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The Tommy Westphall Multiverse Hypothesis:

 1 That One Guy Named X, Thu, 26th Jul '12 11:02:38 AM from     Arica, Chile   
O_O
Lack of threads for this. I had heard about this plenty of times, damn fascinating.

A good summary of the gist of it.

So, what do you folks think? I honestly wasn't aware of just how huge this was up until now.

You may pick the pieces of your mind from the floor now.
You avoided the last two pages... so you could hit on my sandwich.- Slendid Suit
Holy crap, that's amazing. It's like the Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon, but with fictional characters instead of the actors who play them.
 
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I've long known about this theory and like it on a purely fanboyish level, but my logical self has to reject it. There are too many examples of A sharing a universe with B, B with C, etc. until you get to G, which is explicitly a television show in A. Mutually contradictory.
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 4 Magic Laser, Sun, 29th Jul '12 2:10:11 PM from higher than this
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Somebody wrote a pretty thorough refutation of this awhile ago.

I don't have a link to it offhand, but you could probably just find it via Google.
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 5 TParadox, Sun, 29th Jul '12 10:11:06 PM Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Don't be the penis.
My own simple refutation:

Kid probably incorporated his favorite shows in his daydream.
 6 Pykrete, Sun, 29th Jul '12 11:25:55 PM from Viridian Forest
NOT THE BEES
And my refutation to that is "shut up, autistic kid gives birth to all of TV".

 7 TParadox, Mon, 30th Jul '12 12:06:10 AM Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Don't be the penis.
When wank becomes work, it's not fun anymore. This is work.
 8 Loni Jay, Mon, 30th Jul '12 2:12:53 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Well, obviously some people are still having fun with it.
Be not afraid...
 9 That One Guy Named X, Mon, 30th Jul '12 6:17:42 PM from     Arica, Chile   
O_O
When wank becomes work, it's not fun anymore. This is work.

Tell that to a sperm donor.
You avoided the last two pages... so you could hit on my sandwich.- Slendid Suit
 10 Loni Jay, Mon, 30th Jul '12 7:13:29 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I would kind of suspect that it was true for them, as well... not that I would really know, but it seems to me that there would be a lot more involved in sperm donation that just 'you walk into clinics and they pay you to masturbate'. You know, like paperwork. Medical checks.
Be not afraid...
 11 TParadox, Mon, 30th Jul '12 8:40:57 PM Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Don't be the penis.
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 12 That One Guy Named X, Mon, 30th Jul '12 10:45:36 PM from     Arica, Chile   
O_O
Well. Damn.
You avoided the last two pages... so you could hit on my sandwich.- Slendid Suit
 13 Pipping Fool, Tue, 31st Jul '12 5:27:15 AM from Sydney, The Vivid City Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
On Holiday
I Read This As: The Tommy Wiseau Multiverse Hypothesis

That's Mr Banana Beak to you, fuzzy.
[up] Me too, actually. Now I want to see every TV show ever remade by Tommy Wiseau.
 
 15 That One Guy Named X, Mon, 1st Oct '12 5:15:38 AM from     Arica, Chile   
O_O
That would be rather amusing.

... I believe I have something to do with Sony Vegas now. Excuse me.
You avoided the last two pages... so you could hit on my sandwich.- Slendid Suit
I think the biggest problem with the Tommy Westphall multiverse hypothesis is based on what you would consider a crossover, or even a Continuity Nod. Obviously, a Shout-Out isn't always a continuity nod.

Example: A few shows are connected to the theory simply because they all use a Shout Out to a book for a company name... Those shouldn't belong at all. Drawing from the same source for inspiration does not translate to shared continuity.

But something like, how the St. Elsewhere cast hung out in Cheers, and Cheers' connection to Frasier, or the Elsewhere connection to Homicide (and not to mention John Munch.)

That being said, what I personally consider crossovers and continuity nods still makes up for a fairly large chunk of television.

Actually, the entry on the trope page for All Just a Dream links to a site that (allegedly, I can't really tell) takes this into account and gives a rather conservative estimate.

edited 1st Dec '12 7:23:41 AM by sorin255

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