Thanks to the magic of reruns, I recently re-watched the episode of ‘Family Guy’ wherein Brian is hit by a car and dies, and it was… weirdly moving.  Even knowing how it all shakes down and how it’s entirely a short-term development, it was an unexpectedly meaningful death, followed by Stewie’s acceptance of his best friend’s mortality.  The fact that a show about cartoon sociopaths, filled with non-sequiturs and cutaways that amount to nothing but cheap-shot jokes could successfully generate that level of emotion was pretty amazing, leading to today’s freakin’ sweet query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was moved nearly to tears at the “death” of the Tenth Doctor, even though it was followed immediately by a regeneration, asking: What’s the most unexpectedly meaningful death in pop culture?

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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.

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