Monday, September 7, 2009


Established TV characters don't just have doppelgangers in the evil mirror universe; their twins can also be found in the Tooniverse - like FBI Agents Mulder and Scully of 'The X-Files' in an episode of 'The Simpsons' - and in Skitlandia, the sketch comedy universe. That's where we have to go to find the long wished for team-up of Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald of 'Cracker' and Detective Jane Tennyson of 'Prime Suspect'. The two damaged detectives made this off-beat crossover earlier this year for the Red Nose Day celebration for Comic Relief over in the UK. And until half-way through the minisode, I was holding out hope that despite its origins, it could be considered part of Earth Prime-Time, the main Toobworld. After all, claiming that 'Seinfeld' and 'Oz' can be considered linked in Toobworld (if not in other established versions of a TV Universe) still holds up years after it was suggested by a filmed 'Saturday Night Live' sketch.

But then the characters played by Helen Mirren and Robbie Coltrane both started talking about how much they drink per episode, and those dreams were dashed with such a Zonk. And from there, it got more absurd as they broke out into song! Had it not been for the earlier Zonk, even this could have been splained away as an attack by Mr. Sweet - the musical demon of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'. But eventually the final revelation proved to be too damaging to the established shows in Toobworld to be allowed to co-exist. So it's off to Skitlandia for Jane and Fitzie. (In my head - where lots of voices reside! - I could hear Emil Sitka chirping, "Hold hands, you lovebirds!") Care to see the sketch? Maybe you'd like to donate to Comic Relief as well? The information... information... information* can be found at the end of the video:

[My gratitude to TV blog buddy Joe Bua of "I Am A TV Junkie" - link to the left! - for pointing this out to me.]


*Can you imagine what it might have been like if Patrick McGoohan and Leo McKern did a Red Nose Day sketch of 'The Prisoner' back when they were both alive?

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