Friday, December 6, 2019


Every so often, Toobworld Central will induct an inanimate object into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame – Playpen Magazine, Marlboro Cigarettes, and the New York Ledger, for example.

And in the month of December, we usually put a spotlight on multidimensional and multivrdal inductees.

This first week of December, we combined the two with a product befitting the conditions just outside my window….


From the Fictional Companies Wiki:
Slusho! is a soft drink manufacturer owned by Tagruato. The company is featured in "Cloverfield" and also appears in several other TV shows and movies.

The Slusho! drinks are classic Slush beverages with a special ingredient called "Seabed's Nectar", giving it a highly addictive quality. It is claimed by the company that the addition of the Seabed's Nectar also makes it extremely healthy.

  • Alias "It Begins"
  • Heroes "Cautionary Tales" and "Truth or Consequences"
  • Cloverfield
  • Fringe – "The Road Not Taken" (S01E09)
  • Fringe – "A Better Human Being" (S04E13)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Super 8
  • 11.22.63 - "The Rabbit Hole"
  • The Cloverfield Paradox
Those entries highlighted in boldface are part of Slusho’s tally as a multidimensional product in the greater tele-mosaic.

Only “Alias” and “Fringe” are fully part of Earth Prime-Time.  “Heroes” is as well – but only until Future Hiro first contacts Present Day Hiro.  Then the timeline is altered to create a new timeline and subsequent dimension.

I haven't seen 11.23.63 so I can't say definitively if it belongs or not.

With the 2009 “Star Trek”, if Slusho appeared in the sequence before Spock entered the black hole, it can bring that portion of the film into its tally.  However, for the Toobworld Dynamic, that’s where Mr. Spock died.  Everything after that is pure speculation on the part of the film makers.  Everything before that in the Canon is based on records brought back from the Future (perhaps by the Doctor) to ensure that the Future plays out as it should.

Welcome to Television Crossover Hall of Fame, Slusho!  Naturally visitors to the TVXOHOF will find Slusho on sale in the lobby….

Another product will be inducted next week.

Sunday, December 1, 2019


It’s December.  But I guess you knew that if you looked out your window for most of the country.

As such, it’s our last monthly showcase for the 20th anniversary of the Television Crossover Hall of Fame, in which we chose TV superheroes and super-villains as our theme.

In the past, we’ve inducted Burgess Meredith’s incarnatioin of the Penguin and the animated version of Mr. Freeze, voiced by Michael Ansara into the Hall.  So who else among the superheroes and super-villains would be appropriate for the month which kicks off the coming Winter season?


And like Mr. Freeze and the Penguin, Captain Cold is multidimensional.  Played by Michael Champion, he was seen in Earth Prime-Time in the first TV series for ‘The Flash’.  He was also in the alternate Toobworld which houses ‘Smallville’ and ‘The West Wing’.  And there are several incarnations of the artistic style which were used to depict him in the Tooniverse.

But the Captain Cold who makes the TVXOHOF is the Leonard Snart found in the Toobworld that encompasses the Arrowverse.  Played by Wentworth Miller, he had been recurring in ‘The Flash’; starred in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’; and thanks to the “Crisis On Earth X” four series crossover, Captain Cold has interacted with both Green Arrow and Supergirl in Parts Three and Four.  He may turn up again in the mega crossover next week - "Crisis On Infinite Earths".

Additionally, Green Arrow dealt with the Rogues’ Gallery stalwart turned hero in the following:

  • ‘The Flash’ – “Rogue Air”
  • ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ – “Pilot Part One”
  • ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ – “Star City 2046”
Let’s take a look at the background for Captain Cold in the four-color meta-fictional universe and then at the interpretation of the character by Mr. Miller….

Edited from Wikipedia:
Captain Cold (Leonard Snart) is a fictional supervillain/antihero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Captain Cold is the leader of the Rogues, a loose criminal association, as well as the older brother of Golden Glider. An adversary of the various superheroes known as the Flash, he has served as one of Barry Allen's archenemies, both foe and begrudging ally to Wally West, and one of the killers of Bart Allen.

IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains Of All Time List ranked Captain Cold as #27.

Actor Wentworth Miller has portrayed multiple versions of the character in The CW's television series ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.

Leonard Snart was raised by an abusive father and took refuge with his grandfather, who worked in an ice truck. When his grandfather died, Snart grew tired of his father's abuse and set out to start a criminal career. Snart joined up with a group of small-time thieves and in planning out a robbery, each was issued a gun and a visor to protect their eyes against the flashes of gunfire. This visor design would later be adapted by Snart into his trademark costume. In recent years he has added a radio receiver to them which picks up the police band to monitor local law enforcement.

