Sometimes, in the wee hours of the night, strange things occur to me.  Like how Hal Jordan’s over-the-top attitude would be more palatable if it were his *mother* who died in a fighter-jet crash, or how Taylor Swift would look awesome with a full sleeve tattoo.  (It would certainly make her Pretty Pretty Princess routine less saccharine and twee.)  These kind of thoughts are what George Carlin called “the things that kept me out of the really good schools”, but they’re also wonderful to consider.  Would Rodrigo has disliked ‘Moulin Rouge’ as much if it weren’t a jukebox musical?  Would Zach still love ‘Breaking Bad’ if Heisenberg were played by Bob Newhart?  Would ‘Gotham’ have worked better for me if Jada Pinkett-Smith’s name weren’t the ridiculous Fish Mooney?  The slightest change can have massive consequences, as Jeff Goldblum will tell you, but those same alterations can also lead us to today’s theoretical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) suspects that ‘The Phantom Menace’ without Jar-Jar Binks might have some appeal to many, asking:  What minor changes do you think might make you interested in something you’re otherwise put off by?


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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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