Desperately Random (crossoverman) wrote in tommywestphall,

SERENITY flies into Tommy Westphall's Universe

In honour of the release of Joss Whedon's feature directorial debut (and the first feature he's written that hasn't been re-written by others), we've updated The Tommy Westphall Universe to include the TV series that "Serenity" is based on - "Firefly".

First I called it a Non-Tommy Crossover.

Then came more trivial minutiae that links "Firefly" with "Angel". Thanks to oneyearoflove - and my own DVD copies of "Firefly" that confirmed it.

It's a confluence of movie references that speak to the odd and sometimes tenuous connections that Tommy's Mind makes. But fictional companies count as much as fictional people. At least in smashsc and my book.

In the rules we have created to keep the Crossover Grid focused on "ongoing narrative live action television series", we have discounted feature films. But it's worth acknowledging that some features do connect directly to the grid.

The 10 film Star Trek franchise connects to the Tommy Westphall universe through the Trek series who are connected to "The John Larroquette Show" and "Angel" via the fictional Yoyodyne company.

Yoyodyne brings in "Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension".

"Angel" connects directly to the Alien film franchise through the fictional company Weyland-Utani, which also brings in "Firefly" - because their company logo is clearly seen on the heads-up display on the machine gun Mal uses in the opening scene of the pilot.

Thus "Serenity" - which opened in Australia yesterday and the U.S. today - is also directly connected to Tommy Westphall's Mind.

Even if feature films are not yet on the grid...

Other features that link: "The X-Files" film (of course), "The Nanny" crossed over with "This Is Spinal Tap" and it could be argued that the original Buffy feature film tells the back story of Joss Whedon's series - maybe.

"Serenity" has opened to generally favourable and fresh critical reviews. Here's hoping the box office follows suit.

ETA: And, of course, Battlestar Galactica is drawn in because of the cameo of a Firefly-class ship...
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