I’ve been watching the original Twilight Zone reruns since I was ten years old, so I know a few things about a shocking reveal.  Alicia Masters is really a Skrull?  That silver-haired cat is actually Magneto?  Katie is possessed and ate half her family and killed Micah off-screen?  All of these are pretty solid, but if you had to rank the VERY BEST, scariest, shocking-est WHAM moments of all time, it’d be a difficult choice, leading to today’s sudden query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks that the end of the original ‘Planet Of The Apes’ is a strong contender on any level, asking: What’s the most overwhelmingly shocking reveal of them all?


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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. Before the explosion of the internet as we know it today, before smart televisions I was channel surfing on the television and landed on a movie with George Clooney and this weasley looking character with glasses. They were trying to cross the border or something like that my memory if vague but the movie was compelling enough and the acting engaging enough for me to watch it. Fast forward a half hour later there are strippers and vampires everywhere. Surely this is a nightmare sequence I told myself but the characters never woke up.

    From Dusk till Dawn by Quention Tarintino. I ha d no idea what I was in for, but it was interesting and the best reveal I ever experienced on a pure shock level.

  2. “Do it?” Dan, I’m not a Republic Serial villain. Do you seriously think I’d explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago.

  3. A bit of a change from my usual nerd fare, but the finale of The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes is jaw-dropping. I kind of don’t want to spoil it… but I will for the sake of discussion. :)
    It’s a real-life account of a series of assassinations carried out against the former members of a British military unit in (I think) the 80s, and it mostly reads like a better version of a Frederick Forsyth thriller, with additional interest because it’s a true story.
    Then, at the start of the chapter detailing the last assassination, it switches to the first person and you realise that *the author himself* was the final target. That blew my mind like nothing else I’ve ever read.

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