Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A THOR SUBJECT FOR "VERA"


'VERA'
"THE DEER HUNTER"



The most likely suspect in the murder of author Shane Thurgood was asked for his whereabouts on the night of the murder, and it didn't do much in the way of giving him an iron-clad alibi.....


LINUS CAMPION:
"I was watching 'Thor' on Netflix.
Have you seen it?"

Campion was referring to the movie based on the Marvel Comics character.  Thor actually exists in Comic Book Toobworld as personified by Chris Hemsworth.  But over in Earth Prime-Time, it is just a movie.

However, the Norse demi-god of thunder really does exist in the main Toobworld and his exploits as depicted in the comic books may be based on actual events in the modern day Thor's life.  

We wrote about Thor last year here at the Inner Toob blog and there are still a few shows to work into the Big Picture.  (It's looking likely that I will have to jettison a fabulous New Zealand series, 'The Almighty Johnsons', from the world of Earth Prime-Time.  There are just too many contradictions to deal with there.)

In all likelihood, the general populace on that fictional representation of the Earth in the Trueniverse considers Thor to just be a mythological character and not someone who actually exists.  And that would be just the way the covert organization I have dubbed "UNREEL" wants it.  Instead of the usual fare of movies and TV shows to provide plausible deniability for the activities of certain Toobworldlings, like James Bond, the UNCLE organization and the Time Lord known as the Doctor, UNREEL went in a different direction and created comic books to cover up the existence of the demi-gods in the world of mortal men.  (Which means the televersions of TVXOHOF member Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were schills for UNREEL.)  Only recently have they since branched out to make the movies as well.

So there's no Zonk! in the fact that Toobworld has a movie about "Thor" when the son of Odin actually exists in that world as well.

Whether it looks exactly like the movie we know in our world?  Well, that all depends on whether or not we actually see any footage from the film within the context of another TV show - playing in the background on the TV or what have you.

Of course my splainin doesn't do any good for DCI Vera Stanhope's suspect.....

BCnU!



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TUESDAY NEWS DAY - A WINDY CITY SPIN-OFF?


Dick Wolf's latest franchise is set in Chicago, with 'Chicago Fire' as the mothership and its first spin-off being 'Chicago PD'. It has tied into Wolf's other, legendary, franchise, the world of 'Law & Order', with several crossovers involving 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'. In fact, a three-way crossover between all three shows was the Toobits Award winner for Crossover of the Year in 2014.

And now it looks as though Wolf is getting a third entry into the 'Chicago' franchise - that is, if his back-door pilot for 'Chicago Med' sells.

According to Dick Wolf, speaking at the TCA press tour, that decision lies with the Robert Greenblatt, the headsuit on the Peacock Throne. But I'm certain that the ratings will practically guarantee 'Chicago Med' a slot in the network line-up, especially with them jettisoning any sitcoms left on the air and scuttling plans for any future ones. With 'Parks & Recreation' shabbily being shown the door in their final season and 'Bad Jude' and 'A To Z' playing out the clock with their episodes, there should be plenty of options for giving 'Chicago Med' a night on the schedule.

There are already three fictional hospitals in Chicago at least, courtesy of 'Chicago Hope', 'E/R', and 'ER'. (No, that's not a typo nor is it an extreme case of a short attention span.) Will they be creating a new one or using a real hospital as their base? No problem with a new one - Chicago's a big city; probably needs as many as it can get.....

'Chicago Fire' and 'Chicago PD' will stage another crossover event on February 3rd, which will probably be the first official crossover of 2015. ('The Librarians' has made several interesting albeit theoretical connections to other shows and even one to a movie!) So keep an eye out for that......

BCnU!
 
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

DRAC PACKED - LAZLO DRACULA


'The Librarians'
"And The Crown Of King Arthur"


First off, I want to thank the producers and writers of the pilot episode for giving this an actual title rather than just "Pilot".

In this episode, Flynn Carsen claimed to have killed Dracula.  We saw this happen in the third "Librarian" movie, "The Curse Of The Judas Chalice".


Apparently, Drac feasted on a cholera victim hundreds of years ago, which left no more than a crippled human.  Like Flynn, he had been searching for the Judas Chalice which would not only cure him but also re-energize his vampiric powers.
 

"Vlad" was portrayed by Bruce Davison, a really good actor whom I've been following since "Willard".  However, he's just not THE Dracula for Toobworld.  That "honor" goes to Rudolf Martin, who played Dracula in a TV movie about the real life Vlad Tepes and then as the legendary vampire Count Dracula from Bram Stoker's novel in an episode of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'.   So he covered all the bases.

Fellow Crossoverists subscribe to the "soul clone" theory first proposed by Chuck Loridans to justify so many different incarnations of Dracula in various media.

However, I only wanted to focus on the Dracula televersions - of which there are plenty! - and so I started thinking inside the box for a splainin.

I turned to the one season vampire series 'Kindred: The Embraced' for inspiration.  In that show, there were about five different vampire species, at least one of which fit the specifics of the Dracula type. Those "embraced" by a vampire into the Life became their Sire's kindred.  As such, they usually took the name of their Sire's clan.

