Jun 14 2012

Movie, TV and Video Game Fan Theories That Make Way Too Much Sense

Published by at 12:00 pm under Lists,Movies,Television,Video Games

I’m not really a forum sort of person, but every once in a while I stumble across a thread that I just can’t shake. I discovered this on reddit a few weeks back, and it warped my mind to such a degree, that I deemed it worthy to be shared with you.

Fans have been coming with all sorts of theories for what their favorite movies, games, shows and books REALLY mean, but often they’re a bit kooky or a reach. Sometimes? They just might make a bit of sense. The ones below are either the smartest or funniest ones I could find, and they should make you think about your favorite pieces of pop culture in different ways.

It’s a rather long read, but I promise you’ll be addicted after the first few. Feel free to add in your own in the comments.

The story of Aladdin is made up by the salesman at the beginning to persuade you to buy the lamp.

The original Scooby Doo series is set after a horrible economic depression. Everything is abandoned and falling apart, and all of the villains are people who would normally be really respected (professors, museum curators, celebrities) who have fallen into hard times just like everyone else. How many times have the gang helped someone NOT go out of business?

At the end of ‘The Thing’ (1982) when Kurt Russell offers Keith David the bottle and he drinks out of it, the bottle is filled with gasoline, one from the Molotovs he was throwing earlier. Since the creature wouldn’t understand what gasoline tastes like, it wouldn’t spit it out.

Sean Connery’s character in The Rock (John Patrick Mason) is actually James Bond. He got caught spying on America and was hidden away in various prisons. “This man does not exist not in the United States or Great Britain” says FBI Director Womack. This ties in with the theory of James Bond being a code name for different agents.

My favorite Star Wars conspiracy is that the Emperor wasn’t spending all those resources creating crazy superweapons like the Death Star and the Sun Crusher and putting together gigantic fleets of Star Destroyers wasn’t to stop the Rebel Alliance, but rather in preparation of the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion that would happen about a quarter century after RoTJ ended.

Now the Emperor is a pretty smart guy. I mean, he got himself elected to Chancellor of the Republic, started a war, earned himself absolute control on both sides of the war, then managed to turn the galaxy against the guys who for a millennium had served as icons of peacekeeping, justice, and democracy. And that takes some serious strategizing! But here’s the thing:

At this point, the Republic was falling apart, with or without a Sith-led Separatist movement to nudge them in the wrong direction. The senate was a clusterfuck where nothing ever got done. Corruption reigned supreme. Even the Jedi Council wasn’t doing it’s job properly. Ideally, Jedi are supposed to act as bastions of compassion and moderation. The way the Jedi would be tasked to deal with a situation is as a balancing influence between, say, two conflicting nation-states, or a particularly quarrelsome trade agreement. Everyone respected and would listen to a Jedi, and even without acting on behalf of the Republic, they should be able to arrive on a scene and be able to allow discussion and bureaucracy to flourish. Instead, the Jedi Council of the waning days of the Republic had grown inward and conservative, spending all their time meditating on the state of the galaxy and not enough time heading out there and fixing shit. This held throughout the war, when Jedi were surprisingly quick to jump to open combat as opposed to discussion.

In short, the Republic was completely and utterly unprepared for a real invasion, from a force that wasn’t being controlled by a puppetmaster who was preventing either side from gaining an advantage until the moment was right. The kinds of fleets that were commonplace in the Empire would have been impossible for the Republic to even agree to create, let alone have the wherewithal to actually build. What Palpatine did was take a failing system and tear it out by the roots, replacing it with a brutally efficient, military-industrial focused society – one that could adequately prepare for an invasion of the scale of the Yuuzhan Vong were already beginning.

Second of all, if you think about it, creating a weapon that can destroy planets doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when you’re fighting a war against a well funded, but decentralized and scattered rebellion. The Rebel Alliance wasn’t fighting a war of planets or borders or resources, they were fighting a war of attrition. What good is the ability to destroy a planet when your enemy doesn’t even officially control any? The destruction of Alderaan, the only notable use of the Death Star, was a move made by Grand Moff Tarkin, whose Tarkin Doctrine, though it heavily influenced the way the Empire kept a tight grip on even the furthest systems, was not the ultimate purpose of the “ultimate weapon”. Tarkin was convinced that the Death Star was his tool, one of intimidation and despotism, that he could use it to keep the Alliance, the biggest threat to his power, at bay. And we all know how that venture turned out.

