For several years, Young Zach kept recommending ‘Breaking Bad’ to me, telling me about how cool is, how amazing the acting and cinematography are, how good the writing is.  And, somehow, aside from half an episode of ‘Better Call Saul’, I keep finding that I’m just not interested in sitting down and actually doing it.  I mean, the show seems right up my alley, and I like Cranston, and the scads of people gushing about it’s wonderfulness have had the effect of overcoming my natural resentment of being told that I *MUST* watch something, and yet…  I just can’t bring myself to sit down with the show yet, leading to today’s recalcitrant query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually had a similar problem on a smaller scale with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, and that movie turned out great, asking: What bit of popular culture do you keep thinking you should watch, even though you’re somehow not interested?


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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. Well, I’m in the same boat with you on Breaking Bad – I got about 4-5 episodes into it, hit a decent stopping point, took a break and was never able to get myself back to it.

    But the answer that probably best fits your premise for me is Stranger Things. Everyone raves about it, and there’s enough about it in my wheelhouse that I would probably love it, but, for some reason, I cannot summon any interest in watching it.

  2. I got a few: Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones, Grand theft Auto, for example. Actually, I saw first season of Game Of Thrones but somehow didn’t bother after that.

  3. Daniel Langsdale on

    I trust myself more than I trust others. So if I think I wouldn’t like something, even if everyone else says it’s the awesomest awesome that ever awesomed, I don’t feel any urge to spend my time watching it. Witness the Godfather trilogy.

    There’s just too much out there I’d enjoy that I haven’t seen/read/etc. yet to waste time on popular stuff that is so far out of my wheelhouse that it’s dragging anchor.

  4. Gotham, Game of Thrones and Star Trek: Discovery.

    GoT and Discovery I at least have some semi-valid reasons that I have yet to see them as I don’t have HBO or any of the streaming services they are available on. I can’t say I’m in a hurry to watch either one of them, though there is a part of me that is surprised as they seem to fit right into my area of interests.

    But Gotham, I have no idea why I have yet to see a single episode. I was interested by the premise before it came out and had intended to give it a try, but to this day I haven’t seen a single episode.

  5. I am also on the Game of Thrones boat of non-watchers. I’ve heard soooo much about it and I’m just like “Meh.” My son keeps trying to get me to watch Stranger Things and American Horror Story with him. I made it 3 episodes into AHS before I was like, “Okay, next.”

    But, my big one, the one that will make everybody gawk…I’ve never made it through Star Wars. I’ve made it to Chewy and Hans at the bar and I’m just so bored I can’t watch anymore. I’ve tried, but it’s just not something I’m interested in. Maybe it’s just too much hype driving me away. Or, maybe I’m just a trekkie and not into both because I can watch Star Trek movies (at least the ones with the TNG cast and the new ones).

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