Quotes: Status Quo Is God

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    Film — Live-action 

Stick to the stuff you know
If you wanna be cool
Follow one simple rule
Don't mess with the flow, no no
Stick to the status quo
Stick to the stuff you know
It is better by far
To keep things as they are
Don't mess with the flow, no no
Stick to the status quo
High School Musical, "Stick to the Status Quo"


"Those heavily invested in the status quo had difficulty thinking outside of it—and were often tainted by it."
Daniel Suarez, Influx


It feels like I only go backwards baby
Every part of me says go ahead
I got my hopes up again, oh no... not again
Feels like we only go backwards darling
Tame Impala, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

    newspaper comics 

"Large corporations welcome innovation and individualism in the same way the dinosaurs welcomed large meteors."

    live-action tv 

Monk: There's an old saying: don't change anything—ever.
Natalie: That's an old saying?
Monk: I've been saying it for years.


Jay: The fact that nobody believes in ghosts anymore? That makes no sense. After all the events of the first movie? A giant marshmallow man walked down the city streets, but nobody believes in anything supernatural anymore? Did everybody forget?
Rich: Because proof of the existence of ghosts would change the world too much. You still wanna ground the movie in reality—
Mike: That's the thing, though, Ghostbusters wasn't specifically ghosts; it was more interdimensional beings. Especially the ending: an interdimensional god was attacking the Earth. It wasn't dead humans coming back to life, it was more an alien kinda thing. But you're right, it would change society dramatically. And writing that kinda thing into a sequel would be complex.
Jay: But that would make it interesting. I mean, there is a certain science element to these movies, too.
Mike: Ehh, they went and threw it all into the garbage. And listened to the people at the boardroom table who said, "This is the best way to make a buncha money."
Rich: "Look, Jay: You make a plot about slime so you can sell jars of slime to kids. And you can also make a new backpack that they wear that kids'll wanna buy that shoots slime!"


"I'm the last living thing on the planet! Uh... I should have this fixed by next week, folks..."
Princess Pi, "Princess Pi vs. Everything"

    web original 

"Two years, folks. Thatís how long the death of the DC Multiverse, the entire stated reason for Crisis, managed to last."

"Batman has either reached self parody or is doing its closest modern interpretation of Sisyphus. Instead of being destined to pushing a boulder uphill for all eternity, Batman has to catch the Joker again and again and again to the end of time."

"What this does is simply recycle old ideas even more and more, not allowing these characters to grow and change. This has led to dubious editorial decisions, like Peter Parker making a deal with Satan to destroy his marriage. Characters that occasionally changed and struck out on their own (Scott Summers leaving the X-Men after Jean Grey died, for instance) are now locked into their positions, calcified and stagnant. The flip side to this is that new characters get strangled in the crib."

"There is no ending. There is no release. Nothing ever changes except the iconography. Because change is death, and the show refuses death."
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "The End of Time"

"We've been told that this next episode will change the series forever, and put it on the right track. Take it from a guy that's read a ton of comic books in his time. When they say that, they're trying to sell comic books, and it's only true one time in ten after a few weeks have passed."
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Lockdown")

"Worf is also back, also with no explanation — but after three films, that's given. For the record, when we last saw him on Deep Space Nine, he had just been appointed Ambassador to the Klingon Empire. Now he's back to pushing buttons on a console."

"When DS9 was under siege at the end of seasons five and the Dominion took over the writers took the bold step to have a six episode arc where Starfleet was no longer in charge of the station. Unfortunately the writers of Voyager are no where near as bold..The Kazon in control of Voyager is so ineptly handled Ė they walk around with tricorders talking technobabbleÖits like the Starfleet crew isnít even away!"
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Basics"

"He has burned to death in hot lava. He has been eaten by giant flying fish. He has fallen to death. Oh, God, has he fallen to death. And each time, he's been resurrected by magic he can't possibly begin to understand with his CUNY Brooklyn associate's degree in plumbing.

Only to be rewarded with a kiss on the cheek."

"I believe that the very first Super Mario Bros represented the only time when Bowser was genuinely kidnapping the princess to pursue his goals, presumably the attainment of power and influence. And he succeeded. From that point on, he is occasionally seen wearing a crown and being identified as 'King of the Koopas'. He lives in a castle and employs most of the land's monster workforce. Why does he need to keep kidnapping her? He's already a king. I don't see the saccharine lands she rules appealing to his taste for lava and perpetual twilight. It must just be some regular ceremony recreating the original successful revolt, like a friendly game between two rival footballing nations."

    web video 

"Guys come to the door for dates and Phoebe has to make excuses, one or both of the sisters is disapproving and says to slow things down, and Phoebe must learn to find true love. There, I just nutshelled nearly a decade of television for you."

Annorax: When I first encountered your vessel, it was badly damaged - barely functioning. What if I told you in a blink of an eye, I can restore her to its former condition?
Chuck!Annorax: All we have to do is... let the episode end, and you'll be right as rain next week. Trust me, I know it doesn't make any sense but it always works that way for you.
SFDebris on ''Star Trek: Voyager: "Year of Hell"

    western animation 

"It's just a matter of knowing the secret of all TV shows; At the end of the episode, everything is always right back to normal."
Fry, Futurama

Judge: And I further decree that everything will be just like it was before all this happened! And no one will ever mention it again... under penalty of torture. [The townspeople cheer.]
The Simpsons, The Principal and the Pauper

Peter: Yeah, how did you lose your job anyway, Lois?
Lois: Ah, I don't know, Peter. Do you really care? Does anyone really care?
Peter: I guess you're right. The story's over, everything's back to normal 'til next week, so who gives a damn?

Stan: Jeff?! I thought you drowned!
Jeff: Nope!
(pregnant pause)
Stan: Alright!
American Dad!: "Season's Beatings"

    real life 

"We protect the status quo, and make steady war on revision and improvement."

"Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'."

"Without deviation, progress is not possible."
Zen Masters: The Wisdom of Frank Zappa

"How many times has the bridge been destroyed? How many shuttlecrafts have vanished, and another one just comes out of the oven? That kind of bullshitting the audience, I think, takes its toll. At some point the audience stops taking it seriously, because they know that this is not really the way this would happen."
Ron D. Moore on exiting Star Trek: Voyager

"If you take a look at a current Spider-Man comic, youíll find that heís maybe twenty years old, he worries a lot about whats right and whatís wrong, and he has a lot of trouble with his girlfriends.

Do you know what Spider-Man was doing fifteen years ago? Well, he was about nineteen years old, he worried a lot about what was right and what was wrong and he had a lot of trouble with his girlfriends."

"Here's a secret — when I finally okayed the clone saga, I told [co-writer] Danny Fingeroth to build a backdoor into it. I said that I wanted to be able to bring Peter back as the real deal...I believe that both comic book creators and comic book fans are a cowardly and superstitious lot. While the fans claim they want change, they tend react negatively to it. So do most creators!"
Editor Tom DeFalco on The Clone Saga