So it was with all the Draculas to be found on television. Rudolf Martin is THE Dracula and all of the others were turned by him.  This includes Michael Nouri's bloodsucker in a 1970's cliffhanger series, the Dracula family led by Dick Shawn in a 1980's sitcom and from the 1960's, even Grandpa of the Munsters family!

(Sam Dracula was actually an inventor from Brooklyn named Carrari who utilized a time machine to go back to the early years of Vlad the Impaler as vampire to become a vampire himself.)



And this is how Professor Lazlo (treated as an alias in "Curse of the Judas Chalice" but which was in fact his real name back in the Middle Ages) could be considered as Dracula. Like so many of the Dracul kindred, he came to consider himself The Dracula and passed himself off as such to Flynn Carsen.

And as far as Flynn was concerned , Lazlo Dracula was the real deal.

BCnU!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ONE MORE FOR VIDEO SUNDAY



VIDEO SUNDAY II - "THE SIMPSONS" BOLDLY GOING.....



ZONKS - MAKING A COMEBACK (OR 'THE COMEBACK' MAKING ZONKS)


Just a little Zonky fun for Video Sunday (in other words - my day of "rest").......

 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

PEEGE-TV? SUPERGIRL'S COMING


CBS has big plans to break out of their crime procedural programming - somewhat - with a TV series based on the DC Comics heroine Supergirl.
 
CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler made the announcement, adding that the show would involve female empowerment, but that it would still focus on the basics of the character, Kara Zor-El, as the last daughter of Krypton.  That would probably be the mythos explored in the longer story arcs.  But she'll also be solving "the crime of the week" as do the police procedurals on the CBS schedule.
 
No actress has been cast yet, but Tassler said it has to be somebody who can carry the weight of the show and still be a role model/everywoman with whom other women in the audience can identify.
 

I wish they had gone with Power Girl.  Aside from the allure of her boob windows, she'd be a fresh new character to most of the TV audience, and that bright white costume would be a welcome change from the current trend of dark costumes.  But there's no denying the power of that S logo......



Still, there's always hope that the series will run for awhile, so eventually they could bring in Power Girl as her otherworld doppelganger. 

It might look something like this:
 
 
I'm concerned with how they're going to tie into the Superman mythos. For Toobworld, Superman has been dead since the early sixties. Will they try to suggest a connection to the Superman of the movies? Revive the perception of Tom Welling in the role? Supergirl's placement in the greater Toobworld Dynamic will hinge on this....
 
BCnU, by Rao!
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

WISH-CRAFT - STANDING/MUNCH/LUTHER



'NEW TRICKS'
"BERMONDSEY BOY"


ROBIN:
Cait tells me you grew up round here, Gerry?
GERRY:
That's right.
ROBIN:
Rough corners.
GERRY:
Rough what?
ROBIN:
Street corners.
GERRY:
This is Bermondsey, not Baltimore.

It may seem strange that retired Detective Sergeant Gerry Standing might be making a reference to an American city for its street violence when there surely must have been a location closer to home that would have served the same purpose.

It could be that Gerry's future son-in-law Robin was referring to a TV show. In our world there were a few that were set in Baltimore and dealing with crime - 'Homicide: Life On Streets', 'The Wire', and perhaps more germane to the dialogue reprinted above, 'The Corner'.

But all three of those shows should be sharing the same TV dimension with 'New Tricks' - your favorite* and mine, Earth Prime-Time. So I have to find another reason why Gerry might have been so familiar with the rampant crime problems in "Balmer".

Sure, it could be on the news, and with the internet making the world so much smaller, it's easy enough to get the news that normally wouldn't be covered by local media.

But I'm thinking it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that Gerry Standing once met somebody from Baltimore, somebody very familiar with the crime situation in "Charm City".

Somebody like the King of TV Crossovers, Detective John Munch.

At some point in his career as a cop, the Munchkin must have come over to London, perhaps on some sort of fact-finding exchange program just as Lt. Columbo did back in the early 1970s.

While in Great Britain, Munch could have met Gerry, perhaps at some international police detective conclave. Hound-dogs that they are, they could have been swapping stories that eventually led to tales about their jobs.

At such a conclave Munch must have also met Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. (Both 'Luther' and 'New Tricks' take place in London.) How else would Luther have known to contact him with regards to a particular case he was working on? ('Luther 1.5')

And because he told the other detective to contact Munch in New York City, it's likely he met the SVU detective after he had already transferred from Baltimore.

It's the flimsiest of possibilities that this could have happened, but who knows?

BCnU!

*Of course, if you've constructed your own alternate reality TV universe, I'm sure that's your favorite. Hello, Robert!

This post is dedicated to Jill Cohen-Wilson, one of my fellow Iddiots and formerly of Baltimore.....

