Quotes: Negative Continuity


Stan: Cartman, you dumbass! That's not how it happened!
Kyle: Yeah, dude! Kenny just died eight hours ago from that monster; how could he have died back then too?
Cartman: Huh, I guess that ''doesn't'' make any sense...

Kenstar: Okay, so the rules are you gotta draw your created character with an existing character from the Girlchan continuity.
Green Guy: What continuity!?
Kenstar: Sssshut your mouth!

Park Manager: Here at Itchy and Scratchy Land, we're just as concerned with violence as you are. That's why we're always careful to show the consequences of deadly mayhem, so that we may educate as well as horrify.
Marge: When do you show the consequences? On TV, that mouse pulled out that cat's lungs and played them like a bagpipe, but in the next scene, the cat was breathing comfortably.

There is no continuity, there is only Insano.
Spoony's "explanation" of Doctor Insano's Multiple-Choice Past.


If something explodes in one episode, in the next episode, it is rebuilt, it is beautiful, right where it used to be, with no indication that it ever exploded.
Alex Hirsch tell it like it isnote 

Very little on Drawn Together can be considered canon. If you try to find continuity on this show you'll drive yourself nuts. The only thing that's consistent is we try to make the show as funny as possible. And we'd never let a little thing like continuity get in the way of that.
Bill Freiberger, Executive Producer


A big fat spatial anomaly that leads to a time travel episode? If I just gave you that description you would know I was talking about a Voyager episode, right? If this were a DS9 episode, you could have headed back into the series' rich mythology and shown how these characters have changed over the years, but unfortunately the crew of Voyager (pretty much) look and act exactly the same way now as they did in Caretaker and so it only serves to point how little development this show has afforded its cast...It doesnít help that the former Maquis commander is the dullest character to have emerged from this series and plods through history with about as much personality as a mouldy old carrot. If you want to watch an episode that splits a ship into different zones like this and uses it as a character building exercise rather than irrelevant frippery than check out Farscapeís Through the Looking Glass.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Shattered"

The first season is populated with Archer making mistakes that his more experienced successors would easily avoid. The problem isnít that Archer is making mistakes; it is that he is repeating mistakes. Archer makes mistakes, but he never learns them. (The second season has been getting gradually better at continuity, tying together episodes like "Minefield" and "Dead Stop". However, "A Night in Sickbay" seems to represent a step backwards. Not only does it return to the ďArcher makes the same mistakesĒ plot beats from the first season, but it also seems to forget that the Enterprise just went through a pretty elaborate overhaul. Having a generic plot-enabling systems failure so soon after "Dead Stop" feels like the writers have stopped paying attention.)
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

Speaking of detail...Didn't Lois have a broken arm last week? And wasn't Watchtower torn to pieces? (again?) How much time has passed between these two episodes? Or does it just not matter because Smallville is too awesome for logical continuity.
Julian Finn on Smallville, "Icarus"

Two weeks ago, Clark punched Lex. One week ago, Lex tortured his friend nearly to death and killed all the fish in the lake. Now, they're hunky-dory again, with one line.

'Lex, I know things haven't been easy between us lately, but please, help!'

Lex doesn't say, 'Uh, you beat the crap out of me a little while back, you're researching a book that's being written to tear my company down, and now you're accusing me of creating a vampire sorority.'

He simply says, 'Oh, hey Clark. Here's the ready-made antidote I haven't been using for a long time for no apparent reason. Just stab it into her chest and she'll be fine. By the way, it only works around Kryptonite. Convenient, huh?'

Clark, clutching at the table. 'Excuse me...must have...drank...Lex-lax...er...ex-lax.'

Lex: 'You're a Kryptonian, aren't you?'

Clark: 'Oh, no! Seriously...just some bad...picadillo, hombre. I gotta, er...YOINK!'

He then takes the syringe and runs. Now that, at very least, would have been entertaining.
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Thirst")

Now, I must confess that Iíve done this sort of thing before, getting bored with how a show was playing out, ending a match without warning, then moving on to something completely different and pretending that the preceding events never happened. Of course, I was eight years old at the time and my 'promotion' was made up of Hasbro WWF figures and Ninja Turtles, which meant that I was only disappointing an audience of one.

It's continuity like this that just makes you shake your head. It's just very simple things, like not being to count to 4. It's very simple things like a guy promising not to do a thing, and then he does a thing. "I will not come out during this match!", and then he comes out during the match. And you're like, that didn't make sense. "No, it didn't." Why did he comes out? "I dunno." It's like having your manager suspend somebody, and then have a subordinate override the superior and say that that person is not suspended. "I dunno."

It's kinda funny; it doesn't even take weeks to contradict themselves. It's immediate. They will say a fact, they say something and establish a ground rule, and then five minutes later break that rule. Or Abyss breaking a board and then 5 min later—not even a commercial break later—he's got a new stick. He's got spares, I dunno. He must have a golf bag full of these things.
Noah Antwiler on TNA iMPACT 8.26.10