Huh. Maybe not quite done. At least, I've got some observations and a proposal.
I notice that this one has no YKTTW
. If it had gone through YKTTW
I suspect would have been picked up as a The Same but More Specific
take on Running Gag
More that that — the way it's been chipped off Running Gag
is problematic: Consider:
- Garfield: Garfield likes lasagna and hates Mondays.
I see the point, even if the example could use more details. But the series is a study in getting millage at repeating a gag. Even at its most repetitive no one outing of the gag is exactly
like the other. Often that repeated gag is being used to drive a one-off gag.
Or perhaps more clearly:
- Inspector Gadget: Every time Inspector Gadget receives his next assignment on a self-destructive piece of paper, he reads it, then crumbles the paper and tosses it into whatever compartment his chief is hiding in this time, where it explodes right in the chief's face.
What do we mean by "the same every time"? It's the same gag, it's got the same structure (almost always). But the details keep changing.
I suspect this stuff, these variations or lack thereof, would be better handled in Running Gag
and the examples could be merged in. Does that sound reasonable?
edited 15th Dec '11 11:18:24 PM by Camacan