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ZONKS - FROM PAWNEE TO GOTHAM


With its return for a final season, the shabbily-treated* 'Parks & Recreation' has jumped ahead in the Toobworld timeline to now be taking place in 2017.  From the two episodes broadcast so far, it doesn't look like they'll be making any outrageous claims of future-vision... except maybe for the spacey 3-D tablets that look similar to the vid-paper used in an episode of 'Journeyman'.  But the idea of a new Jason Bourne movie in two years seems viable and even the idea of Kevin James starring in it isn't so outlandish that a little splainin can't fix it.  He could be the heavy back at the Agency, or a sidekick to whoever is playing Bourne.

It looks like most of the recurring players among the citizens of Pawnee are also going to be showing up, including the City Council Methuselah, Milton.  (Although I worry about Mrs. Beavers.)  And one of those who have come back already is Joan Callamezzo and she's a train wreck.


At a speech she gave at a city rally, Joan proclaimed: "Thank you, Commissioner Gordon, people of Gotham....."

"Great," muttered City Manager Ben Wyatt.  "She thinks she's in 'Batman'."

Ben was referring to the various movies that have been made about the Caped Crusader over the years, but Joan might have thought she was in the actual Gotham City during this delusion. 

The Gotham City from the 1960s TV show shares the same TV dimension as Pawnee and it's Zonk-proof because Batman was so newsworthy that it's very believable that he should be immortalized not only in the movies, but in a TV show during his crime-fighting career... with lookalike actor Adam West playing the role.

As for the mention of Commissioner Gordon, I'm afraid he's long been dead in Earth Prime-Time, despite his appearance as a hale and hearty younger man in the TV show 'Gotham'.  (That takes place in an alternate TV dimension, probably the Evil Toobworld.)

It was just another sign that Joan Callamezzo is a hot mess in 2017.

BCnU!

Despite scoring high ratings upon its return, the episodes are being burned off two at a time to get rid of it as quickly as possible.  At least "William Henry Harrison" and "Ron & Leslie" were meant to be paired together.....


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MR. ED - A TELE-FOLKS DIRECTORY UPDATE


It used to be my contention that Mr. Ed, the talking horse in that eponymous sitcom, was originally from the Isle of the Houyhnhnms, the race of talking horses from "Gulliver's Travels".  Since this was adapted into a mini-series, the book's story was absorbed from BookWorld into Earth Prime-Time.  (But unlike BookWorld, in which the characters all look different depending upon who happens to reading the books in question, Lemuel Gulliver and the other characters from Jonathan Swift's classic were locked into looking like the actors who portrayed them.)

'MR. ED'
"ED'S MOTHER"

 
But with this episode we met Ed's mother who was working as a plow-horse and Ed implored Wilbur Post that he should buy dear old Mom and save her from any further life of drudgery... or even worse!

So instead of Ed having surfed his way to America from the Island of the Houyhnhnms, either his parents or some of their forebears came to the New World.  I know Mr. Ed wasn't the only talking horse in television.  When that abysmal movie version of 'The Wild Wild West' was about to premiere, Burger King ran a tie-in blipvert in which a horse talked to a couple of cowboys.




There's a pozz'ble hitch to the overall claim of Ed's connection to the Isle of the Houyhnhnms:  Ed's Mother didn't talk.


It may be due to the fact that she was a palomino.  Although not as fair as a white horse, there may have been genetic reasons why she didn't talk. 

Back in their native country:

"Among the Houyhnhnms, the white, the sorrel, and the iron-gray, were not so exactly shaped as the bay, the dapple-gray, and the black; nor born with equal talents of mind, or a capacity to improve them; and therefore continued always in the condition of servants, without ever aspiring to match out of their own race, which in that country would be reckoned monstrous and unnatural."

So Ed's Mother may have been dim of mind and unable to talk, only to serve... which she did as a plowhorse.


Then again, Ed's a palomino as well and he certainly could talk... so long as he had something to say.  Not a problem, like Comic Book World, Toobworld has mutations in the genetic mix as seen in many TV shows.  This usually is seen only in relation to humans, but it could apply to horses and other intelligent animals as well.  And Ed could be duplicitous and most unlike his logic-adhering brethren back on the island of their ancestors.

So I'm still holding fast to this connection between 'Mr. Ed' and "Gulliver's Travels", but I will amend it so that it wasn't Ed himself who came from the Island of the Houyhnhnms, but either his parents or relatives from an earlier generation.

And what happened to Mr. Ed after his show ended?  Ed Murphy's pilot for "What's Alan Watching?" posited that he became a radio talk show host down in North Carolina.  (One of his topics was about Nazis.)  But this pilot falls into the dimension of Skitlandia despite the linking story about Alan (played by Corin Nemec.)

Personally, I think Ed finally got the chance to go back to the Island of the Houyhnhnms, where he lived out his life and was a hit with the ladies of Hay Society, despite the fact that he was white in color.  I'm sure a lot of his attitudes and opinions caused quite a few scandals among the population and may even have changed the long-entrenched way of life among those intelligent horses.

And how did he get back to that land located off the coast of Australia?  Well, we know he could surf, but that's quite a distance. 

There's one character who could have helped him, one who can be fit into just about any story from Toobworld......

I think the Doctor may have given him a hitch via the TARDIS.....

BCnU!