It wasn’t all that long ago that I was excited for Sunday nights, the night when I could see Bob Kirkman’s epic sprawling tale, ‘The Walking Dead’, in live action.  About halfway through the third season, though, I found my interest waning, and while I have checked in a time or two since (notably during bits of the Governor’s saga), the show has never again returned to the forefront of my interests.  Maybe it’s the difference in pacing between the two media, maybe it’s the fact that the show runners seem to think that glowering and snarling are the only real forms of acting, maybe it’s the fact that in watching the show I keep getting exposed to the awful ‘Comic Book Men’ and the navel-gazing meaninglessness of ‘Talking Dead.’  (Maybe I just need more Daryl?)  In any case, what was once a delight caused too much irritation for me to continue watching, which begs today’s piercing query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) had a similar problem with the Walking Dead comic book about the time Negan appeared, for slightly different reasons (mostly related to hating his every moment of existence more than any Kirkman character since Freedom Ring), asking: What pop culture that you used to love has now become a chore to follow?

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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.

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  1. Raising Hope got to be this way in its 4th season, luckily about 1/2-3/4 of the way through it started getting back to form. I love Burt & Virginia, but it didn’t need to be their show.

  2. You nailed it with Walking Dead. Unfortunately, I feel kind of the same way about Community. I didn’t much care for last season, and the reboot this season has felt too forced. I LOVED the show for so long that I am sticking to it, but with the occasional grown.

    I’m the same way about almost the entire Marvel Universe right now too. I was always a die-hard marvel, but I’m finding it all hard to take, after the endless pointless events and rebooted titles. At least the movie trailers look good.

  3. Certain comics, particularly those that are almost non-stop part of huge events where you miss out on big chunks of the story if you don’t buy every single tie-in and related stories.

    “Supernatural” sort of applies as well. I still love watching old episodes, but ever since season six (with the exception of “The French Mistake”, my favorite episode) it just hasn’t been as fun to follow as it used to be.

  4. I used to be a big video game nerd. I still play a bit and follow the gaming news, but I just don’t have the time or energy to keep up with the latest greatest consoles and the +60 hour RPGs and the grindiness of the MMORPGs. I spent ages playing an old MUD style RPG (woo batmud! http://www.bat.org), but just couldn’t keep up. I still like games in general, just not those that feel like overly long or tedious.

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