These days, narratives are more complex and the audiences who read/watch/listen much more sophisticated than the days when Lucy crying was a punchline for most episodes of ‘I Love Lucy.’  This has led to sublime moments, like Ted & Victoria’s first date but also the strips where it seems that Garfield is starving to death in an abandoned house.  For me, those weird moments are as entertaining as the plotted ones, and even the most inexplicable moment of them all is somebody’s favorite part (except for that dying Garfield thing, because that’s just terrifying) leading to today’s perplexing query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still doesn’t know what in the world the Dream Cheese Man from ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ means, asking: What scene is the most inexplicable moment in all of your favorite pop culture?

The Author

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!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. January 27, 2017 at 6:17 am — Reply

    Ending of 2001: Space Odyssey. No idea what happened.

    • Rob
      January 27, 2017 at 8:53 am — Reply

      It’s all explained in the novelisation of the sequel. It still doesn’t make much sense but it is something

  2. January 27, 2017 at 9:17 am — Reply

    “Forever Red” and “Legendary Battle” of Power Rangers. It was all cool because they involved multiple past Rangers of various teams showing up, but it was never explained how some of them got their powers back, particularly since some of those powers were “lost forever”. There are fan theories, of course (I’m partial to the theory that something akin to the events of “Once a Ranger” happened and the powers were restored from backup data in the Morphin Grid), but there are no official explanations.

    But I was just happy to see Tommy as the Green Ranger again, so I try not to overthink it.

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