Snart and the other thugs were captured by the Flash and imprisoned. Snart decided to go solo, but knew he had to do something about the local hero, the Flash.

Snart read an article that theorized that the energy emissions of a cyclotron could interfere with the Flash's speed. He designed a weapon to harness that power and broke into a cyclotron lab, intending to use the device to charge up his experimental gun. As he was finishing his experiment, a security guard surprised Snart. Intending to use his gun only to scare the guard, he inadvertently pulled the trigger and discovered that his weapon had been altered in a way he had never imagined. The moisture in the air around the guard froze. Intrigued by this twist of fate, Snart donned a parka and the aforementioned visor and declared himself to be Captain Cold - the man who mastered absolute zero.

Snart then committed a series of non-lethal crimes, on one occasion placing the city in suspended animation in an attempt to force Iris West to marry him as he had fallen in love with her when he saw her in the prison, but the Flash got through a wall of ice and was able to reverse the process.

He later fell in love with a newscaster, and competed with Heat Wave (in his first appearance) over her in a crime spree, but they were both beaten by the Flash. But after Barry Allen's death, during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Captain Cold became a bounty hunter with his sister Lisa, the Golden Glider.

Captain Cold was declared the leader of the Flash's Rogues Gallery. His skill and experience have made him a strong leader to the likes of the Weather Wizard, the new Trickster, the new Mirror Master, and the new Captain Boomerang.

Traditionally, Captain Cold is driven by three things: money, women, and the desire to beat Barry Allen. Although not the lecher that Captain Boomerang was, Len Snart has an eye for the ladies, particularly models.

Like the majority of the Flash's Rogues, Snart had no innate superhuman powers. He instead relied on his cold guns and instincts.

Over the years, Snart had modified his weapons to allow a variety of effects such as:
  • A cold beam that freezes anything it hits instantly.
  • Creating a cold field where people and objects literally stop in their tracks. Cold uses this ability to slow down the Flash's movements.
  • Bathing his opponent in a wide beam of ice designed to freeze the skin of the target so they stay conscious and do not go numb to the pain.
  • Creating a slippery field of ice which can slow down the Flash.
  • Forming sharp stalagmites on the ground to impale his enemies.
  • An "ice grenade" which was stated to "turn this place into an iceberg". Used to freeze everything in a large radius, and the whole of Iron Heights during the events of Blackest Night.
  • Creating "mirages" out of extreme cold-like heat.
Fellow ice-based villain Mr. Freeze has noted that Cold is the only cold-themed villain in the DC Universe to have mastered "absolute zero" with his weapons.

Now let’s take a look at the character as seen in the CW’s Arrowverse, as played by Wentworth Miller.

Again from Wikipedia:
The character first appears as a recurring villain on ‘The Flash’. Snart first appears as a regular robber, but when his attempted heist is foiled by The Flash, Snart obtains a "cold gun", created by Cisco Ramon to subdue a speedster, due to its ability to freeze anything to absolute zero temperatures, from a black market arms dealer.

Dubbed "Captain Cold", he makes several attempts to eliminate The Flash throughout the first season, eventually joining forces with his former colleague Mick Rory and his sister Lisa Snart, both of whom also get their own guns.

After kidnapping Cisco, Snart forces him to reveal the Flash's identity as Barry Allen. Snart then makes a deal with Barry: he will keep his identity a secret and refrain from killing innocent people, and in exchange Barry will not interfere with his heists. Barry later requests Snart's help with a metahuman prison transfer, and Barry eliminates all of the authorities' records of Snart in exchange.

However, Snart betrays Barry by freeing the inmates from captivity. In season two, Snart is blackmailed into working with his abusive father Lewis Snart who plants a bomb in Lisa to ensure his son's cooperation. When Team Flash deactivates the bomb, Snart kills his father in retaliation and is apprehended.

Snart is later freed from prison by Mark Mardon, but refuses to go along with his plan of killing the Flash and instead warns the speedster. In season three, Snart and Barry work together to steal a Dominator power source from A.R.G.U.S.

Snart returns as a main character in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. In season one, he and Mick Rory are recruited into Rip Hunter's team to prevent the immortal Vandal Savage from conquering the world; the two join the time-travelling crew to steal valuables from the past. At one point, Snart unsuccessfully attempts to alter his own past and prevent the cycle of abuse he and his sister suffered at the hands of their father. Later Snart starts to reform, becoming a true hero, which leads him to a confrontation with Rory. When Rory later betrays the team, Snart maroons his partner in an isolated area.