No, the real purpose of the Death Star was to be able to fight a force that could completely terraform an entire planet into a gigantic, organic shipyard in a matter of months, and was backed by dozens of 100+ Kilometer across worldships. In fact, without the timely arrival of the seed of the original Yuuzhan Vong homeworld, Zonama Sekot, and a Jedi-influenced heretic cult that spurred a slave uprising, it’s very unlikely that the denizens of the galaxy could have survived the war at all under the leadership of the New Republic. In fact, it’s not really even fair to say that they “won” the war in any sense, with a sizable portion of the population of the galaxy eradicated, Coruscant, the former shining jewel at the heart of every major government for millennia, captured and terraformed beyond recognition, and the New Republic forced to reconstruct itself as the Galactic Alliance. Undoubtedly, for all it’s flaws, the Empire could have hammered out a far less Pyrrhic victory over the Vong. And if Palpatine hadn’t underestimated the abilities of both the rebellion he never considered a comparable threat, and one young Jedi, perhaps the galaxy could have avoided the deaths of uncountable sentients during the Yuuzhan Vong war years later.

In the beginning of 2001: A Spacy Odyssey a black screen is displayed while music plays for a few minutes before the film starts. Its believed that this is the monolith tilted 90 degrees and taking up the entire screen, as if the entire film is a technological and evolutionary advancement that Kubrick is bestowing us.

Ridley Scott finally closed the debate a few years ago as to whether or not Deckard was actually a replicant in Blade Runner (he totally was), but to take this one step further, he was a replicant implanted with the memories of Gaff (Edward James Olmos’ character). Gaff was actually the top Blade Runner, but was sidelined due to some injury or illness (hence the cane), and so Deckard was created and implanted with Gaff’s memories to continue the search for Roy Batty and friends. This explains why Gaff never really does anything aside from drive Deckard around and why he treats him with such contempt. Gaff’s origami also hint at Deckard’s true nature, as they seem to demonstrate an insight into what Deckard is feeling; a chicken when he is feeling scared, a stick man with a boner when he is about to meet the smoking hot Rachael, and the unicorn from Deckard’s recurring dream. It also helps explain the compliment Gaff pays Deckard at the end of the film, after he apparently hovered above the building and watched Batty nearly kill Deckard without intervening, he lands and says, “you’ve done a man’s job,” which is the highest praise you could give to a replicant.

Willy Wonka knew those children would die in his factory. After Augustus gets sucked up the shoot, they all hop on board the boat through the tunnel of doom. The boat doesn’t have two extra vacant seats though. It was designed with prior knowledge that they would lose two participants before that point. Later they drive a cream spewing car with only four seats. Did they have another car waiting in the garage in case the others made it? Of course not. Willy Wonka uses children to make candy.

The existence of Spongebob and his strange friends is the result of radiation from nuclear arms testing that was performed on the Bikini Atoll in the late 40′s and early 50′s. Since they live under the atoll, the town is known as ‘Bikini Bottom’.

The Jetsons and the Flintstones are two portions of the same society. The people living in Bedrock are actually members of a far future (one may say post-human) society that have rejected the day to day electronic assistance to live like their long-dead ancestors did (or at least what they think they lived like; history has lost a bit in translation). This explains the talking animals: They’re just synthetic creations. It’s been so long since any actual animal lived that didn’t have human communication bred/written into it that the “ferals” don’t realize how silly it is to be talking with creatures that didn’t even exist alongside early humans.





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14 Responses to “Movie, TV and Video Game Fan Theories That Make Way Too Much Sense”

  1. DocDoomon 14 Jun 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I think they mention the Star Wars theory in one of the books. I at least remember that Thrawn knew of the coming invasion and was preparing for it, so it makes sense that Palpatine could have as well. Great stuff!

  2. JBon 14 Jun 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Can you post the link to the thread on reddit?

  3. Paul Tassion 14 Jun 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Whoops, thought I did. It’s up top.

  4. Steve2on 14 Jun 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I love reading theories like this. The Ferris Bueller one is my favorite because it’s the same as Fight Club. Hell, I sometimes wonder if the person who first came up with the idea did so because Alan Ruck sorta looks like Ed Norton, lol.

