While working in the television business, one can find some odd conversations. One morning some years ago, during a full-on news broadcast, two of my colleagues and I began having a discussion about ‘Sesame Street’ of all things, during which the director revealed his utter hatred for Elmo. His rant was a fascinating thing, illuminating why he believed “that little red bastard” wasn’t really a part of the Street at all, but instead a usurper and that “Sesame Street doesn’t need his crap.” (This discussion was being had by three people aged 35 to almost 60, none of whom were regular viewers of the program any longer.) The addition of new characters to liven up a long-running series is nothing new in fiction (see also: Sir Lancelot, reputedly added to Arthurian mythos when a French author decided the tales of King Arthur required his country’s literary tradition of the cuckolded lover) but the reaction to them can be something of a crapshoot. Some, like ‘Brady Bunch’s Cousin Oliver, become synonymous with decline and failure, while others, like Steve Urkel and Elmo himself, can become more popular than the existing cast members and forever change the dynamics of our favorite pop culture.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you of the lesson of 7 of 9, who proved that a corset and a catsuit can make at least a small silk purse out of the dullest of metaphorical sow’s ears, asking: What “late addition” characters do you find yourself liking as much or more as the original cast members?