There are a LOT of super-heroes in the world, and I’ve made it my business to know as many as my bulbous gray matter can retain, especially those who get no respect from the general public.  Back in the 1980s, your humble MS-QOTD had nothing but disdain for the adventures of Captain Planet, but as I’ve aged, I find the show’s lack of pretension to be kind of endearing.  One thing you could always count on the good Cap’n to do was hammer home the message with the full elemental-powers-combined of his freakish alien-blue body and the cast was remarkably diverse (even if the token white jerk kid got to be leader).  Indeed, The Planeteers have a lot of pretty impressive moments in the hundred or so episodes, and their array of abilities are the prototype for the proverbial Five-Man Band hero configuration, leading us to today’s elemental query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a penchant for fire-based powers which my mother always attributed to being born under the sign of Sagittarius, asking: Which of The Planeteers’ powers combined do you find most attractive: Earth, Air, Fire, Water or Heart?


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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. Chris formerly of Orlando on

    As much as I tend to rush headlong into the superior and practical power of Earth, I find myself leaning towards Heart in this case; I feel like the world needs a lot more love and understanding while a tall blue alien beats the crap out of you for not listening.

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