We all have our favorite shows, our favorite actresses and our favorite episodes, those bits of pop culture that we simply don’t want to see updated, upgraded or rebooted.  For a very long time, my metaphorical line in the imaginary pop-culture sand was Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, a formative character in my youth.  Based on what I’ve seen, though, Gal Gadot and the producers of the upcoming WW flick are prepared to make a shot at that hardest to replace spot in my heart.  At least I can still comfort myself by knowing that there will never be another Roddy MacDowell in ‘The Black Hole’, as I firmly believe they’re never gonna remake that thing, leading us to today’s irreplaceable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has grudgingly accepted Zach Quinto, but still can’t think of Chris Pine as authentically James T. Kirk, asking: What actor or actress would you find the hardest to replace in a reboot or remake?

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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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7 Comments

  1. August 21, 2016 at 11:29 am — Reply

    Based on ones they are already replacing or soon will have to, either Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones or Han Solo.

  2. August 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    Any of the past actors who portrayed The Doctor. It wouldn’t be impossible, as they have had a few of decent choices for portraying older Doctors both in the series itself and in other media (such as Richard Hurndall as the 1st Doctor in “The Five Doctors” and David Bradley as William Hartnell during his time portraying The Doctor in the TV movie “An Adventure in Space and Time”), but it would not be an easy job. It isn’t just that they would need to look like them, they also would need to be able to replicate their respective personalities and the energy they brought to the characters in a way that doesn’t seem forced. Same goes for notable companions (Susan, Sarah Jane Smith, Brigadier Lethrbridge-Stewart, etc).

  3. Randron
    August 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    SMG’s Buffy, the slayer of vampires. She being a replacement herself cemented what we should expect from the role.

  4. August 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    Gal Gadot has imprinted herself as Wonder Woman in my mind now, but other characters that could never be reinvented in my mind would be Patrick Stuart as Jean-Luc Picard or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

    • August 22, 2016 at 7:56 am — Reply

      I wouldn’t mind someone taking the role of a very young Picard during his Academy years or something distant from the TNG timeframe, but I would certainly have difficulty with anyone but Patrick Stewart as the TNG and surrounding times Picard. But even then, it would have to be someone with very special talents who could make us believe that this would be the same man who eventually went on to become Captain of the Enterprises D and E. I didn’t quite buy that young actor who played the teen Picard from the episode when the transporter malfunction had him and a few others turned into kids.

  5. DamienR
    August 22, 2016 at 8:09 am — Reply

    Well, as CBS is going to learn the hard way, Richard Dean Anderson is hard to replace as MacGyver, even if you try to use a whole team to do it!

    Plus Nathan Fillion IS now and forever Mal Reynolds – “You know why? Because we are so… very… pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die. Huh? Look at that chiseled jaw!”

  6. August 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    I don’t even want to imagine what Optimus Prime will sound like without Peter Cullen. So iconic.

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