Friday, March 28, 2014


'The Big Bang Theory'
"The Convention Conundrum"

When Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Wolowitz thought they were going to the 2014 Comic-Con, the plan was for them to all dress up as the Hulk.  Each of them would have been a different incarnation of the comic book hero/monster:

Lou Ferrigno - 'The Incredible Hulk'
Eric Bana - "Hulk"
Edward Norton - "The Incredible Hulk"
Mark Ruffalo - "The Avengers"

With three of those options, there's really no problem.  Ruffalo, Bana, and Norton all belong in separate dimensions of the Cineverse.  But it's also possible that Mark Ruffalo might one day show up in the TV dimension of Comic Book Toobworld in a cameo appearance on 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.

None of those would have any bearing on the main Toobworld.  The movies with Bana and Norton would be part of UNReel's scheme to cover up the Truth by disguising it as fiction - in books, movies, or TV shows, whether it's about U.N.C.L.E., the Doctor, James Bond, or in this case, the Hulk.  (For whom UNReel* also made sure there were comic books about him.)

As far as Lou Ferrigno is concerned, there we might have a problem.

We have to accept Ferrigno as a possible Zonk because not only was 'The Incredible Hulk' mentioned (and even seen at one point!) in the following shows:

'T.J. Hooker'
'Amazing Stories'
'Modern Family'
'That 70's Show'

but Lou Ferrigno has played himself in several TV shows:

'King of Queens'
'Good vs. Evil'
'The Fall Guy'

(Because it has played a key role in several shows like 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'Martial Law', even his appearance on 'The Price Is Right' must be included in that list.)

And of course his involvement in those TV shows had to come up eventually......

For instance: After moving into the same neighborhood as the Heffernans, Lou joined in for the regular poker game.  And the other guys would often rib him about his past role as the Hulk.....

"Sorry Ferrigno, don't get mad. 
Oh, I think he's turning a little green

But again, we turn to UNReel.  Not only did they produce movies and comic books about the Hulk, but they also created a TV series at the height of the Hulk's activities in the timeline of Toobworld.  (It has to be concurrent because it was mentioned in an episode of 'That 70s Show'.)

In order to protect the identity of the Hulk's alter-ego, UNReel gave him the name of Bruce Banner in those comic books and movies.  But in the "reality" of Toobworld, his name was actually David Banner.

Lou Ferrigno was hired to play the Hulk in that TV series because of his close resemblance to the gamma ray-infused creature - once the green make-up and facial prosthetics were applied, of course.

Hopefully that deZonks that particular reference in 'The Big Bang Theory' for all the incarnations of the Hulk.


* UNReel is my own creation to splain away Zonks in which TV characters are mentioned by other TV characters as though they are fictional.  UNReel is an off-shoot of UNIT and U.N.C.L.E. which specializes in making the general public believe that fact is fiction........

1 comment:

Toby O'B said...

Reposted for Amy J:

Amy J has left a new comment on your post "HULKING OUT ON "THE BIG BANG THEORY"":

Sheldon's character, as portrayed by Jim Parsons, carries the series. This isn't a problem until his already eccentric mannerisms are exaggerated to the extreme. For example, when he makes echo-location noises in a theater to find the acoustically optimal seat, or constantly ties small infractions to "the downfall of civilized society" the character's believability is broken and the audience's intelligence is slightly insulted. It doesn't happen often, but when Sheldon or any of the 4 guys break character, you are reminded that this is just a TV show and the spell is broken.

My second and only other complaint is the laugh track. Never before have I heard one so relentless and intrusive. This too insults viewer intelligence. The show has enough original and enjoyable content for the audience to decide on their own what is funny and what isn't.

I have been living with the nerdiest of the nerds for years now at college. I can absolutely match people I know to the characters and mannerisms on the show, which makes it fun to watch in groups. For those that think these characters are completely fabricated, guess again! (You just don't see them that much because they rarely venture outside.) Overall I would have to rate this my favorite currently running show. Hopefully they are able to keep it intelligent and fresh without having to resort to unbelievable extremes.

Sorry I had to edit your comment, Amy. I don’t allow links. But I didn’t want to just delete the whole thing. You made interesting observations.