    Here’s my contribution. Rocky 4. Drago purposely let Rocky win because Drago wanted the Cold War to end, and he knew Rocky was the only one who could do it. This is the only way to explain how Drago can kill Apollo in 2 rounds, but Rocky still stands after 15. When Drago tells Rocky “To the end” at the start of the last round, it meant “to the end of communism”. Drago even says “I Fight FOR ME!!” not for his country. “I MUST break you”, not “I WANT to break you”. His way of letting Rocky know that even though he has to hurt him, he doesn’t want to. However, it’s the only way to pass off this “fight” as real.

    http://www.ruthlessreviews.com/783/rocky-iv-the-misunderstood-ivan-drago/

  5. Patrickon 14 Jun 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Dunno if this is considered credible enough, but Indoctrination Theory for Mass Effect?

  6. aaronon 14 Jun 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I’m pretty sure this one is actually true but; Adventure Time is set in our very own world many years into the future, after a nuclear war. It wiped out most of the human race and mutated the rest into the likes of the candy people. This would explain all the strange monsters with weird powers (well according to fiction it would). There is also some evidence for this. In the opening credits the camera zooms through the land and the first thing it shows is a barren waste land with a nuclear bomb. Also, occasionally the characters mention something called “the mushroom war” which could be a reference to mushroom clouds.

  7. Jason Mon 14 Jun 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I’d buy that lamp!

  8. LawlessVictoryon 14 Jun 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I really like the entries for Kill Bill and The Thing. I hadn’t considered either of those options, but they make sense.

    The Scooby Doo post-depression theory is something I’ve abided by since I first heard it. Granted, it’s Scooby Doo and it works just as well with no critical thought whatsoever applied, but seeing it this way makes the whole thing more fun for me.

  9. Ianon 14 Jun 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I prefer the Aladdin theory that it is set in the future:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ubaqq/what_fan_theories_have_blown_your_mind_with_their/c4txvnc

  10. Repomanon 14 Jun 2012 at 1:37 pm

    ¨Second of all, if you think about it, creating a weapon that can destroy planets doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when you’re fighting a war against a well funded, but decentralized and scattered rebellion. The Rebel Alliance wasn’t fighting a war of planets or borders or resources, they were fighting a war of attrition. What good is the ability to destroy a planet when your enemy doesn’t even officially control any?¨

    How about turning the civilian population against the rebels. Eg. we destroy your star system one planet at a time until you kick the rebels out. Brutal but effective.

  11. RBournon 14 Jun 2012 at 2:30 pm

    The star wars one is totally stated in the books. In many of the NJO books characters state that Palpatine would have made much less of a hash of defending the galaxy against the Yuuzahn Vong. The book “Rogue Planet” actually makes veiled reference to Palpatine being able to forsee the Vong invasion.

    The entire story of Outbound Flight is basically about the impending Vong invasion and Palpatine pulling strings to see if he can get any info on it.

    However, in reality, this is a retcon. They are taking elements of the OT and giving them a new spin to add depth and context to the OT and give the NJO series weight and credibility. Really that is a testament to the excellent writing of the NJO series, something sadly lacking in prior and later series.

    The Death Star was intended as a terror weapon, the ultimate expression of tyrrany and misguided force. That it would have been an awesomely effective weapon for destroying Vong Worldships is a convenience only allowed by the writers choosing something appropriate like that to include.

    Otherwise, great list.

  12. Stormageddonon 14 Jun 2012 at 7:27 pm

    You do realize that that was the point of Willy Wonka right? It isn’t a conspiracy. Wonka wanted to find the least obnoxious kid in the bunch, Augustas had no self control, Veruca was an entitled little snob, Violet … chewed gum, and Mike was obsessed with TV to the point where the rest of his life was suffering. Wonka knew that these were going to be the kinds of kids he was going to get. He actively set up the tour so that the kids would get weeded out, that’s why he isn’t even a tiny bit surprised or concerned when these things happen. He lets them happen because they expose the character of the children. Every moment of the tour he was testing these kids.

    Not a conspiracy, it was the point of the movie.

  13. CoCoaon 15 Jun 2012 at 7:10 pm

    THE SMURFS.
    In the original episodes Gargamel wants to catch the Smurfs so he can eat them. The Smurfs live in houses made og hollowed out mushrooms, they hollow out the mushrooms by eating the insides of it.
    Psilocybin is the chemical compund in mushrooms that causes hallucinations.
    http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/8591/view
    It is often identified as apppearing blue in its molecule form.
    Garagamel wants to eat the Smurfs because they are pure concentrated Psilocybin.

  14. Dukklordon 29 Jul 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I know from reading your site that you are a Mass Effect fan, so are you familiar with the Indoctrination Theory?

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