Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Great Moments, Bad Stories Edition


Let’s talk straight here: I own a LOT of really awful comic books.  But, in my defense, I’ve also seen a lot of terrible television, read a lot of terrible books, and I’ve seen the Prequel Trilogy of Star Wars at least once.  I know from bad stories is what I’m saying here, but even in the darkest of clouds there is sometimes a Silver Lining.  Witness the wonderful conversation in the other wise execrable ‘The Nude Bomb’ as Don Adams tries to brainstorm a bra made of cantaloupes and linguine (you kind of had to be there), or even the lovely pod-racing sequences in ‘The Phantom Menace,’ a fave-rave of Young Zach.  I have to admit that, while my youthful exuberance may have overestimated the long-term cultural impact of ‘The Black Hole’ by just a tiny smidgen, there are some wonderful effects shots throughout the film, and a fun scene-chewing performance from Maximilian Schell, which leads us to today’s subjective query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also point out that there are enough strong sequences in ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ comic book to offset the fact that it’s a bleak, self-contradictory and overly violent mess in many ways, asking: What are your favorite great moments trapped in otherwise terrible stories?