We live in a unique futuristic world, one where every new movie and television show is an adaptation of an existing book or comic, while audiences complain that nobody has any creativity and that each new iteration is an abomination compared to that which has come before.  It has led to weird broken fan-bases where some herald Chris Pine as the one, true Jim Kirk and others still can’t believe they made Starbuck so pretty.  As for me, I’m usually lukewarm to adaptations, though I enjoy the Flash television series and the cartoon adventures of the Teen Titans.  I even like the movie version of the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, with a likable Martin Freeman and some bold choices made by Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and Zooey Can’t-Spell-Her-Name.  It’s not a wonderful as the original novel, but it’s a genial little film, which leads us to today’s hoopy frood query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t mind the changes in the film, even Trillian’s love-interest upgrade, given that every iteration of the Guide contains changes from the last, asking:  What pop culture do you enjoy equally in different incarnations, ala Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?


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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. Star Trek probably falls into that category for me. Next Gen era is my favorite, but I enjoy it in pretty much any incarnation. I even find things to enjoy about the odd numbered movies and think Enterprise was a good series. (Fight me!) :)

  2. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    The three Quatermass movies from Hammer Films. They have two different actors and cinematic looks/styles, and different rules. But they all have that Brit sci-fi feel that I love, and Quatermass is a cool scientist hero type.

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