More importantly, Sailor Moon has all the ear-markings of things that I love:  A huge cast, like the Legion of Super-Heroes, transforming color-coded warriors like that one show Stephen hates me to mention, the wonderful perspective of Japanese comics and all the super-dupers with their fighty-fighty.  It’s CLEARLY well within my wheelhouse, but has always been a blind-spot, where things I actively DISLIKE have gotten at least some of my attention.  I plan to remediate that, presuming that the new series ever arrives, but it does bring up an interesting sort of quandary for me…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is amused to find all the trappings of Sailver Moon to be more super-heroey than the last two X-Men movies, asking: What makes us write-off certain bits of our pop-culture obsession without even thinking about it?

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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!

And a nice red uniform.

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7 Comments

  1. SmarkingOut Adam
    March 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    Too much history and importance placed on continuity. It took me a long time to give Dr. Who a try because, to hear people talk about it, there was going to be so much I was going to miss that it wasn’t even going to be worth it for me. That ended up not being the case, though the MSP crew has helped fill in some blanks for me in that regard.

    • March 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm — Reply

      I have a bit of that problem as well with certain shows. There are series that began when I didn’t have a particular channel or that I otherwise missed the initial season or three, so I just never got around to catching up to it nor could I just sit and watch a current episode.

      Of course a lot of this could be easily remedied with Netflix, but even then I have shows I already know I like that I want to catch up on first.

  2. March 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Sometimes it’s as simple as the style but other times word of mouth from people who like a series kill it for me. All the joy about the “brilliant” jokes at the expense of the Jonny Quest franchise killed any & all interest in seeing Venture Brothers. No matter how good it looks (and I have seen some downright awesome clips) I cannot bring myself to watch it because it killed any hopes of a serious revival for aomething else I love. But I can be jspiteful like that sometimes.

    • April 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm — Reply

      Actually, the Venture series had to stop making direct jokes about Johnny Bravo so as Hanna Barbera could potentially revive the series in some other form.at some point. So, no more bias, the show isn’t/doesn’t hurt the chances of Johnny Bravo coming back now. Get to watching the awesomeness before the next season comes out.

      • April 2, 2013 at 6:17 am — Reply

        Quest, not Bravo, Rob. Johnny Bravo is the one who talks like Elvis…

  3. tidge
    March 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    I will forgo certain bits of pop-culture because I simply don’t want to be dragged into them. For example, there have been very well-reviewed comics, teevee shows and novels that would appear to be right up my alley…but I simply don’t want to commit to the experience!

    That being said…I think that since a certain Widget is watching “Regular Show”, there is an easy excuse for other folks to be exposed to it in a very non-committed way…I think that such folks may find themselves appreciating it in ways they could not imagine…

  4. Hannah
    April 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    No description, or worse, a poor description of subject matter. Which is, admittedly, not such a good thing. But when I ask “What’s it about, what makes it good?” I want answers, and I don’t want to be hit with a disinterested, “You wouldn’t like it, because of X,”.

    The other thing is when someone who you dislike is very into said thing, which doesn’t happen too much, luckily. It has happened to me though, and it’s a difficult thing to overcome.

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