The vengeful Rory then returns as the Time Masters' temporal bounty hunter Chronos. After Chronos is captured by the Legends, Snart convinces the team to try and reform Rory, who eventually rejoins the team.

At the end of the season, Snart sacrifices himself by blowing up the Time Masters, who are revealed to be working with Savage.

In season two, Eobard Thawne travels back in time to recruit a past version of Snart as part of his Legion of Doom in exchange for being able to prevent his death. This version of Snart has not reformed and is disgusted by the heroes his future self and Rory turned into. Snart manages to convince Rory to betray the Legends and join the Legion, bringing the Spear of Destiny with him and allowing the Legion to rewrite reality to fit their goals.

However, Rory eventually turns back to the Legends when he becomes disillusioned with the new reality and the increasingly abusive Snart. In the final battle, the Legends defeat the Legion; Snart's memory is wiped and he is returned to 2014 to preserve the timeline.

An alternate version, preferring to be called Leo Snart, first appears in the four-part crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X". The official preview synopsis for the crossover calls him "Citizen Cold", but the name is not used within the crossover itself. This version is from the parallel world "Earth-X" where the Nazis won World War II and acts as a hero against the New Reich. Snart is shown to be in a same-sex relationship with Ray Terrill / The Ray and helps Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, Kara Zor-El and their allies fight against the armies of Earth-X.

After the Nazi forces are defeated, Snart stays on Earth-1 for a period with the Legends, both to help them deal with their grief over Martin Stein's death and to give himself a chance to cope with the death of his own version of Mick Rory, but eventually returns to Earth-X.

In season four of ‘The Flash’, Barry Allen recruits Snart's help when transporting Neil Borman to safety from Clifford DeVoe. Snart is followed to Earth-1 by Siren-X, who begins targeting Borman. After Snart and the Flash defeat Siren-X, Snart returns to Earth-X to marry Ray.

The Earth-90 version of Captain Cold appeared in the 1990s ‘The Flash’ television show, which was retroactively established as part of Arrowverse at the 2018 annual crossover entitled “Elseworlds”, played by actor Michael Champion. Named Leonard Wynters and costumed in a trenchcoat, he is an infamous albino hitman in his self-titled episode "Captain Cold" who used a nuclear-powered freeze weapon to kill his victims. He was hired by Central City crime boss Jimmy Swain (Jeffrey Combs) to kill local mob bosses and later the Flash. Flash eventually manages to defeat Captain Cold.

This change in appearance and name might suggest that Leonard was adopted.  Since he has no super powers, nothing depends on his genetic make-up; it all came down to environment for the development of his character.

This means we can make an assumption that some other character played by Wentworth Miller in Earth Prime-Time might qualify as being the man who would become Captain Cold in the other Toobworlds.

However, we have to eliminate from consideration his characters of Michael Scofield (‘Prison Break’), Senator Mark Hanson (‘Madam Secretary’), and David Scott (‘Dinotopia’).

I’m intrigued by the idea of Nelson from three episodes of ‘Time Of Your Life’.  First off, the short-lived series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt was a spin-off for her character of Sarah from ‘Party Of Five’.  Secondly, Nelson was a gay hair stylist and since being gay is not determined by one’s environment, Nelson of Earth Prime-Time and Leonard of the Arrowverse could be the same guy.  In one world he grew up to become a criminal rogue and later an anti-hero, and in the other, a witty bon vivant, a friend to JB.

Once more unto the Wikipedean breach, dear friends:

Captain Cold appears, face unseen, in the ‘Smallville’ television show. In the episode "Prophecy", he appears as part of a group assembled by Toyman. Captain Cold is assigned to kill Bart "Impulse" Allen.

Even though Michael Champion established that Leonard Snart of Earth Prime-Time could not only have different genetics as well as a different surname, that doesn’t mean the mysterious hooded figure known as Captain Cold in the ‘Smallville’ dimension has to be some other actor – despite the fact that he is just that underneath that disguise.

Sorry, other guy.  We’re going to make the claim that the Leonard Snart underneath that disguise would look like Wentworth Miller.

Here then are the credits for Captain Cold to deem him worthy for induction into the TVXOHOF:



Superhero Fight Club
A three minute promotional video

The Flash
13 episodes

DC's Legends of Tomorrow
23 episodes

Welcome to the Hall, Captain Cold!  You’ll find a few acquaintances around the place….