Monday, May 16, 2005


The Science of Consistency

A splendid essay by Todd Seavey (found thanks to David Moles's blog) on the subject of continuity in fictional universes entitled "The Science of Consistency", something I've been thinking about quite a bit lately. Though, honestly, I think I've worked out a reasonable explanation why Elmo doesn't encounter his younger self during the time-travelling Sesame Street anniversay special (involving, among other factoids, the act that both "Gordon" and his character's son "Miles," whose birth Elmo had travelled back to witness, have both been portrayed by three actors over the course of the show's thirty-six year run; that Big Bird is still six years old after all this time; and that Elmo is specifically told by Grover that he will be going back in time to see what Sesame Street was like "before [he was] born," despite the fact that the character's first appearance antedates Miles's birth).

I am a huge geek. But I'm proud.

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