Quotes: Continuity Lock-Out

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    Film — Live-Action 

Okay, now let me just see if I can get this straight: You come from another planet, and you're mortal there, but you're immortal here until you kill all the guys from there who have come here, and then you're mortal here... unless you go back there, or some more guys from there came here, in which case you become immortal here— again.
Louise, Highlander 2: The Quickening

    Live-Action TV 

You're pathetic. You'll never catch up... Maybe you should try something more of your speed, like Freddie.
The Soup on Lost

A fact-sheet is available for people who've never heard the show before.
Steve Punt, The Now Show, after Prince Edward has been represented by a Frank Spencer impression with no explanation.

If you're wondering why Jesus is emerging from his tomb wielding a blunderbuss, watch one of our shows from five years ago.
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

Buffy: The military put a chip in Spike's head so he couldn't hurt anyone.
Giles: And that would be the abridged version.
Buffy: But he wouldn't hurt anyone anymore because he has a soul now.
Giles: Unless the First triggers him again.
Robin: Triggers the chip?
Buffy: No, the trigger's a post-hypnotic thing. The First put it in his head. It was...It made him...He was killing again.
Robin: So, he has a trigger, a soul, and a chip?
Giles: (scoffs) Not anymore.
Buffy: It was killing him, Giles!
Robin: The trigger?
Buffy: No, the chip. The trigger's not active anymore.
Robin: Because the military gave him a soul?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Lies My Parents Told Me"

    Newspapers 

If no cultural barrier prevents a public that clearly loves its superheroes from picking up a new "Avengers" comic, why don't more people do so? The main reasons are obvious: It is for sale not in a real bookstore but in a specialty shop, and it is clumsily drawn, poorly written and incomprehensible to anyone not steeped in years of arcane mythology.
Wall Street Journal's Tim Marchman on why superhero comics are such a niche property

    Web Animation 

I get the feeling Sonic is doing the Resident Evil thing. That's where you spend years cluttering your game universe with characters and backstory, until it becomes to new players about as penetrable as a stone slab that doesn't believe in sex before marriage.

    Web Original 

Even facing death the Doctor manages to slip in a continuity reference (ĎNot again!í). He knows what is expected of him in the JNT/Saward era.
Joe Ford on Doctor Who, "The Visitation"

Iím not going to bitch about dense continuity. I love references to past stories. The problem here is that thereís not any actual references. I mean, just look at the scene where Omegaís backstory is explained so that viewers know who he is and why they care.

Oh right. There isnít one. Thereís one line from Chancellor Hedin about him, and thatís it. Itís difficult to stress just how idiotic this is. This is a character who has appeared once before in the series, a full decade prior to this story... The show spends more time doing exposition dumps to help people that might have missed the Monday episode get up to speed with the Tuesday episode than it does catching up viewers who might have missed the episode that aired over a year ago on a different channel... Omega was an unthinkable menace that negated the very fabric of Doctor Who. This is just a pub quiz answer — 'who was the masked villain in The Three Doctors?'
Dr. Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who ("The Arc of Infinity")

Too much of the Colin Baker era felt weirdly continuity-heavy, as if the people behind the show expected viewers to have an in-depth knowledge of the showís extended history. For any show, that sort of expectation is toxic, but itís particular damaging for a family show which is older than its target demographic.
Darren Mooney on Doctor Who, "Timelash"

Chris: Before we start in with the actual episode, I just want to point out that the ďPreviously on SmallvilleĒ segment during the opening is maybe the craziest 64 seconds of television Iíve ever seen.
David: Itís like Friedberg and Seltzer putting on a Passion Play.
Chris: Seriously, I thought we were starting to have a pretty good handle on this show, but it is one solid minute of ďhaha, wait, what?Ē
ComicsAlliance on Smallville ("Legion")

You can see the effects of the sluggish start in the showís viewership: After months of ratings freefall, Agents of SHIELD eventually stabilized in March at about 5 or 6 million viewers per episode. But despite the improved state of the show, it stayed right at that number until the end. Even the big season finale barely saw an uptick from the previous week.

The problem is that the show getting 'good' coincided with it becoming completely impenetrable to new viewers. We went from episodes where nothing happens, to episodes where you needed to tack up index cards on a corkboard and string them together with yarn to make sense of everything. Thatís just poor planning on the part of everyone involved, plain and simple.

As much as I have complained about having to watch this show as an adult for three solid seasons now, when I was a kid, I loved it. I had a paperback reprint of the Claremont/Byrne story where the team gets trapped in Murderworld thatís one of my formative comics experiences, but the show hooked me and made me the kind of kid who begged his parents to go to the comic book store so that he could get the latest issues. I dove right in, and was thrilled by this new, complicated side of Marvel superheroics. Until, that is, we got to Age of Apocalypse. I went to the comic book store and heard that all the X-Men comics had been replaced with alternate universe counterparts and that this was going to continue for four months, and decided to just read Gen13 instead.
Chris Sims on X-Men, "One Man's Worth Pt. 1"

    Web Video 

Spoony: The men in charge here are Watchers, men and women who observe and record the history of the immortals. If you'd seen the TV show, you'd know this. If you hadn't, you'd be a very confused audience member.
Pat: I'm confused, and I KNOW who they are!

    Real Life 

Because I'll be damned if anyone will ever have to pull a Crisis on Infinite Earths to understand the continuity of my superhero stories, that's why.
Jack Butler, on why he was so obsessive about the Global Guardians PBEM Universe.

In my humble (koff) opinion, Bob did as much to help destroy the comic book industry during the 1990s than any other single human being alive... For years and years and years, the editorial philosophy at Marvel was to make each and every comic book as labyrinthine and confusing as creatively possible. Marvel had the single highest-profile comic book in the Western hemisphere — X-MEN — and Bob did everything imaginable to make it completely incomprehensible and inaccessible to new and/or casual readers. Everything. 'But, Mark...' I hear the whine. 'But, Mark, Bob kept the X-books best-sellers in the industry during his tenure.' Technically true — but let's look at the sales figures. Over the last six years, the sales margin between the X-books and their nearest competitors has dwindled from about three-to-one to barely 1.5-to-one. Woo-hoo. Cigars, everyone.
Mark Waid on former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras