Friday, March 7, 2014

Media Montage Podcast 43: Tommy Westphall and TV Crossovers

Does every TV show take place in the mind of St. Elsewhere’s Tommy Westphall?

We explore that hypothesis as well as the pros and cons of shared continuity across multiple shows, comics and movies. We discuss the quasi-organic emergence of shared universes as well as highly planned ones.

Does a tightly integrated, detailed continuity or a loose, tangential continuity make for better storytelling?

Dwayne McDuffie's original Slush Factory article presenting the Tommy Westphall Hypothesis is HERE.

Here is a 'MAP' of the Hypothesis showing the overlapping shows as they relate to Tommy/St. Elsewhere and Homicide: Life on the Street, circa 2005-06. This may have grown since.

The climactic St. Elsewhere scene from the episode 'The Last One':

A 'crossover' scene  from Mad About You and Seinfeld establishing they exist in a shared universe:

Our Comics:
Magna Comica:
Brain Teaser Comics:


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