Don't examine this too closely.*
Said by producer Donald P. Bellisario
on March 17, 1990 at an SF convention in response to a persistent fan with very specific questions about the way things worked on Bellisario's series Quantum Leap
. An unashamed admission of handwaving
details unnecessary to the enjoyment of a show, and an exhortation to not let the obsession with those details get in the way of the story. Implicit in the Maxim is a request to understand that the story is being told by a small production team that (due to the limitations of the medium) has to work quickly, with limited budget and tight deadlines, and has to dodge Executive Meddling
, all while trying to turn out the best product it can.
Frequently quoted in various fan communities in response to excessive Fan Wank
, and to arguments about Canon
and the Word of God
. At its worst, it's misused to cover up cases of where a creator genuinely did a bad job.
See also MST3K Mantra
, Rule of Cool
, A Wizard Did It
, and Anthropic Principle
. Contrast Moff’s Law