Maybe I’m weird, maybe my years in small-market TV stations have warped me, but I occasionally like to watch afternoon talk shows.  It’s a harmless way to kill an hour, and once in a while, you get great ideas.  Remember when Oprah would gift everyone in the studio audience with expensive stuff so people could get on her level (while supplies last)?  If I were rich and famous, that’s the kinda thing I’d want for my talk show, handing out ‘Howard The Duck’ omnibuses and ‘Firefly’ box sets, leading to today’s effusive query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is a casual fan of a great many things, but would share my fandom love with a Legion flight ring, a 12 Doctors box set and a photo opportunity with Ashley Williams, asking:  If you got to be “Oprah For A Day,” what THREE pop-culture Favorite Things would you gift to your hypothetical audience?


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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. 1 – A Sonic Screwdriver replica. Either the one that has actual screwdriver heads or the one that is a remote control.
    2 – Star Wars Ultimate FX Lightsaber toys. Cheaper than the Force FX replicas, but that just means you’ll be more willing to play with them.
    3 – A gift card for Toys R Us. Doesn’t matter how old anyone is, there is bound to be something there they would like, from toys to video games to board games and so on.

  2. A BritCom DVD box set – includes the complete runs of Black Adder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and ‘Allo ‘Allo.

    A two-hour live concert performance by William Shatner. Includes a special ‘virtual duet’ with the late Leonard Nimoy on ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins’ (a la Celine Dion & Frank Sinatra’s ‘All The Way’).

    Copies of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and the Squadron Supreme trade (but not the one with Gruenwald’s ashes).

  3. Ram_evilspaceknight on

    1) The Harmy edit of Star Wars despecialised edition. Check out
    2) Preacher box set
    3) A MAME cabinet loaded with every arcade game from the 70’s through the 90’s

  4. I certainly would not tease them with a big pic of The Legion to suck them in to read an article.And have nothing about the Legion in the article!

    • In the bottom paragraph when Matthew lists his three things, there is technically something about the Legion in the article:
      “… but would share my fandom love with a LEGION FLIGHT RING, a 12 Doctors box set and a photo opportunity with Ashley Williams…”

      But I do see your point. I get the same feeling when the MS-QOTD has images of Super Sentai but the question has only a vague connection to the themes of the franchise.

      • Thanks for the response guys! I too love the Legion and have since before the Great Darkness Saga. The Legion pictured is,and always will be ,my favourite Legion.

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