Quotes: Canon Discontinuity

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    Live-Action TV 

"We suggest you don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out where this episode comes in in the timeline of the series — it doesn't. It's a storytelling aberration, if you'll allow."
Bradley Whitford, in a pre-episode message for The West Wing's post-9/11 episode.

    Web Original 

As far as Hasbro is concerned, "There never was a Dinobot combiner." While the most likely explanation for this comment is that this particular Hasbro representative is unaware of an obscure UK-only DVD pack-in comic, it's also possible Hasbro has tried to erase "The Beast Within" from canon entirely using special canon cannons.

"Can "The Dominators" really be so bad that the writers were justified in disowning it and the producer for lopping off one episode and giving it to the next story? In all honesty, yes and I canít imagine being forced to sit through another episode of this muck."

"Much like the half human revelation of the TV Movie, this book manages the rare feat of anti-canon — so radioactive and universally considered a bad idea that itís been actively rejected; people have gone out of their way to dig it up just to shoot it and make sure itís dead."
Dr. Phil Sandfier on the Eighth Doctor Adventures, The Ancestor Cell

David: Itís astounding to think that Singer actually thought this would lead off a series of further sequels.
Chris: Presumably future movies would all revolve around the Super-Deadbeat Dad from Krypton bonding with his son, and Richard quietly becoming subservient to the alien overlord who stole his girlfriend. Maybe Singer was actually trying to set it up so that weíd cheer for Luthor?
David: This movie made more bad decisions than a teenage alcoholic on prom night.
ComicsAlliance on Superman Returns

"Why should all creative decisions in the Alien franchise from now until the end of time be straightjacketed by two lackluster movies, both of which have been largely disowned by their creators? Why should a new writer stifle his creative freedom to preserve the sanctity and validity of two (at best) mediocre movies? If the choice is between bringing back Ripley and Hicks and tossing out a couple of movies few people liked, I think the vast majority of fans would gladly throw Alien≥ in the trash."

"For medical purposes, Smedley needs to know identify the species of every Muppet Theater employee. There's just one problem: Nobody's sure what Gonzo is. Wait a minute! Didn't Muppets from Space establish that Gonzo is an alien? Well, it did, but come on — who likes or cares about Muppets from Space?"
Ryan Roe in his review of issue #3 of The Muppet Show Comic Book: Meet the Muppets

"If it makes you feel any better, William Shatner went on to co-write a series of Star Trek novels in which Kirk survived and goes on adventures with McCoy and Scotty, but the 'Shatnerverse' is not even close to canon even in the extended universe of Star Trek. And honestly, reading the Shaterverse will sort of make you wish they had stopped with the bridge."

"The thing about the Prison of Souls, however, is that the name isn't trying to be poetic. It's an actual prison. With spotlights, steel walkways, force fields, key cards, and guards that shoot lasers out of their staffs. The last time we saw the Netherrealm was in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, where it was just the standard fire and brimstone depiction of Hell. Either this is a more developed part of the Netherrealm that nobody's ever bothered visiting again afterwards, or Midway just quietly retconned it out of existence, which is the more likely theory."

    Web Video 

"Now, the elephant in the room, the thing that overshadows the actual game: Sonia Belmont.

Legends acted as an origin story for the entire Castlevania series, and is probably best known for being retconned by Koji Igarashi when he was producing the also-underwhelming Lament of Innocence for the PS2. This is also understandable, because during a dialogue Alucard basically says 'Yo, girl! Remember that time we totally boned?! How's that baby comin' along?'

Which would make Trevor, Simon Victor,
all the Belmonts related to Dracula. So this storyline was removed from the official timeline and, honestly, I am all the way okay with this."

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 

"The less said about Superman IV, the better."
Christopher Reeve, Still Me

Cain: I can't get past someone else raising Superman's son. I couldn't get past that; that made me crazy. Maybe because I'm a single dad... I dunno, maybe I'm wrong. Anybody wanna argue with me?
Emcee: We all hated it, too. (audience erupts in laughter)
Dean Cain on Superman Returns, 2013 Wizard World Comic Con at St. Louis

"I would erase 'Twisted'. What the hell was that? And the one with the lizards, too. Iíve forgotten the title — blissfully. It was the one in which Robbie becomes a lizard and I become a lizard and we have lizard babies."
Kate Mulgrew on Star Trek: Voyager, "Threshold"