Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Mistimed Shark-Jump Edition


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?