Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Headscratchers / Tommy

Go To



** Tommy appears to gain a deeper spiritual insight in spite of his impairments, in line with Meher Baba's teachings. His ability to play pinball seems like a MundaneUtility use of that insight.



* Who is the "you" in "See Me, Feel Me"? The audience, perhaps? Or perhaps only "see me, feel me, touch me, heal me" is from Tommy's perspective directly and the rest is being sung to Tommy?

to:

* Who is the "you" in "See Me, Feel Me"? The audience, perhaps? Or perhaps only "see me, feel me, touch me, heal me" is from Tommy's perspective directly and the rest is being sung to Tommy?Tommy?
** It's God. ''Tommy'' is influenced by Pete Townshend's interest in the work of Meher Baba.


** Maybe Tommy's father remembered the Hawker's words years down the line and took Tommy to the Acid Queen in an act of desperation?

to:

** Maybe Tommy's father remembered the Hawker's words years down the line and took Tommy to the Acid Queen in an act of desperation?desperation?
* Who is the "you" in "See Me, Feel Me"? The audience, perhaps? Or perhaps only "see me, feel me, touch me, heal me" is from Tommy's perspective directly and the rest is being sung to Tommy?


* Speaking of song placement, if "The Hawker" is supposed to be about the Acid Queen -- sung by her manager -- why isn't it directly before "The Acid Queen"?

to:

* Speaking of song placement, if "The Hawker" is supposed to be about the Acid Queen -- sung by her manager -- why isn't it directly before "The Acid Queen"?Queen"?
** Maybe Tommy's father remembered the Hawker's words years down the line and took Tommy to the Acid Queen in an act of desperation?


*** If it helps, this troper has seen a stage version where the program billed them (yeah, this version had two for some reason) as both the Local Lad(s) and the Pinball Lad(s), so it seems possible that this character could have multiple nicknames.

to:

*** If it helps, this troper has seen a stage version where the program billed them (yeah, this version had two for some reason) as both the Local Lad(s) and the Pinball Lad(s), so it seems possible that this character could have multiple nicknames.nicknames.
* Speaking of song placement, if "The Hawker" is supposed to be about the Acid Queen -- sung by her manager -- why isn't it directly before "The Acid Queen"?


** The stage version (at least, the one this troper saw) had the Sally Simpson number be the lead up to Tommy's MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment about letting fame get to his head after seeing her get hurt.

to:

** The stage version (at least, the one this troper saw) had the Sally Simpson number be the lead up to Tommy's MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment about letting fame get to his head after seeing her get hurt.

Added DiffLines:

** The stage version (at least, the one this troper saw) had the Sally Simpson number be the lead up to Tommy's MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment about letting fame get to his head after seeing her get hurt.


* Why is EltonJohn always credited as "the Pinball Wizard"? TOMMY was the pinball wizard! Elton was the Champ.

to:

* Why is EltonJohn Music/EltonJohn always credited as "the Pinball Wizard"? TOMMY was the pinball wizard! Elton was the Champ.


** Technically, Elton's character ''could'' be considered the pinball wizard up until Tommy ultimately defeats him. After all, he's officially called the Local Lad yet his other nicknames include Bally-Table King and The Champ, so who's to say that one of them wasn't also "Pinball Wizard"?

to:

** Technically, Elton's character ''could'' be considered the pinball wizard up until Tommy ultimately defeats him. After all, he's officially called the Local Lad yet his other nicknames include Bally-Table King and The Champ, so who's to say that one of them wasn't also "Pinball Wizard"?Wizard"? Tina Turner's character is referred to as the Acid Queen, the Gypsy and the Gypsy Queen, so why can't Elton's character have multiple nicknames?


** Technically, Elton's character ''could'' be considered the pinball wizard up until Tommy ultimately defeats him. After all, he's officially called the Local Lad yet his other nicknames include Bally-Table King and The Champ, so who's to say that one of them wasn't also "Pinball Wizard"?

to:

** Technically, Elton's character ''could'' be considered the pinball wizard up until Tommy ultimately defeats him. After all, he's officially called the Local Lad yet his other nicknames include Bally-Table King and The Champ, so who's to say that one of them wasn't also "Pinball Wizard"?Wizard"?
*** If it helps, this troper has seen a stage version where the program billed them (yeah, this version had two for some reason) as both the Local Lad(s) and the Pinball Lad(s), so it seems possible that this character could have multiple nicknames.


*** That and the name "Pinball Wizard" just seems more memorable than just "Local Lad" or "The Champ."

to:

*** That and the name "Pinball Wizard" just seems more memorable than just "Local Lad" or "The Champ.""
** Technically, Elton's character ''could'' be considered the pinball wizard up until Tommy ultimately defeats him. After all, he's officially called the Local Lad yet his other nicknames include Bally-Table King and The Champ, so who's to say that one of them wasn't also "Pinball Wizard"?


** [[{{Homestuck}} He's Terezi?]]

to:

** [[{{Homestuck}} [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} He's Terezi?]]


* Why is Elton John always credited as "the Pinball Wizard"? TOMMY was the pinball wizard! Elton was the Champ.
** I think it's generally assumed by most people that the Pinball Wizard is the character's name.

to:

* Why is Elton John EltonJohn always credited as "the Pinball Wizard"? TOMMY was the pinball wizard! Elton was the Champ.
** I think it's generally assumed by most people that the Pinball Wizard is the character's name.name.
*** Exactly. Actually, Elton's character is officially credited as the "Local Lad." Since his character's name is never outright said or even mentioned by anyone (it's not that important to the plot anyway) and he's the one singing the BlacksheepHit of the same name...
*** That and the name "Pinball Wizard" just seems more memorable than just "Local Lad" or "The Champ."

Added DiffLines:

** [[{{Homestuck}} He's Terezi?]]

Added DiffLines:

** They have to have some way of going to show how intense and out-of-control things are starting to get. Simpson is basically the first pebble of the avalanche.


** The song appears to be in the words of a character in the story, an observer rather than an omniscient narrator. He's just tossing out ideas (another one being "plays by intuition") because he himself doesn't know.

to:

** *** Exactly. The song appears to be in the words of a character in the story, an observer rather than an omniscient narrator. He's just tossing out ideas (another one being "plays by intuition") because he himself doesn't know.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 26

Top