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Another Homicide Crossover [May. 27th, 2009|10:01 am]
Tommy Westphall's Mind: A Multiverse Explored
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According to Tom Myers'  LO:SVU site, the season finale will guest star Carol Kane reprising her role of Gwen Munch, one of John´s ex-wives who appeared previously in H:LOTS ep. #85 ("All is Bright"), way back in 1997.

This is what makes that whole crossover business so interesting.

From: (Anonymous)
2009-06-10 01:53 am (UTC)

S'more crossovers

All right, here are some that I've been collecting.
1) Since J.J. Abrams likes to reference his own work, the new Star Trek film contains a mention of Slusho from Alias (in Uhura's first scene).
2) I Dream of Jeannie's cartoon spin-off, Jeannie, crossed over with Scooby-doo, connecting it to Super Friends, the cartoon Addams Family (which is unapologetically not in the same continuity as the sitcom), Speed Buggy, and Josie & the Pussycats.
3) The Beverly Hillbillies' Elly Mae appeared on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (which, regardless of cartoon restrictions, ought to be let in as part of the show was live-action). This ties into Captain N: The Game Master (fairly ironic, since the entire concept of the show was different video game characters crossing over and, yet again, the real world, i.e. Tommyverse, was presented as live-action).

Then, there are a few that I'm unsure of.
1) In the episode, A Sense of Community, of The Invisible Man (linked in through The Chronicle which linked to Star Trek), the characters go to The Community (which may or may not be The Village from The Prisoner), meet a retired spy in a bowler hat (who may or may not be the main character from The Avengers) and are told that James Bond is 100 years old. I would like some verification on these crossovers, because I don't entirely trust Wold-Newtonites.
2) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had a Directory for its Promenade. On this directory, were listed, among others, Jupiter Mining Corporation, Diva Droid Mfg. (both from Red Dwarf), Milliways (from Hitchhiker's Guide), Del Floria's Tailor Shop (from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), and Tom Servo's Used Robots (from Mystery Science Theater 3000). Would like some help knowing the validity of these references.
3) Did the movie Conspiracy Theory reference the IMF as a real organization? If so, did it also do so for u.n.c.l.e? Again, I don't quite trust Wold-Newtonites.
4) For anyone who isn't anti-cartoon, the famed Flintstones/Bewitched crossover?
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-06-19 06:57 pm (UTC)

Re: S'more crossovers

I totally buy all the stuff in your first section! I never thought of those.

As for the others,
1) The fact that it was the Community and not the Village pretty much says, "parody," to me, which excludes it. NOt sure about the other two details, though.
2) The Promenade Directory is, I'm fairly certain, not meant to be taken seriously.
3) No idea...
4) Works for me. That is to say, I'm against The Simpsons doing crossovers with other shows simply because of its parodic nature (plus, it's non-canon for X-Files), but this doesn't seem like a parody to me. It looks like, smells like, tastes like, so it is a crossover.

Now, I have some questions. Cameos of spaceships in their nonrespective franchises, do they count? On the surface, it comes off as a genuine crossover, but upon closer inspection, no sci-fi franchise appears to take these seriously. Think about this: Firefly (a series with no aliens) had several ships from Star Wars (a franchise ripe with aliens). If that was treated like a crossover and not just a sight gag, wouldn't we expect the Serenity to run into some Wookies or something? Same thing with Battlestar Galactica having the Enterprise in the background of a shot (which, incidentally, was reused for the theme song).

Furthermore, someone once mentioned (and seriously considered) Sesame Street crossing over onto Soul Man. I will admit that this is an incredibly tantilizing idea. However, my research leads me to believe that this appearance functions much like Superman on I Love Lucy. The characters never outrightly state that Big Bird is a puppet on a T.V. show, but there are enough clues in context to imply that he is.

I would like some more information on The Nanny appearing on that Asian show. This could be interesting...

Variety shows should count, but only the recurring sketch that crossed over. By that I mean, only characters from a sketch crossing over onto a non-variety show should count, not vice-versa as vice-versa is always a parody.

Poobala (and those who think likewise), if you're reading this, why shouldn't we accept implied crossovers. Sure, Lost never said what paper factory they were talking about, but it was clearly a reference to The Office. Okay, so it wasn't established beyond a doubt that all of the shows on Blackout Monday were about the same blackout, but context makes that fairly likely.

To quote the illustious philosopher,
"That's all I have to say about that."
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