As a rule, I’m more interested in a good team story than I am in the adventures of an individual character.  The interactions of a good ensemble can be as fascinating as any plot-twist for me, and a decent group of characters can liven up even the most deadly dull story.  If you doubt me, just imagine if the lackluster plots of Star Trek: Voyager were brought to life by the much more interesting cast of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, or even better, read Grant Morrison’s 90s Justice League relaunch for a whole new appreciation of The Batman as an integral part of a pantheon of heroes.  (He’s actually better in that team configuration than as either loose cannon or ultimate loner, to be honest.)  Even as good as previous Marvel movies were, The Avengers upped the ante by putting all the heroes together as a team, which leads us to today’s five-man-band query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is always a little sad to read the new Serenity comic book series, no matter how good, ’cause it’s not the same with 1/3 of the cast gone, asking: What’s the best ensemble cast in all the worlds of pop culture?


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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. Maybe it’s because I’ve just been to see it for the third time, but the film cast of Guardians of the Galaxy was really fantastic. Of course, there are so many teams to choose from.

  2. To me its Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, R2-D2 and C3PO. Put all of them in the Millenium Falcon, running from the Empire and great things are bound to happen.

  3. Saying Deep Space Nine is really tempting, but when I think ensemble piece, I think of Cheers. The cast worked really well together, and there wouldn’t be a problem if it was an episode about Carla, Rebecca, and Cliff with no Sam in it.

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