There are a lot of great stories in the various worlds of fiction, but few are as consistently funny (albeit vulgar) and mind-screwy as the 1974 Mel Brooks classic ‘Blazing Saddles’.  Endlessly quotable, audacious in its desire to offend every single person and demographic group it can, but still charismatic and endearing, the movie also features one of the greatest duos in movie history in the form of Sheriff Bart and The Waco Kid.  Their introductory “Are we awake?”, “We’re not sure… Are we black?” exchange sets the tone for a perfect partnership that triumphs over not only prejudice, wickedness and greed, but the very Fourth Wall itself.  The interactions of the late Cleavon Little and the always brilliant Gene Wilder are perfect in timing and tone, and their immediate, if unlikely friendship defangs even the harshest racial humor the movie has to offer (and since it’s a Mel Brooks movie, that’s something of a full-time job) which leads us to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also has an abiding love of Jay and Silent Bob, self-described heterosexual life partners, asking: Who’s your favorite non-romantic pairing in fiction?


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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. SmarkingOut Adam on

    Kitty Pryde and Lockheed. It is an adorable relationship and yet the two can kick butt when they need to.

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