Hey, I was reading the page for Arc Welding
, and it could have a simple solution to the current problem.
consists of revealing that elements from an apparently episodic story are actually linked together, like every Monster of the Week
being created by the same evil scientist for example. The trope's page mentions it as a form of Retcon, but a line adds that it can also be part of The Reveal
if it was something planned by the author. Cerebus Retcon
seems to be in the same situation, by having both a Retcon form and a planned in advance form that ends to have the same end result on the narrative (the latter is the current frequent misuse), with the difference between the two that can be hard to tell. Either that or Arc Welding
needs to be split between Retcon and planned in advance too.