In case you didn't know this about me, I'll even watch the commercials to see how they can be incorporated into Toobworld. (O'Bviously, I skip over the basic message blipverts, but if they've got an interesting narrative.....)
So I saw this Happy Honda Days commercial last week. It felt like somebody from the stop motion TV dimension had invaded the main Toobworld. Perhaps it was linked to Jim Henson’s “The Christmas Story” about the toys that came to life.
(O’Bservation – that was broadcast in 1986, years before “Toy Story”. As it was done with “live-action” puppets and “Toy Story” was done with CGI, it’s the Henson version of that myth which takes precedence in Earth Prime-Time.)
But how to splain away why the action figure was practicing serlinguism (talking to the audience viewing at home)?
I settled on a different splainin to keep it grounded believably in the main Toobworld. What we as the Trueniverse audience were watching in that commercial was a dreamscape….
That’s right – I think we were seeing another dream experienced by Sheldon Cooper of ‘The Big Bang Theory’, one which involved another one of his action figures – Colonel Steve Austin from ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’.
Here’s how I think it plays out; consider this a Fanficcers’ Friend suggestion if you’re interested in writing it up:
We’re seeing the dream from Sheldon’s perspective and Colonel Austin is speaking directly to him. In the waking world, Sheldon and Amy are quibbling over getting a new car and Sheldon is being too insistent on what he wants even though he doesn’t drive. (It could be a replica of some car he loves from a TV show even though it’s expensive, a gas guzzler, and cramped – it would only fit Amy and Sheldon with no room for groceries or luggage. And if it was from a TV show from the Real World, I can handle the Zonk.) Amy is more practical, going for a sensible Honda with more mileage, plenty of trunk space, and room for other passengers.
The argument escalates and they break a cardinal rule of marriage (or so I’m told) – they go to bed angry. And that’s why Steve Austin appears in his dream to act as the devil’s advocate to show him why he’s wrong and should choose the Honda. Maybe one of Sheldon's other action figures then comments....
And to make this a "Two for Tuesday" O'Bservation:
I've added the two pertinent videos from YouTube, but eventually the supplier of those videos might yank them from the site. And then I'm stuck with those ugly grey pseudo-video images telling you that the video is no longer available.
So here you go - frame grabs from both videos to give you an idea of what they looked like. Copy the images if you like.