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.

Errors: This comic was produced.

""A Dominator must be obeyed!" — I bet they all have small cocks; their names, attitude, even their dress sense suggests compensation for something... 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 can’t 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 it’s been actively rejected; people have gone out of their way to dig it up just to shoot it and make sure it’s dead."
Dr. Phil Sandfier on the Eighth Doctor Adventures, The Ancestor Cell

"Less than ten years after Crisis on Infinite Earths, the DC Universe still had a ton of continuity problems... There were also problems with stories that had been published after Crisis that DC wanted to quietly get rid of, like Batman: Year Two, a truly hilarious bit of insanity in which Batman teamed up with Joe Chill and tried to kill him using the same gun that killed his parents, which he’d kept in a drawer for thirty years."

David: It’s astounding to think that [Bryan] Singer actually thought this would lead off a series of further sequels; can you imagine the further adventures of Superman wishing he was Richard White? As bizarre as this was as a standalone movie, I can’t fathom it as a status quo.
Chris: I honestly can’t. 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 we’d cheer for Luthor?
David: This movie made more bad decisions than a teenage alcoholic on prom night.
ComicsAlliance on Superman Returns

"For the vast majority of fans, this argument begins and ends with “they sucked”. 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 Alien³ in the trash.

And let’s face it, any attempt to try to reconcile an older Ripley and Hicks with their apparent “deaths” in
Alien³ is most likely going to be really stupid... And we can’t forget the dodgiest fanon explanation currently bouncing around the net: the latter two films are merely Ripley’s lengthy, detailed bad dream while in hypersleep. Yes, people are seriously suggesting this. Are we trying to bring back Corporal Hicks or Bobby Ewing?"

"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

"The planet of Nimbus III is a hellhole. It’s a failed world, and the movie portrays it as a project run by the Federation, the Klingons and the Romulans to help keep the peace. It’s an intriguing premise, and it’s a shame that it’s tarred by association to The Final Frontier. The only reference to “the planet of galactic peace” in the rest of the on-screen franchise comes in a deleted scene from "Family". Even the tie-in materials seem reluctant to play with the idea... Indeed, part of me is tempted to imagine the entirety of the film as a weird shared nightmare between Kirk, Spock and McCoy while camping, down to Bones’ special beans."

"For thirty years Kirk skirted death, only to fall victim to structural fatigue... 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."

"On a side note, there's something a little strange about one of the levels, the Prison of Souls. Raiden makes Sub-Zero go into the Netherrealm to chase after Quan Chi, and the prison is where he ends up. 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."

"To spare the Ambassador and Picard further frustrations, Geordi leads them off to see the dolphins, an attempt by Rick Sternback to get his rather ill-advised idea of 'Cetacean Ops' into the show (which he added to the Star Trek: The Next Generation technical manual). This idea of navigation research that's being handled by a dozen dolphins being overseen by a couple of whales? Yeah, I know. This impractical and extremely stupid idea of filling huge areas of the ship with water solely to house fourteen sea mammals is never actually made explicitly clear in this show. This is really about as close as we can get... naw, this was just in Rick Sternback's head, where it should stay. You made a whole movie about searching for whales, alright? That should fill out your hippie quota until the end of the time."
SFDebris on Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Perfect Mate")

    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. I’ve 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"

"Even though the members of the nWo were technically the heels, fans cheered like crazy for the Giant... During the Giant's official induction into the group, Scott Hall, acting on a goofball impulse, asked if André the Giant was really this Giant's dad, referring to a pathetic angle a year earlier in which WCW had claimed that as fact. Visibly upset at Hall's sudden ad-lib, Giant shot Hall a deadly glare and replied, "Don't go there.""
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW