Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Big Picture: "Worlds Within Worlds"

Too much TV...

28 comments:

some Syl said...

Right...

This might be the first time that someone claimed to "blow my mind" with something...
And then did...

This is pure and distilled solid gold insanity

TheAlmightyNarf said...

If I recall correctly, Detective Munch made an appearance on Sesame Street at one point, which would put the whole Muppet-verse and everything it's touched in there as well.

counterpoint said...

awesome.... just awesome

TheAlmightyNarf said...

Oh, on a related note... after noticing a couple of cameos, I now choose to believe that The Dark Knight Trilogy takes place in the same universe as Stargate.

Teej Turtle said...

Mind. Blown.

Mads said...

!!!!!!

Jon Stewart is inthere too if Narf is correct because he's had Elmo on, which would make every guest he has ever had fit inthere too.....

Jacob Beck said...

I really wanna watch St. Elsewhere. Part of it because of the ending, but mostly because William Freaking Daniels is in it. Sadly, I can only watch the first season, unless I have some On Demand service in Britain.

Link3680 said...

While this is interesting, as pointed out on TV Tropes, "The aforementioned site seems to have a very low threshold for calling a show a cross-over, however; it includes minor shout outs as linkage."

Anonymous said...

So I get the whole mentioning Doctor Who bit, as Americans seem to be all over that right now, but the was Red Dwarf something you guys are into, or just a useful segway to Doctor Who?

Lord Slithor said...

It's an interesting theory, and I've heard it before, but it fails to make a distinction between what could be considered canon and non-canon. For example, the crossovers between St. Elsewhere, Homicide and Law & Order would hold up because those would have been considered legitimate crossovers. However appearances on shows like The Simpsons should be considered non-canon, as they were clearly meant for a joke and thus not meant to be taken as a serious crossover. Same with incidental references such as what you used with Yoyodyne and Weyland-Yutani, as they were meant to be just throw-away gags and never really figured heavily into the overall plots of the shows/movies they were mentioned in.

It's a fun little excercise, but it looks like some were just way overthinking it.

Anubis C. Soundwave said...

@ Lort Slithor: True, but MovieBob is more than just the GAME Overthinker, you know. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wait, if elmo was on Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart exists in the real world, are we all just part of tommy westphall's imagination?

Insomia & Alcohol said...

x-files did a cross over with Cops in the seventh season. If Cops is normally based in reality, then we are all part of this boys imagination.

Omorka said...

What, you namecheck Yoyodyne and then give no love to Buckaroo Banzai? I'm sure there's a few SF crossovers that go that route (or that reference it via BB rather than Pynchon).

Speaking of fictional corporations, if the Atlantic Courier/Pacific Courier company shows up in any of the crossreferenced shows, then the Die Hard series is part of the Westphallverse, too.

wtfboom.avi said...

Star Trek's involved in this?

Star Trek had a crossover with the X-Men once. Marvel has had crossovers with DC in the past.

By extension, that means that the entire Marvel and DC universe (at least comicbook-wise) was dreamed up by one kid.

Dang.

John said...

James, here's your daily reminder: you are a prick and an asshole.

Anonymous said...

Bob, do you realize that your Game Overthinker show is a part of this whole thing?

Going off of what wtfboom.avi said, Star Trek involved Marvel by having a crossover with the X-Men.

Marvel had "Marvel Vs. DC," which, among other games, crossed over with the Street Fighter series.

Street Fighter characters are going to appear in Wreck-It Ralph.

Among other game characters, Q*Bert has a role in that movie. He was also one of the zombies in your Necrothinker storyline.

Anonymous said...

**Marvel Vs Streetfighter. Oops.

Sylocat said...

I always thought there was a gigantic hole in the Westphall Universe Hypothesis: There's no reason Tommy couldn't have been dreaming about real people who exist in the "real" world of the show. Tommy could easily have taken his inspiration from the "real" (in-universe) hospital, and simply imagined his dad among the staff.

Real people show up in our dreams all the time.

aggraham83 said...

Great episode Bob!

@TheAlmightyNarf you may have just given me nightmares about Richard Dean Anderson's scene killing Jack O'Neil show up in the Dark Knight Trilogy (SHUDDER).

Anonymous said...

@Anon, and TGO has links to Legend of Zelda, which has links to Mario (Wario's Woods in TGO also) which all fit in the SSB games, which is a TON of games...

Also, somewhere past Jon Stewart and Cops I realized something, what if Tommy Westphall is God?

Jason McKenney said...

This is one of my FAVORITE pieces of television trivia. Thank you for covering it.

Lee Kalba said...

To anon up there, that mentioned Red Dwarf,

It's still a little more cult, here. Since it didn't get a major relaunch, it's still kind of this thing that only a few people that caught it on PBS saw, a few years back, when PBS played it or one of those "you have to see this" things from friends with bootlegs or Netflix.

Ericson said...

I think that's the thesis of the hypothesis.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered about a few of these connections. For instance, Home Improvement is supposedly there because of Drew Carey show, but Tim Taylor never showed up on Drew Carey, Tim Allen appeared as himself. Sure, you could say the show is part of the Westphallverse, but not the fictional universe itself.

Asynjur said...

Fun trope, but what's the discontinuity? So what if they're all in the snow globe? We're imagining imaginary people are the product of someone's imagination. It's not really much weirder than thinking the kid came up with all the St Elsewhere episodes, and even if it is, still not a discontinuity. Plus some of the links are kind of a stretch, sometimes a police box is just a police box. XD

Unknown said...

My mind was already blown when you mentioned the finale to ST. Elsewhere.

So let me get this straight, this one kid imagined years of events at an imaginary hospital of his creation AND he happens to be the son of one of the doctors who is also a fabrication of his mind? WTF!?

Unknown said...

OK, new mind blowing event for me. Since real life celebrities make appearances as themselves on TV shows all the time, wouldn't that mean WE'RE ALL part of Tommy Westphall's imagination and that would make Tommy "God" under this hypothesis?