The Culture Quest Essentials Guide

The CQEG is a way for our humble adventurers to collect the best experiences from the quest into a single place. At the end of each step of our quest, we vote whether or not the main subject of that episode deserves to be mentioned in the CQEG. The vote has to be unanimously positive.

And so, the CQEG consists of pieces of art that we consider to be above the others. If you're looking to enjoy what we consider the best of the best, or you're looking for a starting place for your very own quest, this guide has the information you need.

The Guide was first introduced in episode 23, and is still growing with each episode that we record.

Jurassic Park - Steven Spielberg

23 - Parks and Re-creation - Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg

Category: Movie.

IMDb

This movie is a major classic, and we had a lot of fun watching it. We loved the characters and the themes, and we think that the 'Welcome to Jurassic Park' scene is one of the best scenes in a movie, maybe ever.

Jurassic Park was the first inductee to the CQEG, as the CQEG was first introduced in the JP Episode.

Jaws - Steven Spielberg

04 - Selachophobics Anonymous - Jaws, Steven Spielberg

Category: Movie.

IMDb

With the induction of Jaws into the CQEG, Steven Spielberg becomes the first person two appear twice in the CQEG.

We were surprised at how much we enjoyed this movie and how well it held up after all these years. The way that this movie mixes the tension and thrill with an adventurous, fun soundtrack makes it a very special experience.

Inducted in episode 24 - CQEG Special

American Beauty - Sam Mendes

06 - How Close is Close Enough - American Beauty by Sam Mendes

Category: Movie.

IMDb

While many felt that this movie was full of itself when it was released, and many still tend to think that this movie is outdated today, we felt that it was a great experience. The movie explores themes that still feel relevant to us, and the storytelling is masterful.

Inducted in episode 24 - CQEG Special

Last Chance to See - Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

11 - Sadder and Better Informed - Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams

Category: Book.

Goodreads

This book represents a weird mixture between the sad and troubling state of the world and the wildly funny writing style of Douglas Adams - a mixture that ends up working really well, in one of our favorite books. The book points out a lot of the things that we, as a species, are doing wrong, and it was written by maybe the only person that can make a book like this really fun and easy to read.

Inducted in episode 24 - CQEG Special

Firefly and Serenity

18 - They Took Our Sky - Firefly and Serenity

Categories: TV Show, Movie.

IMDb & IMDb

Cowboys in outer space! A perfect combination of an old-timey kind of feel with a bunch of sophistication and personality. Add to that the fact that the show comes with the sad story of being cancelled half-way through the first season. We're lucky that we also got a movie, so that the story could at least be finished.

Inducted in episode 24 - CQEG Special

Queen - Live at Wembley

20 - Four Aging Queens - Queen, Live at Wembley Stadium

Category: Live Album.

Allmusic

An amazing, almost 2-hours long, live performance of one of the most charismatic and talented bands ever. We had some qualms about the setlist at first, but we were proven wrong. And this live show becomes even more endearing when you learn that it's Queen's second to last live show with the original line-up intact.

Inducted in episode 24 - CQEG Special

Cowboy Bebop

25 - Pass the Eggs - Cowboy Bebop

Category: Anime TV Show.

IMDb

Something about Cowboy Bebop really touched us. The deep characters and the way it presents its philosophy make this show have a strong atmosphere. We felt that anyone who gives this a fair chance and sticks with it or a few episodes will end up loving it. We recommend taking the time between each episodes and letting everything sink in.

Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

29 - I am Jack's Creative Outlet - Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

Category: Book.

Goodreads

Crowned as the Culture Quest's Year 1 MVP, in episode 31.

We all know Fight Club, the movie. It's probably one of the most popular movies of the last few decades. What if we told you that the book its based on is deeper, darker, more convincing and just better? Also, it's not that long and it's an easy read.


Forrest Gump - Robert Zemeckis

30 - Be the Feather - Forrest Gump

Category: Movie.

IMDb

One of the most loved films of all times. It hit us right in the feels and made us connect with ourselves. If any movie ever made us want to be better people, it would be Forrest Gump.