In this, the age of snark and dismissal, there are entire websites designed to do nothing but post an image of a television show, comic or movie and say “LOL FAIL.”  At least some of the blame for this has to be laid at the feet of the (now bleedin’ demised) website “Jumping The Shark”, which catalogued a laundry list of moments that derailed their home media, leaving the shows in question “forever ruined.”  I think what’s hardest to remember is that all of those moments, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, was a subjective judgment, left to the eye of the beholder.  (Those who mock Fonzie waterskiing over that shark pen are blind to the fact that the show was #1 in the ratings that season, and for several seasons.)  As for me, I’ve never understood the hatred aimed at The Great Gazoo, a goofy science fiction elf who appeared in the final season of The Flintstones cartoon, and has repeatedly been cited as “the thing that ruined the show.”  As voiced by Harvey Korman, Gazoo was amusing to me, and it’s quite fun to listen to people explaining that a world of cavemen living alongside dinosars, carving stones into working automobiles is now devoid of the realism that is key to their cartoon experience thanks to Gazoo, leading us to today’s fourth-dimensional query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is, to be frank, a little leery of any ‘Jump The Shark’ definitions of any sort, but does agree that the last episode of Season Two of ‘Transformers’ was utter crap, asking: What conventionally mocked or hated moments in pop culture do you nonetheless enjoy?

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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!

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6 Comments

  1. June 21, 2014 at 11:33 am — Reply

    The last episode of Season Two of Transformers? “B.O.T.”? Curious if this is the one or if you’re thinking of the Headmaster episodes. Sorry, I’m a gigantic Transformers nerd.

    • June 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm — Reply

      Yes.

      B.O.T.

      That excrable pile of spare frames strung together with all the care of a chicken eating grain out of a funnel.

  2. Kirby
    June 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    I actually like Sgt. Hatred as the new Venture bodyguard, in some cases more than Brock.

  3. June 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers itself as one long “moment”. Even in it’s early days of popularity, it was pretty heavily mocked (and is mocked even more now), yet I still enjoy the old series (and a few of the later incarnations) despite how unbearably cheesy it can be at times. Even though it is no secret I currently still love Super Sentai, I can’t help but love the almost MST3K worthy cheese of the early years of Power Rangers.

    I’m also one of those strange Star Wars fans that actually likes a lot of the additions in the Special Edition and later re-releases of the classic trilogy, including the additional song in Jabba’s Palace, that many people hate or mock. The only thing I’m really against is the Greedo/Han thing (HAN SHOT FIRST!!!).

  4. Joe Iconic
    June 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    Land of the Lost movie with Will Farrell

  5. Clubberlang6
    June 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    Without a doubt, the fact I am a big kate and allie fan. sometimes tears and sorrows are all the things we got. . just when you think you’re all by yourself you’re not

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