Alternate Universe Normal Life Scene YKTTW Discussion
|Alternate Universe Normal Life Scene|
Something weird's going on and everyone thinks it's totally normal! We must be in an alternate universe!
A frequent method of introducing an alternate universe, changed timeline, Fake Memories situation, or the like is to begin by showing normal life in this different world. Various strange things might go on but most of the characters will treat them as being normal. If we're following characters from the normal world, the weirdness might not even be noticed until it's staring them in the face. It's the kind of situation in which someone offhandedly saying hi to the main character can be given the same weight as a dramatic cliffhanger reveal (probably because the person saying hi is supposed to be dead, or something.) ...Hmm, this might need more description/clarification actually. I know exactly the sort of thing this is about but right now it sounds more like "characters living in alternate universes don't know anything's weird about their universe" which is just common sense really. Anyway, here are the examples I have:
- Doctor Who does this a few times. In particular, the last two season finales have taken place in timelines that have been severely wrecked somehow, with the inhabitants stating matter-of-factly that there are no such things as stars, or Holy Roman Emperor Winston Churchill is arriving on his personal mammoth.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" has a variation in which the normal universe is seen to visibly transform into the altered timeline, while the scene continues as if nothing had happened.